Vol. 26 Iss. 27

Volume 26, Issue 27 - 07/13/2018

Meeting the Minds–Jim Sellers

Jim Sellers is the Project Manager for the Athabasca River Basin Research Institute.  He was born in Edmonton and works at Athabasca University.  Here we get to know about another wonderful member of our online community. To start, what makes you you? Where are you from and what’s your background? I am a native Edmontonian,… Read more »

The Fly on the Wall

Let’s go play outside! Dawning summer brings the allure of outdoor study breaks that add an additional element to our matrix of procrastination.  But it doesn’t have to all be guilty romps through sunny avenues.  We can recharge our scholarly batteries at the intellectual level in several ways by stepping, proverbially, outside the bounds of… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Original Thought

Original thought means everything at universities.  At least, at the graduate level.  At the undergraduate level, many students busy themselves citing stuff already written.  But once they get into graduate studies, they’re expected to make original research—whether done through surveys, interviews, theories and/or methodologies. Recently, I spoke with a world renown psychologist about creativity.  I… Read more »

In Conversation—with Jane in Space

Brooklyn-based Jane in Space is an industrial/electronic band fronted by multi-instrumentalist Jesse Jensen and singer/lyricist Tom Vickers.  Their self-titled debut album was named one of the top nine rock albums of 2016 by the blog Vibes After Music.  Their second album, the EP Gorerunner, planned for release on July 13, may be described as “pre-post-rock,”… Read more »

Music Review—Bree Taylor

Single: “The Feeling” Artist: Bree Taylor Earlier this year, Toronto born Bree Taylor released her single “The Feeling” that will be on her upcoming EP this summer.  Bree’s voice has an amazing cadence that pierces through the electric beats underlining this song.  Sometimes with pop songs, you’ll find the singers voice can be drowned out… Read more »

The Fit Student—Ayurveda

Go from trauma to wisdom to dreams—with Ayurveda Medicine.  As a youth, I toughed out trauma.  I suffered anorexia, obesity, and anorexia again.  I dropped out of high school, shortly after stung with disability.  And then a second disability. But I gained wisdom. On my birthday, my boyfriend asked me to share my wisdom.  So,… Read more »

Course Exam—Comp 348

COMP 348 (Network Programming in Java) is an upper level Computer Science course that is designed to extend students’ knowledge and practice in analysis and design of computer networks by focusing on computer network programming.  To enroll into this course, students will either have to have COMP 268 (Introduction to Computer Programming in Java), COMP… Read more »

Dear Barb—Coached

Dear Barb: My life is a mess! I just graduated AU and I was fortunate to secure a fantastic job making great money.  For the last few years my main focus has been getting through school and I kind of let everything else go.  Now I’ve started my new job, but I’m not sure how… Read more »

Editorial—Surprisingly Good

A surprisingly good issue this week.  We start it off with our feature interview being a Meeting the Minds article interviewing Jim Sellers, the Project Manager for the Athabasca River Basin Institute. Yes, I know.  The job title isn’t really one that makes you think, “This is going to be great interview for AU students!”… Read more »

The Myth of Busy

The idea of being busy is pushed as being good, being productive, being, well, busy.  But, being busy isn’t always being busy doing something.  Sometimes being busy means busy exploring or busy being. I think it is almost dangerous the way that society romanticizes being (work) busy.  While, granted, there are a few instances of… Read more »

Powerful Visualization Techniques

Successful business professionals and athletes do it before they perform.  Musicians do it before heading onstage.  Students do it before taking exams.  Just as you map out a road trip prior to leaving, you may envisage in your mind how you wish an event to unfold, forming a mental picture of your desired outcome.  Results… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

MBA in Hockey Management Info Session Tues, July 17, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/executive-mba-business-hockey-info-session-5pm-mst-online-7/ Register online at above link Looking ahead… MBA Info Session – Halifax Wed, July 25, 12:00 to 1:30 pm ADT Four Points by Sheraton, 1496 Hollis St, Halifax NS In person Hosted by… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Yes 2 Me Scholarships Sponsored by:  Schizophrenia Society of Alberta and the Alliance of Otsuka and Lundbeck Deadline:  July 26, 2018 Potential payout:  $2000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be residents of Alberta, be diagnosed with schizophrenia, and be currently enrolled in an education program within Alberta. What’s required:  An online application form, including… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group New student Thomas seeks info on access to AU textbooks and the library; students pitch in to explain how it all works.  Denise was startled to notice a course she recently began is now listed as “permanently closed” but is relieved to hear it won’t affect students currently enrolled. Other posts include… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student

When it comes to barbecue season, Canadians only have about four months of the year to truly enjoy feasting in the lush green carpet of our backyard.  For students, hosting barbecues can be a fantastic way to entertain family and friends.  Backyard barbecues don’t have to be a big fuss when you plan ahead and… Read more »