The Ring

Day in the life: Kathleen Wirtanen

Sun, 2011-01-09 13:00

Photo of Wirtanen
Wirtanen. Photo: UVic Photo Services

A day in the life of Kathleen Wirtanen is about to change, if only just a little bit, this spring. Wirtanen has accepted the newly minted position of Summer Camps and Community Coordinator, a fresh portfolio within the Department of Athletics and Recreation that takes the skills she has employed for three and a half years as a Recreation Programmer and applies them towards programming in the community.


New director aims to take student health to a new level

Sat, 2011-01-01 10:15

Photo of Judy Burgess
Burgess. Photo: UVic Photo Services

There are big changes in the air for UVic’s Health Services, thanks to a new position aimed at keeping students healthy. “Traditionally, the Jack Petersen Health Centre on campus has directed most of its efforts towards treating illness,” explains Judy Burgess, UVic’s new director of Health Services. “The purpose of my position is to enhance the clinic functions as well as broaden the clinic focus with more programs aimed at promoting health and wellness on campus."


Day in the life: Don Pierce

Thu, 2010-12-09 10:36

A photo of Pierce.
Pierce. Photo: UVic Photo Services

A typical day in the life of UVic's photographer Don Pierce is anything but routine. Sure, his job is to take photos. But the who, what and where of his work changes hourly. He might spend the morning photographing VIPs at a media conference, the afternoon in a lab taking shots of a researcher for a university publication and the evening rubbing elbows with the rich and famous.


Day in the life: Lisa Church

Tue, 2010-12-07 12:46

Church. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Lisa Church feels incredibly fortunate to have an employer that supports her passion for building community spirit, both inside and outside Ring Road. Through her role as UVic's food retail outlets coordinator, Church devised an ingenious plan that both reduces waste and provides much-needed funds to local kids.


Chillin' for the food bank

Mon, 2010-12-06 12:36

Kane Kilbey (in green towel)

UVic Associate Vice-President Human Resources Kane Kilbey plunged into the frigid waters of Victoria’s inner harbour Nov. 25 to raise funds for the annual Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC) Food Bank Challenge.


"I was a human book"

Mon, 2010-12-06 12:04

Ariff, in burlesque costume, at the library. Photo: Jocelyn Beyak.

Editor's note: Nadia Ariff is UVic's waste reduction coordinator. On Oct. 27 and 28, she was a volunteer "human book" in the Human Library event coordinated by the UVic Libraries and the Equity and Human Rights Office. She made herself available to be "borrowed" by others for conversations about her topic, "When East Meets West."


Day in the life: Rashna Charania

Sun, 2010-10-31 23:00

A photo of Charania.
Charania. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A day in the life of Rashna Charania means "the fun has just begun." This was a winning answer on the Wheel of Fortune game show this February when Charania was a contestant, but most days you can find her presiding over reservations at the University Club, not hauling on an oversize money wheel.


Day in the life: Mick Scow

Mon, 2010-09-13 09:53

Photo of Mick Scow.
Mick Scow. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A day in the life of Mick Scow—administrative assistant with Indigenous Governance Programs—isn't greatly different from his days as a master's student in the same program just a few short months ago.


North to Alaska—by motorcycle

Mon, 2010-09-13 08:43

Photo of Lironi and Finnigan.
L-R: Lironi and Finnigan. Photo: Black Press.

This summer, Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) and I rode our motorcycles to Alaska. We clocked 8,300 km, explored glaciers, met some wonderful people, had a close encounter with a moose, and—perhaps the most memorable experience of all—rode our bikes through a forest fire at the top of the Cassiar Highway—twice!


Day in the life: Tine Lathouwers

Thu, 2010-07-01 18:10

Photo of Lathouwers
Lathouwers. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A day in the life of occupational health nurse Tine Lathouwers is usually full of surprises. A quiet Tuesday is thrown for a loop when a building evacuation on campus requires support or Lathouwers returns from leading a manual handling workshop to find two enquiries about a new research project involving infectious materials waiting in her voice mail.