The Ring

Dani Sinclair named new head coach of Vikes women's basketball

2013-04-19 09:29

Sinclair with Vikes women's basketball team members. Photo: Ali Lee

Dani Sinclair was introduced as the new head coach of the UVic Vikes women's basketball team April 18.  A former Vikes product of long-time head coach Kathy Shields, Sinclair is no stranger to the program that boasts nine national titles. A former CIS national champion with the Vikes and Athlete of the Year at McMaster University, she brings a wealth of knowledge both as a decorated athlete and an experienced coach.

UVic mourns loss of friend and benefactor

2013-04-18 18:14

Bob Wright and wife Yun in front of Bob Wright Centre

The University of Victoria community extends its condolences to the family and friends of Bob Wright, a benefactor and close friend of the university.

Mr. Wright passed away Wednesday, April 17. He was 82 years old.

In memoriam: Dr. Samuel Macey

2013-04-10 10:45

Prof. Samuel L. Macey, a distinguished member of the Department of English for two decades, passed away on March 11, the eve of his 91st birthday.

In memoriam: Dr. Louis Costa

2013-04-10 10:38

Dr. Louis Costa died in Arizona on March 12 at the age of 80. Costa came to the Department of Psychology in 1978 from City College in New York where he had trained and had been chair of the Psychology Department.

In memoriam: Dr. Wesley Koczka

2013-04-10 10:35

It’s with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Dr. Wesley J. Koczka on March 9. Wes worked at UVic from September 1988 to February 2007. He was hired initially as a program coordinator in Education Extension, then assumed the role of director of the English Language Centre, and was appointed dean of the Division of Continuing Studies in 1997. He served as dean until 2007. Later, he held senior leadership roles in the in the private university sector and then at Thompson Rivers University, where he took on the role of associate vice-president international and CEO of TRU World Global Operations.

POLIS Water Sustainability Project a 'champion'

2013-04-10 10:32

UVic’s POLIS Water Sustainability Project has been selected by the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia as a Champion Supporter in recognition of its commitment to helping advance the vision for water sustainability in BC. The Partnership expressed appreciation for POLIS’s unique ability to bridge academic research with successful, on-the-ground action, and its unflagging efforts to catalyze a true shift towards a new model for ecosystem-based water management and governance in Canada.

Whitaker awarded Canada Prize

2013-04-10 10:27

Reg Whitaker, adjunct professor of political science at UVic, is among the winners of the 2013 Canada Prizes, awarded annually by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Whitaker shares the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences with co-authors Gregory S. Kealey and Andrew Parnaby, for Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada from the Fenians to Fortress America, published by University of Toronto Press. The Canada Prizes, valued at $2,500, celebrate the best Canadian scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program, make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada.

Law students recognized for service to others

2013-04-09 00:00

Fitzpatrick and Akali. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Two recipients—Siddharth Akali and Sarah Fitzpatrick—share the law faculty’s Ann Roberts Humanitarian Award this year. The prestigious accolade honours Ann Roberts, a highly respected alumna and ardent supporter of the law school, who passed away in 2009.

Monica Chueke spreads UVic's fame

2013-04-04 11:15

Monica Chueke (far right) during TV taping at the UVic English Language Centre d

The English Language Centre’s Brazilian Liaison Officer, Monica Chueke, put UVic on the map during the recent “EduExpo Brazil” in Sao Paulo—a weekend event in which exhibitors from 25 countries promoted study abroad opportunities to over 30,000 visitors. Monica has been a tireless ambassador for UVic for many years, so when she noticed news crews from Rede Globo and TV Bandeirantes setting up their cameras, she made sure that studying in Canada—at UVic—was the focus of their story. The primetime news coverage featured interviews with Monica, UVic alumni and prospective students; according to local sources, a commercial spot of a similar length would have cost over $1 million USD. Monica returns to Victoria in July to assist with ELC Marketing projects.

Two new plays from Department of Theatre

2013-04-04 10:30

Two new plays by Department of Theatre professors made the spotlight recently. Jan Wood presented a staged reading of the solo play Sacrifices at the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival last month. Sacrifices “examines the choices that an ordinary woman makes to balance career, family and self-fulfillment.” Meanwhile, Jennifer Wise debuted Ray Frank: Girl Rabbi of the Golden West at the 150th anniversary celebrations of Victoria’s Congregation Emanu-El in early April. Girl Rabbi is based on the true story of Miss Ray Frank, who made women’s—and religious—history when she officiated at all religious services for three weeks in 1895 for Congregation Emanu-El, which was at that point still an Orthodox synagogue.