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Dialogue update to community

June 7, 2024

Sent on behalf of Dr. Michael Quinn, Carolyn Russell and Emily Huner Dear VIU community, As President Saucier wrote last week in her message to the campus community, VIU is committed to the hard work that is needed to resolve the issue with the encampment groups. We wanted to provide an update on... Read more


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New remote sensing technologies used to measure water from the province’s snowpack and glaciers

June 6, 2024

Hakai Cryosphere Node researchers are using LiDAR technology to measure snowpacks on a grander scale than was possible before. Researchers at the Hakai Cryosphere Node are revolutionizing the way we measure snow and are gaining a better understanding of how wildfires influence the melting of the... Read more


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Update to community May 31, 2024

May 31, 2024

Dear VIU community, As we approach one month of having a protest encampment on our campus, I want to again thank all employees and students for the advice, insight, support and patience as we navigate this complex situation. This encampment has been a very difficult situation for all involved and I... Read more


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Experience Frances Ward’s journey cultivating a kelp farm in the documentary Send Kelp!

May 31, 2024

What: Send Kelp!, a documentary film screening When: June 8, 6 pm Where: Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Malaspina Theatre, Building 310, Nanaimo campus What does it take to create a kelp farm off the coast of Vancouver Island? Frances Ward, a self-professed “seaweed nerd” and adventurer is... Read more




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Chasing the total solar eclipse

Dr. Greg Arkos, a VIU Astronomy Professor, travelled to Mazatlán, Mexico to view the total solar eclipse. The eclipse crossed North America, passing over...

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How has VIU’s Portal magazine evolved over the years?

How did Portal magazine evolve from a black-and-white photocopied and stapled chapbook to a nationally distributed literary magazine?Joy Gugeler,...

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Using an Ojibwe lens to examine Margaret Atwood’s novel MaddAddam

Bryn Skibo examines Margaret Atwood’s speculative novel MaddAddam through an Ojibwe lens during her spring 2024 VIU Arts and Humanities...

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Liberal Studies student takes research to international conference

When Chiara Sedola wrote a paper for a VIU class, she had no idea her work would take her to Washington, DC to present at a conference.But that’s exactly how...

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Finding his career path with VIU’s ABE program

It was while working a “crappy” job that Philip Lawton decided it was time to figure out what he wanted to do for a career. He thought the Adult Basic...

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Alum wins coveted Ma Murray award for feature writing

Tyson Whitney, Editor of the North Island Gazette and a VIU Creative Writing and Journalism alum, received his greatest honour to date this year when he earned...

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