Announcements

VIU Adds New Health Care and Mental Health Supports for Students

November 7, 2016

The new resources are a result of needs identified by Student Affairs and the University’s Mental Health and Well-being Task Force More health care supports and resources for students struggling with mental health issues have come to Vancouver Island University (VIU) this fall. Amongst the new supports available to students are the addition of a second full-time nurse practitioner and a general... Read more


Challenging Safe Ideas: Dr. Tracey Lindberg Examines Reconciliation at VIU's Second Annual Indigenous Speakers Series

November 2, 2016

The academic and writer will speak at the presentation, one of Reconciliation Road’s keynote events An accomplished Cree academic and writer will explore the complexities of reconciliation at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) upcoming Indigenous Speakers Series. Dr. Tracey Lindberg – who teaches Indigenous law at the University of Ottawa and recently published her debut novel, Birdie – will... Read more


ICCS, VIU and SOS Partner to Open Extreme Weather Shelter in Parksville

October 25, 2016

Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) today announced an Extreme Weather Shelter (EWS) will open in a temporary location for 2016-2017 at 223 Mill Street in Parksville. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is donating space in the former Pass Woodwinds childcare building to serve as the EWS, which will operate from Nov. 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 to serve the homeless of the Oceanside region. The shelter... Read more


Celebrated Montreal Poet and Translator Erin Moure Delivers Gustafson Lecture at VIU on October 27

October 20, 2016

VIU’s Ralph Gustafson Chair of Poetry lineup of events includes the Gustafson lecture and three other free events Renowned Canadian poet and translator Erín Mouré, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) 2016 Ralph Gustafson Chair of Poetry, will deliver a free public lecture, Translation: Operations at the Heart(ache) of Meaning, on Thursday, October 27 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus. Mouré’s lecture... Read more


VIU Online Auction Launches October 17 with 250+ Prizes Up for Bid

October 13, 2016

Proceeds go towards student scholarships, awards and learning opportunities What if you could buy something you really wanted, like a Tofino getaway for two, a nice dinner out or a trip to the spa, and support a student in need at the same time? That’s just how Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Online Auction works. Starting at 9 am on Monday, October 17, dozens of items, services and trips... Read more


CUPE Local 1858 Funds Mental Health Awareness Initiative at Vancouver Island University

October 6, 2016

The Friendship Bench is meant to stimulate conversations about, and reduce the stigma of, mental health concerns No one knew Lucas Fiorella was depressed until it was too late. Lucas, who was studying Robotics at Carleton University in Ontario, was often the “go to” guy when people needed a laugh or hug. After his death by suicide, dozens of students revealed their stories of anxiety and... Read more


VIU Trio Ottawa-Bound to Present Vision for 2017 MBA Games

October 4, 2016

The competition – to be held for the first time in BC – and its charity partner will be promoted at a national gathering featuring Indigenous leaders, politicians and more A trio of Vancouver Island University (VIU) representatives will highlight a national business student competition and its anti-violence charity partner in Ottawa this week. The group – consisting of Omar Karim, Dominik Beckers... Read more


The Witness Blanket Installation Recognizing Canada's Residential School Era Comes to VIU

September 29, 2016

National art exhibition at VIU’s View Gallery recognizes a darker side of Canada’s past, and supports reconciliation A nationally recognized and thought-provoking contemporary art installation about the impacts of Canada’s Residential School era is coming to Vancouver Island University (VIU) this fall. The Witness Blanket, created by First Nations artist and master carver Carey Newman, is a wood-... Read more


VIU's ACER Climate Change Symposium to Generate Discussion on Policy and Science

September 28, 2016

On Oct. 1 VIU’s student-led climate change initiative, ACER, offers a free symposium on policy changes that could help mitigate climate change effects  The Awareness of Climate Change through Education and Research (ACER) is a Vancouver Island University-based public outreach initiative to promote a greater understanding of the science and social implications of climate change. This inter-... Read more


Medieval Alchemy, Bees and Fantasy Fiction Talk Kicks Off Fall Colloquium Series

September 26, 2016

Free public lecture series hosted by VIU’s Faculty of Arts & Humanities in Malaspina Theatre starts September 30 How does researching medieval alchemy manuscripts translate into a series of fantasy fiction novels? Come to the first presentation in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Arts & Humanities Colloquium Series on September 30 to hear English Professor Cynthea Masson talk about... Read more


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