The Ring

Commerce grad thrives on change

Wed, 2014-06-04 10:38


Denis Luchyshyn, a first-generation Canadian who moved to Vancouver from Belarus with his pregnant mother when he was seven, credits his adaptability for much of his success. “I attended six or seven different schools growing up,” he explains, “that has had a lot of impact on who I grew up to be. I had to take care of my sister a lot, too, before my dad moved out to Canada as well.”

Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business this June, Luchyshyn has already received numerous accolades both at school and in the workplace. At work, he has been acknowledged for achieving high sales goals and having the “Most Positive Attitude.” And at UVic, Luchyshyn competed in Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec, along with classmate Kyle Kozma, and was also on a winning team that presented a mobile app to the United Way.

Life lessons in perseverance

Wed, 2014-06-04 10:31


UVic law student Ben McConnell will be graduating with a JD (Juris Doctor) degree in June. And like many of his fellow classmates, McConnell worked hard to get to where he is today. The satisfaction of convocation day—the sense of achievement in the face of challenging coursework, long reading lists and intensive research that a law degree demands—is awesome for anyone. McConnell’s path, and his commitment to education, have been distinct and remarkable. In addition to having to contend with the everyday realities of being a law student, McConnell is totally blind—a result of early-onset glaucoma and another serious eye disease that afflicted him during childhood.

Planning on a smaller scale pays off big for grad

Wed, 2014-05-28 16:14


Many people associate municipal planning with large urbanized communities. For geography and environmental studies grad Richard T. Buchan, however, some of Vancouver Island’s smaller communities offered much larger opportunities. Living, studying and completing co-op work terms in Port Hardy, Campbell River, and North Cowichan gave Buchan great opportunities for hands-on learning in community planning.

“I think every student should take the co-op option and apply for work in small towns,” says Buchan, “you gain work experience and often have more responsibilities in a smaller community.”

Elders’ voices find home on Google Earth: the Stz’uminus Storied Places Digital Atlas

Wed, 2014-03-26 12:13

Becker's project on display the 2014 JCURA fair.
Becker's project on display the 2014 JCURA fair.

Long before settler culture attached the names of explorers, businessmen and political leaders to the mountains, rivers and landscape we now call Vancouver Island, the traditional names used by First Nations carried a wealth of information about those places—information that anthropology student Amy Becker has been working to preserve.

Becker, recipient of a 2013-14 Jamie Cassels Undergrad Research Award (JCURA), explains “Indigenous place names are embedded in the culture, landscape, language and identities of the people who use them.”

Cassels takes oath, installed as UVic's new president

Tue, 2013-11-12 15:44

President Cassels is robed during the installation ceremony.
President Cassels is robed during the installation ceremony. All installation photos by UVic Photo Services.

In a ceremony that included a formal swearing-in and tributes punctuated by light-hearted poetry and song, President and Vice-Chancellor Jamie Cassels became the seventh president of the University of Victoria.

A legal tool kit, assembled with compassion

Thu, 2013-11-07 14:58


Amber Dawn Hieb’s volunteer experiences after graduating high school in Ladysmith proved crucial in helping focus her interest on social advocacy and finding a path to law school at UVic.

An intertidal explorer

Thu, 2013-11-07 14:56

Fox aboard the Raincoast Conservation Foundation research vessel.
Fox aboard the Raincoast Conservation Foundation research vessel.

Growing up surrounded by the unique ecosystems that make up the West Coast can shape what kids want to be when they grow up. But even though Caroline Fox grew up in Lantzville, on the east coast of Vancouver Island, she says the path that led her to marine biology–and the PhD she receives in this Fall’s convocation–was not entirely deliberate.

‘Brain sparks’ fuel innovation

Thu, 2013-11-07 13:15


Connor Bildfell squeezed every drop of learning and doing and growing and fun from his BCom degree.

“What I cherish most about the Gustavson School of Business,” says Bildfell, “is the inspiring and supportive environment. I was able to challenge myself and consider new ideas that I could not have previously imagined.”

Coming full circle in child and youth care

Thu, 2013-11-07 13:09

Turpin. Photo: Stephen Richter

Chelsea Turpin knew early on that she wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Now she is employed doing just that. Turpin graduates in November with a BA from UVic’s School of Child and Youth Care, and she is already working as a policy analyst for BC’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).

Shared resources shape grad’s research

Thu, 2013-11-07 12:59

Bazuik, in the Indigenous Plant Garden near the SUB.
Bazuik, in the Indigenous Plant Garden near the SUB. Photo: Jeff Nicholls

“Personal success is not personal,” says Blaise Bazuik, who will graduate this month with a BA Honours in Women’s Studies and speaks with enthusiasm about the support she has received from both the women’s studies community and the on-campus Indigenous community. She credits them for her academic and personal success.