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VIU accepts return of Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

January 17, 2023

University is continuing with a consultation to establish policy on Indigenous identity. Vancouver Island University (VIU) has accepted the return of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws given to Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond in 2013. Turpel-Lafond informed VIU of her decision to voluntarily return the honour after receiving correspondence from the university that it would be moving forward with a... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: January 6, 2023

January 6, 2023

Mapping molecules in new ways & top 2022 stories 📝 Hopefully you had the chance to relax and unwind a little over the holidays. If you're looking for story ideas this week, we have a researcher who is using mass spectrometry to take a deeper look at tissues, which could have applications for medical research. We also made the list of top-read stories in several categories. Read on below. If ... Read more

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VIU’s View Gallery presents the 2023 Student Art Salon

January 6, 2023

Exhibit runs Tuesday, January 10 to February 9. Is the weather getting you down? Do you need some colour and pop, some enchantment and pizzazz to brighten up the January-February blahs? Swing by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery anytime between Tuesday and Friday from 10 am to 4 pm from January 10 to February 9 to check out our 2023 Student Art Salon!  The View Gallery is excited... Read more

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All VIU campuses open today (December 21)

December 21, 2022

Wednesday, December 21, 2022: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo, Cowichan and tiwšɛmawtxw (Powell River) campuses are open today, December 21, 2022. Milner Gardens Christmas Magic will proceed as scheduled tonight. Please note: All VIU campuses are closed from Friday, December 23, 2022, to Tuesday, January 2, 2023 (inclusive), and there will be no severe weather communications during this... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: December 20, 2022

December 20, 2022

Year in review, new pharmacy technician training & seasonal experts 🎄 This is our last media highlights email of 2022. Vancouver Island University will be closed for winter break from Friday, December 23, 2022, to Monday, January 2, 2023, reopening on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. All the best for a relaxing, restful holiday season to you all. In this issue, we have a couple experts ready give... Read more

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Top 20 VIU stories of 2022

December 20, 2022

From climate change research and major funding announcements, to a Canada goose that travelled a long way from home and the start-up of psychedelic-assisted therapy training, 2022 was a busy year at Vancouver Island University. Here’s our top 20 of 2022 year-in-review list.   VIU establishes Chair in Trust and Political Leadership VIU was one of five Canadian universities selected to form a... Read more

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VIU's Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses closed due to severe weather

December 20, 2022

Tuesday, December 20, 2022: Vancouver Island University’s  Nanaimo, Cowichan and tiwšɛmawtxw (Powell River) campuses are closed today, December 20 due to severe weather. The Parksville centre will also be closed.  Milner Christmas Magic will open tonight as previously scheduled.  Today’s exams are being rescheduled. An alternate exam schedule will be posted shortly in the Student Record System.... Read more

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Count Yourself IN! Launch of Employee Diversity Identity Census

December 14, 2022

At VIU, we believe that having employees who reflect the diversity of our students and our community makes us a better university. One of the ways to move towards greater diversity is through collecting diversity data to assess the recruitment, representation and retention of employees from five equity-deserving groups: women, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, and... Read more

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VIU Foundation’s Giving Tuesday campaign raises more than $500,000 for students in need

December 7, 2022

Campaign ran from November 15 to 29, 2022, with gifts from donors, VIU employees and alumni, and community. Students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will have fewer financial worries this season following a huge outpouring of support through the VIU Foundation’s Giving Tuesday campaign. The campaign, which wrapped up on Tuesday, November 29, saw the community band together to support... Read more

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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Vigil happening today

December 6, 2022

The Status of Women is hosting a vigil today (December 6) in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Dec. 6 is a day to honour and remember the 14 young women who were murdered in the 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique. The vigil is being held in the Malaspina Theatre lobby (Building 310) from noon to 1 pm. After speeches there will be a candlelight... Read more