Festival of Trees celebrates holiday spirit

Families, seniors and the public are invited to get into the Christmas spirit during the 16th annual Festival of Trees which begins Friday at Vancouver Island University (VIU). More than 50 decorated trees have transformed VIU’s upper cafeteria at the Nanaimo campus into a colourful winter wonderland. The nine-day festival, with Canadian Tire as the presenting sponsor, starts Friday, Nov. 19 and runs until Nov. 27. The campus is already brightened by a light display sponsored by Houle Electric and … Continued

City to Host Salute to the Salmon Event

The City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is hosting a ‘Salute to the Coho’ event this Saturday (November 20th) at Bowen Park from 10am to 1pm. This is a celebration not only of the returning stock but also of successful community partnerships. Various groups have worked collaboratively over the past few years to return the Millstone River to a state which can sustain a spawning run. The ceremonies will begin at 10am at the Bowen Park Amphitheatre (near … Continued

Black Holes and Other Transformations

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 (All day) – Wednesday, November 24, 2010 (All day) Black Holes and Other Transformations is an exhibition by students and alumni from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Berlin University of the Arts, which investigates contemporary art practice that is informed, inspired and mystified by areas of science such as physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology. “Science is used as a lens through which one can look at and speak about the world, the invisible … Continued

Literature and culture next topics in Mennonite Studies panel series

Nov 15, 2010 Media contact: Anne Russell Cell: 604-798-3709 Office: 604-795-2826 anne.russell@ufv.ca Three leading lights of Mennonite culture will be on hand at the University of the Fraser Valley on November 23 to discuss Mennonite Culture and Literature. Renowned Mennonite Canadian authors Rudy Wiebe and Andreas Schroeder will be joined by Mennonite scholar Hildi Froese Tiessen, and members of the audience, in what promises to be a spirited discussion of the role that literature and other arts have played in … Continued

Kwantlen welcomes Canada’s top chef in celebration of International Education Week

November 12, 2010 (METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) Chop, dice, sauté. Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes Canada’s best-known chef Michael Smith, television show host and acclaimed cookbook author, on November 17 at the Surrey Campus. The famous chef is making a special guest appearance as the university celebrates International Education Week with a series of festivities to showcase the significant contribution that international education makes in preparing Canadians for the global stage. With experiences cooking in finest restaurant kitchens in Canada, the United … Continued

Kwantlen horticulture student wins industry award for outstanding achievement

November 12, 2010 (METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) There’s a good reason that the Adam Graham’s grass is looking a little greener these days. As a recent graduate of Kwantlen’s Turf Management Diploma program, Graham has just been named as the winner of the 2010 Canadian Golf Superintendent’s Association–Toro “Future Superintendent Award.” The award is given in recognition of the recipient’s passion and dedication to the industry and their academic achievement. “Adam is a personification of the old adage, ‘if you need … Continued

Film focuses on reducing trash

Could you go a day without producing any garbage? No packaging, no tags, no boxes…. How about a year? Vancouver Island University’s Office of Sustainability and the Regional District of Nanaimo invite you to the Vancouver Island premiere of the award-winning film The Clean Bin Project at 7 pm on Monday, Nov. 15 in the Malaspina Theatre at VIU’s Nanaimo campus. The film documents director Grant Baldwin and his partner Jen Rustemeyer’s year-long effort to live waste free. As a … Continued

VIU strengthens ties with students and educators in India

Vancouver Island University is creating a $5,000 scholarship for an Indian undergraduate student and $5,000 to facilitate new faculty exchanges with Indian institutions. VIU President and Vice-Chancellor Ralph Nilson announced the initiatives during an unprecedented Canadian university mission to India. The visit is organized by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and includes 15 presidents from universities across Canada. “VIU strongly values our ties to students and educators in India,” Nilson said. “We have more than 120 … Continued