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Let’s go to a free WHL game!

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Through a partnership with the WHL, Athabasca University offers fully accredited university courses to any player interested in further pursuing post-secondary studies while playing in the league. Given the flexibility the Athabasca University courses provide, WHL players are able combine their university course studies with a demanding hockey schedule. As part of the comprehensive … [Read more...]

Neil Fassina’s Speech from Presidential Installation

Neil Fassina Athabasca University AU Presidential Installation January 11, 2017

Thank you Madame Board Chair. Madame Board Chair, Minister Schmidt, MLA Piquette, Reeve Splane, Mayor Morril, members of the platform party, distinguished guests, colleagues, family and friends. Thank you so much for being here today. I stand before you extremely humbled and deeply honored by the responsibility that you have placed upon me as Athabasca University’s 8th … [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...]

Negotiating nature and the thirst for the truth

Writer In Residence John Vaillant Election

Q&A Part 2: AU's 2016-17 Writer in Residence John Vaillant AU's newest Writer in Residence/Writer for Health for 2016-17, author John Vaillant, has seen much success in his career writing non-fiction. His first book, The Golden Spruce won the 2005 Governor General's Award, as well as the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize. But his latest novel and fiction debut The Jaguar’s … [Read more...]

Writer in Residence disheartened by U.S. election

Writer in Residence Athabasca University

Straight on the heels of his successful novel The Jaguar’s Children [Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2015], Governor General's Award-winning author and freelance writer John Vaillant is now devoting his time to Athabasca University as its 2016-17 Writer in Residence/Writer for Health, sponsored by ZoomerMedia Ltd.    A writer in residence is a lot more than a visiting author who … [Read more...]

Honorary Awards Nominations Now Open

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Athabasca University invites nominations for the awarding of Honorary Degrees and the Order of Athabasca University. These awards will be presented at AU’s 2017 convocation ceremonies. Honorary degrees AU may award honorary doctorates in the following categories: Honorary Doctor of Athabasca University Honorary Doctor of Laws Honorary Doctor of Letters Honorary … [Read more...]

Grey Cup 104 Wrap Up

AU at the Grey Cup on the LED screens

Were you one of the ten million Canadians that tuned into Grey Cup 104? The exciting match-up between the Ottawa Redblacks and the Calgary Stampeders drew in record numbers of viewers including 5.7 million of us during overtime to watch Henry Burris and the Redblacks defeat Bo Levi Mitchell and the Stampeders 39-33. The Grey Cup Festival is four days long and attracts … [Read more...]

Book your exams before the holiday flurry!

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Save 'last-minute' activities for holiday shopping, NOT your exam requests!   Here's what you need to know (for AU courses with a December 31 end date): AU will be closed from 3 p.m., Friday, December 23, 2016, until 8:30 a.m. (MST) Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Edmonton and Calgary Exam Services will re-open on Tues. Jan. 3 at 8:30 a.m. The AU Information … [Read more...]

AU Courses in the Classroom: Deadline Approaching!

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Take your courses in the classroom this winter! The following AU Grouped Study courses are available on-site at our partner locations for Winter 2017. Courses follow the traditional semester format, running from January – April. The deadline to register is December 1, so get registered today! Contact us to get started. Note: Online registration is not available for Grouped Study … [Read more...]

Engineering a lifetime of giving

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For Joy and Diego Romero, giving back is second nature. On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Edmonton & Area Chapter, are awarding the pair at its annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.  The Calgary-based engineers have kept themselves busy blazing trails in science and engineering. But their commitment to charitable giving … [Read more...]