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Milner Garden’s all-new Scarecrow Spectacular offers family-friendly fun

October 17, 2023

What: Scarecrow Spectacular When:  October 27 to 29, 11 am to 3 pm Where: VIU’s Milner Gardens & Woodland Enjoy a day of family fun during Milner Gardens & Woodlands’ first annual Scarecrow Spectacular. “We wanted to bring the beauty of fall in the gardens to the forefront with an all-new visitor experience,” said Emily Weeks, Operations Coordinator for Milner Gardens. “Guests are in... Read more

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VIU Theatre Department presents the dark parody Collateral Damage

October 13, 2023

What: Collateral Damage, VIU Theatre Department fall play When: October 19 to 21 and 26 to 28 Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310), Nanaimo campus Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Theatre Department presents playwright Jackie Crossland’s Collateral Damage this fall. Collateral Damage explores and reimagines the ancient Greek myth of Medea. In the original myth, Medea’s husband... Read more

VIU hosting free, family-friendly fall festival

October 13, 2023

DiscoverFest at VIU takes place Saturday, October 21, 12 to 4 pm Spend a fall afternoon with your family and friends at Vancouver Island University (VIU) during DiscoverFest, a free, all-ages community festival. “We are excited to welcome everyone to our campus to create connections, showcase our programs and expertise, eat some good food and have fun,” said Gillian Robinson, VIU’s Strategic... Read more

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Statement on the war in the Middle East

October 10, 2023

Vancouver Island University is deeply saddened by the outbreak of war in the Middle East and the tragic loss of lives in Israel and Palestine. We recognize these events are distressful and a cause for concern among members of our university community. Our thoughts are with those in our community with ties to the region. We encourage anyone who is feeling distressed directly or indirectly by this... Read more

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VIU’s View Gallery hosts an exhibit featuring Nanaimo and mid-Island artists

October 10, 2023

The opening reception for OCTAD exhibit is Thursday, October 12 from 5 to 7 pm. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery is excited to host OCTAD, Art and Community, an exhibit featuring exciting new artwork from eight Nanaimo and mid-Island-based artists.  The exhibit runs from October 12 to December 8. An opening reception takes place Thursday, October 12, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: October 6, 2023

October 6, 2023

Grocery store prices, land stewardship and more 🌏 VIU is excited to introduce DiscoverFest, a new, free community event that includes live music, an artisan market, science demos, expert talks, campus tours, activities for kids and teens, food trucks, a beer garden and much more. DiscoverFest is for: Anyone interested in getting out and learning more about VIU Students exploring post-secondary... Read more

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Vancouver Island University shares deficit mitigation plan

October 5, 2023

University expects to return to balanced budgets for the 2026-27 academic year ­­Today, Vancouver Island University (VIU) shared a new Deficit Mitigation Plan that charts a path for the university to return to balanced annual budgets in three years while prioritizing its continued commitment to student learning. Like many other post-secondary institutions, VIU has not seen student enrolments... Read more

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Province, First Nations and VIU announce new funding and training for Indigenous guardians protecting coastal lands and waters

October 4, 2023

Partnership between Nanwakolas Council nations and Vancouver Island Universityaddresses urgent need for more Indigenous Guardians across BC VICTORIA, B.C. (Oct. 4, 2023) - An agreement signed today by Nanwakolas Council and Vancouver Island University (VIU) and supported with funding from the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills, will provide new Indigenous Guardians with the... Read more

Vancouver Island University examining new models for continuing education

October 3, 2023

Support for ElderCollege partnership will conclude as of December 31, 2023 Following 30 successful years as a partner in ElderCollege, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is evaluating how to best provide continuing education that meets its mandate and the diverse needs of our communities, including seniors. As a result, VIU is suspending infrastructure, including facilities, accounting services,... Read more

A performer on the stage during Drag in the Theatre.

Drag show offers a night of jaw-dropping and dazzling performances

September 29, 2023

What: Drag in the Theatre When: Wednesday, October 4, 8 to 10 pm Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310), Nanaimo campus Experience a fabulous night of drag, live vocals and jaw-dropping performances during Drag in the Theatre. The show is presented by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Positive Space Alliance and Vancouver-based drag queen and VIU alum Darrian Tolerance, Host, Performer... Read more