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The Problem of Unscheduling- English 491

Do you feel stressed by the fast pace of life? Are you short on time? Many scholars have examined the ways that social acceleration seems to define modern existence. In the disciplines of English and cultural studies, we can study this problem by analyzing cultural texts of all kinds: novels, poems, comic books – even advertisements. "Unscheduled" ad Take, for instance, an … [Read more...]

New Course: HERM 672 Heritage and Risk Management

Athabasca University’s Heritage Resources Management Program is offering a new course this fall- HERM 672 Heritage and Risk Management. A response to recent natural disasters The increasing number of disasters has had a tremendous impact on human lives, livelihoods, communities, properties, and global sustainable development. In 2013, Alberta experienced a heavy rainfall that … [Read more...]

Bernard Wiese passes

Order of Athabasca University inductee Bernard Wiese passes away It is with great sadness that AU informs the community of the passing of Bernard Wiese, a 2009 inductee into the Order of Athabasca University. Bernard passed away last Wednesday in hospital in Westlock, Alberta. He was 87 years old. For many years, Mr. Wiese collected antique instruments, photos, and other … [Read more...]

UPDATED July 24! B.C. Wildfires: Student Disaster Contingencies

Update for students living in proximity to B.C. wildfires: NEW Q&A for borrowers with Canada Student Loans and/or Canada-B.C. Integrated Loans The Question and Answers , prepared by the Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, provides more detailed information that borrowers with Canada Student Loans and/or Canada-B.C. Integrated Loans may need if they … [Read more...]

Dr. Herb Belcourt passes away

Former Board of Governors Member and Order of Athabasca recipient Dr. Herb Belcourt passes   It is our sad duty to inform the AU community that a former board member, and long-time friend of Athabasca University, has passed away. Dr. Herb Belcourt passed away July 5 after a long battle with cancer. He was one day shy of his 86th birthday. In appreciation for his … [Read more...]

AU and RAIC renew partnership agreement

Athabasca University and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) have signed a new Memorandum of Agreement to continue their relationship for another five years. Partnership History Under the terms of the original agreement, AU and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada created the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University to assist in the delivery of … [Read more...]

Games for brains

New online gaming project gets AU researchers hefty funding prize One of Athabasca University’s star researchers in the School of Computing and Information Systems just got wind of a healthy cash injection she’s been awarded toward an exciting new gaming project. Last week, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced $1 million in Community Investment … [Read more...]

Announcing a new Provost

Announcing the inaugural provost Provost Vice President Athabasca University AU University or Rochester UMUC Dr. Neil Fassina

Dr. Matthew L. Prineas will be joining Athabasca University as the institution’s inaugural Provost and Vice-president, Academic. Dr. Prineas will take up his duties in early September. Dr. Prineas currently serves as Vice Provost and Dean of the Undergraduate School (TUS) at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in Largo, Maryland. The Undergraduate School at UMUC … [Read more...]

Beyond the game

CFL Jeff Hecht CFLPA Saskatchewan Roughriders Edmonton Eskimos Calgary Stampeders Winnipeg Blue Bombers BC Lions

What is it time for? Yup, it’s here…another Canadian Football League season, that special time of year when the calendar flips from hockey obsession to football infatuation. As fans of the great game ourselves, we understand the importance of finding that extra bit of summer to squeeze in a CFL game on TSN, or to head to the stadium, grab a hotdog and soak in the live action … [Read more...]

Travelling Graduates

Aside from time studying in the virtual world, a number of AU students spend their time exploring the real world. Whether it’s travelling for work, as a treat between course loads, or to reward themselves for graduating, AU students are racking up the hours — and frequent flyer points — jet-setting the country and the world over. Oh the places they’ve gone We asked some of our … [Read more...]