AU’s response to the U.S. travel ban

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...]

Neil Fassina’s Speech from Presidential Installation

Neil Fassina Athabasca University AU Presidential Installation January 11, 2017

Thank you Madame Board Chair. Madame Board Chair, Minister Schmidt, MLA Piquette, Reeve Splane, Mayor Morril, members of the platform party, distinguished guests, colleagues, family and friends. Thank you so much for being here today. I stand before you extremely humbled and deeply honored by the responsibility that you have placed upon me as Athabasca University’s 8th … [Read more...]

AU’s Rising Star & RCMP change agent

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

new president Neil Fassina

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

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

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...]

Honorable Grad Student Greeting

Last weekend, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association (AUGSA) held the fourth Graduate Student Conference to showcase AU students’ and faculty's innovative research. Held at the Holiday Inn Conference Centre in Edmonton South, the popular event comprised AU grad students, faculty members and multiple volunteers, moderators and … [Read more...]

And the 2016 Distinguished Alumna is …

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 Julie Lys, MN ’07: AU's Distinguished Alumna Award recipient. Lighting Pathways to Success Community is everything for Julie Lys, a 2007 AU Master of Nursing graduate. She is a proud champion of her … [Read more...]

Announcement: AU to name its next president today

The Board of Governors of Athabasca University is pleased to be making an announcement regarding Athabasca University's next president. Please join Margaret Mrazek, Interim Board Chair, and Members of the Board for this announcement. Advanced Education Minister Hon. Marlin Schmidt and other dignitaries will also be present. When: 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 17, … [Read more...]

AU Press shortlisted in publishing awards

The impressive work to date of our very own AU Press is being lauded by The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA). Last week it announced the 2016 contenders for its annual Alberta Book Publishing Awards, and AU press is on the shortlist in two categories. The BPAA award shortlist recognizes the works of publishers across Alberta. Jurors in the publishing industry from … [Read more...]