Vol. 27 Iss. 22

Volume 27, Issue 22 - 05/31/2019

Minds We Meet—Katrina Griffiths

Katrina Griffiths is a thirty-two-year-old living in Alberta studying toward a Bachelor of Science with plans to eventually go on to do a masters in astrophysics and then a PhD with hopes of teaching or doing research. In her spare time, she enjoys podcasting and writing. This is Kat’s story. Could you tell me a… Read more »

The Study Dude!—Seven Tips for Star Student Status

Were you the kid who joined every school sports team and club—and still got the A’s?  That was me in grade nine, but so not me in graduate studies.  If you’re able to raise a family, work full-time, take on extracurricular fun, and excel at studies—all at the same time—then, I beg you, write a… Read more »

Course Exam—ADMN 232

ADMN 232 (Introduction to Management) is a three-credit introductory business and administrative studies course that translates management theory into effective management practice by examining what managers do and how they do it. The course presents theories of management applicable to the public and private sectors and then reconciles these theories with current practice. ADMN 232… Read more »

Dear Barb—Accredited and Vaping

Dear Barb: Hi! I have just completed my first course at Athabasca University and did very well.  The problem I have is, every time I tell people I am obtaining a degree through an online university, they respond by asking why I don’t go to a real university! They say I am wasting my time… Read more »

Editorial—Where There’s Smoke

Just a few minutes ago, on Friday, May 31, 2019, Athabasca University posted an announcement about having to move convocation.  Because of the wildfire situation at High Level, Alberta, the Athabasca Multiplex, where AU traditionally holds convocation, could be pressed into service as an emergency station for residents in the area.  While this might not… Read more »

The Fit Student—Want a Cindy Crawford Look?

You don’t need dimples to have Cindy Crawford’s look. You can settle instead for a Cindy Crawford bod.   I’ll share Cindy Crawford’s diet and fitness routine and compare it to my active lifestyle.  If I can claim a fit bod at nearly fifty, so can all you AU femmes (and fellows). But let’s face it,… Read more »

The (Marginal) Joys of Marginalization

“At some point or another, everyone has felt unseen and unheard and marginalized.” Ayanna Pressley If you remember the comic strip Bloom County, you may recall Binkley and his dad having a discussion in which they realize that their status as white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, men puts them in the minority. The irony of course is… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Human Resources Wants Your Soul

I sometimes believe that we reach our highest human potential at some time during the earliest years of our childhood.  In those early days we are all poets, artists, scientists, fearless explorers, and relentless questers after knowledge.  Then, just as we are revelling in the joyousness and sensory overload of sheer existential experience, we find… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—The Vast Mountains, the Hike of our Lives

In his award-winning book, Big Lonely Doug, Rustad gives eloquent descriptions of the nature of untrammelled forests, never staying far from his central message that the majestic giants of the Pacific coast deserve preserving. Likewise, to explain our studies to others is usually about justifying them in the big picture of our life narrative and… Read more »

Student Sizzle!—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Pilar is working in Mexico and wonders about her exam options; responses suggest ProctorU or a local invigilator.  Victoria is curious how transfer credit works when AU doesn’t have equivalent courses; there is often a way!  Kayla asks about typical course load; this leads to a discussion on the merits of taking… 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 May 31: Gatineau Student Meet & Greet June 7-8: Athabasca University Convocation June 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Jul 1 Jun 15: AUSU In-Person Council Meeting Jun 15: July… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Gatineau Meet & Greet Fri, May 31, 5:30 to 8:00 pm EDT Boston Pizza, 179 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC In person Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/quebec-meet-greet/ Email services@ausu.org to RSVP Fact or Fiction? Publishing in Open Access at AU Press Sun, June 2, 1:00 to 2:30 pm PDT University of British Columbia, AMS Nest building,… Read more »

The Vintage Voice

To observe #NoTobaccoDay May 31, we dug up these in-depth articles loaded with motivation to help you chuck the ‘baccy for good. Living to tell the tale.  Writer Wayne E. Benedict traces his escape from a 50-per-day cigarette habit.  “When I was a teenager people in their thirties seemed pretty old, like they’d already lived… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  2019 Community Volunteer Scholarship Sponsored by:  Dealhack Deadline:  June 30, 2019, midnight PST Potential payout:  $1500 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled full-time at a university or college in Canada or the U.S. for the 2019-2020 academic year, be in good standing with their current academic institution, and be involved as a… Read more »