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Global Citizens Week promotes solidarity in action

January 30, 2023

This year’s event includes visiting speakers, film screenings and live music. A campus-wide, community event with a global focus is once again returning to Vancouver Island University (VIU). Global Citizens Week takes place from February 6 to 10 this year and features a variety of events, visiting... Read more

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VIU experts appear live on CBC Nanaimo broadcast

January 27, 2023

Several shows were broadcasting from Serious Coffee on Hammond Bay Road The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation launched its permanent bureau in Nanaimo on Friday, January 27 with a special live broadcast in the Harbour City that featured several experts from Vancouver Island University. The Nanaimo... Read more

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VIU professor explores Bach’s Chaconne for Solo Violin during first spring Colloquium lecture

January 27, 2023

The series kicks off on February 10 with a presentation by Nanaimo violinist and composer James Mark. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series explores the topics of Bach’s Chaconne for Solo Violin and what it means to hold space for queerness in the classroom... Read more

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Creating the next generation of treatments for substance abuse disorders

January 23, 2023

VIU Psychology alum Dr. Travis Baker receives $2.5-million grant for research Little did Dr. Travis Baker know when he first came to Vancouver Island University more than 20 years ago that it would be the start of a successful career in researching new treatments for addiction. Now an Assistant... Read more

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5 Questions with Stephen Hume

January 20, 2023

Stephen Hume, a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Creative Writing and Journalism Professor, received the Bruce Hutchinson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster Foundation. The award, which Hume received this July, recognizes the exemplary careers of BC journalists. It is presented to... Read more

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VIU accepts return of Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

January 17, 2023

University is continuing with a consultation to establish policy on Indigenous identity. Vancouver Island University (VIU) has accepted the return of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws given to Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond in 2013. Turpel-Lafond informed VIU of her decision to voluntarily return the... Read more

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VIU restaurant featured as participant during inaugural Dine Out Nanaimo food festival

January 13, 2023

What: Dine Out Nanaimo Festival, featuring VIU’s Discovery Room  When: January 20 to February 5, 2023 Where: The Discovery Room full-service learning restaurant at VIU Nanaimo, BC: The Discovery Room at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will be featured as a participant during the inaugural, multi-... Read more

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Alum of the month: Douglas Groenendijk

January 13, 2023

Since graduating in 2019, Douglas Groenendijk has appeared on the reality TV series, Farming for Love, and started developing business plans to start his own farm, Legend Dairy Farms. Groenendijk graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Finance. He was a right-side hitter for... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: January 6, 2023

January 6, 2023

Mapping molecules in new ways & top 2022 stories 📝 Hopefully you had the chance to relax and unwind a little over the holidays. If you're looking for story ideas this week, we have a researcher who is using mass spectrometry to take a deeper look at tissues, which could have applications for... Read more

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VIU’s View Gallery presents the 2023 Student Art Salon

January 6, 2023

Exhibit runs Tuesday, January 10 to February 9. Is the weather getting you down? Do you need some colour and pop, some enchantment and pizzazz to brighten up the January-February blahs? Swing by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery anytime between Tuesday and Friday from 10 am to 4 pm... Read more

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