Vol. 25 Iss. 18

Volume 25 Issue 18 - 05/05/2017

The Countdown Begins

Twelve months to go. This week, I began the final year of my AU journey. I enrolled in my fourth-last AU course, ENGL 341 World Literature, which joins two courses already in progress. ENGL 341 is a 6-credit course and it will accompany me on the final year toward an AU Bachelor of General Studies… Read more »

The Fly on the Wall – Students of the World, Relax!

At AU we have all felt a lingering shadow of dread as a deadline approaches. Maybe we’ve squandered spare time we could have used to apply ourselves; perhaps life just got in the way. It’s as though we’ve revelled amidst plenty only to realize that our privilege can be crushed at any moment. Yet we… Read more »

In Conversation with Elsie and The Vibe

Elsie came out of the Australian soul music scene but decided to launch a new chapter of her career in New York. This summer she’ll be releasing her five-track self-titled debut EP, a delicious throwback to ’60s soul and Motown (just have a listen to the early release track, “Riverside“). Elsie appears to be a… Read more »

The Fit Student – No Competition

Has someone looked you up and down and said, “No competition”? How would you feel if you worked as a grunt at an energy company, and the CEO corners you, seething the words, “No competition”? What if you served as the water boy at a major-league baseball game, and the star pitcher pulls you aside,… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Your Fantastic Dreams

Do you dream big? In other words, if you love to bake and make crafts, could you be the next Martha Stewart—sans prison? You could: through creating lists of fantastic dreams. Philosopher Henri PoincarĂ© outlined a four-point path to creating. We’ll cover that soon. But for now, I’m going to show you a way to… Read more »

From Where I Sit – A Night to Remember

The other day when Hilary called I got to the phone first. “Is dad there?” she asked. “Yep, he just walked in,” I said. “What’s up?” I ask. “Get dad on the line and I’ll tell you both at the same time.” Oh. “Well, that sounds scary,” I said as my mother-brain kicked into oh-crap-what-now… Read more »

Dear Barb – Ex-Communication

Dear Barb: I am a single mother of two young boys. I want to be home with my boys, so I’m taking courses through AU and looking forward to getting my degree by the time they are in school full time. My ex and I separated over a year ago and he rarely sees our… Read more »

Change of Scenery

We decided to unhook the spare bathroom, as there were some issues with it, and turn it into a much-needed storage room. This plan was to take place sometime in the future?however, the plumber called and had a spare few minutes right now. So he came and disconnected everything. The next day I emptied it… Read more »

Living with Lupus as a Student – Part II

I left off last week’s article with a question on how do we limit stress, particularly for those affected with autoimmune disorders (in my case, lupus). First, you must recognize your signs of stress. Everyone?with or without an illness?manifests stress differently. For myself, stress affects me both psychologically and physiologically. Knowing what your indicators are… Read more »

Editorial – Beyond the Numbers

AUSU has put out their latest services survey. If you haven’t already answered it and you enjoy The Voice Magazine, then you should really take a few moments to fill it out. You could not only win some gift certificates to a store of your choosing (which seems odd, why not just send cash?) but… 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 – May 5: Deadline to finish courses for 2017 Convocation – May 10: Deadline to register in a course starting June 1 – May 14: AUSU Council Meeting… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: Emily Woodward Scholarship Sponsored by: http://www.realmoney.co.uk/ Deadline: May 31, 2017 Potential payout: $2000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution as of July 31, 2017, must be 18 years of age or more, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. What’s required: An e-mail with personal information plus… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

Statistics Software Tools Saturday, May 6, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm MDT Athabasca University, Peace Hills Trust Tower, 10011 – 109 Street, 12th floor, Room 1112, Edmonton AB In person and online Hosted by AU’s Faculty of Graduate Studies http://fgs.athabascau.ca/news/presentations/ Registration closes Friday May 5; e-mail fgseducation@athabascau.ca to register Nursing and Health Studies Library Orientation… Read more »

Women of Interest – Florence Bascom

Florence Bascom was born July 14, 1862, in Williamstown, Massachusetts and died June 18, 1945, in the same city. Bascom was the first female geologist in the United States. She was a woman of many firsts, including the first woman hired by the U.S. Geology Survey in 1896, the first woman to present a paper… Read more »

Canadian Science News

Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan Views Research Chair Nominations as “Dismal” Maclean’s said, “Canada’s Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan made headlines when she expressed frustration over the fact female scientists occupy only 30 per cent of the 1,612 positions in the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP).” Global News noted that Minister Duncan considered universities to… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Stephanie is curious if other students read their textbooks or just skim. Jeffi celebrates the end of studying for summer. Kari wonders if zip files can be uploaded through a course site. Oxana seeks info on course extension deadlines. Other posts include AU website outage, English majors, and courses COMM 329, ECON… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Free Abortion Pills, Working for Greater Gender Equity, and More in Ontario budget The National Post reported that the “governing Liberals” of Ontario are investing in education, expanded social programs, health care, and pilot projects. Charles Sousa, finance minister, said the financial books are balanced and permits Ontario to invest in drug coverage, health care,… Read more »