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May 17 President's message to campus community

May 17, 2024

The last few weeks have been some of our campus community’s most challenging in recent memory. I want to thank all the members of the VIU community and beyond who wrote to me recently expressing various opinions on the Palestine Solidarity Encampment at our Nanaimo campus and offering me advice on... Read more


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Update to community May 10, 2024

May 10, 2024

Vancouver Island University welcomed students back to campus this week for the start of the Summer Semester. To support students, VIU’s buildings have returned to normal summer access hours. The library hours have been adjusted to align with staffing availability. As we prepare for Pride Month, VIU... Read more


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Statement about encampment on the VIU campus

May 7, 2024

May 7 update to community: Building access and invitation for dialogue The summer semester is now in full swing and we are experiencing some beautiful weather this week. VIU continues to closely monitor the encampment on our Nanaimo campus. Protestors have remained calm and peaceful and VIU... Read more


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VIU News & Experts: May 1

May 1, 2024

Experts on harm reduction, wildfires and politics 🗣️ In this issue of VIU news & experts:  Substance use in public places: Harm reduction advocate and Nursing Professor Sarah Lovegrove Slowing the spread of wildfires: Dr. Sean Sloan, VIU Canada Research Chair in the Human Dimensions of... Read more




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Community Classroom

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Chasing the total solar eclipse

Dr. Greg Arkos, a VIU Astronomy Professor, travelled to Mazatlán, Mexico to view the total solar eclipse. The eclipse crossed North America, passing over...

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How has VIU’s Portal magazine evolved over the years?

How did Portal magazine evolve from a black-and-white photocopied and stapled chapbook to a nationally distributed literary magazine?Joy Gugeler,...

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Using an Ojibwe lens to examine Margaret Atwood’s novel MaddAddam

Bryn Skibo examines Margaret Atwood’s speculative novel MaddAddam through an Ojibwe lens during her spring 2024 VIU Arts and Humanities...

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Amy Mattes’ debut novel explores love and identity

Amy Mattes, a VIU Creative Writing student, drew inspiration from experiences of her youth to write her debut fictional novel, Late September. Late...

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Housing options for students in Nanaimo

You’ve registered for your classes. Now, you’re looking forward to some fun and rest before university starts up in the fall. Great! But before you head out on...

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VIU Student Pulse News: May 16, 2024

We hope the semester has gotten off to a good start! In this issue: Asian Heritage MonthPaying for universityWeb registration helpSummer funNeed to...

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