The Ring

PhD grad contributes to ATLAS particle detector

Mon, 2011-11-07 14:40

Courneyea in the ATLAS particle detector pit at CERN in Geneva.
Courneyea in the ATLAS particle detector pit at CERN in Geneva.

Lorraine Courneyea, who graduates this month with her PhD in high-energy physics, just completed the kind of program that every particle-physicist-in-the-making dreams of.

Women’s Studies grad brings formidable intellect to understand society’s most vulnerable

Mon, 2011-11-07 14:38

Charbonneau. Photo: Ali Bosworth
Charbonneau. Photo: Ali Bosworth

Sinead Charbonneau didn’t picture herself attending UVic when she attended Esquimalt High School. Charbonneau is the first of her family to graduate from university and recalls that UVic “didn’t really exist for me” when she was growing up. During her final year of high school, spent with her extended Métis family in Medicine Hat, AB, she was introduced to the work of filmmaker and UVic women’s studies professor, Christine Welsh, who inspired Charbonneau to apply.

Work term in China leads to full-time career

Mon, 2011-11-07 14:01

Jason Zapantis. Photo: Joy Poliquin
Jason Zapantis. Photo: Joy Poliquin

While many soon-to-be graduates are preparing to dive into job search mode, Jason Zapantis can rest easy. The mechanical engineering graduate has been employed by Victoria’s Silian Sapphire for four years, and is happily settled into his role as process engineer.

Law grad reaches back in time for safety of children and families

Thu, 2011-11-03 09:32

Sandy near Telegraph Creek, on the territory of the Tahltan people. Photo credit
Sandy near Telegraph Creek, on the territory of the Tahltan people. Photo credit: Pat Squires

UVic law graduate Nancy Sandy, LLM, looks back to her childhood memories of the Secwepemc world for inspiration in finding and revitalizing St'exelcemc laws, values and customs. Her research has led her to work on the land with many First Nations. One memory of her mother, who passed away in 2003, resonates just as strongly as the echoes from majestic landscapes.

James McAra: An entrepreneur who loves to dance

Thu, 2011-10-27 13:18

James McAra vacationing with his family
James McAra, centre, and sister Betsy, right, vacationing with their parents on a beach in Rio.

James McAra, this year’s Gustavson School of Business Bachelor of Commerce Program silver medalist, likes a challenge. “I heard about this medal when I was in first year,” says McAra. “I like having something to aim for so decided that I was going to try to win it.”

Daniel McCombe: a master of global business

Thu, 2011-10-27 12:56

MGB graduate Daniel McCombe
Daniel McCombe begins his international career at Mazda's European headquarters in Germany

Daniel McCombe’s family and friends are looking forward to seeing him collect his Master of Global Business degree at UVic’s November convocation ceremony. He has been away for a year living his dream and working in Germany.

Anthropology grad follows passion for film, photography and helping others

Tue, 2011-10-25 13:16

Devin Tepleski and children of Bui in Ghana. Photo: Dr. Ann Stahl
Devin Tepleski and children of Bui in Ghana.

Devin Tepleski, who willo receive his BA at Fall Convocation, is making his mark on the world through documentary film and photography: two things he is very passionate about. He started taking classes in anthropology and visual arts at UVic after a year of backpacking from Berlin to Istanbul. He chose anthropology because, as he says, “I wanted to understand how the social world works, and how I fit into it.”

Writing grad embraces her mother tongue

Thu, 2011-06-16 13:26

Victoria Medal winner Kyeren Regehr
Regehr. Photo: John Threlfall

Never let it be said that children are a distraction from academic studies. Just ask Writing grad Kyeren Regehr, who picked up this year's Victoria Medal for highest GPA in the Faculty of Fine Arts—despite being the mother of two. Teetering on the edge of 39, the Australia-born Regehr's kids are now 14 and 4—which, when you add in the fact she did her BA in five years, means she was not only a mom coming in but also gave birth right at the start of her undergrad.


Mon, 2011-06-13 10:40

It’s a time of celebration for thousands of UVic students and their families, friends and professors as UVic confers 3,208 degrees, diplomas and certificates during Spring Convocation ceremonies to be held twice daily (at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) from June 14-17 in the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. Congratulations and best wishes to all convocating students. The ceremonies will be webcast at In the stories linked from below, we profile a few of the many outstanding members of this year’s graduating class.

Twins take different paths to theatre careers

Mon, 2011-06-13 09:51

Kesinee Haney
Kesinee Haney in the title role in the Phoenix Theatre production of Yerma in 2010. Photo: David Lowes

As twin sisters, Kesinee and Joelle Haney have shared many things their life—including a passion for musical theatre. This month, the two will also share the experience of graduating together with BFA degrees in theatre. However, each sister took a different path to come to UVic and their own separate paths through the theatre program.