Vol. 11 Iss. 25

Volume 11 Issue 25 - 06/18/2003

Convocation 2003 – Photo Special

Be sure to read The Voice next week for complete convocation coverage, and many more photos. This week, part 1 : What’s it like to graduate? As a member of the Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) I was invited to attend this year’s convocation, Saturday, June 14th and I had the chance to finally put… Read more »

Convocation 2003: Address by the Graduate

Ramona DeRose was chosen to give this year’s Address by the Graduate. She has been kind enough to share her address with the Voice readers, and all those grads who were unable to attend this year’s convocation. Mr. Chairman Mr. President Elected Officials Distinguished Guests Members of the Platform Party Graduates Ladies and Gentlemen Today… Read more »

From My Perspective – Graduation Special – The Class of 2003

Author’s note: This is the third 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 graduated on June 14! Each… Read more »

Sounding Off

AU Convocation 2003 took place this past weekend. Graduates from all over Canada – and beyond – made their way to Athabasca for the ceremonies, while others celebrated their achievement at home. This week, I asked AU students to send their congratulatory messages to our grads. Here is what you had to say: Dear Voice,… Read more »


GRADUATE PROFILE – SANDRA A. MACISSAC Here’s what Sandra had to say on convocation day: AGE: 38 LIVES IN: Rochester, Minnesota TRAVEL TIME TO ATHABASCA: 5 hours by plane & car PROGRAM COMPLETED: Bachelor of Science YEARS IT TOOK TO COMPLETE: 6 FAVORITE COURSE: Molecular Cell Biology LEAST FAVORITE COURSE: Historical Foundations Of Modern Science… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Chinese Acupuncture And Moxibustion

Finding this book wasn’t very easy, but I plan to scoot over to China some day to study acupuncture and this textbook was listed as required reading. Considering the SARS epidemic currently in the Orient, and my maxed out credit cards, don’t expect any exotic reports from China too soon! I bumped into this book… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

The Numbers Game Statistics Canada has recently released (http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/030611/d030611b.htm) a report on University Financing across Canada. The report starts off with the happy news that, for the first time in 15 years, revenues from public sources increased faster than those from private sources. Could it be that the governments are finally starting to realize the… Read more »

Natural Doesn’t Mean Safe

Our lives are becoming more and more demanding. This is no different when it comes to health. The increase in the use of holistic and complementary treatments for a variety of medical conditions is an excellent example of how people are putting more faith into going natural and exploring the vast world of alternative medicine…. Read more »

Responsibility in Parenting

When I was two years old, and my brother one, our biological mom and dad made the decision to get divorced. I find myself constantly wondering what kind of misery they could have experienced to make a decision such as this. Since then, we’ve lived with our mom and stepdad and have been raised to… Read more »

Bruce Martin: A Great Friend

Every day I pass by a friend’s place on my way down-town, but I rarely stop by to see him any more. There was a time when we would hang-around together constantly and I must say I miss those days. But life has a way of taking people down separate paths and so it happened… Read more »

The Planets: Classical Graffiti, EMI Records – Review

The Planets is a group of eight classically trained musicians brought together through a Popstar style of competition in the United Kingdom late in 2001. Their first album, Classical Graffiti was released in February 2002 and debuted at number one on the classical charts, where it remained for three months. The music itself is primarily… Read more »

AUSU Committees Seeking Members

AUSU COMMITTEES SEEK MEMBERS AUSU Committees are looking for student members who can volunteer just a few hours a month to answer email or attend teleconferences. Anyone who wants to become more involved with AUSU Student Council can gain great experience and insight through committee work. The External Committee, chaired by Shirley Barg, needs representatives… 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 »

Scholarships & Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Student’s Union, see the AUSU website at www.ausu.org ONTARIO ABORIGINAL PARTNERSHIPS RECOGNITION SCHOLARSHIP Value: n/s DEADLINE: n/s Administrator: National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Notes: Awarded to students who are pursuing post-secondary studies that will prepare them for jobs in the fields of business, science and technology. Contact Information: National… Read more »

Conference Connections

Contributed by The Insider EDEN 2003 (European Distance Education Network) – June 15 – 18, 2003 – Rhodes, Greece. Details: EDEN 2003 LIDC – The Second Annual Summer Institute on eLearning in Higher Education – June 16- 20, 2003 – Vancouver, BC. Details: LIDC website. FAC – June 19 & 20, 2003 – Pomona, CA…. Read more »


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