Open Our World Closes to the Tune of $32 Million

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Seven years ago, Athabasca University’s Open Our World campaign kicked off. It was the spring of 2008—the height of the global financial crisis which saw the stock market implode and families and corporations cutting back everywhere. But that didn’t stop the supporters of AU from giving. Since that time, the world’s economy made a comeback, Canada maintained fiscal solvency … [Read more...]

What cancer patient Louann Poirier learned from studying with AU

Describing her studies with Athabasca University, Louann Poirier (BPA: Human Services, 2014) says, “I was the butterfly gleaning the knowledge in my courses.” Now, as she copes with terminal cancer, she continues to draw inspiration from butterflies, as you’ll see in her poem at the end of this article.

When Louann Poirier’s cancer came back in 2014, she was told she had only a few months to live. She had been diligently working away at a human services degree from Athabasca University for over a decade, but now she feared she might not have time to finish it. And it was a dream she very much wanted to see through to the end. Louann explained her situation to Dr. Jane … [Read more...]

Inspired by a passion for seeing things grow

Athabasca University Sarah Kobsa

Sarah Kobsa (Master of Arts – Integrated Studies, 2014) squeezes more out of a day than most people even attempt. In the last year alone, the recipient of Athabasca University’s 2014 Future Alumni Award found time to complete her degree, volunteer with an organization empowering women and girls, continue managing her own national company and take on a full-time job with a U.S.-based … [Read more...]

TD Bank Group supports Learning Communities

Canadian Banks Ahead Of Earnings Figures

TD Bank Group has announced a gift of $100,000 in support of Athabasca University’s Learning Communities initiative. The gift, over three years, will provide opportunities for First Nations and Metis communities to foster learning success in adult learners. This three year initiative will focus on integrating three tested approaches in communities: community workshops, Mentor … [Read more...]

AU celebrates the medical achievements of Dr. Glenn Berall (MBA) with the Distinguished Alumni Award

Athabasca University Glenn Berall

Dr. Glenn Berall (MBA, 2007) was only four years old when he decided to become a doctor, and for the past 30 years he has helped improve the lives of children around the world. A renowned career in pediatrics Berall, from Thornhill, Ont., is a world-recognized pediatrician whose career focuses on medical nutrition, particularly childhood obesity, feeding difficulties and … [Read more...]

Social media VP receives this year’s Rising Star Award

Athabasca University Jan Reischek Rising Star Resized

What some might call a career, Jan Reischek (MBA, 2013) calls a fun ride. And it’s far from over for the recipient of Athabasca University’s 2014 Rising Star Award, who finds herself working on the leading edge of an industry that scarcely registered a decade ago. Managing social media for Fortune 100 companies “I really stumbled into my career,” says the 33-year-old Senior … [Read more...]

Grad tales: AU grads share what made their graduation journeys special

Athabasca University Convocation

Athabasca University has a unique convocation tradition. As the grads cross the stage, a professor reads a 30-second story about each grad, giving the audience a feel for who the grads are along with the highlights — and lowlights — of their educational journeys. To recap this year’s convocation, we’re sharing some of our favourite nuggets from the tales told about our class of … [Read more...]