Vol. 28 Iss. 30

Volume 28, Issue 30 - 07/31/2020

Convocation 2020—Interviews with Graduands

The 2020 pandemic has affected many aspects of AU students’ lives, including this year’s upcoming convocation, with ceremonies cancelled in both Edmonton and Toronto. A “reimagined virtual convocation” will take place on October 2, 2020.  Invitations to eligible graduates were sent in June, with July 31, 2020 as the last date to submit applications to… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Roasted Cauliflower

A few years ago, we were visiting my wife’s aunt, Louise, in the Shuswap.  She has a cottage on the lake and had invited us to stay.  One night for dinner she made us some roasted cauliflower as a side dish, and I will never forget how great it tasted.  Ever since then we’ve been… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Will you Fall? Cliff-hangers in Fiction

You’re a world class mountain climber scaling the world’s scariest cliff without ropes.  And you fall.  Now what?  Well, I’ll go do the dishes and then let you know. That’s an example of a cliff-hanger.  They end a scene at the peak of action, and you’ll need to turn the page to see what happens… Read more »

Dear Barb—Masking the Danger

Dear Barb: My 80-year-old grandmother is in the hospital with covid-19, she was on a ventilator for almost two weeks and is now recovering.  No one in the family has been able to visit her.  We are all heartbroken that she would have to suffer like this.  She has always been a loving caring grandmother… Read more »

A Life Altering Day

My sister, Mary, and I were incarcerated in Ontario Training Schools for Girls, at 12 and 13 years old.  Training schools are better known as reform schools.  At that time, all I knew about reform school was what I had seen in movies and on television shows.  Reform schools were portrayed as a place where… Read more »

Empty Skies

Travel comes with risks at the best of times.  Travelling during a pandemic adds an unsettling new dimension. It was with some trepidation that we booked flights to Canada’s west coast.  We researched the airlines to learn what measures they were taking to keep passengers safe.  In addition to disinfecting protocols, mandatory mask wearing, and… Read more »

Boats, Buses, and Blood Work: The Winding Journey to AU

At times, our lives take unexpected turns, and at times, the choices we make during these moments will change the trajectories of our futures forever.  Over the years, my life has taken many of these winding paths, some leading to narrow escapes, such as my terrifying near death experiences on a congested Guatemalan highway intersection,… 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 Aug 7: Deadline for Nominations for AUSU By-Election Aug 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Sep 1 Aug 12: Election Candidates Announced Aug 15: Sept degree requirements deadline Aug 19:… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

2020 AUSU By-election Call for nominations July 24 to Aug 7, 2020 www.ausu.org/governance/elections/ Visit above link for more information Bannock and a Movie August Edition – First Nation Stories Aug 1 to Aug 31 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin news.athabascau.ca/events/bannock-and-a-movie-first-nation-stories Access through above link Global Studio Lecture Series: DEGROWTH: Rethink / Redesign / Reuse /… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Cindy wonders if good drawing skills are necessary for COMP 232; responses suggest no, but apparently drawing with a computer mouse sucks.  Donette posts about AUSU’s new Peer Course Review platform, plus the gift card incentive for students completing course reviews.  Alessandro wonders who to contact with questions about a course listed… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Tweaked SEO Scholarship Sponsored by:  Tweaked SEO Deadline:  August 31, 2020 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be aged 18 or older, be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Canada or the U.S., and have a GPA of 3.2 or greater. What’s required:  An online or emailed application, with a minimum 700-word… Read more »