Incident at VIU Trout Facility

January 7, 2020

On December 20 and 21, 2019, Vancouver Island University moved approximately 1,500 trout from VIU’s Nanaimo campus to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Pacific Biological Station, a Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) approved facility, in accordance with the long-standing agreement for mutual aid between the two organizations. VIU’s Animal Care Committee (ACC) and DFO’s Pacific Region Animal Care... Read more

Welcome to VIU!

December 18, 2019

In each issue of VIU Voices, we welcome all employees who have received their first regular appointment since the last issue of VIU Voices was published. These new employees were hired between October 21 and December 13, 2019.Jenna Auringer, Learning Technologies Support Specialist, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in LearningDavid Babich, Instructor, Faculty of Trades and Applied... Read more

#WorthIt2020 Vancouver Island University

VIU Launches Campaign to Show Students that University is Worth It

December 17, 2019

The campaign aims to address some common questions and challenges people encounter when thinking about coming to university.­­Going to university is not always a walk in the park, but a new campaign launched by Vancouver Island University (VIU) aims to show people that it is worth their time and effort.The #WorthIt2020 campaign answers some common questions and challenges students encounter, from... Read more

Tragic News

December 12, 2019

A Message from Dr. Deb Saucier, VIU President and Vice-ChancellorIt is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we must inform our VIU community of a tragic car accident that occurred yesterday and has resulted in the death of one student and serious injury of another, both from our Automotive program.I encourage everyone to check in with one another and keep an eye out for those who may be in... Read more

Micah Messent legacy awards, VIU Foundation

New Student Awards Honour Legacy of VIU Alum Micah Messent

December 5, 2019

Two awards in memory of a VIU graduate who passed away in a plane crash in March 2019 will be given out to Indigenous students in need in 2020.Friends and family of Micah Messent remember the Vancouver Island University (VIU) graduate as a caring, community-oriented individual who focused on helping those around him. To honour this legacy of supporting and encouraging others, Messent’s family has... Read more

Support a VIU student on Giving Tuesday

VIU Reduces Barriers to Education on Global Day of Giving

November 27, 2019

VIU’s sixth annual Giving Tuesday campaign, running until December 3, highlights the need for additional scholarships and bursaries for students.­­Rebekah Aplin is grateful for the generosity of a stranger, which allowed her to continue into the second year of her Bachelor of Science degree at Vancouver Island University (VIU) with a significantly lower financial burden.“Receiving an award has... Read more

Rebecca Hanelt, left, and Chantelle Calitz, VIU Graphic Design students, showcase their environmentally sustainable packaging redesigns during the art exhibit Unwrapped at The View Gallery.

Exhibit Showcases Sustainable Alternatives to wasteful Product Packaging

November 19, 2019

VIU Graphic Design students display consumer-conscious packaging during Unwrapped at The View Gallery, on until December 1.Is product packaging nothing but beautiful garbage?It’s a question Nancy Pagé, a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Graphic Design Professor, posed to her third-year Package Studio students. Then she issued a challenge – redesign an existing product’s packaging so it is... Read more

Linda Dohmeier, left, Ana Carvalho, and Brando Martell rehearse a scene from The End of Civilization.

VIU Theatre Department Presents Fall Studio Show – The End of Civilization

November 18, 2019

Student actors push envelope during dark, gritty play that explores rage, murder and the actions of desperate people.What does it mean to be civilized? What happens when the limits of integrity and morality are pushed beyond the breaking point?These questions are posed in Canadian playwright George F. Walker’s Suburban Motel. In the fourth chapter of this gritty series of short plays, ... Read more

Fifth Annual VIU Indigenous Speaker Series with CBC's Ideas is a Search For Freedom, Prosperity and #Landback for Indigenous Peoples

November 7, 2019

VIU’s Indigenous Speakers Series launched in 2015 to mark the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which includes strong calls to action for educational institutions. With a deep commitment to engagement with and respect for all Indigenous peoples, VIU saw the series, which focuses on topics related to reconciliation and engagement with Canada’s Indigenous... Read more


November 6, 2019

In each issue of VIU Voices, we recognize colleagues who have achieved a significant milestone in their careers. If you or someone you know deserves some recognition, please contact us and we will share their good news!The 2019 recipients of the President's Awards for Community Engagement:International Engagement Award: Dr. Aggie Weighill (Faculty of Management)Community Leadership Award:... Read more