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Do you have a favourite Uvic moment? Fire away!

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Uvic turns 50 next year, and everyone is invited to celebrate.

The Gordon Head campus was a lot more intimate when it opened its doors in 1963 to just 2,085 students. Five decades later, the University of Victoria is home to 20,000 graduates and undergradu­ates.

To mark the university’s 50th anniversar­y year, Uvic officials are organizing an array of events and are inviting suggestion­s for Great Moments at Uvic through the website uvic.ca/anniversar­y.

The ideas can be from the near or distant past, and can involve anything from a team achievemen­t to an individual deed or something added to the Uvic landscape. The top Great Moments at Uvic will be chosen for a special website fea- ture and publicatio­n, while others will be selected for posting.

To date, suggestion­s include one from Grant Hughes lauding the Uvic Thermofloa­t coat —invented in the 1970s by biology professor John Hayward — which Hughes credits with saving him from a tragedy at sea. Another idea is the inspiring spectacle of the 1994 Commonweal­th Games’ closing ceremonies, held in Uvic’s Centennial Stadium.

Photograph­s are welcome. The submission deadline for Great Moments is Jan. 20.

Also in the offing is funding to help faculties, department­s and others plan anniversar­y events. Details are available on the website. The applicatio­n deadline is Dec. 15.

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