The Ring

Congrats Fall 2015 grads!

Wed, 2015-11-04 14:01

Engineering graduate Anaïssia Franca.
Engineering graduate Anaïssia Franca.

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 from Nov. 9-10, ceremonies will be held to confer degrees, diplomas and certificates to 1,330 graduating students.

Taking academia underwater

Mon, 2015-06-08 13:15

Irvine. Credit: UVic Photo Services.
Irvine. Credit: UVic Photo Services.

Education grad Mike Irvine took academia beneath the waves for his scuba-diving master's defence

When education grad student Mike Irvine first posed his master’s project research question to his advisor, the idea struck Jason Price as a humourous oxymoron. Irvine wanted to explore how technology could be used as a tool to reconnect kids to nature. 

A natural path to resilience, outdoors

Thu, 2015-06-04 12:23


Brittney Sharma’s vision—an outdoor program to help children who had experienced family trauma—generated lots of buzz this year after being chosen as a showcase idea for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) conference. Sharma graduates this month with a bachelor’s in anthropology, and says her time at UVic was filled with academics and club activities, as well as developing her vision to help children of battered women.

What comes after plastic?

Thu, 2015-06-04 12:20


Innovation at the elemental scale could help us move beyond oil-based polymers

You might not see the results of his research on store shelves in the next few years, but PhD graduate Saurabh Chitnis is helping to change the very makeup of the world around us.

Chitnis is a fundamental chemist working on developing new chemical compounds.

Thai co-op quenches law grad’s thirst for international experience

Thu, 2015-06-04 12:15

Dean of Law Jeremy Webber, Anna Beatch and Al Chandler in the Chandler & Thong-e
Dean of Law Jeremy Webber, Anna Beatch and Al Chandler in the Chandler & Thong-ek offices in Bankok.

Anna Beatch doesn’t like to plan too far ahead, and that feeds her thirst for adventure. She likes a challenge, which is why she chose UVic Law after receiving her undergrad commerce and business law degree from the University of Alberta. “I wanted to challenge myself and push my boundaries,” says Beatch. “I also chose UVic Law because of the co-op program.”

A global perspective and an international itinerary

Thu, 2015-06-04 12:11


While many educational experiences are a straight road from enrollment to convocation, some routes are more circuitous. Bader Murad—who graduates this June with a Master of Global Business (MGB) from the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School at the Gustavson School of Business—took a while to find his way. Convocation isn’t the only milestone for Murad: he’s also arrived triumphantly at his first career destination. 

Co-ops give health info sciences grad a competitive edge

Thu, 2015-06-04 12:07


For Emily Mailes of Melbourne, Australia, deciding what to study was a daunting process. “I was not one of those people who always knew what they wanted to do.” 

Six years post-high school and having relocated to Victoria, Emily decided to pick a path and move forward with her life. “UVic’s School of Health Information Sciences stood out,” she says. A relative is a grad who now has an interesting and lucrative career. The global opportunities across the tech sector held considerable appeal along with the school’s promise of guaranteed placement upon graduation. 

From Manila to Broadway

Thu, 2015-06-04 12:02


Professional director sees MFA as stepping-stone to rest of the world

Like many MFA students in the Department of Theatre, director Chari Arespacochaga came to UVic already armed with a strong resume and extensive experience in theatre. A native of the Philippines, Arespacochaga directed professionally in Manila for many years, casting big foreign stars, and touring shows across Asia. Her resume is teeming with major productions of Broadway’s best and most popular musicals including Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, Avenue Q, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Rock of Ages.

Wild game and words feed inspiration for TV host and Indigenous language revitalization grad

Thu, 2015-06-04 11:56

Napoleon, 2012. Photo credit: Antonio Lafauci.

Art Napoleon was already a national figure when his TV show, Moosemeat & Marmalade, premiered on APTN in January 2015. He had performed at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, opened for Buffy Sainte-Marie and been interviewed by veteran correspondent Tom Hawthorn for the Globe and Mail in September 2010 for the release of his album Creeland Covers, sung almost exclusively in Cree.

A passport stamped "experience"

Thu, 2015-06-04 11:52


Electrical engineering grad Sarah Allan explored her personal and professional interests at home and abroad while at UVic—thanks in large part to the co-op program. “Taking part in the co-op program allowed me to explore many of my personal interests,” she says. “It also allowed me to gain industry knowledge that wouldn’t have possible in a traditional degree program.”