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This Year, Make Friends With Mother Nature

December 23, 2008 - 

Discover how to make small changes or big shifts in your relationships with food, nature and your community by attending new part-time continuing education courses at the University of Victoria.

 


Fixed Sites Crucial For Health Of Vulnerable Group

December 18, 2008 - 

Fixed-site needle exchange services can protect vulnerable clients from increased health risks and open the door to other services such as counselling and income support.


UVic Takes It Up An Octave

December 18, 2008 - 

The University of Victoria becomes Canada’s first All-Steinway School


Vulernerable Youth Need Support

December 17, 2008 - 

Teenagers and young adults involved in risky or even criminal lifestyles can turn their lives around with the right kind of support, according to a new report based on consultations with 75 BC youth aged 14 to 28.


Old News Pages Offer New Insights

December 11, 2008 - 

Thanks to a partnership between the University of Victoria and the Victoria Times Colonist, the world can now search through historic editions of the newspaper online.

 


Improving Aboriginal Student Retention

November 25, 2008 - The University of Victoria’s LE,NONET project—a groundbreaking pilot project to measure ways of improving the retention and success of Aboriginal students in post-secondary education—is having a positive impact according to an int


Government Opens New Science Building

November 24, 2008 - VICTORIA – The University of Victoria’s $66.6-million Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences building, which will provide a home for the university’s internationally renowned climate change researchers, was opened officially today, adding


Flickr Co-Founder Among UVic Legacy Awards

November 17, 2008 - Flickr.com co-founder Stewart Butterfield will be among four members of the university community to be honoured at this year’s University of Victoria Legacy Awards on the evening of November 24 at the Victoria Conference Centre.


Artists Selected For UVic's First Peoples House

November 13, 2008 - The University of Victoria has selected three Coast and Straits Salish artists to create major works of art for the university’s First Peoples House, now under construction with architecture reflecting local First Nations traditions.


Unsolved Mysteries Site Wins Berton Award

November 12, 2008 - The University of Victoria-based Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History website is the 2008 winner of the Pierre Berton Award, presented by Canada’s National History Society for outstanding work in popularizing Canadian history.


Workplace Bullying Focus Of Conference

November 4, 2008 - Bullies aren’t confined to the schoolyard—they’re becoming increasingly prevalent in the workplace. The vicious cycle of bullies, bullied adults afraid to report the behaviour, and complacent bystanders leads to devastating consequences.


BC Trends In Alcohol And Drug Use

November 3, 2008 - The use of alcohol and illicit drugs is sending more and more people to hospital, according to a new report by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC).


Honorary Degrees For Photojournalist, Actor-Artist

October 30, 2008 - The University of Victoria’s 2008 fall convocation ceremonies on Nov. 10 and 12 will include honorary degree presentations recognizing the lifetime achievements of pioneering photojournalist Ted Grant and versatile artist Duncan Regehr.


UVic Uncovers Empire's Correspondence

October 30, 2008 - If not for some quick-acting faculty and staff at the University of Victoria, over 7000 digital files—transcriptions of all the government documents that passed between Victoria and London in the colonial period—might have been lost forever.

Dunsmuir Lodge to close

October 29, 2008 - 

After much consideration, the University of Victoria is closing Dunsmuir Lodge executive training and conference centre on March 31, 2009. Despite the excellent work of its committed staff, the Lodge is not sustainable in its current form.


Curtain Call for Dr. Zonk

October 23, 2008 - Legendary mad scientist Dr. Zonk (aka University of Victoria chemistry professor Dr. Reg Mitchell) will put on his green wig for the very last time next month.


Donors Honoured for Gift of Sustainability

October 23, 2008 - Donors whose gifts contribute to a more sustainable campus and also provide students with an open-air classroom were honoured at a special ceremony at the University of Victoria today.


Leadership Awards Call For Nominations

October 16, 2008 - Who makes you proud in your own community?


UVic To Launch The Lansdowne Era

October 7, 2008 - The University of Victoria will officially launch The Lansdowne Era: Victoria College, 1946-1963, a book of candid essays by former students and instructors who have written about life in post-war Victoria and the academic traditions upon wh


UVic's Writer-In-Residence Inspires Conservation

October 6, 2008 - Award-winning poet and author Seán Virgo is the University of Victoria’s Haig-Brown Centenary Writer-in-Residence. The position has been created to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roderick Haig-Brown—noted author, conservatio


UVic Parental Fitness Study Seeks Volunteers

October 6, 2008 - Have you just had a child or do you have young children? Despite the pressures of parenthood, have you maintained a fitness regime, or are you struggling to find the time to stay fit?


Benefit Concert to End the Use of Child Soldiers

October 3, 2008 - Singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn and retired Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire, both University of Victoria honorary degree recipients, team up this Saturday at the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium for Child Soldiers No More, an evening of son


College Sustainability Report Card Gives UVic a B+

September 24, 2008 - The University of Victoria has tied for the second-highest Canadian ranking in a US report that grades North American universities and colleges on their sustainability activities.


UVic Rewarded For Connecting Sole Mates

September 19, 2008 - The University of Victoria’s Active U program is among 22 registered Active Communities across the province to receive a $4,000 grant from the Active Communities Initiative of the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA).


UVic Announces Winners of the 2008 VERA Awards

September 18, 2008 - Five seniors who have spent decades improving the lives of others in the capital region will receive the University of Victoria Centre on Aging’s 2008 Valued Elder Recognition Award (VERA) on Sunday, September 21 from 3 to 5 p.m.


UVic Hosts Deaf Awareness Activities Sept. 22-26

September 16, 2008 - Learn how to express yourself without saying a word. A chance to learn American Sign Language (ASL) is just one of the opportunities being offered when the UVic Resource Centre for Students with a Disability celebrates International Deaf Awareness Week.

UVic Emeritus Profs New Royal Society Fellows

September 15, 2008 - A professor emeritus with the University of Victoria’s history department, and a professor emerita with the Faculty of Fine Arts, are the university’s newest fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).


UVic Launches Awareness Campaign on Rabbits

September 5, 2008 - The main message behind a public awareness campaign being launched next week by the University of Victoria. The campaign’s goal is to change the way people view and interact with feral rabbits at its Gordon Head campus.


Uvic Addresses Northern Forests and Climate Change

September 4, 2008 - Researchers at the University of Victoria are launching three new projects that will help Canadians deal with climate change.


UVic Sustainability Wins Another Gold

August 15, 2008 - Once again, the University of Victoria is being recognized as a Canadian leader in environmental design and sustainability.


Workplace Bullying Focus of Conference

August 13, 2008 - Bullies aren’t confined to the schoolyard—they’re becoming increasingly prevalent in the workplace. The vicious cycle of bullies, bullied adults afraid to report the behaviour, and complacent bystanders leads to devastating consequences.


New Courses in Fall 2008 Calendar

August 12, 2008 - The new University of Victoria Continuing Studies Fall 2008 calendar includes 50 new courses for adult learners who want to explore new interests or build and advance their careers.


RBC Gift Helps Aboriginal Youth

July 23, 2008 - The beneficiaries of the gift—UVic’s Indigenous Student Summer Camp and Indigenous Adult Orientation Programs—give the Aboriginal Peoples of Vancouver Island and BC an introduction to opportunities in post-secondary education.


Funding Supports Proposed Ocean Technology Park

July 16, 2008 - 

The governments of Canada and British Columbia are working in partnership to strengthen the ocean sciences sector through an investment in the planning and development of a world class, national scale ocean technology park on Vancouver Island.


Remote Sensing Capability Receives Boost

July 16, 2008 - This exciting new project will help the University of Victoria maintain its position as a leader in the application of new technologies.


National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair

June 25, 2008 - Canadian-born Indigenous scholar James Hopkins will become the inaugural National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair, based in the Faculties of Business and Law at the University of Victoria. This new position, the first of its kind in Canada, will dir


New Social Sciences, Mathematics Building opens

June 23, 2008 - 

Government of British Columbia News Release
VICTORIA – The University of Victoria’s $37.7-million social sciences and mathematics building will officially open today, providing state-of-the-art space for students and researchers unde


Murray Farmer Elected As Next UVic Chancellor

June 20, 2008 - Murray Farmer, a Victoria community and business leader, will be the University of Victoria’s 10th chancellor.


National Aboriginal Day Experts

June 18, 2008 - 

Saturday, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. This date was declared by Gov. Gen. Roméo LeBlanc in 1996 since it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because for generations, many Aboriginal groups have celebrated


New Photocopiers Multi-Task, Use Less Energy

June 16, 2008 - The University of Victoria has signed a new contract with Kyocera Mita Canada Ltd. and its local servicing partner Island Office Equipment to replace the university’s current fleet of photocopiers with a new generation of energy-efficient multi-task


Writing from the Inside

June 16, 2008 - Journalist and social activist Jody Paterson— the University of Victoria’s second Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecturer in Journalism and Non-Fiction—will share her award-winning interviewing techniques with UVic students this fall.


Graduate Fellowships Given To Ten Top Students

June 16, 2008 - VICTORIA - Ten graduate fellowships have been awarded to top master's and PhD students who will spend up to two years researching key issues affecting the province, and then join the B.C. Public Service after they earn their degrees, Premier Gordon Campb


Indigenous Historian UVic's Newest CRC

June 10, 2008 - An historian who studies how settler societies have impacted Indigenous societies and how Indigenous nations can recover their traditional values is the University of Victoria’s newest Canada Research Chair.


Endowment Marks Sisters of St. Ann Legacy

June 7, 2008 - 

The Sisters of St Ann are marking their 150th anniversary in the province of BC by announcing a gift of $300,000 to the University of Victoria.


UVic Convocation: Meet The Class of 2008

May 29, 2008 - The University of Victoria community will join the families and friends of more than 3,000 graduates in honouring the successful completion of their studies when the university conducts eight convocation ceremonies—twice daily—from June 3 to 6


UVic Convocation 2008: Academic Medalists

May 28, 2008 - Medals recognizing outstanding academic achievement will be awarded during the University of Victoria’s spring convocation ceremonies, June 3 to 6 in the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium.


UVic Law Student Named Trudeau Scholar

May 27, 2008 - 

University of Victoria law PhD student Andrée Boisselle is one of 15 recipients of a scholarship worth $150,000 over three years from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.


Retired Educators' Gift to Benefit Students

May 23, 2008 - 

During their careers as university professors, Vancouver Island residents Mildred Shaw and Brian Gaines shared a deep desire to help their students become engaged in science, mathematics and technology.


UVic To Award Four Honorary Degrees

May 22, 2008 - 

The University of Victoria will present honorary degrees to four individuals for their dedication to public service in areas ranging from public administration in Canada to the grassroots empowerment of India’s poor.


UVic Team Clinches Spot in 'Green Car' Competition

May 21, 2008 - A team of University of Victoria mechanical engineering students is part of a select group of North American competitors who will spend the next three years designing and building a fuel-efficient, low-emission car of the future.


Canadian Government Provides $13.5 Million to UVic

May 21, 2008 - 

Researchers and students at the University of Victoria will receive more than $13.5 million in grants and scholarships this year from the Government of Canada through the NSERC.


Election Opens For Next UVic Chancellor

May 16, 2008 - 

Voting begins Tuesday, May 20, for the 10th chancellor of the University of Victoria in a month-long process that closes on Friday, June 20, at 4:30 p.m.


$3m means UVic can assist more disabled

May 8, 2008 - A $3-million provincial grant will allow the University of Victoria’s CanAssist to expand their leading-edge technology program and help more British Columbians with disabilities.


Network Links Community-Based Researchers

May 7, 2008 - Community-based researchers across Canada now have an alternative to working in isolation, thanks to a new network being announced today as the third national Community-University Exposition (CUexpo) wraps up at the University of Victoria.


Black Press Establishes Business Scholarship

May 6, 2008 - Black Press is establishing a new scholarship for students entering UVic's Bachelor of Commerce program.


UVic Library Named for William C. Mearns

May 6, 2008 - A leading figure in the commercial and industrial development of 20th-century British Columbia is being honoured.


Life Sciences Sector Benefits From Government

May 2, 2008 - The Government of Canada is helping to advance metabolomics, a growing field of research examining cellular-level activities, through an investment in specialized equipment for the University of Victoria Genome BC Proteomics Centre.


Former PM to Join St. Ann's 150th Celebration

May 1, 2008 - Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell’s keynote dinner address is part of a gala evening to raise funds for an endowment established in 2007 by the Sisters to assist students in the UVic's Faculty of Education and School of Nursing.


BMO Provides Donation For UVic's 1st Peoples House

April 30, 2008 - The University of Victoria’s plan to create a centre of cultural and academic support for Aboriginal students is one step closer to reality thanks to a gift of $550,000 from BMO Financial Group.


UVic Takes Awards At Entrepreneurial Competition

April 29, 2008 - UVic students and faculty are 10 of the 16 winners of the University of Victoria Innovation and Development Corporation’s (IDC) new entrepreneurial competition for student visionaries and researchers throughout Vancouver Island.


Top Marks for Academic and Community Spirit

April 25, 2008 - A children’s literary champion, a mentor to Aboriginal students, and a Scouts Canada leader are among the student winners of the University of Victoria’s 2008 Blue and Gold awards.


30th Annual UVic Plant Sale Set For Mother's Day

April 22, 2008 - The popular UVic Plant Sale—the 30th since the Finnerty Garden Friends was formed by volunteers in 1978—will be on Mother’s Day, May 11, in the University of Victoria’s McKinnon Gym. The sale opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m.


Scholarship Funding Boosts Application Numbers

April 22, 2008 - Increased scholarship funding has led to a sharp spike in the number of graduating high school students applying to the University of Victoria. The number taking advantage of conditional early admission increased 26 per cent this year.


Contract Awarded For UVic's First Peoples House

April 18, 2008 - The University of Victoria is pleased to announce that Knappett Projects Inc. has been awarded the contract for First Peoples House, the university’s newest and most unique capital project.


Cockburn and Dallaire Headline Benefit Concert

April 17, 2008 - Singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn and retired General Romeo Dallaire will team up this fall at the university for Child Soldiers No More, an evening of song and spoken word in support of ending the use of child soldiers.


Masterminds: It's Not A Quiz Show

April 14, 2008 - UVic's active retirees are sharing their research, creativity and involvement in a free lecture series at UVic. The Masterminds 2008 lecture series (April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Hickman Building, room 105).


NEPTUNE Data To Flow On High Bandwidth Highway

April 14, 2008 - When data starts flowing from the NEPTUNE Canada undersea cabled observatory, possibly as early as fall 2008, it will reach researchers faster and in greater volume thanks to a dedicated high bandwidth Internet connection.


How Effective Are Alzheimer Drugs?

April 9, 2008 - Now that the BC government has agreed to cover some of the cost of drugs for people with Alzheimer’s disease, a University of Victoria gerontologist is asking caregivers whether they think the drugs are effective.


UVic Climatologist Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

April 9, 2008 - University of Victoria climatologist Andrew Weaver can add one of North America’s most prestigious fellowships to his list of honours.


UVic Unveils Its Research All-Stars For 2008

April 8, 2008 - A trailblazing lawyer, a sociologist who works with society’s most vulnerable populations, two innovative mechanical engineers, and a group of contributors to the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC are winners of the UVic's 2008 Craigdarroch Research Awards.


UVic Hosts CUEXPO 2008 in Victoria

April 4, 2008 - The largest gathering of community-based researchers in Canadian history is taking place at the University of Victoria next month.


UVic Honours WestJet Founder

April 3, 2008 - Clive Beddoe, visionary and founding shareholder of WestJet, has been named the 2008 UVic Business Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.


UVic Disabilities Assistance Program Receives $$$

April 2, 2008 - A University of Victoria program that develops customized devices, technologies and services for people with disabilities can expand its work, thanks to a $1 million donation from the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC).


UVic Budget Framework Addresses Continued Growth

March 31, 2008 - UVic's board of governors today approved a 2008/09 budget framework that addresses the institution’s priorities and areas of strategic focus.


Victoria Needs to Study Consumption Sites

March 31, 2008 - In an editorial to be published in the BC Medical Journal (www.bcmj.org) on April 1, 2008, University of Victoria addictions researcher Dr. Benedikt Fischer and BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall are


Two Nominees Named For UVic Chancellor

March 27, 2008 - Members of the University of Victoria convocation have named two nominees for chancellor in an election that will be conducted by webvote and paper balloting from May 20 to June 20.


UVic Car 10 Times More Fuel Efficient Than Others

March 26, 2008 - UVic engineering students are putting their fuel cell vehicle on the world stage next month when they compete against two other Canadian teams and 35 teams from the United States and Mexico at the world-renowned Shell Eco-marathon Americas in California.


Unsolved Mysteries Website Is A 'Classic' Winner

March 25, 2008 - 

The Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project (a UVic-based online project) is the recipient of a 2008 MERLOT Classics award as an “exemplary” online learning resource.


UVic Seniors' Advocate Wins Provincial Award

March 19, 2008 - University of Victoria professor Dr. Elaine Gallagher, whose research helps prevent injuries amongst senior citizens, will receive the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC’s (CUFA BC) 2008 Career Achievement Award.


UVic Students Win National Engineering Competition

March 18, 2008 - For the second year in a row, University of Victoria engineering students are the winners of the innovation category at the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC).


Vancouver Ecodensity Research Wins National Award

March 17, 2008 - To achieve its ecodensity goals, the City of Vancouver needs to work more closely with its citizens says University of Victoria geography student Maya McDonald, one of five Canadian students chosen to present research at the recent Globe 2008 conference i


Murray Farmer Nominated For University Chancellor

March 3, 2008 - The University of Victoria Alumni Association has formally nominated Victoria community leader Murray Farmer to be the next chancellor of UVic.


New Research To Uncover Effects of Surveillance

February 26, 2008 - Privacy implications of the 2010 Olympics will be one of several questions addressed through a new collaborative research project involving Colin Bennett, a University of Victoria political scientist and leading international privacy expert.


Federal Budget Experts

February 25, 2008 - The following University of Victoria faculty members can discuss the Feb. 26 federal budget: Susan Boyd and David Good.


Call For Nominations: UVic Chancellor, Senators

February 22, 2008 - Nominations for the University of Victoria’s next chancellor are now being accepted from UVic alumni and other  members of the university community. Four members of senate are also to be elected.


Group Helps Fight Online Child Exploitation

February 22, 2008 - A new international partnership combining Canadian leadership in child rights protection, law enforcement, international development with the software expertise of Microsoft will assist agencies in developing countries to fight online child exploitation.


$1 Million For UVic Technology Projects

February 20, 2008 - The University of Victoria will receive an investment of $1,036,400 from the Government of Canada to increase research capacity and support services for the advanced technology sector on south Vancouver Island.


Law Mentoring Program Puts Pirates On Trial

February 18, 2008 - Even Captain Jack Sparrow can’t escape the scales of justice when the UVic Faculty of Law students put him and fellow pirates on trial as part of their “Law for All” mentoring program running all this week for local high school students.


Bright Minds, Bold Ideas

February 18, 2008 - If you’ve got a great idea the UVic’s tech transfer office wants to hear from you. UVic’s Innovation and Development Corporation is launching an entrepreneurial competition for student visionaries and researchers across the island.


Provincial Budget Experts

February 15, 2008 - The following University of Victoria faculty members can discuss the Feb. 19 2008 BC provincial budget:


Seniors Leave Their Mark

February 7, 2008 - Leaving a legacy—that’s the focus of the UVic Centre on Aging’s 2008 community forum. The event, entitled “Life Journey: A Celebration of Life, History and Our Own Story”, takes place on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 8:30 a.m.


Vets' Stories Focus of Oral History Conference

February 4, 2008 - The value, collection methods, and influence of military oral history will be discussed at the upcoming international military and oral history conference “Between Memory and History” at the Marriott Victoria Hotel Feb. 20 to 23.


Solving The World's Drug Problems

January 29, 2008 - UVic Addictions Researchers Take Part in Global Forum. For the first time ever, non-governmental organizations from around the world have an opportunity to contribute to a United Nations review of the effectiveness of international drug control efforts.


UVic Launches First Annual Alumni Week Feb 2 - 9

January 29, 2008 - The University of Victoria and the UVic Alumni Association will present the first annual Alumni Week, from Feb. 2 to 9, with a series of special events celebrating the impact of alumni on our community and the university.


UVic Picks The Best Of The City - Senior Style

January 28, 2008 - Which business provides the best service to seniors in the Capital Regional District? According to the University of Victoria’s Centre on Aging, it’s the Thrifty Foods Store in Sidney.


BC To Fund World-Leading Climate Research

January 25, 2008 - The province will seek legislative approval for $94.5 million to create the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.  The institute  will be hosted and led by the University of Victoria.


Local Heroes Receive Kudos

January 23, 2008 - Exceptional communities leaders were recognized today at the 4th annual Victoria’s Leadership Awards fundraising luncheon and award ceremony. The awards program is a partnership between Leadership Victoria,  Rotary Clubs of Victoria and UVic.


Agreement Targets Labour Shortage

January 22, 2008 - An agreement that could serve as a long-term model to address labour shortages has been signed today by Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon and UVic president Dr. David Turpin.


Chantfest Victoria-A Musical Celebration Of Spirit

January 15, 2008 - The melodic and meditative practice of chanting is a ritual shared by many of the world’s faiths and traditions. Members of the public are invited to experience and share in this expression of spirituality during ChantFest Victoria on Sunday, Feb. 1


Research Helps Walkers (and Dogs!) Keep Resolution

January 15, 2008 - If you made a new year’s resolution to take yourself or your dog out for a walk more often and wonder how you can keep that resolution, the University of Victoria’s Ryan Rhodes wants to hear from you.


Digitized Documents Put BC's History A Click Away

January 14, 2008 - 

150 years of stories of BC's sometimes tumultuous history are told through books, maps and other documents in the UVic’s Special Collections and Archives and soon they’ll be accessible with just the click of a mouse.


Tireless Volunteer Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

January 14, 2008 - Each year Victoria’s Leadership Awards program acknowledges the commitment of our city’s local heroes. The award—in recognition of long-term service exemplifying the highest standards of ethical behaviour and community leadership.