Posts Tagged: Students

AUSU’S Recent Initiatives for Students with Disabilities

With recent global events and grassroots movements striving for equity, representation, and acknowledgement and redress of historical, as well as current injustices, The Voice Magazine reached out to AUSU about their new initiatives to increase inclusivity here at AU.  Our second in a series of interviews focuses on the recent initiatives for students with disabilities,… Read more »

Turn Summer Volunteer Hours into Cash

Canadian students aged 30 or under can now register for the Canada Student Service Grant.  The details of the grant program were announced June 25, and registration is open until August 21, 2020. The grant program is one of several relief measures for students first announced in April.  Since many traditional summer job opportunities for… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—AU as the Stream to Success

A little perspective never hurts; autumn can be a great time to take stock of our lives.  As a kid, I’d look over my shoulder this time of year and long for summer’s return.  Now that new teachers and schoolwork had lost their vague thrilling pangs (like the sensation of walking barefoot on smooth gravel,… Read more »

AUSU Update

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create or edit this content. Contact with any questions. IMPORTANT DATES Apr 10: Deadline to register in a course starting May 1 Apr 11: AUSU Council Meeting Apr 15: May degree requirements deadline Apr 17: Edmonton Student Meet & Greet Apr 30: Deadline… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—A Simmel Plan

At Cirque de Soleil last week a unique opportunity presented itself: during intermission I gazed upward at a sea of audience faces entranced and captivated by the show and then over at the stage performers enraptured by the craft of their art.  In this moment I attained a perfect middle between subject and object. It… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—No Terrain Too Tricky

If you’re feeling overburdened or out of place as your coursework mounts this Fall it might help to consider the peculiar case of gold rush camels.  Miners heading to Barkerville, B.C.  during the 1860s tried importing camels to lug their rucksacks and mining tools through steep mountain passes (UVic, online).  Our experience as independent scholars… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Over the Mountain, Over the Hill?

“No one here gets out alive” proclaimed a biography of Jim Morrison (Hopkins, Sugerman).  No matter our personal age we must accept that the year is waning and the life of summer has fled.  Autumnal chills with claustrophobic auspices may leave us feeling listless and trapped by the enforced hibernation of winter life.  Even our… Read more »

Networking at a Distance

One drawback of studying online is the lack of student interaction.  AU has tens of thousands of students, yet few of us ever meet or speak to another student.  We study in our silos, often struggling along without the peer support system that other university’s students enjoy. There are supports for AU students, but they… Read more »

Travelling Campus—Meeting Students in Ottawa

For AU students, meeting another student is a rare occurrence.  We study in solitude. Opportunities to meet other students are limited.  Social media is one way to connect, but Facebook can’t replace face-to-face.  Organized gatherings tend to focus on Alberta, with occasional gatherings held in large cities elsewhere. I was pleased to be able to… Read more »

Student Sizzle – Following What’s Hot in AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group  Fred inquires whether course extensions can be requested less than the required one month before the course end date; students respond with instances of exceptions made due to extreme circumstances.  Carlie laments over a perfectly awful ProctorU experience but others assure her this is unusual. Other posts include myAU’s refreshing new look,… Read more »