Vol. 28 Iss. 31

Volume 28, Issue 31 - 08/07/2020

AU Graduands—Shara Kirk & Raphael Ugobi

In this new monthly column, The Voice Magazine will be featuring upcoming and recent AU grads, as well as alums.  If you would like us to showcase your journey in an upcoming article, feel free to reach out!  This month, we were able to catch up with two recent grads from Calgary, Shara Kirk and… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—The Bombs that Ended the War

August 6th and 9th mark 75th Anniversaries of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  It’s sad, but it happened, and the war ended a week later.  These attacks, approved by Britain and Canada as per the Quebec Agreement, followed on the heels of not only the Nazi Holocaust but also the Blitz of London… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Falafel Burgers

I was much older when I first tried hummus and found that I really enjoyed it.  So, one day I was at home with my then three-year-old, and I thought we should try falafel. We looked up a few recipes to give it a try.  We immediately loved it!  It was crunchy on the outside,… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Hooverphonic

Album: A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular Artist: Hooverphonic I first learned about the trip hop group Hooverphonic when I looked up the soundtrack to the 1996 drama Stealing Beauty, only to coincidently discover their tongue-twister album, A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular, in the comfort of my own basement. With a title like that, I had… Read more »

Dear Barb—Distance Not Easy

Dear Barb: I am in my early forties and work away from home.  My two sons are eight and ten and I have been working away from home for the last four years.  I usually manage to make it home for one weekend each month.  My wife has been great, but I can see she… Read more »

Editorial—The Explosion that Caused a Spark

You’ve got just a few more hours to throw your hat into the ring for the AUSU Council by-election.  If you’ve been thinking about it, now’s the time.  If you’re reading this after Friday, the time has passed. This week, for our feature article we’re interviewing another couple of recent graduands from AU.  It can… Read more »

AU’s Transition to Digital Textbooks

In recent years, AU has slowly begun implementing the use of digital e-textbooks for many courses.  Although many students welcome this change, the move has also proved controversial. Initially, AU began a concerted effort to move online in 2002, of which Athabasca University’s eText Initiative is a continued strategy.  Over the years, other initiatives included… Read more »

In Conversation—with Kevin Keller

Kevin Keller’s ambient neo-classical music, using a mix of real and virtual instrumentation, has often been heard in films and on television, but his music is of such a high calibre that it bears up brilliantly under endless repeats as a soundtrack for life.  His latest album, The Front Porch of Heaven, is set for… 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 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Sep 1 Aug 12: AUSU By-election Candidates Announced Aug 15: Sept degree requirements deadline Aug 19: AUSU Public Council Meeting Aug 25: AUSU… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  The FormSwift Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  FormSwift Deadline:  September 15, 2020 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be graduating senior high school students, or enrolled in university in a grad or undergrad program.  See full eligibility requirements. What’s required:  An email with contact and school info, along with a business plan infographic… 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 Talk to a Librarian Drop-in Session Tues, Aug 11, 9:00 to… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Angela seeks help to access journal databases through the AU library; an early response points to a library tutorial.  Ana wonders if AU will still allow ProctorU exams after the pandemic; the answer is yes for any exam in an online format.  Angelica wants to attempt completing one course each month; lots… Read more »