Meet Alumna Kathleen Soltys

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“I could see the difference between the nurse who had a degree and one who had a diploma, and I knew I wanted to have that difference." Before AU Early in her nursing career, Kathleen married an RCMP officer and began moving with him from one detachment to another. When their first son was born, she was living in a sleepy rural town, working half-time and aspiring to a degree in … [Read more...]

Mobile Learning – plugged in across AU

Dr. Mohamed Ally

With the exponentially growing popularity of e-learning throughout Canadian post-secondary institutions—from the emergence of multiple technology tools and mobile learning modalities related to education—it’s become clear e-learning isn’t going anywhere. e-learning fits into Athabasca University’s philosophy around the flexibility in education and learning anywhere, anytime. … [Read more...]

Resourceful Performance: A Distinguished Alumnus proves e-learning goes the distance

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His successful career began with a balancing act. Hanny Alshazly had to learn the art of juggling his Athabasca University education alongside his fast-moving work and family life. Since graduating from AU in 2012, he’s finessed that flexibility further - having now added time zones to the performance. He says AU gifted him that skill. “I have switched jobs three … [Read more...]

AU Community mourns the passing of humanitarian alumnus, Manmeet Bhullar

Manmeet Bhullar [photo credit: Government of Alberta]

Athabasca University is mourning the passing of one of its own. Alberta MLA Manmeet Bhullar was a beloved and distinguished member of the AU community, and respected by the many Canadians who were lucky to have connected with him. Tragically, on Monday evening, Manmeet passed away, doing what he did best, trying to help someone in need. He was only 35 years old. "We at … [Read more...]

Graduate Reflections: A winning “Future Alumni” prepares for a lifetime of educational contributions

Kathleen Kelava, MC, AU Alumni Award Winner for the Future Alumni Category [photo credit: Christy Dean Photography, 2015]

It’s been a sensational year for Master of Counselling student Kathleen Kelava. Last April, the soon-to-be graduate represented Athabasca University at the 3MT Western Regional competition in Kamloops, B.C. Kelava joined 14 graduate students from across Western Canada, at Thompson Rivers University, to compete among and present the ůber-challenge that is the … [Read more...]

Meet Chris Horn, AU’s Science Guy and ‘Rising-Star’ Alumnus

Chris Horn, AU Bachelor of Science in Human Science graduate, AU Alumni Award Winner for the Rising Star category [photo credit: Christy Dean Photography, 2015]

As a pathology scientist working at Alberta Children’s Hospital, Chris Horn has a big role managing work and research with "Daddy duties." But it's not a whole lot different from three years ago when he was still an undergraduate science student at Athabasca University. Only now his role has the potential to save lives. For the layperson, says Horn, pathology involves … [Read more...]

Personal Best: How Alumni Award Winner Sarah Stephens uses her gift that keeps on giving

Sarah Stephens, BN, MN, AU grad 2015 and winner of Alumni Award for Volunteer Service [photo credit: Christy Dean Photography]

  When Sarah Stephens received her bachelor's degree at Athabasca University Convocation in 2009, she found herself  overcome with pride. Seeing the smiling group of graduates from a variety of distance education programs—sharing a milestone moment in the AU Multiplex—moved her. Three years later, when she was exploring schools for her master’s degree in nursing, she … [Read more...]

Life as you know it: A CEO graduate credits AU for his successful balancing act

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They say seven is a lucky number. Perhaps that’s why the recent Athabasca University Master of Health Studies graduate, Gregory Toffner, decided to finally finish his seven years of studies while working the C-Suite level of the Hamilton-based, Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences. Toffner, 39, says getting his MHS while juggling two jobs, a growing family and … [Read more...]

AU loses one of its long-time community leaders: The Hon. Frank Appleby

The Hon. Frank Appleby and wife Dorothy Appleby on a visit to the constituency office of The Honourable Jeff Johnson, MLA for Athabasca-Redwater. Photo credit: Jeff Johnson

It is with great sadness we note the passing of the Hon. Frank Appleby, a dear friend and colleague of Athabasca University and a community leader. Born on Dec. 23, 1913, in small-town Alberta, Frank Pierpoint Appleby lived a long and esteemed life until his passing Monday at the age of 101. Mr. Appleby was widely revered for his devotion to community service—most especially … [Read more...]

Shouting Out Success: Call for Alumni Nominations!

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Do you know an AU alum or soon-to-be-grad who’s making a difference? Recognizing our students and alumni for reaching milestones in their education, jobs, and communities around the globe is something we think is worth celebrating. Nominate a friend, colleague or family member for one of the four notable Athabasca University Alumni Awards. The award categories … [Read more...]