The Ring

Honorary Degree for Reconciliation Activist

Wed, 2016-03-02 16:46


Mavis Gillie, an effective advocate for Aboriginal rights and reconciliation, particularly in Canada’s North and British Columbia, will be granted a UVic honorary degree.

The university’s highest honour will be presented to Gillie, 88, at a special convocation ceremony on March 9 in the University Club of Victoria.

Inspiring resilience recognized at convocation

Wed, 2015-11-04 16:21

Skip Dick
Skip Dick

The University of Victoria will present two honorary degrees for outstanding achievements in Indigenous advocacy and public service during fall convocation ceremonies.

Passion for travel brings a humanities grad full circle

Wed, 2015-11-04 16:12

Meredith, studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Meredith, studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Rowan Meredith misses the rain. The Slavic studies major, who graduates from UVic in November with the highest GPA in her faculty, has trudged the empty rail beds of former concentration camps in Central Europe and visited Russia in the throes of Olympic mania—but now she is in Los Angeles for graduate studies and “misses the rain desperately. It never ever rains here. Having grown up on BC’s west coast, it seems bizarre to me. I’m not dealing well without rain.”

Thai exchange proves all the world's a stage

Wed, 2015-11-04 16:09


The best way to gauge the impact of your work is always to test it in the field. For Fine Arts undergrad Clare Mathison, that meant getting out of UVic’s Phoenix Theatre and onto the world stage—in Thailand. 

Propelled by a passion for public service

Wed, 2015-11-04 16:04

Joash at The Hague
Joash at The Hague

Summarizing and reviewing court transcripts for the defence. Analyzing evidence and disclosure from the prosecution to the defence. This might seem like a typical day of work for a law intern, but when you’re doing it at The Hague’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, it’s anything but normal. 

International co-ops chart a path to med school

Wed, 2015-11-04 15:56

LeDoux in South Africa.
LeDoux in South Africa.

From touring animal shelters in South Africa to analyzing cells from human blood or harvested mouse spleens in Vancouver, Stacey LeDoux’s UVic experiences have been a little different than most.

LeDoux graduates this month from UVic, and as she waits to hear back about her med school applications, she’s reflecting on her time as an undergraduate. “UVic not only gave me the opportunity to travel, but to explore my interests, develop my skills, and apply my learning,” she says.

Gifts of learning

Wed, 2015-11-04 15:53

Kruger. Photo: Darren Elk
Kruger. Photo: Darren Elk

“Without art, I would never have discovered I was a teacher.”

Mapping his own path forward

Wed, 2015-11-04 15:49


A lifelong love of maps led Michael Branion-Calles to the master’s degree he receives this month in geography. But his path was not straightforward—it started in English.

“I began my undergrad degree at UVic in English,” says Branion-Calles, “but once I took an elective geography class I quickly changed my degree path.” He says his appreciation for maps goes back to his childhood and as a kid he always liked maps—an affection that eventually pointed him to the spatial pattern analysis and research (SPAR) lab in the geography department.

Core values fuel Saanich officer's lifelong learning

Wed, 2015-11-04 15:46


Distance education program serves the needs of busy professionals—even those who live close to campus 

Asking Andy Stuart about his aspirations as a child, he recalls spending many hours playing with a specific group of Lego blocks while growing up in Gordon Head. “The police station was my favorite.”

Aligning community, contribution and commerce

Wed, 2015-11-04 15:43

Martens in the Ugandan community where she supports women's economic empowerment
In the Ugandan community where Martens supports women's economic empowerment and the Living Hope program.

Brina Martens is an aspiring entrepreneur, a trailblazer, a dedicated philanthropist, and a storyteller. She is also one of the Gustavson School’s latest commerce grads, and through the years she’s taken the business school’s pillars to heart: her latest project, ethreeone, is every bit of an international, integrative, innovative and socially responsible business.