The Ring

Taking academia underwater

Mon, 2015-06-08 14:15

Irvine. Credit: UVic Photo Services.
Irvine. Credit: UVic Photo Services.

Education grad Mike Irvine took academia beneath the waves for his scuba-diving master's defence

When education grad student Mike Irvine first posed his master’s project research question to his advisor, the idea struck Jason Price as a humourous oxymoron. Irvine wanted to explore how technology could be used as a tool to reconnect kids to nature. 

New co-op funding

Thu, 2015-06-04 14:38

The BC government has announced $6 million in funding (provided through the BC Innovation Council) for students to receive job training in the technology sector.

David Foster, 2015 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year

Thu, 2015-06-04 14:36

David Foster with students
David Foster with students

Most university lectures start with an illustrious speaker at a podium, poised to impart knowledge to students. That cliché was turned upside down by this year’s Gustavson School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year, David Foster, when he recently spoke to Business and Fine Arts students: not only was this class far from a traditional lecture, but the students were engaged and energized right from the start.

After the screening of a video about his career, Foster sat behind a keyboard (“I’ll play if you beg me … and even if you don’t.”) in a lecture theatre.

“So. Business. Let’s talk. Questions?” It didn’t take long before a brisk, incisive, vibrant interchange got underway.

Thai co-op quenches law grad’s thirst for international experience

Thu, 2015-06-04 13:15

Dean of Law Jeremy Webber, Anna Beatch and Al Chandler in the Chandler & Thong-e
Dean of Law Jeremy Webber, Anna Beatch and Al Chandler in the Chandler & Thong-ek offices in Bankok.

Anna Beatch doesn’t like to plan too far ahead, and that feeds her thirst for adventure. She likes a challenge, which is why she chose UVic Law after receiving her undergrad commerce and business law degree from the University of Alberta. “I wanted to challenge myself and push my boundaries,” says Beatch. “I also chose UVic Law because of the co-op program.”

Co-ops give health info sciences grad a competitive edge

Thu, 2015-06-04 13:07


For Emily Mailes of Melbourne, Australia, deciding what to study was a daunting process. “I was not one of those people who always knew what they wanted to do.” 

Six years post-high school and having relocated to Victoria, Emily decided to pick a path and move forward with her life. “UVic’s School of Health Information Sciences stood out,” she says. A relative is a grad who now has an interesting and lucrative career. The global opportunities across the tech sector held considerable appeal along with the school’s promise of guaranteed placement upon graduation. 

From Manila to Broadway

Thu, 2015-06-04 13:02


Professional director sees MFA as stepping-stone to rest of the world

Like many MFA students in the Department of Theatre, director Chari Arespacochaga came to UVic already armed with a strong resume and extensive experience in theatre. A native of the Philippines, Arespacochaga directed professionally in Manila for many years, casting big foreign stars, and touring shows across Asia. Her resume is teeming with major productions of Broadway’s best and most popular musicals including Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, Avenue Q, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Rock of Ages.

A passport stamped "experience"

Thu, 2015-06-04 12:52


Electrical engineering grad Sarah Allan explored her personal and professional interests at home and abroad while at UVic—thanks in large part to the co-op program. “Taking part in the co-op program allowed me to explore many of my personal interests,” she says. “It also allowed me to gain industry knowledge that wouldn’t have possible in a traditional degree program.”

Digitized early map of London continues to bridge time

Wed, 2015-04-22 10:39

Map of Early Modern London - MoEML - London Metropolitan Archives Agas map
Image from MoEML. Credit: The Agas map is used by MoEML with permission from London Metropolitan Archives.

You could walk across London of the 1500s in about 20 minutes. And now, thanks to the survival of a 450-year-old woodcut map, Shakespeare’s world can also "open up to us like a Google map,” says Dr. Janelle Jenstad (English), project director of UVic’s constantly evolving Map of Early Modern London (MoEML).

Student's community engagement recognized with national award

Wed, 2015-04-08 15:07


UVic student Navarana Smith has been named as one of 10 Canadian undergraduates to win a 2015 3M National Student Fellowship, celebrating outstanding student leadership.

Learning the language of assistance

Thu, 2015-04-02 17:09

Students at the bake sale.
Students at the bake sale.

Gerry Luton knows the value of hands-on learning—especially when absorbing something as difficult to grasp as a new language. For the past 27 years Luton has been teaching English to international students through UVic’s English Language Centre (ELC)—and his students find success extends far beyond cue cards, language tapes and textbooks.