Vol. 10 Iss. 46

Volume 10 Issue 46 - 11/27/2002

From My Perspective – The 2nd Annual Peer Support Conference, Part One

Last week I attended the 2nd Annual Peer Support Conference, hosted by the University of Alberta Students’ Union and the Grant McEwan Community College Students’ Union. Peer support groups from universities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia were in attendance. These groups provide campus peer counselling on topics ranging from course & career counselling;… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA: The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I need your help with my academic situation. To put it bluntly, I’m not doing as well as I thought I would. I study regularly, I spend a lot of time on my assignments and I maintain contact with my tutors, yet I can never get a mark over 80%. I have never… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation: Nova Scotia Conference on Adult Learning, Controlling Canadian Calls, National Summit on Innovation and Commercialisation?

Controlling Canadian Calls The Honourable Allan Rock, Minister of Industry, has announced a review toward changing the regulatory structure of telecommunication companies (see: http://www.ic.gc.ca/cmb/welcomeic.nsf/cdd9dc973c4bf6bc852564ca006418a0/85256a220056c2a485256c76004b4d93!OpenDocument). What this means in plain English is that he is looking at allowing foreign companies to acquire Canadian telephone companies. Doing this would mean that we would probably have to deal… Read more »

Scholarship News

ESSAY CONTEST 2003 The Elie Wiesel PRIZE IN ETHICS SUGGESTED TOPICS: Reflect on the most profound, moral dilemma you have ever encountered and analyze what it taught you about ethics. How can human beings move beyond hate toward reconciliation? Explore ethical responses to fanaticism, hate and violence. What ethical issue concerns you most and what… Read more »

Conference Connections!

· CASE District VIII – March 8-11, 2003 – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – “Connect in Coeur d’Alene.” Details: http://www.connectincda.com · ICDE World Conference – 21st annual – June 1-5, 2003 – Hong Kong. Deadline for abstract submission is Aug. 1, 2002. Details: http://www.ouhk.edu.hk/HK2003

A Bug In Your Ear: OUR SECOND AU PROFILE:

The student/staff profile of those whose lives are involved with AU is a new column in The Voice. It is our hope that reading about those who are part of the make-up of what makes AU unique will draw our students closer together although we span countries and continents. We are a part of AU,… Read more »

Christmas Shopping Online: Save Time But Be Careful

Christmas shopping can be a lot of fun, but it can also be incredibly time consuming and stressful if you have a busy schedule. The closer it gets to Christmas, the more stressed shoppers become, and it is difficult not to feed off of that negative energy when you are in the stores. Part of… Read more »

Acronym Nightmares!

My hubby is fawnnnyy! He’s always saying things that trigger ideas for articles. He’s a computer and math type so I’m the one who bashes out the words:or as his PCA says, “Put together some more of those pretty words!” And here is the latest focus. What’s the main common denominator below? · I’m in… Read more »

Designer Genes

In the last century, the human race has made stunning scientific advances. One of the newest, most controversial of these is genetic engineering. It is an awesome power, but one that humanity is not mature enough to possess. Morally and medically, human cloning is too risky, and the human race too prone to selfishness, for… Read more »

Is Our Policy of Multiculturalism Too Lenient?

Canada is known for its multicultural heritage and the freedom that it offers refugees and immigrants from other countries. In high school we all learnt how important it is to remain open to things such as new cultures and religions. Since we live in a democratically free country all residents have rights such as the… Read more »

Martin’s Eye on the Sky

(photo provided by The Insider) Martin Connors has good reason to smile. AU’s own mathematician, physicist, and astronomer has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in Space Science. His research in the measurement of the Northern Lights and their magnetic fields has led to an improved understanding of space weather. The Government of Canada announced… Read more »

New scholarship program awards $165,000 to apprentices

Edmonton… Apprentices in Alberta are reaping the benefits of a new $3.3 million scholarship created by industry, the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board, and Alberta Learning. In its inaugural year, 165 scholarships of $1,000 each have been awarded from the endowment to encourage registered Alberta apprentices to complete their training. “The collaboration of industry… Read more »

Play With Words

While letters form the basic elements of our language, they are, of themselves, without meaning. Typically, we don’t attach any sense to letters, and if someone was to utter “A, H, P, Z, N,” we would not have any means to understand what this person might be trying to say”?indeed, we would likely think that… Read more »

Are You an Artist? AUSU Supports the Arts!

AUSU is interested in purchasing original works of art from students for use in promotional purposes. These promotions may include: gifts from AUSU to graduates at convocation, tokens of appreciation for volunteers, special presentations, etc. The works of art must: -be created by an AU Student -be within a value range $0-$500. -be accessible or… Read more »

CLASSIFIEDS! The Voice November 27, 2002

CLASSIFIED SPACE: Students of AU may print classifieds in The Voice free of charge (maximum three per issue) as long as they are not representing a company or product. Classified ads must follow the direct guidelines and ethics stated in the Voice Policy and should be submitted to the editor at voice@ausu.org with “?CLASSIFIED AD’… Read more »

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS

ESSAY CONTEST 2003 The Elie Wiesel PRIZE IN ETHICS SUGGESTED TOPICS: *Reflect on the most profound, moral dilemma you have ever encountered and analyze what it taught you about ethics. *How can human beings move beyond hate toward reconciliation? *Explore ethical responses to fanaticism, hate and violence. *What ethical issue concerns you most and what… Read more »

IS THERE A WRITER IN YOU?

WRITE FOR THE VOICE Contact Tammy Moore at tmoore@ausu.org for details on writing for The Voice, providing a sample selection of writing and preferred genre.

Be part of the Global Picture with Canada World Youth

ATTENTION: PLEASE INFORM YOUNG PEOPLE OF THIS UNIQUE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – Be part of the Global Picture with Canada World Youth Contributed By The Community Networks Group How BIG is your world? How big would you like it to be? Next year you could be living, working and learning in Bénin, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Canada,… Read more »

Free Health Benefits for Children in Low-income Families. From information provided by Alberta Human Resources and Employment.

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 »

Notice to AU graduate students and those considering entering graduate studies at AU.

Athabasca University Students’ Union is in the process of establishing an AU Graduate Students’ Association. Here’s a sampling of benefits of belonging to a Graduate Students’ Association: · Graduate student representation on University Committees · University and government advocacy and lobbying · Affiliation with provincial and national graduate students’ organizations · Assistance with university/student dispute… Read more »

AUSU Council News 2002: FALL, SPRING & SUMMER EDITIONS

on behalf of AUSU FALL EDITION AUSU met on the evening of September 16th for the last regular council meeting of the 2001/2002 fiscal year. Finances and our preliminary budget for the upcoming fiscal year were the main topics of discussion, and we laid the groundwork for some exciting new scholarships and student awards. Also… Read more »

Just Christmas 2002. Published in The Voice November 27, 2002

Infoline: 474-6058 (or) 995-6819 An early Announcement Just Christmas (from ‘justice at Christmas’) is an alternative global marketplace for quality fair trade crafts and other goods. Marketplace participants are not-for-profit organizations whose mandate is to foster global awareness and to support international development projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. This year the event takes… Read more »

‘Vibrant Communities Initiative’. Published November 27, 2002

Contributed by The Community Networks Group http://www.vibrantcommunities.ca Canada is a country of countless opportunities. We have exceptional health, education and social programs, a robust economy and a quality of life that is envied around the world. It’s hard to think of Canada as a “poor” country. And yet more than 16% of us live in… Read more »

SUPPORT SMOKING BAN IN RESTAURANTS, BARS, & LOUNGES

From: Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) Re: Support a Smoking Ban in Restaurants, Bars and Lounges Edmonton City Council is now considering amendments to the smoking bylaw to ban smoking in public places, including restaurants, bars and lounges. Last year, City Council amended the existing bylaw to protect children from second hand smoke by… Read more »

Diverse Voices: Bridging Troubled Waters. Annual Family Violence Conference

November 28-29, 2002 Infoline: 437-8013 / Fax: 439-6819 · E-mail: dorothy@icdr.com At the Santa Maria Goretti Community Centre 11050 – 90 Street, Edmonton, Alberta Join outstanding speakers & colleagues to: · Learn how to develop educational initiatives · Explore how to reach people with varying needs · Share success stories and best practices with colleagues… Read more »

CHANGES TO THE UNDERGRAD GRADING POLICY AT AU!

This is to advise you of an important change in the undergraduate Grading Policy at Athabasca University. Athabasca University has approved a new Alpha/4.0 grading scale for undergraduate studies effective January 1, 2003. The grades that students achieve will be stated, on transcripts and in student records, as alpha grades on a scale from A… Read more »

AU HONOURARY DEGREES! – The Call for Nominations

Athabasca University Governing Council invites nominations for Honourary Degrees to be presented at Convocation ceremonies on June 13 and 14, 2003 in Athabasca, Alberta. Candidates will have distinguished themselves in education, science, the arts, public service, or other areas, and have made significant life-long contributions to endeavours consistent with the mandate and purpose of Athabasca… Read more »

AU News From Academic Council. Contributed by The Insider

Academic Council passed the following Action Items at its Nov. 6th meeting: · Step II & III approval of a Master of Nursing program (open for applications on April 1, 2003 with courses beginning Sept. 1, 2003) · Regulation changes to the Master of Health Studies program (effective Sept. 1, 2003) · Step II approval… Read more »

The People’s Movement for Human Rights Education

Introducing Human Rights Cities & Shulamith Koenig Contributed By The Community Networks Group Nov. 29, 2002 10-noon @ City Hall – Heritage Room Infoline: 474-6058 / 995-6819 / e-mail: leocamposa@aol.com Since 1989, the People’s Movement for Human Rights Education (PDHRE), an international NGO, instrumental the launching a UN Decade for Human Rights Education, 1995-2004, has… Read more »

Boreal Majesty, an Evening for Canada’s Northern Forests

November 30, 2002 7:00 p.m. @ the Provincial Museum of Alberta Infoline: 432-0967 (or) e-mail: jill-sturdy@cpaws-edmonton.org The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society proudly presents Boreal Majesty, an Evening for Canada’s Northern Forests. This event features two eminent science writers, Dr. Wayne Lynch and Dr. David Henry. Both have volunteered their time to share with Canadians… Read more »