The Ring

Ski jumper compares Olympic experience to engineering program

Thu, 2011-06-09 11:43

Nell forejumping at the 2010 Olympics
Nell forejumping at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler

Michael Nell is a man who knows how to get a jump on the competition. That could be because he was a member of the 2006 Canadian Winter Olympic Ski Jumping Team and a competitor on the Canadian National Team for four years. But it could just as easily be chalked up to his 2010 award for Best Mechanical Project from the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers in their Senior Design Project contest, and his dynamic ability to balance various volunteering commitments while graduating from UVic with a distinguished academic record.

Vikes soccer grad helping the sporting world achieve equity

Thu, 2011-06-09 11:37

Snell and John A. Charles, President of the Dominica Olympic Committee
Snell and John A. Charles, President of the Dominica Olympic Committee

Former University of Victoria Vikes soccer player Jackie Snell, graduating with a BA in Recreation and Health Education, has taken her passion for sport and is now making a difference in the global sporting community, preparing the Caribbean island country of Dominica for international competitions.

Giving children what they need

Thu, 2011-06-09 11:27

Gibson. Photo: Crystal Bergeron

For Misha Gibson, teaching is “all about community.”

“I didn’t have the best educational experience in high school,” explains Gibson. “I went to school in an affluent neighbourhood where most kids had everything, and I did not. It was very cliquey and I never really felt that I belonged.”

Partner helped science student achieve top ranking

Thu, 2011-06-09 11:21

Foerster. Photo: Robie Liscomb

When Lincoln Foerster receives a BSc with honours in microbiology at graduation from UVic this month, he will also lay claim to the University of Victoria Jubilee Medal for Science for achieving the highest grade-point average in his class. Foerster has accumulated a perfect 9.0.

Local graduate has an international focus

Thu, 2011-06-09 11:16


His school is close to home, but his research has already had a global impact. Darren Boss, a native of Victoria, BC, graduates from UVic this spring with the Jubilee Medal in Social Sciences for the highest undergraduate grade-point average in that faculty.

Star student builds a bright future

Thu, 2011-06-09 11:00

Bakker. Photo: Sasha Gronsdahl

“The last time I was in a newspaper, I was about ten,” laughs Craig Bakker. But behind his laidback and unassuming demeanour is a very accomplished student whose time in the spotlight is long overdue.

Top PhD student explores technological posthumanism

Thu, 2011-06-09 10:54

Cecchetto. Photo: Anna Höstman

Have you ever been without your mobile device and felt not quite entirely yourself, as though your very existence were somehow diminished? If you’ve felt such technology withdrawal, then you’ve experienced a visceral awareness of the posthuman condition.

Honorary degrees for four leaders

Thu, 2011-06-09 10:10


This spring’s contingent of honorary degree recipients includes the man who led the organization of the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games, a scientist at the helm of the CERN physics lab, a First Nations’ artifact conservationist and a leading interpreter of Coast Salish culture.

UVic 'brought out the best' in award-winning grad

Thu, 2011-06-02 14:32

Melchior. Photo: Bryna Hallam

Kayla Melchior was initially attracted to the University of Victoria by the campus's beauty. Even driving through a blizzard to get here didn't deter her—and neither did the West Coast's wet weather.

Protecting the Sacred Cycle through leadership

Thu, 2011-06-02 14:14

Thomas. Photo: Ted Kuzemski.

Every Indigenous community has them: strong women who are the backbones of their families and communities. “Often these women are not acknowledged for their leadership roles,” says Robina Thomas (Qwul’sih’yah’maht), who this spring will become the first Coast Salish woman to graduate with a PhD from Indigenous Governance. “One, because they never look to be acknowledged and second because they are not in any formal type of leadership positions, but nonetheless they are leaders.”