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Lace up those running shoes!

On Tuesday, April 29 at noon, join UVic President Jamie Cassels for his next President’s Run, celebrating the end of the academic year and the return of warm weather.

This is the eighth run since Sept. 6 when Cassels first invited students, staff and faculty to join him on the four-to-six kilometre run/walk around campus. Joining the group on Tuesday will be Kyle Irvine, UVic President’s Cup award winner from the men’s middle distance track team. (The President's Cup is given annually to the outstanding student-athlete in fourth or fifth year who best combines scholastic achievement and athletic ability.)

But you don’t have to be a track star to participate. Folks of all fitness levels participate in the mid-day break.

"These runs have been a lot of fun, and I’ve really enjoyed meeting so many of the UVic community," Cassels said. "It's a great way to clear away the mental clutter of classes, exams and busy work schedules; not to mention getting some exercise and enjoying our beautiful campus!"

Runners and walkers are asked to meet a few minutes before noon, at the Student Affairs Plaza, between the UVic Bookstore and McKinnon gym. Rob MacKay and Samantha Doney from Athletics and Recreation will be providing tips and support along the route, along with some cool-down stretches at the end.

So take a break from the books or the meetings and lace up those running shoes for the final President’s Run of the 2013/14 year!

Dates of future runs will be posted on UVic's event calendar:

More info available on the president's website.

New "digs" for popular plant sale

The UVic Plant Sale is moving outdoors, to the lawn adjacent to the Finnerty Gardens entrance at the Interfaith Chapel. The sale is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, with free parking nearby in parking lot 6. The smaller sale will offer a specialized selection, including rhododendrons, perennials and other plants. Music, garden tours (the sale coincides with the height of rhododendron season), growing advice from the volunteer members of Finnerty Garden Friends, and refreshments will be available.

The Finnerty Garden Friends have organized the annual UVic Plant Sale since 1978, raising funds for the ongoing development of Finnerty Gardens. Thousands of visitors—from campus and the community—visit Finnerty Gardens each year for its spectacular rhododendron collection and more than 4,000 varieties of trees and shrubs. The gardens are open year-round and admission is always free.

UVic wins inaugural community impact award

Community spirit is alive and well on campus, and it was recognized on March 26th at the United Way’s 2013 awards ceremony at the Empress Hotel. UVic was the recipient of the UW’s inaugural Community Impact Spirit Award, which recognizes the campaign that has made the greatest impact on our community. While UVic didn’t raise the most money overall, we raised the largest amount ($214,483, or 92 per cent of our total) that will go directly to the United Way for its key impact areas: kids, community and poverty. The remaining eight percent was designated to other specific charities, by donor request. Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis, Chair of UVic’s 2013 United Way Campaign, accepted the award on behalf of the university. “We had a great team for this campaign and our donors responded with enthusiasm and generosity every step of the way,” she said. “Well done!”

Temporary online jobs site launched

Due to technical difficulties with uHire, a temporary online job posting and application system has been introduced.

A new permanent online job management system is expected to be launched in summer 2014, which will greatly improve the experience of those applying for employment at UVic as well as administrators and hiring committee members.

To apply for a job, follow the online instructions at If you have resume information saved in uHire, it will remain available for a limited period of time. Please log into uHire and move saved resumes to your personal files as soon as possible.

If you are a hiring manager, follow the instructions for posting jobs at Job posting information from uHire will remain available to assist you in creating new postings.

Thank you for your patience during this interim period. If you require assistance using the temporary online system, please contact Human Resources at

Beyond the ring

Co-op and Career helps local small business hire students

UVic’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services will help eight to 10 Vancouver Island businesses hire post-secondary students to grow their e-commerce strategies, thanks to a new partnership with Industry Canada’s Small Business Internship Program (SBIP). Through the agreement, UVic Co-op and Career will allocate $80,000 in SBIP funding to small- or medium-sized businesses wishing to hire students for a 12-week internship. Project details can be found at

University presidents say province should lower student loan interest

UVic President David Turpin has joined with his counterparts at BC's three other research-intensive universities in recommending that the BC government make changes in student financial assistance. BC has the nation's highest interest rate on student loans at 2.5 per cent above prime. The presidents point out that changes in student aid programs are necessary in order to reach out to groups of potential student that have traditionally been under-represented in post-secondary education. Vancouver Sun article

Academic burnout on the rise

Post-secondary teaching staff suffer burnout at levels approximating that of health professionals, according to an international literature review published in the journal Educational Research and reported in THE (Times Higher Education). Based on 12 peer-reviewed studies in the United States, Britain, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands, the authors found that those suffering from greater emotional exhaustion included younger staff and women.

Strike at Vancouver Island University settled

The month-long strike by the faculty association at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo ended April 11 and classes will resume Tues, April 12. Key issues involving the handling of possible program cuts and layoffs have not been settled and are being referred to a government-appointed mediator. CBC coverage. Nanaimo Daily News article.