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Giving Tuesday at VIU Raises Funds for Students in Need

November 4, 2021

VIU’s eighth annual Giving Tuesday campaign runs from November 15 to November 30, 2021. Vancouver Island University (VIU) welcomes learners of all different ages and backgrounds. Sometimes learners need a little extra help to make their educational goals a reality, which is why the University has run a Giving Tuesday campaign for the past eight years. Giving Tuesday is a global movement to give... Read more


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VIU Launches Five-Year Strategic Plan

November 3, 2021

More than 2,000 staff, students, and community members participated in a consultation process that inspired the new plan. Vancouver Island University (VIU) has a new Strategic Plan, People, Place, Potential, to guide its activities over the next five years. Throughout 2020, VIU reached out to students, alumni, employees and the wider community to hear their views on the University’s strengths and... Read more


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Media Highlights: October 19 – November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021

VIU students and employees in the news.  Top 10 News Stories The Indian Express. How hungry sea otters affect the sex life of sea grass. Dr. Jane Watson, Biology Professor Emeritus, and alum Dr. Erin Foster, co-authored the study this article is based on. Reach: 42.7 million. Times Colonist: Plans for student housing at VIU in Nanaimo going to public hearing, amid low vacancy rate. Reach: 659,... Read more


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VIU and Community Partners Remember Local Fallen Soldiers through Video Memorial

November 1, 2021

VIU video project acknowledges Nanaimo soldiers’ contributions to the First and Second World Wars. A video memorial project that 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 Wars will be displayed across the city November 1 -11, 2021. For the 11 days leading up to Remembrance Day, the Nanaimo Remembers... Read more


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Media Highlights: October 4-18, 2021

October 20, 2021

VIU students and employees in the news.  Top 10 News Stories Time Magazine: How COVID-19 Opened the Door to a New Era in Psychedelic Medicine. The Roots to Thrive program co-developed by VIU Nursing Professor Dr. Shannon Dames is mentioned. Reach: 64.6 million. Good Word News (and four others): How Hungry Sea Otters Affect Seagrass Sex Life. This story is based on the same study mentioned in the... Read more


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Community Organizations Invited to Learn about United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

October 20, 2021

VIU research institute is offering free training sessions for community groups in Nanaimo, Duncan, Parksville and Powell River. Eradicating poverty. Ending hunger. Tackling climate change. It can seem overwhelming for the average organization or individual to make an impact.  How can someone build a better and more sustainable world? The United Nations has created a blueprint – the 17 Sustainable... Read more


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Media Highlights: September 20 - October 4, 2021

October 7, 2021

A roundup of VIU students and employees in the news. Please note that this issue of the media highlights includes links to stories that may be upsetting or triggering to readers. VIU provides counselling supports to students and employees; please reach out if you need to. News Stories Top Performing article for the last month Our story about the new Literacy Circle program for Indigenous Elders... Read more


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VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker Series Confronts the Housing Crisis

October 7, 2021

WHAT: VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker Series WHEN: Thursday, October 14, 2021, 6 to 7:30 pm WHERE: Zoom webinar, Registration link During the COVID-19 pandemic, housing has quickly become the frontline of defense against the spread of the virus. But for precariously housed or homeless people, the request to “stay home” is an impossibility.  Leilani Farha, Global Director of The Shift, an... Read more


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The View Gallery Presents Rande Cook

October 6, 2021

When a Tree Falls, Are We Listening? WHERE: VIU’s The View Gallery WHEN: October 14 – November 27, 2021 – Artist talk and reception October 21, 6-8 pm The View Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of new works from Kwakwaka’wakw multimedia artist Rande Cook. The exhibition will run from Thursday, October 14 to November 27, 2021, with an opening reception and artist talk to be held on... Read more


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VIU Invites People to Experience University Life During Virtual Event

September 29, 2021

WHAT: Experience VIU 2021 WHEN: Saturday, October 2, 2021, 9 am to 2 pm WHERE: Online [see registration link at bottom] Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) virtual open house event happens this Saturday (October 2) and includes a $1,000 tuition prize giveaway, video tour of Deep Bay Marine Field Station, a chance to talk with program chairs and downloadable resources. Experience VIU is for... Read more