The Ring

Learning a language is about more than just words

Fri, 2014-08-08 11:45

A summer dance in front of Cadboro Commons. Photo: Suzanne Ahearne.

On a hot summer evening in front of Cadboro Commons, the smell of barbecued meat is still hanging in the air as Kumbia, a local salsa band, hits the first notes of a signature Santana tune, Oye Como Va. The audience is a group of close to 150 international students from more than a dozen countries who are attending UVic’s summer English Language and Culture program.


Engaged scholarship and advocacy worthy of UVic’s highest faculty award

Thu, 2014-04-10 10:19

Boyd. Photo: Susan Henderson.
Boyd. Photo: Susan Henderson.

If you don’t know what it means to be named a UVic Distinguished Professor, don’t fret: they’re a rare breed. The newest recipient, Dr. Susan Boyd, is only the 13th UVic professor to receive the award—the highest academic honour UVic can bestow on faculty—since its creation in 2002.

Boyd’s activist presence on substantive social justice and marginalization issues has led to a tremendous scholarly output.


Teaching awards highlight Alumni Week, Feb. 2-8

Thu, 2014-01-09 16:44

Colgate
Colgate

Alumni Week—honouring the social, economic and artistic impact of UVic graduates—runs from Feb. 2–8 with more than a dozen special events on campus and at alumni branches across Canada and in Asia.


The impact of one French tweet

Mon, 2013-12-23 17:32

@lexico400 Le Robert and the tweet that started it all
The tweet that started it all

Visibilité. The word itself appears on the 1,873th page of the French dictionary Le Grand Robert (12th edition). It can mean “impact” or revealing things clearly. It is also what Dr. Catherine Caws, chair of the UVic French department, achieved with the class of FRAN400: Advanced Studies in French Linguistics: on Sept. 10, the Le Robert editors—without paper or ink and entirely online—reached out impromptu to retweet about the course and to find out more. Now that’s visibility.


UVic in the News: Top 10 of 2013

Thu, 2013-12-19 17:34

Dylan Collins, UVic’s newest Rhodes Scholar. Credit: Photo Services
Dylan Collins is the most recent Top Story of 2013 and UVic's latest Rhodes Scholar. Credit: Photo Services

As UVic looks ahead to 2014, the university is also celebrating a year of compelling news about UVic's people, projects, ideas and research.

Seaweed, dwarf galaxies and an iPad app for ‘the birds and the bees’ are some of the many captivating subjects for stories about UVic over the past 12 months. Here are just 10.


In this engineering course, people skills are a design solution

Tue, 2013-12-03 14:22

Students in ENGR 110 Design and Communication.
Teamwork required. Jayaram Subramaniam (TA), Timothy Salomonsson and Todd Schmid in ENGR 110 Design and Communication.

Aspiring engineers at the University of Victoria are getting something most of their peers across Canada aren’t—hands-on experience from real-world professionals in their first year of post-secondary education.


Advocating in the community interest

Fri, 2013-10-25 12:51

More than 35 years after it began operating in the downtown core, the UVic Law Centre continues to improve access to justice in the community, moving to shared space with the new Victoria Justice Access Centre in the Victoria courthouse late last month.


Wet lab lights a spark for learning

Wed, 2013-10-02 16:16

Landine in lab with an Australian stick bug.
Landine in lab with an Australian stick bug. Photo: Kim Westad

Brett Landine suspects he was not alone in experiencing the low mood that settled in after his second year on campus.

Even so, the outgoing Comox student, who came to the University of Victoria with the quiet hope of becoming a physician, continued to hit the books. He wanted good marks and was willing to work for them, but school became filled with stress and tension.


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 zedwheels.com

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.


Can you “Kick the Plastic”?

Wed, 2013-04-10 11:23

Kick the Plastic team members. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Kick the Plastic team members. Photo: UVic Photo Services

How about making your own toothpaste or using handmade cloth bags to store food? A group of Geography 101A students got inspired and started their own “Kick the Plastic” project after they watched the movie, “The Green Bin Project.”