Students Experience VIU

Experience VIU

Saturday, October 13
9 am to 2 pm
@ VIU’s Nanaimo Campus
Building 300, Welcome Centre

Complimentary General Parking with Code

View the Nanaimo campus map

  • Take a tour
  • Meet a recruiter
  • Sample a class
  • Get program Info
  • Apply to VIU

Why should I attend?

This is your chance to learn all about VIU’s 120+ programs and the many services and supports available to students. Learn what it’s like to be a student here, explore our beautiful, ocean-view campus on a tour, take in a sample class or lab, and find out how you can prepare for a great career with post-secondary studies.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in post-secondary studies should attend – from high school students and their parents to those people who’ve been out of school awhile and are ready to explore their options. In high school, in a job but thinking about university, or parent to a high schooler, this event is for you!

What can I do?

You can see what student life is like on our 92-acre Nanaimo campus, take in a sample class led by a VIU professor or a senior level student, or meet with a VIU Recruitment Officer to get your questions answered. See more below for all we have planned. It’s all very casual and it will be FUN! (Join us for lunch from 12-1.)

Is it free?

Yes it is! We are asking our guests to register so we can ensure we have the resources and lunch for everyone, however registration is not mandatory. All welcome! Register for "Experience VIU"

Event Schedule

You can take in the following sessions, running every half hour. Check us out on the VIU Nanaimo Campus map or pick up a printed map at the Information Booth at the Welcome Centre in Building 300 to guide your visit.

  • Take a Campus Tour (Building 300, Welcome Centre)
  • Meet a VIU Recruitment Officer (Building 300, third floor, Royal Arbutus Room)
  • Learn About Financial Aid and Awards ((Bldg 200, Room 205)
  • What’s Involved in Applying to VIU – with Registration (Building 200, Main Lobby)
  • Learn About International Student Services (Building 300, Welcome Centre)
  • Tour the VIU Student Residences (Cedar Centre - Building 4 of the Residences, just off 4th street) with Residence Program Leaders, Hailee McMillanand and Isabella Kortbeek.

Sample Lectures

9 am

What's the Right Thing to do? (Paul Cleaver – Faculty of Management)

This class will provide an overview on the different fundamental concepts that people in organizations can use to make ethical (or unethical) decisions. 
Building 250, Room 205

Management Jeopardy (Bryan Webber – Faculty of Management)

Join the Faculty of Management in a fun, interactive session based around the classic game show Jeopardy, to explore the world of business and Business Programs at VIU.
Building 250, Room 125

Heavy Duty Equipment Simulators (Kellie Spence – Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology)

Interested in a career in the Heavy Duty Equipment industry, come and try out our state of the art trades simulators. Get behind the wheel of a virtual Loader, Excavator, and Rock Truck.
Outside Building 300, in Parking Lot F

Welding Simulators (David Drury – Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology)

Come check out our welding simulators. The simulation uses cutting edge technology and electro-magnetic real time motion tracking systems. The simulator allows the user to be immersed by the high quality simulation into the virtual welding workshop where everybody can perform welding in real time.
Building 310, Room 10

Anatomy 101 – The Beginners Guide to Functional Anatomy! (Louis Mattar – Faculty of Social Science and students Angie Schaaf and Nickolas Haney)

Join students and faculty from the Sport, Health and Physical Education department as you explore the basics of Human Anatomy. You will learn the language of anatomy, examine (real) human skeletons, identify the muscles involved in common movements, and be active while in the classroom.
Building 356, Room 240

Employment Outcomes (Cynthia Lange - Centre for Experiential Learning)

Cynthia’s presentation will present information including employment levels based on achieving post-secondary education nationally then narrowing down to a central island focus, and from there look at the existing Labour Gap in our region and then touch on skills and attributes employer are seeking in current recruiting practices, and finally connecting those to VIU’s Graduate Attributes.
Bldg 200, Room 238

How Should we Live?" (Warren Heiti – Faculty of Social Sciences)

What does it mean to love wisdom? What if wisdom isn't knowing tons of information, but instead knowing the limits of one's knowledge? Could this way of knowing be a way of living? How should we live? In Plato's /Republic/, a book about ethical and political justice, Socrates, one to the first philosophers, asks such questions. In Liberal Studies and Philosophy, we continue to ask them.
Building 355, Room 102

Mobile Mass Spectrometry Lab (Erik Krogh and students Larissa Richards and Trevor Michalchuk – Applied Environmental Research Labs, Faculty of Science and Technology)

Come check out our state-of-the-art, mobile mass spectrometry lab that has been custom fitted with specialized instrumentation that provides high precision chemical measurements that are important indicators of environmental and human health. Instrumentation yields real-time contaminant concentrations, which can be visualized on regional scales. The lab is employed to conduct innovative research related to air and water quality.
Building 300, Just outside the Welcome Centre

10 am

What's the Right Thing to do? (Paul Cleaver – Faculty of Management)

This class will provide an overview on the different fundamental concepts that people in organizations can use to make ethical (or unethical) decisions.
Building 250, Room 205

Management Jeopardy (Bryan Webber – Faculty of Management)

Join the Faculty of Management in a fun, interactive session based around the classic game show Jeopardy, to explore the world of business and Business Programs at VIU.
Building 250, Room 125

Heavy Duty Equipment Simulators (Kellie Spence – Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology)

Interested in a career in the Heavy Duty Equipment industry, come and try out our state of the art trades simulators. Get behind the wheel of a virtual Loader, Excavator, and Rock Truck.
Outside Building 300, in Parking Lot F

Henderson Scores for Canada: Memories and Meanings of the 1972 Canada – Soviet Union Summit Series (Tim Lewis – Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

Well…the title pretty much says it all!
Building 345, Room 211

Climate change: How a Handful of Scientists Changed Everything (Dr. Linda Derksen – Faculty of Social Science)

In our culture, we believe that scientists work from a neutral perspective to understand "the facts." Come explore how a handful of determined scientists continue to cast doubt on the reality of climate change.
Building 356, Room 325

Anatomy 101 – The Beginners Guide to Functional Anatomy! (Louis Mattar – Faculty of Education and students Angie Schaaf and Nickolas Haney)

Join students and faculty from the Sport, Health and Physical Education department as you explore the basics of Human Anatomy. You will learn the language of anatomy, examine (real) human skeletons, identify the muscles involved in common movements, and be active while in the classroom.
Building 356, Room 240

Halloween Chemistry Workshop: How to Make a Barfing Pumpkin and Vampire Snot (Christine Tong – Faculty of Science and Technology)

Learn to grossify your Halloween with some accessible chemistry.
PLEASE NOTE: This session can only accommodate 18 participants so to ensure your spot please arrive early.
Building 210, Room 484

Work Integrated Learning – Work Experience While Studying  (Brook Pearce – Centre for Experiential Learning)

In this presentation, Brooke will focus more specifically on the wide range of Work Integrated Learning that occurs here at VIU, and share data related to Co-op and Internship  programs, highlighting some key employers for the different programs. He will also discuss other forms of Experiential Education offered at VIU like Co-Curricular Record, and then link these forms of education to fulfilling the Graduate Attributes.
Building 200, Room 106

Welding Simulators (David Drury – Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology)

Come check out our welding simulators. The simulation uses cutting edge technology and electro-magnetic real time motion tracking systems. The simulator allows the user to be immersed by the high quality simulation into the virtual welding workshop where everybody can perform welding in real time.
Building 310, Room 101

From Mr White to Heisenberg (Professor Michael Down, Faculty of Social Science)

What criminological theory can tell us about the strange journey of Walter White
Building 356, Room 319

Theatre History (Eliza Gardiner – Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

This session introduces students to the famed tragedy Oedipus Rex, by the prize-winning ancient Greek playwright, Sophocles. By looking back at the value that fifth century Attic society put on the power of the arts to educate its citizens, we can discuss this play as an ideal kind of theatre that entertains while it enlightens.
Building 345, Room 106

Mobile Mass Spectrometry Lab (Erik Krogh and students Larissa Richards and Trevor Michalchuk – Applied Environmental Research Labs, Faculty of Science and Technology)

Come check out our state-of-the-art, mobile mass spectrometry lab that has been custom fitted with specialized instrumentation that provides high precision chemical measurements that are important indicators of environmental and human health. Instrumentation yields real-time contaminant concentrations, which can be visualized on regional scales. The lab is employed to conduct innovative research related to air and water quality.
Building 300, Just outside the Welcome Centre

11 am

What's the Right Thing to do? (Paul Cleaver – Faculty of Management)

This class will provide an overview on the different fundamental concepts that people in organizations can use to make ethical (or unethical) decisions.
Building 250, Room 205

Management Jeopardy (Bryan Webber – Faculty of Management)

Join the Faculty of Management in a fun, interactive session based around the classic gameshow Jeopardy, to explore the world of business and Business Programs at VIU.
Building 250, Room 125

Principles of Film Form (Paul Watkins, Professor, Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

An interactive lecture with clips from films that we can discuss together…and there will be popcorn!
Building 200, Room 203

Heavy Duty Equipment Simulators (Kellie Spence – Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology)

Interested in a career in the Heavy Duty Equipment industry, come and try out our state of the art trades simulators. Get behind the wheel of a virtual Loader, Excavator, and Rock Truck.
Outside Building 300, in Parking Lot F

Henderson Scores for Canada: Memories and Meanings of the 1972 Canada – Soviet Union Summit Series (Tim Lewis – Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

Well…the title pretty much says it all!
Building 345, Room 211

Climate change: How a handful of scientists changed everything (Dr. Linda Derksen – Faculty of Social Science)

In our culture, we believe that scientists work from a neutral perspective to understand "the facts." Come explore how a handful of determined scientists continue to cast doubt on the reality of climate change.
Building 356, Room 325

Early Childhood Education and Care (Ocean Kneeland – Faulty of Health and Human Services)

Join us for tea and an opportunity to learn about child care programs in BC and how VIU's Early Childhood Education and Care program prepares grads to work in the exciting and expanding field of ECE!
Building 180, Room 412

Child and Youth Care? What does that Mean? (Teri Derksen – Faculty of Health and Human Services)

If you are interested in the helping profession, giving back to your community, and being involved in a hands-on, experiential learning environment, the Child and Youth Care program may be right for you! Students and faculty of the Child and Youth Care program invite you to join us for an engaging conversation about what it means to be a Child and Youth Care student and practitioner. Current VIU students will be present to answer any questions you may have, and give personal insight on their unique university experiences.
Building 180, Room 454

Anatomy 101 – The Beginners Guide to Functional Anatomy! (Louis Mattar – Faculty of Education and students Angie Schaaf and Nickolas Haney)

Join students and faculty from the Sport, Health and Physical Education department as you explore the basics of Human Anatomy. You will learn the language of anatomy, examine (real) human skeletons, identify the muscles involved in common movements, and be active while in the classroom.
Building 356, Room 240

Changes on the Retail Landscape: What’s New in the Store? (Pam Shaw – Faculty of Social Sciences)

This session examines the retail landscape from the 1920s to today and the role of planners and citizens in shaping the distribution of shopping.  We will also look to the future to see what is happening in our storefronts and shops over the next decade.
Building 315, Room 112

The Mystery of Happiness MINI LECTURE (Deborah Matheson – Faculty of Social Science)

Positive Psychology is an area that focuses on who is happy, what makes us happy, and how to become happier. Join me to discuss what psychologists have learned so far and how you can apply what we've learned to your own life.
Building 356, Room 336

Employment Outcomes (Cynthia Lange - Centre for Experiential Learning)

Cynthia’s presentation will present information including employment levels based on achieving post-secondary education nationally then narrowing down to a central island focus, and from there look at the existing Labour Gap in our region and then touch on skills and attributes employer are seeking in current recruiting practices, and finally connecting those to VIU’s Graduate Attributes.
Building 200, Room 238

Work Integrated Learning – Work Experience While Studying  (Brook Pearce – Centre for Experiential Learning)

In this presentation, Brooke will focus more specifically on the wide range of Work Integrated Learning that occurs here at VIU, and share data related to Co-op and Internship  programs, highlighting some key employers for the different programs. He will also discuss other forms of Experiential Education offered at VIU like Co-Curricular Record, and then link these forms of education to fulfilling the Graduate Attributes.
Building 200, Room 106

Scents of the Pharaohs (Dr Marie Hopwood (Faculty of Social Sciences)

The peoples of the past were in fact people, with good/bad hair days, concerns over feeding their families, and what will happen to us after we die.  The Ancient Egyptians took this to the level of filling their tombs with everything they would need to have life after death.  This includes perfumes, food, wine, beer, animals, attendants, and much more.  This short session introduces an archaeology of the senses, focusing on the scents of the pharaohs and how this helps us put faces onto the past.
Building 356, Room R334

Welding Simulators (David Drury – Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology)

Come check out our welding simulators. The simulation uses cutting edge technology and electro-magnetic real time motion tracking systems. The simulator allows the user to be immersed by the high quality simulation into the virtual welding workshop where everybody can perform welding in real time.
Building 310, Room 101

Applied Theatre Lecture (Eliza Gardiner – Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

This is a participatory session that introduces students to Theatre of the Oppressed games invented by famed Brazilian arts-activist Augusto Boal. This class gives background information on Boal's methods that were developed to enhance community dialogue on social justice issues, and engages students in some of the activities he used to build awareness about power dynamics.
Building 345, Room 106

Mobile Mass Spectrometry Lab (Erik Krogh and students Larissa Richards and Trevor Michalchuk – Applied Environmental Research Labs, Faculty of Science and Technology)

Come check out our state-of-the-art, mobile mass spectrometry lab that has been custom fitted with specialized instrumentation that provides high precision chemical measurements that are important indicators of environmental and human health. Instrumentation yields real-time contaminant concentrations, which can be visualized on regional scales. The lab is employed to conduct innovative research related to air and water quality.
Building 300, Just outside the Welcome Centre

11:30 am

Global Ethics: Is it Ethical to use Emotion in Global Appeals for Help? MINI LECTURE (Laura Suski – Faulty of Social Sciences)

The lecture will offer an interdisciplinary exploration of the complexity of our ethical lives under globalization. We will explore these two questions: What are our ethical obligations to those who suffer in other parts of the world? Is it ethical for charities and governments to appeal to emotion to encourage action or donations to alleviate suffering?
Building 356, Room 317

12 noon

Please join us for lunch in the Upper Cafeteria – Building 300

1 pm

Heavy Duty Equipment Simulators (Kellie Spence – Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology)

Interested in a career in the Heavy Duty Equipment industry, come and try out our state of the art trades simulators. Get behind the wheel of a virtual Loader, Excavator, and Rock Truck.
Outside Building 300, in Parking Lot F

Environmental Literature (Nelson Gray - Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

Introduction to theatre written specifically in the epoch that scientists and other scholars call the Anthropocene. Nelson will be discussing his own work as well as the work of other playwrights working in eco-drama.
Building 345, Room 213

Henderson Scores for Canada: Memories and Meanings of the 1972 Canada – Soviet Union Summit Series (Tim Lewis – Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

Well…the title pretty much says it all!
Building 345, Room 211

Disaster Recovery in the Himalaya: An Ethnographic Case Study of the Langtang Valley (Colleen McVeigh, Faculty of Social Sciences)

How do communities cope in the face of catastrophe?  What does it mean to be resilient?   On April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake struck Nepal setting off an avalanche in the Langtang Valley that buried the main village.  In an instant, over a third of the local population was killed and most of their homes, fields and livestock were buried under hundreds of tons of rock and ice. Given the magnitude of destruction and the overwhelming number of residents who perished, there is no doubt that Langtang is a community in crisis. But is that the whole story?  Dr. Colleen McVeigh will present her recent ethnographic research on Disaster Recovery and Resilience in the Himalaya.  Building 356, Room Rm 334

Early Childhood Education and Care (Ocean Kneeland – Faulty of Health and Human Services

Join us for tea and an opportunity to learn about child care programs in BC and how VIU's Early Childhood Education and Care program prepares grads to work in the exciting and expanding field of ECE!
Building 180, Room 412

Child and Youth Care? What does that Mean? (Teri Derksen – Faculty of Health and Human Services)

If you are interested in the helping profession, giving back to your community, and being involved in a hands-on, experiential learning environment, the Child and Youth Care program may be right for you! Students and faculty of the Child and Youth Care program invite you to join us for an engaging conversation about what it means to be a Child and Youth Care student and practitioner. Current VIU students will be present to answer any questions you may have, and give personal insight on their unique university experiences.
Building 180, Room 454

Anatomy 101 – The Beginners Guide to Functional Anatomy! (Louis Mattar – Faculty of Education and students Angie Schaaf and Nickolas Haney)

Join students and faculty from the Sport, Health and Physical Education department as you explore the basics of Human Anatomy. You will learn the language of anatomy, examine (real) human skeletons, identify the muscles involved in common movements, and be active while in the classroom.
Building 356, Room 240

Changes on the Retail Landscape: What’s New in the Store? (Pam Shaw – Faculty of Social Sciences)

This session examines the retail landscape from the 1920s to today and the role of planners and citizens in shaping the distribution of shopping.  We will also look to the future to see what is happening in our storefronts and shops over the next decade.
Building 315, Room 112

Employment Outcomes (Cynthia Lange - Centre for Experiential Learning)

Cynthia’s presentation will present information including employment levels based on achieving post-secondary education nationally then narrowing down to a central island focus, and from there look at the existing Labour Gap in our region and then touch on skills and attributes employer are seeking in current recruiting practices, and finally connecting those to VIU’s Graduate Attributes.
Building 200, Room 238

Work Integrated Learning – Work Experience While Studying  (Brook Pearce – Centre for Experiential Learning)

In this presentation, Brooke will focus more specifically on the wide range of Work Integrated Learning that occurs here at VIU, and share data related to Co-op and Internship  programs, highlighting some key employers for the different programs. He will also discuss other forms of Experiential Education offered at VIU like Co-Curricular Record, and then link these forms of education to fulfilling the Graduate Attributes.
Building 200, Room 106

From Mr White to Heisenberg (Professor Michael Down, Faculty of Social Science)

What criminological theory can tell us about the strange journey of Walter White
Building 356, Room 319

2 pm

Event Concludes…thanks for visiting us!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is registration required?

A. As this is a free event, it is not essential that you register to attend, but we are asking our guests to register so that we can ensure we have enough resources and lunch for everyone. Register for "Experience VIU"

Q. What if I’m not sure what courses or program to take, or if I am unsure about when I’ll go to university or how I can make it happen?

A. That’s what this event is all about! We are here to help you with all the information you will need to explore your possible career interests and your future path of study. Our Recruitment Officers are friendly and helpful, and can answer your questions and get you the info you need.

Q. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

A. VIU is accessible via public transport. If you are driving to Experience VIU, General Parking on campus is complimentary with the code below. Follow these instructions:

  1. At the meter, scroll through the choices by choosing “More Choices” until you see “Experience VIU”
  2. Select this option. 
  3. Enter you plate number. 
  4. Enter the event code:  6461011
  5. Wait for the receipt to print (no need to display it on the dash of your vehicle). 

Q. How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

A. If you want to connect with about the event or have questions, please contact us via email at viuconnect@viu.ca.

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