VIU Heavy Equipment Operator Students Really Dig Habitat for Humanity

June 30, 2015

Six new homes to be built in south Nanaimo by Habitat for Humanity will have a solid foundation to build on, thanks to students in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) program. In an ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island, VIU students gain valuable work experience and reinforce skills learned throughout the year working on a variety of... Read more

Top Math Students Compete in Secondary School Math Contest at VIU

May 20, 2015

Two teams representing Dover Bay Secondary in Nanaimo took home the coveted Pi Cup Trophy in the 21st annual BC Secondary School Math Contest held recently at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Eighty-seven math students from high schools in the mid-Island region gathered at VIU for the final round of the contest. Junior students (grades 8 to 10) and senior students (grades 11 and 12) took part... Read more

Public invited to VIU's Extreme Science Show May 14

May 11, 2015

Explosions, fire, lightning and illusions, plus a ‘colours of the rainbow’ demonstration and a neat balancing act are some of the exciting features of the 7th annual Extreme Science Show at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Malaspina Theatre on May 14 at 7 pm. The fun, occasionally loud and popular public science show by faculty from VIU’s Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics departments will... Read more

VIU Invites Public to Family Day at Deep Bay Marine Field Station

April 7, 2015

There’s still plenty to do for the whole family at Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station during the annual Brant Wildlife Festival. A Family Day Open House will be held at the Field Station on Sunday, April 12 from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be touch tanks, large public aquariums, face painting and other marine science educational activities. Admission is by donation. ... Read more

VIU Hairdressing and Esthetics Join Trinidad and Tobago in Training Partnership

March 30, 2015

Sharing best practices and methods of teaching for training future hairdressers and esthetics practitioners has been a great experience for instructors from Vancouver Island University (VIU) and their colleagues in a three-year partnership with the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Two representatives from YTEPP Limited (Youth Training and Employment Partnership Program), the... Read more

Colloquium March 27 Proposes New Strategies for Teaching Canadian Fiction

March 18, 2015

Vancouver Island University (VIU) professor Joy Gugeler will present a lecture she hopes will reimagine Canadian literature for the classroom in her Arts & Humanities Colloquium presentation on Friday, March 27 in the Malaspina Theatre, beginning at 10 am. In her presentation titled“Firing the Canon and Hiring the Reader: How to Win the Classroom War on CanLit,” Gugeler proposes that a... Read more

VIU Hosts Activities for All Ages During Brant Wildlife Festival Feb. 28 to April 26

February 26, 2015

Boat tours, high tea, cooking classes, music by the bay and public lectures focusing on the Strait of Georgia – all this and more is taking place at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Deep Bay Marine Field Station during the annual Brant Wildlife Festival in March and April. “We’re thrilled to be part of the fantastic line up of events for this festival which runs until April 26,” says... Read more

Early Childhood Education Program Approved for VIU Powell River

February 20, 2015

A training program for people interested in becoming early childhood educators has been approved for a September start at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Powell River Campus. The two-year Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) certificate program will begin in September, and is now taking applications at  After VIU Powell River reached out to the... Read more

VIU Hosts Free Lecture on Decline of Steller Sea Lions Feb. 18

February 13, 2015

The dramatic decline of Steller sea lions in western Alaska has stimulated a wide range of studies as scientists struggle to understand the root causes of these declines. For almost 20 years, Dr. David Rosen has led the University of BC’s (UBC) Marine Mammal Energetics and Nutrition Laboratory in investigations into the declines of Steller sea lions and northern fur seals in Alaska by conducting... Read more

VIU Hosts Free Lecture on Canada's Exploration of The Universe Feb. 11

February 6, 2015

Did you know that astronomy is repeatedly ranked as an area of excellence in Canadian science? Canadian expertise in astronomy has helped build and develop major international facilities such as the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope, the twin Gemini telescopes, the James Clark Maxwell Telescope, and the Attacama Large Millimeter Array, the largest astronomical project in existence. Dr. Alan... Read more

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