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Coward, Stajduhar book prize

2013-02-06 10:30

A book edited by a pair of University of Victoria professors has won the 2012 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award in the Hospice and Palliative Care category. Religious Understandings of a Good Death in Hospice Palliative Care (SUNY Press) was edited by Harold Coward, professor emeritus of history and founding director of UVic’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, and Kelli Stajduhar, associate professor at the School of Nursing and the Centre on Aging. The two researchers also produced a 28-page compendium booklet for practitioners and distributed 1,200 to palliative care programs across Canada.

Ken and Kathy Shields honoured

2013-02-06 10:28

Ken and Kathy Shields, one of the most storied and successful coaching duos in CIS history, have been included in the BC Sports Hall of Fame’s 2013 Class of Inductees. As head coaches of the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s basketball teams, the husband and wife were at the helm of two of the most successful varsity programs in the country, earning a combined fifteen national titles. Integral to the development of the UVic men’s basketball dynasty of the 1980s, Ken Shields coached the team to an incredible seven straight CIAU/CIS Championships and earned four CIAU/CIS Coach of the Year awards. As head coach of the Vikes women’s basketball team for over 20 years Kathy Shields won eight CIAU/CIS national titles and was a two-time CIAU/CIS Coach of the Year. Ken and Kathy Shields will be formally inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame at the 45th Annual Banquet of Champions on Sept. 19, 2013.

Higgins' translation lauded

2013-02-06 10:27

Dr. Iain Macleod Higgins has received honorable mention in a major prize competition held under the auspices of the Modern Language Association (MLA)—the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work. The citation on his translation of The Book of John Mandeville (a medieval travel book) congratulates the UVic scholar for “impressive scholarship combine[d] with skillful translation of a medieval work with great modern relevance.” Higgins has taught at UVic since 2001 in both the English department and the medieval studies program. His teaching and research interests include later medieval English, Scottish, and French literature, travel writing and poetry—both medieval and modern. He is currently a member of the editorial board of The Malahat Review. Info on prize:

Maki, Sneddon on Victoria Foundation board

2013-02-06 10:26

Mia Maki, senior instructor in the Gustavson School of Business, and UVic Advisor on Equity and Diversity Grace Wong Sneddon, director of UVic academic leadership initiatives, have joined the board of directors at the Victoria Foundation, which has helped charitable organizations succeed in building community resources in Victoria since 1936.

In memoriam: Trevor Williams

2013-02-06 10:20

Dr. Trevor Williams died in Victoria on Jan. 11. The day before, at a special convocation ceremony at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies David Capson presented Trevor Williams with his doctoral certificate on behalf of the UVic Senate.

In memoriam: Reginald Roy

2013-02-06 10:18

Reginald Roy, one of the pioneering members of the Department of History, distinguished veteran and military historian, has died at the age of 90. In 1959, Reg became the first full-time historian hired by Victoria College and was among the faculty transferred to the new University of Victoria when it was founded in 1963. Reg taught at the university until his retirement in 1988.

In memoriam: Roderick MacIsaac

2013-02-06 10:16

A memorial service celebrating the life of Roderick MacIsaac (1966–2012), a PhD student in the Faculty of Human and Social Development (School of Public Administration), was held at the Interfaith Chapel on Jan. 24. The memorial was attended by his family, and doctoral student, faculty and work colleagues. Evert Lindquist, director of the School of Public Administration, described MacIsaac as skilled in quantitative analysis and working with data, who had high standards and was hitting his stride as an applied researcher. “He was a quiet and methodical student with a wry sense of humour and knowledgable about a wide variety of topics,” said Lindquist.

In memoriam: Patrick Konkin

2013-02-06 10:14

Patrick Robert Konkin, retired manager of the Student Facilities Group in University Systems, passed away on Jan. 14 following a brief illness.

Day in the life: Debbie Robinson

2013-01-25 12:59

Robinson. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Debbie Robinson knows a thing or two about stage fright—the 20-year veteran of local community theatre faces it every time she sings or acts in a new production. But Robinson also knows that as the show goes on, the teamwork and preparation kick in and the stage fright fades. And she applies the same strategy to the changing nature of her job as a program assistant in the School of Child and Youth Care.

Morey exhibition at Xchanges Gallery

2013-01-09 12:03

Art education doctoral student Connie Morey will have a solo exhibition of her work Feb. 1–24 at Xchanges Gallery. Entitled Ba_ble, the mixed-media exhibition of two-and three-dimensional works will explore the complex relationships between humans and other animals, including animals as sources of inspiration, subjects of research, providers of nourishment and companions. The exhibition showcases the studio research component of Morey’s doctoral work, which focuses on the ecological foundations of the creative process. Opening Feb. 1, 7–9 p.m. at Xchanges, 2333 Government St., suite 6E.