Posts By: Carla Knipe

Carla Knipe

Carla was born and raised in the West Kootenay region of BC, and is now settled in Calgary, Alberta following a dozen years living in England. Her British husband and their son keeps her on her toes, but she is currently on the final stretch of completing her BA in English through AU. In her free time, she spends as much time outdoors as she can by hiking, biking, gardening and geocaching.

Besides writing for The Voice, she loves to share her passion for words by being a Little Free Library steward in her community.

Carla’s favourite topics to write about are hobbies, current events and popular culture.

The Course Review—ENGL 302

The Department of English at Athabasca University is proud to launch a completely revised Introduction to Canadian Literature course. This course covers the history and themes of Canadian Literature from its beginnings up until the present, and covers works in a variety of genres, including prose, poetry, non-fiction, and more. The course will also introduce… Read more »

Council Connection—May 9,2019 Meeting

The AUSU meeting on May 9, 2019, was the shortest one in a while, but that doesn’t mean that the AUSU Council were any less busy. The meeting got underway on time at 6:30 PM, and the initial protocols—the motions to move and adopt last month’s minutes and this month’s agenda—were unanimous. There were no… Read more »

Council Connection—April 11, 2019 Meeting

A few technical hitches with the new Zoom system, which AUSU is still getting used to, led to a slight delay to the start of the April meeting.  Also, several councillors, including Brittany Daigle, Darcie Fleming, Sarah Blayney Lew, Josh Ryan, and Julian Teterenko were away due to illness or vacation commitments.  However, with the… Read more »

Council Connection—March 14, 2019 Meeting

The March 14th meeting of AUSU was “business as usual” but had a major change, one that Council hopes will be for the better.  The conference call format changed its platform to the provider Zoom, which specializes in video and conferencing systems.  Zoom will allow AUSU councillors to make more connections with each other as… Read more »

Council Connection

The February AUSU meeting proceeded smoothly but packed in a lot of information.  The meeting was attended by all councillors except Julian Teterenko who had an excused absence due to vacation. The first order of business was a review of current action items.  The only item on this month’s agenda was to relate to council… Read more »

Council Connection

The first AUSU Council meeting of 2019 was held on Thursday, January 10th and marked a return to work for Council after the December break.  In spite of the holiday hiatus, the AUSU executive remained busy behind the scenes. All of the AUSU Councillors were in attendance, with the exception of Lisa Oracheski, who was… Read more »

The Problem with Patio Season

It is the high season of summer, which is also known as “patio season”.  The long days and light evenings beckon people to stay outside as long as possible and invites casual dining al fresco.  Patio season is also associated with enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two; perhaps a really cold pint of beer, a… Read more »

Council Connection—November 8, 2018 Meeting

November’s AUSU Council meeting proved that an agenda that appeared straightforward on paper could turn into a meeting with a lot of discussion.  A new addition to the proceedings was an acknowledgement of the land, which states that “Athabasca University Students’ Union respectfully acknowledges that we are on and work on the traditional lands of… Read more »

Athabasca University’s Faculty Bargain Process Continues

Contract talks at Athabasca University have been ongoing for several months. However, most of the AU student community is unaware these talks are taking place and is also unaware of what they entail.  They are between AU and AU’s teaching faculty and professional staff, which include the IT staff, librarians, university relations, and the registrar’s… Read more »

Council Connection—October 11,2018 Meeting

The October 11th, 2018 Council meeting was called to order on time and all councillors attended.  A special “welcome back” was extended to Communications Coordinator, Donette Kingyens, who was away during the summer. Beginning with this meeting and continuing forward is a change of format to the agenda.  Meetings will begin with a question and… Read more »