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VIU News

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Building Resilience in Volunteer Firefighters

A VIU professor is helping volunteer firefighters cope with the physical and mental effects they may experience when they are involved in a traumatic incident...

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Christmas Magic Fills the Air at Milner Gardens and Woodland

Milner Gardens hosts its annual family festival of lights and music this December.It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas at Vancouver Island University’s (...

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Alum of the Month: Jason Lloyd

Food and cooking have always interested Jason Lloyd. Growing up, family dinners were an important part of his life; after completing the Professional Cook...

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VIU Events


Upper Cafeteria Closure

To facilitate the President's Reception the Upper Cafeteria Building 300 will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday December 12, 2019


Early Closure Main Cafeteria

To accommodate the President's Festive Reception the main cafeteria building 300 will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday December 12, 2019.


Extended Book Buyback

From December 16 to 20, the Campus Store will be holding our week-long extended book buyback event! Come to our store anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and...


Fundamentals of Forest & Heavy Equipment Operator Information Session

Career opportunities continue to be strong in Heavy Equipment Operator and Forest Harvesting on Vancouver Island. You can train on heavy equipment like...

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Eric Friesen, a Bachelor of Science degree student, on a field trip

Eric Friesen

“All the professors in my department know me by name and have shown a genuine interest in not only teaching me, but helping me succeed. I would say that the teachers I’ve had have been more mentors than professors. It feels like everyone is there because they love science and it creates a wonderful atmosphere that makes good academic communication so incredibly easy. The professors taking a personal interest in the students, being approachable, and most importantly being passionate about biology has truly made me feel like my education matters to them.”

Bachelor of Science, Biology

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