Campus News



Maclean's ranks UVic #1 again
In its Nov. 20 issue, Maclean's ranked UVic as Canada's best comprehensive university for the second year running. In its annual review of Canadian universities, the national magazine cited UVic's "no-nonsense approach to education and a global outlook that maintains a particular focus on Canada's Pacific neighbors."

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UVic past, present & future
UVicReport, the successor publication to the President's Annual Report, was published in February, covering highlights of the past year. As well, the University's Draft Strategic Plan is being widely distributed for comment. Alumni are encouraged to read the draft and voice their opinions by June 15 on this document that will direct the University's development for the next decade. Copies of both publications are available from UVic Public Relations & Information Services, P.O. Box 3060, Victoria, BC V8W 3R4 and will be posted on the World Wide Web at http:kafka.uvic.ca/~prelatio/pub.html and http://www.uvic.ca/stratplan.html, respectively.

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UVic's economic impact tremendous
UVic's total direct and indirect economic impact on the Capital Regional District (CRD) is estimated at $260 million a year, according to a report commissioned by the University's Office of Institutional Analysis and based on 1993/94 data.

UVic is the fourth-largest employer in the CRD, directly employing 3,100 people, and University spending indirectly supports another 7,000 local jobs. In addition, graduates contribute substantially to the economy and to the federal and provincial governments through taxes. Over their lifetime, UVic bachelor's graduates earn an average of $7,000 per year more than people without a degree. Eighty-five percent of UVic grads live, work, and pay taxes in British Columbia and, based on 1994 federal and provincial income and sales tax rates, the provincial government's $99 million investment in UVic's operations in 1993/94 yielded a return of $124 million, or $1.26 on every dollar invested by the provincial government in the education of a UVic student.

The latest electronic version of the report is available on the World Wide Web at http://communications.uvic.ca/econ-impact/

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Campus construction
Several building projects have been recently completed or are in progress on campus. The Engineering Lab Wing, opened last October, has received international acclaim for its highly sophisticated computer networking capabilities and energy-saving design features. The new Student Union Building wing has also opened, and the old SUB is undergoing extensive renovations. The bookstore is expanding, and Campus Security Services is getting a new building adjacent to the new bus terminal on Finnerty Road.

In November, a relic of the Gordon Head military camp briefly held up construction of the new business and economics building-between University Centre and the Cornett building-when a worker dug up what appeared to be an unexploded mortar shell. A large area of campus was evacuated, and the bomb disposal squad from CFB Esquimalt detonated the device, which proved to be a dummy practice round. When finished in 1997, the building will house the Faculty of Business and the Department of Economics, classrooms and computer labs.

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UVic on Shaw Cable Shaw Cable subscribers in the Greater Victoria area can now see broadcasts of selected UVic public lectures on "UVic Presents." The program has already featured four presentations in the Provost's UVic Faculty Series and is scheduled to broadcast the Royal Society Lecture featuring short presentations by three UVic faculty members who are newly-elected Fellows of the Royal Society.

As well, "UVic at Large" is broadcast by Shaw on the first Monday of the month at 8:30 p.m. and re-broadcast three more times in the following two weeks. This half-hour program features a varied line-up of interesting UVic students, faculty and staff members and profiles of facilities and innovative programs at UVic.

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Vikes update
The UVic Vikes have added two more Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) national titles to their ever-expanding list of honours. The Vikes field hockey team won their seventh title Nov. 5 in Toronto by defeating the UBC Thunderbirds. It was the Vikes fourth title in five years, all with coach Lynne Beecroft at the helm. The team's co-captain, Brenda Lannard, won the 1995 CIAU most valuable player award. Lannard was also runner-up for the Sport B.C. top university athlete award.

The Vikes men's cross country team under coach Brent Fougner defended their national title when they claimed their second consecutive CIAU title in November.

The Vikes women's basketball team advanced to the CIAU nationals March 8 to 10 in Laval, Quebec. Third-year guard Lisa Koop was named Canada West University Athletic Association (CWUAA) basketball player of the year.

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UVic video available
"UVic--Excellence, Innovation, Commitment," is now availableŅan eight-minute video that provides a quick tour of the campus, shows researchers and students at work and play, and explains UVic's innovative approach to education. The video is being used for student recruitment and alumni development. It is a useful way for travelling UVic administrators and faculty to introduce the University to their international hosts. Students like to take the video home as a souvenir of their time at UVic. The video is distributed by Kevin Chubak of UVic Television Services at 721-8279. The cost per copy is $11.50 for one copy, and bulk discounts are available.


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