What's New with VIU's Alumni?
Alumni Accept Positions with VIU
Congratulations to VIU alumnus Carl Butterworth and alumna Danielle Alphonse for accepting positions at the University. Carl accepted the position of Manager, Learning Technologies - Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning. Danielle accepted the position as B.C.'s Regional Innovation Chair in Aboriginal Early Childhood Development. You can read Danielle's story at VIU News.
Have you accepted a new position or been promoted? Let us know so we can share your success stories in the Class Notes section of our alumni magazine - Journey. Please send your news to email@example.com.
We're hard at work putting together the next issue of Journey, our alumni magazine. Now we need your help with our Class Notes section, where we include short updates and photos on what our alumni are up to. Did you start a new job, get married, have an adventure, expand your family? If so let us know and we'll include your update in the magazine.
On July 3 & 4, 2013, VIU is holding its GrandKids University! This is a great event for our more mature alum who have grandchildren in the area. This is an exciting and fun program for you and your grandchildren to participate in. GrandKids University is for children 7 to 13 years of age. Over the course of two days, they will earn a "degree" in one of the majors. For further details on the program, visit GrandKids University.
Congratulations to Jennifer B., our first weekly prize giveaway winner! She has won one of our new alumni t-shirts that were designed and produced by VIU alumni.
Thank you to all who have updated their alumni profiles. There are still six more weekly prize giveaways. our next weekly winner will be announced early next week. All who update their alumni profiles are also entered into the draw for the prizes donated by the Old House Village Hotel & Spa, London Drugs, and your VIU Alumni Association. Winners for those prizes will be announced on July 2nd.
For those who haven't had a chance yet, now is the perfect time to take a couple of minutes to update your profile. Updating is easy, just visit the Alumni Connect Campaign to update your profile and for more information on the Connect Campaign.
Don't forget, for every alum who lists you as the 'referred by an alum' when updating, you will be entered into the draw again! So pass the word around and get your fellow alum to update.
The VIU Alumni Association is doing a little spring cleaning and needs your help cleaning its alumni database. We're reaching out to all alumni to make sure your alumni profile is up-to-date and to also make sure we know how you want to connect with us. Updating is easy, just visit the Connect Campaign to update your alumni profile by June 30th and you'll be entered in a draw to win great prizes, including an iPad 4!
The VIU Foundation's Charity Golf Classic will take place on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at Fairwinds Golf Course. Event information and online registration is now available. This is a fun event for alumni to participate in. More than $50,000 in prizes up for grabs and participants also get to enjoy lunch and dinner, 18 holes of golf and use of a golf cart. The Charity Golf Classic event raises funds to improve spaces for learning, provide leading edge technologies and increase awards, bursaries and scholarships for VIU students. Please visit the VIU Foundation Charity Golf Classic website for more information.
VIU Welcomes New Advancement Manager
Braving a prairie snowstorm to get here, Jason Coates joined the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office in late March as our new Advancement Manager of Major Gifts and Legacies. As a member of the team, he'll be working with the VIU community to build a broad base of support for priority projects and students.
With a strong background in educational advancement, Jason brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to VIU. He's a former Alberta private school headmaster, and, most recently, served as a major gift development officer at the University of Manitoba. He's keen to get to know the VIU community and help build its exciting future.
An active community volunteer, Jason sits on several boards and volunteers as a youth soccer coach. He's an avid paddler and is eager to explore the Nanaimo area. "I'm excited to be at VIU at such an exciting time in its development and I'm looking forward to getting involved in the local community," reports Jason.
Congratulations to all of the 100 nominees for the Vancouver Island Top 20 Under 40. A special congratulations goes out to Michelle McKinnon and Ken Pulse for being Top 20 Under 40 award winners. Michelle graduated from VIU with a BA in Business Management and is now the BMO Victoria Branch Manager. She is also involved in community and charity work which include the BC Children's Hospital, Kids Help Phone, Member of YPN, and many more. Ken Puls attended VIU as a continuing studies student and is now the Director of IT/Controller at Fairwinds Community Resort. He also runs Excel Guru Consulting Inc and is one of less than 10 individuals in Canada to hold the prestigious Microsoft MVP - Excel award. Please visit Top 20 Under 40 for a list of all nominees, their bios, and award winners.
For those of you who prefer to view Journey online, the Spring 2013 issue is now available. This issue is focused on the eclectic mix of career and life paths our alumni have taken. There are stories on a Paralympic athlete, a successful computer app creator, and an alumna who's devoted her life to researching birds of prey. If you did not receive your Journey magazine in the mail and would like to, please update your address at Get Connected.
VIU Alumni T-Shirts Now Available
You can now show your pride in your VIU accomplishments by wearing our new alumni t-shirts. Alumna Sarita Mielke designed the logos and alumnus Brent Senini, owner of Senini Graphics, printed the t-shirts.
The Alumni Association has two styles available - traditional block and script. Sizes range from men's and women's small to xxl and are $20 each, including tax and shipping. T-shirts can be ordered through the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office. Contact Kamala Paton to order yours today. Shipping or pick-up at the office is available.
VIU's Alumni Association has created a new award, Alumni Recognition Award, that recognizes outstanding accomplishments of Vancouver Island University Alumni who are making a difference in and are providing valuable service to society and their community. This is an exciting award for VIU alumni. The award will be given biannually and the successful applicants will receive a $1000 cash award. What a great opportunity to nominate fellow alumni or yourself for your service and contributions to the community. For further details, please visit the Alumni Recognition Award site.
Fairwinds Golf Club Announces New Program in Support of Students
Fairwinds Golf Club, an established VIU donor, is proud to announce a new program supporting VIU students. All VIU employees and alumni are now eligible to receive a $10 discount off any green free at Fairwinds Golf Club. Fairwinds will also contribute $10 from every green fee purchased by VIU employees and alumni to the "Adopt at Student Fund" for student awards, scholarships and bursaries. One guest of VIU employees and alumni will also be eligible to receive the $10 discount. Employees and alumni must present their staff or alumni privilege cards at the Pro Shop in order to receive the discount. For golf information and reservations please call the Pro Shop at 250.468.7666. For information on this great program please contact David Forrester, 250.740.6214.
Alumnus presents $50,000 donation to Shq'apthut, A Gathering Place
VIU Alumnus Graham Calder of Great-West Life and its subsidiary company London Life presents VIU's Chancellor Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, and Director of Aboringial Education Sharon Hobenshield, with a $50,000 donation to the second phase of the Shq’apthut, A Gathering Place. The first phase of the new Aboriginal cultural and community centre recently opened on the Nanaimo campus and donations are still being sought for the second phase of the project.
- Alumna Andrea Landry's Master's Thesis and Advocacy Work Takes Her Across the Globe
- VIU's Culinary Institute Receives Great Prize from Alum
- Alumnus Paul Silverthorn's Favourite Recipe
- Alumnus David Wong is New Owner of Nanaimo's Urban Beet
- Alumna Norah Holloway Recognized as one of Top 50 Exceptional Young People from Haida Gwaii
- Alumni Create one of BC's Most Innovative Companies
- Alumnus Michael Bortolotto is husband, father, and inspirational public speaker who has Cerebral Palsy
- White Spot President honoured with VIU Distinguished Alumni Award
- VIU graduate and budding scientist receives national scholarship
- Grandkids University returns to VIU
- Alumni office starts Facebook page
- Baking Grad places among top five in Canada
- VIU researcher aims to protect west coast rivers from invasive species
- First Nations Chief and VIU alumnus committed to education
- Biology grad part of international research team
- Brent Jarvis returned to VIU for a "dark and edgy" performance
Updated May 23, 2013