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...]

University to unveil additions to permanent art collection

Additions to permanent art collection Community members and media are invited to view an exhibit of recent additions to Athabasca University's permanent art collection. The tripartite exhibit, comprising New Arrivals, the Hunt Donation and Collections Highlights will be on display from March to May, 2010. Local artist Joan Sherman, whose work has been added the Athabasca … [Read more...]

New study proves value of prior learning assessment

Prior Learning Assessment CHICAGO - A new study shows a practice called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) could be a key to increasing college graduation rates - a goal President Obama highlighted in the State of Union address. In the study, PLA students graduated at double the rate of non-PLA students and they saved between 2.5 and 10.1 months of time in earning their degrees. Many … [Read more...]

University announces 2010 honorary degree recipients

The Honorary Awards Committee of Athabasca University Governing Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the Honorary Degrees to be presented at Convocation on June 10, 11 and 12, 2010. Honorary Doctor of Laws: Hon. Raymond Charles Lee On Thursday, June 10, 2010 an Honorary Doctor of Laws will be conferred on Hon. Raymond Charles Lee in recognition of his dedication to … [Read more...]

Broadcasting Company Creates New Vistas for AU Journalism Students

A leading western Canadian broadcasting company is helping Athabasca University journalism students-especially those who may someday work in war zones-to gain a valuable new perspective. Vista Broadcast Group, the operator of 25 radio stations in 20 communities across British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories, has contributed $75,000 to the Re-Imagine Athabasca … [Read more...]

New chair named to Athabasca University Governing Council

Barry Walker Chair of AUGC

New chair of Athabasca University Governing Council The Honourable Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology has announced that Barry Walker, FCA has been appointed Chair, Athabasca University Governing Council (AUGC). The appointment was announced this morning in Edmonton. Walker has been a public member of AUGC since August, 2004. "I feel very honoured to be … [Read more...]

Geophysical Observatory receives provincial grant

Observatory receives research grant The Alberta Science and Research Investments Program has awarded a $712,261 grant to AU's Geophysical Observatory. The announcement was made this morning in Edmonton by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology minister Doug Horner as part of a package of $44 million in research grants to Alberta's universities. "Education and science lie at … [Read more...]