Vol. 26 Iss. 04

Volume 26, Issue 04 - 01/26/2018

Meeting the Minds—Interviews with AU’s Educators

James Greenwood-Lee is an Assistant Professor in Applied Math with the Faculty of Science and Technology at Athabasca University.  Some of his scientific contributions include work on complex intervention modelling capturing the dynamics of adaptation.  It was research on health looking at complex systems, health interventions, and the ways in which intelligent agents change behaviour… Read more »

From Where I Sit—No Need to Re-Invent the Wheel

Before Christmas I was scoping out the books at Costco.  With their limited space they usually carry the hottest titles and always, always have a discounted price.  I picked up a copy of Timothy Ferriss’ newest titles: Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors.  He is the bestselling author of the 4 Hour Work Week. … Read more »

Council Connection

The first meeting of January 2018 proved to be another marathon session but contained many important issues for council and AU undergraduates.  The meeting was called to order at 5:31.  The minutes from the December 2017 meeting were carried unanimously, but AUSU President Shawna Wasylyshyn clarified a couple of points on them.  The meeting notes… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Six Breakfasts from Around the World

Breakfast is one of the most important meals in a day.  Eating an adequate portion early in the day can provide lasting energy to tackle the rest of the day.  For AU students, this means more effective studying sessions and a fruitful day spent juggling between academics, personal, and professional lives.  Hence, shortly after waking… Read more »

The Fit Student—Work, Weight-lift, and Willpower

For New Year’s Day, what topped your resolutions? To look as fit as bikini-clad Wonder Woman?  As fit as shirtless Ryan Gosling?  Or as fit as Michael Moore’s speedo? Every New Year, I make resolutions for fitness—with failing willpower.   But this year, I got fit and healthy.   And magic happened.   My size-six executive wardrobe fits. … Read more »

Course Exam—PHIL 333 (Professional Ethics)

According to the syllabus, PHIL 333 (Professional Ethics) is a three-credit, third year philosophy course that “highlights ethical issues pertaining to journalists, engineers, medical doctors, accounting, finance specialists, and lawyers.” PHIL 333 is considered a humanities course that has no prerequisites and can be challenged for credit. Professional Ethics is comprised of nine units and… Read more »

Dear Barb—Bottled Concerns

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married for seven years and we have two young children. Our married life has been pretty good. We have never broken up, but we have come close a few times because of my husband’s drinking. Sometimes he’ll drink too much and doesn’t come home all night, or… Read more »

Editorial—And They’re Off

As of today, the election process for AUSU Council has started.  The nomination period only lasts for 12 days.  So if you haven’t nominated yourself by February 7th, then you’re out of the running. This year, AUSU Council has expanded.  Instead of nine seats, there will be thirteen available to fill.  More people means more… Read more »

Stay Out of the Comments

I enjoy aspects of social media; it is a great place to meet like-minded people, to create your brand, to find opportunities, but social media has a dark side.  Commonly referred to as the comment section.  If I see a post I find inspiring I don’t (usually) let myself read any of the comments beneath… Read more »

Meditation Now

“A mind that is fast is sick.  A mind that is slow is sound.  A mind that is still is divine.” –Meher Baba, Indian spiritual master Recently, meditation has become more mainstream. Although seemingly mysterious and boring at the same time, to many people zooming around in our fast-paced society meditation has become more of… Read more »

The Home Stretch

The end is approaching quickly.  Too quickly!  I revised my study plan for the next few months and realized that I have just over three months of AU studies left—about a hundred days.  By April 30 I will have completed all the courses for my degree. Suddenly, graduation will be this year. In one sense,… Read more »

Student Sizzle!

AthaU Facebook Group AUSU council president Shawana demonstrates AUSU advocacy in action:  the Faculty of Business student success centre will now keep inquiry tickets open long enough to accommodate student follow-up questions instead of closing them immediately after the initial question, which one student said drove him nuts. Amal reaches out from Tunisia, seeking info… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AUGSA Meet & Greets Sat, January 27 Calgary:  Socite Coffee Shop, 1223 11 Ave SW, 3:00 pm MST Red Deer:  Starbucks (at Chapters), Gaetz Ave S, 3:00 pm MST Edmonton:  Starbucks, 3227 Calgary Trail NW, 3:00 pm MST Toronto area:  Boston Pizza, 50 Courtney Park Dr, Mississauga, 2:00 pm EST In-person Hosted by AUGSA No… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  SeniorsZen Scholarship Award Sponsored by:  SeniorsZen.com Deadline:  January 31, 2018 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian residents, and enrolled in or admitted to a full-time program at an accredited Canadian college, university, or trade school. What’s required:  An e-mail with contact and school info, along with a 750-100 word essay… 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 Jan 26: Call for Nominations Opens for AUSU Election Jan 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for Mar Jan 26: Deadline to submit Nomination for Election Feb 9: Deadline to register… Read more »