The Ring

From Manila to Broadway

Thu, 2015-06-04 12:02


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 11:52


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 09:39

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 14:07


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 16:09

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.

Makerspaces matter

Tue, 2015-03-31 14:58

Wooden skull replica from Victorian stickpin. Images: Courtesy of Maker Lab.

Update (Oct. 28, 2015): The first Kit for Cultural History was unveiled this month at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The kits will also be presented Nov. 20 at 12:30 p.m. in UVic's David Strong Building (room C116), with physical copies being sent to universities across North America.

Gear up for a career: the mock interview

Thu, 2015-03-05 11:34


UVic Law’s 40th anniversary: a legal education of quality and commitment

Thu, 2015-03-05 09:52

2015 is a banner year for UVic Law: its 40th anniversary. We often think of UVic Law as a young faculty, but it has now delivered four decades of first-class legal education.  

On March 6 and 7, the faculty will celebrate this milestone with a series of events for alumni, faculty, students and friends. It is a time to take stock. What kind of law school is UVic? What distinctive contributions has it made to Canadian legal education over the last 40 years? Or, to put the question with a little more edge: Would British Columbia, would Canada, be any different if UVic Law had not been founded?

Two UVic programs each awarded $500,000 for Diamond Jubilee scholarships

Mon, 2015-03-02 17:03

UVic student Natalia Yang during a CAPI internship.
UVic student Natalia Yang during a CAPI internship.

University of Victoria students will benefit from a new scholarship program to help shape the next generation of global leaders. The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives and the Co-operative Education Program and Career Services have both received funding from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program—a joint initiative of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the Community Foundations of Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation.

A curriculum of care at Our Place

Wed, 2015-02-04 17:48

Nursing student Yana Vashuk standing in front of Our Place, downtown Victoria
Nursing student Yana Vashuk. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Two UVic collaborations serving vulnerable populations provide learning opportunities for students

Many people across Greater Victoria volunteer to improve the lives of our community’s most vulnerable people. UVic collaborations in nursing and business go a step further, shaping learning experiences in the spirit of service.