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 »

Savouring Autumn’s Sensual Delights

The cooler month of October has arrived on our Canadian soil and perhaps with it an early winter blizzard.  But snow and studies shouldn’t prevent us from enjoying everything the autumn season has to offer.  From unleashing your wildest Halloween costume ideas to enhancing your yoga session with a pumpkin scented candle, fall is the… Read more »

From Murder to Meaning

The power of one moment, one word. The moment: Easter Monday, 1978.  The moment Margot Van Sluytman’s father was murdered while attempting to stop an armed robbery. The word: sawbonna.  A Zulu greeting that translates to “I see you”.  To see our shared humanity, the goodness in one another, our fragility.  The way Van Sluytman… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Jodi Campbell, Executive Director of AUSU

Jodi Campbell is the Executive Director of the Athabasca University Students’ Union.  Originally from BC, he grew up in the Lloydminster area and eventually moved to Edmonton in 2002 where he attended MacEwan University and graduated from the School of Business in 2006.  He started working for MacEwan University as a Consultant/Advisor for the School… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Pamela Hawranik

So tell us about yourself, where are you from and what drives you? I was born and raised in a small town called Whitemouth in Eastern Manitoba.  It had 300 or so people.  It most likely has the same number of people now as when I left.  My dad was born in Germany.  He came… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Gail Leicht

Gail Leicht is the Research Ethics Officer of the Research Centre of AU.  She is also the Secretary and Coordinator for the Research Ethics Board (REB), as described in the interview.  Here we get to know about an integral member of the AU community.  Let’s start with your background.  What can you tell us, and… Read more »

The AUthor Series—Home Ice, by Angie Abdou

“The more we try to keep up with the Joneses in terms of preparing our little athletes for future success, the less likely we are to leave ourselves time to enjoy the simple pleasures of family life.” – Angie Abdou, in Home Ice.     If hockey parents aren’t shrieking in the stands this winter, it’s because… Read more »

Minds We Meet—AUSU Councillor Lisa Oracheski

Lisa Oracheski is a Councillor for the Athabasca University Students’ Union.  Here we get to know one of our fabulous AUSU councillors. How brought you to AU? I originally joined AU in 2008 as a non-program student taking Psychology 289 to determine if I enjoyed the subject.  It turned out that I loved the course… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Meaghan Sullivan

Meaghan Sullivan is the Vice President External for the Athabasca University Students’ Graduate Union.  We talk to her about her background, goals, and more.  What brought you to AU? AU is quite popular in Northern Alberta, has a great reputation, and so I initially learned of AU quite some years ago.  When looking for a Masters’… Read more »

Minds We Meet—AUGSA Councillor Crys Vincent

Crys Vincent is a Councillor in the Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association.  Here we get to know some more about one of our fabulous graduate student councillors.  This interview was conducted in mid-May. What brought you to AU and the AUGSA? Well, I guess I am a bit of a nerd,  but I read all the… Read more »