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VIU News

Sad News: A Loss in our Extended Community

We are greatly saddened to learn that Micah Messent, who graduated from VIU last year, was among the 18 Canadians killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash...

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VIU Points – 5 Questions with Deanna Mackay

Vancouver Island University’s newest faculty member in Dental Hygiene, Professor Deanna Mackay, relocated from the prairies in Manitoba to pursue her lifelong...

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VIU's Men's and Women's Volleyball Teams Head to Nationals

The VIU Mariner Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams will compete for gold at the CCAA nationals. The VIU Mariner Men’s’ and Women’s Volleyball teams will...

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VIU Events

Mar
18

VIU Explorers Spring Break Camp

Dear Colleagues, We are writing to inform you about this year’s VIU Explorers Spring Break Camp for children aged 6-10. Students from the Department of...

Mar
19

Author talk: Kunio Yamagishi

Kunio Yamagishi will talk about the rationale for writing, The Return of a Shadow, which is a fictional account of an Issei's experience pre- and post-WWII....

Mar
19

Bring Your Lunch & Learn about ...Scholarly Work in the Internet Age: Lessons from the ‘Canadian Letters & Images Project'

With Stephen Davies Histroy Professor and Director of the Canadian Letters & Images Project.

Mar
20

Making the Links between Climate Change, Community Health and Resilience: Building the Field in British Columbia

Climate change has simultaneously been called the greatest threat and the greatest opportunity for public health this century. On the one hand, climate change...

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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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