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New Bursary Fund Boosts Impact of Education Savings Grant

March 30, 2022

Wealthsimple Foundation and VIU partner to deliver $20,000 bursaries to Canada Learning Bond-eligible students. Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Wealthsimple Foundation are teaming up on a new bursary program that aims to make post-secondary education more accessible for modest-income students. Having as little as $500 set aside for post-secondary education can sometimes make all the... Read more

Addressing the assault of a VIU student last weekend

March 29, 2022

The safety of our students and employees is critical to our environment at VIU. We are committed to creating a space where all are welcome and all feel like they belong. As some of you may know, a VIU student was assaulted last weekend at a private residence. VIU and the Nanaimo RCMP are taking this very seriously and are committed to working together in the investigation. As of Sunday morning,... Read more

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UVic and VIU Deepen Relationship with Special Gifting Ceremony for New Chancellor

March 28, 2022

Cloy-e-iis, Dr. Judith Sayers, received a Talking Stick from UVic officials in a ceremony that followed Coast Salish protocol on March 24. A Talking Stick gifted by University of Victoria officials to Vancouver Island University’s Chancellor, Cloy-e-iis, Dr. Judith Sayers, solidifies a longstanding relationship between the two institutions and reaffirms a mutual commitment to reconciliation.... Read more

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High School Students Invited to Experience VIU During Discovery Day

March 16, 2022

What: Discovery Day 2022 When: Tuesday, March 29, 2022 Where: Online It’s Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) largest event for high school students, and this year it’s taking place virtually, so students and parents can log in from anywhere. Discovery Day 2022 takes place on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, from 9 am to 2 pm on a virtual event platform called Pheedloop. The event will be hosted by... Read more

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PHO Removing Restrictions on Masks and Vaccine Passports

March 10, 2022

Sent on behalf of VIU’s Senior Management Team Earlier today, Thursday, March 10, the BC Public Health Office (PHO) announced changes to masking and vaccine passport restrictions. Starting tomorrow, March 11, at 12:01 am, masks will no longer be required in most public spaces, including post-secondary educational settings, workplaces, gyms, and indoor events. The removal of these public health... Read more

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Open House Showcases Research Initiatives in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere

March 7, 2022

WHAT: Regional Research, Stewardship and Citizen Science Open House WHEN: Wednesday, March 16, 2-8 pm WHERE: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre Anyone curious about research and community stewardship activities happening in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) and surrounding area can learn more during the upcoming Regional Research, Stewardship and Citizen Science Open House on March 16.  The... Read more

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VIU Receives Funding to Expand Nursing Seats

February 22, 2022

Expansion addresses community need for more nurses Vancouver Island University (VIU) is expanding the number of nursing seats in three programs, thanks to provincial government funding announced on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Starting in fall 2022, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program will increase the number of new students into the program to 80 from 72 annually. The provincial... Read more

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VIU’s Theatre Department Presents an Adaptation of Durrenmatt’s Play – The Visitor

February 22, 2022

WHAT: The Visitor – a play by VIU’s Theatre Department WHEN: March 2-5 at 7:30 pm WHERE: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310) What would you do for a billion dollars? Can ridiculous amounts of money buy the scruples of an entire population? Join Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Theatre Department to explore these questions and more in the new adaptation of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s classic... Read more

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Griffin Prize-Winning Poet A.F. Moritz to Give VIU Gustafson Lecture and Reading

February 17, 2022

The annual lecture will take place on March 3, 2022, on the Nanaimo campus. A.F. Moritz, one of Canada’s most esteemed and decorated poets, is Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poet for 2021-22. The annual lecture will take place on March 3 in the Ralph Gustafson Lecture Theatre in Building 355 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus. His talk, entitled “Poetry: Future Present... Read more

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VIU’s View Gallery presents Jim Holyoak: Arborescence

February 10, 2022

The exhibition runs from February 17 to April 9 with a virtual opening reception on February 17. Working primarily in drawing, Jim Holyoak creates all-immersive environments that envelope the gallery walls in lush and, at times, decrepit ecosystems of forest, jungle and glade. Working from field sketches, memory, fantastical dreamscapes and myth, he renders his research on a massive scale on... Read more