RockVIU 2019: Nanaimo Campus

RockVIU: Welcome to Campus is the perfect opportunity to learn about your new school, meet your faculty, and make new friends. This will be your chance to get a full orientation of VIU before classes begin! You won’t want to miss this full day of activities built on the theme, Connect, Engage, Discover!

This year RockVIU will feature the Drum Café, an interactive drumming experience and Brandon Martinez, “Box of Beats”, a musician from Los Angeles.

Pre-registration for RockVIU is required. Click the “Register Now” button to secure your spot, then check out your schedule below!

We look forward to seeing you on campus!

RockVIU 2019 Overview

You will be paired with peers from your Faculty and will be notified closer to the date of RockVIU your allocated Group (A,B,C) and personalized schedule for the day. The general schedule can be seen above.

Registration and Campus Tours

Time: 8:00 – 9:45AM | Location: Building 210, lower floor

New students not attending the Theyul’shenum Tseep -Traditional Welcome are encouraged to show up before 9:15AM to get a quick tour of the campus and to meet some of their peers. During this time the campus will also be filled with interactive games alongside the Student Union who will have a bumping block party!

Theyul’shenum Tseep -Traditional Welcome hosted by Services for Aboriginal Students

Time: 9:00-9:45 AM | The Gathering Place Building 170

A Traditional Welcome for New Students, a session specifically designed for Aboriginal Students (and their families). This session begins with an official Traditional Coast Salish Welcome, followed by a range of interactive presentations of academic, health, wellness and cultural services available for students that will certainly give you a “heads up” start to your studies. Learn more here.

Please note: We request students and or parents to pre-register for this event via the RockVIU Registration 2019 form. If you have registered for this event, please arrive at the RockVIU 2019 Check In at 8:00am.

Official Welcome with VIU Elder, featuring Drum Café presented by Panago 

Time: 10:00 – 11:00AM | Location: VIU Gym, Building 190

Welcoming all new students to VIU with an official welcome by the VIU Elder. This will be followed by a welcome speech by the President Dr. Deborah Saucier. RockVIU will then begin with the Drum Café and a short performance by Box of Beats.

DISCOVER: CCR Talk Showcase sponsored by RBC 

Time: 11:15 AM – 2:15 PM | Location: Malaspina Theatre, Building 310

Upper-level students representing their respective Faculty will deliver dynamic Co-Curricular style presentations on the theme "My first year at VIU." CCR Talks are simple presentations where students will share 15 slides each for 25 seconds resulting in a 6 minute and 15 second presentation.

ENGAGE: Build your Story | Connect Fair 

Time: 11:15 AM – 2:15 PM | Location: Upper Cafeteria, Building 300

Build your story is an activity for students to engage and collaborate with other students.

The Connect Fair will help you to learn more about the many different clubs, services and opportunities available for students.

CONNECT: BBQ Lunch | Campus Connect 

Time: 11:15 AM – 2:15 PM | Location: Lower Cafeteria Parking Lot, Lot R

BBQ lunch for all students! Take some time to stop and have some lunch on us! This will be an opportunity for students to connect and make new friends.

Faculty Block Parties

Time: 2:30-3:30 PM Location: Specific to each Faculty

Block Parties will welcome new students to their respective program. Students will then have the chance to connect with their faculty and current students in addition to having the opportunity to ask questions. Block parties are open to all students attending RockVIU.

RockVIU Carnival sponsored by Harris Mazda 

Time: 3:30-5:30 PM Location: The Hub, Building 330

VIU would like to invite all RockVIU participants to join in the launch of a new student engagement space, dubbed "The Hub."

This event will feature carnival games including inflatables, dunk tanks and free give-aways The Carnival will be powered by Brandon Martinez “Box of Beats” - a musician from Los Angeles and will include a talent showcase.  

Join us at the RockVIU carnival to meet other students on campus and to learn how you can get involved at VIU.

For Parents:

President's Reception sponsored by Harris Mazda 

Time: 11:00 AM-12:15 PM | Location: Building 210 Room 275

This session will be an opportunity for parents to network and get to know the VIU Faculty/ Departments representatives and campus services. 

**Parents will also be invited to attend the Theyul’shenum Tseep- Traditional Welcome and the Official Welcome with VIU Elder, featuring Drum Café. 

Click here to register.