VIU Culinary Arts student cooking for gold.

VIU Culinary Arts Student Cooking for Gold

January 7, 2021

Ottis Crabbe has earned a spot on Junior Culinary Team Canada, which will be competing at the Culinary Olympics in Germany in 2024. The day his parents opened Abbondanza, a restaurant in Ucluelet, BC, Ottis Crabbe knew he wanted to become a chef.  His path toward... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: Top 24 of 2020

January 5, 2021

Happy New Year!For the first edition of the 2021 Media Highlights report, we wanted to take a look at some VIU-related stories that made an impact in the media last year. We were planning on doing a top 20 of 2020, but couldn’t stop there – from an extraordinary... Read more

Experience VIU

VIU Invites People to Experience University Life in Live Virtual Events

January 4, 2021

Experience VIU 2021 takes place January 16, 20 and 21While the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that much of the teaching and learning activities at Vancouver Island University (VIU) are happening online this year, that isn’t stopping the University from hosting its open house events for... Read more

Dub poet Lillian Allen

Juno-Award-Winning Dub Poet Lillian Allen to Give VIU Gustafson Lecture and Reading

December 23, 2020

The annual lecture will take place online February 11, 2021 via Zoom WebinarDub poetry emerged out of the 1960s Jamaican reggae scene to articulate the joy and protest of Black people. Canadian poet Lillian Allen is the “godmother of dub,” and was at the forefront of that... Read more

VIU COVID Testing Clinic

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

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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

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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