Announcements

A beach in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere.

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


Six VIU students practice a scene onstage at Malaspina Theatre.

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


Jim Holyoak's artistic rendering of trees in black and white.

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


VIU BC Top Employer 2022

VIU Receives BC Top Employer Award for third year in a row

February 8, 2022

For the third year in a row, Vancouver Island University has received the BC Top Employer Award from the Canada’s Top 100 Employers program. Among the reasons given for the recognition were the tools available to employees to encourage health and wellness, specifically citing mental health care options like MindwellU. VIU’s focus on recognizing employee excellence and achievement through in-house... Read more


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VIU Media Highlights: January 24 - February 7, 2022

February 7, 2022

A roundup of VIU students and employees in the news.  Top 10 News Stories CTV News: ‘We couldn’t quite believe it’: BC researchers baffled after Nanaimo goose spotted in Chicago. Reach: 41.86 million. Yahoo News (reprint of a CBC story): Researchers mystified after Canada goose tagged in BC is spotted almost 3,000 km away in Chicago. Article features an interview with Biology Professor Eric... Read more


Carolyn Russell, Associate Vice-President, International Education

VIU Welcomes New Associate Vice-President, International Education

February 3, 2022

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce that Carolyn Russell has been appointed Associate Vice-President, International Education. In this key role, Russell has responsibility for the overall leadership, oversight, and strategic vision of VIU’s Department of International Education. As the principal leader of this department, she will ensure VIU’s internationalization objectives... Read more


Portrait of Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Indigenous Environmental Advocate Addresses Climate Crisis as a Human Rights Issue

January 26, 2022

WHAT: VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker Series featuring Sheila Watt-Cloutier WHEN: February 8, 6:30 to 8 pm WHERE: Online – Zoom Webinar Climate change is a human rights issue – one which every person on the planet is inextricably linked to. This is what Sheila Watt-Cloutier Siila, one of the most influential Indigenous environmental, cultural and human rights advocates in the world, passionately... Read more


Three sculptures of a person splashed with white paint.

Figuratively Speaking: A Journey Through Movement

January 21, 2022

Vancouver Island University’s the View Gallery is excited to present an exhibition of painting and sculpture reflecting the themes of both figural work and movement.  Through the intriguing work of four accomplished and varied artists, human movement is portrayed on a number of levels, from both internal and external perspectives.  The exhibition, curated by Pam Vickars, will run until February... Read more