The Ring

POLIS Water Sustainability Project a 'champion'

Wed, 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

Wed, 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.

Monica Chueke spreads UVic's fame

Thu, 2013-04-04 11:15

Monica Chueke (far right) during TV taping at the UVic English Language Centre d
Monica Chueke (far right) during TV taping at the UVic English Language Centre display at EduExpo Brazil

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

Thu, 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

Thu, 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

Thu, 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.

More honours for Srivastava

Mon, 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.

McDougall CD nominated for Juno

Thu, 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

Thu, 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

Thu, 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.