The Ring

More honours for Srivastava

Mon, 2013-03-11 11:07

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 11:12

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 11:02

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 11:01

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.

CASE award to web renovation team

Thu, 2013-03-07 10:59

The UVic website renovation team was recently awarded the 2013 Silver CASE District VIII Communications Award for Overall Institutional Website. CASE—the Council for Advancement and Support of Education—is a professional association that annually recognizes institutional excellence in communications and marketing. District VIII encompasses more than 130 institutions within the Pacific Northwest states and western provinces. Congratulations to the redesign team: Rachel Dennison, Beth Doman, Lindsay Gagel, Bruce Kilpatrick, Amos Rowsell, Jes Scott, Robin Sutherland, Cathie Walker (UCOM); Devin Arnold (SMAC); Andrew Jung, Garry Sagert, Dave Shaykewich, Sean Toscano, David Wolowicz (SYST); Nick Clewley (MKTG); Tony Eder (INST); Janice Johnson (VPFO); Norah McRae (COOP); Michael Miller (VPRE); and Pamela Nielsen (VPAC). The redesigned website,, launched on Aug. 29, 2012, reinforces UVic’s reputation as a world-class research-intensive university to all visitors.

Beaucamp Coach of the Year (again)

Thu, 2013-03-07 10:58

Vikes men’s basketball team’s head coach Craig Beaucamp has been named Canada West Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his 10-year career. This is Beaucamp’s second-straight nod as the conference’s top coach. Beaucamp, a previous Canada West Coach of the Year recipient in 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2011/12, led the Vikes to a 16-6 regular season record in 2012-13.

Gustavson Greenshifters

Wed, 2013-02-06 09:31

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 09:30

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 09:28

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 09:27

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: