Vol. 24 Iss. 47

Volume 24 Issue 47 - 12/09/2016

A Mixed Message – AU’s Comprehensive Institutional Plan

On November 25th, the Board of Governors at Athabasca University released its latest Comprehensive Institutional Plan (CIP). This document will guide the direction of the university for the next three years and clarifies its vision for long term sustainability. It outlines the strengths of AU but also provides a picture of the current and future… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Everything is One

Did you ever playfully mimic someone? Well, a crazed philosopher once said that when a person he loves dies, he becomes them. For a week. It sounds morbid, but divine. So, how do you become someone? Look to Christian Bale: the ultimate chameleon. An actor who morphs into almost anyone. Through character acting, these actors… Read more »

The Study Dude – Presenting the Mentor

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants than for you to share your crazy ideas?but not with Mother. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the study tips you need to help make your learning easier. I’ll also give you straight and honest opinions and personal anecdotes?even… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Not Funny

People are funny, and not always in a good way. Case in point: last night we used a gift certificate for Yuk Yuks that had been languishing in my wallet since last Christmas. Master of Ceremonies, David Dempsey, was funny. First act and obvious beginner, Ben Cannon, not so much. Headliner and Edmontonian Shawn Gramiak… Read more »

Dear Barb – Christmas Tradition Trade-In

Dear Barb: I have hosted Christmas at my house for the last twenty years and I really wish someone else would do it for a change. It is not only expensive but it is a lot of work. I have four adult children and two grandchildren. They all have homes of their own, except the… Read more »

Editorial – Sustaining the Narrative

Athabasca University’s Comprehensive Institutional Plan has been released, and The Voice Magazine has a look at it from the student’s point of view, with Carla Knipe’s feature article this week, “Mixed Messages.” As you can probably tell from the title, the plan is not all roses, as Athabasca University faces some significant challenges, including financial… Read more »

COPPULating at the Library

There must be something about working with books that makes library staff happy. Every time I interact with anyone who works in a library?whether It’s a public or an academic library?It’s a pleasant experience. I took my COPPUL card out for a test run recently. A COPPUL card is a reciprocal borrowing card that allows… Read more »

Step Aside for Self-Care

Social media today can be a toxic environment. Between the chaos in the United States, and the controversy over the recent events at UBC there is a slough of negativity. Within this, my writing took a step backwards. I made mistakes that I know better than to make, and I found myself silenced. These situations… Read more »

From the PSE Newsdesk

Mindfulness 101. Universities across Canada are putting meditation and mindfulness on the curriculum. According to a recent Maclean’s article, Universities are teaching meditation to help students control stress. Across Canada, university campuses are offering classes, drop-in sessions, and apps designed to help students reduce their stress levels. In the east, for example, the University of… Read more »

Women of Interest – Mary Eileen Travis

Mary Eileen Travis was born on March 16, 1931, in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, and died on December 21, 2005, in Rothsay, New Brunswick. In 1983 Travis became the first woman to head the Saint John Board of Trade. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree and her Library Science degree at McGill University, Travis… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media!

AthaU Facebook Group Alysha expresses frustration at DVDs for ANTH 275 that skip over damaged parts. Miranda is taking her first 400-level course and wonders how different it will be from a 300-level course. Erica seeks input on how many courses to take at one time. Other posts include program changes, volunteers to user-test AU… Read more »

Canadian Science News

Dinosaur Killing Asteroid Impact Crater Drilled Into According to Science (AAAS), scientists have been drilling into the crater that was caused by an asteroid impact near the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, which killed the dinosaurs 66 million year ago. It is called the Chicxulub crater and the scientists on the expedition published their results showing… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: Flight Network Scholarship Sponsored by: FlightNetwork.com Deadline: December 31, 2016 Potential payout: $1000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. What’s required: A 500- to 1000-word essay about “a travel-related experience or topic” and a related photo. Tips: Search the FlightNetwork Blog page for “scholarship” to find previous… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Up-coming AU Related Events

AUSU Council Meeting Tuesday, December 13, 5:30 to 7:30pm MST Telephone and online Hosted by Athabasca University’s Students’ Union https://www.ausu.org/event/december-council-meeting-2/ e-mail admin@ausu.org for meeting package and to register BComm/CPA information session Tuesday, December 13, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MST Online Hosted by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/bcomm-cpa-information-session-3 register online at the above address AU… Read more »

AUSU Update!

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create or edit this content. Contact services@ausu.org with questions or comments about this page. IMPORTANT DATES – Dec 13: AUSU Council Meeting – Dec 15: January degree requirements deadline – Dec 25 ? Jan 3: Holiday Closure (AUSU and AU) – Jan 10: Deadline… Read more »