Support a VIU student on Giving Tuesday

VIU Reduces Barriers to Education on Global Day of Giving

November 27, 2019

VIU’s sixth annual Giving Tuesday campaign, running until December 3, highlights the need for additional scholarships and bursaries for students.­­Rebekah Aplin is grateful for the generosity of a stranger, which allowed her to continue into the second year of her Bachelor of Science degree at Vancouver Island University (VIU) with a significantly lower financial burden.“Receiving an award has... Read more

Rebecca Hanelt, left, and Chantelle Calitz, VIU Graphic Design students, showcase their environmentally sustainable packaging redesigns during the art exhibit Unwrapped at The View Gallery.

Exhibit Showcases Sustainable Alternatives to wasteful Product Packaging

November 19, 2019

VIU Graphic Design students display consumer-conscious packaging during Unwrapped at The View Gallery, on until December 1.Is product packaging nothing but beautiful garbage?It’s a question Nancy Pagé, a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Graphic Design Professor, posed to her third-year Package Studio students. Then she issued a challenge – redesign an existing product’s packaging so it is... Read more

Linda Dohmeier, left, Ana Carvalho, and Brando Martell rehearse a scene from The End of Civilization.

VIU Theatre Department Presents Fall Studio Show – The End of Civilization

November 18, 2019

Student actors push envelope during dark, gritty play that explores rage, murder and the actions of desperate people.What does it mean to be civilized? What happens when the limits of integrity and morality are pushed beyond the breaking point?These questions are posed in Canadian playwright George F. Walker’s Suburban Motel. In the fourth chapter of this gritty series of short plays, ... Read more

Fifth Annual VIU Indigenous Speaker Series with CBC's Ideas is a Search For Freedom, Prosperity and #Landback for Indigenous Peoples

November 7, 2019

VIU’s Indigenous Speakers Series launched in 2015 to mark the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which includes strong calls to action for educational institutions. With a deep commitment to engagement with and respect for all Indigenous peoples, VIU saw the series, which focuses on topics related to reconciliation and engagement with Canada’s Indigenous... Read more


November 6, 2019

In each issue of VIU Voices, we recognize colleagues who have achieved a significant milestone in their careers. If you or someone you know deserves some recognition, please contact us and we will share their good news!The 2019 recipients of the President's Awards for Community Engagement:International Engagement Award: Dr. Aggie Weighill (Faculty of Management)Community Leadership Award:... Read more

Max FineDay, Indigenous Speakers Series

In Search of the Promised Land: Freedom, Prosperity and #Landback for Indigenous Peoples

November 6, 2019

Max FineDay, Executive Director of the Canadian Roots Exchange, will share his perspective on what reconciliation looks like during VIU’s fifth annual Indigenous Speakers Series on Monday, November 25. ­­When Max FineDay graduated from university in 2015, his grandmother sat him down and told him he had a duty to explain Indigenous peoples to the rest of Canada by telling the kinds of... Read more

Library construction

Library Commons Construction and Federated Identity Management

November 6, 2019

Reminder! All students need new ID cards  Students who received their student ID card prior to July 2019 must get a new student ID by the end of the fall semester. All members of the VIU community will need their card to access the library’s Learning Commons and the Centre for International Education on the Nanaimo campus after hours starting December 18. In the future, the card will be... Read more

safety in the field

VIU Safety Communications and Hazard Assessment for Remote or Difficult Travel

November 5, 2019

By Kim Sharpe, Advisor, Health and Safety ServicesIt can be difficult to know whether or not you have taken all necessary steps to ensure proper safety and communication for any off-campus activities for VIU students or employees. This is particularly important for people entering remote, hard-to-reach, or out-of-country locations. The VIU Health and Safety Office has a variety of tools... Read more

VIU Flu Clinics Scheduled

November 1, 2019

VIU in partnership with the Superstore Pharmacy is pleased to announce three upcoming free Flu Vaccination Clinics being held for interested employees and students. For more information on the Flu (influenza) and on immunizations, please visit the websites below. VIHA information for Flu shots and public clinics Health Canada – information about the Flu If interested, please make a... Read more

Severe weather closures

What You Need to Know About Severe Weather Procedures

November 1, 2019

With winter on its way, it is time for a reminder of Vancouver Island University’s Severe Weather Closure policy.Please read the following message carefully to familiarize yourself with this important procedure:A decision will be made by 6:30 am on whether or not the campus(es) and facilities experiencing severe weather will be closed with morning classes and exams cancelled. If the... Read more