The Ring

Gustavson Greenshifters

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:31

Business students Rebecca Staynor, AJ Qin, Vincon Chen, and Jennifer Sallows, the Gustavson Greenshifters, have made it to the finals of the Walmart Green Student Challenge and go to Toronto to pitch their sustainable business idea in person to a panel of eminent Canadian CEOs Feb. 26. Their idea: to transform used chopsticks into oriented strand board. It will not only create a high-end building material from a free resource, but it will also create a positive “greenshift” in China by removing 45 billion chopsticks from the landfills. The winning team and their school will each receive $25,000.

Coward, Stajduhar book prize

Wed, 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

Wed, 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

Wed, 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

Wed, 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.

Morey exhibition at Xchanges Gallery

Wed, 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.

CBIE honours MGB program

Wed, 2013-01-09 11:21

The Master of Global Business (MGB) program at the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, has been honoured for the high-quality international education it provides. The Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) gave the MGB their Outstanding Program Award in November. The award recognizes creativity and high quality in international education. The one-year MGB program, offered since 2010 and open to recent BCom grads, sees students work and live on three continents as they study international business practices, develop leadership skills and learn at least one new language.

Rippin contributes to Islamic scholars charter

Wed, 2013-01-09 11:19

In December, Andrew Rippin (History) joined a team of international scholars in Kuwait organized by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs to develop a charter and action plan recognizing that those who study Islamic civilization from outside the Muslim world can make a contribution to “positive interactions and a spirit of shared human concerns” in their work. Given the tensions that have existed over the past 150 years or so of “Orientalist” scholarship, the tone of cooperation that marked this meeting signifies a major shift in attitude for the Arab world. Joining scholars from Australia, Austria, Germany, Mauritania, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States, Rippin hopes that some joint projects may be possible with the University of Victoria and other Canadian partners in the future.

Writing student named Youth Poet Laureate

Thu, 2013-01-03 16:38

Department of Writing student Aysia Law has been named the City of Victoria’s inaugural Youth Poet Laureate—a first not only for Victoria, but also in Canada. Law, who won UVic’s 2011 Diversity Writing Contest, will be performing her work at a number of events throughout 2013 and receives a $1,500 honorarium, plus $1,000 to develop and complete a major project that engages youth through poetry. “She's such a passionate and dedicated writer with a great sense of humour and a natural instinct for language,” say Lee Henderson, one of Law’s writing professors. “She’s the perfect choice as our first public voice for the city's young poets.” Law will perform the first poem in her new position for Victoria City Council at City Hall on Jan.17.

Visiting Audain Professor Nicholas Galanin wins $50,000

Tue, 2012-12-18 14:58

Nicholas Galanin, the 2012 Audain Professor in Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest with the Department of Visual Arts, has won a $50,000 Rasmuson Fellowship from the United States Artists organization. The Sitka-born Galanin is a multi-disciplinary Tlingit/Aleut artist whose teaching term with UVic ran throughout fall 2012. While his fellowship was in the Crafts and Traditional Arts category, the USA news release admits that Galanin’s work—which tends to defy categorization—“might also be described simply as contemporary art with Native themes.” A visual artist and musician, he creates multimedia pieces that often involve computers, video, photo manipulation or sculpture in a variety of forms. Like previous Audain Professors Rebecca Belmore and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Galanin will present an exhibit of new work in the Audain Gallery—in September 2013.