Vivian Manasc Inducted into Alberta Order of Excellence

University board chair lauded by province with prestigious citizen’s honour One of eight Albertans to receive this year’s Alberta Order of Excellence is also one of Athabasca University’s own: Vivian Manasc, Chair of the university’s Board of Governors. The Alberta Order of Excellence recognizes the broad and significant impact of Manasc’s work, provincially and nationally, in … [Read more...]

ASSC 2017: A smashing success!

Last week, Athabasca University hosted the 34th annual Alberta Student for Services Conference (ASSC) in Athabasca, Alta., represented by 22 post-secondary institutions from across the province. Nearly 200 delegates attended the three-day event, this year aptly titled Going the Distance. Delegates from as far as Lethbridge made the several hundred kilometre trek to meet with … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]