Firefox upgrade and website functionality

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Some websites, which may include some AU websites, will not function correctly in Firefox after it automatically upgrades to version 52, scheduled for release on March 7, 2017. Firefox 52 will remove support for several plug-ins, including Java, Silverlight and Acrobat Reader. These plug-ins give a web browser additional functionality required for some websites. What do I need … [Read more...]

AU’s response to the U.S. travel ban

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Dear members of the Athabasca University Community, On the weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order banning visitors from seven majority Muslim countries from visiting the United States. A ban of this nature will have profound impacts on the international academic community. Athabasca University is steadfastly committed to a culture of inclusiveness, … [Read more...]

Negotiating nature and the thirst for the truth

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Q&A Part 2: AU's 2016-17 Writer in Residence John Vaillant AU's newest Writer in Residence/Writer for Health for 2016-17, author John Vaillant, has seen much success in his career writing non-fiction. His first book, The Golden Spruce won the 2005 Governor General's Award, as well as the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize. But his latest novel and fiction debut The Jaguar’s … [Read more...]

Book your exams before the holiday flurry!

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Save 'last-minute' activities for holiday shopping, NOT your exam requests!   Here's what you need to know (for AU courses with a December 31 end date): AU will be closed from 3 p.m., Friday, December 23, 2016, until 8:30 a.m. (MST) Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Edmonton and Calgary Exam Services will re-open on Tues. Jan. 3 at 8:30 a.m. The AU Information … [Read more...]

Alumna puts sexuality out in the open

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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

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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...]

Get to know your new president

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AU Newsroom editor and writer Heidi Staseson recently caught up with Athabasca University's new president, Neil Fassina, for a detailed Q&A — on everything from his sock drawer and Netflix picks, to enrolling in AU and tips for achieving respect in the workplace. AU: Who are your favourite authors and do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? NF: On the fiction side, Bryce … [Read more...]

Garden of giving

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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...]

Message from the New President: The future is now

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Dear students, As I begin my term as Athabasca University’s eighth president, a job that I am very humbled and excited to have, I thought I’d take this opportunity to say hello, and to affirm my commitment to you, our learners. While I may only be just starting my journey here, I have gained a number of insights during my transition to AU. First and foremost, I know that … [Read more...]

Peter MacKinnon’s remarkable run

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As we prepare to welcome aboard our new president after the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, we at AU Newsroom would be remiss not to publish a fond farewell to Peter MacKinnon who so resolutely raised the bar during these past couple of years as our university’s interim president. We couldn’t have hoped for a more remarkable run. Track record of success MacKinnon, a lawyer and … [Read more...]