The UVic Torch · University of Victoria Alumni Magazine · Autumn 1998

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There are many things to consider when deciding to make a charitable donation. Here are some of the more frequently asked questions fielded by UVic development officers from new or prospective supporters of the university:

Contact the UVic Development Office to learn more, at (250) 721-7624.

UVic Golf Classic

The second annual UVic Golf Classic raised more than $30,000 this summer thanks to alumni and members of the community. A two-year total of $52,000 has been raised for the Vikes Awards Endowment Fund for student athletes, and the possible creation of a UVic Athletics golf program. As well, a $1,000 award is granted to a fine arts student whose work is selected to be given to the Uplands Golf Club and displayed at the club.

Gifts to UVic by Designation 1997/98


1997/98 was a banner year in UVic fundraising with more than $6 million raised to help fund the university's priorities. Thanks to each of our donors!

If you would like a copy of the colourful UVicReport, just contact the Development office (250) 721-7624.

Voice Scholarship First of its Kind

Eugene Nesmith: retired banker, music lover, UVic donor.

The realities of tuition, fees, living expenses and loans can be as much a part of the university experience as lectures, term papers and exams. The Canadian Federation of Students estimates that-for students that rely on financial assistance-the average debt load by graduation is in the neighbourhood of $25,000.

For many talented students just getting to university in the first place presents financial obstacles that can prevent them from developing their potential. Recognizing this, the university has given a high priority to fundraising for the UVic National Scholarships for Excellence-which will provide full tuition and financial help for outstanding students entering UVic from the secondary schools across the country.

The first scholarship established under the program is the Adele Dunsmore Nesmith Entrance Scholarship in Voice. Similar to standard scholarships, it's awarded to students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement. But unlike any other scholarship offered at UVic, it is earmarked for voice students who find themselves in difficult financial circumstances.

The scholarship was established with a gift from UVic Foundation chair Eugene Nesmith commemorating the life of his late wife Adele, a mezzo-soprano who began singing at an early age in Nanaimo and went on to win a CBC voice competition in the 1940s. She sang in choirs and worked in opera in Vancouver.

"Music was the other interest in her life, beyond family. The scholarship is a way of encouraging young people, which Adele was interested in," says Nesmith. "There is a world of talent out there and with university costs rising it seems important to address financial need. It is just a step that might launch a career, which is satisfying for the performer and for us as audience members."

New at Development

Jim Griffith is the Acting Executive Director of Development and External Relations. The search for a new Executive Director is underway.

E-mail UVic Development at: and on the web at:

President's Council Lunch & Dinner

The annual President's Council lunch and dinner events-held in May-gave Dr. David Strong and his wife Lynda an opportunity to greet and thank supporters of the university who contribute more than $1,000 per year.

Pictured here, Ms. Madeline Howden (who turned 100 this year) makes her entrance (top) while old friends Bob Lane and Bob Wallace (bottom) confer.

1998 Honorary Alumnus: Trevor Matthews

by Nels Granewall

For many years, the Alumni Association has recognized outstanding people who are not graduates of UVic but deserve to be named honorary members of the association. This year, we are particularly pleased to select retired Vice-President Trevor Matthews for this honour.

He joined UVic in the spring of 1965 as a lecturer in Economics and Political Science, and Administrative Assistant to the first president, the late Dr. Malcolm Taylor.

As Vice-President Administration, Trevor's responsibilities included Campus Planning, Campus Security Services, Personnel, Computing Services, the Maltwood Museum, and all the Student Services divisions. Stories abound about Trevor's prodigious capacity for working at issues until he exhausted all of his directors!

We also honour Trevor for his dedication to the aims of the Alumni Association. Trevor has always understood the value of maintaining lifelong relationships with graduates. Although he stepped down as Vice-President Administration in 1993, we are pleased that Trevor remains on campus in various capacities, and we welcome him as our newest Honorary Alumnus.

Giving on the Web

UVic Development has a new web site. Check out for more information on giving to the University. Preparing your will? The page on bequests gives a few suggested clauses and information on choosing an executor. Considering ways to give a donation and receive an income for life? The pages on gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts may be of interest. There is also information on the tax benefits of giving and the tax credit changes announced in February's budget.

For information on Annual Giving, please contact:

Catharine A. McLeod
Annual Giving Coordinator
Development Office
University House 1
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC V8W 3R4

Tel: (250) 721-6003
Fax: (250) 721-8961

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