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

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

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

  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

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

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...]

Open Our World Closes to the Tune of $32 Million

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

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...]