VIU Media Highlights: December 20, 2022

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December 20, 2022 - 1:30pm

Year in review, new pharmacy technician training & seasonal experts ūüéĄ

This is our last media highlights email of 2022. Vancouver Island University will be closed for winter break from Friday, December 23, 2022, to Monday, January 2, 2023, reopening on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. All the best for a relaxing, restful holiday season to you all. 

In this issue, we have a couple experts ready give tips and advice on holiday baking and Christmas plant care, as well as our roundup of favourite stories from the year. If you want to learn more about any of these stories, please reach out to us.

Top stories

Top news stories of 2022

From mysterious Canada Goose migrations, to alumni and faculty appearing on popular TV shows, to some unique new program offerings, to numerous funding announcements, it's been a busy year at Vancouver Island University. Read our top stories of 2022.

Meet VIU's Invasive Species Guy

Hunter Jarratt is a fourth-year VIU student who has amassed a sizeable following on social media tackling the topic of invasive plant removal. Here's what he does, why he does it and how he got started doing it in the first place. Learn more. 

Students win provincial singing competition 

Every year in BC, a series of province-wide contests are held for university students learning Chinese to present their language and cultural knowledge to a panel of judges. This fall, for the first time ever, a team from VIU were the winners. Learn more. 

Partnership brings pharmacy technician training to Island 

Pharmacy technicians play an essential role for medication systems, according to officials with Island Health. A new partnership between VIU and Selkirk College in the BC Interior will help train more people to work in this highly in-demand field. Learn more. 

Seasonal experts

The art of Christmas baking done right

Baking instructor Ken Harper has spent a great deal of time teaching students how to make the perfect shortbread and fruit cake. He's happy to share tips and advice for the at-home baker, as well as a little history of these two holiday favourites. 

Proper care of your Christmas plants

Every year, students at VIU's G.R. Paine Horticultural Training Centre grow hundreds of poinsettias for sale in the community. Christine Quist, Acting Chair of VIU's Horticulture program, is ready to share some tips on care of poinsettias and Christmas cacti.

Simply reply to this email to talk to either of our seasonal experts! 

VIU in the news

Student discusses research on park accessibility at provincial forum

The BC Protected Areas Research Forum, held at VIU recently, discussed ways to preserve, protect and ensure fair access to parks. VIU graduate student Hannah Dudney was one of the speakers. Here's her conversation with CBC's Rohit Joseph.

Holiday video

Join VIU President Dr. Deborah Saucier as she takes a tour of the G.R. Paine Horticultural Training Centre and meets horticulture students, alumni and faculty. Happy Holidays!


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