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VIU and Island Health Partner on COVID Testing Location at Nanaimo Campus

December 22, 2020

To improve community access to COVID-19 testing, VIU is pleased to partner with Island Health to enable drive-through testing in one of our parking lots on the Nanaimo campus. The collection site opened on December 1 and is located in the lower part of Lot B (near the Navy... Read more


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VIU Researchers Examining Genetics of Canada Lynx

December 14, 2020

Data could help governments and wildlife conservation groups understand how climate change might impact the life cycles of the Canada lynx and other species in the boreal forest.The lynx-hare predator-prey cycle that has existed for thousands of years in North America is... Read more


VIU Culinary Arts program donates surplus food to Salvation Army

VIU Culinary Arts Program Donates Surplus Food to Salvation Army

December 10, 2020

Extra food prepared by students as part of their program is finding its way to the stomachs of people in need through charitable organization in Nanaimo.Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Culinary Arts program is donating the equivalent of about 200 meals... Read more


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VIU Media Highlights: November 24 - December 7, 2020

December 9, 2020

NEWS STORIES Top Performing article for the last two weeks:CBC News: BC Poet Sings About Being Black in Nanaimo. Features VIU Creative Writing Professor Dr. Sonnet L’abbe. Reach: 7 million people. This story also appeared in the Nanaimo Bulletin.Other stories:Dr. Shannon... Read more


Spenser Smith, a VIU Creative Writing alum, seated outdoors with his laptop

Alumni of the Month: Spenser Smith

December 8, 2020

Through his writing, Spenser Smith (Bachelor of Arts, Major in Creative Writing ’19) is attempting to change the public’s perception of drug users and add another perspective to the conversation about BC’s overdose crisis.In September 2019, he started his Master of Arts in Creative... Read more


Dr. Spencer Russell works in the Centre for Innovation in Fish Health.

VIU Researchers Investigating Effects of Heat Waves on Marine Animals

December 8, 2020

Three VIU Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture researchers are leading an investigation on the effects of heat waves, due to climate change, on marine animals.Climate change is causing more extreme temperature events, such as heat waves, in marine environments. Researchers at... Read more


Dr. Linda Derksen with a ramp sign

Rick Hansen Foundation Funds Accessibility Projects at VIU Campuses

December 3, 2020

Accessibility upgrades aim to make VIU buildings in Nanaimo and Duncan accessible for everyone.Power door openers, wayfinding signage, grab bars in washrooms and plus size chairs are some of the improvements students and employees at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Nanaimo... Read more


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Researchers Developing "Game-Changing" Methods to Measure Contaminants

December 3, 2020

VIU acquiring first high-resolution mass spectrometry instrument of its kind in the central Vancouver Island region thanks to grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and BC Knowledge Development Fund.Vancouver Island University (VIU) researchers are striving for faster,... Read more


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Researchers Developing a Better User Interface for Historical Archive

December 2, 2020

VIU researchers are mapping historical data contained in the Canadian Letters and Images Project and creating a sophisticated interface so scholars, students and the public can gain better access to information contained in the archive.Researchers at Vancouver Island University’s (... Read more


5 Questions with David Babich, VIU Chair of Power Engineering

5 Questions with David Babich

December 1, 2020

First Class Power Engineer David Babich has almost half a century of experience working in the trade in a variety of industries from pulp mills to textile manufacturing facilities all around the world. He is the chair and instructor of VIU’s Power Engineering program and says he is... Read more


VIU Voices

Here you will find helpful information about new initiatives at VIU, process and policies changes that affect how we work, stories about the people who make up this fantastic community and examples of the life-changing work our employees undertake on a regular basis.

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Community Classroom

Building resilience and community from home.

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