Get to know your new president

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AU Newsroom editor and writer Heidi Staseson recently caught up with Athabasca University's new president, Neil Fassina, for a detailed Q&A — on everything from his sock drawer and Netflix picks, to enrolling in AU and tips for achieving respect in the workplace. AU: Who are your favourite authors and do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? NF: On the fiction side, Bryce … [Read more...]

Garden of giving

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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 Jacqui Empson-Laporte, BPA ’14,  from Goderich, Ontario. When Jacqui Empson-Laporte answered a call from Athabasca University this past summer, her instinct was to panic. Had there been a mistake with … [Read more...]

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...]

Peter MacKinnon’s remarkable run

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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

adst-200-1 student designs [courtesy of the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University]

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

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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 …

AU's 2016 Distinguished Alumna, Julie Lys [photo credit: Leili Heidema, Fort Smith, N.W.T., 2016]

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

Athabasca University 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

Image courtesy of Athabasca University's Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research

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...]

Exciting new graduate course with a famous author

Indigenous Course Athabasca University

Join us this fall for an exciting opportunity to take MA-IS 752, a graduate seminar taught for the Master of Arts-Integrated Studies (MA-IS) by internationally known Canadian poet and author Di Brandt. “Poetry and Drama of the Canadian Prairies and the North” addresses an extraordinary collection of exciting, challenging, inspiring, beautiful, diverse works by Aboriginal and … [Read more...]