What's New with VIU's Alumni?
One of our objectives as your Alumni Association is to choose affinity partners that provide products and services that are relevant and valuable to you. We are proud to partner with Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. to provide a group insurance plan with first class benefits and we are pleased to tell you about a special opportunity to purchase Term Life Insurance.
Vancouver Island University graduates under the age of 65 qualify to purchase up to $50,000 of Guaranteed Acceptance Term Life Insurance. Apply by April 30, 2017 and you will not need to answer any medical or lifestyle questions. Your acceptance is guaranteed, regardless of your medical history.
Under standard application procedures, it can be difficult to qualify for life insurance. Medical and lifestyle information is usually requested and in some cases, a medical exam may be required. Acceptance by the insurance underwriter is then dependent on your personal health and medical history.
Coverage for your spouse
With this special offer your spouse also qualifies for $50,000 of Guaranteed Acceptance Term Life Insurance provided they also apply by April 30, 2017.
If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for up to $50,000 of Guaranteed Acceptance Term Life Insurance, please visit Industrial Alliance for Special Offer. And remember, as long as you apply before April 30, 2017 you will not need to answer any health or lifestyle questions.
The Art of Leadership for Women is coming to Vancouver on April 5, 2017 and VIU staff and alumni have an opportunity to participate in this exceptional day of learning. Additionally, a preferred rate has been established for our network.
This one day conference features five internationally renowned bestselling authors and thought leaders, who will share an exciting blend of cutting edge thinking and real world experience on today's most critical leadership issues. One of the speakers is Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.
Register using promo code VIU20 and save $50 per pass and an additional $50 per pass when registering 5 or more people at the same time.
2017 Alumni Happy Hours
VIU's Alumni Association invites you to join us for a Happy Hour in your area. Enjoy a local brew while re-connecting with fellow alum. Please RSVP on the Alumni Facebook Event pages.
Here is our upcoming Happy Hours for Spring 2017:
- January 28, 2016 - Happy Hour, Steamworks, VANCOUVER, 5pm
- February, 7, 2017 - Happy Hour, Bard and Banker, VICTORIA, 5pm
- April 7, 2017 - Happy Hour, Old Firehouse Wine Bar, DUNCAN, 5pm
- May 5, 2017 - Happy Hour, Simonholt, NANAIMO, 5pm
- May 27, 2017 - Lunch and Such, Coastal Cookery, POWELL RIVER, Noon
We are excited to share the latest issue of the VIU Magazine! The magazine focuses on alumni news and updates, profiles, and the very popular "Class Notes" section along with featured stories and student and faculty news highlighting how VIU is engaging with our communities.
You can view the current issue and back issues of the VIU Magazine online.
This issue of the magazine spotlights VIU's "Reconciliation Road" series that is engaging Canadians in the challenging process of reconciliation along with stories on the vibrant process of active aging, the 25th anniversary of VIU's Bachelor of Arts program, and a VIU Professor uncovering the mystery of "Rock Snot."
2016 GivingTuesday - Thank You!
Vancouver Island University’s GivingTuesday campaign was an enormous success and we are truly grateful for everyone who participated to make it possible.
In case you missed it, VIU’s Advancement and Alumni Relations Office surpassed its original GivingTuesday goal of $150,000 raised in support of students.
The team raised $157,112 from 220 gifts, a remarkable achievement that displays the immense strength and generosity of the VIU Community.
Now in its fifth year, GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following the American Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
Your VIUpoint Alumni eNewsletter is Now Available Online
Check out the latest news from your VIU Alumni Association and the VIU campus in the VIUpoint Alumni eNewsletter. If you have signed up to receive the eNewsletter, it should now be in your inbox. Otherwise it is available online at VIUpoint eNewsletter.
ENCORE: Help Renew VIU's Malaspina Theatre
Thank you to everyone who supported the Encore campaign to renew VIU's Malaspina Theatre. The Malaspina Theatre celebrated its 40th anniversary this fall and was in need of serious renovations. The Encore campaign was launched in the Spring of 2016 and had a tremendous response from individuals and businesses in the community that helped raise over $90,000!
Through the Encore campaign, we were able to replace the 40 year old seats in VIU's Malaspina Theatre and do much needed renovations to the lobby. Please come and visit the newly renovated space to see the dramatic impact the Encore campaign has had on the Malaspina Theatre!
There are still performer seats available for donation. Further donations to the Encore campaign will go to other upgrades to VIU's Malaspina Theatre.
Leave a legacy by contributing to the renewal of VIU's Malaspina Theatre. It is simple and easy to make a single donation online. If you have any questions, please give Kamala Haughton a call at 250.740.6215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, please visit ENCORE.
Katelin Albert Receives 2016 Distinguished Alumni Early Achievement Award
Join us in congratulating Katelin Albert (Bachelor of Arts '08) on receiving the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Early Achievement Award on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the convocation ceremony. Katelin completed a double Major in Psychology and Sociology with Distinction at VIU in 2008, then a Master's degree in Sociology at the University of Victoria. She is currently a fifth year PhD candidate in Canada's top-ranked Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Read the VIU News Article for more on Katelin's achievements. View her acceptance speech on YouTube.
VIU Board of Governors New Appointee - Terence Fitzgerald
We are very honoured and pleased to announce that alumnus Terence Fitzgerald (Applied Arts - Graphics '91; Fine Arts - Visual Art '92) has just been confirmed as the newest member of VIU's Board of Governors. Terence is also an active alum who sits on the VIU Alumni Association Board. Congratulations Terence!!!
Read his biography on the B.C. Government site at http://www.brdo.gov.bc.ca/memView.asp?Member=218933
You can also see him featured on the Journey fall 2009 issue - https://www2.viu.ca/alumni/documents/Journey2009FallWEB.pdf
Are you Interested in Giving Back to your Alma Mater? Become an Alumni Ambassador
The Alumni Ambassador program engages graduates around the world, providing opportunities for you to participate with VIU, your fellow alumni, and your community. We value the dedication of all of our volunteers who organize networking events, professional development opportunities, and other activities for alumni. Alumni Ambassadors provide an invaluable service in strengthening our communication and connection between the university, local communities, and prospective students. Find out more about the Alumni Ambassador program. There are many ways to volunteer. Please contact Kamala Haughton, Alumni Relations and Annual Campaign Officer at email@example.com or call 250.740.6215.
- Distinguished Alumni Award - Early Achievement Award Recipient Serene Kerpan
- Distinguished Alumni Award - Service to Society Award Recipient Malerie Meeker
- Alumna Elizabeth Bassett Wins $17,500 Scholarship
- Bruce Williams Receives Outstanding Service Award
- Alumnus Presents $50,000 Donation to Shq'apthut, A Gathering Place
- Alumna Leah Rourke and Relish Interiors Returns to Powell River
- Alumna Andrea Landry's Master's Thesis and Advocacy Work Takes Her Across the Globe
- VIU's Culinary Institute Receives Great Praise from Alum
- Alumnus Paul Silverthorn's Favourite Recipe
- Alumnus David Wong is New Owner of Nanaimo's Urban Beet
- Alumna Norah Holloway Recognized as one of Top 50 Exceptional Young People from Haida Gwaii
- Alumnus Michael Bortolotto is husband, father, and inspirational public speaker who has Cerebral Palsy
Updated March 15, 2017