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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

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19

Men's Basketball vs Trinity Western U

Exhibition Men's Basketball vs Trinity Western University Spartans. Next up, home opener Nov. 1st! The 2019 Men's National Championship banner will be...

Oct
21

THRIVE-A Place of Positivity: Rejuvenate in B356 Atrium

A Place of Positivity: Rejuvenate in B356 Atrium October 21 – 25 All Day, Every Day, Drop-In This is a drop-in event. Attend at any time! B356 Atrium Stop...

Oct
21

THRIVE - Thrive Week Bingo!

Thrive Week Bingo! October 21 – 25 All Day, Every Day, Drop-In Ongoing throughout the week. This is a self-paced activity. Bingo Cards available in B356...

Oct
21

THRIVE-Building Resilience

Building Resilience Monday October 21 10am-12pm B300/R401 Building Resilience is dedicated to supporting post-secondary institutions to achieve wellness...

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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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