’Uy’ skweyul – Good Day from Cowichan

November 27, 2018

Contributed by Warren Weir, Cowichan Campus Academic Administrator The magic of the Cowichan Campus is in the community we cultivate and feed. Whether it is creating a welcoming space for Syrian refugees or providing the support our vulnerable community members require to become thriving, contributing parents, or developing the educators of the future, we try to keep focus  on three major... Read more


Global Teaching Excellence Award Excellence: Celebrating at the Awards Gala

November 27, 2018

By Aly Winks Vancouver Island University was honoured as a finalist for Advance HE's 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Award this year – one of just 17 finalists out of submissions from more than 400 post-secondary institutions worldwide. All finalists were invited to the award announcement in July in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Graham Pike, Dean of International Education, Heather Pastro, Vice-... Read more


Spotlight On: Trades and Applied Technology

November 27, 2018

By Jenn McGarrigle From developing new programs to meet community needs, to enhancing experiential learning opportunities and researching ways to engage with non-traditional learners in building programs, the Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology is busy working through its 2017-22 strategic plan. The Faculty is made up of 16 different departments and offers Trades Foundation, Apprenticeship... Read more


Employee Appreciation Event: Milner Christmas Magic

November 23, 2018

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Longtime VIU Volunteer Wins Provincial Award

November 22, 2018

One of Emil Sorensen’s favourite things to do is share the knowledge he’s acquired over the years with others. Every morning, the 90-year-old gets up and rides his bike – an electric-assisted bike now, he jokes, because his heart isn’t as strong as it once was – from his Departure Bay home to Vancouver Island University (VIU) to volunteer in the Heavy Mechanical Trades program. Sorensen, an... Read more


VIU QES Scholar Proves All Dreams Can Be Possible

November 20, 2018

It has been a long journey for Avryl Brophy to realize she could achieve academically.  “I grew up in foster care since I was 12 years old,” she says. “I never saw the opportunity as a youth that post-secondary education was in my future.” With a little courage and perseverance, Brophy changed that narrative. A single mother of two teenage boys, Brophy returned to the classroom in her... Read more


VIU Partners with Non-Profit to Give Bikes to Those in Need

October 31, 2018

Are you in need of a way to get to campus, but can’t afford to buy your own bike? Did you have your bike stolen on campus and can’t afford to replace it? VIU’s Health and Safety Office has joined forces with Bikes for Kids, a local non-profit organization started by The Nowik Team, to provide replacement bikes to those in financial need through the VIU Students’ Union and Financial Aid &... Read more


VIU Library Receives a Grant to Digitize Canada's Historical Narratives of Exploration

October 18, 2018

The narratives of Canada’s journey of exploration will be shared with the online world through the digitization of Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Special Collections archives.  VIU is one of 21 successful candidates from 213 applications to receive funding from Libraries and Archives Canada (LAC) and the National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS)to digitize collections for the... Read more


VIU Professor Receives NSERC Discovery Grant for Endangered Species Research

October 9, 2018

What consequences are there to a species when it is on the brink of extinction, then re-populated through captive breeding? This question is one Vancouver Island University (VIU) Biology Professor Dr. Jamie Gorrell is at the forefront of discovering an answer to through his research with the Island marmot population.    “By studying the success of reintroductions we will learn how... Read more


Drummer Brain, Prison Theatre and Heritage Graffiti Featured in Colloquium Talks

September 24, 2018

Free public lecture series hosted by the VIU Faculty of Arts and Humanities covers range of themes From how drummers, prisoners and 16th Century Scottish women think; to the role graffiti plays in the art world; to an investigation of how media creates a sense of belonging, a free public lecture series at Vancouver Island University (VIU) investigates a wide range of topics. Every year,... Read more


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