Avoid the Holiday Blues and Save Your Sanity

December brings a particular kind of panic to many people.  Yes, there are the major holidays, which are meant to be a time of happiness and joy, but all too often those feelings are overshadowed by the menu planning, the juggling of schedules around school concerts and other events, and the hard decisions about who… Read more »

Seasonal Shopping Shortcuts

Have you looked at the calendar recently?  You may have been so absorbed in your schoolwork—so disciplined and focussed—that you overlooked how quickly time is passing.  It’s time to raise your head from your textbooks and count the days until Christmas.  If you need to get any seasonal shopping done, it’s time to start thinking… Read more »

Dogs and Degrees

I got my dogs when they were just puppies, almost nine years ago.  It is hard to believe that much time has passed.  I watched them slow with age, and today had to take one in for a minor surgery as he has developed some lumps on his legs.  We are waiting, anxiously, for the… Read more »

The Fit Student—Nuzzling Noses

What if you spend months writing an A paper, but get an F?  What if, instead, when you saw your grade, your eyes blinking tears, a dove gently perches on your shoulder, startling you, nuzzling soft feathers against your neck? I used to crumble with criticisms.  They crushed me, kept me small, snatched away my… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student

The holidays are just around the corner, but before we get there some AU students might be wrapping up their fall semesters with a round of old-fashioned finals.  This week we’re here to help you take care of yourself and power through the last stretch with delicious and nutritious superfoods.  The brain will need the… Read more »

All the Music be Happenin’ Now

Late in the summer of 2016 my husband and I were strolling past Station Parc in Montreal when we happened on an open-air performance by Indian songstress Kiran Ahluwalia.  It was a welcome bit of serendipity. Obviously formally trained in the Indian classical tradition, Ahluwalia’s voice soared with beauty and pulsated with meaning.  Her entire… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Christmas Hat

Dear Barb: It’s two weeks before Christmas and we still haven’t decided who is hosting Christmas dinner.  I come from a family of five girls.  We all have partners and a couple of us have young kids.  My parents are getting older and my mom has developed health issues so she is not able to… Read more »

Vintage Voice

This week, settle into some armchair travelling by following AU students adjusting to life overseas. Beer drinkers on the buses, dogs in the malls.  In a nine-piece series, Edmontonian John Buhler observes some perplexing aspects of German culture as he settles into a 6-month stay.  “We have encountered so many spiders here that I’m starting… Read more »

Student Sizzle!

AthaU Facebook Group  Jennifer is curious whether she can access her etext before the course start date; so far the answer is a solid “maybe.”  Admin JoAnne posts a reminder of the group’s unofficial status and includes links to official channels.  Miranda wonders if unsuccessful scholarship applicants are notified; answers supplied are AUSU—yes, and AU—not… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AUSU Council Meeting Tues, December 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm MST Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/december-council-meeting-3/ No pre-registration required; e-mail admin@ausu.org for meeting package

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 12: AUSU Council Meeting Dec 15: January degree requirements deadline Dec 22: Deadline to apply for course extension for Feb Dec 23-Jan 2: AU & AUSU holiday closure, inclusive Jan 10:… Read more »

Editorial-Holiday Plans

The Christmas season is upon us and the subscriber contest is now concluded.  The winners have been notified, so check the e-mail address you entered with to see if you won and to send us your address so we can snail mail some goodies.  The winner of the iPad mini is one Tammy S., and… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  CFI Scholarships Sponsored by:  Corporate Finance Institute Deadline:  December 31, 2017 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be studying in Canada at the bachelor, master, or doctorate level, must demonstrate financial need or hardship, and have a passion for finance.  Applicants must also have a LinkedIn profile. What’s required:  An online application,… Read more »

Women of Interest—Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was born on January 25, 1882, in London, England, and died March 28, 1941, in Lewes, Sussex, England.  Virginia was an English novelist, critic, and essayist. Her father, Sir Leslie Stephen, was a scholar who spent time as editor of the Cornhill Magazine as well as the Dictionary of National Biography. When Virginia… Read more »

Expectations versus Reality

There are many pros and cons to being enrolled in six courses.  I started at Athabasca University in November of 2016 and at the end of 2017 I will have completed 14 courses.  That’s about one course per month.  The pros to doing this include finishing my degree sooner, never losing momentum, and never forgetting… Read more »