President’s copyright message to students

You may have seen reports in the media that Athabasca University has joined more than 35 other universities in Canada in electing to opt out of using Access Copyright for permissions related to the use of third party materials in courses. We have spent the last six months preparing for this move, by renewing existing permissions for materials used in print Reading Files, and by … [Read more...]

Faculty of Business awarded CMA accreditation

Certified Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada), the world leader in shaping strategic management accounting® professionals to lead successful enterprises in the global marketplace has awarded, for a five-year period, the accreditation of the Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting Major program at Athabasca University's Faculty of Business. CMA Canada accredits programs … [Read more...]

Another major award for Letters From the Lost

Helen Waldstein Wilkes' memoir Letters from the Lost: A Memoir of Discovery has been awarded the Edna Staebler award for Creative Non-Fiction. This $10,000 national award is given annually to a Canadian writer of a first or second published book with a Canadian locale and/or significance and it is the second important literary award given to Letters from the Lost. Earlier this … [Read more...]

Province supports Open University of Nepal

The government of Alberta has awarded Athabasca University a $21,000 grant to support its efforts towards establishing an open university in Nepal. The grant was made by the Honourable Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit, at the opening of the university's new Academic and Research Centre on July 29th. The grant, made under the department's Community … [Read more...]

Provincial grant to support Open University of Nepal

The government of Alberta has awarded Athabasca University a $21,000 grant to support its efforts towards establishing an open university in Nepal. The grant was made by the Honourable Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit, at the opening of the university's new Academic and Research Centre on July 29th. The grant, made under the department's Community … [Read more...]

Premier opens Academic and Research Centre

The Hon. Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, officially opened Athabasca University's new Academic and Research Centre (ARC) at a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 29, 2011. The premier was joined by Barry Walker, Chair of the Athabasca University Governing Council, Dr. Frits Pannekoek, the university's president, and Jeff Johnson, MLA for Athabasca-Redwater, at the ribbon … [Read more...]

Earth’s first Trojan Asteroid discovered

Dr. Martin Connors and two colleagues have confirmed the existence of the first known Trojan Asteroid associated with earth. The discovery is highlighted in the July 28th, 2011 edition of Nature magazine. "The discovery is important because it proves that Trojans can exist in orbit around the Sun in a very earth-like orbit," said Dr. Connors. "And since U. S. President Obama … [Read more...]

Top prize for book published by Athabasca University Press

CALGARY, AB, June 11, 2011 - Letters from the Lost - A Memoir of Discovery was the big winner of the second annual Alberta Readers' Choice Award presented this evening at the Alberta Book Awards Gala in Calgary. The book, written by Helen Waldstein Wilkes and published by AU Press, was among five finalists vying for the honour of best book published in Alberta as chosen by the … [Read more...]

AU President to head Canadian Association of Learned Journals

Dr. Frits Pannekoek, president of Athabasca University, has been acclaimed president-elect of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ) at its recent Congress 2011. Dr. Pannekoek will serve as president-elect for one year and then assume the presidency of the organization for two years. "We are delighted that Dr. Pannekoek has agreed to serve with CALJ-ACRS at this time of … [Read more...]

RBC donates $250,000 to ARBRI

Calgary, Alta. (June 10, 2011) - RBC, through the RBC Blue Water Project, donated $250,000 to the Athabasca University in support of the Athabasca River Basin Research Institute. "We need to dispel the myth that there is limitless water in Canada and start paying attention to our water consumption," says Bruce MacKenzie, regional president, RBC. "We are proud to be part of an … [Read more...]