Never too late to graduate

AU 2016 Graduate Douglas Hoover having fun with #AUGrad16 selfie stations!

"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

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  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

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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

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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

Donna Clare, MN, NP, Athabasca University, and CARNA Committee's Choice Award recipient for 2016

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

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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...]

Commercializing research and building industry partnerships

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Athabasca University has appointed a new industry liaison officer (ILO) to help increase research funding and develop technological innovation for industry. Kelvin Cole joins AU’s Research Centre, from Kingston, Ont., where he worked in a variety of roles, from lab research to intellectual property and technology transfer. Cole received his M.Sc. from Queen’s University in … [Read more...]

Athabasca University Rolls Out New Website

Website Redesign

After nearly a year in development, we are very excited to launch the first in a series of improvements to our website. We've focused the design and function for the prospective and current student experience. Our approach to this challenging project is centred around one major goal: simplicity. This enhanced redesign allows information to be easily accessible—allowing the user … [Read more...]

Business of Hockey Institute honoring Chicago Blackhawks head

John McDonough, president & CEO, CHP, Chicago Blackhawks, is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the business of hockey through the first-ever honourary Certified Hockey professional (CHP) designation. [photo credit: Chicago Blackhawks)

The Business of Hockey Institute (BHI) will be awarding the first-ever honorary Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation to John McDonough, President & CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks. Dr. Deborah Hurst, dean of Athabasca University's Faculty of Business, BHI's academic partner, says honouring McDonough is the "perfect fit." "BHI could not have recognized a more … [Read more...]