Vol. 11 Iss. 19

Volume 11 Issue 19 - 05/07/2003

The Paper – A Look At The Very First Issue of The Voice

Throughout the month of May, the voice will be celebrating its 10th year in publication. Each week I’ll be delving into the archives to provide a retrospective of our paper, and by extension, the factors affecting AU students throughout the past decade. Many changes in school and government policy have taken place over this time… Read more »

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK THE VOICE: 1993 – 2003; 10 YEARS AS YOUR STUDENT NEWSPAPER SPECIAL FEATURE: THE PAPER Join us for a retrospective reading of the very first issue of The Voice, then known as The Paper. How much as changed, and how can a study of the past prepare us for the future? SOUNDING OFF… Read more »

AUSU VP External Elected CAUS Chair

The Voice congratulates AUSU VP External Shirley Barg, who was recently elected Chair of the Council of Alberta University Students [CAUS]. AUSU has been a member of CAUS since 1993, and Shirley has been on the CAUS board since 2001. She is the first representative of AUSU to hold the position of CAUS chair. CAUS… Read more »

Sounding Off

Last week Debbie Jabbour wrote about her experiences taking AU exams, and I asked students to send me their exam stories. I’m sure many of us have strange stories to tell about writing exams! I am currently working towards a Certificate in French language proficiency, so exams, especially in another language, can be unnerving. During… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Manitoba Students get Free Extension The Provincial Government of Manitoba has announced (http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/press/top/2003/04/2003-04-29-08.html) that it will be doubling the interest free period of student loans from six months to a full year. When combined with their recent budget that keeps tuition at 10% below 1999 levels, it seems like going to Manitoba to take your… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, As a new AU student my life has been pretty busy. I’m always studying and that means my wife has had to pick up a lot of the slack. She is an amazing woman, wife and mother and this year I would like to get her an amazing Mother’s Day present to say… Read more »

AU Student Essays Inspiring

In contrast to the students with poor writing skills there are a number of AU students who write very well and who demonstrate not just good critical thinking but considerable creativity. These students are often in our senior English courses. I have selected a number of their essays and posted them in the home pages… Read more »

Do You Know The Cembalo?

The last two weeks I’ve been on a “special assignment” for The Voice. My husband and I did a transatlantic crossing starting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and finished in Genoa, Italy. I’ve decided, since we’re now broke, that I’d write a story to my fellow Athabasca University students to tell you about the entertainment value… Read more »

Are You Graduating This June?

I want to feature graduating AU students for the profiles section in May and June. If you are graduating this year, write to me and I will send you a profile form to fill out or we can arrange for a more in-depth interview. Remember how hard it was when you started at distance education?… Read more »

Science, Chemistry, Research, and AU Students

This last weekend I had the opportunity to attend an unusual conference. Unusual for me, since most of the conferences I attend are sponsored by groups addressing general education issues. This weekend, however, I attended the 17th Annual Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan. Although it did not contain the word ?education? in… Read more »

2003 Alberta Book Awards!

http://www.writersguild.ab.ca Saturday May 10, 2003 6:00 p.m. @ the Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel 10222 – 102 Street, Edmonton – Tickets $45 The Writers Guild of Alberta and The Book Publishers Association of Alberta invite you to attend a gala dinner honouring the best writers and books of last year @ the 2003 ALBERTA BOOK… Read more »

Shabab Reconstruction Project

A youth initiative for Palestine http://www.ungdomsstyrelsen.se/wordfiler/internationellt/SHABAB.doc The Project statement The joint initiative of ZAJEL Youth Exchange Program, An-Najah National University, Nablus and SCI-Germany is a pilot project, which takes place in form of two international Workcamps in the summer 2003. Manual work of international and local volunteers supports the reconstruction of the youth institutions in… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Student’s Union, see the AUSU website at www.ausu.org MICHAEL LUCHKOVICH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT Value: $3000 DEADLINE: n/s Administrator: Alberta Scholarship Programs Notes: Must have been working full-time in Alberta for a minimum of three years. Program of study may be up to six months of full-time study… Read more »

Community Networks Group

To suggest listings for events, conferences, or opportunities in your area, contact voice@ausu.org. A BENEFIT PREMIERE OF: WINGED MIGRATION A film by Jacques Perrin Sunday May 11th / 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. @ Garneau Theatre, 8712 – 109 Street All Box Office will go to Jack’s Kids ‘For eighty-million years birds have ruled the… Read more »

AU Honors List, December 2002

AUSU would like to congratulate the following students who made the December 2002 Honours List: STUDENT – PROGRAM – YEAR – ADDRESS Baird, Joanne – BN – Year 3 – Grand Falls-Windsor, NL Balaski, Beverly – BN – Year 3 – Regina, SK Bech-Hansen, Angela – BADMN – Year 2 – Richmond Hill, ON Benedict,… Read more »

Capital Campaign: What’s Coming For Autism

If you live in Calgary you’ve likely heard or seen information posted by Society for Treatment of Autism: radio spots, brochures, posters on the sides of Calgary’s buses and bus stops, as well as all kinds of interviews and media coverage. This has been part of the communication objective that Society for Treatment of Autism… Read more »

Conference Connections

CONTRIBUTED BY AU’S THE INSIDER CU Expo – Community-University Institute for Social Research – “Partnerships, Policy & Progress” – May 8-10, 2003, Saskatoon, SK. Details: http://www.usask.ca/cuisr/cuexpo Distance Education Technology Symposium (DETS-03) – sponsored by the Centre for Distance Education – May 15-17, 2003 – Edmonton, Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe. Details: http://cde.athabascau.ca/DET/2003/ or contact Pat Fahy… Read more »

Tutors and Emails – suggestions for an improved response.

We love hearing from you! Please continue sending your opinions, comments and ideas to voice@ausu.org. Dear Editor, Re: Tutors – Emails I sympathize with the students that feel ignored by their tutors! So I want to offer some unasked for advice! A tutor once told me she received 100 emails in a single day and… Read more »

Tutor Credentials

Hi Tamra: I have suggestion regarding AU tutors and I will also give you a background for why I am asking this. I have recently registered in my 3rd AU course and as usual I received a welcome letter from my tutor. What I found different in that letter was, she not only welcomed me… Read more »

Free Classifieds For AU Students

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. Ads can be up to 60 words in length and may include a photo. Use The Voice classified space to sell or buy, research or find…. Read more »