The Ring

An intertidal explorer

Thu, 2013-11-07 13:56

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 12:15


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 12:09

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 11:59

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.

From campus to incorporated: Engineering grads launch Audilent Technologies Inc.

Thu, 2013-11-07 11:51

L–R: Ouellette, Cunningham and Holland. Photo: UVic photo services
L–R: Ouellette, Cunningham and Holland. Photo: UVic photo services

When Sean Cunningham, Carissa Ouellette and Matt Holland started working on their final engineering design project last September, they had no idea that it would become the foundation for a new company, but they knew they were onto something really exciting.  The three electrical engineering students began their joint “3D Stereo Navigation” project, an audio-based GPS mobile application for the visually impaired, and soon discovered that what they were working on had never been done successfully in the academic or commercial world.

Congratulations, Fall 2013 grads!

Thu, 2013-11-07 10:17

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Fall Convocation, which stretches across four ceremonies conducted during Nov. 12 and 13, the University of Victoria will award degrees, diplomas and certificates to 1,251 students.

Honorary Degrees Span Literature and Science

Wed, 2013-11-06 16:36


The university will award two honorary degrees during Fall Convocation Ceremonies in recognition of the exceptional achievements of poet Patrick Lane and chemist George Whitesides.

Seventh UVic presidential installation to enhance fall convocation ceremony

Wed, 2013-11-06 10:43

UVic President Jamie Cassels
UVic President Jamie Cassels

During the convocation ceremony on Nov. 12 at 10 a.m., University of Victoria President Jamie Cassels, QC, will be sharing the stage with students—several of whom he taught as a professor in UVic's Faculty of Law. Cassels will stand before his students as a locally and nationally recognized legal scholar and teacher, and he will also be publicly and officially recognized as a different kind of leader: UVic's seventh president and vice-chancellor.

Economics grad knows the real value of safe drinking water

Thu, 2013-10-31 13:27

Moussa Traore scooping water.
Traore. Photo: UVic Photo Services

“Water is a natural resource essential for life,” says Moussa Traore, an economics student in the Faculty of Social Sciences who receives his BSc from UVic this month.

Traore arrived in Montreal seven years ago—leaving his home in Burkina Faso, Africa, a landlocked country that has endured a series of droughts and military coups over the past few decades.

Kundoqk, bringing Nuuyum

Fri, 2013-07-26 13:36

Kundoqk, Dr. Jacquie Green at Spring 2013 convocation ceremony
Kundoqk, Dr. Jacquie Green. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Kundoqk, the Indigenous name of the new director of UVic’s School of Social Work, means “journeying over the mountain with belongings on my back.” The name was gifted to her parents on their wedding day. In 1995, Jacquie Louise Green (Kundoqk’s European name) moved her two daughters and their household belongings from northern BC, over mountains and marine passages, to Victoria so she could pursue a BSW (1997) and MPA (2000) at UVic.