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November 15, 2012

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International Commons Opens At UVic Libraries

UVic will celebrate the opening of the new Marnie Swanson International Commons on Monday, Nov. 19. Located in the Learning Commons of the Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, the International Commons is a welcoming place where international students can find academic help, information, resources, programming and services to support their success.

This new initiative is designed to provide academic support to the growing number of international students at UVic, as well as to promote intercultural activities and events for both international and domestic students. The International Commons supports the university’s creation of an inclusive global community that enriches students through connection with their peers from around the globe.

“It takes courage, courage and more courage to leave everything behind and to start a new life; it takes help, connection and guidance to achieve what we aim for. The International Commons combines what we bring with us—dedication, dreams and talent —with what UVic has—resources, facilities and inspiration—to paint a brighter picture for all international students,” says undergraduate student Jill Fu, from China.

The International Commons is dedicated to Marnie Swanson, university librarian from 1988 to 2011, in recognition of her long and outstanding service to the University of Victoria Libraries. Services are coordinated by the Learning and Teaching Centre.

Media opportunity: The official opening of the Marnie Swanson International Commons will take place on Monday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Mearns Centre - McPherson Library. Speakers include UVic President David Turpin, Vice-President Academic and Provost Reeta Tremblay, Associate Vice-President Academic Planning Catherine Mateer and former University Librarian Marnie Swanson. There will be an eight-minute “métissage” performance by international students reflecting on their experiences. The ceremony will be followed at 5 p.m. by a reception and cultural performance featuring dance and music by international students in the Bob Wright Centre foyer.

For more information visit http://ltc.uvic.ca/servicesprograms/InternationalCommons.php.

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  Media Contacts:

Catherine Mateer (Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost) at 250-721-7012 or avmateer@uvic.ca
Susan Henderson (UVic Libraries) at 250-853-3612 or shenders@uvic.ca
Melanie Groves (UVic Communications) at 250-472-4357 or mgroves@uvic.ca

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UVic Delves Into Tolkien's Middle-Earth

There is more to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth than the movies. It's all set to begin again with the release next month of the first installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy and, less than three weeks later, the University of Victoria will launch a new third-year course (History 380A - "The Created Medieval History of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth") on Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's world. Historian Dr. Tim Haskett will delve deeply into Tolkien’s full body of work, much more than Jackson had on hand when crafting his screen adaptations.

Haskett, a history professor and medievalist who has taught at UVic for 23 years, says the new course will be “radically unlike anything I’ve done before.” He will take his class of 200 undergraduate students through the history created by the English writer and Oxford professor—from the creation of the World to the War of the Ring—based on what Tolkien knew as a medieval scholar. “I want to take students through the deep and complex world of Middle-earth. We will approach Tolkien’s writings as a coherent historical record. This world is a creation, to be sure, but it has to be understood as a real history if it is to make sense.”

Haskett will be in the ticket line up when the first new film hits screens next month, and he adds, “If Jackson needs another screenwriter, I’m available.”

Dr. Haskett will be also available from today through Nov. 21 for media questions about the course and the world Tolkien created; additional interviews can also be arranged directly through Tara Sharpe from the list below.


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  Media Contacts:

Dr. Tim Haskett (Department of History) by email at thaskett@uvic.ca
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca

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Report Warns Of Risks To BC's Water Resources

A study of industrial water users in BC has found that a lack of key information on water use and low provincial fees are putting BC’s hydroelectric resources at risk.

The report by the University of Victoria’s POLIS Project on Ecological Government and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) uses case studies from across the province to examine water-resource management and the water-energy nexus. Read the CCPA news release at www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/lax-regulation-industry-under-pricing-jeopardize-bcs-water-and-hydroelectric.

“BC’s interconnected water and water-derived energy resources are vital assets that are under increased stress,” explains Jesse Baltutis, a POLIS researcher and co-author of the report. “If we continue with the business-as-usual approach, we run the risk of considerable consequences for the prosperity of our communities and the health of our natural environment.”

Population growth, climate change and increased water-intensive industrial activity are affecting access to water and energy across BC, notes lead author Ben Parfitt, a CCPA policy analyst and POLIS research associate.

The POLIS Project on Ecological Governance is a centre for interdisciplinary research that investigates and promotes sustainability. Researchers work with a diversity of groups—urban and rural communities, First Nations, businesses, co-operatives, public officials and the non-profit sector to foster healthy and sustainable communities.

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  Media Contacts:

Laura Brandes (POLIS Water Sustainability Project) at 250-721-8189 or communications@polisproject.org

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