AUSU This Month – AUSU Election 2008 – Message from the CRO; Smart Draw ? Benefit for AUSU members

AUSU This Month – AUSU Election 2008 – Message from the CRO; Smart Draw ? Benefit for AUSU members

AUSU Election 2008 – Message from the CRO

Dear AU Students:

My name is Rehan Qureshi and I am pleased to have been appointed your Chief Recruiting Officer (CRO) for the Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU)’s 2008 General Election. It is my position to accept and verify nominations for the election; field any questions and interpret policy and procedures for nominees; and to ensure an accurate and fair vote count at the time of voting. Please feel free to contact me at for any of the above.

If you have ever wondered how to get involved with your Students’ Union, or wanted to play a role in shaping the experience of AU students, then here is your chance! Elections will be held from March 9 ? 12 on the AU website, so send in your nominations for AUSU council today.

Qualifications for nominees include:

(As stated in AUSU Policy 3.01.9, Election Conduct) ?For General Elections, any Active Member in Good Standing may submit a self-nomination to run for a seat on Council.? To be an active member you must be enroled in an AU undergraduate course when the election opens on March 9, 2008 (pre-registrations do not apply; the course must have started). Plus, to be a ?member in good standing? means you are an individual who is an AUSU member, has paid all fees, and has not been subject to disciplinary action from AUSU. Students must submit their name, student I.D. number, address, email address, and written consent to act if elected, along with their nomination.

All self-nominations/nominations will be acknowledged after the nomination closing date. The nomination period runs from January 9 through February 6, 2008. Nominees will be given an opportunity to withdraw their name from the list of nominees provided their notice of withdrawal is received by the last day of February 2008.

I invite you all to participate, as the student body governs on your behalf and every vote counts. I am available for any questions regarding the election so feel free to contact me. Good luck to all who enter and hopefully we will see the rest of you at the polls!


Rehan Qureshi – Chief Returning Officer (CRO)

AUSU Handbook/Planner 2008 in stock now!

The wait is over! The 2008 AUSU planner is in stock and its way to members. We’ve added a few enhancements this year, including cheat sheets for common citation styles, a clip-in page-marker ruler, and a funky fridge magnet to remind you to get your weekly dose of The Voice.

Last year we had about 400 pre-orders, but this year we have 1,000! Please be patient. we’re working as fast as we can to fill all of the orders and everyone should have their book by the end of January when the 2007 edition calendar pages run out. As always, we’re excited to know what you think of the planner and welcome all feedback to

Smart Draw ? Benefit for AUSU members

AUSU has purchased a licence agreement to supply the award-winning SmartDraw software to all AUSU members (current undergraduate students). To access this deal and find out more, visit the front page of our website.

SmartDraw allows you to create a wide range of graphics for your assignments and submit them electronically in a Word file. You can also place your graphics in Excel or PowerPoint files, or export them as TIF, GIF, or JPEG files to make a web graphic or even a logo. Just a few of the graphics you can make include Venn diagrams, genetics charts, graphs, organizational and flow charts, and Gantt charts. For any course that requires charts that cannot be easily created in Word or Excel, this should be a real time saver and make it easier to submit all portions of an assignment by email. Remember, though, that you should always check with your tutor to find out if there is a specific format he or she prefers. Your tutor does not have to have SmartDraw to view these graphics, however.

Installations under this program are good for one year. The package includes both the Standard and Health Care editions of SmartDraw.