The Ring

Economics grad knows the real value of safe drinking water

Thu, 2013-10-31 14:27

Moussa Traore scooping water.
Traore. Photo: UVic Photo Services

“Water is a natural resource essential for life,” says Moussa Traore, an economics student in the Faculty of Social Sciences who receives his BSc from UVic this month.

Traore arrived in Montreal seven years ago—leaving his home in Burkina Faso, Africa, a landlocked country that has endured a series of droughts and military coups over the past few decades.

Kundoqk, bringing Nuuyum

Fri, 2013-07-26 14:36

Kundoqk, Dr. Jacquie Green at Spring 2013 convocation ceremony
Kundoqk, Dr. Jacquie Green. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Kundoqk, the Indigenous name of the new director of UVic’s School of Social Work, means “journeying over the mountain with belongings on my back.” The name was gifted to her parents on their wedding day. In 1995, Jacquie Louise Green (Kundoqk’s European name) moved her two daughters and their household belongings from northern BC, over mountains and marine passages, to Victoria so she could pursue a BSW (1997) and MPA (2000) at UVic.

Convocation medals and awards, Spring 2013

Thu, 2013-06-06 09:40

Governor-General's Gold Medal (best Doctoral thesis)

Dr. Nathaniel West

PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology


Governor General's Silver Medal (top undergraduate student)

Nigel Burke

Community engagement a core part of Indigenous law grad’s education

Wed, 2013-06-05 11:13

Crabtree. Photo: Anita Alberto
Crabtree. Photo: Anita Alberto

The law is in Katelyn Crabtree’s blood, as is her connection to UVic Law.

Crabtree, who graduates this spring from the Juris Doctor program, is the fifth UVic Law alumnus in her immediate family.

A nursing education that spans the province

Tue, 2013-06-04 17:21


Life inside a hospital can be stressful, but nursing school graduate Kara Sundberg has found the perfect way to use the nurturing skills needed as a nurse outside the hospital to help her relax.

“I focus my free time on working with animals and I have been fostering dogs in my area for years,” says Sundberg. “This has turned out to be a wonderful stress reliever after a long, chaotic shift on a busy medical unit.”

Undergraduate research on the way to medical school

Tue, 2013-06-04 16:39


As a child, Daniel Moller’s curiosity about the world and how things work led him to take apart old computers and radios.

“I’ve always had a pretty big drive to understand how things work,” says the former Stelly’s Secondary School student. “When I first took a biology class I realized there was this whole other aspect with the human body, which is an incredibly complex, interconnected machine and I wanted to understand how that all fit together, too.”

From Metchosin to UVic, and on to Oxford

Tue, 2013-06-04 16:16

Nathan West in his new lab at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital
Nathan West in his new lab at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital

Governor General’s Gold Medal: Dr. Nathan West, biochemistry and microbiology

Growing up in rural Metchosin, Nathan West's interest in biology and nature came from walking out the back door.  Play dates were in the woods. For pocket money, West raised chickens and sold their eggs to local bakeries and neighbours.

His boyhood interest in science carried on through high school at Belmont Secondary, and expanded to include human biology as well.

Kinesiology grad is a study in adrenaline, and the bumps and bruises

Mon, 2013-06-03 22:57

A sense of adventure seems to be built into the mountains and into the community surrounding Nelson, BC. And when Drew Commandeur grew up in that region, that sense of adventure often meant exhilarating sports like snowboarding and mountain biking.

Writing grad's narrative is a progression of literary awards

Mon, 2013-06-03 22:39


Writing program BFA graduate Cody Klippenstein has always loved stories and storytelling. As a child, her curious and creative nature would often get her into trouble. “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t inventing things, even when I probably shouldn't have been,” she jokes.

And when she enrolled in UVic’s creative writing program, she asked herself the same question many amateur writing students do: Why am I enrolling in a writing program? In the end, it was her love of fiction, and her experiences in UVic’s writing department, that encouraged her to complete a writing degree.

Mechanical engineer graduates on a high note

Mon, 2013-06-03 15:26

Graduating this term with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a specialization in mechatronics and a minor in business, Andy Huerlimann won’t need to search for work any time soon. His co-op experiences have led to a permanent job offer from BM&M Screening Solutions, one of his previous co-op employers. “I truly think the co-op program helps develop graduates who are desirable employees,” he says.