Vol. 25 Iss. 22

Volume 25 Issue 22 - 06/02/2017

Staying Motivated in the Heat

This spring we have had some wild weather, from flooding rains to temperatures soaring above 25 degrees Celsius within a week’s span. When the rain is pouring and storms are blowing in and out, it is easy to stay motivated on courses and work. But when the weather flips and it is sunshine and blue… Read more »

The Fit Student – Win a Sportsmanship Award

Do you gulp air when you read the text, “Team players need only apply”? Do you shove aside your applications, forward thrust toward the freezer, and slam-dunk coconut ice cakes?just to prove You’re in the game? More importantly, do you consider yourself a team player? I didn’t see myself as a team player. I thought… Read more »

In Conversation with LOVECOMMISSION

In Conversation With LOVECOMMISSION Wanda Waterman LOVECOMMISSION is the pseudonym of New York singer, musician, and composer Pat Scarlett. Hesitant to identify his genre, he describes his music as “avant-pop” because, in his words, he doesn’t know what else to call it, but It’s has also been identified as shoe-gaze and is reminiscent of the… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Your Last Lecture

Do you know what makes a great ad or great essay? Oxytocin bonding hormones. You know, the hormones you get when you first hug your newborn baby. My Hindu friend posts tear-jerker ads from India on Facebook. Like Bollywood movies, Hindu ads contain moral messages. But ads from India make you smile, laugh, and think?like… Read more »

From Where I Sit – The Right Choice

Sometimes a girl just has to drop everything and go. For people who are hard-wired like I am It’s far too easy to fight the urge to just be spontaneous. We get bogged down with the crushing load of responsibility. How can any accountable farm wife leave home when there’s a crop to seed? The… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Cruelest Loss

Dear Barb: A co-worker of mine lost his eighteen-year-old son in a terrible car accident. Everyone in the office is devastated and we don’t know what to say. He recently returned to work after a week off. We don’t want to make the father’s pain worse, but we also want to express how we feel…. Read more »

What’s New at myAU?

The myAU portal is the gateway to AU studies, yet It’s often rushed through on the way to course pages. Indeed, if you bookmark your course homepage, you can skip the portal almost completely. Yet, there’s a wealth of info at the portal gates, and even more on the student homepage that follows the login… Read more »

Editorial – Predictable Changes

Last weekend a couple of things of note happened. The first, which You’re more likely aware of, is that the federal Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) chose a new leader. I noted in previous columns how with the wealth of candidates up on offer, and the widely varying ranges of positions held by those candidates,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: The Undergraduate Awards Sponsored by: The Undergraduate Awards Deadline: June 13, 2017 Potential payout: Prestige, publication, networking, and a chance for a trip to the UA Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland. Eligibility restriction: Must be graduating from an undergraduate degree in 2017 or 2018, or have graduated in 2016. What’s required: An abstract… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Business Undergraduate Info Session Monday, June 5, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU’s Faculty of Business http://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/business-undergraduate-information-session2/ register online at above link Library Orientation Webinar Tuesday, June 6, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library http://library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html no pre-registration necessary BComm/CPA Info Session Wednesday, June 7, 5:00 to 6:30 pm… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Laura seeks info on a source for online recordings of plays. Kari wonders why assignments aren’t marked within the time stated. Other posts include Proctor U exams, selling textbooks, and courses BIOL 235, CHEM 350, ECON 385, FREN 101, and MATH 309. AUSU Forums – New! In the Introductions forum, AUSU councillor… Read more »

Canadian Education News

93-year-old is a genuine inspiration for AU education The Calgary Herald stated that one of Athabasca University’s longest-standing students graduated at the age of 93. She earned a bachelor of general studies. She will receive the qualification on June 8. Her name is Louisa Daley. Daley emphasized Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, and other great literary… Read more »

Canadian Science News

Canada should aim for gold in digital competitiveness IT World Canada has said, “Canada ranks 9th in the world in digital competitiveness. At least that’s the conclusion of the IMD World Competitiveness Centre at the influential Swiss-based business school of the same name.” Canada is viewed as having a silver, but not a gold, prize…. Read more »

Women of Interest – Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson was born August 26, 1918, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, USA. She is an African-American physicist and mathematician who began working at NASA in 1953 and remained there until her retirement in 1986. Johnson calculated the trajectories, launch windows, and emergency back-up return paths for many early NASA missions, including those of… 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 – June 8: AUSU 25-year Birthday Party – Jun 8-10: AU 2017 Convocation – Jun 10: Deadline to register in a course starting July 1 – Jun 15:… Read more »