Operation Lifelong Learning

AU's 2017 Distinguished Alumni award recipient stands up for her country and for the nurses she trains and mentors in the Canadian Armed Forces Not many people in the Canadian Armed Forces hold a job with an honorary line to the monarchy. Lieutenant Colonel Rhonda Crew and her newly appointed designation, Chief of Nursing Services — or, as she calls it — “The Honorary Nurse for the … [Read more...]

Going with the flow: The Art, Science & Business of Craft Beer

Blind Enthusiasm Brewery Jason Foster Athabasca University Craft Beer Alberta Edmonton Kai Lamertz Dietmar Kennepohl

Athabasca University's extensive community outreach is worthy of libation Last month, a crowd of 65 people, including students, alumni, faculty and professional staff, hit up Blind Enthusiasm Brewing — a new watering hole in Edmonton’s southwest, for some enlightening tips on how to tell a good beer from a dud. Athabasca University and the Faculty of Business hosted a night of … [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

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...]

Mommies In-Step

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...]

Alumna puts sexuality out in the open

Nothing tells the story of Athabasca University better than the success of our students and alumni — people who are making their marks on the job and in their communities. Meet Nina Sangra, MC ’16, AU Future Alumna recipient, Calgary It takes a special person to be a good therapist, especially when helping individuals along the healing journey from sexual violence. They should be … [Read more...]

AU’s Rising Star & RCMP change agent

Nothing tells the story of Athabasca University better than the success of our students and alumni — people who are making their marks on the job and in their communities. Meet Jeremie Landry, BPA Criminal Justice ’13,  Cold Lake, Alberta Forming a sea of crimson among the flotillas at the 26th annual Pride Parade in downtown Calgary in September, 27 members of the Alberta RCMP … [Read more...]

Garden of giving

Nothing tells the story of Athabasca University better than the success of our students and alumni — people who are making their marks on the job and in their communities. Meet Jacqui Empson-Laporte, BPA ’14,  from Goderich, Ontario. When Jacqui Empson-Laporte answered a call from Athabasca University this past summer, her instinct was to panic. Had there been a mistake with … [Read more...]

And the 2016 Distinguished Alumna is …

Nothing tells the story of Athabasca University better than the success of our students and alumni — people who are making their marks on the job and in their communities. Meet Julie Lys, MN ’07: AU's Distinguished Alumna Award recipient. Lighting Pathways to Success Community is everything for Julie Lys, a 2007 AU Master of Nursing graduate. She is a proud champion of her … [Read more...]

From the homestead to Human Sciences and beyond

  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...]