Vol. 24 Iss. 49

Volume 24 Issue 49 - 12/23/2016

The Nursing Changes

Angry, disillusioned, and upset are just some of the words that some of Athabasca University’s nursing students have used to describe their reactions to recent changes to AU’s nursing program. While the changes are, according to AU, part of the process to streamline and improve programs and services to students, these changes have led to… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Pit Bull with a Perm

Did writing your essays ever feel like locking eyes with a gnarly pit bull? Or worse, did you get bitch-slapped with a “minus” grade? One prof labeled me an A-minus student. Everything I did, whether stellar or stupid, got the A-minus. Tainted a near-perfect GPA. So, how do you nab an A in your essays?… Read more »

The Study Dude – Thesis Down the Rabbit Hole

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants than for you to slip inside the rabbit hole to discover the truth behind lit reviews. 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… Read more »

Council Connection – Nov 23rd & Dec 13th Meetings

The December 13th AUSU Council meeting began with the swift approval of an agenda and two sets of meetings minutes. The second set of minutes was from a special meeting of Council held on November 23rd to discuss what was intended to be the final report of the Joint Council-Voice Action Plan Committee. Since I… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Good Riddance 2016

Is it just me or was there more than the usual widespread angst in 2016? Some of it was global in the ferocity and atrocity of war. But, for many, I suspect those images and inconvenient reality are easy enough to ignore. I certainly haven’t been moved to take direct action. Then there’s been the… Read more »

Dear Barb – You Dog, You.

Dear Barb: I went to our company Christmas party last week and I haven’t been back to work since. I drank too much and really screwed up. A co-worker and I ended up dancing and flirting all night. We were one of the last to leave the party and, since we live near each other,… Read more »

Editorial – That’s a Wrap!

So here we are, we’ve made it through 2016, with a few bumps and shakes along the way. It’s been a heck of a year, hasn’t it? Terrorist attacks have been increasingly frequently reported, and the newest trend of using vehicles against the so-called “soft targets” is disturbing simply because there’s not much that can… Read more »

A Special Christmas Memory

As my husband and I decorated our Christmas tree, my mind trailed off to past years, especially one particular Christmas with my mom. Although I didn’t know it at the time, this would be the last Christmas day that I ever remember spending with my mom. I was a young girl, maybe eight or nine… Read more »

Reduce, Re-Use, and Re-Gift

It’s a practice many people engage in but loathe to be caught at. we’re not talking about picking one’s nose, singing in the car, or pocketing a few extra restaurant ketchup packets for later. we’re talking about re-gifting. Re-gifting is simply the practice of giving, as a gift, something you yourself received as a gift…. Read more »

Stop and Smell the Sugar Cookies

Over the holidays AU, like most businesses, closes. AU courses that would have ended December 31st have their exam deadlines extended into January to accommodate the closure; this can mean that you feel like you have some “bonus-time.” It can feel like a great time to get ahead or caught up. But on top of… Read more »

Slow Brain Campaign for 2017

You’ve heard of the slow food movement? Taking half a day to prepare a grand repast and then spending the rest of the day eating it? Sarcasm aside, making slow food a way of life is economical, healthy, sustainable, and life-enhancing. It’s a way of living that belongs smack dab in the middle of the… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: Senior Volunteer Scholarship and Senior Caregiver Scholarship Sponsored by: SeniorAdvice.com Deadline: January 15, 2017 Potential payout: $1000 each Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be attending college or university in a 2-year or 4-year program in Spring 2017. Read the full eligibility details for the applicable scholarship. What’s required: A 3-minute video in which you… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Vicki seeks advice on preparing for the ORGB 386 telephone interview. Other posts include exam scheduling, transferring AB credits, and courses SOSC 366 and WGST 305. Twitter @AthabascaU tweets: “Have a bit of downtime? Check out the @globeandmail top 100 books of the year: https://goo.gl/aM6hA2 #ReadMore #NeverStopLearning.” @AthabascaUSU (AUSU) tweets: “Are you… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

AUSU Council Meeting Tuesday, January 10, 5:30 to 7:30pm MST Telephone and online Hosted by Athabasca University’s Students’ Union http://www.ausu.org/event/january-council-meeting e-mail admin@ausu.org for meeting package and to register AU Leadership and Management Development (LMD) Information Session Tuesday, January 10, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business http://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/athabasca-university-leadership-management-development-lmd-information-session-3/ register online… 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 23: January course extension deadline – Dec 23: Deadline to book exam for Dec course end date – Dec 23 ? Jan 2: Holiday Closure (AUSU… Read more »