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On Sunday, January 14, 2018, Athabasca University’s Banner system will be undergoing an upgrade to apply software updates for regulatory compliance. These updates are required to ensure that correct taxation rates are applied and that tax forms will be generated correctly. Current access and study in active online courses are not impacted by the service blackout. The following … [Read more...]

Indigenous Student Awards: Apply now!

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The New Year is about new beginnings, revised goals and fresh starts. For many of us, it also means going lean - not just our waists but our wallets! So if an Athabasca University degree happens to be in your midst this year, why not lighten the load with some added award support?  The numerous awards, scholarships and bursaries listed on Athabasca University's Student Awards … [Read more...]

Realistic Resolutions

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When the New Year hits, is it safe to say there are two kinds of students? You know the two; in fact, chances are you are one. First, we have the highly motivated New Year’s Resolution enthusiast; ‘As soon as the calendar flips to January 1, I’m going to check every thing off of my list as soon as possible. I’m going to organize my life, read all of my course material, eat … [Read more...]

Sasha’s Story: First-in-family educational success

New Psychology student shares advice on overcoming social hurdles, finding balance, and putting education first You know the expression pinch me I’m dreaming? Sasha Gladu has been doing that every day since September. The soon-to-be Athabasca University Psychology student and single mother can’t quite get over the fact that, in just seven months, she’s achieved what many … [Read more...]

Finding Christmas in Kids’ Books

The theme of Christmas is often used as the setting for your favourite kids' stories- and book-series' characters to appear. Sometimes the setting will be Christmas dinner, other times it’s a gift-opening — and often it’s both. I tutor Athabasca University’s ENGL 305, Classics of Children’s Literature. At least six of the novels on the course make some reference to Christmas, … [Read more...]

In Conversation with Richard Van Camp

On behalf of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Dr. Angie Abdou, chair of the Writer in Residence Committee, we're pleased to welcome Richard Van Camp, to Athabasca University as the newly appointed Writer-in-Residence for 2017-18. Richard is an author and storyteller whose work has garnered international acclaim. The date and time of his inaugural lecture will be … [Read more...]

Remembering Fil Fraser: Arts icon & AU prof

It with great sadness that Athabasca University (AU) mourns the passing this week of Fil Fraser, a former AU adjunct professor, a distinguished Canadian cultural ambassador, broadcast pioneer, and an influential proponent of social justice and public service. AU President Neil Fassina paid tribute to Fraser: “Thank you, Fil, for your wisdom and your grace, and … [Read more...]

AU holiday closures

Athabasca University is closed for holidays on the following dates: December 23, 2017 through January 1, 2018: closed for holidays. Full operations will resume at 8:30 a.m. MT on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. If you have a question about AU when we're closed, try our automated system Ask AU. Ask AU is also a great place to start even when we're open. All other contact … [Read more...]

Tuition Freeze & Fees Announcement

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Good morning, Earlier today, the Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt, announced that the current freeze on student tuition will be extended through to the 2018/19 academic year. The Minister also confirmed that all mandatory non-instructional fees are to remain frozen for another year. During his comments, the Minister spoke to how this announcement supports the … [Read more...]

Celebrating National Philanthropy Day

Celebrating National Philanthropy Day

Raymond James financial advisor adds value to online learning As a young girl growing up in Vermillion, Alberta, Sharon Lynne-Matei’s father imparted to his daughter a philosophy of giving back. Today, with more than 30 years’ experience providing clients comprehensive investment advice, Sharon says serving in her Edmonton community comes naturally. The Raymond James investment … [Read more...]