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New Vancouver Island University Experts List highlights faculty insights and expertise

April 26, 2023

Access a wide range of expertise on the VIU Experts List. ­­Vancouver Island University (VIU) researchers, faculty and staff are eager to share their expertise with your readers, listeners and viewers. VIU’s new Experts List is now available to help media provide context and a deeper understanding about issues and events locally and globally. The VIU Experts List is searchable by name, department... Read more

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Portal magazine celebrates a garden of stories at Bowen Park

April 14, 2023

The magazine launches April 21 at the Bowen Park Auditorium from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) student-run annual literary magazine, Portal, celebrates the release of its largest and 32nd issue at a new venue – the Bowen Park Auditorium.  VIU’s full-colour, 108-page literary magazine is on newsstands across the country in May. It launches in Nanaimo on April 21 at the... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: April 13, 2023

April 13, 2023

The Communications and External Relations department is pleased to introduce the VIU Experts List. This searchable list will help you find experts for your stories and it will help our instructors and faculty share their expertise with the world. Each expert profile includes searchable expertise, fields and department categories, as well as a photo and contact info. Looking for expertise that’s... Read more

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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