AUSU Update – September 2011

Update on AUSU awards program

AUSU has long had a student awards program to recognize outstanding students and assist those in need. Over the course of the last couple years, though, we’ve sought to revamp and revise our awards portfolio to improve existing awards and add new ones! We now have a wide array of bursaries to support students in need (including our popular computer and travel bursaries), scholarships to recognize students? outstanding academic achievements, and merit-based awards to recognize students? exceptional abilities and extra-curricular activities. Some awards are open to application at any time of year, while many have semi-annual deadlines. Our next major awards deadline is November 1st, so make sure you check our site for more information and get your application in by then!

AUSU newsletter hitting mailboxes near you . . .

Every four to six months, AUSU publishes a printed newsletter full of helpful information for students and updates on what the Union is working on. The newsletter is drafted by AUSU’s Executive Director with assistance from the AUSU Media Committee. Our most recent newsletter has been mailed out, and if it hasn’t reached you yet, keep an eye on your mailbox, because it should arrive soon. If you just can’t wait to see it, though, you can also e-mail our office at for a PDF copy.

Watch for a new AUSU website coming soon!

Our website has served us long and well, but it is starting to show its age in some areas, so we’re preparing to give our site a full facelift! We are currently just in the planning stages, but we’re hopeful that within the next couple of months, we’ll be able to announce a grand unveiling of our new site. we’ll be making sure that our new and improved site is easier to navigate, with slick new menus and a contemporary look and feel. We want our site to provide dynamic content and updates so that It’s a place that you, as an AU student, WANT to visit regularly! If you have suggestions on content you’d like to see on our website, please get in touch with us to share your ideas.

Have you heard . . .

Have you heard that we still have some of our awesome 2011 AUSU Handbook/Planners available? Some of the information in these little books is priceless when it comes to helping AU students navigate the University and our services?but they’re free for you, just for being an AUSU member! We even mail them right to your door. All you have to do is ask!

And have you heard about our SmartDraw program? We’ve been arranging for a license for our students to use this software for the last few years. It lets you create detailed charts and insert them into your assignments (even ones you submit as Word or PDF documents). The company has warned us, though, that there will be a massive price increase next year, so we want to know if our students feel that the software is a help to them, or if they’d rather have us look into other options. Get your copy today, and let us know what you think.

Get in touch with us

Have comments or questions about AUSU or anything in this column? Feel free to get in touch with AUSU President Bethany Tynes at You can also e-mail our office at or call 1-800-788-9041 ext. 3413. We’d love to hear from you!

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