The Ring

Surgeon juggles tasks to complete master’s in health information science

Mon, 2011-06-13 10:38

Dr. James Stewart officially has all of his medical bases covered. 

Already a practicing general surgeon and a father of five, Stewart took on the extraordinary challenge of adding a UVic master’s degree in Health Information Science (HINF) by distance to his limited free time in January 2009, first studying from Vancouver before moving home to Edmonton six months in.

Writing grad outlines another chapter

Mon, 2011-06-13 10:32

Johnson interviews a mountain goat for an article on the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. Photo: Vince Federoff, Whitehorse Star

It might be hard to imagine that a recent recipient of UVic’s BFA in Creative Writing—one who won The Fiddlehead’s 20th Annual Short Fiction Contest, self-published a book of essays and was offered a 2011 entrance scholarship into UBC’s master’s program in creative writing all within the past few months—fell into writing by default. But for Will Johnson, that’s kind of how it happened.

Biochem grad discovers the joys of research

Mon, 2011-06-13 10:23


When Luke Hughson graduates from UVic this month, he will receive a BSc with honours in biochemistry—an impressive accomplishment. Perhaps even more impressive is that, despite his dedication to academic excellence, he knows how to live a well-balanced life.

Medalist combines interests in electronics and music

Mon, 2011-06-13 09:56

McQuay. Photo: Maria Lironi

If not for the advice of a sharp-eyed registrar at Thompson-Rivers University, Colter McQuay might have never studied engineering. But now the 23-year-old Kamloops native is not only graduating this month with a joint degree in electrical engineering and computer music, he is also the winner of the IEEE Victoria Section Gold Medal in Electrical Engineering for having the highest GPA in his graduating class.

Computer engineering medalist loves what he does

Mon, 2011-06-13 09:36


Not every graduating student can look back and say they loved the difficult assignments and long hours in the library, but David Daobing Gong isn’t your typical graduate. He calls computer engineering his passion and says assignments never seemed like a chore. Sailing through his degree with an A average, ten scholarships and awards, and the IEEE Victoria Section Gold Medal in Computer Engineering, his love for his work has clearly paid off.

Teaching to make a difference

Mon, 2011-06-13 08:55

Kolumbus. Photo: Mark Fjeld.

Since she started playing school with her younger brother at the tender age of six, Faculty of Education graduate Jennifer Kolumbus knew she was destined to become a teacher.

Language traveller

Mon, 2011-06-13 08:49

Soetaert. Photo: Tara Sharpe.

Nichelle Soetaert, winner of the Jubilee Medal in the Humanities for the highest grade-point average in the faculty’s graduating class, wraps languages around herself as if they were straps on a well-used backpack. She has already visited Europe, North Africa, Australia, the Middle East and South America, and graduates this month with a double major (French, Hispanic and Italian Studies).

Undergrad only the beginning

Sun, 2011-06-12 00:00

Francesco Marass’ earliest memories of academic achievement go back to his primary years in his hometown of Trieste, Italy. “It’s always been very gratifying for me to do well. I’ve always enjoyed learning.”

Striking the right chord

Sun, 2011-06-12 00:00

Huang. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Tommy Huang’s love for the piano has been a major influence in his life—it’s even how he met his bride to be: they both studied music at UBC. It’s also the reason he joined UVic’s Gustavson School of Business MBA program.

Organic farmer grad brings higher learning down to earth

Fri, 2011-06-10 11:11

Tunnicliffe. Photo: Jo-Ann Richards/Works Photography

Robin Tunnicliffe is passionate about locally grown food, sustainability and food security on the Saanich Peninsula. Compelled by her passion, she returned to school and studied an interdisciplinary program that combined sociology, women's studies and business. She graduates this June with a master's degree.