Vol. 27 Iss. 45

Volume 27, Issue 45 - 11/22/2019

Minds We Meet—Karen Fletcher

Karen Fletcher lives in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband and three young children.  She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program with a Major in Mathematics at Athabasca University.  She hopes to complete a masters and a PhD and to eventually work as a university professor teaching mathematics.  This is her story. Can… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—T’aint No Sin

I’m writing this late on a Saturday morning, drinking Irish coffee, still dressed in my fake-silk chinoiserie bathrobe, the one that’s decorated with orchids and small blue dragons.  It’s a cloudy day, but every now and then the clouds part, and sunlight comes pouring through my window, like the visual equivalent of condensed milk flowing… Read more »

The Study Dude—Get Noticed to Get into Graduate Studies

So, you’ve got ambitions beyond your AU degree?  Perhaps a master’s degree or a PhD?   But what if AU doesn’t offer the master’s or PhD program you desire?  Well, Paul Lloyd Hemphill, author of 25 Top Secrets Expensive College Consultants Reveal Only to Their Clients about College Admissions, has got you covered. According to the… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Exotic Beef 101

While for most AU students, splurging on the perfect slice of steak may seem far-fetched, especially with rising tuitions.  However, that doesn’t mean that one day there won’t be an opportunity to test out these succulent gourmet beef options.  As a big fan of steak, myself, I’ve found that the perfect slice of steak can… Read more »

The Fit Student—Who Are You Really?

When I was in grade nine, I went through an identity crisis.  I had no idea who I was.  I had no idea who I was meant to be, either.  I looked to movies, such as The Breakfast Club.  I looked to singers, such as Madonna.  I looked to role models, like my brother.  But… Read more »

Course Exam—COMP 210

COMP 210 (Introduction to Information Systems and Computer Applications) is a three-credit introductory computer science course that is designed for students who are not planning to major in information systems. The course covers basic hardware concepts; the structure, or architecture, of computers; the software hierarchy from systems software to application programs; and information systems concepts… Read more »

Dear Barb—All Manners of Twins

Dear Barb: Hi, my sister has 2-year-old twin girls.  Ever since they were born, my sister has dressed them identically.  I don’t think that is a good idea. How will they ever establish their own identity?  I have talked to my sister about this, but she says, twins are supposed to be dressed the same. … Read more »

In Conversation—with Thor Simonsen

Thor Simonsen is a creative entrepreneur and the mastermind behind Ajungi (AH-YUNG-EE), a collective made up of 19 Nunavut singer-songwriters whose debut album is being released today (November 22).  The idea for the recording project came to Simonsen via his role as Creative Director of Hitmakerz, a record company in Iqaluit that supports the development… Read more »

Editorial—Taxing Questions

One of the changes that the Alberta government has made with the new budget is to remove the tax credit that used to be given to students for full-time or part-time studies, along with the corresponding tax credit given for textbooks. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of tax credits as a form of student… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  10 Words or Less Scholarship Sponsored by:  StudentScholarships.org Deadline:  November 30, 2019 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 25, and attending school in Fall of 2020. What’s required:  A comment of ten words or fewer on any post on the MyScholarships Facebook page describing why… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Shannon wonders where other students seek additional resources beyond the course material; a variety of tips flow in, including biblio lists, Google Scholar, the AU library, and hey! the tutor.  Jeffi inquires if alumni can still access AU’s library; short answer is yes, with limitations. Other posts include student discounts on public… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Research Webinar Series: Cybera: Computing Resources now available and free to AU Tues, Nov 26, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MST AU Edmonton – Peace Hills Trust Building, 10011 109 Street, Edmonton AB In person and Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/research-webinar-series-6 Access online through above link Live chat – AU’s MBA for executives program Tues,… Read more »