Vol. 25 Iss. 13

Volume 25 Issue 13 - 03/31/2017

Listening to Students – AU’s Third Party Review in Review

One error universities routinely make is ignoring their students’ opinions. Universities are notorious for making ivory-tower decisions based on a business model, factoring in the dollars and cents and focussing on the bottom line. It seems they can sometimes lose sight of their reason for being, which is to provide a service to their students…. Read more »

The Social Student – Thesis Research with Pinterest

Do you want to use social media in your thesis research? Many do. But maybe you see no point in learning social media research. I thought similarly?that is, until I realized that small tweaks can make for amazing transformations. Take anxiety, for instance. A slight change in your thoughts can actually cure you. Similarly, a… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Read Not Just Minds, But Between the Lines

Do you try to read minds? Well, reading minds can hurt you or help you, depending on your style. For instance, Judith Weston, in her book, The Film Director’s Intuition, approaches script analysis by finding three ways to interpret character actions?line-by-line?kind of like reading minds. Yes, directors have it tough. Not only do they read… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Last I Heard

It’s almost the end of March and it looks like we’ll make it through another winter. Woohoo. With spring in the near distance, it seems we’re a bit late planning a getaway to break up the long, frigid brutality of winter. Last fall we talked to my sister and brother-in-law about a Vegas quickie. Not… Read more »

Dear Barb – Differences in Comfort

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for two years. We’ve always had a difficult relationship because we seem to see the world differently. For example, I am a saver, he is a spender. I am open and communicative and he is a quiet brooder. I love kids; he’s kind of so-so about… Read more »

The Uncharted Future

This week, we have a couple of new writers who are testing the waters of The Voice Magazine. Sarah Joseph brings us a book review from a new New York writer, and Tara Howse brings us a story that I don’t often see reflected in these pages, but I know happens to many AU students?the… Read more »

Survival in the Garret

Should you find yourself at some point in your academic career in sore need of wherewithal, don’t take it hard. After all, the student years are typically times of scarcity; It’s the price you pay for getting the credentials you need to launch a career. Besides, It’s not such a bad experience. The money-saving lessons… Read more »


I registered for my first Athabasca course back in 2008 and, after 9 years, I am nearly finished, anticipating a completion date this summer (2017). Distance education is not easy. It requires dedication and commitment at a greater level than the standard on-campus post-secondary experience. I assume most students are quite like myself: juggling multiple… Read more »

Book Review – Play the Devil

Book: Play the Devil Author: Scott Laudati In his first novel, Play the Devil, Scott Laudati tackles the common coming-of-age story with a refreshing take on the classic cliché. Using dark humour (sometimes bordering on the macabre) to reveal some uncomfortable truths, this contemporary novel takes place in at the beginning of a modern New… Read more »

Learning from “Spring”

Like this spring/winter weather we have been getting, sometimes we have a hard time making up our minds. When I started with AU, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at the end of it. I knew what I hoped to gain, but I wasn’t sure where I would apply it, or how I… 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 – Apr 10: Deadline to register in a course starting May 1 – Apr 11: AUSU Council Meeting – Apr 28: Deadline to apply for course extension for… Read more »

From the PSE News Desk

Who wants a big fat salary, anyway? English majors and philosophers get shafted again on the salary scale. According to this RBC Royal Bank article, Top Ten Most Valuable Degrees in Canada, a Statistics Canada report suggests that engineering- and business-related degree holders pull in the highest salaries after graduation. If your top priority is… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Richard posts a milestone selfie as he submits the final assignment for his degree. Micheàl seeks other students’ thoughts on the Bachelor of Management Marketing Major 4-year program. Lena wonders if it’s possible to reinstate a course she withdrew from by mistake. Other posts include the proof in the parchment, cats, murders,… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

Business Undergraduate Info Session Monday, April 3, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU’s Faculty of Business http://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/business-undergraduate-information-session-copy-copy/ register online at above address AU Open House & Info Session Tuesday, April 4, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by Athabasca University http://www.athabascau.ca/discover/open-house/ register online at above address second session: Tuesday, April 4,… Read more »

Women of Interest – Amanda C. J. Vincent

Amanda C. J. Vincent was born in 1960. She graduated from University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science and earned her PhD from the University of Cambridge, England. Vincent is a Canadian marine biologist who spent her career studying, at length, the seahorse population. Vincent’s studies led the seahorse population being added to… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: TransCanada Community Leaders Scholarship Sponsored by: TransCanada Deadline: April 15, 2017 Potential payout: $1000 (up to 100 scholarships available) Eligibility restriction: Applications must be from a community near a TransCanada project or proposed project (see map), must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the U.S., and must be enrolled or… Read more »

Canadian Education News

First Nations House will celebrate 25th anniversary in 2017 Toronto Metro wrote about Diane Longboat’s graduation from the University of Toronto (1978), which was seen as a “significant feat.” Longboat said, “being an Indigenous girl and going to university was pretty unheard of.” Longboat founded the First Nations House, which is celebrating the 25th anniversary… Read more »