The Ring

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.


Tla-o-qui-at student shares knowledge in Ghana

Mon, 2012-09-10 09:30

Wenstob, in traditional hat, at a cultural performance with Ghanaians
Wenstob, in traditional hat, at a cultural performance with Ghanaians

Visual Arts and Indigenous Studies (minor) student Hjalmer Wenstob went to Ghana this summer as a First Nations research apprentice under the mentorship of geography professor Dr. Phil Dearden. Wenstob, a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation, whose traditional territory is around Tofino, was interested in learning about eco-tourism and community-based conservation practices in other parts of the world.


A CAPI Intern in the Philippines

Mon, 2012-09-10 09:00

Haydn Shook (far right) with friends in the Philippines
Haydn Shook (far right) with friends in the Philippines

Life gives us unexpected opportunities. Last year, while browsing through the UVic Co-op directory, I spotted an internship placement at Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) in Quezon City, the Philippines, offered by UVic’s Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI). I had just finished my first year of UVic Law, and a summer of articling at a Vancouver Island firm. I was looking for a new challenge—one that would complement my legal education by giving me some extra-jurisdictional experience. CAPI’s placement fit the bill.


Bearing witness—UVic’s Holocaust field school

Wed, 2012-07-11 10:59

Barracks at Auschwitz. Photo: Tristan Swainson
Barracks at Auschwitz. Photo: Tristan Swainson

A dozen participants of UVic’s second annual I-witness Holocaust field school project are now eyewitnesses to the sights, memories and history of the Holocaust. One of those is UVic alumna Dawn Smith (Nuu-chah-nulth from Ehattesaht; Coast Salish from Tsawout).


Lemonade Tycoons

Sun, 2012-07-01 14:34

L-R: Jiaying Liu, Keenan Berg, Chris Harper, Peter Thomas, Ashleigh Fourie and A
L-R: Jiaying Liu, Keenan Berg, Chris Harper, Peter Thomas, Ashleigh Fourie and Alex Currie. Photo: Jennifer Oakes

During 10 intense, lemon-squeezing days in May, BCom students Jiaying Liu, Ashleigh Fourie, Chris Harper, Alex Currie and Keenan Berg produced and sold lemonade at UVic and community events. Their juicy project earned a profit of 65¢ per glass and with every serving they sold, they also solicited donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The students added up their profit plus donations for a total gift of almost $1,400.