In the Community

WorldVIU Days Nov. 2-6 Celebrate Global Community

October 28, 2015

WorldVIU Days at Vancouver Island University (VIU) Nov. 2-6 will celebrate the connections we make as global citizens throughout the world, and with each other right here in our own communities. “Creating a Connected Community” is the theme for this year’s WorldVIU Days, which include daily public activities at VIU’s Nanaimo campus and a free keynote presentation Tuesday, Nov. 3 by Charles... Read more

VIU Students Incubating Ideas at SquareOne

October 26, 2015

Students from Vancouver Island University (VIU) are taking entrepreneurial ventures to the next stage at SquareOne, Nanaimo’s downtown tech incubator and co-working hub. SquareOne – an initiative of Nanaimo Economic Development and Innovation Island –  and VIU announced a new partnership in May offering three no-cost co-op desks to VIU students. Since then four students have taken advantage of... Read more

Town of Qualicum Beach Joins Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Roundtable

October 19, 2015

The Town of Qualicum Beach signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Vancouver Island University (VIU) recently to collaboratively meet the mandate of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region. “This is another step in the right direction for the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, which has been evolving with positive momentum since VIU and the City of Parksville signed an identical agreement... Read more

Nationally Award-winning Author Paul Yee to Speak at VIU Oct. 19

October 16, 2015

By Maurice Gallant Award-winning Canadian author Paul Yee will speak at Vancouver Island University (VIU) on October 19 about his latest work, A Superior Man and his remarkable writing career that has spanned more than three decades. Much of Yee’s work has been devoted to young readers with memorable books such as the 1996 Governor General’s Literary Award-winning Ghost Train.  Whether the... Read more

VIU Education Students Encourage Youth to Vote in Federal Election

October 16, 2015

Get out and vote. That’s the message to youth in Nanaimo from Year 6 Education students at Vancouver Island University (VIU). The students, all completing their final semester of VIU’s teacher training program, created a website called You Only Vote Once ( as part their class ‘community action project.’ “Youth voting is a concern,” said student Dan Callaghan. “There’s apathy... Read more

International Artist Donates 31 'African Scrapbook' Paintings to VIU

October 16, 2015

International artist Maureen G. Marshall has donated a series of 31 paintings to Vancouver Island University (VIU) based on her sketches, masks, carvings and memories of her African and European travel experiences. The collection of paintings are on display in a special exhibit at the View Gallery, a renovated art gallery at VIU’s Nanaimo campus from now until November 13. About 30 people,... Read more

Celebrated 'Africadian' Poet George Elliott Clarke Reads at VIU Oct. 22

October 15, 2015

Toronto Poet Laureate, playwright and literary critic George Elliott Clarke, VIU’s 2015 Gustafson Distinguished Poet, will deliver a free public lecture, On Entering the Echo Chamber of Epic: My "Canticles" Vs Pound's Cantos, Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm in Building 355 on the Nanaimo campus.“For George, poetry is not only a printed form, but also an oral art,” says Clarke’s colleague and VIU... Read more

VIU MBA Students to Host First BC MBA Games Oct. 16-18

October 13, 2015

Students in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) MBA Society will host the first ever BC MBA Games in Nanaimo this weekend, Oct. 16 to 18. Teams of students in Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programs from VIU, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University and University of Victoria will come together to compete over the weekend in academic, team... Read more

Salish Sea Marine Mammals Topic of ElderCollege Saturday Speaker Series Oct. 24

October 9, 2015

Anyone curious to learn more about Salish Sea marine mammals will enjoy a special presentation by Paul Cottrell as part of the Vancouver Island University (VIU) ElderCollege Saturday speaker series on Saturday, October 24. Cottrell, who works for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, will speak about “Marine Mammal Management: Actions to Minimize Impact.” He will provide a vivid summary of more... Read more

Jazz and Blues concert at VIU's Deep Bay Marine Field Station October 16

October 8, 2015

The Maureen Washington Quartet returns to Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Deep Bay Marine Field Station for another delightful jazz and blues concert on Friday, October 16. The Quartet, featuring Karel Roessingh on piano, Joey Smith on bass, and Damian Graham on drums, has played numerous sold out shows through-out BC including performances at major venues like The Cellar in Vancouver,... Read more