Vol. 10 Iss. 35

Volume 10 Issue 35 - 09/11/2002

From My Perspective

Addictions are complex, and they affect people differently. In the last two weeks I’ve discussed some of the mechanisms involved in the addiction process, since greater understanding can help develop a more tolerant perspective of addictions and people who become addicted. In this final article, I take a look at the process of quitting an… Read more »

Fed Watch!

Adult Learners Week This week is International Adult Learner’s Week, and is the first year that Canada has participated in the festivities. Events are happening across the country throughout the week and beyond, so check out what’s happening near you at the ALW web site (SEE: http://www.adultlearning.unesco.ca/actualites.php?faire=lire&identite=3). Some provinces are getting more into the spirit… Read more »


Dear Sandra: I am a full-time university student in my thirties. I’m proud to be completing my education, even if I did start later than a lot of others. The problem is that many of my friends and family members cannot understand why I’m in school at my age, instead of working. How should I… Read more »


The 9th Annual General Meeting of AUSU for 2000/2001 has been scheduled for September 28, 2002, at 1 PM MST. It will be held at the AUSU Office, #306, 10030 107 Street, North Tower, Edmonton, AB. All members of AUSU are invited to attend, either in person or by teleconference. This Annual General Meeting will… Read more »

A Bug In Your Ear

Last week the first official AUSU News was mailed to AU students everywhere! AUSU is working hard to keep students up to date with issues about the website, the upcoming AGM, groups, clubs and committees, and other pertinent information regarding things like student I.D. cards and awards. Make sure you fill out your contest ballot… Read more »

A Professor By Any Other Name:

Many factors led to my decision to attend a distance university rather than the traditional Calgary choice – the U of C. Overall I’m very pleased with the level of education that I’m receiving from AU, but one thing has always bugged me about our school: Tutors. No, I’m not referring to the instructors themselves…. Read more »

The Film Review!

Admission: As this is my second film review:I’m becoming Leonard Maltin! But if I grow a beard:I quit!! The film Memento is currently running on Shaw Cable movie channels and stars Guy Pearce, whom some of you may remember from The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Wildly, he is sans Australian accent and… Read more »

AU President Continues Term

AUGC Chair Robert Fulton announced Sept. 5 that President Dominique Abrioux will continue his term of office until June 30, 2005: “When agreeing to a second term in 1999, Dr. Abrioux had opted to commit to three more years as President, rather than the normal five years that had been the AUGC’s preference. Today’s announcement,… Read more »

Tutor Honoured

Belated congratulations to Bill Wiehler, who is an AU tutor for CHEM 301: Introductory Biochemistry. He was honoured at the end of May with the Governor General’s Gold Medal as the graduate student with the highest academic standing at the University of Calgary. Lt.-Gov. Lois Hole presented Bill with the medal on behalf of the… Read more »

The Harried Student Goes to the Doctor

It all started with the toilet. There was this discussion about who should clean it. Obviously, it would be impossible for the person holding the anatomy textbook in the portions of her upper limbs distal to the radiocarpal joints, but no problem at all for the person currently taking the toilet duck out of the… Read more »

Self and Other:

Religion and ethics often walk hand-in-hand. In other words, if we are of a specific religious persuasion, then we are typically prescribed a moral code which is intended to promote correct conduct. Even if we are atheists, we usually find that the laws of our society have been derived (at least in part) from some… Read more »

Commemorative to September 11, 2001

The first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon is rapidly approaching, and with it the emotions of horror and anger that raged through my body are rekindled. The events of September 11, 2001 shockingly reminded us of our own mortality as individuals and as a nation, and we bonded… Read more »

Free Health Benefits for Children in Low-income Families

The Alberta Child Health Benefit (ACHB) provides children in low-income families with free: · Dental care · Prescription drugs · Eyewear · Emergency ambulance services · Essential diabetic supplies More families are now eligible for coverage through the ACHB because of increased income eligibility levels, which took effect July 1, 2002. These income levels are… Read more »

Outstanding Practitioner

Rory McGreal, Associate Vice President, Research received the Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education 2001. This is the most prestigious distance education award in the U.S. Rory received the honour at the 18th Annual Distance Education Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on Aug. 16, 2002. The Outstanding Practitioner Award… Read more »

Join us @ our Second Annual Picnic in the Parkland! Contributed Courtesy of Community Networks Group

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002 Picnic from 1-3 pm, Music from 2-5 pm Join us, support the Parkland Institute, enjoy great food, great music and a beautiful location! INFOLINE: 492-0417 Musicians: The McDades … Terry McDade, Solon McDade, Jermiah McDade and Shannon Johnson, Lionel Rault, Ron Rault, Stewart McDougall, Kenny Chalmers, Jef Bradshaw. New and original… Read more »

Adult Learners Week. THE VOICE September 11, 2002

Contributed By The Insider Mark your calendars for Adult Learners Week – September 8 to 14 – which is part of a worldwide initiative organized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). AU, together with seven other organizations, will host a Festival of Learning in Athabasca on September 14 from 10 am to… Read more »