The Ring

Volunteering helps international student settle into her ‘new home’

2013-04-24 11:17

Wang helps another international student in UVic’s International Commons.

Education graduate student Xiwen Wang had hardly strayed far from her hometown of Beijing before crossing the Pacific to attend graduate school at the University of Victoria. Now, since making that major leap, the 24-year-old is getting the most from the experience through involvement in her new community, which she happily calls home.

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

2013-04-19 08:29

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 17:14

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 09:45

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 09:38

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 09:35

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 09:32

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 09:27

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

2013-04-08 23:00

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 10:15

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.