Student Success

From Homeless to Helping Others: VIU Cowichan Student April Murphy's Story

February 23, 2018

An Adult Basic Education student, Murphy overcame multiple barriers to succeed  April Murphy has battled illiteracy, homelessness, and addiction and mental health challenges. Now the 33-year-old Vancouver Island University (VIU) Cowichan Adult Basic Education (ABE) student is well on her way to getting her high school diploma, after which she plans to enter the Community Mental Health... Read more

Automotive Building Facelift Driving Positive Changes for Students

February 22, 2018

Renovations part of federal and provincial governments’ investments in VIU  An overhaul of Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Automotive building is boosting the success of the program. The renovations are part of the $20-million Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex expansion and redevelopment project announced in December 2016 by the federal and provincial governments. The Automotive... Read more

VIU Students Host Model United Nations Conference

January 31, 2018

Conference takes place February 9-10, during Global Citizens Week Things are about to get very diplomatic in Nanaimo, as Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Model United Nations Club prepares to host its second annual model UN conference February 9-10. A Model United Nations, also known as MUN, is an educational experience where students roleplay as delegates to the United Nations and... Read more

VIU's Kaitlyn Lafontaine Receives Prestigious Aboriginal Youth Sports Award

January 26, 2018

Mariners student-athlete recognized for her skill, dedication and commitment to basketball and community contributions Kaitlyn Lafontaine is a dedicated athlete, a mentor and a Vancouver Island University (VIU) student who dreams of using her education to make a positive impact on Indigenous people in Canada. Lafontaine, a member of the Métis Nation, recently received the 2017 Premier’s Awards... Read more

VIU's New Peer Support Navigator Removes Barriers for Students

January 24, 2018

Ruby Barclay was hired to support students accessing the University’s Tuition Waiver Program  Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) new Peer Support Navigator for the Tuition Waiver Program for former youth in care is ensuring fewer of the University’s most vulnerable students fall through the cracks. More than 80 students who have spent time in BC’s foster care system accessed the Tuition... Read more

VIU Culinary and Hospitality Students Host Seasonal Soiree

November 9, 2017

December 1 event a chance for students to showcase skills Vancouver Island University (VIU) Culinary Arts and Hospitality students are kicking off December with a sweet and savoury soireé that will delight your taste buds. The Seasonal Soireé will feature a one-of-a-kind menu made and served by VIU Culinary and Hospitality students and live entertainment in a festive setting. It takes place... Read more

Malaspina Theatre Play Explores the Role of Art in Society

October 26, 2017

Our Country’s Good runs Nov. 2-11 at Vancouver Island University The act of performing a play within a play will help students and faculty involved with Malaspina Theatre’s fall play to explore the empowering role of art in society. The Theatre is producing Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, which is based on true events that took place in a convict colony in Australia in 1789.... Read more

Vancouver Island's Ghost Stories Investigated by VIU Student

October 20, 2017

Creative Writing student Shanon Sinn launches his book, The Haunting of Vancouver Island, on October 27 at VIU Shanon Sinn believes in ghosts. He’s also a skeptic. The Vancouver Island University (VIU) Creative Writing student explores these conflicting emotions in his new non-fiction book, The Haunting of Vancouver Island. Published by Victoria-based TouchWood Editions, the book is an... Read more

VIU Students Win Major National Award for Work on MBA Games

October 16, 2017

Contribution to global citizenship, large fundraising effort for Moose Hide Campaign recognized  The desire to win combined with the desire to change lives turned out to be a magic combination for four Vancouver Island University (VIU) MBA students, who recently won the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Elizabeth Paterson Award for positive contributions to global citizenship and... Read more

VIU President's Scholarship Program Waives Tuition for More Than 30 Island Students

September 28, 2017

Top scholars from regional high schools choose Vancouver Island University From developing new medical technologies, to pursuing careers in research, to teaching students with disabilities, the latest round of President’s Scholars began their studies at Vancouver Island University (VIU) this fall with lofty goals and fewer financial worries. VIU awarded 31 full-tuition scholarships to students... Read more