From the Gallery

The AUSU council meeting on March 9 was a full one, so let’s get straight to the highlights.

First, several policies were up for review as part of council’s regular activities, and they concerned everything from copyright to finances.

Of note is a change to policy 4.02, Copyright, which has been expanded to include multimedia in the list of contents covered. The update comes as AUSU continues to explore the possibility of bringing audio and video podcasts to members.

Another policy up for review was 6.01, General Financial Management. The policy was sent back to the finance committee, however, after Council agreed it needed some minor revisions.

In other news, Barb Rielly, VP External, reported that AU World is being retired. The publication was Athabasca University’s student news magazine, and archives are still available on AU’s Publications page.

As part of his Executive Meeting report, President Karl Low noted that a small sponsorship has been approved for an MRC sports team. Still on the financial front, Sarah Kertcher reported that the latest audit shows all Council procedures to be in good shape, and the finance committee continues to look for ways to improve oversight even more.

Executive Director Tamra Ross noted that students provided plenty of feedback in response to questions about the MyAU portal, and a report has been prepared for the committee in charge of updating the site. As well, AU has asked AUSU to help gather student opinions about the Moodle learning platform.

And finally, Council has been working on several new policies. These include new awards policies, along with an update to the current Club Guidelines. Another key project is the development of a new AUSU reward points plan, so watch for updates on the site.

The next public meeting is scheduled for May 4 at 5:30 p.m. MST. See you there, From the Gallery!