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.

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 »

RateMyProfessors, AU and You

From the moment that they sign up for a course, AU students know they are in a unique learning situation compared to other university students because of the self-directed learning format.  Even if they weren’t familiar with it before, AU students discover that they alone are responsible for their learning—no falling asleep in the back… Read more »

AUSU Annual Members Meeting

Once each year, AU students are invited to come and hear what’s happening with AUSU.  It is also an opportunity for AUSU members to bring up topics and give some feedback and direction about what AUSU should focus on.  The topics raised at the meeting have been discussed and approved by council but it’s an… Read more »

Council Connection-August 9, 2018 Meeting

AUSU’s monthly Council meeting, held on Thursday August 9th at 6:30 was a quick and smooth one.  It was followed by the annual Member’s Meeting.  Despite some dial-in issues at the beginning, there were twenty participants listening in (including Council and Staff) and discussion at both meetings was positive.  Councillors Julian Teterenko and Vice-President External… 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 »

Talking Sports Literature—with Dr. Angie Abdou

The topic of sports has been on people’s minds lately, with the current NHL hockey season ramping up for the playoffs as well as the recent Olympic and Paralympic games in PyeongChang.  In Part two of our interview with AU’s Creative Writing professor, Dr. Angie Abdou, she talks about her upcoming books that combine her… Read more »

An Interview with Angie Abdou

For many people, writing a book and seeing their name in print is their ultimate dream.  Athabasca University’s creative writing professor, Angie Abdou, has taken her passion for writing and written several successful novels, including The Bone Cage, The Canterbury Trail, and her latest novel, In Case I Go.  But does the life of a… Read more »

A Little History of the Emoji

Spend some time on social media or send a text message and it’s pretty much guaranteed you will come across some little faces and symbols.  Ah yes, it’s the emoji.  Like them or loathe them, these little visuals are not only augmenting an online conversation, they often are the conversation.  They express laughter, tears, and… Read more »