Vol. 11 Iss. 23

Volume 11 Issue 23 - 06/04/2003

Editorial Pages

Convocation is almost here! For an upcoming Sounding Off column, send us your congratulatory messages for this year’s grads, or, if you are graduating, tell us what convocation means to you! Friday, June 13m – Convocation – Graduate Ceremony Saturday, June 14 – Convocation – Undergraduate Ceremony THIS WEEK THE AUSU 10TH ANNIVERSARY AGM –… Read more »

10th Anniversary AGM – Special Report

On May 24, 2003, AUSU held our 10th Anniversary AGM, at the Edmonton Learning Centre at 4 PM M.S.T. It was a beautiful, sunny day in Edmonton, with the temperature above 25 degrees celsius. In addition to all seven Council members, Mac, Karl, Shirley, Sandra, Nick, Karie-Anne and myself; and two staff members who are… Read more »

Library 101

Continuing the series of Things You Should Know About the Library, librarian Elaine Magusin shares additional Frequently Asked Questions: Q: I was looking in the Digital Reference Centre and noticed that you have e-books. What exactly is an e-book and how do I access them? A: E-books, or electronic books, are books that are either… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

Honestly, I’ll admit I’m usually a very “North American” reader. All of my authors of choice generally write in English as a first language and describe my cultural background. I guess one day that got awfully boring. Therefore, it is a distinct pleasure to have such a lovely introduction into the world of Chinese authors…. Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Working to Learn not Working? Statistics Canada has recently released a report (http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/030526/d030526a.htm) on the correlation between dropping out of high school and working. Not surprisingly, they have found that students who work 30 hours per week or more at paid employment are more likely to drop out than students who work moderate hours or… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Hey Readers! Here’s the other gardening question I promised you last week! Dear Sandra, My wife and I just moved into a beautiful older home, problem is that it was empty for a year before we moved in and weeds overrun the gardens. Besides spraying and constant plucking, is there anything else we can do?… Read more »

Work Rage: Identify the Problems; Implement the Solutions

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, 55-year-old Richard Anderson, a BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection manager in Kamloops BC, walked into the office building where he worked. He entered through the back door with a gun, shot and killed his boss, shot and killed a union representative, and finally, shot and killed himself…. Read more »

Free Stuff for AU Students from AUSU

Do you want a package filled with cool AUSU study related items? This year instead of sending out student planners AUSU has compiled a package filled with products to help you study (and in some cases play). We’ve also included in these packages the latest issue of REALM magazine, a magazine geared towards students entering… Read more »

From My Perspective – Graduation Special – The Class of 2003

Author’s note: This is the first of three articles that will detail three very special and very different graduation experiences. I have the privilege this year of participating in three graduations – my youngest daughter has graduated from high school, my second eldest daughter has graduated from university, and I will be graduating myself on… Read more »

Propaganda in our Society

Propaganda is a “phenomenon that blurs many fine distinctions” (Doob, 1948). It has been around for a very long time. How do we decide enough is enough, someone has spoke more than they should, or that the reasonable has become unreasonable. Deciding what to believe, differentiating reasonable from the unreasonable, the exciting from the dangerous,… Read more »

News From AU

‘Bug Guy’ brings provincial Bug Room to Athabasca Science Outreach-Athabasca recently hosted a presentation of “Alberta Bugs: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.” Terry Thormin, from the Alberta Provincial Museum’s Bug Room spoke on April 8, 2003 in the Nancy Appleby Theatre. He brought along a variety of “friends” from the Provincial Museum, including… Read more »

AU Introduces a New Master of Nursing Program

The first Master of Nursing degree program to be delivered fully online in Canada receives approval from Alberta Learning Athabasca, May 9, 2003 – The Centre for Nursing and Health Studies at Athabasca University announces government approval of the first Canadian Master of Nursing (MN) program to be delivered completely online. Although other universities have… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Student’s Union, see the AUSU website at www.ausu.org ATHABASCA UNIVERSITY MILDRED ROWE WESTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Value: $600 DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2003 Administrator: Athabasca University Notes: Available to Alberta students with an academic standing of 80% or more. Must have completed between three and five courses at Athabasca within… Read more »

Conference Connections

CONTRIBUTED BY AU’S THE INSIDER ICDE World Conference – 21st annual – June 1-5, 2003 – Hong Kong. POSTPONED INDEFINITELY. Details http://www.ouhk.edu.hk/HK2003/e_postpone.htm CADE – June 7-11, 2003 – St. John’s, NF. Details: http://www.cade-aced2003.ca/ “Women and Leadership in Higher Education: How Thick is the Glass Ceiling?” – International Conference – June 12-14, 2003 – Monterrey, Nuevo… Read more »

CONFERENCE: Summer Symposium on Health Ethics

Summer Symposium on Health Ethics Wednesday 6 August 2003 Stollery Executive Development Centre Business Building, University of Alberta 11211 Saskatchewan Drive Edmonton, Alberta The John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre (JDHEC) invites you to attend a one-day symposium on health ethics. This course will offer a series of presentations by JDHEC Faculty that will challenge you… Read more »

Big Party for Public Education in Edmonton

To suggest listings for events, conferences, or opportunities in your area, contact voice@ausu.org. Big Party for Public Education Sunday June 01, 2003 noon – 4:00 p.m. @ McKernan School, 11330 – 76 Avenue Free ETS Tix. Available INFO: 444-3749 E-mail: giantletter@shaw.ca Dear Edmontonian / Parent, Parents in Alberta are organizing a Big Party for Education… Read more »


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