Community + Scholarship Fund

com•mu•ni•ty:  n., pl. –ties. sharing together: community of food supplies, community of ideas. (adapted from Gage Canadian Dictionary)   schol•ar•ship: n. 1. Knowledge gained by study and inquiry. 2. A grant of money or other aid to support continued study and inquiry. (adapted from Gage Canadian Dictionary)     • The Community + Scholarship Fund is available to support the sharing of ideas that promote and enhance cross-unit inquiry and student, staff, and faculty engagement.   • Grants (max. $1000) are available to teams or pairs of applicants consisting of at least one student and one faculty member.   • Applications may be submitted in any one of 3 funding cycles, with the following deadlines: July 15,   November 15,   March 15   • Applicants are eligible once per academic year (July 1 – June 30).   • Possible community scholarship endeavours: • Mini-retreat or event around a scholarship/research theme • Invited speaker who engages cross-unit interest (travel, accommodation, honoraria for short visit of 1-2 days) • Off-site visit/tour that engages community scholarship • Your idea here! For further information please contact: Heather Chestnutt, Research and Scholarship Coordinator phone 3954 To apply, please complete the attached form and submit electronically to: Community Scholarship Fund Application Community + Scholarship Fund Information Printable PDF File

NEW to UVic Faculty of Education

TEACHER EDUCATION FOR TRADESPEOPLE Expand your career options by becoming a BC certified teacher. Trades people who hold a Red Seal designation in Carpentry, Electrical, or Metal Fabrication/Machining can use their designation and 3 years of experience to enter the 5 year Bachelor of Education program at year 3! Information session: June 23rd at 7:00 pm Island Savings Centre Koksilah Room 2687 James Street Duncan, BC Location: Applications accepted: July 2nd to 20th, 2015 To view / download our brochure and learn more about this great opportunity click here Contact: (250-721-7877) * Subject to approval of Board of Governors

NEW! Minor in Education

NEW! Beginning May 2015, the Department of Curriculum & Instruction will offer a 9.0 unit Minor in Education, designed to focus on teaching and learning for non K-12 Educators (volunteers and paid staff) of social agencies and/or businesses who have an instructional component to their orgnanization.  Graduates of the program will have a basic foundation of learning, teaching, assessment, and instructional design to meet the needs of informal and non-formal education environments.  The program is not available for students currently enrolled in the Faculty of Education. Core Courses EDUC 100 Introduction to Education (1.5 units) EDCI 335 Learning Design (1.5 units) ED-P 301 Internship/Community Experience (1.5 units) An additional 4.5 units of electives chosen from:  EDCI 338, 339, 456, ED-D 300, 305, 417, 423, 496, EPHE 142, 252, 253, 270, IED 371, 372, AE 322, 330, and other electives upon approval of the department. Please go to your faculty advising centre after May 1, 2015 to declare the minor as part of your degree.

One woman’s fight to save a language, not just a blanket

Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY: Joye Walkus wears the centuries-old Chilkat blanket turned over to the Royal B.C. Museum in 1975 by her grandfather, who taught the Port Hardy woman her first words of the Kwak'wala language.   Joye Walkus see above in Bruce Stotesbury's photograph, was recently featured in the Times Colonist, in an article written by Jack Knox. Joye Walkus graduated from UVic on Monday. She was part of the very first cohort to earn a bachelor of education in indigenous language revitalization. That means she can teach the whole K-12 curriculum in Kwak’wala. See more of Times Colonist, Jack Knox's article and a snap shot of the report at:

Let's Celebrate! 100 Years of Preparing Educators

Join us to celebrate 100 years since the establishment of the Victoria Normal School, the predecessor to the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria! Saturday, October 3, 2015, the Faculty will host a Symposium and Gala Evening of dinner and entertainment (registration information coming soon)! 9:00 am - 4:00 pm      Symposium, MacLaurin Building 5:00 pm                      Cocktails, University Club 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm      Dinner and Entertainment, University Club Call for Proposals - Please see attached information We invite proposals for symposium sessions focusing on preparing educators and that highlight people, areas of study, or spaces and places. In addition, we invite proposals for musical and/or dramatic entertainment for the Gala Evening. Proposal Deadline: May 29, 2015 We hope to see you there! Dr. Helen Raptis and Dr. Wanda Hurren On behalf of the Celebration 100 Planning Committee For more information click on the following link: Call for Proposals 100 Years

UVic grad student takes academia underwater

Media Release                                                   Date: April 15, 2015 UVic grad student takes academia underwater When University of Victoria master’s student Mike Irvine appears before a panel of academics to defend his thesis—the penultimate step before graduation—he’ll look the part of the young professional wearing a pinstriped suit. Except that under it, he’ll be wearing his wetsuit. And to present his research evidence about how underwater cameras and live-streaming technology will revolutionize ocean education, Irvine will don flippers and a high-tech communications mask and leap into the Salish Sea to defend his thesis underwater. As far as Irvine knows, UVic will be the first university anywhere to pull off a live-streaming, ocean-to-surface, webcast thesis defence. His advisors will be listening and talking to him via video conferencing on a 32-inch screen on the dock. Anyone in the world will be able to follow it live via Youtube. Blending science and education with a touch of improv theatre, the 27-year-old, third-generation scuba diver will showcase what he calls a new way of connecting with the ocean. His graduate research in the Faculty of Education focused on how underwater cameras motivate students to ask more questions and become more informed about human impacts on the ocean. Irvine says the impact of his research comes from where he’s taking it. He has brought together UVic ocean scientists, students, dive industry technicians (his father being one of them), teachers, engineers and tech enthusiasts to co-found the Fish Eye Project, a not-for-profit organization using innovative technology to build ocean awareness. “My hope is that this will bridge the extensive gap between the ocean and the public, that we can connect people to a world we hardly know,” he says. To watch a live webcast of Irvine’s underwater defence, the following YouTube Live link will be streaming from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, April 20: Beneath the Waves. **The media are invited to attend the underwater thesis on Saanich Peninsula where there will be a viewing platform on the dock. Media contacts: Suzanne Ahearne (University Communications + Marketing) at 250-721-7636 (main desk) or Follow us on Twitter: @uvicnews UVic media relations & services: UVic media releases and other resources for journalists are available on the World Wide Web at

UVic's Aboriginal Language Revitalization, four-year program featured on CBC news

UVic program aims to revitalize South Slavey language in N.W.T. Above image shows participants and mentors in the Aboriginal Language Revitalization program. The program includes 17 participants, mentors, and advisors. (image submitted by Joyce McLeod) March is Aboriginal Languages Month in the Northwest Territories, and a language revival course is opening new doors and possibilities for those who want to learn one of the territory's 11 official tongues. Aboriginal Language Revitalization is a four-year program taught out of the University of Victoria, but based in the N.W.T. It pairs fluent speakers with a group of adult students interested in learning Dene Zhatie — also known as South Slavey. Currently, there are 17 students in the program, including Fort Simpson's Dahti Tsetso, who was paired with Violet Jumbo. "In the Dene way, the language and the culture intertwine," says Tsetso, "so if you don't have one, you're really missing out. It's really important for me to be able to claim that, and be able to share it with others." UVic's Aboriginal Language Revitalization, four-year program has been featured on CBC news. Link to this new item below. By Erin Brohman, Garrett Hinchey, with files from Shannon Scott, CBC News Posted: Mar 16, 2015 10:00 AM CT Last Updated: Mar 16, 2015 6:34 PM CT _______________________________________________________________________________________ Onowa McIvor, Ph.D | Director | Assistant Professor | Indigenous Education | Faculty of Education | UVic | T 250.721.7826 _______________________________________________________________________________________

Interdisciplinary Networking Event

Dear Colleagues, You are invited to a first time Interdisciplinary Networking Event! Interdisciplinarity has been a trademark of how we talk about U Vic's programs and approaches to teaching and learning. It is the hallmark of a number of successful programs across campus and from many different disciplinary fields. For example, we have interdisciplinary minors programs like Technology and Society, or Social Justice Studies, as well as joint majors in programs like Engineering and Music, Law and Business. Other professional programs are inherently interdisciplinary in their design, such as Child and Youth Care, or are devoted to interdisciplinary research, such as the Center for Addictions Research. These are, of course, only some of the many examples from interdisciplinary programs offered across campus. Yet as those of us who work in interdisciplinary programs know, there are challenges to supporting interdisciplinary programs, in how we work across units, departments or faculties, but also in how we deliver and design curriculum, or engage in pedagogical practices that draw upon and link diverse disciplinary knowledge. To begin the process of engaging with faculty and staff involved and interested in interdisciplinary programs, I am sponsoring the first Interdisciplinary Open House. The goal of this event is to have an event that creates a space in which to network, share ideas, hear more about interdisciplinary initiatives at U Vic, and engage in a spirited dialogue about the nature of interdisciplinarity in the contemporary university, at U Vic in particular. As a part of this event, I am delighted to announce that Dr. David Helfand, President of Quest University, has agreed to come and give a short talk about the ways in which interdisciplinary thinking, inquiry, research, and learning pedagogies come together in their undergraduate degree program. His talk, entitled "Interdisciplinary Learning in the 21st Century University" will provide a way of beginning our conversations. He will talk for about 20 minutes, beginning at noon, leaving lots of time for you to engage in a dialogue with him and you colleagues. There will also be and opportunity to network with colleagues from across campus, enjoy some food, and provide feedback tot he office of Interdisciplinary Academic Programs on your ideas and concerns about interdisciplinarity ant U Vic. Our off campus colleagues are also welcome to join us for this event: I 'd appreciate an email about if you are planning to attend, just to help with panning and ensuring we have enough food! This event is sponsored by the office of Interdisciplinary Academic Programs, and is happy to have the support of the Learning and Teaching Center, Technology Integrated Learning and the Institute for Studies & Innovation in Community-University Engagement. So please save the date: March 26th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the David Strong Building, Room C128. Light refreshments will be served. Dr. Catherine McGregor, Associate Professor, Leadership Studies E: T: 250-721-7823 Past President, CASWE (Canadian Association for the Study of Women in Education) Fellow, Center for Youth Society Director, Interdisciplinary Academic Programs.

Ryan Rhodes, Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education: Making exercise a habit

Ryan Rhodes, a professor of behavioral medicine at the University of Victoria in British Columbia who studies exercise intention and compliance answers - What’s the best way to create a habit of exercising? - for the New York Times blog Ask Well Read the full article at

Calling all couch potatoes

You can help a UVic researcher find out what it takes to become a habitual exerciser by Patty Pitts New Year's resolutions to exercise more are as predictable as post-holiday leftovers, bloated credit card statements and pine needles embedded in the carpet. But while the joint goal of getting fit and losing weight is generally the most popular of resolutions, it is also the one most commonly broken.

When it's time for "the talk" - Dr. Jillian Roberts

Any parent with a computer in the house knows the warnings—keep the device in a central place, like a kitchen, so children can surf the internet under the supervision of an adult. But when portable tablets and easy wifi access took control away from parents (despite their best efforts) and gave it to very young users, University of Victoria educational psychology and leadership professor Jillian Roberts noticed a sudden shift when working clinically with children in the community as a registered psychologist.