Fly on the Wall—New Mediums, New Methods

Deep in Amazonian South America live capybara: boxy beavers who intermittently refresh themselves by wallowing in mud.  It nourishes and hydrates their skin and probably feels great.  Like AU students, capybara life is about perpetual progress.  This stands in notable contrast to their cousins the prairie gophers, who take the easy way out of winter… Read more »

Honouring Lost Loved Ones over the Holidays

Emotions of sadness and grief inevitably intensify over the holidays when you’re missing a recently departed loved one.  That person who used to share traditions, keep in touch, and was always there is now missing.  That person who perhaps made the warmth and joy of the season come alive has gone somewhere, but you’re not… Read more »

Disrupting Your Routine

We can get stuck in routines, even find comfort in their consistencies.  We become comfortable and complacent in these daily routines that seem to be working for us.  And, while there isn’t anything wrong with having a routine, it can help us stay organized and motivated, sometimes we don’t realize just how stuck in it… 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 15: Jan degree requirements deadline Dec 24 – Jan 1 (inclusive): AUSU & AU office closure Jan 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Feb 1 Jan 10: AUSU Council… Read more »

Editorial—Winding Down

In this penultimate issue of the year, we’ve gathered an eclectic set of articles, which is another way of me saying that I can’t pick out any particular theme going on in the minds of the writers.  Yes, the holiday season seems to feature, but the various takes on it we have in this issue… Read more »

Five Rumi Guideposts to Higher Spirituality

The Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (1207-1273) was a Persian Muslim scholar and mystic who spent most of his life in the area now known as Afghanistan.  Rumi left behind a massive body of beautiful, deeply meaningful poetry well worth the study of those seeking peace, wholeness, and higher understanding, no matter which path they follow… Read more »

The Fit Student—Don’t Kill Your Dog!

I once worked for a wealthy family.  They had a dog, and it didn’t like me.  Every step I took, the dog would barricade me with its body.  The owner called the dog a good judge of character.  At least it’s not a Pitbull, I thought. But what struck me most about the animal was… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU’s Hot Social Media Topics

AthaU Facebook Group Amber is floored by a marking rubric with obvious and egregious errors; among a flood of responses an AU staffer jumps in with good advice and an offer of assistance; Carrie has just enrolled in her first course and is itching to get access to the course page and materials. Other posts… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  The Expert Institute’s 2018 Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship Sponsored by:  The Expert Institute Deadline:  December 31, 2018 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be actively pursuing a degree related to healthcare or the life sciences, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. What’s required:  An online application form, along… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events–Upcoming AU Related Happenings

Athabasca University Closed Tues, Dec 25 to Tues, Jan 1, inclusive Reopens Wed, Jan 2, 8:30 am MST More info at:  news.athabascau.ca/announcements/holiday-closures/ AU Library Last day to order materials: Wed, Dec 19 Closed Tues, Dec 25 to Tuesday, Jan 1, inclusive Reopens Wed, Jan 2, 8:30 am MST More info at:  library.athabascau.ca/page/ann AUSU Closed Tues,… Read more »

The Five Best “Under $10” Investments I made in 2018

For me, the end of the year always brings about some deep self-reflection.  I like to glance back at the year and consider the major changes, the obstacles, the struggles, and the successes that helped me grow as an individual.  Specifically, I related back to some of the worthwhile tools that helped me in a… Read more »

The Study Dude—Quacks

Are physicists quacks? Physicists’ theories should boil down to observations and measurements, right? The scientific method.  But wait, “There is as of yet no observational experimental evidence for many of the concepts of contemporary theoretical physics, such as super-symmetric particles, superstrings, the multiverse, the universe as information, the holographic principle …. For some of 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 »