- December 18, 2014

Happy New Year from VIU!

Happy New Year from VIU!

What an incredible year it’s been here at Virginia International University! We hope it’s been equally exciting and rewarding for you and your loved ones, too. Over the past year we have increased the strength of our institution and further improved the quality of the VIU education by launching new programs and concentrations in the […]

Word of the Day: Kwanzaa

Word of the Day: Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa (noun): “African-American and Pan-African celebration of family, community and culture, Dec. 26-Jan. 1.” (Associated Press, 2014).  Figure 1. A picture of the kinara, a candle holder that is used in Kwanzaa celebrations in the United States. Adapted from Kinara at the 3rd Annual Black, Green, & Red Kwanzaa, 2011, http://stlcamp.org/media-gallery/detail/308/2177  Can you use Kwanzaa […]

- December 17, 2014

A Letter To My Friend

A Letter To My Friend

By Tamara Strupp To all my fellow students, no matter if you are already at VIU or planning to go to VIU soon. I wanted to share my personal story, which might give you some thoughts or motivate your future success. I am originally from Germany.  I came to the United States in 2008 as […]

VIU Scholarships: Our Students’ Success is VIU’S Success

VIU Scholarships: Our Students’ Success is VIU’S Success

                It is well-known that students feel more motivated when they are recognized for their effort and hard work, and as a result, they are more likely to be engaged in activities proposed by their professors and university. Thus, the question is: what is the best way for a university to acknowledge and promote student […]

Term of the Day: Grinch

Term of the Day: Grinch

Grinch (noun): “Spoilsport who steals holiday fun, based on the title character in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Seuss” (Associated Press, 2014). Figure 1: The Grinch from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 1966) Can you use grinch in a sentence? Send us your sentence using grinch and we […]

Ask-a-Coach: Double or single quotation marks?

Ask-a-Coach: Double or single quotation marks?

Q: I never understood why we have single quotation marks ( ‘ ). When do we use them and when do we just stick with the regular double quotation marks ( ” )?  -Quotation mark Quandary in Fairfax, VA A: This is a simple rule because in American English we really use the single quotation […]

- December 16, 2014

New in Online Learning

New in Online Learning

Some readers may be familiar with any of a handful of online learning platforms. Websites like edX, Coursera, and Udemy allow users to enroll in online courses for free or for a small fee. Current trends on these sites seem to focus on courses in computer science (e.g., “Learning Oracle 12c” and “Pattern Oriented Software […]

Earn a Competitive Project Management Degree at VIU

Earn a Competitive Project Management Degree at VIU

The Project Management Institute (PMI) indicates that the project manager employment outlook is constantly improving and the world average project manager’s annual salary is currently at $90,260. Additionally, according to an Anderson Economic Group study, 1.2 million project management positions will need to be filled each year through 2016. Whether you are running thousand- or billion-dollar […]

Word of the Day: Dreidel

Word of the Day: Dreidel

Word of the Day: Dreidel Dreidel (noun): “Toy spinning top for Jewish celebrations.. ” (“2014 Style Guide”, 2014, line.13). Figure 1: Colorful dreidels at the marketplace. Can you use dreidel in a sentence? Send us your sentence using dreidel and we will post it on our blog! Want to learn more about sentence structure? Check […]

- December 15, 2014

Word of the Day: Ubiquitous

Word of the Day: Ubiquitous

Word of the Day:Ubiquitous Ubiquitous (adjective): “ existing or being everywhere at the same time :  constantly ” (“ubiquitous”, 2014, para.1). Examples:“The company’s advertisements are ubiquitous” (“ubiquitous”, 2014, para. 2). Can you use ubiquitous in a sentence? Send us your sentence using ubiquitous and we will post it on our blog! Want to learn more […]

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VIU’s 2015 Calendar Now Available!

VIU’s 2015 Calendar Now Available!

VIU is excited to announce the publication of its annual calendar for 2015. The calendar initiative at VIU is a very exciting collaboration among students, faculty, and the Communications Department.  The pages of this year’s calendar feature important dates and deadlines from VIU’s Admissions Office, the official academic calendar, and VIU academic program offerings in […]

- December 10, 2014

Logo Power

Logo Power

It is often said that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and this statement also rings true when it comes to corporate logos. Who among us doesn’t recognize Apple, Nike, Coca-Cola, or McDonald’s from just their logo? In their truest sense, corporate logos are a type of shorthand, allowing consumers to instantly recognize the […]

- December 9, 2014

Bad Apple: DEALING WITH A DIFFICULT EMPLOYEE

Bad Apple:  DEALING WITH A DIFFICULT EMPLOYEE

Every employer’s ultimate goal is to attract and retain valuable employees in their workforce through acquisition of the right talents that would help them attain their strategic objectives. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some employees may end up exhibiting counterproductive behavior, which could hinder the company’s productivity as well as interfere with interpersonal […]

Word of the day: Engross

Word of the day: Engross

Word of the Day: engross Engross (verb): “ to hold the complete interest or attention of (someone). ” (“engross”, 2014, para.1). Examples:She was so engrossed in studying for finals, that she forgot winter break was just a week away!. Can you use engross in a sentence? Send us your sentence using engross and we will […]

- December 5, 2014

Word of the Day: Clairaudience

Word of the Day: Clairaudience

Word of the Day: clairaudience Clairaudience (noun): “The power to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach of ordinary experience or capacity, as the voices of the dead. ” (“Clairaudience”, 2014, para. 1). Examples:“‘Let Michael relay Sutton and tell you people here who have the phoney habit (it was remarketable) in his clairaudience , […]

SED Announces 2015 Language Learning Conference

SED Announces 2015 Language Learning Conference

The School of Education at Virginia International University invites your proposals for the 2015 Conference on Language, Learning, & Culture: Next-Generation Assessment to be held April 9-11, 2015 at VIU’s new campus in Fairfax, VA. Please visit our website at cllc.viu.edu for more information. The submission deadline is January 5, 2015.