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VIU Alumni Showcase - Campus to Career: The Journey, March 9, 2017

Alumni Showcase HeaderJoin us for an amazing day celebrating the local alumni in our community! If you are looking for a chance to interact with current students, share your story, network with fellow alumni, and hear from leaders in their industries, be sure to register for the Alumni Showcase.

Alumni Business Showcase

Time: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Location: Main Cafeteria, VIU Nanaimo Campus

Are you a current student and curious where your studies at VIU can take you? Visit our Business Showcase to mix and mingle with alumni who have achieved success in their respective industries, showing vision and leadership.

Are you an alum and interested in registering for a booth at the Business Showcase? Booth registrations are now being accepted. Take a look at the VIU Alumni Showcase - Booth Registration form for further details. Please direct questions to Caroline Roach, VIU Alumni Association Vice-President and Alumni Showcase Co-Chair at

Word of MouseProfessional Development - The Strategic Value of Social Business

Time: 3:00pm
Location: Royal Arbutus Room, VIU Nanaimo Campus
Presenter: Erin MacDonald, Owner, Word of Mouse Social Coaching

In today's digital age, having a social media presence without an appropriate strategy and plan can be just as damaging as having no online presence at all. Don't miss this interactive session where you will learn actionable tips on how to create an effective, branded content strategy that engages your fans and creates results.

Alumni Speaker Panel - Campus to Career: The Journey

Time: 4:00pm
Location: Royal Arbutus Room, VIU Nanaimo Campus

In honour of International Women's Day, join us for a spirited discussion that highlights the unique journey our alumni took from campus to career. We have invited women who represent a wide variety of programs, so this talk should have something for everyone - you won't want to miss it!

Jessie HemphillKeynote Speaker - Jessie Hemphill

Time: 5:00pm
Location: Royal Arbutus Room, VIU Nanaimo Campus

Jessie Hemphill (Tlali'ila'ogwala, or "Bridge Between the Worlds") is from the 'Nakwaxda'xw, Ligwitlda'xw and Metis nations.

Jessie was raised in rural Port Hardy, BC, on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Her love for her community has led her to a career in community planning and facilitation, working with First Nations all over Canada. It also led her to a seat on Port Hardy's town council, where she was first elected in 2011 as the youngest woman in Port Hardy's history, and the first person from a local First Nation. She is currently working on her Master of Community Planning degree at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.

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

2016 VIU Magazine CoverLatest Issue of the VIU Magazine Now Available

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.

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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

ENCOREThank 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 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 Katelin AlbertAchievement 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

You can also see him featured on the Journey fall 2009 issue -

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 or call 250.740.6215.

Updated January 16, 2017