Vol. 26 Iss. 06

Volume 26, Issue 06 - 02/09/2018

Introducing AU’s Writer in Residence—Richard Van Camp

Each year, Athabasca University invites a Canadian writer to be its Writer in Residence, an invited artist who serves as a resource for students, faculty, and the university and writing communities.  This year, AU has chosen Richard Van Camp.  He is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT.  He is… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Enabling and Empowering

Paddy Storey, originally born and raised in Alberta, now lives with her husband, her teenage daughter, 19 horses, one miniature pony, two donkeys, five dogs, four puppies, and two cats on a cattle ranch North of Quesnel, surrounded by the trees of beautiful British Columbia.  She also has a son that recently graduated and has… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—DIY Valentine’s Bouquets

Roses are red.  Violets are blue.  Some bouquets are best eaten, So here’s one for you (or your special someone). Personally, looking at a fresh bouquet of roses only to know that in less than a week I will have to discard the wilted contents into the trash can be quite depressing.  I would much… Read more »

The Fit Student—Tame That Fanatic

Would you read an unknown author’s essay on finding fame?  A homeless guy’s article on making millions?  A sickly woman’s writeup on health and fitness? Not long ago, my health dropped so drastically I feared dying before my 50th birthday.  I felt nauseated most days, so tired I could barely open my eyes to read. … Read more »

Course Exam—CMIS 245 (Computers and Management Information Systems)

According to the syllabus, CMIS 245 (Computers and Management Information Systems) is a three-credit business and administrative studies course that teaches students the skills required to use microcomputer applications (PC applications) effectively.  This course has software requirements, including the PC version of Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Office 2016 and the four main applications: Word,… Read more »

In Conversation—with Via Intercom

Via Intercom is a Brooklyn-based duo almost too real for their own good, generating many-layered music to accompany lyrics with multiple meanings.  On December 8, 2017, they released Buzz Buzz Buzz Vertigo, an album I’ve had on repeat for weeks, and not just because the seventh track gave me a case of the willies when,… Read more »

Dear Barb—Chronic Control

Dear Barb: Hi, recently I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  It was a total relief to finally put a name to what is wrong with me.  The problem I’ve been having is that most of my family and friends think my illness is all in my head.  Since fibromyalgia is one of those illnesses that are… Read more »

Editorial—Two is More Fun

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and you’ll see that reflected throughout this issue of the Voice, as we’ve got ideas for that last minute gift—even if your wallet is looking a little bare—that go beyond the traditional flowers and chocolates.  And if you want to keep up with that love life you’ll need… Read more »

The Poetic Side of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is almost here. There are lots of traditions among couples, some influenced by the consumer culture, while others not. I am all for celebrating it, or not, in your own way. One thing that comes to mind, though, with the tradition of Valentine’s day is poetry. I started to do a poetry challenge… Read more »

Pulling Heartstrings on a Shoestring

Valentine’s Day will soon be here.  Finding the right gift for your sweetie can be stressful at the best of times.  For those living on a tight budget, the stress is amplified.  However, marking Valentine’s Day need not be expensive.  With a little imagination, you can express your love without straining your bank account. Here… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  TAC Foundation Scholarships Sponsored by:  Transportation Association of Canada Deadline:  February 28, 2018 Potential payout:  up to $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in a program related to the transportation field as outlined in the eligibility criteria, have at least a B-grade… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group A lively discussion follows Kazlow’s query about how AU marks compare with those of other institutions.  Jodi and other students have noticed they haven’t yet received access to courses with a March 1 start date.  Miranda wonders if there’s any way to see grades for older assignments; it’s not looking good so… Read more »

Vintage Voice

To honour Heart Month this February, we look at love from both sides now: coming and going. Strange attraction.  Harried student Audrey Karperien takes a break from coding to ponder the algorithm of attraction.  “But then, with the help of the shirtless men outside my window, what strange attraction is and is not started coming… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Canadian Investment in the Global Partnership for Education The PIE News said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an announcement about the increase in commitment for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). As part of what his office called the “Feminist International Assistance Policy,” Trudeau made a pledge during the World Economic Forum to increase… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AU Library Orientation Webinar Mon, February 12, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration required Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) Info Session Mon, February 12, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/doctorate-business-administration-dba-information/ Register online at above link Online MBA Info Session Tues, February… 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 Feb 7: Deadline to submit Nomination for Election Feb 9: Deadline to register in a course starting Mar 1 Feb 12: AUSU Election Candidates Announced Feb 13: AUSU Council Meeting Feb 15:… Read more »