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5 reasons to take a summer course at university

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on February 22, 2022 - 6:11pm

As a university student, we know your summers are sacred. It’s your chance to do something completely different than school, whether that’s working, spending more time on hobbies or relaxing in the sun. But there are advantages to taking summer courses and VIU is making it easier than ever this year. We are offering double number of courses with many online or hybrid options, which means you can work and attend school at the same time, or study from your home community. 

VIU’s summer session is divided into several different terms:

Black History Month 2022

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on February 7, 2022 - 4:20pm

February is Black History Month in Canada. This year’s theme is February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day. In recognition of this important month, we wanted to share resources in recognition of the contributions Black Canadians have made to Canada, as well explore the unique challenges of racism, sexism and prejudice endured and overcome by Black Canadians. 

Articles

Canada.ca: Significant events in Black Canadian history.

Finding her fit with VIU’s Child and Youth Care degree program

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on February 7, 2022 - 2:24pm

Advocating for families and supporting them in a variety of capacities are the best parts of Taylor LeBrun’s job.

Taylor graduated from VIU’s Child and Youth Care degree program last summer, and found employment almost right away, signing on as a support worker at Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre in Nanaimo this past September.

Six ways to get involved on campus

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on January 28, 2022 - 10:37am

Participating in campus life outside of the classroom can lead to new friends, opportunities to explore your passions on a deeper level and a more enriching university experience. From student clubs to special events to working on campus, there are a lot of options available. Here are six ways to get more involved on campus.

Top 6 reasons you should talk to a VIU educational advisor

Submitted by Rachel Stern on January 27, 2022 - 10:02am

“Educational advisors are like having a compass that helps you navigate all the unknowns of university,” says VIU Educational Advisor Michael Kuntz.

“We’re going to be your best cheerleader and advocate. When you need a pep talk, we’re going to be there for you. It’s really important to build support around yourself, especially for first-generation learners whose family members may not be able to help with academic vocabulary and processes,” says Michael. “We can also give extra tips and information about course loads, electives and finding support on campus.”

What it’s like to be the face of the 2021 fire season

Submitted by Rachel Stern on January 24, 2022 - 3:12pm

Erika Berg was thrust into the spotlight last summer as one of several information officers working as provincial spokespersons for the BC Wildfire Service. She regularly appeared on television and radio shows that were broadcast throughout the province, country and around the world. She was responsible for giving updates on the fire season, which was the third-worst year on record for the total area burned.

Finding a place to not only belong but also thrive: Talela Manson

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on January 18, 2022 - 11:12am

Vancouver Island University’s ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal student mentorship program celebrated its 10th anniversary in September 2021. In honour of this important milestone, we are sharing stories of people closely connected with the program every month. Stay tuned for a celebration event in March 2022 – when we hope to be able to gather in-person.