VIU Cowichan Campus Group of Students

Campus Life Activities

Watch the digital display opposite the Welcome Centre, check the bulletin boards on the second floor and outside Student Affairs, read the   Student Newsletter, and check back for exciting events for VIU students!

FALL 2019 SEMESTER

CALEB HART - MUSIC AND LUNCH

Details coming soon.

ORANGE SHIRT DAY 2019

Monday, September 30; 11:00 am

Orange shirt gifting in the main foyer at 11:00 am while stocks last.

In recognition of the harm the Indian residential school system did to children's well-being and to honour those who survived and did not survive the abuse and neglect from these schools. This is a day for survivors and their families to be reaffirmed that they matter.

11:30 am Group gathering at the Welcome Centre; wear your orange shirt.

11:45 am Group photo

12:00 pm Talk & Film: "Kuper Island: Return to the Healing Circle", directed by Christine Welsh and Peter C. Campbell, 1997 (45 min) - Room 140. Sharing circle with Elder to follow film. All are welcome.

1:00 pm Sharing circle with Elder in Room 135

STUDY SKILLS WORKSHOPS

FREE workshops held in Room 115, 12 noon - 1:00 pm. Bring your lunch. Facilitated by Albert Seinen, Educational Advisor

Wednesday, September 18 - Note Taking & Mind Mapping

  • How to use notes effectively to enhance memory.
  • Cornell notes, mind mapping, styles of engagement.
  • Right brain and left brain study.

Wednesday, September 25 - Don't Read Every Word: Reading Texts

  • Reading to retain information.
  • PSQ3R - Purpose, Survey, Question, Read, Review, Recite.

Wednesday, October 2 - Exam Preparation

  • Basic strategies in preparing for exams.
  • Learning material, strategies.
  • Managing time on exams.
  • Stress and exams.
  • Different types of exams, input and output of information.

Wednesday, October 9 - What! It's Due Today? Time Management

Juggling school, work and family. Tips to make it through the times you need a 25-hour day! Your ability to manage time is a major predictor of your success in university. When you say you don't have enough time, you might be saying that you are not spending the time you do have in the way that you want. Explore some ways to manage your time, make it work to your advantage, achieve success.

Wednesday, October 16 - Exam Anxiety

  • Basic strategies in preparing for exams.
  • Don't freeze on your exam.
  • How anxiety can impact writing exams.
  • What's happening with you.
  • How caring is involved.

FABULOUS FILMS SERIES

ALWAYS HELD IN VIU COWICHAN CAMPUS LECTURE THEATRE, ROOM 140.

ADMISSION IS FREE OR BY DONATION. EVERYONE WELCOME.

Monday, September 16 - 6:30 PM

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964)

Dir. Jacques Demy, 91 minutes

A timeless classic that inspired La La Land and the films of Wes Anderson. Jacque Demy's gorgeous musical is known for introducing the world to Catherine Deneuve and for its unique and effervescent take on the musical form. Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes and nominated for 5 Oscars.

Monday, October 21 - 6:30 PM

JOURNEY TO ITALY (1954)

Dir. Roberto Rossellini, 105 minutes

Sharing a passionless existence together, a married English couple travel to Naples after inheriting a villa. On the verge of divorce, with neither one's disposition warming to the other, they decide to spend the rest of the trip separately. During the course of their vacation the couple undergoes changes. A landmark film profoundly influencing the French New Wave filmmakers.

Monday, November 18 - 6:30 PM

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER (2015)

Dir. David Zellner, 105 minutes

Frustrated with her mundane life, a Tokyo office worker becomes obsessed with a fictional movie that she mistakes for a documentary. Fixating on a scene where stolen cash is buried in North Dakota, she travels to America to find it. Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS ACTIVITIES

Fitness for $1

Your campus life activity program subsidizes your use of the Cowichan Aquatic Centre, 2653 James Street, Duncan.

Fitness for only $1 when you get your vouchers!

  • Vouchers available for students by showing student card at Student Affairs - you pay only $1 for entry to the Aquatic Centre.
  • Must be enrolled in current semester and paying activity fees; non-transferable

The Aquatic Centre includes the 25 metre pool, 3 metre diving board, wave pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room, and the Fitness Centre featuring the Technogym equipment.

Hiking Trips with Outdoor Recreation

A number of hiking trips are organized through Nanaimo Outdoor Recreation Seats are reserved for Cowichan campus students. You are picked up and dropped off at the Cowichan campus.

Sign up at Student Affairs.

JUAN DE FUCA TRAIL DAY HIKE

Saturday, October 12 - $30

Guided hike into a section of the Juan de Fuca Trail Provincial Park. This trip explores a section of the trail that has big beaches, waterfalls, a suspension bridge, and massive old growth forests. Depending on the group's interest, we have two possible options for the day - hiking and exploring the area around Sombrio Beach, or hiking a 10km section of trail leaving from China Beach. Both options are suitable for fit beginners and intermediate hikers.

BOTANICAL BEACH DAY HIKE

Saturday, November 9 - $30

A guided hike into Botanical Beach Provincial Park. This trip explores a section of the trail that has big beaches, rugged west coast sites, fossils, and massive old growth forests. Botanical Beach is famous for its tide pools so lots of the day will be spent exploring the inter-tidal zone. This hike is suitable for beginners and intermediate hikers.

COWICHAN RIVER FOOTPATH HIKE

Sunday, November 24 - $10

A guided hike into the beautiful area of Cowichan River Provincial Park. This trip requires students to hike for up to 3 hours on relatively easy to moderate trails, with some steep sections going both up and down. Please bring enough food and water for your entire day. Students may leave extra food, clothing, and personal items in a locked vehicle while hiking. The Cowichan River hike is a beautiful experience with interesting geology and ecology.

Changeways Group for Depression

This 8-session psychoeducational Cognitive Behavioural therapy group teaches students the tools and insights necessary to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Sign up at Students Affairs for a brief, confidential talk with a counsellor, or a phone call if you prefer.

Check back with Student Affairs for upcoming dates.

Meditation

  • Every Monday from 5:00-6:30 pm, room 380
  • September 16 to December 9
  • Drop-ins welcome.  FREE

Cowichan Rideshare is now available!

Cowichan Rideshare is being sponsored the Cowichan Elder Care Co-op. It is a free, online service that links people who want a ride with people able to offer a ride at the same time and to the same location. A contribution to gas costs is suggested based on the distance and number of riders, but the actual amount – if any – is agreed on by the people involved before the ride takes place.

Learn how to register on Rideshare for a ride - or for riders - to  Kelowna or Calgary,  VIU Nanaimo main campus, Departure Bay, and maybe even Mill Bay Terminal to pick up your travelling friend.   Use your car or ride in theirs.  Let’s save money, wear and tear, traffic congestion and the environment - and make some new, diverse  acquaintances of all ages who could use/offer a lift and a trip contribution.

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