Supporting sustainable design, virtually

adst-200-1 student designs [courtesy of the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University]

The RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University, is launching its first-of-its-kind technological collaboration to promote energy-efficient building design through its online global partnerships. This innovative, three-part workshop series, powered by the teleconferencing and video-conferencing facilities of Athabasca University, will enable students and faculty from … [Read more...]

Introducing AU’s president designate: Dr. Neil Fassina

Athabasca University President-designate Dr. Neil Fassina

Dr. Neil Fassina will become Athabasca University’s eighth president on October 11, 2016. The announcement was made Wednesday morning at the university's main campus in Athabasca by Margaret Mrazek, the interim chair of the university's Board of Governors. Fassina will lead Athabasca University as it develops and implements sustainable solutions to its financial challenges … [Read more...]

Business of Hockey Institute honoring Chicago Blackhawks head

John McDonough, president & CEO, CHP, Chicago Blackhawks, is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the business of hockey through the first-ever honourary Certified Hockey professional (CHP) designation. [photo credit: Chicago Blackhawks)

The Business of Hockey Institute (BHI) will be awarding the first-ever honorary Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation to John McDonough, President & CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks. Dr. Deborah Hurst, dean of Athabasca University's Faculty of Business, BHI's academic partner, says honouring McDonough is the "perfect fit." "BHI could not have recognized a more … [Read more...]

Blaze the Trails Creek-Side in September

Fall scene of Muskeg Creek, Athabasca, Alta. [Photo credit: Rhonda Guay, 2013

Athabasca University's Wellness Committee has joined our local Primary Care Network to host the premiere Muskeg Creek trail run, Sept. 19. If you haven't taken in the majestic autumnal sights and scenery around Athabasca before, then it's time to hit the Creek! This active-living initiative is the perfect venue to hit the trails with your community peers. The Athletics … [Read more...]

AU President Peter MacKinnon Responds to Recent Task Force Criticism

Athabasca University President Peter MacKinnon at the Open Our World closing ceremony at the Founder's Room, Arts Common, Jack Singer Hall, Calgary, April 28, 2015. 
Photo credit: Brian Buchsdruecker, Bookstrucker Photography.

Last Thursday, four unions and associations representing various employee groups at Athabasca University, issued a media release in response to AU’s Task Force on Sustainability. You can read the media release here. Normally, I would not respond to something like this, but given that the release is riddled with inaccuracies, accidental or deliberate, I feel I must set the … [Read more...]

Double distinction for members of AU community receiving Alberta’s top honour

Fil Fraser, AU adjunct communications professor and one of the 2015 members of the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Former AU President Dr. Frits Pannekoek and adjunct Professor of Communications Fil Fraser are among eight Albertans to be honoured with the Alberta Order of Excellence — the highest accolade bestowed upon citizens in the province. Dr. Pannekoek was president of Athabasca University from 2005 through 2014 and is a scholar and tutor in Western Canadian history. He has also served … [Read more...]

Open Educational Resources University launches

Athabasca University is joining 31 organizations worldwide in launching OERu, a unique new post-secondary opportunity for learners. Coordinated by the Open Education Resource Foundation, headquartered in New Zealand, the OERu is an independent, not-for-profit network that offers free online university courses for students worldwide using Open Educational Resources (OER). The … [Read more...]

AU researchers discover link between minor surgery and multiple sclerosis

A new study by researchers at Athabasca University's Centre for Nursing and Health Studies has discovered a small, but clinically important risk for developing multiple sclerosis in people who have had an appendectomy or tonsillectomy at the age of 20 years or younger. The study was published May 6, 2013 in the journal BMC Neurology. The study authors suggest that, while the … [Read more...]

Response to the AUFA “Rescue Plan”

The Board of Governors of Athabasca University (the Board) respectfully cannot and will not accept the “rescue plan” motions and accompanying proposals published by the Athabasca University Faculty Association (AUFA) on May 8th, 2013. As a public post-secondary institution under the Post-Secondary Learning Act, the Board is directed with the duty to appoint the … [Read more...]

Donation a huge boost for Science Outreach

Filmmakers and environmentalists Albert and Pirkko Karvonen have donated $250,000 to Science Outreach - Athabasca. The Karvonens, who live near Amisk Lake, Alberta are passionate about the environment and education. Their vision is to have students read and understand more about science. "This is a significant gift to the university, and one which will ensure the work Science … [Read more...]