Campus News

Happy Birthday, Cinecenta

Susan (Hackett) Corner (BFA'79), left, communications coordinator for the UVSS, joins Michael Hoppe, centre, Cinecenta's programmer and manager Lisa Sheppard in a toast to Cinecenta's twenty-fifth birthday. The popular movie theatre has had a major facelift, but the variety and quality of its movies is the same as ever. Note the new neon sign over the doors-it's a birthday present from the Alumni Association. Cinecenta kicked off its twenty-sixth season with a display of movie posters from the past two decades.

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Uptown, downtown...we're everywhere

UVic Downtown opened its doors to 120 students in September. The newly-renovated 3,000 square-foot classroom, seminar and office centre is located in the heart of the city in the former Harbour Centre on Goverment Street. The first classes are being offered through the business and management program of the Division of Continuing Studies, but Rhordan Wikkramatileke, who spearheaded the move downtown, hopes the bright and spacious centre with its computer lab and seminar and meeting rooms will become a seven-day-a-week, 12-hour-a-day learning centre. The attractive facility will also be available for meetings at very reasonable rates. For more information contact on courses offered call Pat Webster at 721-8073.

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What's Hot on Campus

The first-ever on-line course-"Introduction to the Arts of Canada". UVic on-line students can do their course work at home, at any time of the day. They'll go on field trips, visiting WEB sites like the CBC, National Film Board or the Art Gallery of Ontario and write the same exam as their campus-bound colleagues.

A newly-formed partnership between IBM and six Canadian universities, including UVic, to train engineering students in the constantly-advancing field of software research: last year, 7,000 software engineering research jobs in Canada went vacant due to the lack of skilled workers

Student Connect-a not-for-profit program that partners computer science students with local businesses to provide Internet training. Business receive up to three days of customized training for just $100.

The law faculty- namedthe best in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine that ranked 16 law schools based on recommendations of lawyers recently called to the bar.

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Vikes sport new logo

Sporting new colours and gear, the Vikes' coaches helped unveil the new logo destined for all team uniforms. The overhaul of the old logo is an attempt to give the Vikes a higher profile and a more identifiable look which will give young sports fans another choice besides grizzly bears and dinosaurs when it comes to choosing that all-important team sweater or ball cap.

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No computer science training? No problem!

Want employment in the information technology field, but don't have any computer science training? It's now possible thanks to an innovative course being pioneered at UVic. The first program of its kind in North America, the Information Technology Program is designed for university and college grads who want to get in the fast-growing information technology sector, where there is currently a national shortage of 20,000 professionals.
Graduates of the 12-month program will be equipped to work as computer application developers, business systems analysts, project managers, team leaders, consultants and entrepreneurs. UVic is the only Canadian university offering the program. The next course begins in January. Call the Division of Continuing Studies at (604) 721-8459 for more information.

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For a good time try

There's a lot of giggling on campus these days as faculty, staff and students sneak a few minutes to visit the Centre for the Easily Amused (CEA). No, it's not a new centre of excellence, it's a Web site that guides surfers to some of the craziest sites on the Web.
Brainchild of Cathie Walker, a secretary in UVic's School of Child & Youth Care, and partner Brian Leslie, it's a mad-cap collection of wacky and wonderful time-wasters that will entertain the kid in all of us. Users are directed to some of the funniest-and silliest-sites on the Web. Try "How to Toilet Train your Cat", "The Dog Ate My Homework" or the "Elvis Spotter's Home Page" or get tips on how not to get caught by your boss when you're surfing the Net.
"It's a family-friendly guide to all the fun stuff out there... really a directory of silly sites," says Walker.
The CEA site has attracted attention in newspapers world-wide and been featured in Netscape's Cool Sites. Aside from publicity, it attracts about 5,000 hits a day-including at least two marriage proposals a week for Cathie.
For a good time, check out

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UVic speaks out

In its sixteenth year of serving community groups and organizations in Greater Victoria and lower Vancouver Island, UVic's Speakers Bureau fills more than 230 requests for volunteer speakers each year. Faculty, staff and graduate students offer more than 400 topics as varied as "Ethical Issues for Computer Scientists" and "Human Genome Project: A New Revolution in Biology & Medicine" to "Finding a Job in the New Market". If your group is interested please call 721-8587 for a topic guide.

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