Vol. 25 Iss. 11

Volume 25 Issue 11 - 03/17/2017

Minds We Meet – In the Mind of Melanie

Melanie Fuller-Brudersas is a second-year master’s student studying Counselling Psychology at Athabasca University. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband, 3-year-old child, and will add another member to the family sometime this month. Her passion for her studies and have inspired her to get involved with the Canadian Psychological Association as their webmaster, campus… Read more »

The Social Student – Toss the Monkey!

I misled you. In a past article, I recommended using SurveyMonkey. Sadly, the survey beast costs $35 a month?that is, if you want a survey with more than ten questions or a hundred respondents. So, I’ve found a free alternative: Google Forms. As a caveat, respondents need to sign-in to Google to fill out your… Read more »

Music Review – Todd O’Keefe

Artist: Todd O?Keefe Album: Uptown In his debut solo album, Uptown, Todd O?Keefe keeps it simple with a guitar, a harmonica, and his voice, but that doesn’t mean this album lacks in substance. The bare bones aspect of it leaves us with no distractions and lets us focus on the strong vocals of O?Keefe. O?Keefe… Read more »

In Conversation with The Wintyr

The Wintyr is an alternative folktronic group based in both London and Cape Town. Band members Evelyn Hart (songwriter, vocals/synths), Tristan Carmichael (synths/guitars), and Brendyn Rossouw (percussion) met in a studio session for Hart’s solo career, and, after discovering how well they clicked, they decided to form a trio. They released their first album, Fury,… Read more »

Celluloid Psychology – 50 Shades Darker

Last week we looked at the film 50 Shades Darker in the context of reviews of the previous film. Many reviews categorized it as glorifying abuse and dysfunctional relationships. But to those that want to look, there may be more to the story. When I gave the film a chance, I found it was an… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Dig Deep

Do you ever wonder what lurks behind your hidden madness? Well, the subconscious mind will bring you closer to your unbridled truths. And these truths don’t add up to logic?at least not in this crazy world. What makes sense to one era is irrational in another. For instance, in biblical times, pagan believers sacrificed their… Read more »

From Where I Sit – A Deeper Dimension

Is there some activity you engage in that makes time stand still? Something that so clearly grabs your heart and mind that hours pass unnoticed. Something that pulls you in to that meditative blissed-out place where life is good and all else falls away. In my case, It’s always a solitary one. And maybe that… Read more »

Dear Barb – Crash Course

Dear Barb: My wife and I have been married four years and our marriage has been happy for the most part. Unfortunately, we were broadsided by a drunk driver one evening. I had some cuts and broken bones, nothing I won’t fully recover from. My wife was not so lucky; she received a brain injury… Read more »

Editorial – A Pot of Gold

This was a busy week for Athabasca University and AUSU. If you’re not already aware, the government has appointed a new chair for the AU Board of Governors. Join us in welcoming architect Vivian Manasc as the new chair of the university. Ms. Manasc, as pointed out in an albertapolitics.ca article, is the founder and… Read more »

The Return of Green

On March 17, it is said, everyone is Irish. In Canada, it sometimes seems so. From Montreal to Manitoba, from Toronto to the Calgary Tower, green-attired St. Patrick’s Day revellers will march in parades, wear shamrocks, and drink green beer. The cross-cultural appeal of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations is exceptional. Does anyone outside the Finnish… Read more »


It is getting to be that time of year when students nearing the end of their program are trying to decide whether to make the pilgrimage to Athabasca for convocation or not. I decided early that I wanted to make it there, I wanted to walk that stage and be handed the degree I had… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week – Digging up Scholarship Treasure for AU Students

Scholarship name: Costcalculator Scholarship Program Sponsored by: Costcalculator Deadline: March 31, 2017 Potential payout: $1000 Eligibility restriction: Open to senior high school, college, or university students. What’s required: An e-mail with your contact and student information and a 500-1000 word article on the Importance of Entrepreneurship in Economic Development Tips: Essays are judged on creativity,… Read more »

Women of Interest – Ruth Wakefield

Ruth Wakefield was born June 17, 1903, in East Walpole, MA and died January 10, 1977, in Plymouth, MA. She was the creator of the world famous Toll House Cookies. Wakefield began her career in 1924 as a dietician and lecturer. Eventually she and her husband bought an inn, which they named the Toll House… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Stefani wonders if students can take the full RN program through AU or only as a bridge from an LPN. Tom shares his take on the student teleconferences relating to AU’s third-party review. Nicole asks how long it takes for a final course mark to be posted. Other posts include ProctorU, why… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AU Open House Info Session – Calgary Sunday, March 19, 1:00 to 3:00 pm MDT Arts Commons (The Hub), 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary AB In-person Hosted by AU http://athabascau.ca/discover/open-house/ register online at above address Executive MBA Info Session – Winnipeg Monday, March 20, 5:00 to 6:30 pm CDT Delta Hotels by Marriott, 350 Saint… 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 – Mar 14: AUSU Council Meeting – Mar 15: April degree requirements deadline – Mar 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for May – Apr 10: Deadline… Read more »