Vol. 17 Iss. 24

Volume 17 Issue 24 - 06/19/2009

Convocation 2009 – Address by Graduate

During each of the three days of convocation, one graduate addressed his fellow students and convocation guests, sharing his thoughts about graduation and the journey that brought him there. On Thursday, June 11, the graduate address was given by Marcel Ducharme, of Calgary, Alberta, who received his Master of Distance Education degree. The Voice thanks… Read more »

Convocation 2009 – Graduate Interviews

This is the first of a three-part Voice series featuring interviews with some of AU’s 2009 graduates. For many graduates, convocation weekend was the first time they had seen the beautiful grounds and buildings of the AU campus, and they attended the ceremonies from places near and far, including Barrie, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta. The… Read more »

Convocation 2009 – Part I

This is the first of a special three-part Voice report on Athabasca University’s 2009 Convocation, which took place June 11, 12, and 13. The Voice offers its warmest congratulations to all this year’s graduates! If there’s one word that represents Convocation 2009, It’s ?change.? One of the most visible changes this year was the absence… Read more »

AUSU This Month – Annual AGM Held; Media Committee Started

Annual AGM Held As you probably already know from the AGM Report put out by the Voice, AUSU held its annual general meeting on March 23, 2009. In that meeting a number of important revisions to the definitions of AUSU membership occurred, to make sure that the Councillors you elect are able to represent you… Read more »

From Where I Sit – My Intention

A few short hours ago our daughter took off to Tokyo for eight days. As with any mother this draws out conflicting emotions: pride because She’s so worldly at 23; excitement because It’s sure to be a great adventure for her; terror because my baby girl is flying halfway around the world and I can’t… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Greg Herriges

Greg Herriges is a Minnesota-based composer and player of many world instruments who brings together a wide range of musical traditions to create imaginative, stirring musical pieces. His recently released album Telluric Currents is an exquisite tapestry of exotic sound (read Voice review here). Recently Greg spoke with Wanda Waterman St. Louis. ?Imagine All Things… Read more »

Did You Know? – Open AU

Physical fitness, research projects, hockey, environmentally friendly cars: where can you find stories on all these topics and more? At Open AU, Athabasca University’s online publication that ?features stories about our students, faculty, research, awards and events.? Along with fascinating feature stories, you can also find Alumni Profiles, Twitter feeds, and links to AU news…. Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Pet Shop

Dog days aren’t just for summer anymore. The worldwide pet market is valued at around $4 billion dollars, and It’s no exaggeration to say that some pets are treated like royalty. From dog hotels to airlines just for Fluffy, here’s a look at some of the ways people indulge their furry companions. Pampered Pets Dog… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Bilingual grads needed for government jobs – In Foreign News: Patent system dismantled in Venezuela

At Home: Bilingual grads needed for government jobs Canada’s job markets may not be booming, but bilingual grads have an advantage in at least one sector: the federal government. According to a parliamentary committee report, falling rates of bilingualism will create a shortage of federal employees. As Canada’s largest employer, the federal government expects to… Read more »