Meeting the Minds—Dr. Lloyd Robertson, Part II

Dr. Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson is a Faculty Member in the Master of Arts – Integrated Studies Program of Athabasca University, who is now in career transition.  He has a private practice as an educational psychologist and counsellor.  In this second part of our two-part interview, we dig into Dr. Robertson’s views on what’s happening in… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Toward a More Badass Yuletide

Family, friendships, physical wellbeing, peace of mind, and spiritual fulfillment—these are obviously all important aspects of a rich, well-rounded life.  But, only when indulged in in moderation.  When taken too far they can become a crutch, or possibly a distraction.  A distracting crutch, let’s say; one that’s being wielded about in an enclosed space filled… Read more »

Dodging Christmas Dangers

The holiday season is descending.  The neighbours have their lights up and decorations out.  The stores are getting busier as people are starting to shop for those special someones in their lives.  I like to start shopping and planning early; it is a part of the season that I enjoy.  I like to take the… Read more »

Course Exam—GEOG/GLST 200

GEOG 200 / GLST 200 (World Regional Geography) is a three-credit junior-level Geography course that is designed to provide students with an introduction to the major modern geographical regions.  More specifically, this course examines Europe; Russia; North, Central, and South America; Sub-saharan Africa; North Africa and Southwest Asia; South Asia; East Asia; Southeast Asia; and… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Lost Wonderful Time of the Year

Dear Barb: The happiest time of the year is quickly approaching, but I am not feeling it.  Most of my family members have passed away and my only son is not talking to me.  He gave me an ultimatum and he didn’t get the response he wanted from me.  His father and I have been… Read more »

Editorial—‘Tis the SEason

The Christmas season is on the minds of our writer’s this week, but we’re going to start the whole thing off with the second part of our Feature interview with Dr. Robertson, who taught psychotherapy as part of the MAIS degree.  The second part of the interview digs deeper into Dr. Robertson’s views of his… Read more »

AUSU Update!

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create or edit this content. Contact services@ausu.org with any questions. IMPORTANT DATES Dec 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Jan 1 Dec 15: Jan degree requirements deadline Dec 24 – Jan 1 (inclusive): AUSU & AU office closure Jan 10: Deadline to… Read more »

Ten Hardships to Embrace Before the End of 2018

The name of “Pollyanna,” the child heroine invented by Eleanor Porter in 1913, is often used (by people who haven’t read the book) to mean shallow, blind optimism.  But a careful reading of the book holds a different story. Pollyanna’s early years had been a long and dismal trial, ending in the loss of both… Read more »

The Fit Student—Worry

At Christmas time we should worry about money, right?  Some insist I need to worry about money.  But I don’t.  Instead, I fret about body weight, health, and thugs.  All the Christmas cheer!  But we all tend to worry, don’t we? For one, do you worry about dying?  I worry my cell phone is killing… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Happy Holidays from Plato

Christmas in July might have been the brainchild of a mind trapped in the December holiday rush.  Some rugged calendar pioneer sensed the invisible energy of fellow shoppers, buzzing thick like mountain electrical lines receiving snowflake shocks during a winter blizzard, and thought, why me, why now!  Or maybe s/he gazed upon row upon row… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  PDFelement 2018 Scholarship Contest Sponsored by:  PDFelement Wondershare Deadline:  December 31, 2018 (earlier entries have an advantage; see tips) Potential payout:  $1000 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be over 17 years of age and enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution. What’s required:  An email with contact info, along with a 2- to 3-minute… Read more »

Healthy Holiday Nibbles and Bites

With If you’re anything like me, your willpower takes an extended leave of absence when you’re presented with overflowing tables and trays of tasty holiday appetizers.  Chances are you’ll find me hovering like a ravenous vulture over the snack table, gluttonously shoveling handfuls of everything delectable into my mouth.  No, I do not have an… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AU and Bow Valley College celebrate Memorandum of Action Mon, Dec 10, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MST AU – Calgary Campus, 6th Floor Lobby Area, 345 – 6 Avenue SE, Calgary AB In person Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/athabasca-university-and-bow-valley-college-celebrate-memorandum-of-action/ Register online at above link The Graduate Student Research Series: Challenges and Resiliency in Aboriginal Adults… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU’s Hot Social Media Topics

AthaU Facebook Group Jody needs to take one more course and, to generate ideas, asks students what their most favourite AU course; responses are all over the course map.   Stephanie wonders why so many students seek courses without exams; turns out there are many other students who prefer exams over essays any day. Other posts… Read more »