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Minds We Meet—Molly Rusch

Molly Rusch lives in the small down of Tillsonburg, Ontario, with her son and her soon-to-be husband.  She is almost finished her first semester toward a Bachelor of Arts in English and plans to eventually teach grades four to eight.  In her spare time, she enjoys videogaming and spending time quality time with her family. … Read more »

Minds we Meet—Amanda Welton-Hagen!

Amanda Welton-Hagen is a thirty-three year old living in Whistler, British Columbia.  She graduated from Vancouver Community College’s paralegal program and she has almost completed the Bachelor of Professional Arts Degree in Governance, Law & Management at Athabasca University.  She has applied to Law School and is awaiting acceptance.  This is her story. Can you… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Sarah McDougall

Sarah McDougall is a 21-year-old student pursuing a double major in English and Anthropology from her home in Barrie, Ontario.  She was kind enough to take some time to answer a few of our questions about herself and her studies at AU. Can you give us a little bit of background information about yourself? Who… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Alison Rowney

Alison Rowney lives in Alberta with her husband and her two-year-old daughter.  She is close to finishing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and she plans to eventually take a master’s degree at AU.  Her long term goal is to become a sports psychologist.  This is her story. Can you give us a little bit… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Kris Hine

Kris Hine is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology program with a minor in sociology after being out of school for ten years.  He is living in Alberta and in his spare time he enjoys playing with his dogs and cat, mediating, yoga, and cooking.  This is his story. Can you give us a… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Interviewing Students Like You!

Justine Blanchet is a seventeen-year-old country singer and songwriter from Quebec.  She is in the Faculty of Business focusing on marketing classes to better market her music business.  You can learn more about her on her website and listen to her music on her YouTube channel.  This is her story. Can you give us a… Read more »

The Reputation of Online—Athabasca University

On a regular basis, I receive messages from people asking me for my opinions of Athabasca University and questioning its overall credibility.  I try to always reply in a reassuring manner and try to make the university sound great, though that is not always easy.  People tend to just believe what they want to believe… Read more »

Resisting Fake News with “Intelligent Disobedience”

Did you hear about the 1966 rumours of Paul McCartney’s death?  The flesh-eating banana scare of 2000? That 9/11 was staged by the U.S.  government?  If you don’t remember, it’s just as well; such unfortunate events can do a number on your self-esteem. Why are we humans so trusting about the information we receive?  The… Read more »

Toronto’s Amber Alert

At 11:30pm on Thursday evening, while I was lying in bed and getting ready to fall asleep, residents within the Greater Toronto Area received two identical amber alerts back-to-back from the Peel Regional Police, stating “Emergency Alert: Victim is Riya Rajkumar age 11.  Suspect is Roopesh Rajkumar age 41.  Vehicle is a silver Honda civic… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—A Few Words on Words

Author of the bestselling and award-winning Canadian novel, The Break. Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry winner for her book of poetry, North End Love Songs. And now, one of us. Meet Winnipeg’s Katherena Vermette, AU’s 2018-2019 Writer-in-Residence. What is a Writer-in-Residence, you ask? The Writer-in-Residence is an appointed position held by an award-winning Canadian… Read more »