Convocation news

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On the road with new travel-writing field school

October 31, 2016

Heather Clark, a veteran tour guide and former publications coordinator for the European Association for International Education, has spent upwards of six months a year for the past 16 years traveling the world. That's in addition to completing two degrees here at UVic: a BA in Hispanic studies and an MFA in writing. Now she's putting all that experience to work with her new company and a proposed travel-writing field school for the writing department.

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On the fast track to the future

October 31, 2016

When Nick Schwaiger was 13, he got his first job at a houseboat company in Sicamous, BC where his dad was a mechanic. He started helping out servicing engines and power systems in the company's fleet of 120 houseboats, plying the waters of nearby Shuswap and Mara Lakes. After a while, he was doing oil changes on engines, changing propellers and troubleshooting.

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Globetrotting grad sets her sights on social entrepreneurship

October 31, 2016

Ariel Mishkin entered Gustavson five years ago with the conviction that her place was in the international community, despite previously having limited opportunity to travel. Since then, she's worked in Mongolia, Poland and India, studied at Poland's Kozminski University, travelled the Trans-Siberian Railroad, tried her hand at Mongolian throat singing, pursued her love of photography, won five scholarship awards, and kept up an A average while doing it.

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Meet the Honorands

October 31, 2016

Four leaders from the fields of computing, telecommunications, public service, and athletics will accept honorary degrees—the university's highest academic honour—during 2016 Fall Convocation ceremonies.

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Chasing the nearly impossible neutrino

October 31, 2016

Jordan Myslik can trace his interest in physics back to grade three, when he became enamoured with the idea of UFOs. Myslik receives his doctorate this month, and recently started work as a postdoctoral fellow in neutrino physics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. "But my fixation on UFOs led me to an interest in astronomy, which in turn compelled me to learn more about physics."

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Mapping with the Stó:lō

October 31, 2016

Sabina Trimble—who graduates this month with an MA in history—will don a mortarboard on Nov. 9, but her fondest memory as a student was being blanketed and given a hand-woven cedar hat, in a traditional Coast Salish honouring at her defence in August 2016.

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