Student Success

VIU Education Program Gives Student Hope

December 10, 2014

Several years ago, MaryDawn MacWatt’s life took a 180 degree turn. From being a financially dependent wife, MacWatt became the sole provider for herself and her three children. While in transition, MacWatt knew that independence was the only way out. In a chance meeting with Vancouver Island University (VIU) professor Dr. Ian Whitehouse at her father’s nursery in the Cowichan Valley, MacWatt... Read more

VIU Fisheries and Aquaculture Students Receive $22,750 in Scholarships

December 9, 2014

Christmas arrived early for 12 top students in Vancouver Island University’s Fisheries and Aquaculture degree and diploma programs. The students received a total of $22,750 in awards and scholarships at a celebration and awards banquet last week. “It’s the largest amount of money for internal awards ever dispersed to VIU’s Fisheries & Aquaculture students,” said faculty member Dr. Chris Foote... Read more

Hospitality Management Students Win at LinkBC Competition

December 5, 2014

Four students in the Hospitality Management program will end their fall term at Vancouver Island University (VIU) on a high note after winning the LinkBC Marketing Case Diploma Category award in a presentation that included some solid business ideas and a humourous approach. Taylor Doherty and Jonelle Van Rensburg of Nanaimo, and Jerren Hung and Gary Guy, international students from Australia and... Read more

Tiny Cabins, Food App Win Top Prizes in VIU Business Plan Competition

December 3, 2014

Two bright ideas taking top honours in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Business Plan Competition are tiny, affordable homes on wheels and a smartphone app that helps shoppers identify foods that fit into diets limited by allergies. Final pitches were made by 10 finalists before a panel of business expert judges in a ‘Dragon’s Den’-style competition at VIU Nov. 28. Rewild Homes took first... Read more

Nanaimo Students Earn Full Tuition Scholarships to VIU

October 28, 2014

Hard work in high school pays off – just ask nine top graduating students from Nanaimo who now attend Vancouver Island University (VIU). Bernadette Alvarez (Woodlands Secondary), Anjelica Lum (Wellington Secondary), Kaitlin Ovcharov (John Barsby Secondary), Genevieve Amaral (Dover Bay Secondary), Courtney Davidson (Cedar Secondary) and Matthew Lineker (Nanaimo Christian School), each received a... Read more

VIU Welcomes Alaska Undergrad as Killam Fellow

September 26, 2014

A busy year of academic studies in her Psychology major lies ahead for Charlotte Stark, who is attending Vancouver Island University (VIU) this year as a Killam Fellow on exchange from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Killam Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students in Canada and the US by Fulbright Canada, which facilitates educational exchanges for scholars in the two countries.... Read more

VIU Baking Program Grad Wins Lt. Governor's Silver Medal

June 19, 2014

A graduate in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Professional Baking and Pastry Arts program will be awarded the University’s Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal for her outstanding work in the program. Miriam Popma, whose hometown is Duncan, will receive the medal at VIU’s convocation ceremonies for graduates in Trades and Applied Technology programs in Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on Friday, June 20... Read more

High School Students Explore Trades at VIU

June 18, 2014

When Dustin Decouteau’s grandfather taught him a bit about welding, he thought he might be onto something he could enjoy as a career once he graduates high school. In Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) first offering of the 12-week Introduction to Trades program, the Woodlands Secondary Grade 11 student had a chance to learn even more about the welding trade – enough to convince him to enroll in... Read more

VIU Students Heading to Skills Canada National Competition

June 3, 2014

Students Toshi Akama, Thalia Austin, Cam Chanin and Erin Hollywood have been working hard to perfect the skills they’ve learned in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Culinary Arts, Construction and HVAC programs, and will be putting those skills to the test against competitors across Canada at the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) in Toronto June 4 to 7. “I’m nervous, and I feel like... Read more

VIU To Award Five Honorary Degrees and Two Alumni Awards at Spring Convocation

May 10, 2014

Vancouver Island University (VIU) will be awarding five Honorary Degrees and two Distinguished Alumni Awards at the 2014 spring convocation ceremonies at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre, June 2 - 4. Five Honorary Degrees will be awarded to celebrate the recipients and their considerable achievements. These five outstanding individuals are being honoured as each speaks to VIU's values. Although they... Read more