Slow and steady wins the race

The term "paced program" couldn't be more fitting for recent AU graduate Cristina Vanderhaden. The Ottawa-based, BA (French) major and recent retiree from the RCMP, spread out her AU adventure over a full 30 years — a snail's pace for some — but a perfectly timed journey for Cristina. Starting AU in 1985 gave her the opportunity to watch our university transition from a distance … [Read more...]

Dr. Rory McGreal: A Lifetime of Achievement

The Open Education Consortium (OEC) recently honored AU's Dr. Rory McGreal with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented in collaboration with its 2016 winners of the Open Education Awards, held at the OEC's Open Education Global Conference in Kraków, Poland, in the "Special Merit Award" category — the accolade is typically bestowed to individuals who, during their lifetimes and … [Read more...]

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada honors two of AU’s own

  On Friday, June 10, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) presented Honorary Memberships to Lisa Carter, dean of AU's Faculty of Science and Technology, and to Program Administrator Carole Mason. The prestigious awards were presented to the pair at the 2016 RAIC Festival of Architecture by the Ottawa-based, RAIC President Allan Teremura. Held at the … [Read more...]

Never too late to graduate

"Sweet 16" has a new meaning for Douglas Edward Hoover. That's the number of years it took  him to get his AU Bachelor of Arts Degree. "I would say I'm 39, but since that joke is as old as the Jack Benny Program, I will fess up and say I turned 62 on May 2!" jokes Hoover. "It was well worth the time," he adds, noting that in those years he got to watch his daughter Elsie go … [Read more...]

From the homestead to Human Sciences and beyond

  A lot can happen in a year. With AU Convocation 2016 just a week away, we thought we’d provide a snapshot of one of last year’s graduates, to depict just how far the AU experience can take you. 2015 graduate Kirstin George’s AU journey has certainly led to some interesting adventures and achievements since receiving her parchment a year ago. When she enrolled at AU … [Read more...]

Helping students affected by natural disasters

In response to the devastating wildfire affecting our students in Fort McMurray, AU’s Student Awards Committee has approved two new awards to help students impacted by the fires. The Natural Disaster Convocation Bursary can fund up to $1,000 for students who are facing unexpected expenses that may affect their participation in Convocation. The Natural Disaster Emergency … [Read more...]

Deadline for five student awards: May 15

The deadline is fast approaching to apply for a number of AU student awards, scholarships and bursaries. AU's Awards Program  recognizes students who excel academically and in their careers and communities. Please note the deadline to apply for the following awards, scholarships and bursaries is May 15, 2016. These awards include: The Albert & Pirkko Karvonen … [Read more...]

Flexibility fit for a pro (Part 1)

Craig Schira Hockey Player WHL AHL Athabasca University Flexibility fit for a Pro

A large reality for many post-secondary students is that hectic schedules often run up against prohibitive class times and restrictive learning opportunities. At AU, those who want to pursue their university education—at a pace they can handle, with flexibility their demanding schedules require—aren’t running into a stop sign. There’s a reason that 83 per cent of AU students … [Read more...]

Celebrating AU’s nurses

When Donna Clare was singled out among her nursing peers to receive the Committee's Choice Award at the 2016 CARNA Awards of Nursing Excellence, she was more than chuffed. It meant her years of persistence had made a difference. Since 2008, it has been her professional mission to support nurse practitioners (NPs). Clare, NP, and AU academic coordinator, is also the president … [Read more...]

From educational pipe dreams to reality

by Heidi Staseson For many online students, it is rare to meet your professors in person. But not for Tania Kruk. A few weeks ago, the soon-to-be AU graduate (Bachelor of Health Administration) met her  epidemiology tutor, Dr. Allyson Jones, while working on her practicum at the Aboriginal Health Program at Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra Hospital. They were attending the same … [Read more...]