Announcing a new Provost

Announcing the inaugural provost Provost Vice President Athabasca University AU University or Rochester UMUC Dr. Neil Fassina

Dr. Matthew L. Prineas will be joining Athabasca University as the institution’s inaugural Provost and Vice-president, Academic. Dr. Prineas will take up his duties in early September. Dr. Prineas currently serves as Vice Provost and Dean of the Undergraduate School (TUS) at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in Largo, Maryland. The Undergraduate School at UMUC … [Read more...]

Beyond the game

CFL Jeff Hecht CFLPA Saskatchewan Roughriders Edmonton Eskimos Calgary Stampeders Winnipeg Blue Bombers BC Lions

What is it time for? Yup, it’s here…another Canadian Football League season, that special time of year when the calendar flips from hockey obsession to football infatuation. As fans of the great game ourselves, we understand the importance of finding that extra bit of summer to squeeze in a CFL game on TSN, or to head to the stadium, grab a hotdog and soak in the live action … [Read more...]

Travelling Graduates

Globe-and-Travel

Aside from time studying in the virtual world, a number of AU students spend their time exploring the real world. Whether it’s travelling for work, as a treat between course loads, or to reward themselves for graduating, AU students are racking up the hours — and frequent flyer points — jet-setting the country and the world over. Oh the places they’ve gone We asked some of our … [Read more...]

Summer Solstice, National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day Summer Solstice Athabasca University AthaU #AthaU AU Marci Trudeau

Today some will celebrate, some will choose not to, and some will undertake ceremony in recognition of this special time in the calendar. Here in Canada, today is recognized as a day to “celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis” (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada). Many Indigenous communities, organizations, … [Read more...]

Lessons on Life and Learning from a 93-year-old graduate

93-year-olds do selfies, too [photo by Athabasca University, 2017]

By Heidi Staseson Another Athabasca University Convocation, another resounding success. Perhaps (so we’ve been hearing) even one of the better ones to date! From Thursday through Saturday last week, 400 of the nearly 2,000 graduates, from across Canada and beyond, descended upon the impressively festive Town of Athabasca, Alberta, to receive their university … [Read more...]

Independent Report Charts Sustainable Future for University

Independent Report Charts Sustainable Future for University

The much-anticipated report of the Third Party Review of Athabasca University has been released at an event on the university’s main campus in the northern Alberta town. Today also marks the beginning of the annual convocation ceremonies, marking the completion of the educational careers of many of the university’s students. The university’s Board Chair sees the timing as … [Read more...]

ASSC 2017: A smashing success!

On Site Planning Committee

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...]

New Course: Creating Life Histories

Creating Life Histories, Athabasca University, #AthaU, AU, Memoir, Oral History, Autobiography, research, recording, life history, ethics, reflection, individualized study, MAIS, MA-IS

This is the course graduate students have asked for — if you are a student in Writing and New Media, Heritage and Social History, or Cultural Studies, this course is for you! Writing and New Media 605: Creating Life Histories Opening in June, WRNM 605: Creating Life Histories, focuses on the methodologies of oral history, memoir and autobiography. It examines the processes of … [Read more...]

This Mom’s Reality – Why AU works

Bachelor of Commerce Degree This Mom's Reality Athabasca University Tasha Lapishnoff #AthaU AU Online Education Work Life Balance Online Learning Mother's Day Mom's Day Bumps in the Road Bachelor of Management

I have spent a lot of years thinking about “what I want to be when I grow up”. I’ve changed my mind on the answer countless times until one night a friend of mine made a comment about how great it would be if we had our own publishing house. At that moment, something seemed to click for me. This is what I wanted to do with my life. If I’m writing my own books and I know people … [Read more...]

This Mom’s Reality: Bumps in the road

This Mom's Reality Athabasca University Inas Zeidan International Student Gerrmany #AthaU AU Online Education Work Life Balance Online Learning Mother's Day Mom's Day Bumps in the Road Bachelor of Management

My original plan was to earn my Bachelor's degree long before I had any children. Back in 2005, I applied at a college in Manitoba for 2+2 program. Basically 2 years of college, then after earning my diploma, continuing for another 2 years at university for a Bachelor's degree. I was very eager for the experience of college and university and was looking forward to the next four … [Read more...]