Vol. 25 Iss. 36

Volume 25 Issue 36 - 09/15/2017

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Rory McGreal

Professor Rory McGreal is the Chairholder in Open Educational Resources for the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning. He is also a professor in the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, the director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI), and the co-Editor of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL). He… Read more »

The Fit Student – Right Attitude

Do you want to thrive socially? At your workplace? At school? Well, you need the right attitude. And the right attitude changes, depending on who runs the show. I once interviewed at a funeral home. The staff beamed with smiles. The friendly HR fellow said, “When you cross paths with colleagues, you must chat.” I… Read more »

Music Review – Bad Mary – Glitter Bomb

Artist: Bad Mary EP: Glitter Bomb On September 29, Bad Mary are dropping their new EP, Glitter Bomb. Based out of Long Island, New York, this four-piece punk band has given us a treat with their new EP. Bad Mary consists of Amanda Mac on vocals, Mike Staub on bass and vocals, Bill Mac on… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – You Love to Write

How does Stephen King do it? Sit and write five-hour marathons? Well, maybe he has fun—like you soon will. How? By doing something fun before you write, suggests Helen Sword. Or find fun places to write papers. During undergrad, I had little playtime. My time-off revolved around a two-hour visit with a senior. I’d put… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Bite of the Law

Dear Barb: I was at my friends’ house the other day and another friend came to visit with her dog. I’m not sure what kind of dog it was, some kind of terrier cross and weighed about 45 pounds. I’m always a little leery of dogs I don’t know, so I asked if he was… Read more »

Combat Tuition Increases with Discounts and Freebies

Post-secondary education is expensive. If you’ve enrolled in an AU course recently, you may have noticed tuition has become even more expensive for most students. Brace yourself: you may be paying even more soon, as AUSU is revising their bylaws and the new structure will probably require an increase to the membership fees it levies… Read more »

All the Music Be Happenin’ Now – Why Raï?

By the time I heard Rachid Taha and his band perform at the Olympia Theatre in Montreal, I’d come to see musical syncretism—the mixing of various genres—as an operating principle in music, something that music really couldn’t do without. Syncretism: The way of all music From the dawn of history musical traditions have been developing… Read more »

The Fall Routine of Change

September has struck. Which means cooler temperatures, getting back into routines, and some new seasonal outdoor activities. While the “back to school” feeling that September brings doesn’t necessarily relate to Athabasca University students it still can bring a sense of calm. Everyone else around is getting back into schedules with their kids off to school… Read more »

Editorial – Before the Fall

A late announcement this week about CASA. At the start of September, the group, (which we’ve been profiling over the past several weeks) accepted Capilano University from BC as one of its new members. This brings the organization up to 22 student association members, representing approximately 255,000 students to the federal government, including you through… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week – Digging up Scholarship Treasure for AU Students

Scholarship name: Hiking Ambition Wellness Scholarship Sponsored by: Hiking Ambition Deadline: September 30, 2017 Potential payout: $1000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be enrolled at high school, college, university, or trade school, and must have a passion for a healthy lifestyle. What’s required: An e-mail with contact and school info, along with a 500-1000-word essay on… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU Related Events

Upcoming AU-related events. Writing an Abstract for a Conference Monday, September 18, 2:00 to 3:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU’s Faculty of Graduate Studies http://fgs.athabascau.ca/news/presentations/ e-mail fgs@athabascau.ca with your student ID number to register Zotero and Mendeley Citation Management Tools Webinar Tuesday, September 19, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library… Read more »

Women of Interest – Cathy Crowe

Cathy Crowe was born in 1952 in Cobourg, Ontario. She is a street nurse, educator, and author who is a strong advocate for the homeless in Canada, and is also a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in the Faculty of Arts, Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. She received her nursing degree from Toronto… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook GroupA few related threads have popped up with tips about quiet study spaces in Edmonton, Calgary, and Red Deer. Laura invites students to contact her to participate in interviews for The Voice. New member Andrea is looking for insight into ACCT 352. Other posts include beer, graphing for economics, and—of course—cats. Twitter @AthabascaU… 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 any questions. IMPORTANT DATES • Sept 15: October degree requirements deadline • Sept 29: Deadline to apply for course extension for Nov • Oct 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Nov 1• • Oct… Read more »