The Ring

Canadian Museums Association award for Joy Davis

2015-06-04 13:59

This April, Director of Community Relations Dr. Joy Davis received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award Canadian Museums Association for her extraordinary work directing UVic’s Cultural Resource Management program for more than 30 years. “Joy developed the world’s first academic distance education courses in museum studies, supporting professionals from as far afield as Rankin Inlet, Haida Gwaii, Kenya and the Falkland Islands,” noted Dr. Robert Janes, of the museums association. “While Joy has consistently created widely respected—and enthusiastically evaluated—learning opportunities, the real significance of her work lies in the difference these have made across the museum sector, long after coursework is complete.” 


In memoriam: Dr. Martha Farrell

2015-06-04 13:39

Dr. Martha Farrell.

Dr. Martha Farrell, a long-time associate of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) and the School of Public Administration, was killed May 13th in a Taliban terrorist attack on the Kabul guesthouse where she was staying. Farrell was in Afghanistan with the Aga Khan Foundation leading workshops on gender and anti-violence for Afghan locals and government officials.


Spring 2015 convocation medals

2015-06-04 11:37

The Governor-General’s Gold Medal (best Doctoral thesis)
Michelle Parker — PhD, Biochemistry

The Governor General’s Silver Medal (top undergraduate student)
Kristy Inouye — BSc Honours in Kinesiology

Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal (best Master’s thesis)
Malcolm Bowles — MSc, Mathematics


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Carmel Chamberlain, coming full circle with United Way

Carmel Chamberlain, of UVic’s School of Public Health and Social Policy, knows full well the healing potential and importance of having a network of different types of support during times of struggle. This is especially true when the safety and happiness of one’s family is on the line. Carmel has been on both sides of the United Way’s efforts, both accessing United Way funded programs and services, and recently working with United Way as a Loaned Representative during the 2014 Greater Victoria fundraising campaign.

In memoriam: Joyce Underwood

The university lost a dear and valued member of the community on Monday, May 18 with the passing of Joyce Underwood. Underwood was a founding member of the Elders’ Voices program, which brings the stories, songs, language, culture and traditions of Indigenous communities to life at UVic and at Camosun College. Her involvement helped shape the program, bringing elders from local communities to guide students, staff, faculty and administration in Indigenous ways of knowing and being. She was well known for having a kind word and a smile for everybody she met, and supported the spirit, work and life of the university in ways that are difficult to count.

Dean of Science reappointed

Dr. Rob Lipson has been reappointed for a further term as Dean of the Faculty of Science. “Dean Lipson has served effectively as the public face of the faculty, promoting science throughout the university, in the community and with external agencies,” says Dr. Valerie Kuehne, Vice-President Academic and Provost.

Day in the Life: Daphne Donaldson

You would be forgiven if you believed that Daphne Donaldson had invented the phrase “keep calm and carry on.”  After a 30-year career at UVic and many years as the university’s emergency planner, she concedes that “the moment I hear a fire truck I hesitate because I wonder if something has occurred. I’m attuned to those sorts of noises.”