The Ring

"I found my voice at the UN"

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:18

Slade. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Slade. Photo: Robie Liscomb

In September 2011, I received an email detailing an opportunity to attend the pre-session for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The email, from the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS), was calling for youth ambassadors to speak about their life experiences being Aboriginal Canadians in todays’ society.

Entrepreurship program breeds success

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:10

Volkers receives Mitacs Accelerate Program award from Minister of State (Science
Volkers receives Mitacs Accelerate Program award from Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear

When musician, author and broadcaster Jann Arden wanted to tap into social media to boost exposure for her new book Falling Backwards, she turned to YUPIQ, a Victoria-based company that sprung directly from research by UVic Master’s in Engineering students Logan Volkers, Will Fraser, Torben Werner and Jeff Crowe. The relationship meant Arden was able to access 24 times more people, which is significant given Arden’s established national presence as an entertainer.

Ideal teachers share best practices

Thu, 2012-02-09 11:12

Pufahl, left, discusses teaching with Smith. Photo: Beth Doman
Pufahl, left, discusses teaching with Smith. Photo: Beth Doman

Great teachers  help shape lives. That’s why movies like Finding Forrester, Dead Poets Society and To Sir, With Love can resonate so deeply. Now, a new initiative launched in January by UVic’s Learning and Teaching Centre is helping inspire the next generation of university professors. Teaching excellence is a top priority at UVic, and at the end of January, past recipients of UVic teaching awards opened their classroom doors for two days to graduate students for a firsthand experience of excellent teaching in action.

Ted Grant photos take us behind the scenes with Island Medical Program students

Thu, 2012-02-09 10:58

Grant, showing some of his medical photographs. Photo: Arnold LIm
Grant, showing some of his medical photographs. Photo: Arnold LIm

His most famous photo is of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau sliding down a banister. But of all he’s shot in 60 years as a photographer, Ted Grant’s favourite work is the photo series he has done of doctors and nurses at work.

Writing contest reflects diversity

Fri, 2012-01-27 15:33

Coming out, homelessness, mental wellness, child labour… entries in the 2011 Diversity Writing Contest left few stones unturned on the themes of diversity, equity and inclusion. Congratulations to the winning writers, who were recognized during the opening reception of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum on Jan. 23 in First Peoples House.

Undergrad class publishes book on development economics topics

Mon, 2012-01-09 12:45

Most university students don’t have their research published until they are in graduate school—not so for students in Dr. Alok Kumar’s third-year Development and Economics course. Kumar compiled his students’ research into a book—Governance, Social and Physical Infrastructure, and Development—that was recently published by Lambert Academic Publication in Germany.

Students help local organizations improve energy efficiency

Mon, 2012-01-09 12:36

Last term, I was a member of one of six teams including UVic students who participated in the CRD’s Ready, Set, Solve Challenge. The Challenge paired students from local post-secondary institutions with local organizations to help solve small—but real—energy efficiency and climate-related challenges.

Rolling out the welcome mat

Thu, 2012-01-05 12:36

Welcome Centre Receptionist Cheryl Lawrence helps a visitor at the newly opened
Welcome Centre Receptionist Cheryl Lawrence helps a visitor. Photo: UVic Photo Services

“Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome” are not just words in the popular song “Cabaret,” but part of the everyday vocabulary and philosophy for staff at who have rolled out the welcome mat at UVic’s newly opened Welcome Centre.

Located on the first floor of the University Centre next to the cafeteria, the new centre promises to be a “one stop shop” of information for prospective and current students, staff, faculty and visitors to campus.

Student, business school win big at Monopoly

Fri, 2011-12-02 08:59

UVic Gill Graduate School MBA student Sophia Garza
Gill MBA student Sophia Garza with winning monopoly strategy

The last thing Sophia Garza expected to be doing as part of her MBA studies was playing Monopoly—for money, not the faux dollars you usually find packaged with the game board. But things are different at the Gustavson Business School’s Sardul S. Gill Graduate School.

Peer Helping Program: Creating connections for 25 years

Tue, 2011-11-01 21:56

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.