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Writing contest reflects diversity

Fri, 2012-01-27 14:33

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 11:45

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 11:36

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 11:36

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 07:59

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 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.