In the Community

Josephine Chong Celebrates 35 years of Dedicated Service to VIU

February 26, 2021

Josephine Chong has been an important member of the VIU community for 35 years. Hers is a familiar face to anyone who visits the Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology, and the Culinary Arts department in particular. She supports students and employees as a program assistant whose love for students is matched only by her love for food. Although it seems hard to believe now, she did not start at... Read more


What is Talent Acquisition and What Does it Have in Common with a Popular 80s Sitcom?

February 25, 2021

By Debra Jacklin, Manager of Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention Strategies, long-time employee, former VIU (Malaspina) student (dates not available) VIU’s office of Talent Acquisition is home to one of the longest job titles on campus: Manager of Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention Strategies (does this even fit on a business card? wait, what is a business card?)! Here, we’ll... Read more

: Dr. Yoichi Mukai, a VIU Modern Language Studies Professor; Dr. Kelly Black, a VIU Adjunct History Professor;  Dr. Joy Gugeler, a VIU Creative Writing, Journalism and Media Studies Professor, and Stephanie Johnson, a member of School District 68

VIU Faculty Create Understanding Through Colloquium Lectures

January 14, 2021

People can attend the Colloquium Series lectures from the comfort of their own homes this spring and gain an appreciation of how important the arts and humanities are to understanding today’s world. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series returns this spring with a thought-provoking lecture lineup that delves into the intricacies of language; re-evaluates... Read more


T’was the Week Before Christmas (VIU Version)

December 22, 2020

By Rose von Schilling, Program Assistant Adapted extensively from “A Visit From St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore Public domain, intended for private entertainment only, so not covered by copyright protection   T’was the week before Christmas And all through the halls Not a creature was stirring But they weren’t at the malls They’ve built a drive-thru On our parking lot More bunnies are... Read more

VIU Working Remotely Chronicles: Holiday Edition

December 18, 2020

As we head into our semester break, we thought it would be a nice time to share some of our favourite winter holiday traditions, moments and wishes. We know this season looks different than in years past but, however you celebrate, we wish you a restful and relaxing break, filled with joy and fun. Note: These are presented in a randomly drawn order. To see the full images, please click on them.  Read more



December 18, 2020

Let's celebrate our accomplishments! Send us your career milestones, accolades, awards and educational achievements. If you know of a bashful colleague who has something to celebrate, send it to us at  We want to begin by acknowledging all 32 recipients of the President's and Provost's Awards for Excellence, which took place virtually on Friday, December 4. We are so proud of... Read more


HR Corner: How is my Pay Determined?

December 16, 2020

An exploration of factors that govern pay range decisions, with Patricia Elliott. Have you ever wondered just how your rate of pay is decided? Why one role is paid at a certain rate while others are at a different rate? Strap in and we’ll explore the topic of determining pay ranges in this edition of HR Corner. Patricia Elliott is VIU’s Employee Relations Director and in this role, she is... Read more

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16 Days of Activism Campaign Aims to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence

November 20, 2020

Vancouver Island University organizations spreading awareness to help create a future free from gender-based violence. Orange the world – it’s the message being spread during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The campaign begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and runs until December 10, World Human Rights Day.... Read more

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VIU Professors Examine the Social Impacts of Wearing Masks

November 6, 2020

Expert Commentary: As the number of businesses and organizations implementing mask-wearing policies and guidelines increases, we were curious about some of the effects of this new way of interacting with one another. Dr. Lindsay McCunn, a VIU Psychology Professor, and Maureen O’Connor, a VIU Bachelor of Science in Nursing Professor, share some thoughts. Wearing a mask is one way to minimize the... Read more


#VIUSpidey Brings Halloween and Happiness to Quiet Campus

October 28, 2020

Any little thing that can lift spirits and help people feel connected is important right now. That belief was the driving force behind the 12-foot spider in its web that is currently perched on top of Building 120 at the bottom of the Nanaimo Campus, just off Fourth Street. It is a labour of love, done entirely by volunteers in Facilities Services and Campus Development who donated their time and... Read more