Vol. 27 Iss. 17

Volume 27, Issue 17 - 04/26/2019

Minds We Meet—Sasha Steinbring

Sasha Steinbring is currently working as a substitute teacher in Edmonton, Alberta, teaching primarily French Immersion in Elementary schools.  She graduated from University of Alberta and is now waiting to start her Master’s in School Counselling at Athabasca University.  This is her story. Could you tell us a bit about yourself? Where do you live,… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Always Heading Home

“But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.” – Gwyn Thomas Quick! Pack your bags! I’ll leave the car running while I help you load them in the back seat.  Feel free to pack light, all you really need is your best sneakers and your sense of wonder.  You don’t… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Joined at the Hip, Wired at the Brain

Group activities can be wondrous and, in theory, so can groupthink.  There’s little more inspiring than when individuals come together to present unique and multiple perspectives on an issue or topic.  The problem is when groupthink lives up to its name and morphs into an oppressive consensus beyond the bounds of which neither words nor… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Disney/Universal Studios Food Tour

For students who had the travel bug all year but never had the chance to travel, an end of the school year vacation is the perfect way to reward yourself after a busy semester.  While the school year might have dulled our moods, certainly visiting the “happiest place on earth” may provide some remedy.  For… Read more »

The Study Dude—Gold for Teachers & Students

Here are nuggets of gold for both teachers and students alike.  Stuck for ideas to improve your study habits, memory, or cognitive skills?  Or maybe you want to win teaching awards?  Well, how about mining your brain cells with the following tools? Use visuals to teach and to learn. Visuals aid in learning.  Often, when… Read more »

Council Connection—April 11, 2019 Meeting

A few technical hitches with the new Zoom system, which AUSU is still getting used to, led to a slight delay to the start of the April meeting.  Also, several councillors, including Brittany Daigle, Darcie Fleming, Sarah Blayney Lew, Josh Ryan, and Julian Teterenko were away due to illness or vacation commitments.  However, with the… Read more »

Keeping Technology and the Free Market from Wrecking Our Lives

These are the sanest of times, these are the craziest of times. So instead of wasting our time defending (or condemning) leaders, ideologies, and religions, let’s get practical and start placing firm limits on tendencies that are pushing us and our planet into a black hole. Here’s a beginning, inspired in part by Bill McKibbens’s… Read more »

Editorial—On the Prevalance of Opinion

A couple of issues ago, we ran an article about the perils of medical marijuana. Not too long ago, I received a letter concerned about the one sidedness of the article, and was asked the question, “Is this a factual article or an opinion column?”  It’s an interesting question and it got me thinking about… Read more »

Course Exam—CMNS 385/SOCI 378

CMNS 385 / SOCI 378 (Rebel with a Cause: Social Movements in History and Popular Culture) is a three-credit communications studies course that explores the causes of social movements throughout history and present-day.  There are no prerequisites for CMNS 385 / SOCI 378.  However, it is recommended that students have at least one previous course… Read more »

Student Sizzle!—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Julia seeks laptop shopping tips; so far the MS Surface is winning.  Katy comes up with a great way to re-purpose AU textbooks.  Melanie wonders how to get her local library added to the AU invigilator list; students weigh in with their experiences. Other posts include finished courses lingering in myAU, procrastination,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  John Deere Canada 4-H Scholarship Sponsored by:  4-H Canada and John Deere Deadline:  May 31, 2019 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be 4-H members, at least 16 years old, in their final year of high school, CEGEP, or an undergrad student, planning to attend college or university in 2019, and pursuing… 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 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for June May 9: AUSU Council Meeting May 10: Deadline to register in a course starting June 1 May 15: June degree requirements deadline… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Business Undergrad Info Session Tues, Apr 30, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/business-undergraduate-information-session-13/ Register online at above link APA Style and What Graduate Students Need to Know Tues, Apr 30, 1:00 to 2:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies www.eventbrite.ca/e/apa-style-and-what-graduate-students-need-to-know-tickets-56198555392 Register online at above… Read more »