Message from the New President: The future is now

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...]

Peter MacKinnon’s remarkable run

As we prepare to welcome aboard our new president after the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, we at AU Newsroom would be remiss not to publish a fond farewell to Peter MacKinnon who so resolutely raised the bar during these past couple of years as our university’s interim president. We couldn’t have hoped for a more remarkable run. Track record of success MacKinnon, a lawyer and … [Read more...]

Supporting sustainable design, virtually

The RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University, is launching its first-of-its-kind technological collaboration to promote energy-efficient building design through its online global partnerships. This innovative, three-part workshop series, powered by the teleconferencing and video-conferencing facilities of Athabasca University, will enable students and faculty from … [Read more...]

Honorable Grad Student Greeting

Last weekend, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association (AUGSA) held the fourth Graduate Student Conference to showcase AU students’ and faculty's innovative research. Held at the Holiday Inn Conference Centre in Edmonton South, the popular event comprised AU grad students, faculty members and multiple volunteers, moderators and … [Read more...]

And the 2016 Distinguished Alumna is …

Nothing tells the story of Athabasca University better than the success of our students and alumni — people who are making their marks on the job and in their communities. Meet Julie Lys, MN ’07: AU's Distinguished Alumna Award recipient. Lighting Pathways to Success Community is everything for Julie Lys, a 2007 AU Master of Nursing graduate. She is a proud champion of her … [Read more...]

Introducing AU’s president designate: Dr. Neil Fassina

Dr. Neil Fassina will become Athabasca University’s eighth president on October 11, 2016. The announcement was made Wednesday morning at the university's main campus in Athabasca by Margaret Mrazek, the interim chair of the university's Board of Governors. Fassina will lead Athabasca University as it develops and implements sustainable solutions to its financial challenges … [Read more...]

Apply for AU’s Indigenous Awards

Funded by the Government of Alberta and administered by Athabasca University, the 2016-17 Indigenous Careers Award and Indigenous Graduate Award are intended to encourage a larger proportion of indigenous Albertans (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) to pursue and complete full-time undergraduate or graduate studies in Alberta. We had a successful application turnout for the 2015-16 … [Read more...]

AU Press shortlisted in publishing awards

The impressive work to date of our very own AU Press is being lauded by The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA). Last week it announced the 2016 contenders for its annual Alberta Book Publishing Awards, and AU press is on the shortlist in two categories. The BPAA award shortlist recognizes the works of publishers across Alberta. Jurors in the publishing industry from … [Read more...]

Propelled to lifelong learning

Cathy McDonald broadcasting media

In an economic downturn and the increasingly volatile world of news media, recent Athabasca University graduate, Cathy McDonald, found a way to weather the storm. She embraced it, head-on. The Calgary-based, former broadcast news reporter and radio promotions personality was able to shift career gears in a flash – all because she stayed the course when it came to her AU degree … [Read more...]

Just Launched: New Library Orientation Video Series

AU Library & Scholarly Resources has created a new Library Orientation Video Series, based upon its live Adobe Connect orientation webinars. The newly launched videos for students feature optional closed captions, chapter-by-chapter viewing, and chapter descriptions. This will allow you to quickly and conveniently access the information presented in the webinar on your own … [Read more...]