Vol. 26 Iss. 18

Volume 26, Issue 18 - 05/04/2018

Meeting the Minds—Dr. Bob Barnetson

Dr. Bob Barnetson is a Professor of Labour Reations at the one and only Athabasca University.  Professor Barnetson has experience working for the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board, Alberta Labour Relations Board, and the Alberta government. You teach Labour Relations at AU.  What does that entail? Labour relations examines employment relationships from both a technical and… Read more »

Women of Interest—Olga Kotelko

Olga Kotelko was born on March 2, 1919, in Vonda, Saskatchewan and died of an intracranial hemorrhage on June 24, 2014.  Kotelko was a Canadian legend in track and field who received 750 gold medals and broke many world records in her age category. The seventh of eleven children born to Ukrainian parents, Olga grew… Read more »

The Fit Student—The Secret to Confidence

Success, whether in academics or life, flows from confidence.  But confidence seems as mysterious as the bacteria in Michael Moore’s belly.  Bacteria crossbred from beer, pizza, and too much Kathleen Griffin. Confident people tend to look beautiful, don’t they?  But I met a business-savvy supermodel who lived a lonely, troubled, fragile life.  She had it… Read more »

Sunburn and Screen Protectors

I think we skipped spring.  In only a few days the snow has mostly disappeared, and the yard work that is usually done in about plus 10 degrees Celsius, with a toque, because, well, wind, was finished this year in plus 20 degrees, in shorts and tank tops.  One unfortunate thing about the sudden heat… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Fitness Makes you Creative

Fitness might not make you Michelangelo, but it makes you more creative than Jim Carrey’s graffiti porn.  Sheesh!  The guy needs a lifetime pass to Curves. In high school, I took art.  Once, a guest instructor taught me and my two friends pottery.  We acted up, laughing as our clay slapped onto the floor from… Read more »

Course Exam—COMP 361

COMP 361 (Systems Analysis and Design) is a three-credit upper-level Computer Science course that has students solving business problems by analyzing the requirements of information systems and designing such systems applying analysis and design techniques.  The practical component of COMP 361 is object oriented and use-case driven, requiring students to go through the steps of… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Too Full Plate

Dear Barb: I am really stressed out and in need of some advice.  I’m a single mom with two boys plus I work full time and take courses at AU.  My mother was just diagnosed with stage four cancer; I am so filled with anxiety that I just don’t know what to do.  I can’t… Read more »

Editorial—Context Contested

This week, I received a letter from a reader who was upset by the most recent issue cover.  Some of you may not even realize that we have a magazine cover.  If you choose the Past Issues Link fron any story you can see all of them, or you can click the “Download this issue”… Read more »

Choosing a Career Path

Beginning in childhood, we are asked what we want to be when we grow up.  Some of us have great imaginations: an astronaut, a race car driver, a rock star! Some of us know from the second we receive a certain toy what our career paths will be: doctor, police woman, or chef.  But for… 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 Apr 15: May degree requirements deadline Apr 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for June May 10: Deadline to register in a course starting June 1 May 15: June degree requirements… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Nursing and Health Studies Library Orientation Sat, May 5, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration required Online MBA Info Session Thurs, May 10, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/online-mba-executives-information-session-8/ Register online at above link Adventures in Indigenous Methodologies: Making Space… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  2018 Start Proud Leadership Award Sponsored by:  Start Proud Deadline:  May 25, 2018, 11:59pm EST Potential payout:  $2500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be legal residents of Canada, have completed one year of post-secondary studies by September 1, 2018, be enrolled for the Fall 2018 semester, have a valid post-secondary institution e-mail address, and… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Kim seeks input on whether it’s better to go with student loans or a line of credit; students who have gone those routes provide advice based on their experiences.  Chanelle expresses concern that Moodle will block an assignment submitted past the course end date; responders indicate that she can still upload it… Read more »

Letters to the Editor

Good Morning, Imagine my surprise, when I open up an email in my browser at work to see see a photographic image of a dog defecating in the body of said email. Not that it matters, but there is no tie to the image in the adjoining content. Adding images for sensationalism, good, bad or… Read more »