Vol. 25 Iss. 03

Volume 25 Issue 3 - 01/20/2017

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Veronique “Ronnie” St. Germain-Wiwchar wanted to earn a psychology degree. So is working toward a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Psychology. She found AU through a doctor, when she was going through a difficult time. She wanted something to work towards, so decided on becoming a psychologist or psychiatrist to help people. What… Read more »

Meeting the Minds – The Writer in Residence, Part I

John Vaillant, author of The Golden Spruce, The Tiger, and The Jaguar’s Children, is AU’s 2016-2017 Writer in Residence. During his term as Writer in Residence, Vaillant will spend time providing feedback to AU students about their writing while also working on his next book about last year’s devastating fires in Fort McMurray. The Voice… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Don’t Dismiss. Love!

Did you ever write a dull essay? I wrote dry essays?memorizing a PhD math proof on the first day of calculus seemed more thrilling. But what if you loved writing essays? Passionately? Loved reading them over and over like love letters from your lifelong crush? Well, you can find the love?like an actor. The best… Read more »

The Fit Student – Monkey Mind at Work and School

Did you ever fight a terrifying setback? I did. I reached the end of my work-life because of daily seven-hour panic attacks. After my work contract ended, I continued having those seven-hour panic attacks every three days. I trembled. I feared misplacing my wallet. I spaced out when someone spoke to me. And this happened… Read more »

Council Connection

The first Council meeting of 2017 began with the announcement that Councillor Dixie Tolliver had submitted her resignation from AUSU Council earlier that day. It was also noted that (for the second consecutive month) Councillor Andrew Gray would not be attending the meeting. As Council continues to have a high turnover and considering the expense… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Nuggets of Time

The house is once again silent and I am happy. I couldn’t have said that an hour ago, well, at least not the silent part. Since about noon, Saturday, we’ve been babysitting our two-year-old grandson, Kade. Seven-year-old Grady was participating in a two-day hockey tournament in beautiful downtown St. Paul. With our son, Greg spending… Read more »

Dear Barb – Hair of the Dog

Dear Barb: My problem has to do with a dog sitter that I hired to look after my two poodles. My husband and I initially considered putting them in a kennel, but after touring a few, we decided our dogs would not do well. We felt it would be too traumatic for them to adjust… Read more »

Editorial – The Third Party’s the Charm

In case you missed the news, the government recently announced the people who would be conducting the long promised third-party review into the future of Athabasca University. If you’re a fairly new student to Athabasca, this may sound particularly concerning, but, sadly, this is nothing new, and really just a continuation of struggles that The… Read more »

Eight Mind-Enhancing Apps

I don’t have to tell you that your mind is walking a tightrope. If you’re a distance learner you already have various factions competing for your time and attention, and your brain is like an exhausted high-wire artist obliged to carry that pole through its balancing act again and again. You’re under tremendous pressure to… Read more »

Getting Organized – Bullet Journal Style

I have tried to use planners and calendars in the past and have had success with them. Calendars are good for having an overview of your months, appointments, deadlines, etc. My issue with using a day planner was I would be too ambitious. I would schedule my entire month a day at a time. It… Read more »

Women of Interest – Bette Nesmith Graham

Bette Nesmith Graham was born on March 23, 1924, in Dallas, Texas and passed away May 12, 1980, in Richardson, Texas. She was known for inventing Liquid Paper?a lifesaver for secretaries and typists worldwide. Graham spent years working in her kitchen perfecting her formula. Eventually she mixed up a few bottles and brought them to… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

AU Library Orientation Tuesday, January 24, 6:00 to 7:00pm MST Online, Adobe Connect Hosted by AU Library & Scholarly Resources library.athabascau.ca/orientations Login to webinar at: https://athabascau.adobeconnect.com/library/

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: Mayor Andrée P. Boucher Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by: Federation of Canadian Municipalities Deadline: January 31, 2017 Potential payout: $4500 Eligibility restriction: Open to female students only, who are enrolled in a Canadian college or university. See the full eligibility criteria. What’s required: A cover letter describing your involvement in campus or community activities… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Sarah wonders what happens if she forgets to check the “evaluate transfer credit” box on her enrolment form. Meanwhile, Heidi wants to know how much it costs to have transfer credits evaluated. Amanda is impressed with the speedy service from the AU library. Other posts include breadth requirements, word count ranges, study… 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 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for March – Feb 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Mar 1 – Feb 15: February degree… Read more »