The Ring

Graduating with a provincial contract

Fri, 2014-11-07 08:39


For recent grad Darcie Scollard (English), the co-operative education program has made her future a lot less daunting—and helped her pocket a contract with the provincial government to carry her into post-grad life.

“As a humanities student, I was particularly worried about life after university,” Scollard says. “Since I became a co-op student, a lot of stress around finding a job after graduation has been lifted off my shoulders.”

Start spreading the news: commerce grad is in a New York state of mind

Fri, 2014-11-07 08:29

Ross in NYC
Ross in NYC

Ross Rich, who graduates this November with a commerce degree from the Gustavson School of Business, has spun himself into his dream job already—as a Marketing Assistant with Columbia Records in New York City. Rich will also maintain the artist-management firm he started in 2013, which includes talented singer Jade Tjorhom (another UVic student) on its artist roster.

Engineering a culture shift on campus

Fri, 2014-11-07 08:25

Yu testing equipment while on a co-op work term with Teck Highland Valley Copper
Tiffany Yu conducts equipment testing while on a co-op work term with Teck Highland Valley Copper.

Some people are born leaders, and convocating graduate Tiffany Yu undoubtedly falls into that category. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Yu saw a need in the Faculty of Engineering and set out to create change, becoming heavily involved with the Engineering Student Society (ESS). After attending the National Conference on Women in Engineering, Yu was inspired to create a women in engineering group at UVic. With help from faculty members and fellow ESS members Taylor Entz and Alisa Minderova, Leadership Through Diversity was born.

Writing grad sees beyond perceptions of limitations

Fri, 2014-11-07 08:15

Leavitt and Calvin at UVic
Leavitt and Calvin at UVic

As an MFA candidate in the Department of Writing, Hannalora Leavitt has spent the past two years fulfilling the same kind of duties and responsibilities as most UVic graduate students: conceiving a thesis, working with a supervisor, giving lectures, teaching classes, marking papers, reading, writing, research. But given her specialty in creative nonfiction, Leavitt is also tasked with interpreting the world as she sees it—no easy job when you’re a blind writer.

UVic degree is about learning and action, says grad

Thu, 2014-11-06 23:57

Juricic in Ottawa
Juricic in Ottawa

For Kathryn Juricic, a social sciences graduate, getting outside and seeing impacts of local work makes her passionate to continue this after her studies at UVic. Juricic began at UVic with the intention of moving on after her first year; however, after taking some environmental studies courses she didn’t want to leave.

“I felt I wouldn’t receive the same calibre of learning and atmosphere anywhere else. I was surrounded by inspirational people who were bound together through learning and action,” explains Juricic.

Urban design to support the disoriented

Thu, 2014-11-06 23:53


You may have heard of care facilities designed specifically for people with dementia; they have features such as circular walkways, colour-coded areas that help people recognize where they are, or simple signs hung at eye level. But what if we started taking the needs of people with dementia into consideration when we designed a new park or a city street? These were questions Maria Przydatek explored as part of her masters thesis on dementia-friendly urban planning.

Law grad puts WSÁNEĆ legal order in the spotlight

Thu, 2014-11-06 23:48


When UVic law graduate student Robert Clifford was called to the bar in the summer of 2012, the celebration at the Victoria Law Courts involved much more than the usual fanfare of family and friends with cameras and congratulatory flowers.

A special ceremony with traditional drumming and singing took place to honour Clifford—a member of the Tsawout First Nation—and the first person of the four Saanich (WSÁNEĆ) Tribes to become a lawyer.

A Nobel-filled year for biochemistry grad

Thu, 2014-11-06 23:30


How many people can say they’ve rubbed shoulders with 37 Nobel laureates? For Michelle (Tonkin) Parker that amazing experience capped a remarkable academic career at UVic that culminates this month with a PhD in biochemistry.

Fall 2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

Thu, 2014-11-06 23:23

The University of Victoria will present three honorary degrees for outstanding achievements in public health, journalism and community-based leadership during fall convocation ceremonies.

Congrats Fall 2014 grads!

Thu, 2014-11-06 23:04

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Fall Convocation on Nov. 10 and 12, ceremonies will be held to confer degrees, diplomas or certificates upon 1,272 graduating students.