GRADUATE PROFILE – SANDRA A. MACISSAC Here’s what Sandra had to say on convocation day: AGE: 38 LIVES IN: Rochester, Minnesota TRAVEL TIME TO ATHABASCA: 5 hours by plane & car PROGRAM COMPLETED: Bachelor of Science YEARS IT TOOK TO COMPLETE: 6 FAVORITE COURSE: Molecular Cell Biology LEAST FAVORITE COURSE: Historical Foundations Of Modern Science… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Chinese Acupuncture And Moxibustion

Finding this book wasn’t very easy, but I plan to scoot over to China some day to study acupuncture and this textbook was listed as required reading. Considering the SARS epidemic currently in the Orient, and my maxed out credit cards, don’t expect any exotic reports from China too soon! I bumped into this book… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

The Numbers Game Statistics Canada has recently released ( a report on University Financing across Canada. The report starts off with the happy news that, for the first time in 15 years, revenues from public sources increased faster than those from private sources. Could it be that the governments are finally starting to realize the… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Why Distance Education Matters As AU students, you’re all aware of the various reasons why good distance learning institutions are useful, if not vital to the education of Canadians. But now the federal government has statistics of its own ( to reference. Statistics Canada, following up on an earlier study about how distance affects post-secondary… Read more »


We return to the continuing drama of Bill 43. In this episode, four students”?members of CAUS”?supported by two policy researchers and a note-taker ascend to the 11th floor of the downtown Edmonton offices of Alberta Learning. In their satchels, the CAUS emissaries carry important documents that outline the locations of dead ends, blind curves, and… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – The Accidental Spy

Well well well:I’ve found my favourite Jackie Chan film! Hilariously, his character Bei is a failed exercise equipment salesman. He becomes a spy by foiling a jewellery heist. This leads him to Liu, a private investigator who convinces Bei he is actually the long-lost son of a wealthy Korean businessman. He’s soon involved in an… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I have a serious problem that I hope you can help me with. I found out that my manager is doing some things at work that are not very ethical. Some of his misdeeds include misusing business funds (e.g. Takes his wife for dinner and his buddies for drinks claiming these personal outings… Read more »

Library 101

Continuing the series of Things You Should Know About the Library, librarian Elaine Magusin shares additional Frequently Asked Questions: Q: I was looking in the Digital Reference Centre and noticed that you have e-books. What exactly is an e-book and how do I access them? A: E-books, or electronic books, are books that are either… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

Honestly, I’ll admit I’m usually a very “North American” reader. All of my authors of choice generally write in English as a first language and describe my cultural background. I guess one day that got awfully boring. Therefore, it is a distinct pleasure to have such a lovely introduction into the world of Chinese authors…. Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Working to Learn not Working? Statistics Canada has recently released a report ( on the correlation between dropping out of high school and working. Not surprisingly, they have found that students who work 30 hours per week or more at paid employment are more likely to drop out than students who work moderate hours or… Read more »