Vol. 25 Iss. 02

Volume 25 Issue 2 - 01/13/2017

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Jason Sullivan was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He graduated from high school in Summerland in 1999. In 2002, he took a 10-month horticulture program at the College of the Rockies in Creston. He came across Athabasca and began a double-major in sociology and history in 2004, and completed the degree in 2014. What do… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Talk Big

University is maddening. We’re taught to critically think, but not with our own thoughts. Researchers on a topic engage in what is called a “conversation.” Sure, you get to choose highlights of that conversation and synthesize a summary. But are syntheses original? Meh. You can take a strong position if you have lots of support… Read more »

In Conversation with Goldwyn Thandrayen of Psychocide

Goldwyn Thandrayen is the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Psychocide (which also includes drummer Wilson Li, bassist Charlie Chain, and guitarist Joey Blais Gagné), an indie, metal-inspired band That’s getting ready to release their debut album, Alcohol & Bad Decisions, on March 3rd, 2017. Psychocide has just released a track? “Crazy Janet,” a song… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Simpler Times

In December I committed to the 30-day Minimalism Game. About a year ago Edmonton Journal writer, Fish Griwkowsky, took the challenge and documented it weekly in a feature story. I found his journey fascinating (in the way motor vehicle collisions are fascinating) and marveled at his willingness to expose himself in this way. A year… Read more »

The Study Dude – Bullied? Claim Your A+

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants than for you to turn victimization by bullies into A+ papers. 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 »

Dear Barb – Resolution Reservations

Dear Barb: Well, I got through Christmas okay, and now everybody is asking me what my New Year’s Resolution is. It’s the topic of conversation at work and at gatherings with my friends. Some are serious about it and really intend to keep their resolutions; others are kind of like me, nonchalant. In past years… Read more »

Editorial – Super Stitchings

So it turns out that our first regular issue of The Voice Magazine for this year is being published on a Friday the 13th. Fortunately, I’m not one that takes many superstitions very seriously. Of course, you won’t catch me walking under a ladder, but that’s more just common sense?I don’t like to have things… Read more »

A Word of Inspiration

January is a time of new beginnings?and also the ubiquitous resolutions. These plans and goals are all made with a lot of optimism and the best of intentions, but they always seem to fall away by February. Breaking New Year’s resolutions seems to be as much a part of making them! Psychologists say that January… Read more »

Engaging the Senses with The Walrus

As an online student, I miss not using more of my senses for learning. Although each student has their preferred learning style (visual, auditory, tactile) learning goes deepest when multiple senses are engaged. My brain gets fogged in when I rely too heavily on one sense. To combat the fogginess of too much solitary reading,… Read more »

The Other Lesson

I have always loved learning. I was the kid in school that enjoyed being there (mostly). One thing that Athabasca University taught me was that I had the ability to teach myself, if I had the proper sources. AU gave me the resources to continue to learn beyond the figurative walls of the university. In… Read more »

20 Things

New Year’s is a time of reflection, so as I was reflecting I thought I’d write down some of my thoughts. 20 Things I’ve Learned in my Life 1. There are people you can trust and people you can’t, the important thing is to know the difference. 2. Everyone is on their own personal journey,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Sponsored by: Terry Fox Humanitarian Awards Program Deadline: February 1, 2017 (see “Tips” below for important info) Potential payout: up to $28,000 over four years Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, have completed or will complete high school by June 30, 2017, and planning to… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) Information Session Monday, January 16, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business http://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/doctorate-business-administration-dba-information-session/ register online at the above address second session: Monday, January 16, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MST http://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/doctorate-business-administration-dba-information-session-2/ Executive MBA Information Session Wednesday, January 18, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Chinese billionaire seeks input for education prize The Globe and Mail reported on a Chinese billionaire and entrepreneur, Charles Chen Yidan (45), who is seeking ideas for his education prize from Canadian universities. He assisted with the creation of Tencent Inc., which is an Internet instant messaging platform, and founded “the most lucrative annual prize… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Laurie asks who to contact so she can switch invigilators after booking an exam. Shawna shares a link to a Facebook group for AU BMgmt students. Alicia seeks info on gown colours for AU grad photos. Other posts include challenging courses for credit, Google Scholar, crocodiles, Adobe Connect, and courses IDRL 308,… 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 – Jan 13: February degree requirements deadline – Jan 15: Deadline to write exams for Dec course end date – Jan 31: Deadline to apply for course extension… Read more »