Posts By: Christina M. Frey

Christina M. Frey

Saturday Night at the (Old) Movies

Part 1: Old What? As the weather moves toward winter, the lure of the outdoors starts to diminish. In my mind, there’s no better way to spend a chilly evening than curled up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and a good movie. The problem is, I’m having difficulty finding a movie I… Read more »

AU Profiles – Jacqueline Chant

Student: Jacqueline Chant Jacqueline Chant’s been in constant pain since she was nine years old, but she hasn’t let it stop her from living her life. She’s backpacked through Europe, climbed mountains, ridden horseback, been skiing, worked two jobs at once, and volunteered extensively. Now, She’s overcoming another hurdle: completing her education. A student for… Read more »

Have Tickets, Won’t Travel

What has two legs and flies? If I can possibly help it, the answer is ?Not me.? As far as I’m concerned, the age of air travel is officially over. It’s just not fun anymore. It starts when you walk in the airport and see the line stretching across the terminal. You notice that the… Read more »

AU Profiles – JoAnne Formanek Gustafson

Student: JoAnne Formanek Gustafson ?Many people are shifting gears in their mid-life years,? says AU student JoAnne Formanek Gustafson. She should know! The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) student, who’s been taking courses from AU since 1988, explains how she unexpectedly ?fell into? a completely new career field. She also weighs the pros and cons… Read more »

AU Profiles – Shelley Lawson

Student: Shelley Lawson ?One of the things that appealed to me about Athabasca . . . is that it supports my long-term education plans while allowing me to maintain a rich, full life,? says first-year AU student Shelley Lawson. And a full life it is. The Anthropology/Women’s Studies major is a single mom to an… Read more »

AU Profiles – Laura James

Student: Laura James In this week’s profile we meet Laura James, who’s been studying in AU’s Bachelor of Commerce program for nearly a year. What’s the biggest advantage of distance study? ?Being able to stay home with my son,? says Laura, whose 27-month-old son and part-time work at his daycare keep her on her toes…. Read more »

Greening Spring Cleaning, Part II

Part II: Recycle it! Last week, we started cleaning out our garages and discovered that many of the items we no longer wanted could find a new home?other than at a landfill. Unfortunately, certain things are impossible to place. But don’t run for the garbage bins yet; first, check to see if you can recycle…. Read more »

Greening Spring Cleaning

Spring is here, and the sun is shining! That’s a good thing, until it starts illuminating the piles of old junk standing in the previously darkened, cobwebby corners of the garage. We know the therapeutic benefits of getting rid of all that useless stuff we no longer need. But there’s a twinge of guilt as… Read more »

AU Profiles – Debbie Hamilton

Student: Debbie Hamilton Debbie Hamilton’s life changed when she was widowed at the age of 39. The horticulturist-turned-sociology-major explains what led her to change career fields and return to school after her husband’s death. She also describes why planning is so crucial to her success, and what keeps her going when motivation is hard to… Read more »