VIU student ambassadors Callie Bennett

VIU student ambassadors Callie Bennett

University hosts open house

NANAIMO – VIU offers displays, program information and activities.

By Shari Bishop Bowes

Learn how to make a digital movie, meet a giant sturgeon, get in on a federal election discussion, and take a fun, informative campus tour at Vancouver Island University’s open house at the Nanaimo campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday (Oct. 2).

These are just a few of the many scheduled activities which people are invited to discover at VIU’s open house. There will be a VIU Expo in the upper cafeteria (Building 300), where 48 different university departments, faculties and programs will display information, answer questions, and get participants involved in fun activities on the spot.

The VIU Expo takes place right beside the Welcome Centre.

“There is so much for the community at VIU,” said Tina McComb, VIU’s director of enrolment management. “We invite families and people of all ages to come up to the Nanaimo campus to get a taste of what we offer not only to students, but to our community members who may want to learn about how they can engage with the many activities, including events, lecture series, films, art shows, theatre and music productions happening at VIU throughout the year.”

Highlights at this year’s open house include tours of the culinary program kitchen; demonstrations of game-changing technology for students with disabilities; a visit to VIU’s Natural History Museum; free mini-hairstyles and feather hair extensions with hairdressing students; a chance to drive a mini-excavator with heavy mechanical trades; and a visit on the teaching ‘ward’ with the nursing program’s high-tech robotic patient.

To plan a day at VIU’s Open House, see a detailed listing of activities and VIU Expo participants at

Parking at the Nanaimo campus will be complimentary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate guests.

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