Vol. 21 Iss. 07

Volume 21 Issue 7 - 02/15/2013

Library of the Future

The coordinating team for the AU library is pleased to announce a series of webinars to consider the Library of the Future. All AU students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Tuesday, February 26, 2013 (9:00 ? 10:30 am) ?From Gatekeeping to Gate Opening: An Evolving Role for Academic Libraries?, by Steven Bell, Associate University… Read more »

Distance Education Goes Mainstream

The genesis of Athabasca University isn’t well known to students. For one thing, AU is not named after the town; That’s largely coincidental. AU originated in Edmonton and was named for the University of Alberta’s Athabasca Hall. The word Athabasca is Cree and, when spelled with a K instead of a C, is broadly used… Read more »

From Where I Sit – What I Did on My Mexican Vacation

I was one of 33 people who traveled to the Riviera Maya for my niece’s wedding. Plans were in the works for about a year. It would be the first time our extended family had done any such thing. January 27 was travel day. Five bridal couples and their guests made for a relaxed, party-like… Read more »

Write Stuff – Romancing the Tome

Smiling, cherubic Cupid, that traditional symbol of Valentine’s Day, is always pictured holding his bow and arrow. And more often than not, he manages to find his mark. But if Cupid wants to improve his aim, he’d be wise to start carrying a book. Because if there’s one scene that says hearts and flowers these… Read more »

AUSU Update

Dear Members, You may have recently seen information on the internet speculating about the future of Athabasca University. These reports suggest that the Alberta government may broker a merger between AU and University of Alberta, and that this may result in drastic changes to the services and programs offered to students AU students. We want… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Fat Kid Rules the World

Film: Fat Kid Rules the World (2012) Director: Matthew Lillard Cast: Jacob Wysocki, Matt O?Leary, and Billy Campbell ?Misfits aren’t misfits among other misfits.? Barry Manilow Observing the Folly from a High and Lonely Place and Consenting to Join It Have you ever painted yourself so tightly into a corner that when an obviously dysfunctional… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Haiku for a Season

Book: Andrea Zanzotto, Haiku for a Season ?Joy of July, source of all joys in the shape of haiku or, maybe, other poems? sweetly, palely in nature sleeps the writing The little volcano named July lets flow a tender lava for everything? let life be something more than a dream? Andrea Zanzotto in Haiku for… Read more »

Voice Holiday

It’s that time of year, the time when millions flee the winter blahs for sunnier climates, snowy adventures, or a week spent curled up in front of a cozy fireplace. Here at The Voice we’ll be taking a two-week break while we refocus, recharge, and get ready for the next step for The Voice Magazine…. Read more »

Did You Know? – W3Schools

Back in the day, it was all about learning the ?three Rs.? Now, with the explosion of information technology into our everyday lives, many of us are more concerned with keeping up with the three Ws: specifically, the www, the worldwide web. It’s becoming more and more common for employers even in fields unrelated to… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – DIY Bling

The jury is still debating what history will record as the theme of the 2000s, but so far it looks like the 2010s are shaping up to be the decade of DIY design. Forget the stuff hanging on racks in the mall?items made ?just for you? are the bling of the day. Your very own… Read more »