Vol. 26 Iss. 36

Volume 26, Issue 36 - 09/14/2018

Meeting the Minds—Pamela Hawranik

So tell us about yourself, where are you from and what drives you? I was born and raised in a small town called Whitemouth in Eastern Manitoba.  It had 300 or so people.  It most likely has the same number of people now as when I left.  My dad was born in Germany.  He came… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Are you Self-Aware?

Hug books about self-awareness.  Pore over positive and negative trait thesauruses—even over the emotional wound thesaurus.  Relish readings about traits that tag family and friends.  These tomes teach about life. We all bear nice and nasty traits.  But how do we flee our own poor traits or those flagged in others?  Well, many of us… Read more »

The Fit Student—Win Olympic Medals!

Would you froth if you won an Olympic medal?  Well, you could score gold—in another lifetime.  Believers in rebirth say wisdom from this lifetime carries over into the next.  So, wise-up with sports primers and old-timer teams.  Yes, you could win an Olympics, if not this life, then maybe the next.  I study sports rules… Read more »

Course Exam—COMM 243

COMM 243 (Interpersonal Communication) is a three-credit business and administrative studies course that teaches students all about strengthening their interpersonal communication skills.  These skills can improve social relations at home with your family, with your friends, in the office with coworkers, or at social functions.  This course has no prerequisites and has a challenge for… Read more »

The Porkpie Hat—Cracked Wide Open

“Kids think with their brains cracked wide open; becoming an adult, I’ve decided, is only a slow sewing shut.” Jodi Picoult There is a place on the borderlands of our consciousness, where the great beasts of human inventiveness—human potential—frolic and prowl.  It is the realm where art and science, left brain attention to detail and… Read more »

Focusing on Options

Being focused is great.  Determination to find your way on a path, also great—and necessary.  But it is important to keep an open mind as you work toward a goal—to allow yourself room to grow and to grant yourself permission to change that goal. This was something I did, for the first time, throughout my… Read more »


This week, our feature interview is with the Acting Associate Vice President for Research at AU, Dr. Pamela Hawranik.  Scott Jacobsen talks to her about her background and about how AU might look at expanding research opportunities to undergraduate students. I also want to draw your attention to Tara Panrucker’s piece this week, as she… Read more »

RateMyProfessors, AU and You

From the moment that they sign up for a course, AU students know they are in a unique learning situation compared to other university students because of the self-directed learning format.  Even if they weren’t familiar with it before, AU students discover that they alone are responsible for their learning—no falling asleep in the back… Read more »

Surviving School while Grieving

I’ve always aimed to keep things upbeat in my writing, with the added goal of offering helpful information.  I guess I always wished I’d had a mentor myself. So I fulfilled it with writing—in the hopes I could help someone out there with their life struggles. My mom died at the end of August and… Read more »

Apps Every Student Should Have (Part 2)

A few weeks ago, I made a list of fantastic apps every student should have.  This week, after some digging around, I found 5 additional apps that students would benefit from.  Mobile applications are becoming an essential for everyday living; from helping wake us up in the morning to matching us for romantic dates, mobile… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship Sponsored by:  Odenza Marketing Group Deadline:  September 30, 2018, 11:59pm EDT Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be between 16 and 25 years of age as of September 30, 2018, have at least one full year of post secondary studies remaining, have a GPA of at least 2.5,… Read more »

Student Sizzle!

AthaU Facebook Group Thomas seeks feedback on the PLAR process; one commenter suggests there is a wait list.  Kari’s starting off her AU studies by taking five courses; she gets many responses about her program and course selection.  Riley finds a course he wants is “under revision” and wonders when it will be available again…. Read more »

AU-thentic Events

City Wide Welcome – Edmonton Sat, September 15, 12:00 to 3:00 pm MDT Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Hall D, Edmonton AB In person Hosted by AU, City of Edmonton, and 6 others www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/for_schools_students_teachers/city-wide-welcome.aspx Register online at above link Star Party Sat, September 15, 6:00 to 11:00 pm MDT AU Central, 1 University Dr,… 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 August 24th: Athabasca Meet & Greet August 31st: AUSU Twitter Giveaway closes September 3rd: AUSU Office is closed for Labour Day September 13th: Public Council Meeting FYi Doctors Discounts FYi Doctor is… Read more »