VIU Student Pulse News: September 1, 2021 | Vancouver Island University
Next week is already the start of classes, so we wanted to start this issue of The Pulse by recognizing that it’s a big step we’re all about to take to get back to campus. As VIU counselor Caitlin Eliasson reminds us in her back to campus blog, change and uncertainty can elicit many different feelings at the same time. As we all navigate this shift together, remember to be patient and understanding with those around you – and with yourself. And remember you are not alone – there is many services here for you, and teachers and staff who are ready to help. Finally, stay tuned to ourFall Semester Frequently Asked Questions page, which we are updating as we get more details on the provincial health orders announced last week and the VIUs vaccine self-declaration program.
Learn more about the vaccine self-report program 🙋♀️
Last week, VIU announced a COVID-19 Vaccination Self-Declaration Program for all employees and students. We don’t have a specific timeline for rolling out the vaccine self-declaration program, but it will likely be in place before the end of September. As soon as we have more information on the timeline and implementation process, we will let our community know. In the meantime, we will follow all health and safety protocols that have been put in place by the provincial health office, including the new mandate mask. We will give people some time to adjust to the new system. Stay tuned to our Frequently Asked Questions for more details, which will be updated regularly.
Vaccination clinics on campus ??
To help people get vaccinated, we hosted the VaxVan at VIU’s Nanaimo Campus on September 7, at the Royal Bank Plaza outside Building 200 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a vaccination clinic on the first floor of building 255 in the multipurpose room (170) from September 8 to 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are working on confirming clinics for our other campuses.
Looking for a job on campus this fall? ??
The fall and spring vacancies can now be found on CareerVIU. Go to the Students and Alumni section and sign in using your student enrollment number and PIN, then select Campus Employment for vacancies. All students who are enrolled in nine or more credits and have a valid Social Insurance Number are eligible for work positions. Follow the instructions in the post on how to apply. All workstations are part of the directory of co-school registration opportunities! Check Student employment on campus or the Co-Curricular Record web pages to find out what this means to you.
Student affairs extended hours ⌚️
Student Affairs is pleased to offer extended hours and virtual hours this fall to meet the diverse needs of students. As of September 7, 2021, extended hours of service will be offered to students at the Nanaimo campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 6:30 p.m. in: Financial Aid, Consulting, Accessibility Services and Student Health Clinic. See details here.
UIV orientation survey ??
Did you struggle to find your way around campus? Share your impressions and win a prize! VIU is developing a new complete and accessible orientation signaling system. To fill a little survey to let us know how we can improve your campus experience for a chance to win a $ 50 Campus Store gift card!
VIU Student Union Welcome Week Fair ??
Welcome back to campus! Stop by the VIUSU building (193) to discover our Welcome Week Fair on September 7, 8 and 9. We can’t wait to meet you in person, there are lots of freebies, vendors, clubs and prizes. Make sure to visit the VIUSU tent to get your free student agenda, it’s extra special this year and we can’t wait to show you why!
The guide to fall student life activities is now available ??
From outdoor adventures like waterfall hikes, surfing, trail running and whitewater kayaking, to indoor fitness classes, intramural, tournaments and other special events like paintball and water challenges. escape room, Mariners Athletics and Recreation a lots of activities to keep you moving. Following recent public health announcements, registration for the fall programs will begin September 13 at 9 a.m.
Graduate Programs Fair
Are you ready to take the next step in your post-secondary career? Don’t miss the very first online exhibition of VIU’s graduate programs on September 15. This event is for anyone planning to continue their education at the graduate level and will allow potential students to connect with faculty from all graduate programs offered by VIU. Register for the event.
Supports and services
VIUSU Book Exchange ??
The VIU Consignment Book Exchange seeks to sell your textbooks on your behalf. Each year, this service puts thousands of dollars back into the pockets of students! Bring your texts to the Student Union office (building 193 on the Nanaimo campus) during office hours, set your prices, and your books will be listed for up to one year.
Get answers to your university questions
Advisors are available to meet students via Zoom or in person:
- Zoom deposit: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., find us on Zoom.
- In person without an appointment: Meet at building 200, third floor of the Nanimo campus, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Get your VIU ID card
Your VIU ID card gives you 24/7 access to the Nanaimo Campus Library, services such as loans and printing, various campus spaces, and other benefits.Follow these step by step instructions.
Questions about off-campus housing? ??
Are you looking for a new home and don’t know where to start? Contact Michael, of the homestay and off-campus accommodation team at VIU, at [email protected] for tips and advice, including how to avoid scams and the best places to search.
Nanaimo campus accessible map is now available
Our new campus map is now printed and available for collection at the Visitor Center! The map provides information on how steep the paths are and where people can travel without encountering any stairs. Several hundred hours were devoted to its creation and conception. Many thanks to Matt Jamont, Cliff Feng, Zach Lamoureux and Becky Thiessen for their hard work and creativity. CheckUniversal Access Website to find downloadable building-to-building without stairs, our interactive web map, and more.
Nanaimo Campus Library Services
The transition to a new academic year may be more difficult this year than in the past, but the Library is here to help. Be sure to check out the VIU library Getting Started Guide for important information on configuring your VIU identity card and other library services and updates. Your VIU ID card gives you 24/7 access to the Nanaimo Library, services such as loans and printing, various campus spaces, and other benefits. Questions? Contact us!
Buy your books and supplies at the Campus Store ??
The Campus Store has everything you need to get the most out of your VIU experience. This includes all of your back-to-school gear, textbooks, digital access codes for online materials, special clothing, tools, art supplies and more. Nanaimo store hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Students can currently pick up their orders online at the Cowichan store Tuesday through Thursday, 9 am to 3:30 pm, and after August 30, the store will be open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Food on campus ??
Hunger? We have more dining options on the Nanaimo campus starting September 7th!
- The cafeteria’s opening hours are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Take-out food products remain available in the Campus Store from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Starbucks will be open from September 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thrive: VIU Wellness Program ??
Want to make this your best year? Connect with Prosper, the home of VIU for everything related to well-being! follow us on Facebook Where Instagram to stay up to date with all of our great fall programming!
Fall 2021 parking faq ??
Some changes have been made to VIU’s parking structure, including an adjustment of rates to pre-pandemic rates and some duration options. Please read the Fall 2021 parking faq to learn more.
Talk to me
Looking to connect on campus? The Talk to Me program is a campaign to create a more connected VIU culture. Visit our website for more information and follow us on Facebook for more details on all our upcoming events!
VIU Cowichan Learning Center
Are you a VIU Cowichan student looking for additional tutoring? You can find it through The learning center. Work individually, attend tutorials, meet a tutor, attend study skills workshops, and receive writing assistance. The Learning Center tutorials are also available Monday through Thursday, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Cowichan Writing Center for University Students ✏️
Writing isn’t easy, and a little advice never hurts. The Cowichan Writing Center is staffed by faculty who provide free one-on-one assistance to students in university programs. Get help writing research papers, formal essays, book reviews, resumes, and business letters. All appointments for the fall 2021 session will be online. Make an appointment online.
Volunteer Tutor Program
Volunteer tutors are selected, trained and ready to offer support to students who request additional help in their studies. This free one-on-one help is available for most courses. Tutor application forms can be found here. Hard copies of the program are also available at the Student Affairs reception.
Thrive in action ??
As the fall semester approaches, are you looking for motivation, energy, well-being and academic success? If so, we have the program for you! Join our innovative new program where you can learn better, feel better and do better. See all the details and register for our fall Zoom session here!
Mask Protocol FAQ ??
Do you have questions about the mask’s mandate introduced last week by the Office of Public Health for all indoor public spaces on campus, including lobbies, corridors, stairwells, elevators, classrooms? class and laboratories? We have answers. Check out our mask protocol and FAQ.