The Ring

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.

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.