Alumni Week 2014 February 2 - 8

Welcome to Alumni Week 2014!

From February 2 to 8, UVic Alumni Week 2014 offers fun and informative events to celebrate the economic, social and cultural impact of UVic alumni.

UVic Alumni can be found in more than 100 countries and about 31,000 people in the Capital Region hold a UVic degree, diploma or certificate. The CRD board of directors, along with the councils of Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay have proclaimed it “UVic Alumni Week" in their jurisidictions.

The seventh annual Alumni Week includes public lectures, forums, workshops, art displays, and an alumni and family night of Vikes basketball on Feb. 8.

Award presentations will recognize 12 Distinguished Alumni representing each university faculty, division, and the UVic libraries (recipients mini-bios and photos).

Alumni are encouraged to wear UVic blue, gold and red during Alumni Week and to share their photos on the UVic Alumni Twitter feed (@UVic_Alumni) using the hashtag #UVicAlumniWeek.

Event registration is now open.

Download a printable (PDF) page that gives you an at-a-glance rundown of the Alumni Week 2014 schedule, including registration links.

Alumni Week 2014 Calendar of Events

Click the dates below for event listings and links to our Alumni Week online registration pages.

Sunday, February 2

Inside Opera
Enjoy a presentation and performances from Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos by the incomparable and entertaining Robert Holliston and guests from the Pacific Opera Victoria cast. Refreshments served.

Monday, February 3

Campus Alumni Luncheon
Join fellow UVic alumni who work on campus for the annual Alumni Week luncheon. Discussion notes (PDF).

UVic Libraries presents Very Special Collections
Discover the Very Special Collections of the University of Victoria through an array of Very Short presentations: students, librarians, archivists and professors will show-and-tell about their favourite item held in the library. Be amazed by manuscripts, books, and projects that make the University of Victoria Very Special.

Career Workshop: You, Trends in the Labour Market and Career Planning
Uncertain about your career path or looking to make a change? In this interactive session you will learn about current trends in the labour market and explore the factors and influences involved in career decision making.

Tuesday, February 4

We Heart Cornett
Join us for a trip down memory lane as we celebrate memories, friendships and love found in the Cornett Building!

An Education Degree Opens Doors – Take a Look!
A panel to discuss current issues and trends in Education while exposing students to a variety of career options that are open to them with a degree in Education.

School of Child & Youth Care Alumni Gathering

Wednesday, February 5

Distinguished Alumni Awards Night
Join us for this special evening as we honour Distinguished Alumni from various faculties and units. Recipients photos and mini-bios.

Digital Health Today: Perspectives of Canadians and their Clinicians
Presented by Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, BA '93, 2014 Faculty of Human & Social Development Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and Executive Vice President of Canada Health Infoway.

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown: Big Blanket Button Project
Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
See the world's largest button blanket, created by designer and artist consultant Peter Morin with elder button blanket makers in Victoria and students of Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer, Williams Legacy Chair in modern and contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest.

Calgary & Area UVic Alumni Week Reception
You're invited to re-connect with UVic alumni at our Calgary branch reception! Brush up on your UVic trivia to win prizes, and come ready to meet new and old friends from our alma mater for an informal reception at Belgo.

Thursday, February 6

Teaching Awards Celebration
The UVic Alumni Association, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Learning and Teaching Centre invite you to join us in honouring outstanding teaching at the University of Victoria.

Career Workshop: Use the Power of Online Networking to Achieve your Career Goals
Learn strategies and basic tools to widen your professional network online. Develop techniques to turn these connections into deeper business relationships and career opportunities.

Continuing Studies Lecture - What Does it Mean to be Human?
What is it about our species that sets us apart from every other living creature past and present on this planet? The short answer is our creative impulse, our ability to perceive life in an abstract, symbolic manner, and our desire to communicate these ideas to others. Join Genevieve von Petzinger as we explore where this urge comes from and how long ago it started.

Economics Alumni Career Conversations
Recent Economics graduates are invited to a facilitated career session hosted by Co-op and Careers Services and the Economics Alumni Council.

The BC Economy: Industry and Resources Flowing Towards the Future (Vancouver)
Panel discussion with Rick Schultz,  BA '88 (CFO - SoMedia Networks), Tracy Redies, BA '84 (President and CEO - Coast Capital Savings), and Duncan Davies,  BA '72 (CEO - Interfor Products).

Rick Schultz, BA ‘88
CFO - SoMedia Networks

Rick Schultz has spent more than 12 years as a senior accounting manager after graduating from UVic and earning his CGA designation. Initially joining SoMedia in 2009 as VP Finance, Rick is an expert at accounting and business systems, and has previously been involved in the preparation of two NASDAQ IPO’s. Most recently, he worked for Tactical Corporation, a hosting company focused on the marketing/media industry, where he was Director of Finance. Prior to that, he worked for Taleo Corporation, a publicly listed software company based in San Francisco, where he was Director, Systems & Processes, and Pivotal Corporation where he was Manager FP & A.

Tracy Redies, BA ‘84
President & CEO - Coast Capital Savings

Tracy Redies' expertise spans commercial, personal, and private banking to eBusiness, IT and Investment Services. After spending many years abroad and in BC working for HSBC in a variety of roles, including President and CEO of and Executive Vice President, Personal Financial Services & Wealth Management, Tracy joined Coast Capital Savings in 2009 to lead the entrepreneurial-styled credit union in its quest to bring innovation to banking in Canada. She leads the executive team in formulating strategy, establishing and meeting financial goals and objectives, ensuring a differentiated customer experience, and developing a strong company culture for employees.

Duncan Davies, BA ‘72
CEO - Interfor Products

Duncan Davies had been the President of Interfor since 1998 and Chief Executive Office since 2000. Prior to joining the Company in 1998, Mr. Davies was a Vice President of an investment banking firm specializing in forest products transactions and activities, a principal in an independent forest products company and help senior positions in two other large forest products companies. He is the Chair of the B.C. Lumber Trade Council and First Vice-Chair of the Softwood Lumber Board. He is also a director of the Binational Softwood Lumber Council and the Canadian Lumber Trade Alliance.

Facilitated by Dr. David Scoones, BSc ’87, and Chair of the UVic Economics Department.

Sponsored by Sea to Sky Network Solutions.

Friday, February 7

President's Run
Noon, Student Affairs Plaza(between McKinnon and the UVic Bookstore)
Run, jog or walk with UVic President Jamie Cassels to promote healthy and active living. Vikes Athletics and Recreation staff and volunteers will lead a warm-up and support participants along the four to six kilometre route. Runners of all fitness levels are invited to join us on campus to meet new people, see old friends, get outdoors and have an opportunity to talk with President Cassels.

Dining Etiquette Workshop
Whether for sales, building client relationships, a job, a promotion, or for personal reasons, your dining etiquette is a visual sign of your professional manner and speaks volumes about your demeanor as an employee, colleague, or friend. Learn how to put your best fork forward with advice from our trained business dining etiquette facilitator while enjoying a four-course meal. Event poster (PDF).

Saturday, February 8

Victoria College Alumni Chapter Lunch & Learn
A networking and learning opportunity for Victoria College Alumni.

Vikes Basketball - Alumni & Family Game Night
The UVic Alumni Association cordially invites all UVic grads to our first annual UVic Alumni & Family Game Night. Cheer with Thunder, the Vikes Mascot, at the women's and/or men's basketball games against Thompson Rivers University!

Contact the UVic Alumni Relations office at 250-721-6000 
or if you have questions.

Grand Prize

All UVic alumni (degree, diploma and certificate holders*) are eligible to win the Alumni Week 2014 Grand Prize of $2,000-travel voucher sponsored by UNIGLOBE Geo Travel. Choose when and where in the world you want to go!

Enter the draw now (open to UVic alumni only).

Official prize rules are here. (PDF)

For more information, contact the UVic Alumni Relations office at 250-721-6000 or send us an email.

*Some exceptions apply. Please see official prize rules (above).

Uniglobe Geo Travel




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