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Seminar on zombie and vampire literature

Amidst this year's celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein's publication, AU's MAIS program, together with Empire State College in New York, is offering a seminar on zombie and vampire literature in the upcoming Fall 2018 semester. AU's Dr Mark A. McCutcheon and Empire State College's Dr Dana Gliserman-Kopans will team-teach a course they've designed and called The … [Read more...]


Transforming Lives: Learners at AU is a testimonial series, written by AU students and alum, who want to acknowledge the people in their lives who have helped to mold and transform their AU experience and achieve their greatest successes. Their gratitude toward these integral individuals is worth shouting from the rooftops! We, too, thank these most important people for allowing the … [Read more...]

Our deepest sympathies and condolences

On Friday, Canadians began receiving word of a horrific bus tragedy along a Saskatchewan highway that claimed the lives of 15 Canadians, most of whom were members of Saskatchewan junior-league (SJHL) hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos. Another 14 people remain seriously injured. On behalf of Athabasca University, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the parents and family … [Read more...]

Welcome home to Canada’s record-breaking Paralympians

It's a happy and historic homecoming for Team Canada and its 55 Canadian athletes who competed in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, between March 9 and 18th. Collectively, they bring home a record number of 28 medals — a glistening haul to upstage their previous hardware record of 19 (nabbed eight years ago in Vancouver) medals — effectively blowing away … [Read more...]

Planned Outage

Please note that, in order for us to complete fiscal year end processing for our registration system, the Office of the Registrar Online System (OROS), will be offline from 4:00 pm (MDT) on Saturday, March 31, until 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 1. Current access and study in active online courses are not impacted by the service blackout. The following services will be offline … [Read more...]

PyeongChang 2018: The AU Connection

There is a remarkable presence of current Athabasca University students and alumni competing in these winter games — with at least 40 members of our AU student community, past and present, representing Team Canada at PyeongChang 2018, in South Korea. AU represent at PyeongChang 2018! The 2018 AU Olympians are joining the ranks of AU Athletes-Alumni of Olympics past — both summer … [Read more...]

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, we will commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz1 - a former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp where 11 million of mostly Jews, but also Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and other nationalities were murdered. International Holocaust Remembrance Day Twenty seventh January has been designated as the … [Read more...]

Indigenous Student Awards: Apply now!

Indigenous Awards, Student Award, Indigenous Career Award, Indigenous Graduate Award, MEF Métis Scholar Award, Athabasca University, AthaU, AU, Alberta

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

Resolutions, New Year's Eve, New Year's Resolutions, Holiday Resolutions, Exercise, Health, Studying, Athabasca University, AU, #AthaU

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...]