The Ring

Peer Helping Program: Creating connections for 25 years

Tue, 2011-11-01 20:56

Peer Helper Amy Gordichuk describes the program to potential volunteers
Peer Helper Amy Gordichuk describes the program to potential volunteers at the UVic fountain. PHOTO: Peer Helper Wes Paylor

This year, UVic’s Peer Helping Program is celebrating its 25th year of transforming lives. Both within the program and through campus outreach initiatives, volunteer peer helpers create safe spaces for their peers to share their experiences and seek support. But most importantly, the program is about making connections. 

Student Refugee Program changes lives at UVic

Thu, 2011-10-06 09:44

L-R: Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle and Hanna Godalle Photo: Sasha Gronsdahl
L-R: Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle and Hanna Godalle Photo: Sasha Gronsdahl

The arrivals area of the Victoria International Airport is generally a pretty quiet place. So this August, when it was filled with UVic students holding brightly coloured signs in Swahili, it was clear they were celebrating an important occasion. The welcoming committee was there to greet Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle, and Hanna Godalle to Canada. The three students were sponsored to come to Canada and study at UVic through the World University Service of Canada’s (WUSC) Student Refugee Program.

Board gives green light to CARSA facility

Wed, 2011-07-13 09:18

UVic’s Board of Governors has approved funding for the construction of the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities and the renovation of the McKinnon Building. Among other features, the $59-million project will include a performance gymnasium, field house and a state-of-the-art fitness and weight-training space. It will greatly enhance UVic’s health-related research and educational programs by providing room for teaching and research for the Department of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education.

The eye of history--Holocaust Field School

Tue, 2011-07-12 09:36

UVic undergraduate Jason Michaud at permanent exhibition in Oskar Schindler’s factory in Krakow, Poland. Photo: Lauren Petersen

Mounds of leather trunks. Thousands of prosthetic limbs. Streets dotted with brass stones carved with names.

These are some of the images now part of the personal history of nearly two dozen University of Victoria students after a visit to Central Europe in May 2011. The I-witness Holocaust Field School, launched by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies as a three-unit course this year, was held in Germany, Poland and Austria.

Student I-witness Blog--Holocaust Field School

Tue, 2011-07-12 08:24

What follows are excerpts from the student blog for the inaugural I-witness Holocaust Field School, which took place in Central Europe from May 8 to 28, 2011. The field school was launched by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies this year, and is the only course of its kind being offered to undergraduate students at a Canadian university.

Click here for a special visual essay of the sites described below and click here for a related article including photos of the same.

Doctoral student wins coveted national award to research Nuu-chah-nulth legal framework

Mon, 2011-06-13 10:47

Mack. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Johnny Mack, a PhD candidate in UVic’s Graduate Program in Law and Society, is one of 14 doctoral students across Canada who has received a prestigious three-year scholarship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
This is the second year in a row and the fourth time in six years that a UVic student has received this honour. The $180,000 award will assist Mack in investigating how traditional socio-political and legal frameworks of the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Vancouver Island could be reformed to better reflect the realities and issues their communities face today.

Journal provides research outlet for undergrads

Mon, 2011-06-06 08:51

UVic undergraduate students no longer have to wait until they’re in graduate school to publish their research. The Arbutus Review, an online interdisciplinary research journal published through the UVic library, gives undergrads an outlet for their scholarship.

Counsellling grads the 'bridge' between Aboriginal and Western healing

Thu, 2011-06-02 15:23

For years, Lorna Williams had heard about and seen certified counsellors arriving in First Nations communities without the proper preparation and knowledge to work effectively and respectfully with their Aboriginal clients. In frustration, the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning searched for a better way to educate counsellors in both Indigenous and Western approaches to emotional and psychological healing. The result was the UVic-developed master’s program in counselling for Aboriginal communities—the first of its kind in the country—and 15 of the inaugural program graduates receive their degrees this month.

Grad student discovers pages from an 1856 BC marriage register

Mon, 2011-05-09 10:10

Fairweather with the document she discovered
Fairweather with the document she discovered. Photo: Robie Liscomb

This past March, I made a little discovery while doing primary source research for a detailed bibliography and history of the book graduate course Old Books in New Libraries. Offered by the French department and taught by Dr Hélène Cazes, this class met in UVic Special Collections. We explored the history and mechanics of book printing, as well as how to write bibliographical notices. We got to spend our time digging through treasures from the library vault, with ancient and unique books brought up by the cartload for us to examine.

Undergraduate research showcase

Thu, 2011-04-07 09:15

On Tuesday, April 5th the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Fair took place in the Student Union Building. This was the second year for the event, showcasing 76 students’ original research. Mary Sanseverino, computer science faculty and interim director of the Learning and Teaching Centre, was the master of ceremonies for the official program. The attendees were greeted by Butch Dick, elder-in-training from the Songhees Nation, with a welcome and traditional song.