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Open: All VIU campuses and locations – January 18, 2024

January 18, 2024

January 18: All Vancouver Island University campuses and locations are open. Please use caution when navigating our campuses and wear appropriate footwear for slippery conditions. Reminders about processes when campuses re-open after a snowfall Employees If your campus re-opens and you are unable to report to work or will be late to work because of ongoing inclement weather conditions and/or you... Read more

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January 17: All VIU campuses and facilities closed for day

January 17, 2024

Update, 8:30 am: All VIU campuses and facilities are now closed for the rest of the day (January 17). The next update will be by 6:30 am tomorrow morning on whether campuses and facilities will re-open for tomorrow (January 18). Wednesday January 17, 2024: Vancouver Island University’s  Nanaimo, Cowichan, tiwšɛmawtxʷ, Parksville campuses, Milner Gardens and Deep Bay Marine Field Station are ... Read more

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VIU News and Experts: December 19, 2023

December 19, 2023

Looking for last-minute story ideas before the holidays? We have a few ideas for you. In this issue:  Sugar strike: will it ever end?  Will there be enough electric vehicle techs in 2035? Becoming a chocolate "sommelier"  Medical assistance in dying (MAID): a patient-oriented approach Can audiences sniff out a play performed by humans but written by AI?  A reminder that VIU will be closed... Read more

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VIU Theatre department presents A Christmas Carol, a live radio play

December 12, 2023

What: A Christmas Carol – Live Radio Play  When: Sunday, December 17 at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre lobby (Building 310), Nanaimo campus  Immerse yourself in the enchanting story of Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol as it comes to life at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Malaspina Theatre. “Don’t miss this magical experience that will leave you with a... Read more

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Trigger warning: Safety and security reminder following an incident on campus

December 8, 2023

Please note: this message addresses an incident of indecent exposure. Supports are available for students and employees. On the evening of December 6 on the Nanaimo campus, an unknown male on a bicycle exposed himself to a student. VIU is supporting the affected student and the RCMP has been notified. As the individual has not been located, we are sharing this information out of an abundance of... Read more

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VIU Foundation’s Giving Tuesday campaign raises more than $350,000 for students in need

November 30, 2023

The campaign engaged with a record number of new donors. ­­Vancouver Island University (VIU) students will have more access to scholarships, awards and bursaries following the university’s annual Giving Tuesday campaign. The campaign, which wrapped up on Tuesday, November 28, saw the community band together to support students, raising more than $350,000 for scholarships, bursaries, awards and... Read more

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Vancouver Island University and the High School at VIU conclude partnership

November 29, 2023

The High School will close as of July 31, 2024. Vancouver Island University has made the difficult decision to end its financial and administrative support of The High School at VIU (THS), as part of its efforts to eliminate its deficit and return to balanced budgets. VIU is mandated by the province to provide post-secondary education, be fiscally responsible through balanced budgets and uphold... Read more

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Audience members challenged to identify the play written by AI in VIU performance

November 28, 2023

What: Two Truths and an A.I. When: December 6-8, 12 to 1 pm  Where: Mike Taugher Studio (Building 330, Room 109), Nanaimo campus Can you tell the difference between a play written by a person and an AI? That’s the question audience members are asked during the interactive performance Two Truths and an A.I. The show is a collaboration between two classes led by VIU Creative Writing and Journalism... Read more

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Milner Gardens & Woodland illuminated with thousands of lights this holiday season

November 27, 2023

Visitors can stroll through the dazzling lights during Milner Christmas Magic. Make memories with family and friends this holiday season during Milner Christmas Magic – the annual festive light display.  “We’re heartened by the fact that this event has become a staple in so many families’ holiday traditions, so we are pleased to be bringing it back with more lights than ever before. If visiting... Read more

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VIU students showcase innovative seafood creations during Urchin Tank

November 20, 2023

What: Urchin Tank – Seaweed Challenge When: Friday, November 24, 5 to 7:30 pm Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310), Nanaimo campus Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Urchin Tank is back this fall with five new student teams competing to see who has created the best fermented seaweed product. Urchin Tank is a Dragons’ Den-style show where students pitch their products to a panel of... Read more