The Ring

Students aim to send satellite into space

Wed, 2012-10-17 08:32

L-R: Shayne Casavant, Nigel Syrotuck and Justin Saukarookoff of the UVic ECOSat
L-R: Shayne Casavant, Nigel Syrotuck and Justin Saukarookoff of the UVic ECOSat team. Photo: Mitch Wright

University of Victoria students are aiming to take their engineering expertise to new heights.

The university’s extracurricular ECOSat team was one of three finalists out of 12 university teams competing in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, which wrapped up Sept. 29 in Ottawa with the announcement of a second offering of the competition with similar parameters.

Turning the wheels of change: Indigenizing the Academy

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:09

Detail from 'S'i:wes' by Jonathan (Jonny) Williams, Stó:lō artist from the Chíyó
Detail from 'S'i:wes' by Jonathan (Jonny) Williams, Stó:lō artist from the Chíyó:m First Nation

In the recent past, colonizers used education—most notably in the form of residential schools—as a powerful weapon in an effort to destroy Indigenous cultures. In late August, more than 250 people from 33 postsecondary educational institutions across Canada gathered at the Chilliwack campus of the University of the Fraser Valley—in traditional Stó:lō territory—to explore ways to make postsecondary education serve Indigenous students and their communities better.

Student reservists receive Jubilee medals

Thu, 2012-10-04 08:51

L-R: Ryan and Hargrove with their Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals. Pho
L-R: Ryan and Hargrove with their Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals. Photo: Petty Officer 2nd Class Al Van Akker

Two University of Victoria students were recently recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their community contributions. Ryan Flagg and Nicholas Hargrove are both members at HMCS Malahat, the Royal Canadian Navy’s reserve division in Victoria, as well as undergraduate students at UVic. They received their medals Sept. 15.

UVic athletes compete at the Olympics, Paralympics

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:55

Silver medalists Canada’s Men’s Eights, Bergen and Csima
Silver medalists Canada’s Men’s Eights, Bergen and Csima

UVic athletes made major contributions to the successes of Canada’s teams competing in the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in London. In the lead-up to the 2012 Summer Olympics many knew that the unparalleled success of Canadian athletes at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver would be a tough act to follow. However, after an exciting 14 days that ran the gamut of unbelievable successes to heartbreaking failures, Vikes and Vikes alumni earned just shy of a quarter of our nation’s Olympic medals.

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

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:30

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.

Bearing witness—UVic’s Holocaust field school

Wed, 2012-07-11 09:59

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).

Vanier scholarships for five UVic students

Wed, 2012-07-11 07:53

Five UVic PhD students received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships this year, the highest number so far. The Government of Canada’s Vanier Scholarship program attracts and retains world-class doctoral students and helps establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Each scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years.

New UVic students receive Schulich Leader Scholarships

Wed, 2012-07-11 07:52


Schulich Leader Scholarships have awarded two University of Victoria undergraduate students each a $60,000 four-year entrance scholarship—the largest science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based scholarship of its kind in Canada. Jennifer Borchert, a graduate of Clarence Fulton Secondary School in Vernon, BC, and Aliya Khan of Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver are two of 40 students from 20 Canadian universities receiving the scholarship.

Student I-witness--2012 Holocaust Field School

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:49

Participants in UVic's 2nd annual I-witness Holocaust Field School (Berlin, Warsaw, Cracow, Prague) returned from Central Europe in June 2012 with a collection of photographs hinting at the life-changing experience overseas.

Click here to view the photo essay.

Several participants also provided "notes from the field." The group of UVic students, led by program director and UVic professor Dr. Charlotte Schallié, arrived in Berlin on May 14. These three despatches were sent from Europe on May 27 exclusively for The Ring, in addition to the blog posts while the group was overseas. They returned home on June 3.

Residential school resistance narratives: Video project

Fri, 2012-05-11 11:05

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) regional event in Victoria Apr. 13-14 included the premiere of seven videos produced by seven young Indigenous researchers for the UVic Centre for Youth and Society (CFYS)’s project, “Resistance Narratives: Strategies and Significance for Indigenous Youth.” Using digital storytelling, the youth identified and celebrated strategies of resistance that enabled family and community members to survive the Indian Residential Schools of Vancouver Island.