40th anniversary of Athabasca University

Athabasca University was officially founded 40 years ago today. The university was established by order in council of the Government of Alberta on June 25, 1970. The first AU course, World Ecology, was offered in 1973, and AU's first Convocation, for two graduates, was held in 1977. The university achieved self-governing status as Alberta's fourth public university on … [Read more...]

Welcome to our Graduating Class of 2010

Congratulations, 2010 Graduates! Congratulations to all of Athabasca University's 2010 graduates. Convocation is scheduled from June 10 to June 12 in Athabasca. Nearly 1500 of you are graduating this year and we are expecting over 2400 including you, and your family and friends to gather for this great event. Welcome to your university and welcome to Athabasca. Education is of … [Read more...]

Open Letter to Athabasca University Students

As I embark upon my second term as President of Athabasca University and my 5th convocation, I want to take the opportunity to share some thoughts and reflections with you. From my first day on campus as president of AU, I knew that my coming here was the right decision. As an open university, Athabasca University seeks to remove barriers to undergraduate and graduate education. It … [Read more...]

Athabasca University Convocation 2010

AU is awarding degrees to 1487 outstanding graduates at Convocation 2010 ceremonies from June 10-12 in Athabasca, Alberta. 947 undergraduate and 540 graduate degrees will be conferred over the three days. Honorary doctorate recipients The university is also conferring honorary doctorates on three outstanding individuals during Convocation. On Thursday, June 10, 2010 an Honorary … [Read more...]

New study questions dietary supplement advice

New study warns of poor advice on dietary supplements A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (JACN) warns consumers against dietary supplement advice offered by health food stores. The study was conducted by Athabasca University researchers led by Dr. Norman Temple, Professor of Nutrition. The study sampled nutritional advice offered by 192 … [Read more...]

Innovative Project Gathers Pace – Press Release

WORK on an innovative partnership project between Athabasca University and schools in the rural community is gathering pace.Digitizers working on the Course Materials Digitization Project have now received 127 courses from the University's Centre for Learning Design and Development.The digitizers, many of whom are from rural communities in northern Alberta and have been … [Read more...]

Focus on Today, Tomorrow and Beyond – Issue 1

The FOCUS will feature all of the projects funded by the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and the Community Adjustment Fund over the coming months. We aim to provide you with information on the progress of these projects and explain how this exciting and innovative work will benefit Athabasca University and its hardworking staff. Every two weeks we will be writing fresh news … [Read more...]

Reappointment of university president for a second term

President Dr. Frits Pannekoek Reappointment

The Athabasca University Governing Council (AUGC) is pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr. Frits Pannekoek as president of Athabasca University. The announcement was made today in Edmonton by Barry Walker, Chair, AUGC. The appointment is for a five-year term. "We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Dr. Pannekoek's caliber agree to take on a second term as president … [Read more...]

New website gives Canadians access to early immigrant experience

Connecting Canadians Multicultural Newspapers

Athabasca University is pleased to launch a new and unique website Connecting Canadians. About Connecting Canadians Connecting Canadians provides individuals with a unique opportunity to explore early 20th Century Canadian newspapers online and to connect with their heritage. AU has digitized and deployed to the web more than 20 early immigrant newspapers in their original … [Read more...]

Video Conferencing Saves Time, Money and the Environment

Video Conferencing

Video conferencing removes barriers In keeping with AU's commitment to removing barriers, increased use of video conferencing is allowing AU staff members and other stakeholders to reach out with ease and comfort, while providing major savings from both budgetary and environmental standpoints. Computing Services director Dave Hrenewich is excited about the new equipment that has … [Read more...]