Islands Short Fiction Contest Returns for Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Writers

February 15, 2016

Submitted by Nanaimo Arts Council Over $2000 in cash and prizes will once again be awarded to Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands writers as the Islands Short Fiction Contest returns for 2016. Co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, the contest seeks entries of up to 2000... Read more


Update on Nanaimo Campus incident

February 4, 2016

At around 10.30 am on Thursday, February 4, a suspicious person was observed on the Nanaimo campus. Campus security alerted the RCMP, who advised VIU’s Campus Security to institute emergency procedures.   Our procedures were activitated immediately: people were instructed to shelter in place until further notice. The message was repeated at regular intervals in order to ensure our campus... Read more


VIU Highlights Refugee Stories During International Development Week Feb. 1-5

February 1, 2016

Hamdi Aweys knows how it feels to be forced to flee her homeland due to war and destruction, and live in a crowded refugee camp.  She also knows first-hand what it’s like to move far away from friends and family and build a brand new life in Canada.  The Vancouver Island University (VIU) student, originally from Somalia, is one of three refugees who will share powerful “Stories of Migration” at a... Read more


VIU Awards Honorary Doctorate to Former BC Premier Mike Harcourt

January 28, 2016

British Columbia’s 30th Premier, Michael Harcourt will accept an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at Vancouver Island University’s convocation ceremony on Friday, Jan. 29 in recognition of the many contributions he has made in an exemplary career as a lawyer, community activist and politician. “Mike Harcourt has played a key role in the political and social development of BC and Canada,” said Dr. David... Read more


Island Health and VIU Host Drug Overdose and Substance Use Community Forum Jan. 28

January 26, 2016

Island Health has issued two drug overdose alerts in the last two weeks, and now community partners in Nanaimo are pulling together to host an important public forum on drug overdose and substance use. A panel of representatives from Island Health’s Harm Reduction Unit, RCMP’s community program, and Vancouver Island University (VIU) will provide critical information about the dangerous drugs that... Read more


VIU Bestows Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree on Acclaimed Poet Patrick Lane

January 25, 2016

Internationally acclaimed poet Patrick Lane will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) convocation ceremony on January 28 in recognition of his contributions to the field of poetry. Critics and scholars call him one of the finest poets of his generation. An admired teacher, workshop leader and supporter of emerging poets across North America, Lane has... Read more


Sculpture Unveiled at VIU Promotes Unity

January 22, 2016

Nanaimo Port Authority has donated $5,000 to create a permanent home at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Nanaimo campus for a six-by-six foot sculpture called Tsawalk. Built by VIU Graphic Design alumna Laura Timmermans, the sculpture promotes the message of unity, diversity and connection. The piece is mounted on a wall next to the VIU Bookstore alongside a plaque explaining the artist’s... Read more


VIU Grad Achieves International Success

January 21, 2016

Never underestimate the power of a small university with dedicated faculty to change students’ lives. Just ask Vancouver Island University (VIU) graduate Katelin Albert (née, Bowes). Albert grew up in Powell River and came to VIU in 2003 to play soccer for the women’s varsity team. At first, she didn’t know what she wanted to do, wasn’t a top student, and had never heard of graduate school.... Read more


Mike Harcourt and Poet Patrick Lane to Receive Honours at VIU Convocation Jan. 28-29

January 19, 2016

Former Premier of BC Michael Harcourt, celebrated BC author and poet Patrick Lane, and accomplished VIU alumna and PhD candidate Katelin Albert will be awarded honourary credentials at VIU’s winter convocation ceremonies at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre January 28 and 29. Patrick Lane – 2016 Honorary Doctorate of Letters: January 28, 2:30 pm Internationally acclaimed poet Patrick Lane is considered by... Read more


VIU Receives $500K from The Joyce Foundation for Youth in Care Tuition Waiver Bursaries

January 8, 2016

A $500,000 donation from The Joyce Foundation will benefit students attending Vancouver Island University (VIU) with support from the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver program. The funds will be dedicated to bursaries for ongoing support of VIU students in the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver program who are over the age of 24. “We are very grateful to The Joyce Foundation for this generous gift, which... Read more


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