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Farewell Events for Dr. Ralph Nilson

May 8, 2019

With the academic year at Vancouver Island University moving into summer mode, June Convocation ceremonies are on the horizon. This year is particularly special as it is Ralph Nilson’s last as President and Vice-Chancellor. As the last president of Malaspina University-College and the first president and vice-chancellor of VIU, Ralph has played an historic role in the evolution of this... Read more

Welcoming New Employees

May 8, 2019

In each issue of VIU Voices, we welcome all new employees at VIU. These are people who are new or who have received their first full-time, regular appointment. This means some people will have been here for a while when they appear on this list, or may be repeated if they move from newly hired temporary to full-time, regular. We hope you all have a wonderful experience in your role at VIU.   ... Read more

Project AURORA Status Update

May 8, 2019

Overall Progress Update Project Aurora is in full swing these days with a lot of activity happening concurrently. The HR/Payroll team reached a significant milestone recently by running their first parallel payroll test. The student team continues to work on configuring the new system, including how it to stores all of our academic programs and course data. Finally, the Finance team is excited to... Read more

HR Corner

May 8, 2019

Learn How to Find the Content You Need On the New Human Resources Pages In the last issue of VIU Voices, we looked at the VIU website project and how it affects VIU employees. One of the first employee-facing parts of the site to receive its redesign was the Human Resources page. Now that page is being populated with a variety of content to help everyone who works at VIU complete tasks of their... Read more

VIU brand standards will be available soon

VIU Brand Standards Coming Your Way!

March 18, 2019

Wondering about the correct way to use the VIU logo on your materials, how to choose a photograph that depicts an authentic student experience, or how to start and maintain a social media presence that reflects both your program or area and the VIU brand? The answers to these questions and more about the VIU brand will be answered in a new document we’re working on in the Strategic Marketing... Read more

Human Resources and Employee Website Changes

March 18, 2019

When VIU employees got back from the December break, those of us who frequently use the Human Resources section of noticed some big changes. For a start, it now resides at It, along with Faculty Help and New Employee Orientation, recently migrated to the Drupal Web Content Management System, which much of the external-facing VIU website has already moved to Drupal. This... Read more

Using Your Power For Good

March 18, 2019

By Margot Croft, Administrative Assistant, Environment & Sustainability  Hosted by Vancouver Island University’s Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC), the Using Your Power for Good forum was one of the many terrific events of International Education’s Global Citizens Week – Sustainability in Action. Thoughtful and engaging presentations gave new perspectives on how students and employees... Read more

VIU Global Citizens Week

Sharing Immigrant Women's Stories Through a Pair of Shoes

January 28, 2019

VIU’s Global Citizens Week aims to start conversation about newcomer experiences On the first day of school, a girl noticed all the students in the courtyard were crying. As her father kissed her goodbye, she realized this would be the last time she would see him – and so, she became another girl crying in the school yard. As she walked into the classroom, a teacher gave her a pair of plastic... Read more

Recognizing the Power of Place Names in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region

January 17, 2019

Long before British Captain George Henry Richards named Mount Arrowsmith in the late 1800s, the largest mountain on southern Vancouver Island had many distinctive titles given to it, depending which side the 1,819 metre peak was viewed from. In 2000, the Arrowsmith moniker was used in the designation of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR), a UNESCO recognized biosphere reserve.  The MABR... Read more

VIU info session for employees who have children looking at post-secondary education

January 9, 2019

Are you a Vancouver Island University employee? Have a child who is ready to look at their post-secondary education options? If so, join VIU Recruitment Officer Dylan Ewen for a lunchtime information session to learn how to support your child in becoming a VIU student. Feel free to bring your prospective student along! Take-home materials will be provided. Lunch not included. I work here already... Read more