Vol. 18 Iss. 02

Volume 18 Issue 2 - 01/15/2010

AU Tech – Second Life

Gunnar Schwede is a Systems Analyst with AU’s School of Business, and has played a major role in the development of a virtual AU Island in Second Life. Schwede recently took the time to discuss his efforts, and explain just how this work could benefit students. ?Second Life (SL) is a virtual world developed by… Read more »

Social Networking

In the closing stages of 2009 I moved, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century: I joined the social networking world. That is, I created a Facebook page. I caved on my long-standing aversion to groups of any kind (an invitation to a tea party is likely to send me running for the first ferry… Read more »

AUSU Update – New 2010 AUSU Handbook/Planners

New 2010 AUSU Handbook/Planners The new AUSU Handbook/Planners are in the final stages of creation, and should be available within the next couple of months. We had great response on it being full colour, so we’ll be doing that once more. Also, numerous suggestions for improvements have been heard and we’re fitting in what we… Read more »

Around eCampus – Cindy Kilborn

Cindy Kilborn spent 22 years as the Administrative Manager of a large Edmonton law firm before retiring in 1991. After moving to Baptiste Lake and ?spending a couple of years being ?retired,?? however, Kilborn decided that she ?much preferred working? and joined AU as the Manager of Learning Services Tutorial in 1996. In January of… Read more »

Dear Barb – Constant Need for Reassurance Takes a Toll

Dear Barb: I’ve been involved with a woman for the past six months. We are both in our mid-thirties and are divorced. We really connected and got along fantastic at the beginning. In fact, I thought everything was going well until a few months ago when she seemed to become very insecure and had doubts… Read more »

From Where I Sit – A Bold Prediction

I don’t know what astrologers and clairvoyants have said about 2010 but based on what I’ve seen less than two weeks in I predict the craziness will continue. From matters sublime to sordid, from issues vital to vacuous, from people astute to asinine, there is no compelling indication that this year will be any better… Read more »

AU Options – SOAN 384 – The Family in World Perspective

SOAN 384: The Family in World Perspective is a three-credit social science course that provides students with a ?wealth of information? about ?various family systems in international and multicultural contexts.? AU student Debbie Hamilton decided to register in this course not only to ?fulfill an elective requirement,? but also because she ?thought that it would… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Giant Hand

Giant Hand is Kirk Ramsay, an impetuous young dude with no musical background who one day decided to start making music anyway. He enjoyed a surprisingly immediate?and positive?response from listening audiences. Recently Kirk made both the cover of Ottawa Magazine and the ?Hottest Bands in Canada? list. See Voice review of his debut album, Coming… Read more »

AU Profiles – Tyler Nagel

Student: Tyler Nagel If you thought the computer age had made printing and printing presses obsolete, you’d be wrong. ?It’s anything but old-fashioned,? says Tyler Nagel, a National Expert in offset printing, and, since 2002, a student in AU’s Bachelor of Commerce program. Here, the e-Commerce major explains why ?traditional? printing is key to so… Read more »

Did You Know? – CanLearn

Pursuing your education can be a complicated (if exciting) venture: choosing a university, filling out enrolment forms, picking classes. And It’s even more daunting if You’re trying to navigate the complex world of student loans. If You’re new to the process (or still wondering if student loans are right for you), CanLearn is a government… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Jack Hall, Matchstick Man

Sometimes, interesting discoveries are a bit like sun showers: they appear without notice out of a clear blue sky. These links on the amazing story of Jack Hall arrived the same way. In response to our recent ?Matchless? column, Jack’s son Tony shared the tale of his dad’s days as a deckhand in the 1930s?and… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Strike now possible for Ontario college instructors – In Foreign News: Union workers to have dedicated online college

At Home: Strike now possible for Ontario college instructors A recent vote brought the possibility of strike action one step closer for some 9,000 Ontario college instructors. According to the CBC, roughly 57 per cent of those voting gave their union ?the green light? to strike. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) represents the… Read more »