A poet among us

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Athabasca University creative writing tutor Marilyn Dumont has a bone to pick. She’s discouraged that the craft she teaches and publishes - poetry - seems more akin to the country cousin of the more mainstream literary genre, The Novel. The discrepancy baffles her, especially since poetry is considered a “high art” in the pantheon of literature studies. From Chaucer to Keats to … [Read more...]

Celebrating AU’s nurses

Donna Clare, MN, NP, Athabasca University, and CARNA Committee's Choice Award recipient for 2016

When Donna Clare was singled out among her nursing peers to receive the Committee's Choice Award at the 2016 CARNA Awards of Nursing Excellence, she was more than chuffed. It meant her years of persistence had made a difference. Since 2008, it has been her professional mission to support nurse practitioners (NPs). Clare, NP, and AU academic coordinator, is also the president … [Read more...]

From educational pipe dreams to reality

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by Heidi Staseson For many online students, it is rare to meet your professors in person. But not for Tania Kruk. A few weeks ago, the soon-to-be AU graduate (Bachelor of Health Administration) met her  epidemiology tutor, Dr. Allyson Jones, while working on her practicum at the Aboriginal Health Program at Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra Hospital. They were attending the same … [Read more...]

Commercializing research and building industry partnerships

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Athabasca University has appointed a new industry liaison officer (ILO) to help increase research funding and develop technological innovation for industry. Kelvin Cole joins AU’s Research Centre, from Kingston, Ont., where he worked in a variety of roles, from lab research to intellectual property and technology transfer. Cole received his M.Sc. from Queen’s University in … [Read more...]

5 Facts about Earth Hour

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As purveyors of a smooth and seamless technological experience, AU understands the importance of computers and advancement in our fully wired lives. This technological advance gives us individual access to all corners of the globe, at any time. It also gives us valuable perspective and insight. We are both small, individually, and large, collectively. Consider your place on … [Read more...]

AU Partners with Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA)

AU Partners with Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA)

Athabasca University’s (AU) Faculty of Business and the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) are coming together in joint-strategic partnership. This new tactical alliance arose from the continued necessity to expand global competitive advantage in the ever-evolving world of supply chain management. Supply chain management is no longer a straight line from point A to point … [Read more...]

Hot off the AU Press: new sustainability book with a community focus

Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability

Athabasca University Press (AU Press) has just released the book, Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability, co-edited by AU’s Dr. Michael Gismondi. The book examines the potential of the social economy to transform the systems that make our current ways of life unsustainable. Gismondi, the book's lead editor, is a professor of sociology and global studies … [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...]

Our 2016 Donor Report unveiled

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Athabasca University is pleased to present its 2016 Donor Report. Thirty-three pages of gratitude Inside you will find news about the support provided to the university over the past few years by more than 500 individuals, groups and corporations who believe in AU’s unique and important mission. The report also highlights some of the recent achievements that have resulted from … [Read more...]

Honorary Doctorates and Order of AU announced

Dr. Terry Anderson seeing what retirement's about to look like. [photo credit: Terry Anderson, 2014]

The Governors of Athabasca University Honorary Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following honours to be awarded at Convocation 2016. Order of Athabasca University Dr. Terry Anderson On Thursday, June 9, Dr. Terry Anderson will be inducted into the Order of Athabasca University in recognition of his leadership in distance education and his contributions to scholarship … [Read more...]