Vol. 26 Iss. 05

Volume 26, Issue 05 - 02/02/2018

Money for Nothing—Upcoming AU Scholarship Deadlines

Where’s the money for your next AU course coming from?  If you answered “I don’t know,” perhaps you need to explore AU’s scholarship opportunities.  There are eight scholarships or bursaries with application deadlines of February 15.  There is still have time to examine these opportunities and submit your application. AU’s awards application process is now… Read more »

An Interview with Marlin Schmidt

Recently, The Voice Magazine was invited to discuss education issues with Alberta’s Advanced Education Minster, the Honorable Marlin Schmidt.  We wanted to get a picture of the current issues facing Alberta education and politics; issues that apply not only to Athabasca University but also the overall climate of post-secondary education across Canada. Alberta’s NDP government… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student

The classic comfort food that has won the hearts of children and adults everywhere is fried chicken.  The love for fried chicken is so universal that besides your local fast food chains, fried chicken has appeared on the menu of five-star restaurants.  Despite trying to recreate healthier versions of fried chicken in my kitchen using… Read more »

The Study Dude—Hard Knocks Hobbies

Are you as crafty as Martha Stewart’s prison-time?  She mixed her hobby with hard-knocks, fetching herbs while roaming prison lawns.  She whipped up gourmet meals for inmates while looking polished in prison stripes.   Spotless cell too, I bet. At work, my office looked messy; my hair, Einsteinian.  My computer screen rimmed with sticky notes, scrawled… Read more »

Course Exam—ORGB 364 (Organizational Behavior)

According to the syllabus, ORGB 364 (Organizational Behaviour) is a three credit, first year introductory business and administrative studies course that has students developing a strong understanding of Organizational Behaviour theories and provides students with the skills to be able to apply those theories in a real life setting.  There are no prerequisites for this… Read more »

From Where I Sit—The Shortest Path

As long as I can remember I’ve been a sucker for blank journals.  Of course, back in the day they were a motley collection of simple three-subject coil notebooks or plain-jane, utilitarian books like the old black and white Mead composition books of our youth.  They ranged in size from small, pocket or purse sized… Read more »

Dear Barb—Picking the Right Guy

Dear Barb: I am dating this awesome guy.  He’s great looking, has money, and a charismatic personality.  All my friends think I am so lucky to be dating Derrick.  The problem is I’m attracted to someone else, but I don’t want to end my relationship with Derrick and then regret it after.  The guy I’m… Read more »

The Bookish Playoffs

It is almost that time of year again.  Time for the Canada Reads debates! I enjoy following the debates for several reasons, but one of them is just that I really love that there is a televised debate about books.  I remember meeting one of my husband’s friends for the first time and he observed… Read more »

Book Review—Writing Down the Bones

Book: Writing Down the Bones Author: Natalie Goldberg I stumbled upon a mentor for life in Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (2005).  Her book was on a suggested reading list in an obscure writing class I took many years ago.  First published in 1986, this should be a standard go-to… Read more »

Editorial—Flat Out Expression

With the release in the media of the United Conservative Party of Alberta’s draft policy’s on education, the Alberta NDP government has been doing the best they can to try to show Albertans how that plan is a bad idea, and the NDP way is one that will work better.  The Advanced Education office made… Read more »

All the Music be Happenin’ Now

Early winter, 2001: The drum leaders are singing “The Grandmother Song,” a traditional Mi’kmaq [MIG-maw] summons to the ancestors of everyone in the room.  Looking around at the motley assortment of races gathered, I try to imagine our ancestors all showing up at once, and I can’t help but wonder how they’ll get along. Echoes… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AU MBA Info Session Mon, February 5, 12:00 to 1:30 pm EST Toronto Marriott Downton Eaton Centre, 525 Bay St, Toronto ON In person Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/athabasca-university-mba-information-session/ Register online at above link Business Undergrad Info Session Tues, February 6, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Okotoks’ Needs Support for Catholic School System to Flourish Western Wheel reported that the Okotoks’ separate school system has requested support from their stakeholders in order for the publicly-funded Catholic school system to continue to flourish in the province of Alberta. PACE, or Parents Advocating for Catholic Education, is a committee of 10 Christ the… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  International Business Scholarship Sponsored by:  Export Development Canada Deadline:  February 9, 2018 Potential payout:  $4000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at a Canadian university or college, studying business-related courses, returning to full-time studies for the 2018-2019 academic year, and be in… Read more »

Women of Interest—Dorothy Hodgkin

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin was born May 12, 1910, in Cairo, Egypt, and died July 29, 1994, in Limington, Warwickshire, England.  In 1964 she was the third woman awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her development of protein crystallography. Dorothy’s other discoveries include the structure of penicillin, Vitamin B12, and the importance of insulin in… Read more »

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Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Emily sparks off a hot discussion about the relative worthiness of AU’s masters programs.  Veronica seeks advice on signing up for Amazon’s student prime account with AU’s new student e-mail addresses; not only does she get the help she needs, but AU’s IT volunteers to contact Amazon to put athabasca.edu e-mails on… Read more »