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Tuesday, November 29: Nanaimo, Cowichan and Parksville Closed for evening classes

November 29, 2022

Tuesday, November 29, 2022: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses, and Parksville Centre are Closed today (Tuesday, November 29, 2022) for evening classes due to severe weather.  The tiwšɛmawtxʷ  Campus, Deep Bay Marine Field Station, and Milner Gardens & Woodland are ... Read more


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VIU Media Highlights: November 23, 2022

November 23, 2022

Seaweed product research, Christmas magic & sustainable packaging 📦 November is a busy month at VIU. Students are showcasing projects they have been working on all semester, and we have a lineup of community-focused events and campaigns.  Top stories VIU students pitch seaweed products to... Read more


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Milner Gardens & Woodland’s festive light display is full of holiday magic

November 22, 2022

The beloved outdoor festival of lights begins on Friday, December 2.  Milner Christmas Magic returns this year with an expansion into the new Rhododendron Species Garden, all lit up in colour. The annual event hosted by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Milner Gardens & Woodland offers... Read more


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Indigenous speaker shares story of fight for the return of traditional lands

November 22, 2022

Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn), a Squamish Nation councillor and spokesperson, will deliver the keynote address at VIU’s 2022 Indigenous Speakers Series event on November 29. Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn) grew up without knowledge of his culture or history. His parents, both residential school survivors,... Read more


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Status of Women committee asks people to “Unite to end violence” during 16 Days of Activism

November 21, 2022

A vigil is being held at VIU on December 6 in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Listen. Believe survivors. Educate yourself. Speak out. Intervene. And act.  During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, individuals are... Read more


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VIU launches new service to help connect students and employers

November 18, 2022

What: Career Studio grand opening When: Monday, November 21, 2022, 11 am to 1 pm Where: The Career Studio, Building 255, Room 204 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus (see campus map) The latest BC Labour Market Outlook report forecasts more than one million job openings in the province over the next 10 years.... Read more


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VIU Giving Tuesday campaign raises funds for students in need

November 17, 2022

University’s ninth annual campaign runs from November 15 to 29, 2022. Access to quality, nutritious food is vital to academic success, but with inflation eroding students’ spending power, it is getting harder for some to meet this basic need. That’s why the Vancouver Island University (VIU)... Read more


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Alum of the Month: Délani Valin

November 16, 2022

Délani Valin’s passion for words started at just 10 years old when she would find interesting words in the thesaurus and write poems about them or insert them into poems. Now, the VIU Creative Writing grad has released her first book of poetry, Shapeshifters. This latest development should come as... Read more


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Graphic design students address sustainability by rethinking product packaging

November 16, 2022

What: Unwrapped: A package design exhibit where less is more When: November 22 to December 1, 2022 Where: VIU’s View Gallery (Building 330), Nanaimo campus Product packaging is a major contributor to global waste and designers can make an environmental impact by choosing more sustainable options.... Read more


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VIU students pitch their seaweed products on Dragons’ Den-style show

November 9, 2022

What: The Urchin Tank, hosted by VIU’s Centre for Seafood Innovation When:  November 23, 2022, 5:30 to 7:30 pm Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre, Nanaimo campus Nanaimo, BC: The Urchin Tank is a Dragons’ Den-style show where Vancouver Island University (VIU) microbiology and culinary arts students... Read more


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