The Ring

French course takes Tour de France to new level

Wed, 2013-06-19 10:07

De Rosnay racing in Victoria's Bastion Square Grand Prix 2013
Emile Fromet de Rosay (on left) in Victoria's Bastion Square GP 2013. PHOTO: Brad Head at

Enrolment for courses which immediately captivate the interest of students can be as smooth as coasting downhill in the Pyrenees. This is what assistant professor Dr. Emile Fromet de Rosnay was hoping, and has witnessed firsthand, for his new online course starting five days before the Tour de France, now in its 100th year.

UVic celebrates Ulysses discovery for Bloomsday

Thu, 2013-06-13 12:24

Sketch of Joyce

Poring through the University of Victoria's Special Collections catalogues earlier this year, post-doctoral student Matt Huculak (English) stepped into a literary scholar’s dream: he had his hands on a pirated edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, within the pages of an obscure literary journal.

SSHRC Storytellers: Videos by UVic students tell the story

Fri, 2013-05-17 14:26

SSHRC Video Challenge: The Storytellers

Four UVic teams are among 25 winners of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) video contest Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers involving universities across Canada. Here is their story.

UVic archive tells Holocaust survivor stories for future generations

Tue, 2013-04-09 13:57

UVic archive project: two of its co-founders, Helga Thorson and Jason Michaud
Thorson and Michaud in April 2013

April 15, 2013 is an anniversary date of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Before that milestone, a research team of scholars, students and community members was busy collecting stories and perspectives over the previous 15 months for a unique new archival project now serving as a collection point for local life narratives of individuals who experienced the Holocaust directly.

Students pitch winning business plans

Tue, 2013-04-09 00:00

This year’s PlanIt! business plan competition saw 12 strong teams from all across campus compete over two days. Each team had to present their complete business plan to participating judges: Jenifer Chilcott, Jill Doucette, Mark Mawhinney, Hilary Smith, Mike Tan, Richard Tuck and Marty Ward.

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.

Admission partnership clears path from NIC to UVic

Wed, 2013-03-13 12:09

NIC’s president Dr. Jan Lindsay and UVic President David Turpin. Photo: North Is
NIC’s president Dr. Jan Lindsay and UVic President David Turpin. Photo: North Island College.

Post-secondary students from up-Island are finding a clear path to the University of Victoria through dual admission and guaranteed admission partnerships with North Island College (NIC). The success of the agreements—signed in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and both implemented in 2011—was celebrated March 6 at NIC’s campus in the Comox Valley during a special student reception involving UVic President Dr. David Turpin and NIC President Dr. Jan Lindsay.

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.

BCom students take second place in national sustainability challenge

Fri, 2013-03-08 07:48

Gustavson Greenshifters, (L-R) Chen, Staynor, Sallows, Qin. Photo UVic Photo Ser
Gustavson Greenshifters, (L-R) Chen, Staynor, Sallows, Qin. Photo UVic Photo Services

Upcycling chopsticks to furniture earned a quartet of business students one of the top two spots—and $15,000—in the national Walmart Green Student Challenge in Toronto Feb. 26. Vinson Chen, AJ Qin, Jennifer Sallows, and Rebecca Staynor, calling themselves the Gustavson Greenshifters, beat students from universities across Canada when they came second out of more than 150 groups that began competing last fall.

Science honours students exhibit their research

Fri, 2013-03-08 07:21

Anyone needing proof that students love learning through research had only to attend the second annual Faculty of Science Honours Fest March 1, where students vied for thousands of dollars in prize money. The Bob Wright Centre lobby buzzed with action as the 48 competitors—almost triple the number from last year—presented their research to judges, fellow students and community members.