The Ring

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.

New play by Siminovitch Prize winner Joan MacLeod

2013-04-04 10:27

Department of Writing professor, UVic alumna and 2011 $100,000 Siminovitch Prize winner Joan MacLeod debuted her latest play, The Valley, at the playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays at Alberta Theatre Projects last month. The story of a troubled teenager who has a confrontation with a police officer on Vancouver’s SkyTrain, The Valley was praised by the Globe and Mail as “a subtle work that avoids all the romantic traps that typically ensnare those who write about mental illness.” The Valley will also be staged during the 2013-14 season at Toronto’s prestigious Tarragon Theatre. No local production is planned at this point.

Rebecca Belmore wins Governor General's Award

2013-04-04 10:25

Rebecca Belmore, former Audain Professor for UVic’s Visual Arts department, was recently announced as the winner of the 2013 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Belmore, the inaugural recipient of the Audain Professorship in Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest back in 2010, has been challenging, confronting and engaging audiences with a variety of works representing the resistance of Indigenous peoples for 25 years now. Her award comes on the heels of news that 2012 Audain Professor Nicholas Galanin won both a $50,000 Rasmusin Fellowship and a separate $25,000 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship within three months of each other.

In memoriam: Brenda Copeland

2013-03-22 10:12

Brenda Copeland in 2001

Brenda Copeland (child and youth care) passed away unexpectedly on March 19. Brenda’s passion for her family and for improved quality of life for marginalized children and youth shone through all of her endeavours.

More honours for Srivastava

2013-03-11 12:07

Dr. Hari M. Srivastava (professor emeritus, mathematics and statistics) was one of four in the discipline of physical sciences who were honoured as Fellows of the International Academy of Physical Sciences at a special felicitation ceremony on Dec. 10, 2012, at the inaugural session of the five-day International Conference of the Academy, which was held at the Rajamangala University of Technology in Thanyaburi (Thailand) on December 9–13.

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.