Vol. 10 Iss. 48

Volume 10 Issue 48 - 12/11/2002

From My Perspective – Reading books

The other day I was having an email discussion with several other Voice writers when one of them brought up the topic of book reviews, stating that a particular book was one you would “not want to put down.” I responded with a semi-serious question, “you have time to read books???” His answer provided a… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation:

If you Drink & Drive – Avoid Manitoba With one of the toughest new programs to combat drinking and driving, the Manitoba government has passed a law (SEE: http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/press/top/2002/12/2002-12-02-02.html) that allows the government to seize and sell your automobile if you are involved in drinking and driving. This can even happen on a first offence… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA: The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I read your column last week about the overweight woman who felt men avoided her because of her weight, and I thought it was great! Since I now know that you answer questions related to weight issues, I was hoping you could help me with my problem. I am addicted to sugar. I… Read more »

A Bug In Your Ear: AN AU ANNOUNCEMENT

Athabasca University’s Mathematics Diagnostic Assessment is now published online at http://www.athabascau.ca/html/services/counselling/math/ Two versions of this online test contain 30 or 70 questions that will help assess students’ mathematical skills. Based on their score, the assessment will recommend which Athabasca University mathematics course a student is likely ready to take successfully. You may also find the… Read more »

Strange Heirlooms: Fall Cleaning Impossibilities

Spring cleaning, or fall cleaning. Some of us like to us like to clear out our junk before the warm weather arrives; others pull out the brooms and dustpans as the summer fades. The changing of seasons marks the years, and we are reminded to clear out the clutter when we rake up the leaves… Read more »

Belly Bubblers

(Photo provided by Laura Seymour) Years ago in Edmonton I started something that’s literally changed my life – teaching belly dance. I’ve met a variety of women – most of them pretty dynamic. They’ve been interested in doing something with their body that doesn’t involve hearing: “and four more, three more, two and: eight more”… Read more »

Travelogues; A How-to

The benefit of travel is not simply the experience you have whilst doing it; the benefit is also the memories you take home from it. While most people simply carry along a camera for the purposes of capturing those memories, still others keep a travel journal of some sort. A picture may well be worth… Read more »

AU Profiles – Student: Patricia Boyle

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 »

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 »

THE CLASSIFIEDS!

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 »

Beyond The Headlines

As you know, every month we highlight the work of an Alberta-based NGO (non-governmental organization) working locally or internationally on human development activities. In previous issues of Beyond the Headlines we have featured organizations such as HumanServe International, Change for Children, Cause Canada, Rainbow of Hope, RAFIKI Friends of Rwanda, Sombrilla, Friends of Nepal, Transgenus… Read more »

University Of Calgary Department Of Neuroscience Competition 2003

The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Calgary is holding a second National Neuroscience Competition to identify students to fly to Calgary for an all-expense-paid trip for 4 days in March 2003 to visit with group members. We are interested in meeting with undergraduate students taking courses relevant to neuroscience as well as graduate… 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.

CLASSIFIEDS!

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 »

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS. Contributed By The Community Networks Group

AWARENESS PROGRAMS SOCIETY OF ALBERTA Volunteers Needed and Invited to Help Infoline: 924-3432 We are a volunteer, registered non-profit society, which has been serving the work of Wanjiku Kironyo in Kenya for seventeen years. Wanjiku works in the slum communities with the women and street kids, handicapped children and youth groups. Our chairperson, Rosalind Shepherd,… 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 »

Vibrant Communities Initiative

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 »

Scholarship News

Kinsmen and Kinettes Bursary – Hal Rogers Endowment Fund Value: $1000 Application Deadline: February 1 Description: · Canadian citizens or permanent residents · Must be full-time students in the upcoming school year at a recognized post-secondary institution · Selection is based on demonstrated high ideals and qualities of citizenship · Recipients must not have previously… Read more »

Conference Connections. Contributed By AU’s The Insider

· 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 · CADE – June 7-11, 2003 – St. John’s NF · International… Read more »

NEWS FROM THE AGM Provided By AUSU Council

The 9th Annual General Meeting of AUSU was held this past Saturday, September 28 at 1:00 P.M. Eleven students were in attendance, nine in person and two via teleconference. Quorum was satisfied and the meeting could proceed. In the President’s welcome, Debbie Jabbour commented that the low attendance should not be taken as an indicator… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Canadian Diabetes Association Free pickup of dontated household goods

What We Do Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is a non-profit, charitable organization with over 150 branches across Canada. CDA volunteers and staff work directly with people with diabetes and their families at the grass roots level. The CDA Collections Program collects clothing and reusable household items as an entrepreneurial fundraising venture. The funds raised from… Read more »

An African Christmas @ Murungo Ano Penga African Gallery

Dec. 14, 2002 / 6-10 p.m. The High Street, 12505 – 102 Ave. , Edmonton (Below Starbucks) Tickets: $10.00 You are invited to our special African Christmas in support of the Harare Street Kids Association of Zimbabwe. Join us for viewing & sales of our newly arrived and magnificent collection of African Wildlife Heritage Collection…. Read more »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Thanks to all of you who have been providing us with such great feedback on The Voice. Please continue providing your opinions, comments and support; any submissions can be sent to tmoore@ausu.org **PLEASE REMEMBER ALL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR INTENDED FOR PUBLICATION MUST BE MARKED “FOR PUBLICATION”. Accepted letters to the editor have not been… Read more »