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Pride month to be celebrated

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US President Barack Obama’s official adoption of June as Pride Month, matched by a similar official embrace in Toronto, Ontario, should be celebrated as an important gain for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) civil rights since the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village riot of June 28, 1969. While the Stonewall Riot deserves its pre-eminent place in LGBTQ memory, … [Read more...]

Slow and steady wins the race

Cristina Vanderhaden, Athabasca University, B.A. grad, June 9, 2016 [photo credit: Gary Vanderhaden]

The term "paced program" couldn't be more fitting for recent AU graduate Cristina Vanderhaden. The Ottawa-based, BA (French) major and recent retiree from the RCMP, spread out her AU adventure over a full 30 years - a snail's pace for some - but a perfectly timed journey for Cristina. Starting AU in 1985 gave her the opportunity to watch our university transition from a distance- … [Read more...]

Dr. Rory McGreal: A Lifetime of Achievement

Professor Rory McGreal of AU's Centre for Distance Education. He is also the Chair-holder in Open Educational Resources for UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning.

The Open Education Consortium (OEC) recently honored AU's Dr. Rory McGreal with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented in collaboration with its 2016 winners of the Open Education Awards, held at the OEC's Open Education Global Conference in Kraków, Poland, in the "Special Merit Award" category — the accolade is typically bestowed to individuals who, during their lifetimes and … [Read more...]

Schmidt: A long, bright road ahead for Athabasca University

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Alberta Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt spoke to graduates at Convocation 2016 on June 9, and had some very nice things to say about AU. Here's the text of his speech: Greetings from Minister Marlin Schmidt It’s an honour to join you on such a special occasion. I want to begin by congratulating tonight’s distinguished honourees: Dr. Antonio D’Alfonso and Dr. Terry … [Read more...]

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada honors two of AU’s own

The 2016 Governor General's Medal (recipients) in Architecture (for outstanding buildings across Canada) 
[photo credit: RAIC 2016]

  On Friday, June 10, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) presented Honorary Memberships to Lisa Carter, dean of AU's Faculty of Science and Technology, and to Program Administrator Carole Mason. The prestigious awards were presented to the pair at the 2016 RAIC Festival of Architecture by the Ottawa-based, RAIC President Allan Teremura. Held at the … [Read more...]

Never too late to graduate

AU 2016 Graduate Douglas Hoover having fun with #AUGrad16 selfie stations!

"Sweet 16" has a new meaning for Douglas Edward Hoover. That's the number of years it took  him to get his AU Bachelor of Arts Degree. "I would say I'm 39, but since that joke is as old as the Jack Benny Program, I will fess up and say I turned 62 on May 2!" jokes Hoover. "It was well worth the time," he adds, noting that in those years he got to watch his daughter Elsie go … [Read more...]

Online invigilation service launches

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What's one drawback for an AU student working remotely? Finding both the time and an invigilator (supervisor) station necessary to write a course or program exam. Thankfully, for some courses and programs, that is now changing! We've recently teamed up with ProctorU to allow you the opportunity to write your online exams from the comfort and convenience of your home! Any … [Read more...]

From the homestead to Human Sciences and beyond

meet an alum

  A lot can happen in a year. With AU Convocation 2016 just a week away, we thought we’d provide a snapshot of one of last year’s graduates, to depict just how far the AU experience can take you. 2015 graduate Kirstin George’s AU journey has certainly led to some interesting adventures and achievements since receiving her parchment a year ago. When she enrolled at AU … [Read more...]

Important Information for Convocation 2016

2015 AU graduate

Athabasca University Convocation 2016 (#AUGrad16) is just around the corner—and we have important information to share with you to make sure you get the most out of your special day! All the information you need about Convocation can be found on the Convocation Website. Bookmark this site as you’ll likely be visiting it a few times leading up to your graduation ceremony. Also: … [Read more...]

#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...]