In the Community

VIU Seeks Indigenous High School Students for Youth Camps in August

June 20, 2017

The two free four-day camps combine cultural activities with outdoor activities and mini-lectures and aim to help youth make the transition to university When Troy Barnes recalls his first day of college, he still feels the blood rise to his face as feelings of humiliation, fear and isolation come rushing back. Barnes, a member of the Klahoose Nation with Homalco roots as well, had just moved to... Read more

New Indigenous and Western Science Course at VIU Cowichan Inspires Respect for Nature

April 27, 2017

The first of its kind at VIU, INTR 211 is taught by a Biology Professor and a Traditional Knowledge Keeper, who each present different perspectives on the science of plants and the environment Tina Turan, a third-year Bachelor of Education student at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan Campus, says a new course that explores the science of plants and the environment from both... Read more

VIU's Milner Gardens Designated a 'Canada 150 Garden Experience'

April 24, 2017

150 gardens across the country were jury-selected to honour Canada’s 150 birthday – and VIU’s Milner Gardens and Woodland is one of them In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Milner Gardens & Woodland was recently selected as an official Canada 150 Garden Experience at the North American Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto. The designation, awarded... Read more

VIU Pursues International Opportunities

March 13, 2017

President Ralph Nilson and colleagues bolster VIU’s presence in India, Vietnam and China Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) international presence will soon be enhanced by upcoming trips to India and Vietnam by the University’s President as well as administrators from VIU’s Faculty of International Education.   “International education is vital to VIU’s success. We look forward to strengthening... Read more

VIU and RCMP Conduct First Ever Emergency Drill at Nanaimo Campus

March 8, 2017

More than 30 RCMP officers conducted real-world training scenarios with VIU student and staff volunteers playing victims during the drills To the Vancouver Island University (VIU) students and staff taking part in RCMP training exercises on Nanaimo campus, the blanks that were fired sounded real and the officers storming the classroom who were shouting “Get down, get down, get down!” did, too.... Read more

VIU Employee Giving to United Way Smashes Previous Record

January 16, 2017

The 10th annual VIU United Way Employee Giving Campaign raises more than $40,000 for Central and Northern Vancouver Island United Way The 10th annual Vancouver Island University (VIU) United Way Employee Giving Campaign wrapped up with a bang. A few last minute pledges rolled in just after the closing bell rang to push the donation total to $40,776. The amount was more than 12 per cent above 2015... Read more

VIU Tuition Waiver Student Researches Supports for Former Youth in Care

January 12, 2017

Ruby Barclay works with students in VIU’s Tuition Waiver Program to create awareness about needs of former youth in care  For Ruby Barclay, a third-year Vancouver Island University (VIU) student in the Tuition Waiver Program for former youth in care, post-secondary education has done more than broaden her mind. It’s helped her redefine who she is as a person. “For a long time, my identifier was... Read more

VIU Pilot Program Offers Community Members a One-of-a-Kind Renaissance Experience

December 13, 2016

If you ever wanted to experience the art, philosophy, sights and sounds of Florence, Italy, Adventures in Mind is just what you’re looking for Vancouver Island University (VIU) professor Dr. John Black was strolling through the Convent of San Marco in Florence, Italy delivering a lecture to his Study Abroad students when he turned a corner in the hallway and was struck speechless. “It was on the... Read more

VIU Cowichan Helps Record Number of Students with Adult Basic Education Fees

December 9, 2016

Campus helped more than 117 students apply for financial aid this fall, and Galaxy Motors scholarship waived application fees for 27 students as well DUNCAN, BC: Brianna Thorne has always wanted to be a teacher, but life got in the way for a while. Thorne put her lifelong dream on the backburner while she raised her daughter. But now that her daughter is in Grade 11, the 37-year-old has decided... Read more

Open Arms: VIU Welcomes Syrian and Somali Students

November 28, 2016

Three student refugees arrive via Jordan and Kenya to embark on new lives, thanks to VIU student-led sponsorships Night after night, for months on end, Mohammad Tahhan crouched in front of his computer and searched for signs of hope. Tahhan was looking for a program – any program – that would allow him to start over in a new country. As a Syrian in the bustling capital city of Amman, Jordan,... Read more