Getting into yoga

Getting into yoga

Did you know that yoga is proven to enhance concentration, reduce stress, improve your memory, combat anxiety and depression and improve overall psychological well-being? Yoga's core is about uniting the body with the mind and breath through various breathing techniques, yoga postures and meditation. The impact to overall student (and life!) success are obvious. In this guest blog, … [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...]

Student organizations put mental health front-and-centre

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...]

Graduate Reflections: A winning “Future Alumni” prepares for a lifetime of educational contributions

It’s been a sensational year for Master of Counselling student Kathleen Kelava. Last April, the soon-to-be graduate represented Athabasca University at the 3MT Western Regional competition in Kamloops, B.C. Kelava joined 14 graduate students from across Western Canada, at Thompson Rivers University, to compete among and present the ůber-challenge that is the … [Read more...]

Personal Best: How Alumni Award Winner Sarah Stephens uses her gift that keeps on giving

  When Sarah Stephens received her bachelor's degree at Athabasca University Convocation in 2009, she found herself  overcome with pride. Seeing the smiling group of graduates from a variety of distance education programs—sharing a milestone moment in the AU Multiplex—moved her. Three years later, when she was exploring schools for her master’s degree in nursing, she … [Read more...]

Great Clinical Minds: Profs in Centre for Nursing and Health Studies launch e-text

Three Registered Nurse (RN) professors in AU's Centre for Nursing and Health Studies have just launched a peer-reviewed e-text. Drs. Sherri Melrose, Caroline Park, and Beth Perry have co-authored Creative Clinical Teaching in the Health Professions —a home-grown, must-read for nurses and other health professionals "who strive to teach with creativity and excellence in clinical … [Read more...]

Blaze the Trails Creek-Side in September

Athabasca University's Wellness Committee has joined our local Primary Care Network to host the premiere Muskeg Creek trail run, Sept. 19. If you haven't taken in the majestic autumnal sights and scenery around Athabasca before, then it's time to hit the Creek! This active-living initiative is the perfect venue to hit the trails with your community peers. The Athletics … [Read more...]

Life as you know it: A CEO graduate credits AU for his successful balancing act

They say seven is a lucky number. Perhaps that’s why the recent Athabasca University Master of Health Studies graduate, Gregory Toffner, decided to finally finish his seven years of studies while working the C-Suite level of the Hamilton-based, Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences. Toffner, 39, says getting his MHS while juggling two jobs, a growing family and … [Read more...]

Nurse of Steel: How one AU student tackled her degree during the Alberta Flood.

Patricia Ripley understands working in the trenches. Juggling nursing jobs between two rural hospitals as a Registered Nurse (RN), she’s accustomed to doing what it takes to comfort patients in distress. But when her family's home in High River was hit by the Alberta Flood of 2013, the knack for caring became all-too personal. Ripley, 55, was smack-dab in the middle of her … [Read more...]

Degree of Confidence: How one AU grad found her authentic self.

If Marni Panas of Edmonton had a looking glass four years out to the future, little would she know how poised, peaceful and proud she’d be on June 11, 2015. That’s the day Panas, 43, graduated from Athabasca University with her Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration. Now she will feel that much more confident in her job as consultant, engagement and patient experience with … [Read more...]