UVic Torch -- Fall 2004
Autumn 2004,
Volume 25, Number 2

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"Mrs. Carlo Rossi" by Hannah Maynard, photographed circa 1890-part of the Maltwood Gallery presentation of "A Woman's Place."

PEOPLE: Visual Arts master’s student Mark Neufeld has won the first Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award, worth $25,000. The prize will enable Neufeld to travel and study in Berlin… Barney Williams, BA ’99, earned a silver medal at the Athens Olympics with the Canadian men’s four rowing squad. In all, more than 20 alumni and students participated in the summer games and the Athens Paralympics… Clint Hamilton, MED ’92, has been named the university’s new director of Athletics and Recreation. The former Vikes basketball player succeeds Wayne MacDonald, who suffered a stroke in 2002. The university earned 20 national titles during MacDonald’s tenure. Hamilton comes from the University of New Brunswick where he is credited with having a major impact on the success of the school’s varsity teams and increasing their presence in the community… John Newcomb, MA ’94, a senior lab instructor in the Geography department, earned a 2004 Saanich Environmental Award (Individual Citizen category) for spreading awareness about water conservation in more than 30 public talks booked through the UVic Speakers Bureau. The UVic POLIS project on environmental governance was also awarded for its contribution to long-range planning for a sustainable campus.

RESEARCH: The Centre for Addictions Research of BC at UVic offers a new Web portal (silink.ca) to help families, friends and caregivers spot clues to addictions to substances like crystal meth. It’s the only source of substance use information selected and developed specifically for a BC audience. The portal is the first project by the new centre, which welcomed director Tim Stockwell in August. He comes from Australia where he was the director of the National Drug Research Institute…A major exhibit at the Maltwood Gallery explores the significant role of women in the early development of Victoria’s arts and culture scene from the 1860s through to the 1920s. “A Woman’s Place” includes more than 200 examples of painting, photography (left), basketry, embroidery, pottery and design. The exhibition continues to January 11.

RESOURCES: Twenty-nine kids took part in the university’s first summer mini-university camp for Aboriginal youth. They spent a week on campus, living in residence and getting immersed in robotics, computer animation, law and visual arts. The point is to encourage young people, especially in Grades 9 and 10, to stay in school and focus on a future in higher education. Only 52 per cent of Aboriginals between the ages of 20 and 24 have completed high school, according to Statistics Canada…Construction is underway on the new Engineering/Computer Science building, with provincial funding of $22-million, adjacent to the Engineering Lab Wing. At six storeys, it will be the tallest building on campus when it’s completed in early 2006 and will bring to 300 the number of student spaces available for undergraduate and graduate studies in engineering and computer science.

ODDS & ENDS: It’s the next best thing to being there. The 2005 Finnerty Gardens Calendar is now available in all of its floral glory. This is the third edition of the fundraising effort—featuring the fine photography of Daphne Donaldson, MA ’98—in support of improvements and additions to the campus gardens. The calendar is available at the UVic Bookstore and selected Greater Victoria bookshops and garden stores.

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