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#AUGrad16 accommodations

Athabasca University Graduation Convocation

If you are coming to Convocation, you're going to need a place to rest your head. We've done the homework for you—here is a list of local hotels (and those with a slight drive) and their current availability. We'll keep you updated if any of these sell out. Athabasca, Alberta (150 km north of Edmonton on Highway 2) Athabasca Days Inn (10% availability) Telephone: … [Read more...]

Helping students affected by natural disasters

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In response to the devastating wildfire affecting our students in Fort McMurray, AU’s Student Awards Committee has approved two new awards to help students impacted by the fires. The Natural Disaster Convocation Bursary can fund up to $1,000 for students who are facing unexpected expenses that may affect their participation in Convocation. The Natural Disaster Emergency … [Read more...]

Wheels Up for #AUGrad16

Air Canada West Jet Flight Promotion Athabasca University Graduation Convocation

Did you know that both WestJet and Air Canada are offering special flight savings AU graduates attending convocation and their guests? Air Canada An Air Canada discount is available for persons travelling to and from Edmonton between June 2 and June 18, 2016. To take advantage of the discount, visit aircanada.com and enter promotion code TE2PXZA1. WestJet     WestJet is … [Read more...]

President’s message to AU community

letter from the Athabasca University president regarding the Fort McMurray wildfire

Dear Athabasca University Community Members: It has now been nearly two weeks since wildfire devastated the city of Fort McMurray, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate and costing many their home and their livelihood. All of those who have been affected in any way by this disaster have our sincere sympathy. Following the evacuation of Fort McMurray, AU immediately implemented … [Read more...]

Student Contingency: Fort McMurray wildfire

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Athabasca University extends its sincerest thoughts and well-wishes to students, and their families and friends, who are presently affected by the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta. Due to the ordered evacuation of residents in the Fort McMurray area,  please note that AU will waive exam rebooking fees  and course extension fees to all affected. We will also replace any … [Read more...]

Deadline for five student awards: May 15

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The deadline is fast approaching to apply for a number of AU student awards, scholarships and bursaries. AU's Awards Program  recognizes students who excel academically and in their careers and communities. Please note the deadline to apply for the following awards, scholarships and bursaries is May 15, 2015. These awards include: The Albert & Pirkko Karvonen … [Read more...]

Listening & Learning: April

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By continuing to provide musical suggestions for AU students (and really anyone who likes music), we like to think that just maybe we’re helping take your studying to the next level. Here's a recap of what we've brought you since launching the L&L department. Enjoy! Listening & Learning: January January's Listening & Learning featured composers Mozart and Chopin. We … [Read more...]

Group Study Operations at Partner Institutions: A Transition Plan

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Athabasca University has enjoyed collaborative arrangements with a number of post-secondary institutions, primarily colleges, for many years. These partnerships have enabled students to access a university education in a grouped study, face-to-face environment in both rural and urban areas. However, enrolment in grouped study has declined over the past few years, resulting in … [Read more...]

Flexibility fit for a pro (Part 2)

Craig Schira Hockey Player WHL AHL Athabasca University Flexibility fit for a Pro

Read Part 1 of Flexibility Fit for a Pro Meet Craig Schira Craig Schira started studying with AU back in 2008, when he enrolled in entrepreneurial studies. Then a WHL player for the Vancouver Giants, Craig was one of the first WHL players to "officially" study with us. He has continued his studies over the years and, is now, just one course shy of receiving his university … [Read more...]

Flexibility fit for a pro (Part 1)

Craig Schira Hockey Player WHL AHL Athabasca University Flexibility fit for a Pro

A large reality for many post-secondary students is that hectic schedules often run up against prohibitive class times and restrictive learning opportunities. At AU, those who want to pursue their university education—at a pace they can handle, with flexibility their demanding schedules require—aren’t running into a stop sign. There’s a reason that 83 per cent of AU students … [Read more...]