The Ring

Swanson’s legacy—a library transformed

Mon, 2012-01-09 12:04

Swanson. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Swanson. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Change and collaboration are keywords for Marnie Swanson’s tenure as University Librarian. Retiring last month after 23 years as head of UVic Libraries, Swanson not only piloted the library through extensive brick-and-mortar renovations, but also oversaw an electronic transformation of the library’s collections and practices.

Hit “Like”: UVic’s FB page features pro photos

Fri, 2012-01-06 09:31

Photo: Mark Cacovic
Photo: Mark Cacovic

Mark Cacovic leads a double life around the Ring. A Desktop Support Services consultant with University Systems, Cacovic provides on-site support to faculty and staff for computing issues, including workstation and network problems, installation of hardware and software and configuring computers. He’s also UVic’s first honorary Facebook photographer.

A Day in the Life: Jane Collins

Thu, 2011-09-22 10:59

Jane Collins.
Jane Collins. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Jane Collins' office walls are a scrapbook of touristy photos from around the globe.  The photos aren't of her, but of the smiling UVic Business students she's sent on international exchange.

Collins is the International Programs Exchange Coordinator for the Gustavson School of Business. For 20 years she's helped build the program to now include 72 partnership schools in 35 countries. She primarily works with incoming and outgoing students to ensure their exchange experiences are transformative and exhilarating.

A Day in the Life: Ian Robertson

Thu, 2011-08-04 09:08

Ian Robertson. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Ian Robertson. Photo: Robie Liscomb

Aspiring writers, community developers, doctors, financial advisors...they’ve all passed through Ian Roberston’s doorway. As a career educator with UVic’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services office, Robertson has helped thousands of UVic students and alumni uncover their career possibilities and turn these into reality.

Day in the life: Bonnie Hallett

Mon, 2011-07-04 09:28

Bonnie Hallett in front of the Sedgewick Building. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
Bonnie Hallett in front of Sedgewick Building. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

When Bonnie Hallett joined UVic in 1976 as a night supervisor in the Law Library, it was still part of the McPherson Library. At the time, a day in her life was “amusing because we literally had to walk through the bathroom to get from the library to the classrooms—women would go one way, and men the other.”

Day in the life: Katherine Woodhouse

Wed, 2011-06-08 10:16

Woodhouse in Chief Marshall's regalia.
Woodhouse in Chief Marshall's regalia. Photo: UVic Photo Services

A day in the life of Katherine Woodhouse is mostly tasked with bringing order to things. On any given day, Woodhouse is at the center of the action—whether she’s wearing the distinguished hat of Chief Marshal for Convocation, donning a safety vest as her building’s emergency coordinator or harmonizing budgets, human resources and assorted paperwork for the School of Child and Youth Care (CYC).

Day in the life: Blair Taylor

Wed, 2011-04-27 11:45

Photo of Taylor at his GGV exhibition
Taylor, at his exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Blair Taylor knows a lot about the art of sculpture, and he is adept as well at the art of work-life balance. Taylor, secretary to the dean and associate dean of humanities, is the creator of “You Blew It,” an exhibition that opened at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on April 21 and that runs through July 3. It is comprised of a series of sculptures influenced by Taylor’s dreams, which he has been recording and documenting for many years.

Day in the life: Veronica Lefebvre

Thu, 2011-04-07 08:39

Lefebvre with some items from her family’s history.
Lefebvre with some items from her family’s history. Photo: UVic Photo Services

If not for a chance remark made by her father, Veronica Lefebvre might have never ended up working for UVic’s Office of Indigenous Affairs.

Day in the life: Traci Vander Byl

Wed, 2011-03-09 09:54

Photo of Vander Byl
Vander Byl. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A day in the life of Traci Vander Byl typically involves manual therapy treatments, a little taping, some blood, and, sometimes, broken bones. Vander Byl is in her fourth year as the head athletic therapist with Vikes Athletics and spends most of her time at work tending to sports injuries in one of two sports injury clinics on campus.

Day in the life: Nick Claxton

Mon, 2011-02-07 12:29

Photo of Claxton
Claxton. Photo: Crystal Bergeron

A day in the life of the Faculty of Education’s Nick “Xumthoult” Claxton means getting one step closer to building the bridge between the UVic community and local Indigenous communities.