The UVic Torch · University of Victoria Alumni Magazine · Spring 1999

Alumni President's Message

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by Betty Clazie

A home of our own. That warm phrase, which brings to mind a comforting picture of stability, has recently become a reality at UVic. The board of governors, recognizing "the past, present and future contributions and support given to the university by the alumni association", has approved the name "Alumni House" for the building, just off Sinclair Road, formerly called University House One. Once the residence of former UVic President Bruce Partridge, the house has been the Alumni centre of operations for several years.

According to a recent article in The Ring, financial contributions by the alumni association to the university have been well in excess of $500,000. In the current year the alumni association, in addition to funding many campus programs, is allocating $83,000 in student awards to undergraduate and graduate students. Now, "Alumni House" is the home base for more than 50,000 UVic alumni. Please do drop by for a visit the next time you are in the area. You will be given a warm welcome!

The board of the alumni association has been working on a number of projects that will provide more services to our members. Alumni now have more than 60 branches in not only Canadian and USA centres, but also in major cities around the world, allowing excellent opportunities for staying in touch with other UVic grads. We are making progress with our On-Line Community, with more than 1000 alumni signing on and providing us with their updated information; in turn, this gives them improved networking capabilities. Yet another service of our On-Line Community is the development of mentors on-line, offering both students and alumni the opportunity to secure answers to basic questions regarding career development. People working in the career area who have volunteered to contribute their expertise provide the information. Visit our web-site to find out more: http://alumni.uvic.ca/olc

I am still surprised when I am asked "What do I do to become an alumnus/a?" If you graduated from UVic with a degree, certificate or diploma, or if you attended Victoria College, you are automatically a life-time member of the UVic Alumni Association. If you wish to become more closely involved with the many alumni programs, we would be pleased to have you as a volunteer. This is your university, your association, and your voice on campus. We welcome your involvement!

Betty Clazie (B.Ed. 73)

President

UVic Alumni Association

Alumni Recognition

For the first time, a formal agreement has been signed between the University of Victoria and the UVic Alumni Association. The association, a separate society incorporated under the Society Act of B. C., is as old as the university itself. Yet there has never before been a written statement outlining its relationship with the university.

The document describes the very positive working alliance that has evolved over the years and sets out respective roles, rights and obligations of the two entities. It is an historic document that will serve as a reference for future university and alumni association boards and administrators.

This, combined with the re-naming of University House 1 to Alumni House (see the President's Report, above), is indicative of a growing recognition of the importance of alumni involvement in university affairs. Alumni House, located at the edge of campus off Sinclair Road, houses the offices of the division of external relations, development and alumni affairs. The alumni association has called it home for the past decade, holding board and committee meetings, Christmas socials and other events there.

Courtney Walls Memorial Bursary

A bursary fund in memory of Courtney Walls-the UVic grad murdered Dec. 12, 1997 in downtown Victoria-has been established with more than $10,000 raised by the Victoria rugby community. The first award from the bursary will be granted this fall to a varsity rugby player, preferably enrolled in English or writing. Fundraising was spearheaded by Victoria lawyer Michael Holmes, a friend and former teammate of Walls.

Contributions may be sent in care of the UVic Development Office, PO Box 3060 Victoria, B.C. V8W 3R4.


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