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Campus Kudos

Screenshot of a Zoom gallery view showing President Hall and 19 of the May 2021 Campus Kudos recipients
President Kevin Hall (top left) celebrating with the May 2021 Campus Kudos recipients.

Campus Kudos celebrates and acknowledges the achievements and accomplishments of our talented and hard-working faculty, staff, and students. 

President Kevin Hall will recognize the people receiving Campus Kudos at informal celebration events throughout the academic year.

Kudos are shared with our campus community so we can all learn more about the great things happening at UVic and the people that make up this institution. 

The next Campus Kudos will be in April 2022.

Nominations

The UVic community is made up of people and groups doing amazing things every day to make a difference in our world and on our campus. We want to celebrate the many kinds of contributions—small or large, visible or unseen—that make UVic a great place to work and study.

Please nominate faculty, staff and students who have:

  • Made a significant or creative contribution to the campus community by going above or beyond their role, 
  • Are engaged with the wider community and working to make Greater Victoria a great place to live, work and learn, and/or 
  • Have received significant external awards for scholarship, learning, teaching, research or community contributions.

There is a very simple nomination process:

  • Please fill out the Campus Kudos form to let President Hall know about the achievements of current faculty, staff members, or students. 
  • You can submit a nomination whenever you identify someone who you think deserves kudos—deadlines for upcoming events will be published in the Campus Checklist.
Nominations may be submitted at any time. 

Recipients

Diana Varela — Dean of Academic Advising in Humanities, Science, and Social Science
  • Doing impressive work supporting undergraduate student faculty members, chairs, and directors, and impacting the campus community in the Tri-Faculties.
Graham Rhodes — Occupational Heath, Safety and Environment Consultant
  • Working hard in support and care for the community.
Jennifer Sauter — Program Assistant/Assistant to the Chair of Germanic and Slavic Studies
  • Successfully assisting colleagues, students, and the program Chair. Jennifer has enhanced media presence, provided problem-solving solutions and support in all aspects of running the department.
Gabe Ho — Financial Planning and Operations
  • Helped streamline the posting process of a record-breaking number of job postings in UVic Careers over the past nine months by suggesting additional improvements to the current process, by reviewing posting requisitions quickly and by expediting time-sensitive requests.
Lydia Toorenburgh — Inaugural Tri-Faculty Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator
  • Developing an Indigenous implementation plan for each of the faculties that responded to UVic’s Indigenous Plan and the Strategic Framework as well as the TRC Calls to Action.
Alicia Kaiser, Mel Carter, Lauren Heppell, Christine Howard — University Communications + Marketing
  • Created the strong and strategic appearance of Aspiration 2030 that included representation of all UVic’s impact areas and honoured Carey Newman’s artwork.
Trish Kearley — Administrative and finance officer in University Systems
  • Development and maintenance of the University Systems Contracts Database which processes supports a continuity of services and cost savings for all central IT equipment, licenses, and services.
Emma Stuart, Jasmine Desjardins, Jean Dickson, Kathy Jang, Charlotte Loppie — HSD Research Support Centre Team
  • Maintaining and improving the research support services provided to faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in the Faculty of Human and Social Development, including an increased workload of new COVID-19 related research projects.
Rhianna Nagel & Alexandra Haupt — Community-Engaged Learning
  • Supporting students and faculty with experiential learning opportunities, community-engaged courses/research, and professional development.
Mark Hovey, Gord Heal & Darcy Douglas — Farquhar Auditorium production team
  • Keeping the lights on and meeting the needs of both campus users and community groups using the facility while protecting the health and safety of everyone who comes to the Farquhar Auditorium.
Elisabeth Gugle — Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Economics
  • Helping students, colleagues, and staffs with advising students so that they get the most out of their education at UVic.
Anne-Lise Loomer — Senior Development Office
  • Managing a significant fundraising portfolio while also being open and available to mentor other fundraising professionals.

Cat Price — Assistant to the Associate Dean, Advising-Humanities, Science & Social Sciences

  • Assisted students through academic support with tri-fac programs, ensuring staff safety, knowledge, and training in all practices.
Sarah Hood, Cara Jones, Karissa Sovdi & Sarah Howe —Organization Development & Learning Services team
  • Building a learning program exclusively for UVic. The “Learning that Shifts U” employee learning program has six learning series and a total of 30 courses (plus electives) that are designed and developed by and for UVic employees to support the UVic competencies and UVic’s strategic priorities.
Xavier Serrano — Director of Purchasing Services
  • Contributed towards sustainable procurement and leadership at UVic and cultivating sustainability in procurement. He developed the Supplier Code of Conduct that emphasizes UVic’s commitment to global leadership in environment, social and institutional sustainability and outlines expectations for suppliers to integrate corporate social responsibility approach to their business practices.
Garry Sagert – Director of UVic Online Systems
  • Leadership and contributions in the purchase of the IT related software agreements for UVic. Supported negotiation and execution of various complex system involved procurement contracts for the University such as procurement of services for One Card program and Thrive Health
SSB9 Upgrade Project Team — Amanda Hawkins, aspen apGaia, Ben Cox, Corey Gibbins, Crystal Bergeron, David Protheroe, Devin Arnold, Diane Price, Evan Rempel, Ivan Petrovic, Jackie Evans, James Wigginton, Jeni Norris, Jes Castor, Nicol Smirl, Pat Cretney, Raymond Choo, Rizwan Bashir, Russell Wong, Ruth Adam, Scott Campbell, Sheeja Rajagopal, Vugar Mehraliyev)
  • Successfully launched the Banner 9 Student Registration system for Summer Session 2022. They worked to install, configure, modify, test and document the new system in order to ensure a seamless transition for students and for the staff who support registration.

Ian Case — Ceremonies and Events

  • championing arts and culture on campus despite the challenges of the pandemic, including building and maintaining strong local partnerships such as with the Victoria Symphony.

Carmen Welta, Amanda Hawkins, Richard Toogood, Mandy Pearce, Wendy Joyce, Heather MacLennan, Ruth Adam, Vugar Mehraliyev, Kathleen Garland and Bob Fleming — EducationPlanner BC admission application project team

  • successfully integrating a new province-wide application process for our prospective undergraduate students

Ashley de Moscoso and Tara Britt — Classroom Safety Ambassador Program

  • leading the creation and coordination of the very successful Classroom Safety Ambassador Program to support COVID-19 safety protocols throughout the 2020-2021 Winter and 2021 Summer Sessions

Susan Lewis and Kane Kilbey – UVic COVID-19 Transition Team co-chairs

  • leading our university through the pandemic — from navigating the pivot to online learning through overseeing our safe return to campus this fall

Bruce Kilpatrick, Erin King, Cara Segger, Heather Warren, Beth Doman, Amos Rowsell, Len Collins, Cathie Walker, Ali Baggott, Kim Dias, Kelly Clark, Lindsay Gagel, Cecil Blakeslee, Robin Sutherland, Craig McNaughton, Ray Choo, Ethan Perriccioli, Dorothy Eggenberer, Sejr Andersen and Ivan Petrovic — UVic.ca redesign project team

  • displaying dedication and commitment to excellence throughout the multi-year project that resulted in an award-winning new website for UVic

Jodie Walsh – Centre for Global Studies

  • being “the glue that holds the centre together” and commitment to the university shown through generously supporting other areas of campus operations and sharing institutional knowledge during the pandemic

Gord Lyall – History PhD candidate

  • facilitating the inaugural Faculty of Humanities Student Research Forum and supporting graduate student research assistants across the faculty

Garry Sagert, Scott Thompson, Ivan Petrovic, Rizwan Bashir, Lance Grant, Nav Bassi, Marcus Greenshields, Laurene Sheilds, Mariel Miller, Craig Scharien, Alex Warrington, Hajime Kataoka, Becca Edwards and Katy Chan — UVic Systems and the Division of learning and Teaching Support and Innovation

  • deploying Brightspace, a new learning management system, within 60 days to respond to the challenges of remote learning during the pandemic, and implementing new classroom technology to prepare for the return to campus

Lawrence Lu & Peter Cassar — Facilities Management Waste Reduction

  • helping the university manage and keep up with the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic health and safety protocols in extremely short timelines so the university could continue to serve our students.

Rob Hancock — Anthropology & Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement

  • going above and beyond to be an agent of change at UVic in support of Indigenization and decolonization across the institution and for mentoring Indigenous students, staff and faculty.

Alexandrine Bourealt-Fournier — Anthropology

  • work and scholarship in the service of Anthropology while teaching grad and undergrad courses, acting as Chair and honours advisor, and editing Anthropologica journal.

Marc Bavin — Office of Global Engagement
Robyn Fila — Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives

  • developing successful grant proposals that resulted in $1 million for student mobility programs.

Tine Lathouwers — Human Resources

  • swiftly assembling the campus Rapid Antigen Testing Clinic while handling a huge caseload of Remote Work Agreement requests.

Carolyn Choo, Timothy O'Gorman, Simon Farrow, Bert Timmermans & Michael Caudwell — Theatre, Libraries & Facilities Management

  • quickly and creatively lighting the Mearns Centre for Learning — McPherson Library in orange to reflect UVic's commitment to truth and reconciliation, and to display our grief and solidarity with Indigenous communities across the country. 

Bruce Ravelli — Sociology

  • scholarly and teaching contributions that inspire students and demonstrate how sociology can help promote a better world.

Jeanie Gunn, Jennifer Wong, Morgan Slavkin, Mira Cvitanovic — Ceremonies and Events
Alex Solunac, Flemming Sorvin, Luke Mynott, Mike Thomas, Jeff Birmingham, Jordan Forbes, Eugene Deen — University Systems AV Tech

  • amazing and knowledgeable assistance in running events and for quickly becoming experts in delivering remote and hybrid events during the pandemic.

Danielle Mulligan — Development

  • leading UVic's Giving Tuesday campaign to greater and greater heights each year and receiving the CASE Rising Star Award in Philanthropy for her early career successes.

Liz Eby, Samantha Krzywonos, Amanda Taylor, Nicole Boulet & Danielle Mulligan — Development

  • working during the pandemic to receive their Certified Fund Raising Executive designations.

Samantha Knudson — Fine Arts

  • consistently demonstrating compassion and collegiality in all of her work. She made it possible to hold in-person classes during the pandemic; provided supports to students unable to travel home over the holidays due to travel restrictions and was instrumental in welcoming four Syrian musicians.

Steve Gorham — Human Resources

  • working with openness, authenticity and outstanding commitment to making UVic a positive and productive place to work for everyone.

Neil Burford — Acting Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Science & Professor, Department of Chemistry

  • a long career of service, leadership and mentorship in his department and faculty, at UVic and across the scientific community

Mike Figursky — Manager, Production Services, Farquhar Auditorium

  • research and leadership in developing safe work plans that allowed the Farquhar to continue to serve the School of Music and host the Victoria Symphony’s virtual season

Anne Hung — English student

  • led a team of multi-year students to develop a peer mentorship project for over 80 incoming students who wouldn’t be able to meet other students during COVID-19

Fawzan Hussain — Engineering student

  • first-year engineering student who used 3D printers to create and deliver 1,545 pieces of personal protective equipment to over 30 organizations across B.C. during the pandemic. Fawzan received the BC Medal of Good Citizenship!

International Student Services Team — Tricia Best and Carmencita Duna

  • provided welcome, supports and community to international students during the pandemic through self-isolation assistance, virtual engagement and peer-to-peer connection programs

Rob Iuvalé — Supervisor, Science Stores, Faculty of Science

  • supporting his team while helping to keep lab research going during COVID-19

Dean Karlen — Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • developing a new, highly successful, statistical model for COVID-19 epidemiology

David Leitch — Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

  • organized a team to produce hundreds of litres of Health Canada approved hand sanitizer that was donated to local hospitals

Michael Lines — Learning and Research Librarian, UVic Libraries

  • making connections between local schools and the university since 2014 with his Bookbinding for Kids workshops

Andy Mavretic — Director, Occupational Health, Safety & Environment, Human Resources

  • coordinating the creation and implementation of the over 700 safe work plans that have kept us safe working on campus during COVID-19

Office of Student Life Team — Priyanka Lopez, Gavin Gao, Raquel Slotten, Angi Ross

  • developed the New Student Connect Program that provided an online university community to over 3,000 first-year students from all over the world

Residence Services Team — Kathryn McLeod, Chad Dalrymple, Rose Marie Roxburgh, Terry Forst

  • responsible for bringing 840 first-year students to live on campus this year and supporting their student experience with innovative and safe student life programming

Joni Richardson — Programmer, Intramurals & Outdoor Recreation, VIKES Athletics

  • instrumental in developing an approach to virtual esports/video gaming participation that is now taking seed with other institutions and grabbing hold in the rest of Canada

Contact us

campuskudos@uvic.ca

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