Vol. 28 Iss. 02

Volume 28, Issue 02 - 01/10/2020

Minds We Meet—Andrea Waugh

Andrea Waugh is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Administration program at Athabasca University and hopes to obtain a position with the provincial health authority, with a strong interest in working in Aboriginal health as a coordinator or manager.  She was kind enough to share about herself in our latest interview. Can you give… Read more »

The Fit Student—Scoring Top Grades is Like Dating Your Soulmate

Getting high grades is like dating your soulmate.  Dating your soulmate takes love and patience and fills you with purpose.  But to woo your soulmate, you’ll move mountains if you rely on a positive psychology.  Whether you wish to win over a love-struck lifelong companion or to wow with high grades, put your best spirit… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Out to Lunch with Munch

Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream (1893) is paradigmatic of the sudden piercing realization that something is askew in one’s life.  Maybe we feel like we don’t belong where we are or that the world is all wrong.  Perhaps the painting represents a visual answer to Hamlet’s famous line: “the time is out of joint” (Shakespeare). … Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Top Five Authentic Mexican Dishes

A month ago, I had the chance to spend a weekend in San Diego, home to some of the most authentic Mexican cuisines in the United States.  My limited knowledge of Mexican cuisine led me to believe that local Mexican restaurants and fast food chains had grasped the Latin American flavors correctly.  However, after snacking… Read more »

The Study Dude—Reaching A-Potential

I can tell you right now, you have an A-student in you.  You have even a PhD student in you.  Or so says Dr. George Kyei.  “Once in college, you have the ability to make all A’s with a bit of hard work and guidance on how to study more effectively” (12%). Let the past… Read more »

Course Exam—COMM 277 (Group Communication)

COMM 277 (Group Communication) is a three-credit introductory Business and Administrative Studies course that focuses on building stronger group interpersonal communications skills by observing teams and groups at work.  It challenges students to think critically about group communication problems and their effects, as well as the effectiveness of the course of action you choose to… Read more »

Dear Barb—New Year’s Reception

Dear Barb: Happy New Year Barb! I have a dilemma, a family member I rarely see is getting married this summer and I received an invitation to the wedding.  I was surprised to receive this since we rarely see each other or communicate.  My wife and I don’t want to attend, but on the other… Read more »

Editorial—New for the New Year

The new year has rung in, and at least in Calgary, it’s brought with it some proper winter. Maybe it’s me getting old, but there’s something just off when I can see people walking around in Bermuda shorts in January.  Even in Calgary. Unfortunately, it’s also brought some increased tensions between the Middle East and… Read more »

Student Sizzile!—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Sai asks if ProctorU permits exams to be written in public libraries; an AU rep responds after contacting ProctorU, and private rooms in libraries are the only public spaces permitted.  Jennifer tosses some advice out to new students, including to contact tutors early in the course, and to reach out to other… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Terry Fox Humanitarian Awards Sponsored by:  The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program Deadline:  February 1, 2020 Potential payout:  up to $28,000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, graduating or have completed high school (or completed first year of CÉGEP,) and planning to or are already studying toward their first… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AUSU Member Consultation #2 for Bylaw Revisions Fri, Jan 10, 5:30 to 6:30 pm MST Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/member-consultation-2-for-bylaw-revisions/ No pre-registration required; access info at above link Hack the Library:  Using Discover to Accesss Journal Articles, Books, and E-Books Tues, Jan 14, 3:00 to 4:30 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No… Read more »

Navigating the Educational System with Chronic Illness or Disability

Canadian students can have difficulty navigating today’s educational systems.  Globalization has rapidly increased in recent years, resulting in a faster paced society; one driven by consumption, relentless productivity, and a hunger for external validation.  There is pressure for students to excel in school, obtain high-paying careers, take care of their families, and accumulate wealth.  But… Read more »