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UVic VP receives national recognition

2014-06-17 10:40

University of Victoria Vice President External Relations Carmen Charette has been named this year’s recipient of the national Walter Hitschfeld Award from the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators.

The prestigious award is presented to “an individual who has demonstrated an exceptional impact on the enhancement of the research environment in Canada.” Previous Hitschfeld winners include David Strangway, former president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation and President Emeritus of the University of Toronto and UBC, and Arthur Carty, former national science advisor to the prime minister and former president of the National Research Council.

UVic well-represented in Victoria honorary citizen awards

2014-06-09 13:35

Of 12 people recognized on May 29 with City of Victoria Honorary Citizen awards, five have strong connections to UVic. Congratulations to Murray and Lynda Farmer; Kathy and Ken Shields; and Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe.

Day in the life: Kirk McNally

2014-06-05 15:17

McNally. Credit: UVic Photo Services

A decade ago he was recording the likes of A-list rockers R.E.M., Bryan Adams and the Foo Fighters, but these days you’ll more likely find Kirk McNally tweaking the levels in the MacLaurin Building’s recording studio. But as the Audio Specialist and Recording Engineer for the School of Music since 2004, the best part of McNally’s job is that he doesn’t really have a typical day.

UVic Aero team wins third in national student UAV competition

2014-06-02 13:38

2014 UVic Aero team

The UVic AERO Team—40 mechanical, electrical, and computer and software engineering undergrads who design, build and fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones—came away from this year’s national student unmanned aerial systems competition with a third place win in the operational phase category.

Entrepreneurial education nets Brent Mainprize two awards

2014-05-30 16:12

Dr. Brent Mainprize, a professor at the Gustavson School of Business, came up a winner twice in the past month.

Most recently, Mainprize garnered a 2014 Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning from The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Desire2Learn. Mainprize is one of only five winners nationally.

Writing MFA wins emerging writer award

2014-05-28 16:36

Erin Frances Fisher, graduating this month with an MFA in Writing, was announced on May 27 as the winner of the 20th annual Writers’ Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her $5,000-winning short story, “Girl,” was selected from a field of 133 blind submissions and described by jurors “as vast and satisfying as a great novel . . . [she] is a writer you will see again.” (Also in the top-three finalists: former writing student Leah Jane Essau.)

International co-op partnership recognized with Global Best Award

2014-05-28 16:28

UVic Co-op and Career’s international CANEU-COOP exchange program has been named a Global Best Award winner by the International education business Partnership Network (IPN).

University flag to be lowered in honour of linguist Barbara Harris

2014-05-21 13:07

University flag to be lowered in honour of former faculty member. The university flag will be lowered on Friday, May 23, 2014 in honour of Dr. Barbara Harris.  Dr. Harris received her MA and PhD in linguistics at UVic. She taught in the linguistics department, and also served as graduate advisor and as department chair.

Seghers Collection book recognized with Alcuin Society award

2014-05-06 16:58

The Seghers Collection, designed by Clint Hutzulak at Rayola for UVic Libraries.

The Seghers Collection: Old Books for a New World—written by Dr. Hélène Cazes (French and medieval studies) and published by the University Libraries—has been recognized by the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The publication is of special significance for the campus and the Victoria region, exploring the bibliographic history of the Seghers Collection, their spiritual and religious significance within the catholic tradition and their attributed owner, Charles John Seghers (the second Archbishop of Victoria).

Day in the life: Renee McBeth

2014-04-10 10:56

McBeth. Photo: UVic Photo Services

When people ask Renee McBeth what she does for a living, she often gives the same answer.

“I tell people I’m an organizer,’’ she says with a laugh. “I depend on post-it notes and to-do lists.”

Indeed, as someone who holds dual positions at UVic’s Faculty of Law, her daily balancing act requires a high degree of prioritization and time management.