Vol. 27 Iss. 13

Volume 27, Issue 13 - 03/29/2019

Minds We Meet—Alison Rowney

Alison Rowney lives in Alberta with her husband and her two-year-old daughter.  She is close to finishing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and she plans to eventually take a master’s degree at AU.  Her long term goal is to become a sports psychologist.  This is her story. Can you give us a little bit… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Putting Procrastination on Pause

Let’s put procrastination in perspective.  It’s a nagging worry that can engulf us.  Like being lost in a hall of mirrors, there are a lot of daily distractions to dissuade us from our studies.  To take confident strides over the hurdles life erects we need a clear-eyed assessment of our big picture.  Where are we… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—On the Virtue of Experience

Live enough years, and you begin to understand that there is no measuring, no charting the immense distances between who you once were, who you have become, and who you will be.  I distinctly remember hearing David Bowie for the first time when I was twelve years old, and even then having a dim inkling… Read more »

Council Connection—March 14, 2019 Meeting

The March 14th meeting of AUSU was “business as usual” but had a major change, one that Council hopes will be for the better.  The conference call format changed its platform to the provider Zoom, which specializes in video and conferencing systems.  Zoom will allow AUSU councillors to make more connections with each other as… Read more »

The Study Dude—Let Dr. Rogers Pop you a PhD

If you’ve got belly aches, consult a doctor.  If you’ve got study pains, consult a doctor.  The doc might just pop you a PhD.  MD Peter Rogers touts study ideas that helped him score top of class for a medical degree. So, what does the doctor order? Study and get fit—that’s it. When my classmates… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Farmers’ Market 101

For students looking for a weekend activity that involves exploring locally grown produce, farmers’ markets make an excellent choice to accompany the warmer weather.  Unlike the usual trip to complete the groceries list, farmers’ markets provide an array of artisan food products, crafts and sometimes even live music.  However, if you’re planning to try your… Read more »

The Fit Student—Look Like a Celebrity the Tony Robbins Way

Last week, I watched a documentary called Being Tony Robbins.  Mr.  Tony Robbins lives on a gorgeous island and bathes in a waterfall.  But when he revealed his daily routine, I realized my impoverished life was just as rich.  Don’t believe me?  Well, he meditates daily.  I meditate doing the Wim Hof method.  He has… Read more »

Course Exam—HRMT 322

HRMT 322 (Employment Law) is a three-credit, senior level Human Resource Management course that introduces students to the branch of Canadian law that governs relations between employers and employees, primarily in non-unionized workplaces.  The course is designed to provide students with practical knowledge of employment law, focusing on constitutional law, common law, and statutory law. … Read more »

Dear Barb—Sleeping Dogs Lie

Dear Barb; Hi, my father passed away four years ago and my siblings and I were devastated.  I would say my mother was as well, but now I’m not so sure.  A few months after my dad died, my mom went out for a visit to B.C. to see my uncle—my dad’s younger brother.  When… Read more »

The 2019 Federal Budget—Student Perspective

The federal government just released its new federal budget and some changes have been made that may affect students at Athabasca University receiving loans.  Some of these changes will be exciting for students For one thing, the budget proposes to lower the interest rates on student loans.  I think this would be a great thing… Read more »

What a Potential Employer is Seeking in an Employee

When we first start searching for a rewarding new job, we’re often preoccupied with the perks and other benefits on offer.  During the initial interview, we may inquire about vacation leave, pension plan, dental insurance, and so on.  Unfortunately, if we’re absorbed with what we’re going to get instead of considering what merits we’re bringing… Read more »

Editorial—The Nation of States

I’ve been thinking about Brexit, lately. It struck me that part of the reason there’s such angst is that the various nations in the EU have never really stood up and said “We’re forming a new country with all of us as part of it.”  Instead, they’ve been sidling up to it, slowly voting, in… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Angela is booking her first exam with ProctorU and seeks insight; fortunately, many students have experience with ProctorU and are happy to give advice.  Jowayne is bogged down with ENGL 305 Children’s Literature and seeks help. Other posts include invitations to convocation, take-home exams, AU degree acceptability quotient, and courses ENGL 255,… 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 Mar 29: Deadline to apply for course extension for May Apr 10: Deadline to register in a course starting May 1 Apr 11: AUSU Council Meeting Apr 15: May degree requirements deadline… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  The Irene Adler Prize Sponsored by:  Lucas Aykroyd Deadline:  April 30, 2019 Potential payout:  $1000 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be women, Canadian or U.S. citizens, and either beginning or continuing post-secondary education in Canada or the U.S. in a program related to journalism, creative writing, or literature.  See submission guidelines for full… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AU Open House Wed, Apr 3, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU www.athabascau.ca/discover/open-house/ Register online at above link second session:  Wednesday, April 3, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Looking ahead… Edmonton Meet & Greet Wed, Apr 17, 5:00 to 7:00 pm MDT The Rec Room, 1725 99 St NW, Edmonton AB In… Read more »