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VIU News

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VIU Partners with Other Guys Theatre Company to Produce Hysterical Melodrama

Ross Desprez is a VIU Theatre Department Professor and creator of SlugFest – a musical comedy set in a dystopian Vancouver Island community.What happens when...

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Vancouver Island University Recognized as a Bee Campus

Bee City Canada designation commits VIU to organizing activities that help protect pollinators on campus and raising awareness about the importance of...

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VIU Mariners Secure Deal With Adidas and Kahunaverse Sports Group

VIU Mariners, Kahunaverse Sports and Adidas announce partnership on the eve of the PACWEST court sport season openers.Vancouver Island University (VIU)...

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VIU Events

Oct
18

Student Info Session - Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's Program

If you are considering graduate school for next year, or are currently in your first year of your Master's degree, have an A- average and are a Canadian...

Oct
18

INformed: Works by Robin Field

The View Gallery presents "INformed: Works by Robin Field", a survey of multi-media works by veteran Island artist and former Visual Art professor Robin Field...

Oct
18

Colliery Dam Walk

Connect with nature, enjoy the view or add to your daily steps. Whatever your reason, join us every Friday to walk the Colliery Dam. We meet outside the...

Oct
18

Romeo Training for VIU Faculty & Staff

SRCA has implemented a new online grant application system called 'ROMEO' to manage research grants, contracts and certifications. Faculty and Staff are now...

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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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