Message from the New President: The future is now

Athabasca University 8th President

Dear students, As I begin my term as Athabasca University’s eighth president, a job that I am very humbled and excited to have, I thought I’d take this opportunity to say hello, and to affirm my commitment to you, our learners. While I may only be just starting my journey here, I have gained a number of insights during my transition to AU. First and foremost, I know that … [Read more...]

Listening & Learning: May

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As a student of Athabasca University, you not only have access to brilliant minds and mind-blowing programs or courses, you have access to a very extensive music library database. In this month's Listening & Learning, Dr. Kevin Whittingham walks us through duets for violin and organ that can be found in the Naxos Music Library. Like in previous months, we think the suggestions … [Read more...]

Understanding the AU student experience

The AU Student Experience

This is an exciting time at AU as we look to invest in better understanding the experiences and journeys our students go through, from their first interaction with the university through to becoming an alumnus! To assist us in the development of these journeys, we have engaged with an agency partner which will conduct the interviews, and speak to AU students about their student … [Read more...]

Listening & Learning: March

Ambient 1: Music for Airports

If you’ve ever had a discussion about listening to music while studying, you have surely heard that it can be too distracting or it's too difficult to concentrate with all of the noise. But not everyone feels this way— in fact, in a recent Facebook survey done by the Athabasca University Students' Union, 69% of students said they listen to music when they hit the books. According to … [Read more...]

Listening & Learning: February

Listening & Learning: Music for Studying, Athabasca University

February's Listening & Learning comes to us from Dr. David Gregory, a Professor of History and Humanities at Athabasca University. Music is one of the cultural fields to which black artists have made huge contributions since the popularity of minstrelsy and spirituals in the late nineteenth century. While jazz is now an international genre, it was pioneered by such great … [Read more...]

Indigenous Students’ Awards: application deadline February 15

AU is pleased to announce the availability of  new awards supporting indigenous students—both graduates and undergraduates. The awards include: The Indigenous Graduate Award - at both the doctoral and master's level; and The Indigenous Careers Award Indigenous Graduate Award The Faculty of Graduate Studies  is pleased to pleased to announce the availability of its newest … [Read more...]

Student organizations put mental health front-and-centre

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Mental health is a hot topic these days among Canadians, with research showing improved attitudes toward mental health, a decrease in related stigmas, and an overall greater awareness of mental health issues compared to previous years. The surge in social media channels and related messaging, along with widespread TV and radio advertising on the subject has been a huge push … [Read more...]

Listening & Learning: January

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Have you ever heard of the musical phenomenon called the Mozart Effect? A French researcher named Dr. Alfred Tomatis introduced the concept in his 1991 book Pourquoi Mozart? (Why Mozart?), suggesting that listening to the music of Mozart can help ‘retrain’ the ear of children with learning disabilities – it can help stimulate healing of the mind, or even expansion of the brain … [Read more...]

Better Know An AU Student: Dustin Blumhagen

Dustin Blumhagen

Here at Athabasca University, we understand the online learning process. We appreciate the perks; we understand the freedom online learning and distance education provide…but it’s certainly great to hear the success stories and student testimonials about their education and their personal development. Introducing a new series of AU profiles which will focus on learning habits, … [Read more...]

AU Community mourns the passing of humanitarian alumnus, Manmeet Bhullar

Manmeet Bhullar [photo credit: Government of Alberta]

Athabasca University is mourning the passing of one of its own. Alberta MLA Manmeet Bhullar was a beloved and distinguished member of the AU community, and respected by the many Canadians who were lucky to have connected with him. Tragically, on Monday evening, Manmeet passed away, doing what he did best, trying to help someone in need. He was only 35 years old. "We at … [Read more...]