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Student Pulse News: May 18, 2022

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on May 19, 2022 - 4:47pm

How’s the semester going so far? If you’re thinking ahead to what you’re going to take next year and need some help, VIU’s Educational Advising team is standing by to support you. This newsletter has also got some tips for paying for school, keeping your email safe from scammers and accessing VIU Learn. Don’t forget that Monday, May 23 is a holiday and VIU will be closed except for the Nanaimo campus library, which you can access 24-7 with your student card.

Don’t fall for the gift card scam

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on May 16, 2022 - 5:52pm

You receive an email that “looks” like it came from a family member/friend/boss and they need your help. Well, of course you want to help. Small problem  it isn't your family member/friend/boss and the only help they want is to help themselves to your money.

Act 1 - The hook

“Got a moment?”

“Are you available?”

“Are you free?” 

When you respond they are in a rush, can’t talk, videoconference or meet in person.

Making outdoor leisure accessible for all

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on May 12, 2022 - 10:59am

Exploring the issue of crowding in public parks and how it specifically affects people with mobility-related disabilities is at the centre of VIU Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management (MASLM) student Hannah Dudney’s research.

She recently received a scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to continue her work.

Looking for work? Here’s what should go on your resumé

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on May 6, 2022 - 12:48pm

The school year is over, warmer weather is on the horizon, and you may be starting the search for a summer job. Whether that job is in your field of study or not, it’s important to understand what employers are looking for.

“Regardless of how strong your ‘hard’ or technical skills are, ‘soft’ skills are key,” says VIU Career Services Officer Paula Deering.

VIU Student Pulse: May 4, 2022

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on May 4, 2022 - 6:07pm

It’s the first week of summer session! This issue of the Pulse is your guide to success this semester, including how to access student services, the library’s getting started guide, on-campus work opportunities and pub hours. Also don’t forget to check out our tips on getting ready financially for the next year.

A snapshot of student life, academics and mental health at VIU

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on April 28, 2022 - 10:50am

In November 2021, VIU launched its first Student Success Survey, which asked students about their experiences and motivations while attending VIU. The results are being distributed to all VIU faculties to be used for planning purposes. VIU values student feedback and the survey team would like to thank all students who took the time to participate.

Here are some of the highlights from the survey:

Who was surveyed and what were the response rates?

All current VIU students in November 2021 were invited to complete the survey and 42% of students responded.

In Videos: VIU Academic and Career Preparation programs provide foundation for success

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on April 26, 2022 - 1:03pm

Whether you are missing prerequisites, want to finish high school or need to prepare for success in an academic program, VIU's Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation (ACP) has many programs to help you come back to school and get started on a path that helps you get where you want to go.

The programs are designed to offer a starting point that is right for all types of learners. Students receive dedicated attention and support from instructors who care about their success, gaining confidence and know-how along the way.