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Expert in democracy and public trust joins Vancouver Island University

April 12, 2023

Dr. Michael MacKenzie, VIU’s inaugural Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership, joins unique network across Canada. A new position at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will focus on educating future politicians and civil servants. Dr. Michael K. MacKenzie is VIU’s inaugural Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership. The Jarislowsky Foundation invited Acadia University,... Read more

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VIU receives NAFA Clean Air Award, emphasizing health, comfort and the Sustainable Development Goals

April 3, 2023

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to share that it has received the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) Clean Air Award for maintaining high air filtration standards at its Nanaimo campus. This recognition demonstrates the University's ongoing commitment to providing a healthy and comfortable environment for students and employees, while also supporting the United Nations... Read more

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New courses at Vancouver Island University offer deep dive into Island culture

April 1, 2023

Marmot Yoga, Glamping 101, Sasquatch Psychology and more available starting April 1, 2028. Students can get in touch with the finer (and furrier) aspects of Island living with a new lineup of courses available at Vancouver Island University (VIU). From yoga with the Vancouver Island marmot, to learning the truth behind the evasive nature of the Pacific Sasquatch, to creating luxurious wilderness... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: March 29, 2023

March 29, 2023

Featured in this issue:  Planetary alignment expert What's in store for Island tourism? How honeybees are affected by climate change VIU's largest student research conference Reach out to us for experts for your stories!  Featured experts Dr. Gregory Arkos on planetary alignment Five planets – Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus and Mars – will line up near the moon this week. Dr. Gregory Arkos, a... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: March 15, 2023

March 15, 2023

Featured in this issue:  World Water Day experts Planning for more age-friendly communities Tuition waiver program for former youth in care expanded Indigenous Speakers Series Reach out to us for experts for your stories!  Featured experts World Water Day on March 22 is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Because water affects us all, it’s a call for everyone to... Read more

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Access to post-secondary education expanded for former youth in care

March 14, 2023

Former youth in care in BC of all ages will now have their tuition waived for post-secondary education, as government takes action to remove age requirements for the Tuition Waiver Program for Former Youth in Care and make it available for a lifetime.   Selina Robinson, Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills and Mitzi Dean, Minister of Children and Family Development, came to... Read more

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Indigenous speaker shares story of fight for the return of traditional lands

March 9, 2023

Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn), a Squamish Nation Councillor and Spokesperson, will deliver the keynote address at VIU’s Indigenous Speakers Series event on March 20. Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn) grew up without knowledge of his culture or history. His parents, both residential school survivors, did not talk about any element of their First Nations background and it wasn’t until Sxwíxwtn was in his... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: March 2, 2023

March 2, 2023

Pyschedelic research, International Women's Day, sustainable development week and more. Reach out to us for experts for your stories!  Featured experts VIU experts on International Women's Day March 8 is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about discrimination and take action to drive gender parity. Eliza Gardiner, Chair of VIU Faculty Association'... Read more

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VIU and Northpine Foundation expand educational opportunities in BC correctional centres

March 1, 2023

The Northpine Foundation is gifting the University more than $1 million to increase programming options and develop employment training. A program on Vancouver Island that allows university students to learn alongside incarcerated people in provincial correctional centres will expand, thanks to a $1.1-million gift from the Northpine Foundation. This generous gift will expand Vancouver Island... Read more

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VIU campuses re-open at noon today (February 28)

February 28, 2023

Tuesday, February 28, 2023: All Vancouver Island University campuses and locations will RE-OPEN at noon for afternoon business and classes today (Tuesday, February 28, 2023). 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... Read more