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Campus Life Activities

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

Spring 2016 Semester

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

Fitness for only $1 if you get your vouchers!

  • $3.25 voucher available for students by showing student card at Student Affairs

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.

Lord of the Rings Movie Marathon - FREE!
All students, staff and family members and friends welcome
Saturday, April 9 10 am  - midnight
Room 140

We will be showing the extended versions of the movies. There will be a quiz after each movie with a prize for most right.

Fellowship of the Ring - 10am

Two Towers - 1:30pm

Return of the King - 6:30pm

There will be a half hour break for both lunch and dinner. Lunch break approx.
1-1:30pm, dinner approx. 5:30-6pm

  • Pot luck lunch - bring something to share if you can, otherwise bring a bag lunch
  • Free pizza dinner provided
  • Free popcorn and drinks provided throughout the day

Chair Massage

Don't stress, get a free chair massage!

Show your student card at Student Affairs to get a voucher ahead of time and sign a waiver.  You can have a 10 minute chair massage for FREE! On the day of the chair massage it will be first-come, first served.

  • Thursday, March 3 and Tuesday, April 5
  • 11 am - 1 pm
  • Room 112 off the Learning Commons across from Welcome Centre

Chili Lunch

Cowichan Campus

  • Free for enrolled students
  • Tuesday, March 15
  • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Campus Cafeteria

Cowichan Trades Centre

  • Free for enrolled students
  • Wednesday, March 16
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • CTC Canteen

Weekly Gentle Yoga

Instructed by Maureen Briglio

Gentle Yoga to relax, stretch and reconnect with yourself for a peaceful hour.  If you can breathe you can do this class Bring your mat if you have one; we have some mats available or bring a blanket - we won't be doing any legs behind head and you don't have to be FLEXIBLE. Come as you are in comfy clothes and enter a peaceful state of calm in the middle of your busy day. No experience required..

Come and try it's FREE!

Wednesdays, February 3 to April 6

12 -1:00 pm in room 135

Open to students, staff, and faculty

Pet Therapy

St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs

Pet a dog and relieve stress!

Petting a dog can have a calming effect and result in lower blood pressure, eased tension, and refreshed memories. The therapy dog is non-judgmental and unconditionally affectionate. The pet therapy station is on the second floor - look for the station between the hallways/next to the big windows.

ALLERGY ALERT: Students with allergies can pass by within 20 feet and not come in contact with the dog.

11 am-1:00 pm

Monday, January 25; Thursday, February 11; Thursday, March 10; Thursday, April 7; Monday, April 11

Kwakawaka'wakw Cultural Celebration- Bus Trip to Nanaimo Campus

Hosted by: Services for Aboriginal Students and the Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement

Join us for a Kwakwaka'wakw cultural celebration featuring the Kamk'alat Dancers

Sign up at Student Affairs by 1pm on Wednesday, February 17 to reserve your seat. 

Free bus trip plus free lunch!

Bus leaves Cowichan campus at 10 am and leaves Nanaimo campus at 2 pm after the performance.


Monday, February 22 - VIU

11 am - 2 pm

Bldg 190, VIU Nanaimo Campus

Focus Group - Invitation to all VIU Cowichan Campus Students

We welcome your ideas and participation.

Please join us - Student Affairs Faculty and 3rd year BSc Nursing Students - to discuss current and future wellness, recreation, and social activities for our campus, and opportunities to participate or volunteer.
When: 9:15 to 10:30 am, Wednesday February 3rd
Where: Cafeteria, beverage provided
If you can not attend but are interested please contact:

Mariners Friday Night Games - Bus Trips to Nanaimo Campus

Hosted by: Student Affairs, Cowichan campus.

Go to the Mariners games for FREE!!!  Excellent competition and excitement!!!

Sign up at Student Affairs by 1pm on Wednesday before game night to reserve your seat.  Want to take someone with you?  You can bring a friend or family members along with you to the game.  They will have to sign a waiver. 

Free bus trip plus free admission to the game!

Women play at 6pm and men play at 8pm.

Bus leaves Cowichan campus at 4:45pm and leaves Nanaimo campus at 9:45 pm after the games.

Game nights are all Fridays:

January 8 - VIU vs CBC - Basketball

January 15 - VIU vs UFV - Volleyball

January 22 - VIU vs Capilano - Basketball

January 29 - VIU vs Douglas - Volleyball

February 5 - VIU vs Quest - Basketball

February 19 - VIU vs Camosun - Volleyball - Women only; return at 7:30 pm

February 26 - VIU vs Camosun - Basketball

PACES Activity & Nutrition Challenge!

Hosted by: Student Affairs, Cowichan campus.

Pick up activity cards starting January 18 at the Student Affairs Reception Desk. Activities planned from January 18 to March 16.

P.A.C.E.S is a 9 week activity and nutrition tracking program

Participants monitor and record their physical activity minutes and vegetable and fruit intake for 9 weeks.

Activity and Vegetable/fruit intake is recorded on a card loaded with sneakers and carrots.

Each pair of sneakers is equal to 15 minutes of activity. Each pair of carrots is equal to 1 serving of fruits and/or vegetables. Each Activity card is worth 10 hours of activity.

For every 15 minutes of activity performed, participants can cross off a pair of sneakers. For every serving of fruit and/or vegetable consumed, one pair of carrots can be crossed off.  Once all sneakers and carrots are crossed off, the activity card is complete.

Completed cards are then submitted into a draw box at Student Affairs Reception Desk.  Activity Cards are counted and documented weekly.  Upon confirmation of participants reaching one of the three tiers, participants will be notified by phone or email to pick up their prize. 

There will be 3 random draws throughout the P.A.C.E.S. program. Draw dates Feb 3, Mar 2, Mar 16.

What does it cost?  Absolutely nothing! It's free!

How do you register? You don't need to! By submitting Activity Cards, you are automatically registered!

For more information contact Karen Alden at

Carbon Monoxide Clinic! & Free Quit Smoking Services

Hosted by: BC Lung Association, Karen Alden

QuitNow offers FREE smoking cessations support services to help you quit smoking.

Get your Carbon Monoxide (CO) tested by taking a quick and easy breath test! How much CO is in you?

Whether it's YOU that needs to help quitting smoking or someone you know QuitNow can help!

So come up to the second floor on Thursday and try it's FREE!

  • Therapy Thursday, January 21 - Drop-In from 10 am -1:30 pm outside the Health Lab on the second floor