Adventures on Ice: Jennifer Williams

October 16, 2018

Travelling onboard the Canada C3 Expedition was a life-changing experience for Jennifer Williams (Bachelor of Education ’16). For Williams, who graduated in 2016, there weren’t just one or two poignant moments — it was the entire voyage that made a lasting impression. “What... Read more

Education for Empowerment: Morgan and Gina Mowatt

October 16, 2018

A desire to effect positive change for First Nations communities has sisters Morgan and Gina Mowatt leveraging what they learned at VIU to pursue graduate studies at the University of Victoria (UVic). Gina (Bachelor of Arts ’15, Major in First Nations Studies) is pursuing a... Read more

Q&A with Dr. Pam Shaw

October 16, 2018

Dr. Pam Shaw, Director of VIU’s Master of Community Planning Program and Research Director of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI), understands the importance of getting students excited about learning. As an undergraduate at a large university, she was... Read more

Alumni Spotlight: Social Sciences Radio Hosts

October 16, 2018

Two Social Sciences graduates had the unique experience of creating their own radio shows while studying at VIU. Michael Robert Caditz (Bachelor of Arts ’18, Major in Philosophy), the first student to graduate from VIU with the new Honours in Philosophy degree option, created... Read more

Alumni News

October 16, 2018

What happens when an artist loses her ability to conjure images inside her head? This is the situation Sheri Bakes (Diploma of Fine Arts – Visual Arts ’93) found herself in following a stroke at age 29 that left her with aphantasia, a rare condition where one cannot visualize... Read more

Elder College: Celebrating 25 Years

October 16, 2018

No homework. No grades. No pressure. VIU’s ElderCollege is about the pure joy of lifelong learning. At its core, VIU ElderCollege is about inspiring learners 50 years old or better to explore new ideas, expand their knowledge and make connections in their community. Regan McKeever... Read more

Vancouver Island’s Ghost Stories Investigated

October 16, 2018

VIU Creative Writing student Shanon Sinn is fascinated by ghost stories –so much so that he wrote a book exploring some of the Island’s legendary supernatural tales. In The Haunting of Vancouver Island, Sinn investigates more than two dozen different ghost stories and... Read more

History Professor Receives Highest Academic Honour

October 16, 2018

“Absolutely thrilled. Delighted.” This is how Dr. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, a VIU History Professor, described her reaction to being named the University’s first Fellow in the Academy of Arts and Humanities of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). It’s an honour bestowed on scholars who... Read more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Visits VIU for Town Hall

October 16, 2018

On February 2, close to 1,600 people packed into the VIU gym for an opportunity to participate in democracy in action. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to the Nanaimo Campus for the last in a series of Town Halls across Canada. It was the only Town Hall held in British Columbia.... Read more

Scholar-athlete Alum Wins Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport

October 16, 2018

Kaitlyn Lafontaine dreams of using her education as a tool for change. “I really want to use my education to give back to my community and make a difference,” says Lafontaine, a member of the Métis Nation. “School has taught me I am someone who can make those changes.” It’s... Read more

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