The UVic Torch · University of Victoria Alumni Magazine · Spring 1997

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25 Years of Rowing

Twenty-five years ago, UVic women made history by winning the first-ever women's coxed four at the prestigious Royal Canadian Henley boat race. Previously, women were only allowed in exhibition events at the Henley.

On May 4 this year, the University will honour that history-making race by reuniting the team and their coach at the Brown Cup challenge between UVic and UBC in Victoria. At the event, UVic's new varsity eight boat will be christened The Spirit of '73 in honour of the team whose win marked the official start of women's competitive rowing in Canada. The boat will bear the names of each UVic crew member who became the forerunners of a sport that has brought Canada world-wide recognition and many Olympic medals.

Celebration of Friendship

On May 15, UVic's University Centre will be the site of a memorable musical experience when the legendary Sir Yehudi Menuhin conducts the Victoria Symphony. The gala benefit concert was Menuhin's idea to honour his long-time friendship with Victoria painter Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic. The friendship between two of the world's foremost artists began in Victoria more than 25 years ago when they received honorary degrees at UVic. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Victoria Symphony. Pavelic's new landscape paintings (which she began painting last year, starting a new phase in her long and prolific career) will be on exhibition and for sale at UVic's Maltwood Art Museum & Gallery from May 12 to 30. Proceeds from the sale of the paintings will go to the Yehudi Menuhin International Foundation in Belgium and his MUS-E project for children with learning disabilities.

Tickets are now available at the Royal and McPherson Box offices or by calling (250) 386-6121.

New Program Addresses Land and Water Restoration

Restoring natural environments and processes on land and in water is a rapidly growing field. Restoration projects require people with technical skills in biological and physical sciences and the knowledge and ability to understand the social framework, human concerns and how to communicate effectively. Responding to a growing interest in and demand for restoration skills, UVic's Environmental Studies Program and the Division of Continuing Studies have established a diploma/certificate program in Restoration of Natural Systems.

The program combines field work and classroom study and exposes students to real world examples. The program's course schedule and instructional design meets the needs of students wishing to continue work while studying. Ideally, prospective participants should have some science background, but applicants are assessed on an individual basis. For more information contact Peggy Faulds of Continuing Studies at (250) 721-8463.

Employment Centre Helps Grads

Are you a recent grad not working in your field of study? The Job Opportunities Program at UVic's Student Employment Centre may be for you. Funded by Human Resources Development Canada, the program helps link grads looking for work with employers and offers employers a subsidy of up to a 60 per cent of the student's salary for a six-month period if the job is full-time, continuous and in an area related to the student's degree.

Since the program started a year ago, 38 grads have found full-time, on-going employment in a variety of positions ranging from biologist and sales manager to editorial writer and production technician.

For more information call (250) 721-8421.

Child Care Campaign

UVic's child care services is hoping to expand to include infants and more space for toddlers.

Over the past 28 years, more than 1,000 children and their families have used UVic's daycare. As the university grows, so does the demand for space. A new fundraising effort is under way to expand the service with 12 additional toddler care spaces (age 18 months to three years) and up to nine new infant care spaces.

The new centre will be in University House 2, but $600,000 is needed for renovations and equipment to convert it for day care use. More than $10,000 has been donated on campus. Now, off-campus donations are needed. For more information or to make a pledge, contact Kayla Stevenson at (250) 721-8964 (email:

Student-produced Website Provides First Nations Tour
to 16,000 Schools

There's lots to do on campus, but with a new website you don't even have to travel to Gordon Head to visit a UVic class. Created by a talented group of recent high school grads and UVic students, the "Yet Sun Heywa" ('we are moving or journeying forward" in the Salish language) website features some of the 2,000 Northwest Coast First Nations prints in UVic's Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery. It is a part of the federal SchoolNet program, an internet-based set of educational services and resources reaching some 16,000 Canadian schools. The site presents the art in the form of an educational game. Players journey through six nations (Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka'wakw, Haida, Tsimshian and Tlingit), amassing knowledge of their art and culture.

The project was coordinated by Maltwood Director Martin Segger and Drs. Bill Zuk and Robert Dalton (Arts in Education) and funded by the federal Young Canada Works program.

Visit the site at

UVic's Annual Plant Sale a Blooming Success

Vancouver Island gardeners anxiously await the University of Victoria's Finnerty Garden Friends plant sale each spring to pick up some of the interesting plants offered for sale. The popular sale will be held Sunday, May 4, 1997 at UVic's McKinnon Gym from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Proceeds support the University of Victoria Finnerty Gardens located near the southwest (Henderson Road) entrance to the campus. For more information contact Dr. Betty Kennedy, president, University Garden Friends at (250) 592-2070.

UVic Speakers Bureau Sets New Record

UVic's speakers bureau has booked its 300th engagement since September 1996, more than double the 1994-95 number, setting an all-time record for the 16-year-old free community service. UVic faculty, staff and graduate students volunteer their time to address service and community groups and schools in southern Vancouver Island. The bureau's Guide to Topics lists 424 topics--among the favourites are marine mammal fossils of Vancouver, the immune system, surviving a coma and talks on wellness, travel and aging. For information about booking a speaker for your group contact the bureau at (250) 721-8587.

Bookstore's Soaring Roof

The soaring roof over the entrance to the UVic Bookstore was part of a massive renovation to the building last year that added 11,000 square feet to the facility, nearly doubling the store's retail space. The $4 million project by the Jensen Group architects features an interior design by Gervais and Harding of Montreal which specializes in book store retail design. The lower level Finnerty Express convenience store has been a popular addition to the building which faces the expanded University bus loop.*





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