Vol. 18 Iss. 24

Volume 18 Issue 24 - 06/18/2010

Convocation 2010!

This is a special Voice report on Athabasca University’s 2010 Convocation, which took place June 10, 11, and 12. The Voice offers its warmest congratulations to all this year’s graduates! Convocation. For many, It’s the end of a long journey; a celebration that signifies completion. But as graduands, family members, and special guests came together… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Sisterhood

Picture yourself in a university extension classroom in Edmonton with nine strangers; all female, all ages. Add a skilled, compassionate, funny instructor, also female, and you get a sense of what a Women’s Words course can offer. If you come open to the experience, bring your best to the writing prompts, and learn to give… Read more »

AUSU Update – Convocation 2010; AUSU Executive Election

Convocation 2010 AUSU wishes to congratulate this year’s graduates, whether attending Convocation in person or by distance. We wish you the best of luck in your future pursuits. You are an inspiration to all AU students! AUSU Executive Election AUSU has recently held its internal election for the Executive. We wish to congratulate Barbara Rielly… Read more »

Stuffed, Starved, and Ignorant

I have a German mother who took every opportunity to tell my brother and me, ?You are what you eat.? Naturally, as a kid it meant nothing, and I continued to eat as much Gummibären (Gummi bears), marzipan (almond icing), and lebkuchen (gingerbread) as I could scarf down. And every December, just in time for… Read more »

AU Profiles – Donna Alden-Bugden

Student: Donna Alden-Bugden AU graduate Donna Alden-Bugden graduated from Athabasca’s Master of Nursing (NP) program in June 2003, but the nurse practitioner?and fan of distance learning?is still furthering her educational dream. Here, she speaks about why she chose AU; how she stays motivated while juggling family, work, and school; and what makes it all worthwhile…. Read more »

In Conversation With . . . John Wall Barger

John Wall Barger is a Halifax-based poet. (See Voice review of his recently published Pain-Proof Men.) Recently John took the time to talk to Wanda Waterman St. Louis (who, along with Bob Snider, shares the same home town with John) about poetry and the poet’s life. Tell me what your life was like while you… Read more »

AU Library Catalogue?Now for iPhones!

The AU Library is proud to announce that the library catalogue is now compatible with iPhones and Smartphones. The library catalogue has been compatible with mobile devices for some time, but a new feature has been added to automatically detect and allow searching capability with iPhones and Smartphones. To see the new version of the… Read more »

Athabasca University Closed June 28 – July 4

AU has announced that the university will be closed during the week of June 28, although some key services will be available. According to the AU website, the closure is necessary to help balance the budget and is scheduled ?during a reduced period of activity,? which should allow for the least impact on students. The… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Finish Line

Sometimes, earning a university degree can seem like an impossible goal to reach. But there are plenty of other long, gruelling roads to success?and some of them make essays and exams look positively enjoyable. This week, we take a look at some of the world’s hard-to-reach finish lines. Great Indian Desert Run Held in the… Read more »