Vol. 11 Iss. 32

Volume 11 Issue 32 - 08/06/2003

Editorial Pages – Review of the new AU Calendar

THIS WEEK AU NOW CONTRIBUTING TO SCHOLARSHIP NEWS – Each month, the AU Awards Office will be forwarding The Voice a list of the scholarhips with upcoming deadlines, so that you can make sure to get your applications in time. See Scholarship News for the first instalment of this list: NATURE NOTES – Devious and… Read more »

AU Profiles – Student: Barbara Godin

What province and city/town do you live in? London, Ontario, Canada Do you have a family/ kids/ pets? My husband and I have a large dog, “Rusty” and a small cat “Boots”. I am the grandmother of four year old twins, Madison and Zachary. They are the love of my life. What are your hobbies… Read more »

AU Graduate Profile

Sandra Moore spoke with Erin at AU convocation: AU GRADUATE PROFILE OF ERIN WARDLAW AGE: 23 LIVES IN: Lethbridge, Alberta TRAVEL TIME TO ATHABASCA: 7 hour drive PROGRAM COMPLETED: Bachelor Of Arts – Psychology YEARS IT TOOK TO COMPLETE: 4 FAVORITE COURSE: PSYC 343 – Issues & Strategies in Counselling Women and PSYC 406 –… Read more »

Sounding Off

This week, more AU students Sound Off on AU’s request to be removed from the Alberta Government’s tuition cap. The Voice will continue to offer coverage on this controversial subject as more becomes known. AU has not released an official statement on their position so far. If you have a comment on this subject, send… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I’m just about done my studies at AU and I’m not sure what to do next. Should I take a break from school and work, or go on to do my Masters? Do you have any advice for me? Confused in Alberta Dear Confused, As an upcoming university graduate, a variety of options… Read more »

AUSU This Month

SURVEY ON AU TUITION DEREGULATION How do you feel about AU being removed from the tuition cap? Athabasca University, like other universities and colleges in the province, currently falls under Alberta’s tuition fee policy that enforces a ceiling on allowable tuition increases. AU has asked the Alberta government for exemption from the tuition fee policy…. Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

AU Misses Opportunity The Honourable Dr. Lyle Oberg, Minister of Alberta Learning will be taking a trip (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200308/14892.html) to Vietnam for a leadership summit in the field of post-secondary education. Dr. Oberg will be participating in a seminar on how government works and collaborates with post-secondary institutions. Travelling with Dr. Oberg are: Dr. Paul Byrne,… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: Wicked Stepmother

“That was a very odd film.” I’d like to say Wicked Stepmother is bad but it’s not. I’d like to say that I loved it but I didn’t. It has a peculiar set of characteristics that make this film worth taking a look at. First, it has screen legend Bette Davis, post-stroke and I believe… Read more »

From My Perspective – Trailer Park Blues

Tonight I had a near-death experience. Well, it was not really near-death, but it sure felt like it. It happened at around 7:00 P.M. My daughter and her companion have purchased a mobile home in a large trailer park in the city. It’s a “fixer-upper”, and I spent the day with her, working to bring… Read more »

There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’

In this fast paced working environment, a business needs full team effort and cooperation from all its employees. Thus, for any business to succeed, teamwork and collaboration are extremely essential tools to utilize in day-to-day work life. Today’s businesses need to find new manners to promote and reward information sharing and collaboration. “Collaboration is fundamental… Read more »

AU Convocation Awards List 2003 – Congratulations recipients!

GRADUATE AWARDS Susan Keen AUGC Scholarship – Master of Arts – Integrated Studies – $500 Therese Rocole AUGC Scholarship – Master of Business Administration – $500 George Hart AUGC Scholarship – Master of Distance Education – $500 Shirley Marlene Bell AUGC Scholarship – Master of Health Studies – $500 Deborah Johnston AUGC Scholarship – Master… Read more »

Forest Fires: 2003

BC Premier Gordon Campbell has ordered a provincial state of emergency to free-up resources in order to fight the province’s massive forest-fire problems. As of Saturday August 2, 2003, there were 352 active fires burning in the province, bringing the year-total to 1120 fires which have, so far, consumed 59422 hectares of BC’s forests (1)…. Read more »

Edmonton Skydive Center – First Jump Course Training

Instructor Assisted First Jump training is a traditional approach for most first-time skydivers. During a 5 to 6 hour ground training program, your Canadian Sport Parachute Association certified instructors will train you in areas of your skydive including equipment and parachute, aircraft procedures, exiting the aircraft, the skydive, canopy control and landing. You will learn… Read more »

News From AU – AU bids farewell to Alan Davis

“It was such a laugh to stand up there and show another side of the university, and another side of myself, and to see people really enjoy it.” – Alan Davis According to Alan Davis, he knew two things for certain that bitterly cold day about eight years ago when he interviewed for the position… Read more »

Edmonton Events – To list events in your area, contact The Voice

EDMONTON EVENTS To list an event in any Canadian city in the Voice, contact voice@ausu.org. JOURNALISTS AT RISK: ROUTINE OR AN ISOLATED INCIDENT? Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m. Education South Room 129 U. of A. Campus Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi was recently murdered while in the custody of Iranian security forces. Many Iranians would say… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Students’ Union, see the AUSU website at www.ausu.org Athabasca University Awards and Scholarship Information The Office of the Registrar would like to advise students of pending deadlines for scholarships and awards: Award Name: Syncrude Aboriginal Scholarship (http://www.athabascau.ca/html/depts/registry/studawrd.htm#sast) Value: $2,500 Program: Various – see website Basic Criteria: 1st year… Read more »

Free AUSU Student Gift Packs!

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… Read more »

Survey On Student Barriers To E-Learning

This survey seeks to determine student attitudes toward taking courses online. AU currently offers several online courses, although most are still delivered through the use of print materials. Whether you have taken an online course or not, your input on this important survey is valuable. This survey is a project of UMBC in Maryland. This… Read more »

Conference Connections

Contributed by The Insider Distance Teaching & Learning Conference: – 19th annual -“Working Smarter – Building on Success” – Aug. 13-15, 2003 – Madison, Wisconsin. Details: http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference AU Learning Services Conference – October 3 & 4, 2003 – Edmonton, Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe. Details to follow. OTHER CONFERENCES CAPDHHE [Canadian Association for the Prevention of… Read more »

Quote of the Week

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. — Helen Keller We love to hear from you! Send your letters to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we… Read more »