Mommies In-Step

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall: Who's the fairest of them all? Why stepmothers, of course. This according to one AU researcher and 2016 graduate, Cara Zaharychuk. Through the years, television, motion-picture and fairy-tale portrayals haven’t been kind to the stepmother. From Cinderella’s venomous grey-bunned arch-enemy (who, in Disney's version, forced the latter to scrub bare … [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...]

Graduate Reflections: A winning “Future Alumni” prepares for a lifetime of educational contributions

It’s been a sensational year for Master of Counselling student Kathleen Kelava. Last April, the soon-to-be graduate represented Athabasca University at the 3MT Western Regional competition in Kamloops, B.C. Kelava joined 14 graduate students from across Western Canada, at Thompson Rivers University, to compete among and present the ůber-challenge that is the … [Read more...]

Personal Best: How Alumni Award Winner Sarah Stephens uses her gift that keeps on giving

  When Sarah Stephens received her bachelor's degree at Athabasca University Convocation in 2009, she found herself  overcome with pride. Seeing the smiling group of graduates from a variety of distance education programs—sharing a milestone moment in the AU Multiplex—moved her. Three years later, when she was exploring schools for her master’s degree in nursing, she … [Read more...]

Life as you know it: A CEO graduate credits AU for his successful balancing act

They say seven is a lucky number. Perhaps that’s why the recent Athabasca University Master of Health Studies graduate, Gregory Toffner, decided to finally finish his seven years of studies while working the C-Suite level of the Hamilton-based, Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences. Toffner, 39, says getting his MHS while juggling two jobs, a growing family and … [Read more...]

Nurse of Steel: How one AU student tackled her degree during the Alberta Flood.

Patricia Ripley understands working in the trenches. Juggling nursing jobs between two rural hospitals as a Registered Nurse (RN), she’s accustomed to doing what it takes to comfort patients in distress. But when her family's home in High River was hit by the Alberta Flood of 2013, the knack for caring became all-too personal. Ripley, 55, was smack-dab in the middle of her … [Read more...]

GCAP Chair Wins Prestigious Teaching Award

Several of Dr. Paul Jerry’s students can be credited for their associate professor’s win of this year’s Psychologists' Association of Alberta (PAA) Excellence in Teaching Psychology award. As chair and program director, as well as a registered psychologist and associate professor at AU’s Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology (Faculty of Health Disciplines), Paul will officially … [Read more...]

7 things you might not know about nurse practitioners (NPs)

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Debbie Fraser is the director of Athabasca University’s online nurse practitioner (NP) program, and on June 17, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) honoured her with the CNA Order of Merit for Nursing Education. In celebration of Debbie receiving this award, the AU blog tapped into her expertise and asked her to share seven things you might not know about nurse practitioners. 1. … [Read more...]

CARNA awards for professor Sharon Moore and alumna Lorraine Way

Each year, the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) recognizes the finest achievements of its members with awards of nursing excellence, and this year CARNA is once again honouring members of the Athabasca University community with two of these awards. At the May 8 gala for the 15th Annual CARNA Awards of Nursing Excellence, Dr. Sharon Moore (pictured … [Read more...]