Continuing Studies News

When a crisis catches you by surprise

“WHAT TO DO IF A METEOR LANDS ON OUR BUILDING.” Of all the emergency preparedness plans I have encountered, this one stands out as most memorable.

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An ethical return to work

How do corporate communicators, working on communicating the transition back to work, ensure we are being ethical in our communication to colleagues while meeting our obligations to our employers?

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Continuing Studies participates in Orange Shirt Day 2020

It's become an office tradition to come together each year on Sept. 30 for a group photo in solidarity of Orange Shirt Day. This year we had to do it virtually, but the spirit is still strong! The event was created to show respect for residential school survivors and their families, and to commit to the principle that every child matters. 

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Health and safety plans

The Division of Continuing Studies is open for a small selection of in-person classes this fall. Class sizes are limited and all of our learning spaces are set up for physical distancing. We have put enhanced cleaning protocols in place and staff will be onsite to help with any questions or concerns.

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Any time. Any place. Anyone.

Get the education you want, from anywhere in the world, on a schedule that suits your life. The benefits of an online education are plenty: flexibility, convenience, joining a global community, and that's just to name a few.

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Physically distanced yet still connected

For a destination university that prides itself on experiential learning, I applaud our students, faculty and staff for jumping into the world of online learning and remote working with both feet. It is truly amazing to see how quickly we've adopted new technology and found ways to connect online. "Let's Zoom" has become the mantra that defines us!

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Shifting perspectives during times of crisis

We awoke to a new world in spring 2020. A new viral strain caused the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic. Suddenly aspects of our lives changed—our professional lives changed, our personal lives changed, and our educational lives changed.

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Congratulations 2020 Graduates!

Watch our congratulatory video with messages from the Chancellor, President, President of the Alumni Association and Jo-Anne Clarke, Dean Continuing Studies. 

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Online Learning Quiz

Are you new to online learning? Take this short quiz and get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

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Chasing a virus

Geography and epidemiology team up to characterize the modern scourge. We all know what geography is. It’s all that business about the names of countries, flags and making maps, right? A recent article in Wired surveyed the discipline among present circumstances with a refreshing resonance, whilst not overlooking its pragmatism. The point is that geography as a discipline has never really seemed so important.

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New online learning opportunities

All existing online programs and courses will continue to run as usual. The Division of Continuing Studies is working quickly to transition additional courses to an online platform, and will be launching some exciting new online programming this spring.

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Information for the UVic community on the Coronavirus

UVic has created a website in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation. This website will provide the university community with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, including tips for staying healthy, information for travellers, and other resources for students, faculty and staff.

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Educational Wanderlust

Meet our International Education program coordinator Misty Cozac: educator / traveller / volunteer.

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Let's Talk: Volunteering at the Learning Centre

Each day he helps anywhere between 15 and 20 volunteers connect with 60 to 95 international students who come to the Learning Centre to hone their English language skills. Discover what it's all about.

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Reflecting on 50 years of ELC

The year 2020 marks the UVic English Language Centre's (ELC) 50th anniversary. ELC Director Jackie Prowse describes how the ELC has changed over the years.

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Giving Tuesday

Update: Our online giving page will be open until the end of December. All donations to the Continuing Studies fund, benefiting the University 101 program, will be matched up to $1,000. On Dec.

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Continuing Studies participates in Orange Shirt Day 2019

On Monday, Sept. 30, staff at the Division of Continuing Studies took part in the annual Orange Shirt Day along with other UVic faculty, staff and students. The event was created to show respect for residential school survivors and their families, and to commit to the principle that every child matters. 

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Discovery: it's in our Nature

with instructor James Clowater   By Therese Eley, Marketing Services We all grew up with nature shows showing animals from Africa and other countries, but so little do people realise what’s right here," says James C

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Journeying Together

with instructor Mary Byrne   By Therese Eley, Marketing Services Mary Byrne was at home with her four month old son when she got a phone call from Continuing Studies at UVic asking if she would be interested in teaching a course on

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A Life Lived Learning

with student Rena Hayes   By Therese Eley, Marketing Services "A good education is the key that will open many doors to a good career and a bright future.

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Philosophically Speaking, it's a Way of Life

with instructor Doug Hutchinson   By Therese Eley, Marketing Services Since his early 20s, Doug Hutchinson has been living a life of philosophy and scholarship.

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How to Create a Welcoming Campus Environment for Intensive English Language Program Learners

International students are choosing Canada because of academic reputation and quality of the learning combined with the opportunity to study and live in a safe, tolerant society, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education.

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Travel the world without leaving home

By Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke, Dean of Continuing Studies When Joanne and Mike Rada retired, they weren't quite ready for a quiet home and settled life.

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Blossoming in a new life

with instructor Jaerang Lee   By Therese Eley, Marketing Services For Jaerang Lee, Continuing Studies at UVic is like a home. "It's the first place, when I came to Canada, that welcomed me.

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Hello, how can we help you?

(L-R) Sheila, Nykita, Angel, Katie, Alesha and Christa  Your first point of contact at Continuing Studies is our Student Services team.

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Weaving a life of Passion

To the average PR professional, the word "spin" does not have a positive connotation. But Michelle Mitchell, a graduate of the Public Relations diploma program at Continuing Studies, is not your average PR professional. She loves to spin!

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Bringing Value to Business Education

Richard Mimick has been in the "Business" business a long time. With a distinguished career spanning several decades, across multiple industries, he brings a wealth of connections, experience and knowledge to the Business and Management programs at Continuing Studies.

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The Long Journey from Head to Heart

Olav Krigolson is a neuroscientist and UVic professor, and one of our most popular instructors at Continuing Studies. In the four years he's been teaching with us, he's taught 22 courses with over 880 registrations.

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Surfing Through a Happy Life

Lauren joined the Division of Continuing Studies a year ago as our French and World Languages Program Coordinator, and when asked what she's enjoyed most about her job, she said "It's difficult to pick just one thing… I work with such smart, innovative people and good souls in the division, and right from the start I really felt like the leadership team, staff and instructors were on my side.

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It's Time to Get Serious about Leisure

Meet John Meldrum. New to Continuing Studies, John will be teaching his first course with us, More Than Money: Making the Most of Retirement, this fall.

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A Dimensional Perspective on Health & Wellness

Community course offerings are a core function of the Division of Continuing Studies. Through creating sessions based on leading research and knowledge, we respond to our students’ enthusiasm for life-long learning. A key topic area of our community offerings is the diverse field of health and wellness.

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Teaching Without Borders

We live in a world where, thanks to the Internet, geographic location is no longer a restriction to accessing quality higher education. The trend towards online learning has been growing steadily in recent years and is opening up opportunities for professional development and lifelong learning to many people who might otherwise not have access to it.

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Making Connections

In September, Continuing Studies at UVic welcomed our new Dean, Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke, to the team. Since then, she has been busy settling into her new role and we have been enjoying getting to know her better. 

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Listen Up: Success Through Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder engagement is defined as the process of involving "any group or individual who can affect or is affected by the achievement of the organization's objectives" (E. Freeman).  It is a key component in the practice of Public Relations (PR), so much so that we offer a new PR elective course, Community and Stakeholder Relations, dedicated to it. 

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Why the Early Bird Gets the Worm (and lives past 100!)

After nearly a decade working for Continuing Studies at UVic, it goes without saying that Preston Randall is an integral part of the team. He knows the division’s systems, people and workflows like the back of his hand.

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A Legacy of Optimism

Known for his quick wit, and his love of language and music, Didier Bergeret was one of the kindest, most compassionate souls you would ever have the pleasure to meet. You couldn’t help but be drawn to his selfless nature and big boisterous personality, one that always seemed to fall on the side of optimism.

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Playing with Passion

"My wife thought I was nuts!" laughs instructor Jan Randall, as he recalls all the research and work he put into preparing for the first course he taught with Continuing Studies three years ago. "But it was stuff I was really interested in and I didn’t even really care if people actually signed up for it or not." 

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BC Museums Association elects new President Tania Muir

Congratulations to Continuing Studies staff member Tania Muir on her recent appointment of president within the BC Museums Association (BCMA). At the association’s AGM on Thursday, Oct. 19—after one year as a councilor and two years as vice president—Tania was nominated by the membership and voted in as president.

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Finding Space

One of the brightest smiles and bubbliest personalities in our office belongs to Laura Vizina, our Director of Health Sciences and Public Relations Programs.

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The Heart Within the Bones

Learn more about our instructor Stephanie Calce and her fascinating field of expertise: forensic anthropology.

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Leaning Into the Discomfort

Instructor Colleen Kawaliak talks about going against the grain and how the adult education model brought her to the career she enjoys today.

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Broadening Horizons

What is it that prompts someone to take a Continuing Studies course? Well it’s different for everyone of course, but for retired physician Dr. Heidi Martins it was to expand her perspective on the world.

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Integrative Business Management

Program Director Richard Mimick talks about how our Certificate in Business Administration - Fast Track program uses integrative general management (IGM) to stay up to date in our fast-paced global marketplace.

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Culture in Context

Program Coordinator Tusa Shea talks about the importance and diversity of culture and how our Cultural Resource Management Program supports communities and cultural development.

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Meet Our Business Program Assistants

If you are a student in our Business & Management Programs, chances are you’ve benefited from your interactions with these two ladies. Cathy Henderson and Kim Carver are the program assistants for these programs.

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Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke appointed Dean of Continuing Studies

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke has accepted the appointment of Dean, Division of Continuing Studies effective Sept.18, 2017.

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Getting Un-stuck

"I had taken a few community courses through Continuing Studies at UVic, just for pleasure, but the Computer Based Information Systems (CBIS) program was the first professional program that I took through Continuing Studies, outside of my degree at UVic," says graduate Carrie LePage, "It was helpful because I could work at the same time."

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CBC follows four Inuit women linked to CALR program

"My language, my heart" is a CBC news story about four Inuit women who are fighting to keep their language alive. Inuinnaqtun (pronounced ee-NOO-ee-NAHK-toon) is traditionally spoken in three Inuit communities in the Western Arctic: Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk and Ulukhaktok.

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Take Your Vacation!

I’m always astounded when I talk to people who have accumulated vast amounts of unused vacation time. While I realize it’s often difficult to make time to be away from your work, studies have proven that those of us who use our vacation time to travel are happier and healthier for it. And your break away doesn’t need to be a 3-week excursion to some distant land – although it couldn’t hurt!

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Campus parking changes coming this summer

Starting in June 2017, UVic will be implementing changes to the way parking services are delivered on campus.

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Exciting new Pathway to a BBA option announced!

We have just announced an exciting new "Pathway to a BBA" option for students interested pursuing a career in Business Administration.

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Celebration of Lifelong Learning

We recently held a special event in recognition of some of our most passionate students and long-time instructors in the Division of Continuing Studies.

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Congratulations Ahmad!

Excerpts and photo from: The Ring   PESA celebrates the contributions of UVic employees May 5, 2017 The celebration of this year's President's Extraordinary Service Award nominees and recipients, hosted by President Jamie Cas

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It’s About Both the Journey AND the Destination

For an avid traveler, the thought of finding a job that allows you to help others fall in love with travel, sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it? Well this is exactly what Janet gets to do every day at the office. Now, while the idea of traveling is one most people fantasize about, don’t forget there’s a heck of a lot of hard work involved.

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Why We Do What We Do

Throughout our lives, many of us could say we’ve participated in formal and informal learning settings. Community enrichment, mindful practices and professional development opportunities touch us at different times in our lives. At the Division of Continuing Studies, we focus on the learner experience by creating diverse opportunities.

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The Bright Side of the Road

For Elizabeth—or Liz, as she’s known around the office—one of the best parts of her job is meeting those members of the community who consider themselves to be lifelong learners. As a program coordinator within the Division of Continuing Studies’ Arts and Science unit, Liz coordinates the humanities courses, as well as the ever-popular Deans’ Lunchtime Lecture Series.

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Awaiting the Unveiling

Many of us have had the experience of eagerly awaiting the unveiling of something special. For some, those memories might be rooted in a holiday gift, or a special meal we are preparing for someone, and for others it could be a performance of some sort that we are attending or participating in.

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Effecting Change by Murdering Assumptions

What do you get when you mix a journalist with a track athlete, a forest-firefighter from the Yukon, a government civil servant, a philanthropist, a writer and a teacher together? Just a few lines of this man’s CV.

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A Taste for Travel

A question that Rosa Stewart admits she is quite used to hearing from her undergrad students in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UVic. “But my Continuing Studies students are different,” she explains.

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Teaching from the Heart

"The word 'education' has nothing to do with filling people up with knowledge. The root comes from the Latin 'educere' meaning to 'bring out'. That’s what true education is. If you can bring out belief, motivation, dignity, hope, purpose, you are bringing out core values on which they can build their life."

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Following Your Joy

When you love what you’re doing, balancing a career, family and school is easy. At least according to Kristin Wiens, who started her first class with Continuing Studies as a single mother of two pursuing a Diploma in Intercultural Education, while concurrently completing a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics at UVic.

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Your Learning, Your Way

We often hear about the importance of lifelong learning - how we need to keep our skills current in this world of ever changing technology, demographics, social norms or political landscapes. Employers are seeking current, job-ready skills.

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Experiential Learning

Experiential learning, in the most basic terms, means learning by doing and applying knowledge in a real-world context. Many professional programs at Continuing Studies offer a practicum or final project option toward the end of a student’s program ...

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Living in the Language

Ye “Dawn” Yuan has been teaching courses at Continuing Studies since January 2011. She has a real passion for teaching and sharing her language and culture.

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A Life in the Day of our Registration Staff

When you call Continuing Studies or send an email about registering in a course, you’ll connect with one of our Registration staff.

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Off the Wall

Mary Jo Hughes is the director of UVic’s Legacy Art Galleries, which consists of some 19,000 art objects. She has yet to personally handle all of them.

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Full Throttle through the Arts

John Lucas describes himself as “an actor who happens to sing and dance.” Having had one foot in theatre and the other in academia all his life has made him feel like “the illegitimate offspring of Northrop Frye and Daffy Duck,”

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At the Edge of the Comfort Zone

with Instructor Jason Cressey   Jason Cressey, PhD (psychology), teaches leadership courses at the Justice Institute of BC when he is not teaching courses on topics like Emotional Intelligence for Continuing Studies.

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A Long Road to the Next Step

When Jaime Smith was five years old a favourite aunt asked him to consider whether he thought the earth went round the sun or the sun went round the earth each day.

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A Short Walk

Dr. Emily Gonzales is an Ecological Restoration Specialist at Parks Canada where she coordinates conservation programs, develops policy and provides scientific advice for ecological restoration projects in national parks. She has also worked for Environment Canada as a Biodiversity Analyst and was the Director of Science AL!VE, a non-profit organization for science education.

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A Big Green Idea

Amanda Evans is originally from Toronto but came out to Victoria in 2003 to attend the University of Victoria. In 2012, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Geography, and a Diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems.

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Sandra Richardson: Order of British Columbia

It’s always fun to see the names of our students and alumni pop up in the news from time to time, and it was particularly exciting this past week when we saw that one of our alumni, Sandra Richardson, is being awarded the Order of British C

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It's graduation day! Now what?

Something big is happening on the UVic campus today… Today is graduation day!

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Wishing you were here? Take a virtual tour

Ever wondered what life is like for our students on campus? Well now you can visit UVic from anywhere in the world, virtually. Experience our extraordinary academic environment from your desktop or mobile device.

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Check out our new video

Watch our new video, featuring interviews with Dean Maureen MacDonald as well as some of our students, graduates and instructors. See what Continuing Studies at UVic is all about!

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New Program: Certificate in General Studies

Have you ever wanted to design your own credential? Have you ever struggled to find a program that meets your specific interests and needs? Then you might be interested in our newest program: the Certificate in General Studies.

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Archive

Archived Continuing Studies news articles can be found here.

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