The Ring

Tla-o-qui-at student shares knowledge in Ghana

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:30

Wenstob, in traditional hat, at a cultural performance with Ghanaians
Wenstob, in traditional hat, at a cultural performance with Ghanaians

Visual Arts and Indigenous Studies (minor) student Hjalmer Wenstob went to Ghana this summer as a First Nations research apprentice under the mentorship of geography professor Dr. Phil Dearden. Wenstob, a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation, whose traditional territory is around Tofino, was interested in learning about eco-tourism and community-based conservation practices in other parts of the world.


Online map tool targets renter scramble

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:14

Are you in a mad scramble to find rental accommodation in Victoria’s tight real estate market? Help is at hand. A new online map tool, created through UVic’s Computer Human Interaction Software Engineering Lab (CHISEL) group by computer science PhD students Jamie Starke and Lars Grammel, is aimed at helping people looking for rentals in Victoria find the right place to live.


Mapping the art of mentoring

Mon, 2012-09-10 07:46

Mentoring Program facilitator Jolie Wist (left) and Campus Art Tour Guide co-cre
Mentoring Program facilitator Jolie Wist (left) and Campus Art Tour Guide co-creator Sandra Curran Photo: John Threlfall

Given that I’ve worked on campus for less than two years, it was a surprise to be asked to participate in UVic’s Mentoring Program. But when 18-year campus veteran Sandra Curran applied to the program, I turned out to have all the skills she wanted in a mentor. "I was looking to spend time with someone working in a creative position on campus, and to find opportunities to add creativity to my job," says Curran, who has spent much of the past decade as the graduate secretary for the School of Child and Youth Care.


UVic and Island Savings team up for families

Mon, 2012-09-10 07:40

See article for captioningIt really is a gift that will keep on giving. The Univ
See article for captioning

It really is a gift that will keep on giving. The University of Victoria and Island Savings have recently announced a partnership between the two institutions, as part of Island Savings’ Growing Island Families Together (GIFT) program.


School of Music to stream live concerts

Mon, 2012-09-10 07:35

Too busy to catch a School of Music concert? Starting Sept. 15, live audio of select performances will be streamed directly through the School of Music website—a move which will also benefit students from out of town, whose families can’t always attend important concerts.


Kielburger speech lights fire under new students

Thu, 2012-09-06 13:24

Kielburger. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Kielburger. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Guest speaker, philanthropist and child-rights activist Craig Kielburger shared his favorite formula with a crowd of fresh-faced new students at UVic’s 50th Anniversary Kickoff Sept. 4, and it resonated with more than just the math department. It’s a simple equation, but one that proves to be greater than the sum of its parts: “spark + gift = better world.”


New grads hold hope for language revitalization

Wed, 2012-07-11 09:05

L-R: Thompson, Sanderson, Steinwand-Deschambeault and Wells standing with CALR a
L-R: Thompson, Sanderson, Steinwand-Deschambeault and Wells standing with CALR academic advisor Dr. Leslie Saxon (linguistics)

Tłįchǫ is one of the Dene languages of the Northwest Territories, and dììle ts'įįwǫǫ is a phrase expressing “hope.” Nine students in a group of NWT learners graduating with UVic Certificates in Aboriginal Language Revitalization (CALR) can be hopeful about the future of their languages now, and in turn their communities can be optimistic about renewed vitality of the languages in homes and as spoken symbols.


Virtuous cycles—Pedalling for patrons

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:15

Kibby Evans, Treking for Transplants
Kibby Evans, Treking for Transplants

There is certainly no shortage of UVic students, staff and grads cycling far and wide this summer to raise funds and awareness in support of various charities and causes, from ALS to MS, from organ transplantation to Parkinson’s Disease and even for scholarships for community leaders in West Papua.


Apps help revitalize Aboriginal languages

Tue, 2012-07-10 09:12

Programmer Chris Coey's face is reflected on a screen of the Yati Dictionary app
Programmer Chris Coey's face is reflected on a screen showing the Yati Dictionary App

For millennia, Aboriginal words have been passed along orally from generation to generation. Now, on iPads and iPhones, speakers and learners of the Tłįchǫ language can hear and see over 1,300 words and phrases with sounds, pictures and the voices of elders.


Lemonade Tycoons

Sun, 2012-07-01 13:34

L-R: Jiaying Liu, Keenan Berg, Chris Harper, Peter Thomas, Ashleigh Fourie and A
L-R: Jiaying Liu, Keenan Berg, Chris Harper, Peter Thomas, Ashleigh Fourie and Alex Currie. Photo: Jennifer Oakes

During 10 intense, lemon-squeezing days in May, BCom students Jiaying Liu, Ashleigh Fourie, Chris Harper, Alex Currie and Keenan Berg produced and sold lemonade at UVic and community events. Their juicy project earned a profit of 65¢ per glass and with every serving they sold, they also solicited donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The students added up their profit plus donations for a total gift of almost $1,400.