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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

Globe-and-Travel

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...]

Summer Solstice, National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day Summer Solstice Athabasca University AthaU #AthaU AU Marci Trudeau

Today some will celebrate, some will choose not to, and some will undertake ceremony in recognition of this special time in the calendar. Here in Canada, today is recognized as a day to “celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis” (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada). Many Indigenous communities, organizations, … [Read more...]

Lessons on Life and Learning from a 93-year-old graduate

93-year-olds do selfies, too [photo by Athabasca University, 2017]

By Heidi Staseson Another Athabasca University Convocation, another resounding success. Perhaps (so we’ve been hearing) even one of the better ones to date! From Thursday through Saturday last week, 400 of the nearly 2,000 graduates, from across Canada and beyond, descended upon the impressively festive Town of Athabasca, Alberta, to receive their university … [Read more...]

Independent Report Charts Sustainable Future for University

Independent Report Charts Sustainable Future for University

The much-anticipated report of the Third Party Review of Athabasca University has been released at an event on the university’s main campus in the northern Alberta town. Today also marks the beginning of the annual convocation ceremonies, marking the completion of the educational careers of many of the university’s students. The university’s Board Chair sees the timing as … [Read more...]

ASSC 2017: A smashing success!

On Site Planning Committee

Last week, Athabasca University hosted the 34th annual Alberta Student for Services Conference (ASSC) in Athabasca, Alta., represented by 22 post-secondary institutions from across the province. Nearly 200 delegates attended the three-day event, this year aptly titled Going the Distance. Delegates from as far as Lethbridge made the several hundred kilometre trek to meet with … [Read more...]

New Course: Creating Life Histories

Creating Life Histories, Athabasca University, #AthaU, AU, Memoir, Oral History, Autobiography, research, recording, life history, ethics, reflection, individualized study, MAIS, MA-IS

This is the course graduate students have asked for — if you are a student in Writing and New Media, Heritage and Social History, or Cultural Studies, this course is for you! Writing and New Media 605: Creating Life Histories Opening in June, WRNM 605: Creating Life Histories, focuses on the methodologies of oral history, memoir and autobiography. It examines the processes of … [Read more...]

Deadline Extension for Website Outage

Deadline Extension

A number of students encountered difficulties with their internet service providers this past weekend while trying to reach Athabasca University’s main webpage and other online services. As a result, AU will be extending our undergraduate course extension and exam request deadlines from Sunday April 30, 2017 to Friday May 5, 2017. For students whose exam requests provide … [Read more...]

Mommies In-Step

Fairy tale illustration

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall: Who's the fairest of them all? Why stepmothers, of course. This according to one AU researcher and 2016 graduate, Cara Zaharychuk. Through the years, television, motion-picture and fairy-tale portrayals haven’t been kind to the stepmother. From Cinderella’s venomous grey-bunned arch-enemy (who, in Disney's version, forced the latter to scrub bare … [Read more...]

Mind your podcasts, please

education podcast podcasts in mind Stuff You Should Know Listen Money Matters Good Job, Brain The History of the World in 100 Objects Smart People Podcast

Around every corner is a new learning opportunity. But be wary. With the wide stretch of the Internet, many of these ‘opportunities’ present more like mindless minutiae. And that includes the swath of podcast feeds gaining media momentum on the web these days. Despite what you might hear from others, or what you might find upon surfing, be cautious of the ‘casts you reel in. … [Read more...]