Just Launched: New Library Orientation Video Series

AU Library & Scholarly Resources has created a new Library Orientation Video Series, based upon its live Adobe Connect orientation webinars. The newly launched videos for students feature optional closed captions, chapter-by-chapter viewing, and chapter descriptions. This will allow you to quickly and conveniently access the information presented in the webinar on your own … [Read more...]

Slow and steady wins the race

The term "paced program" couldn't be more fitting for recent AU graduate Cristina Vanderhaden. The Ottawa-based, BA (French) major and recent retiree from the RCMP, spread out her AU adventure over a full 30 years — a snail's pace for some — but a perfectly timed journey for Cristina. Starting AU in 1985 gave her the opportunity to watch our university transition from a distance … [Read more...]

Schmidt: A long, bright road ahead for Athabasca University

Alberta Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt spoke to graduates at Convocation 2016 on June 9, and had some very nice things to say about AU. Here's the text of his speech: Greetings from Minister Marlin Schmidt It’s an honour to join you on such a special occasion. I want to begin by congratulating tonight’s distinguished honourees: Dr. Antonio D’Alfonso and Dr. Terry … [Read more...]

Important Information for Convocation 2016

Athabasca University Convocation 2016 (#AUGrad16) is just around the corner—and we have important information to share with you to make sure you get the most out of your special day! All the information you need about Convocation can be found on the Convocation Website. Bookmark this site as you’ll likely be visiting it a few times leading up to your graduation ceremony. Also: … [Read more...]

President’s message to AU community

letter from the Athabasca University president regarding the Fort McMurray wildfire

Dear Athabasca University Community Members: It has now been nearly two weeks since wildfire devastated the city of Fort McMurray, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate and costing many their home and their livelihood. All of those who have been affected in any way by this disaster have our sincere sympathy. Following the evacuation of Fort McMurray, AU immediately implemented … [Read more...]

Student Contingency: Fort McMurray wildfire

Athabasca University extends its sincerest thoughts and well-wishes to students, and their families and friends, who are presently affected by the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta. Due to the ordered evacuation of residents in the Fort McMurray area,  please note that AU will waive exam rebooking fees  and course extension fees to all affected. We will also replace any … [Read more...]

Deadline for five student awards: May 15

The deadline is fast approaching to apply for a number of AU student awards, scholarships and bursaries. AU's Awards Program  recognizes students who excel academically and in their careers and communities. Please note the deadline to apply for the following awards, scholarships and bursaries is May 15, 2016. These awards include: The Albert & Pirkko Karvonen … [Read more...]

A poet among us

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

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

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...]