Graduate Programs

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Graduate Programs Orientation

Spring 2022

 

 

Graduate Programs Orientation Spring 2022

Welcome!

Join us for this first discussion in the VIU Graduate Student Orientation. We will provide an overview of the Orientation and an introduction to your program leads. Each session is offered TWICE (Morning and Evening PST) to ensure access for students in different time zones.

This year’s event will be jam-packed with exciting activities designed to orient students with VIU campuses, resources, and services while connecting students with their faculty and peers. Register on the Co-Curricular App and check out the entire event schedule.

*Please note all event timings listed below are in Pacific Standard Time (PST)

 

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Event Schedule

As per new BC Public Health Order, RockVIU 2022 orientation events will be following the protocols outlined by the BC Provincial Government. More updates to follow as we approach the new year. For more information please email info@viu.ca.

January 4, 2022 (Day 1)

Week OneWeek 1 Schedule

Virtual
All Campuses
Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs Office Welcome

MORNING
EVENING

We recognize that for some students (i.e. those in Europe and Africa) this session will be scheduled in the middle of your night. So, we will post a recording of the session and ask that you watch it before a quick 'meet and greet' with the Graduate Programs Office the next morning, immediately before the International Education Session.

Following an official welcome from Stacie Chappell, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, you will meet the Graduate Programs Office (GPO) team: Golfer Okorie, Graduate Programs Advisor and Carolyne Rickett, Graduate Programs Assistant. We will review your program specifics and launch into the always awkward but ever charming first round of introductions.

Virtual
All Campuses
VIULearn Student Orientation

VIULearn Student Orientation

This is an important webinar to introduce you to the VIULearn portal for your classes. Participants will learn how to register for the self-paced VIULearn Student Orientation 2022-2023 course, which they will be able to access for up to a year. They can explore that course at their own pace to learn how to navigate VIULearn and practice various tasks and activities that they might be asked to complete in their courses. They will also learn how to adjust their VIULearn settings and notifications for the best online experience. There will be some time at the end of the orientation to directly address some participant questions.

Virtual
All Campuses
Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

January 4, 2022, 5 - 6 pm (PST)

  • The Spring RockVIU 2022 Opening Ceremony gives new students an introduction to the incredible community here at VIU. Our Opening Ceremony will include a Traditional Welcome by VIU Elders, musical performances from members of the VIU community, and so much more. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to get a glimpse into our impeccable community!

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January 5, 2022 (Day 2)

Virtual
All Campuses
Meet Work Integrated Learning

Meet Your Work Integrated Learning Faculty

MORNING
EVENING

Students will work with a MBA WIL Faculty member throughout their MBA to learn how to navigate a successful internship search. This will be achieved through MBAA 552. Join us for this session so you can meet your Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team.

Virtual
All Campuses
Seven Power Tools for Academic Success

Seven Power Tools for Academic Success

MORNING
EVENING

This session introduces some foundational, and powerful, tools for both international and domestic students: collective meaning-making structures, dissecting course outlines and unpacking assignments. Rita Mizuno from the International Academic Support office will lead a fast-paced session designed to introduce you to the incredible resources available to you in this office.

Virtual
All Campuses
Virtual Campus Adventure

Virtual Campus Adventure

January 5, 2022, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Virtual campus adventures give students an opportunity to explore and learn about VIU and campus life in an engaging and gamified way. Students experience their own campus adventure through interactive choices with chances to win prizes and Co-Curricular App points!

January 6, 2022 (Day 3)

Virtual
All Campuses
Professional Communication & Netiquette

Professional Communication & Netiquette

MORNING
EVENING

The capacity to communicate effectively is a basic managerial competency. This is particularly relevant for us in an online learning environment when so much communication will be via email. This session will share practical tips and norms for effectively communicating with your professors, your peers, and the VIU administration. The goal is to help you communicate your intended message professionally.

January 7, 2022 (Day 4)

Virtual
All Campuses
Welcome to VIUSU

Welcome to VIUSU

MORNING
EVENING

As a student at VIU, you are a member of the Vancouver Island University Students’ Union (VIUSU) which is an independent, democratically run, student organization. In this session James Bowen, Executive Director of VIUSU, will share information on the benefits of membership and the clubs that are particularly relevant to business students.

Virtual
All Campuses
Immigration Advising Session

Immigration Advising Session

MORNING
EVENING

This session, facilitated by a VIU Immigration Advisor, will cover everything you need to know about study permits and post-graduate work permits.

January 10, 2022 (Day 5)

RockVIU: Week TwoWeek Two Schedule

Virtual
All Campuses
Escape Room Social Event

Escape Room Social Event

MORNING
  • January 10, 2022, 8:00am - 10:00am

EVENING
  • January 10, 2022, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Just because we're not all able to meet in person, doesn't mean that we can't make fun memories or try new things. Join us for a time of team building, problem solving, and adventure.

With temperatures low and stars above crossed, so begins the tale of Jackalope Frost. He's arrived in Wintervale with a secret plan — try to stop him, if you can!

Can your team find the clues, solve the puzzles, and put a stop to Jackalope Frost's mischievous ways to save the holiday party?

Virtual
All Campuses
Community Engagement

Community Engagement

MORNING
EVENING

Join the MBA community engagement team at this short orientation. We will share an overview of our strategy plan on how we will assist MBA students to actively build their networking and personal branding skills, learn how to get involved in the local business community, learn how to access VIU tools to establish a professional online presence and learn how to become an MBA Community Engagement Ambassador.

January 11, 2022 (Day 6)

Virtual
All Campuses
Graduate Level Communication

Graduate Level Communication

MORNING
EVENING

This session will introduce the International Academic Support master class series focused on high-impact graduate level communication. This first session will explore common issues identified by faculty members when assessing graduate student writing. Overall, the series will explore the art and science of effectively communicating ideas, creating persuasive arguments, and writing academically.

Virtual
All Campuses
Indigenous Perspectives

Indigenous Perspectives

MORNING
EVENING

January 12, 2022 (Day 7)

Virtual
All Campuses
Success in Intercultural Classrooms

The Intercultural Classroom

MORNING
EVENING

What is culture and what does it mean to learn in an intercultural classroom? This session will help students to increase their awareness of how culture effects day to day life in the MBA classroom, both online and in-person. We will also explore stereotypes and generalizations and consider what attitudes, skills and knowledge are necessary to build bridges across cultural differences and to be a part of creating an inclusive learning environment.

Virtual
All Campuses
Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go

MORNING
EVENING

In this final session we will close off the Spring 2022 Graduate Student Orientation, respond to any final questions you might have, and provide last minute information updates.

January 14, 2022 (Day 8)

Virtual
All Campuses
VIU and More

Virtual VIU & More

January 14, 2022, 10:00am - 1:00pm

VIU & More is an opportunity for you to connect with the variety of resources, services and student activities available to you as a VIU student. This virtual event will consist of a Q&A panel session for the first hour and a half, followed by an opportunity to connect with your RockVIU peer leaders. You won't want to miss out!

In-Person
Nanaimo Campus
Interactive Art Exhibition

Interactive Art Exhibition

February 11, 2022, 2 - 6 pm (PST)

  • Learn what it means to 'Matter Here' at VIU through works of Performance Art, Visual Art, Photography, Ceramics, Sculptures, Paintings and Portraits. Students will be taken through an interactive journey exploring reflection, connection and emotion.

  • Please note that this event is subject to change based upon provincial health orders.

 

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