Vol. 25 Iss. 08

Volume 25 Issue 8 - 02/24/2017

Minds We Meet! – Interviewing Students Like You!

Sarah Joseph is currently living in Calgary while attending AU. She’s been from coast to coast and lived in several different areas, including the NWT, and harbors a not-so-secret love of comic books and fantasy video games, and a more-so-secret love of Buzzfeed “Which _____ are you” quizzes. She says she once won a yodelling… Read more »

The Social Student

Many academics craft surveys. You, too, will face a survey research assignment, whether as an undergrad enrolled in a research class or as a graduate student. And if you move on to a professorial position, survey research will strike you as vital as oxygen. So, get good at surveys now! But are you stumped for… Read more »

The Travelling Student – On the Road Again

Update: It’s been a while since I’ve sent in an article about my travels while studying at Athabasca U. I’ve had a chance to travel lots more since then. With so much going on it became difficult to write. But I’ve taken an interesting path and have had a chance to serve on AU student… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Title Pages that Smile

Are you smiling? Well, even if You’re not, your title page sure can?with some design love. A hot pink arc placed with upward edges can substitute for a smile any day. So, let’s get happy and design you a title page. But why waste your time on crafting colorful cover pages? Because, my friend, the… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Finish First

My mom, Roy, and I just collected on a Christmas present from Hilary. She gave each of us a ticket to the Garth Brooks world tour concert in Edmonton. I don’t think anyone expected he’d end up selling more than 143,000 tickets in nine shows but that’s what happened. Ours was for the seven o’clock… Read more »

Dear Barb – Just Friends & Finances

Dear Barb: My wife is spending money like crazy! She is running our credit cards to the max and our bank account is always in the red. I’m a saver. I hate debts. We are arguing constantly about money and it is ruining our relationship. I feel like cutting her off from the bank accounts,… Read more »

Speaker’s High

Can you get addicted to public speaking? I joined Toastmasters for the usual reasons, but ended up with much more than presentation skills. Toastmasters is an international organization that helps its members improve their public speaking and leadership skills. I wrote about my initial Toastmasters experience (“Public Speaking: Mastering the Fear“, The Voice Magazine Nov… Read more »

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

February is such a meh month. The memories of December’s magic are about as stale as a piece of leftover fruitcake, the dark winter days feel like they will never end and spring will never arrive. If a mood-boosting tropical vacation is out of the question, what can you do to get out of the… Read more »

So this is Thirty

I think there are often expectations, landmarks we are supposed to hit by certain ages. We should graduate high school by 18, university by 22, then marriage, and kids before 30. While this is rarely the case anymore, it can still be difficult not to measure your accomplishments by this perceived scale of success. As… Read more »

Falling Asleep in the Room of Tiny Drawers

Journal Entry 20 Feb/2017 7:58 a.m. So blocked. Couldn’t sleep worth a hoot last night. The day has just begun and already I’m exhausted. My novel’s heroine, once so full of promise, is stuck in a happy marriage (what was I thinking?). I can’t even come up with a first obstacle except for the clichéd… Read more »

Celluloid Psychology – Split

Split is billed as a psychological thriller film starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Betty Buckley. Kevin, the main character in Split, suffers from a condition called dissociative identity disorder (DID) involving 24 different identities. While he sees his therapist regularly, this does not stop him from succumbing to the “beast” inside him, and he… Read more »

Editorial – Admission of Interest

We don’t often think about admission issues here at Athabasca University, and why would we? The Open policy and distance model means that class rooms don’t fill up, so extra people just means AU has to hire extra tutors. They don’t even require extra office space for many of them, given as tutors, too, often… 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 28: Deadline to apply for course extension for April – Mar 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Apr 1 – Mar 14: AUSU Council… Read more »

Women of Interest – Heddy Lamar

“Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.” – Heddy Lamar. Heddy Lamarr was born November 9, 1914, in Vienna, Austria-Hungary and died January 19 2000, in Casselberry, Florida, USA She was a famous actress and an inventor who began her career in 1933 as an actress… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Tom wonders if there is an official AU Facebook page (answer: yes! http://www.facebook.com/AthabascaU/.) Isabella seeks advice on referencing Google images in a presentation. Jennifer asks for info on the ProctorU exam request procedure. Other posts include 2016 tuition tax receipts, appealing grades, Mexico, and courses BIOL 235, ECON 247, INST 430, MATH… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:CHHA/CHHAF Scholarship, the Dr Charles A Laszlo Scholarship, and the Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by: Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Deadline: March 3, 2017, 3:00pm EST Potential payout: $1000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be hard of hearing, deafened, or oral deaf, Canadian citizens*, and registered in, or planning to register in, a full-time… Read more »

From the PSE Newsdesk

Student action results in Sustainable Development success. A three-month campaign by Laval University student activist group “ULaval sans fossiles” helped persuade Laval U to stop investing in fossil fuels. In a February 15, 2017 press release, Quebec City’s Laval University committed to “taking responsible action to switch its endowment fund investments in fossil energy to… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

AU Executive MBA Information Session – Regina Monday, February 27, 5:00 to 6:30 pm MST Delta Hotels by Marriott, 1919 Saskatchewan Dr, Regina SK In-person Hosted by AU’s Faculty of Business http://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/athabasca-university-executive-mba-information-session-regina/ register online at the above address Academic Integrity at AU Tuesday, February 28, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library… Read more »

Canadian Education News

American Secretary of Education nomination a concern for Canada According to The Tyee, the recent nomination of Betsy DeVos as the secretary of education for President Donald J. Trump’s Republican Administration could be a concern for Canadian education, and citizens. DeVos has “spent years wielding her inherited wealth to aggressively support the replacement of public… Read more »