The Ring

Josephson is the 2012 Staff Sustainability Champion

2013-03-08 08:47

Staff Sustainability Champion

Ken Josephson (geography) was celebrated as the 2012 Staff Sustainability Champion at the opening reception of the Connect U all-staff conference on Feb. 20. While UVic is home to countless people who help make our campus more sustainable, a few stand out in the way they make a difference and inspire others. Josephson is one of those people, and the second UVic employee to receive this peer-nominated annual award.


In memoriam: Georgia Paige Klap

2013-03-08 02:14

Georgia Klapp (second from right) with a group from the Redfish School of Change

Editor's note: UVic student Georgia Klap and two other young people lost their lives in a tragic house fire in Victoria on Feb. 16.

I find it helpful to maintain an attitude of gratitude and to remember that if it is not enjoyable, it is not sustainable.—Georgia Klap


Day in the life: Dora Leigh Bjornson

2013-03-08 02:06

Bjornsen punches above her weight for the School of Social Work.

Dora Leigh Bjornson, program director of distance education for the School of Social Work, has spent the last 20 of her 34 years at UVic in the same building. Her office, located in the sunny, brick-and-mortar Human and Social Development Building, has a stunning view—and a resident hummingbird visits Bjornson’s window on the third floor to say hello, just quickly, before darting back down to one of the many flowered bushes below.


McDougall CD nominated for Juno

2013-03-07 12:12

School of Music Professor Emeritus Ian McDougall’s Fine Arts benefit CD, The Very Thought of You, has been nominated for a 2013 Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. It was produced by McDougall’s wife, Barbara, and features a selection of jazz standards with strings. The album’s nomination came as a surprise to them both. “Barb and I are overjoyed about the news,” says McDougall, who recently presented the Faculty of Fine Arts with a cheque for $16,000 raised through CD sales—the first significant payment to his Ten Mile Fine Arts Student Assistance Fund. The Juno winners are announced on April 21, and the CD is available on campus at the Bookstore, Arts Place Cafe, the School of Music, Phoenix Theatre and the Fine Arts office.


Screenplay award to Celona

2013-03-07 12:02

Dr. John Celona (music) received a Diamond Award in the screenwriting category at the 2012 California Film Awards, for his screenplay for an unproduced science-fiction black-comedy thriller called Lady Smoke. Celona had picked up honorable mention at the same awards two years ago for his neo-noir thriller Nightfreight.


Two awards for Lynne Young

2013-03-07 12:01

Dr. Lynne Young (nursing) has been awarded the 2013 College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) Award for Excellence in Nursing Education, presented to registered nurses who demonstrate excellence in nursing education in the nurse’s own work settings (e.g., colleges, institutes, universities or health care agencies). She has also been selected as recipient of the 2012 Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN)Award for Excellence in Nursing Education (Tenured), which acknowledges the contributions and accomplishments of individuals to the realization of CASN’s mission and to promote and disseminate good practices in nursing education.


CASE award to web renovation team

2013-03-07 11:59

The UVic website renovation team was recently awarded the 2013 Silver CASE District VIII Communications Award for Overall Institutional Website. CASE—the Council for Advancement and Support of Education—is a professional association that annually recognizes institutional excellence in communications and marketing. District VIII encompasses more than 130 institutions within the Pacific Northwest states and western provinces. Congratulations to the redesign team: Rachel Dennison, Beth Doman, Lindsay Gagel, Bruce Kilpatrick, Amos Rowsell, Jes Scott, Robin Sutherland, Cathie Walker (UCOM); Devin Arnold (SMAC); Andrew Jung, Garry Sagert, Dave Shaykewich, Sean Toscano, David Wolowicz (SYST); Nick Clewley (MKTG); Tony Eder (INST); Janice Johnson (VPFO); Norah McRae (COOP); Michael Miller (VPRE); and Pamela Nielsen (VPAC). The redesigned website, www.uvic.ca, launched on Aug. 29, 2012, reinforces UVic’s reputation as a world-class research-intensive university to all visitors.


Beaucamp Coach of the Year (again)

2013-03-07 11:58

Vikes men’s basketball team’s head coach Craig Beaucamp has been named Canada West Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his 10-year career. This is Beaucamp’s second-straight nod as the conference’s top coach. Beaucamp, a previous Canada West Coach of the Year recipient in 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2011/12, led the Vikes to a 16-6 regular season record in 2012-13.


Josephson is the 2012 Staff Sustainability Champion

2013-02-26 13:12

Ken Josephson. Photo: Mitch Wright

Ken Josephson was celebrated as the 2012 Staff Sustainability Champion at the opening reception of the Connect U all-staff conference. While UVic is home to countless people who help make our campus more sustainable, a few stand out in the way they make a difference and inspire others. Josephson is one of those people, and the second UVic employee to receive this peer-nominated annual award.


Gustavson Greenshifters

2013-02-06 10:31

Business students Rebecca Staynor, AJ Qin, Vincon Chen, and Jennifer Sallows, the Gustavson Greenshifters, have made it to the finals of the Walmart Green Student Challenge and go to Toronto to pitch their sustainable business idea in person to a panel of eminent Canadian CEOs Feb. 26. Their idea: to transform used chopsticks into oriented strand board. It will not only create a high-end building material from a free resource, but it will also create a positive “greenshift” in China by removing 45 billion chopsticks from the landfills. The winning team and their school will each receive $25,000. www.greenstudentchallenge.ca/