The Ring

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.

UVic to award five honorary degrees in Spring 2013

Mon, 2013-06-03 12:57

Five individuals with exceptional records of distinction in public service, research and teaching will accept honorary degrees at Spring Convocation ceremonies. Drawing from nominations received from the university community, the UVic Senate selects honorary degree recipients on the basis of their accomplishments in community, national or international service. Podcasts of the acceptance remarks of honorary degree recipients will be available following the ceremonies at

The university has conferred honorary degrees each year since 1964 based on nominations submitted to the UVic Senate from members of the university community. Past recipients include Prince Philip, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Coast Salish artist Susan Point.

For the love of science

Mon, 2013-06-03 12:42


UVic’s first neuroscience program graduate moved to Victoria to study – and she intends to stay.

Anna Patten found UVic’s graduate program in neuroscience, which will confer its first degree to her this June, through love. Not just love of science – but for the young Canadian man she met while working in a British pub.

International business student seizes opportunities

Mon, 2013-06-03 12:20


George Fu, an international student from Guangzhou, China, is graduating with his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Gustavson School of Business. Fu took part in the school’s dual degree program which allowed him to begin his academic career at his home university of Sun Yat Sen before moving to Victoria to complete his degrees.