Vol. 25 Iss. 06

Volume 25 Issue 6 - 02/10/2017

Meeting the Minds – AU President, Dr. Neil Fassina

Dr. Neil Fassina is the 8th President of Athabasca University. He earned a BSc in Psychology from the University of Calgary and PhD in Management from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. He is an active researcher in the areas around applied decision-making. He was installed in mid-January, 2017 and works… Read more »

The Fit Student – Passion

I got demoted at work. Although I’ve been trying to keep workplace anxiety under control with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I didn’t need less stress; I needed better skills. You see, I took a risk and went underqualified into a marketing position. Yes, I soon got demoted, but I also received a potential offer to… Read more »

In Conversation with Adam Christopher Moult of Bad Cop

Bad Cop founder, Adam Christopher Moult of Nashville, had a troubled youth, but music proved his salvation. The indie band formed in 2009 and released their first album, Harvest the Beast, with punk label ROIR, then changed their lineup and evolved their sound to honour a variety of influences, including psych rock, art rock, and… Read more »

The Lonely Student

Are you isolated as an AU student? Worse yet, are you lonely? I mean shut-out-in-the-woods-with-no-running-water lonely. Once, we went camping to find a run-down, vacant house, lived in by a scruffy, bearded man who threatened to fetch his gun. He was lonely. Well, You’re not alone. The common view is that many AU students live… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Shit Happens

Last Tuesday morning I left my house to head into Edmonton for a day of errands. I never made it. A skiff of snow covered an icy patch on our sidewalk, and in a nanosecond I was lying on the ground stunned. In trying to understand how badly I was hurt, or if I’d be… Read more »

Dear Barb – Visual Libido

Dear Barb: We have a charming sister-in-law and I respect her opinion. One day me, my wife, my sister-in-law, and her husband were discussing different things and the subject of porn came up. She is sixty years old and I am seventy-seven. She is a very liberal person. I told her I look at porn… Read more »

Editorial – Taking Advantage

It’s been quite the week. The AUSU mail-out featuring The Voice Magazine generated a lot of interest, both for the positions described as well as some ideas from students for new articles and columns in some areas that the Voice doesn’t typically cover. I’m hopeful these will pan out and you’ll start to see some… Read more »

Cyber-Safety is Up to Everyone

Parents would never dream of handing a child or young teenager the keys to the family car and telling them to drive down a busy freeway, but when it comes to technology, they are doing exactly that. While kids and teens have a natural affinity with technology, letting them be in the driver’s seat about… Read more »

Passion and Profundity – John Vaillant’s Inaugural WiR Presentation

“In these unclaimed spaces, you get to know yourself…It’s the hardest and bravest thing you can do.” ? John Vaillant John Vaillant, AU’s Writer-in-Residence (WiR) for 2016-2017, gave a spellbinding presentation at AU last week. On Thursday, February 2, dozens of AU students, staff, tutors, and others gathered for Vaillant’s presentation at AU’s Edmonton campus,… Read more »

Against All Odds

This Sunday was Super Bowl history. As the Atlanta Falcons led the game, stats scrolled along the bottom. One said that teams down by 19 points or more going into the final quarter lost every time: 93-0. Also, the Super Bowl has never gone into overtime. With those kinds of stats, and the poor plays… Read more »

Women of Interest – Sally Fox

Sally Fox was born on December 30, 1955, in Palo Alto, California. Fox always had an interest in fabric and began her career in the early 1980’s working for a cotton breeder in California. At that time, the only way to obtain colored cotton was to bleach and dye white cotton, which was not a… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

Executive MBA Information Session Wednesday, February 15, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted by AU’s Faculty of Business http://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/executive-mba-information-session-10am-mst-2/ register online at the above address second session: Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 to 7:00 pm MST http://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/executive-mba-information-session-6pm-mst-3/ Executive MBA and the Business of Hockey Info Session Thursday, February 16, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Lindsay posts info for upcoming AUGSA Meet & Greets. Brian seeks details on challenging courses for credit. David posts a reminder for the weekly Calgary study group each Thursday at the Saddletowne library. Other posts include lifelong learning, and courses ENSC 200 and IDRL 312. Twitter @AthabascaU tweets: “#AthaU is #NowHiring an… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: Walker Family Bachelor of Commerce Award Sponsored by: Barry and Valerie Walker Deadline: February 15, 2017 Potential payout: $1000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be in the 4th year (final 30 credits) of AU’s BComm program, have a GPA of at least 3.0, and (preferably) live in a rural or remote area of Canada…. Read more »

Canadian Education News

Research Chair announced for STEM Teaching and Learning Simon Fraser University has announced that Rina Zazkis, Associate Dean of Education at Simon Fraser University, has been appointed the new Research Chair in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Teaching and Learning, The announcement was made by the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. Canadian government… 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 – Feb 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Mar 1 – Feb 15: February degree requirements deadline – Feb 16: AUSU Council Meeting – Feb 28:… Read more »