The Ring

Advocating in the community interest

Fri, 2013-10-25 12:51

More than 35 years after it began operating in the downtown core, the UVic Law Centre continues to improve access to justice in the community, moving to shared space with the new Victoria Justice Access Centre in the Victoria courthouse late last month.


Xenia near Arma - Another UVic International Field School

Thu, 2013-10-03 11:19

EBAP member and UVic undergrad Sam Bartlett (foreground) on first morning of Eleon dig, June 2013. ALL PHOTOS: Brendan Burke

The people of ancient Eleon left many traces, but very few coins are being unearthed at an active archaeological site near the village of Arma in central Greece. The earliest inhabitants lived in pre-monetary times.

And money mattered far less than hospitality when 27 people arrived this summer.


Wet lab lights a spark for learning

Wed, 2013-10-02 16:16

Landine in lab with an Australian stick bug.
Landine in lab with an Australian stick bug. Photo: Kim Westad

Brett Landine suspects he was not alone in experiencing the low mood that settled in after his second year on campus.

Even so, the outgoing Comox student, who came to the University of Victoria with the quiet hope of becoming a physician, continued to hit the books. He wanted good marks and was willing to work for them, but school became filled with stress and tension.


Archeology students discover ancient clam gardens on Russell Island

Thu, 2013-08-22 11:02

Clam garden excavations
Clam garden excavations on Russell Island

A dozen university students spent part of their summer exploring ancient First Nation villages in the Southern Gulf Islands and discovering 1,000 year old clam gardens on Russell Island — and earned course credit doing it. The UVic “Archaelogy of the Salish Sea” field school provided an opportunity to learn scientific methods and techniques and learn from and listen to Coast Salish Elders.


Can you “Kick the Plastic”?

Wed, 2013-04-10 11:23

Kick the Plastic team members. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Kick the Plastic team members. Photo: UVic Photo Services

How about making your own toothpaste or using handmade cloth bags to store food? A group of Geography 101A students got inspired and started their own “Kick the Plastic” project after they watched the movie, “The Green Bin Project.”


To serve and learn

Thu, 2013-04-04 10:47

Project Serve Day volunteers at Woodwyn Farm. Torry Harris is at far right.
Project Serve Day volunteers at Woodwyn Farm. Torry Harris is at far right.

On March 16 UVic Residence Life and Education in partnership with Volunteer Victoria held Project Serve Day, where 70 UVic participants performed acts of service at six locations in the Greater Victoria Area. Project Serve programs inspire students to be actively engaged in community and social change through volunteer action and structured, critical reflection about their experiences.


Undergrad creates chaos machine

Mon, 2013-03-11 10:40

Davis with his triple pendulum setup. Photo: Mitch Wright
Davis with his triple pendulum setup. Photo: Mitch Wright

Chaos intrigues Austin Davis—so much so that he’s structuring his remaining undergraduate courses around studying it. Davis was already interested in chaos theory when he was handed the assignment of mathematically modeling a complicated differential system. He chose a triple pendulum to demonstrate the chaotic system and astonished his professor, Dr. Anthony Quas (math and statistics), by going far beyond the assignment parameters and actually building the pendulum at home.


Norman Crewe of IOS named top co-op employer

Thu, 2013-03-07 12:50

Crewe
Crewe

On February 26, analytical research chemist Norman Crewe of Fisheries and Oceans Canada was presented with the 2012 Co-op Employer of the Year Award from among seven outstanding co-op employers nominated by UVic Co-op and Career staff.


Learning through community service

Wed, 2013-01-09 09:02

Susan Zerb, executive director of SVSS and Ravlic outside the Saanich Volunteer
Susan Zerb, executive director of SVSS and Ravlic outside the Saanich Volunteer Services Society building.

In 2012, UVic offered its first two courses focused on community service learning (CSL). UVic Co-op and Career partnered with the Faculty of Social Sciences to provide a 300-level CSL course called Working in Community (SOSC 300) in the Fall and Spring 2012 semesters. Co-op and Career and the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies also offered a second-year CSL course called Intercultural Service Learning (PAAS 209) last September, which had 15 participants and was supported by the Learning Without Borders Fund offered through UVic’s Learning and Teaching Centre.


Coast Salish traditions shared

Tue, 2013-01-08 14:50

Tsartlip Elder May Sam assists anthropology student Silas Holdstock with his kni
Tsartlip Elder May Sam assists anthropology student Silas Holdstock with his knitting project. Photo: UVic Photo Services

“Learning Coast Salish traditional knitting from Elder May Sam, and knitters Joni and Adam Olsen was a wonderful experience,” says Rosa McBee, anthropology student. May Sam, Joni Olsen and Adam Olse—all knitters from the Tsartlip First Nation—taught students the basic art form of traditional Coast Salish knitting each week as part of the third-year Anthropology of Art course last term.