Editors Message

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By Robie Liscomb, Editor

Recently, my wife and I adopted a little girl from China. Like all new parents, we sometimes feel stretched to our limits, but Nora Jiahuisoon to be two years oldis a delight, and the joy she brings more than makes up for all the stress and strain.

In many ways, our situation resembles that of the University during these challenging times. Everywhere, budgets and staff seem stretched to the limit, and everywhere, as well, wonderful things are happening that make it all worthwhile.

Like new parents, the University needs to have strong support systems in place. If theres a theme to this issue of the Torch, this is it. Your Alumni Association is an increasingly important part of that support system, helping to maintain and increase the quality and value of a UVic education.

This past year, UVic embarked upon a University-wide strategic planning process that will guide the institutions evolution. Our feature story in this issue reflects some of the debate surrounding this effort. Well continue to keep you informed of the results of the planning process.

As you peruse this issue, I invite you to consider what you have gained from your UVic education, and to think about what kind of university you would like UVic to become, and how you might help it do so.

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