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Creating connections through poetry

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on February 28, 2024 - 11:57am

Paige Pierce’s first exposure to poetry came about in her last few years of high school. But it wasn’t a smooth introduction.

“A lot of the poetry I was interacting with did not feel relatable or accessible to youth, so I started my writing career as a bit of a poetry hater,” she says.

Still, Paige persevered.

Refugee finds future career path with new VIU program

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on November 28, 2023 - 1:57pm

For Ezat Haidary, a brand-new program at Vancouver Island University is already having a life-changing impact.

Called Trades Pathways for Newcomers, the program launched in September and supports newcomers looking for a career in the trades by ensuring they have the skills, knowledge and supports to successfully transition into the educational programs that will get them there.

Gaining real-world experiences in the publishing world

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on October 12, 2023 - 3:55pm

A new collection of academic essays published by VIU’s Liberal Studies program examines issues of morality, love and death. 

The Compass Rose: Explorations in Thought is an online collection of essays written by undergrad students at VIU and at other institutions. 

It’s a joint project between the Liberal Studies Department and the Alexandro Malaspina Research Centre. The goal is to help students gain real-world work experience that relates to what they learn in class.

Researching the effects of war on urban landscapes in Ukraine

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on October 12, 2023 - 3:40pm

As the war in Ukraine continues, efforts are now being made to understand and analyze the extent of the damage to infrastructure.

Anna Shynkarenko is designing a method to capture the extent of the destruction using geographic information system (GIS) technology. The goal is a mapping method that helps aid in reconstruction.

Alum finds forever chemicals in sixgill shark

Submitted by Rachel Stern on August 15, 2023 - 2:08pm

Forever chemicals are in our waterways and oceans. Recent research by VIU alum Misha Zvekic shows they are also turning up in marine life.

Forever chemicalsalso known as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances or PFAS, are persistent, human-made substances. They’re called forever chemicals because they hardly break down in the environment and could last for decades. These chemicals are commonly found in stain-resistant and water-repellant consumer products as well as some firefighting foams.