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

Nanaimo Remembers Project

Community Remembers Fallen Soldiers in Remembrance Day Project

October 31, 2019

VIU video memorial that honours Nanaimo soldiers’ contributions to the First and Second World Wars to be displayed across the city.­­A unique video memorial project aims to tell a piece of the story of the lives of the Nanaimo soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First and Second World War.For 11 days leading up to Remembrance Day, the Nanaimo Remembers project will display the... Read more

ACTION REQUIRED - Cancellation of the Medical Service Group Plan (MSP)

October 30, 2019

HR Corner This is the republication of an email sent out to employees from Human Resources Director Brenda McKay on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. If you did not receive the original email, it does not apply to you. This message is intended for employees currently covered under the VIU’s MSP Group Plan coverage.Historically, VIU has paid the Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium and... Read more

Cast members of SlugFest rehearse a scene for the upcoming musical comedy presented by VIU's Theatre Department and the Other Guys Theatre Company.

VIU Partners with Other Guys Theatre Company to Produce Hysterical Melodrama

October 17, 2019

Ross Desprez is a VIU Theatre Department Professor and creator of SlugFest – a musical comedy set in a dystopian Vancouver Island community.What happens when slug slime is hailed as a medical miracle?The residents of a small poverty-stricken and slug-infested village begin celebrating their good fortune! But Samantha, a young crusader for the environment, is determined to stop the lucrative yet... Read more

Bee Campus designation

Vancouver Island University Recognized as a Bee Campus

October 16, 2019

Bee City Canada designation commits VIU to organizing activities that help protect pollinators on campus and raising awareness about the importance of pollinators.­­Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Nanaimo campus is set to become a hive of bee-friendly events and activities thanks to its designation as a Bee Campus.Bees are tiny insects, but they pack a large ecological punch. More than 70%... Read more

VI Solutions

New Talent/Challenge Matching Program Aims to Solve Real-World Problems

September 30, 2019

VI Solutions, a partnership between VIU and Innovation Island, is a chance for students to solve problems and generate new ideas for Island employers.­­A unique new program that aims to connect students directly with employers to solve problems and generate new ideas for growth is seeking organizations to partner with.VI Solutions, a partnership between Vancouver Island University (VIU) and... Read more

Message from VIU President Deb Saucier regarding Global Climate Strike Activities

September 25, 2019

 As many of you are aware, Global Climate Strike activities are taking place around the world this week including an event in Nanaimo this Friday, September 27. VIU recognizes that many members of our community are deeply concerned about the climate crisis and want to make their voices heard.Those who wish to participate in these activities are welcome to do so and should do the following:... Read more

VIU Associate Vice-President Student Affairs

VIU Welcomes New Associate Vice-President of Student Affairs

September 19, 2019

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce Irlanda Price has accepted the role of Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs. As the chief student affairs officer for the University, Price will hold responsibility for managing programs and services that enhance student health and wellness to support student engagement, retention and success. She will have oversight of Student... Read more