Vol. 17 Iss. 25

Volume 17 Issue 25 - 06/26/2009

Convocation 2009 – Graduate Interviews

This is the second 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 Mission, BC, and Missoula, Montana. The… Read more »

Convocation 2009 – Address by Graduate

During each of the three days of convocation, one graduate addressed her fellow students and convocation guests, sharing her thoughts about graduation and the journey that brought her there. On Friday, June 12, the graduate address was given by Nadine Tobin, of Calgary, Alberta, who received her Bachelor of Nursing degree. The Voice thanks Nadine… Read more »

Convocation 2009 – Part II

This is the second 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! Accompanied by bright blue skies and balmy temperatures, graduands and guests filled the halls of the Athabasca Regional Multiplex once more… 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 – Not Most People

When was the last time you were silent? Or sat in silence? Have you ever spent more than an hour or two without the companionship of the radio or television? Have you ever laid down your cell phone and your iPod? What about non-verbal communication? How long can you go without emailing, Twittering, texting, and… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Ian McKay, Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920

Book: Ian McKay, Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920 Publisher: Between the Lines, Toronto Publication date: 2008 How to Think Differently in the Face of Confounding Chicanery ?In my eyes this book will find its place by generating new conversations and debates . . . as a means of reimagining the… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . James Wallace

James Wallace is a musician and composer of beautiful, melodic, musical meditations infused with hope and healing. His latest album, Return to Good, was written in response to the events of 9/11. James is also active in promoting music education and environmental awareness. He will soon be touring to promote his new CD. The following… Read more »

AU Profiles – Shelley Lawson

Student: Shelley Lawson ?One of the things that appealed to me about Athabasca . . . is that it supports my long-term education plans while allowing me to maintain a rich, full life,? says first-year AU student Shelley Lawson. And a full life it is. The Anthropology/Women’s Studies major is a single mom to an… Read more »

Education News – CASA outlines priorities for upcoming year

CALGARY (Special to CUP) ? Canada’s second-largest student advocacy organization will prioritize access and child-care issues in the next year, following the decision reached at a week-long policy and strategy session at the University of Calgary. Post-secondary institutions? students’ unions and associations representatives from across the nation attended the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations policy… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Hair

It’s been 42 years since the musical Hair had its first public performance, and though the play centred on issues of war and questioning authority, the ?most dramatic visible element? was the actors? long, flowing locks. Here’s a look at our modern fascination with hair. World Beard and Moustache Championships The 2009 World Beard and… 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 »