Features

Fly on the Wall—New Mediums, New Methods

Deep in Amazonian South America live capybara: boxy beavers who intermittently refresh themselves by wallowing in mud.  It nourishes and hydrates their skin and probably feels great.  Like AU students, capybara life is about perpetual progress.  This stands in notable contrast to their cousins the prairie gophers, who take the easy way out of winter… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Dr. Lloyd Robertson, Part II

Dr. Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson is a Faculty Member in the Master of Arts – Integrated Studies Program of Athabasca University, who is now in career transition.  He has a private practice as an educational psychologist and counsellor.  In this second part of our two-part interview, we dig into Dr. Robertson’s views on what’s happening in… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Dr. Lloyd Robertson

Dr. Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson is a Faculty Member in the Master of Arts – Integrated Studies Program of Athabasca University, who is now in career transition.  He has a private practice as an educational psychologist and counsellor.  Here we get to know about his life and views. How did you grow up, e.g., place, time,… Read more »

An Interview with the Minister—November 21, 2018

For those who aren’t aware, some of the key points of Bill 19 – An Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education are that it puts language controlling tuition directly in the legislation, where it has to be subject to public debate if it’s going to be adjusted, and ties tuition and… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—November 11, 2018

Behind ideas and actions lie belief systems; in times of war, philosophies have mortal consequences.  Veterans spent so much of their life’s vigour and vim because they believed in ideals of duty, democracy, nation, and honour; in short, everything that makes our society free.  Our liberty to study and flourish today exists because of these… Read more »

Preventing Burnout

The diabolical signs of study burnout range from depression and a feeling of dread every time you have a deadline looming to chronic fatigue.  Often these symptoms creep up on you because you’re so busy you don’t take time to notice until you suddenly have a meltdown.  It’s important to take a break and examine… 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 »

Meeting the Minds—Interviews with AU’s Educators

Doctor Jeff Chang, Ph.D., R.Psych., is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University.  He is the Program Director of the Master of Counselling Psychology program at AU.  He joined the AU community in 2007.  Here we explore his life and work with AU. What is your personal and family background?… Read more »

Love Beyond Tragedy

On September 15, 2018 we attended the wedding of Jenn, my brother’s granddaughter.  A few years earlier my sisters and I had been reunited with my brother Lyle and his family, following a long estrangement. When Lyle became ill, we were grateful to Jenn for contacting us and giving us the opportunity to spend some… Read more »