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Date: May 28, 2004

UVic's Class of 2004: Students Who are Making Their Mark

Devi DeeDevi Dee For many UVic students, course work is just part of their involvement with the university and the community. Here are examples of that involvement, drawn from the graduates taking part in spring convocation ceremonies, June 1-4:

For her bachelor degree in microbiology, Nichole Bliss studied African-based diseases and the ways genetically manipulated viruses might offer beneficial effects. The mother of two young children completed a co-op term working in Uganda. She’s now employed by a Calgary-based genetics research firm.

Murray Cluff pursued his master’s of education to help him be a better coach. The former World Cup champion freestyle skier is coaching a young freestyler who is an early favourite for a medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Devi Dee lived on the street as a child in Zimbabwe and overcame a learning disability to graduate from UVic in child and youth care. Last year, he returned to Harare for a practicum working with boys in the orphanage where he once lived.

Lauren Bin Dong of China will receive the first UVic PhD in economics. She specialized in econometrics, the application of statistical and computational methods to economic data, and is working for Statistics Canada in Ottawa.

High school teacher Alan Gee came to UVic wanting to promote active citizenship among his students. During his master’s in education and leadership he developed a course on “Global Perspectives,” in which he led high school students on a trip to a Guatemalan orphanage.

Performer and composer Stefan Honisch graduates with a bachelor of music degree, undeterred by a physical disability. Last summer, he studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg on a scholarship from the Johann Strauss Foundation.

Kate Humble, a theatre and history graduate, is the only person this year to complete a double degree in five years or less without taking summer classes. A performer with UVic’s Phoenix Theatres, Humble is also enjoying a successful professional acting career.

Astronomy master’s student Margaret Milne wrote for several campus publications and hosted a bi-weekly campus radio show—all to bring science to wider audiences. She’s currently a researcher and educator with the Centre of the Universe in Saanich.

Ian Robertson
, a full-time employee with the university’s career services office, was part of an MBA consulting project for Air Canada Jazz Pilots Association—judged the business faculty’s top consulting project last year.

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