Fly on the Wall—Happy Holidays from Plato

Christmas in July might have been the brainchild of a mind trapped in the December holiday rush.  Some rugged calendar pioneer sensed the invisible energy of fellow shoppers, buzzing thick like mountain electrical lines receiving snowflake shocks during a winter blizzard, and thought, why me, why now!  Or maybe s/he gazed upon row upon row… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Dr. Lloyd Robertson, Part II

Dr. Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson is a Faculty Member in the Master of Arts – Integrated Studies Program of Athabasca University, who is now in career transition.  He has a private practice as an educational psychologist and counsellor.  In this second part of our two-part interview, we dig into Dr. Robertson’s views on what’s happening in… Read more »

Dodging Christmas Dangers

The holiday season is descending.  The neighbours have their lights up and decorations out.  The stores are getting busier as people are starting to shop for those special someones in their lives.  I like to start shopping and planning early; it is a part of the season that I enjoy.  I like to take the… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  PDFelement 2018 Scholarship Contest Sponsored by:  PDFelement Wondershare Deadline:  December 31, 2018 (earlier entries have an advantage; see tips) Potential payout:  $1000 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be over 17 years of age and enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution. What’s required:  An email with contact info, along with a 2- to 3-minute… Read more »

Healthy Holiday Nibbles and Bites

With If you’re anything like me, your willpower takes an extended leave of absence when you’re presented with overflowing tables and trays of tasty holiday appetizers.  Chances are you’ll find me hovering like a ravenous vulture over the snack table, gluttonously shoveling handfuls of everything delectable into my mouth.  No, I do not have an… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AU and Bow Valley College celebrate Memorandum of Action Mon, Dec 10, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MST AU – Calgary Campus, 6th Floor Lobby Area, 345 – 6 Avenue SE, Calgary AB In person Hosted by AU Register online at above link The Graduate Student Research Series: Challenges and Resiliency in Aboriginal Adults… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU’s Hot Social Media Topics

AthaU Facebook Group Jody needs to take one more course and, to generate ideas, asks students what their most favourite AU course; responses are all over the course map.   Stephanie wonders why so many students seek courses without exams; turns out there are many other students who prefer exams over essays any day. Other posts… Read more »

Five Tips to Shopping Strategically During the Holidays

The end to Halloween starts a new season that lasts approximately 1 month and 25 days.  That’s right—it’s the season of shopping.  For decades corporations have encouraged us to spend frivolously every day of the year, but particularly as the year draws to a close.  But it’s never a bad thing when we’re shopping for… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Make’em Giggle

Do you want to stir smiles when you present your research?  Make an audience burst into giggles at a planned pause?  Have a happy crowd surround you after your speech, begging to know your speaking fees?  Of course you do! Everyone wants a warm audience.  But sometimes we face self-doubts: yes, the what ifs of… Read more »

Course Exam—HIST 383

HIST 383 (The Vikings) is a three-credit, senior-level humanities course that surveys the political, military, economic, social, cultural, and religious history of one of early medieval Europe’s most famous peoples.  To engage students in the study of the Vikings, the course presents primary source readings from the period as well as current scholarly interpretations by… Read more »