In the Community

GivingTuesday at VIU Raising Funds for Students

November 24, 2015

‘GivingTuesday’ at Vancouver Island University (VIU) on Tuesday, Dec. 1 is a chance to make a difference in the lives of students. GivingTuesday is a global movement for charitable giving and volunteering that falls the day after the frenzy of shopping that marks Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Donations to VIU on GivingTuesday – that’s Dec. 1 – will make a difference in the lives of students... Read more

RBC Supports VIU's 'Su'Luqw'a' Community Cousins with $40K Donation

November 23, 2015

VIU’s Aboriginal students find support and friendship from their peers who volunteer in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) ‘Su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins program, which got its start in 2011. With a donation of $40,000 from RBC on Nov. 25, the Aboriginal student mentorship program will continue to offer its student volunteers ongoing training, community outreach, public speaking and professional... Read more

Chief Shawn Atleo Presents on 'Re-imagining Canada' in VIU's First Indigenous Speakers Series Event

November 19, 2015

Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will speak on “Daring Greatly Together: Reimagining Canada” in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) inaugural presentation of the Indigenous Speakers Series Thursday, Nov. 26 from 7 pm to 9 pm at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre. The Indigenous Speakers Series is delivered in partnership with The Laurier Institution and CBC Radio One Ideas, and is focused on topics related to... Read more

VIU Biology Grad Wins $30,000 in Scholarships and Fellowships

November 13, 2015

When Nanaimo high school graduate Katie Davidson began her studies at Vancouver Island University (VIU) five years ago, she never imagined that one day she’d win more than $30,000 in academic scholarships and fellowships. Nor did she imagine that she’d end up conducting research at one of the most prestigious research facilities in North America. Davidson conducts field research at the Hakai... Read more

Depictions of Mixed-Blood Indigenous Women Explored in VIU Colloquium

November 12, 2015

Stereotypes of Indigenous women abound today, yet representations of the Métisse – Indigenous women of mixed blood and/or historic Métis women – are rare. Allyson Anderson, a professor in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) First Nations Studies program, will speak about her research on representations of Indigenous mixed-blood women in North America and internationally in an Arts and Humanities... Read more

VIU Announces Support for Syrian Refugee Students

November 6, 2015

As we celebrate World VIU Days this week, Vancouver Island University faculty, staff and students are joining people across Canada and around the world in a commitment to do everything we can to assist hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled civil war in their country. Among refugees are young people with great promise who have left behind not only a beloved home but the... Read more

VIU Theatre Students Present Tartuffe -- a Comic Play About a Con Artist

November 3, 2015

Tartuffe is a comic play about a con artist extraordinaire who oozes piety and charm while duping a wealthy Parisian patriarch and seducing his wife. Students in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Theatre program present Tartuffe at the Malaspina Theatre (Building 310) on the Nanaimo campus, with opening night set for Wednesday, Nov. 5. Performance dates are Nov. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 8 pm,... Read more

VIU Grad Launches First Book and Creative Writing Scholarship

October 29, 2015

At 81, Vancouver Island University (VIU) Liberal Studies graduate Gisèle Merlet is proudly launching her first book As I Rise, a collection of linked short stories set in Montreal, the south of France, Guatemala, and Vancouver Island. The launch takes place at VIU’s Nanaimo campus on November 3, from 1- 2:30 pm in the auditorium of Building 355. “I found my niche,” says Merlet, who’s the epitome... Read more

Premier Clark Announces Investments to Benefit VIU Students

October 28, 2015

Premier Christy Clark today announced $100,000 towards business plans for a new automotive and marine repair facility and a new health and science centre in addition to a $1 million investment in information technology upgrades at Vancouver Island University. “We are preparing students for careers in a range of sectors critical to our economy, including LNG,” said Premier Clark, who made the... Read more

VIU Trades Students Help Restore Community Spirit in Cowichan

October 28, 2015

A community pulling together to create something positive – that’s the outcome of a sad situation in Cowichan. Trades students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) are the latest group to come to the aid of students and staff at Ecole Mount Prevost Elementary School who were devastated when someone chopped down several trees on school property. Matt Melgaard, instructor in VIU’s Residential... Read more