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The Athabasca University Students' Union is a representative organization led by undergraduate students of Athabasca University. The AUSU Podcast is dedicated to stories of student life at Canada's only fully online and open university.
 
This is an Audio collection of French poetry read by French Professor Vina Tirven-Gadum and her husband Tim Tirven-Gadum. The recordings form part of a French course which is available on-line at Athabasca University entitled “Initiation à la littérature d’expression française FREN 358. By visiting the Athabasca University Digitization Portal (http://digiport.athabascau.ca), you can access information on the poets and selected poems. The full-text of selected poems is also available and acco ...
 
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Starting next fall, Athabasca University will introduce a new Integrated Learning Environment (ILE) that promises to revolutionize the learner experience at AU. Richard MacLeod is one of the ILE leads responsible for implementing this ambitious new technology and sits down with AUSU to chat about the coming changes and advantages for AU students wi…
 
Our Vice President Finance and Administration Leah Campbell talks to IT professional Josh Dedul about navigating the online world safely and protecting yourself against various scams. These tips will be especially useful for Athabasca University students given the nature of distance education and how much we are all connected via the Internet. Star…
 
AUSU Executive Councillors Stacey Hutchings, Karen Fletcher, Leah Campbell, and Natalia Iwanek reflect on what happened over the past year, their favourite moments, what their families think they do as Executive Councillors, and what's next both for the organization and themselves. It's been another year focusing on improving the lives of Athabasca…
 
Join Dr. Vive Kumar and David Boulanger as they talk about their computer science research, highlighting especially David's work as an undergraduate researcher and the value that research has had in his program. Want to learn more about undergraduate research? AUSU is hosting Research Week from January 24-28 - learn more by visiting ausu.org. Starr…
 
Leah Campbell joins our executive team as our new Vice-President Finance and Administration and shares about her experience thus far as she studies from Brandon, Manitoba. Like so many students, Leah is taking a full course load, taking care of children, working at a full-time job, and decided there might be enough hours in the day to serve AU stud…
 
AUSU sits down with two AU students who are also parents to talk about the challenges and rewards of simultaneously raising children and taking classes. Many AU students are also caregivers, and Karen and Katy share how to find the best balance and the most success with these two important roles. Starring: AUSU VP External Karen Fletcher, Councillo…
 
AUSU is getting set for it's second Pride Week, with a host of great events including guest speakers Joshua Whitehead and Dr. Tobias Wiggins. Executive Director Jodi Campbell catches up with VP Community and Wellness Natalia Iwanek and Communications and Member Services Coordinator Ashley Janes to talk about the great events coming up and the impor…
 
Jared Maltais and Christian Fotang from the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) join AUSU to talk about the federal election on September 20, what it means for Athabasca University students, and how to make sure your vote counts. AUSU is running a Get Out The Vote campaign to encourage all students to cast their ballot this election an…
 
AUSU looks at the work done this summer, such as pushing for compassionate grading and developing executive workplans, as well as looking ahead to autumn. President Stacey Hutchings and VP Community and Wellness Natalia Iwanek share their stories from the summer. Starring: AUSU President Stacey Hutchings, VP Community and Wellness Natalia Iwanek, G…
 
AUSU sits down with the chair of the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) Rachel Timmermans as well as our own VP External Karen Fletcher to talk about the impact of provincial cuts to Athabasca University and how CAUS is fighting to keep AU education affordable and of the highest quality. Starring: CAUS Chair Rachel Timmermans, AUSU VP Ex…
 
Guest host VP Community and Wellness Natalia Iwanek interviews students Mel Mirosol and Vevangapi Katjamana about the 2SLGBTQIA+ community at Athabasca University and the importance of providing a safe space to learn to every student in our virtual campus. Starring: AU students Mel Mirosol and Vevangapi Katjamana, along with AUSU VP Community and W…
 
AUSU chats with our new Vice President External Karen Fletcher and Vice President Community and Wellness Natalia Iwanek on the perspectives of Ontario students at Athabasca University, the need for expanding efforts on equity, diversity, and inclusion - and a look at the best hidden gems in Ontario for vacation, food, and studying. Starring: AUSU V…
 
AUSU chats with Tim Hanson, AUSU's Social Media Coordinator about his experiences as an Athabasca University student, what it is like running all of AUSU's social media accounts, and his love of Star Trek. Starring: AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell, Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek and Social Media Coordinator Tim Hanson…
 
AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell and Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek take over the podcast and talk about serving students in a virtual office environment setting up the AUSU office in a virtual environment while still serving students - and how to make the most of working, studying, and living at home. Starring: AUSU Gove…
 
We pick the brains of AUSU executives to find out how they balance life and their studies and the specific tips they have for all AU students that help them complete their courses and programs successfully. We also learn a bit about their very first jobs before they went to AU. Intro music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Starring AUSU President…
 
AUSU sits down with Almigdad Eldoma, the VP Finance and Administration and chats about what led him to Athabasca University, his time in the Canadian Armed Forces, and what he hopes to bring to the team at AUSU. From championing Black History Month and our equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives to what it is like going from a traditional bric…
 
Distance Students from across the Atlantic AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell sits down with his counterpart at the Open University Students Association, Rob Avann, to talk about the experiences of distance students from across the globe, and how AU students are not the only ones learning in our unique environment. Starring: Open University Stud…
 
AUSU chats with the new Vice President External and Student Affairs Natalia Iwanek about several new initiatives from AUSU, including the AUSU 2SLGBTQIA+ Coalition Discord Server, the new virtual food assistance program, and joining the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS). We also talk to her about her path to AU and the many, many differ…
 
AUSU discusses the future of Athabasca University with AU President Dr. Neil Fassina and AUSU President Stacey Hutchings. We talk about AU one day having a million students, inspiring student stories, how tuition increases are impacting AU and AU students, what happened to the phone lines, COVID-19 impacts at AU, and Dr. Fassina's future at Okanaga…
 
AUSU asks outgoing AUSU President Natasha Donahue and AU student Jennifer Bouley how students can leverage their education at Athabasca University into a new job or advancing in their career. Tips on networking, writing cover letters, and getting noticed in a crowded job market are shared as the two look at what makes Athabasca University students …
 
AUSU reviews the various services it offers to Athabasca University students, including scholarships and bursaries, resume services, peer course reviews, LinkedIn Learning, and many others, including the podcast itself. Join VP External and Student Affairs Stacey Hutchings and AUSU staff as they take a deep dive into the services available for free…
 
AUSU looks at the Government of Alberta's review of post-secondary education, and highlight the need for students to weigh in on it. The review will shape the future of our post-secondary education system, including the future of Athabasca University. President Natasha Donahue and Vice-President External and Student Affairs Stacey Hutchings discuss…
 
AUSU explores how Athabasca University works to ensure a university education is accessible to everyone by providing accommodations for students with different abilities. The AU Accessibility Services Coordinator Carrie Anton takes a deep dive with AUSU on how her office can help AU students with disabilities and barriers, as well as exploring her …
 
September is associated with going back to school and hitting the books. Although AU students can start in any month, from anywhere, it is a good time to reflect on some tips on studying at Athabasca University. The AUSU executives share their advice and experiences at AU and offer tips to keep yourself on track to succeed. Starring: AUSU President…
 
Ever wonder what it takes to get into graduate school and what is involved in pursuing a graduate degree at Athabasca University? AUSU works closely with the Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association (AUGSA) to provide the best possible representation and advocacy for all students at AU, whether they are undergraduate or graduate students…
 
Happy 50th birthday Athabasca University! AUSU sits down with Carole Stevenson-Roy, Athabasca University's Associate VP of Marketing and Communications, and Leslie Bergin, Athabasca University's Director of Development and Alumni Engagement to chat about the exciting plans and student events Athabasca University will be hosting while celebrating th…
 
AUSU chats with VP External and Student Affairs Stacey Hutchings on what the impact of the global health pandemic has been on Athabasca University students, and the steps AUSU is taking to advocate on students' behalf during these unprecedented times. Intro music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) licensed under Creative Commons 3.0. Starring: AUSU…
 
AUSU goes behind the scenes with Carla Yeaman, the Athabasca University Information Centre Coordinator, whose team is responsible for the over 80,000 emails, phone calls, and "Ask AU" inquiries that students make every year. We discuss some of the most asked questions, as well as how the global health pandemic has changed how the Information Centre…
 
AUSU sits down with The Voice Managing Editor Karl Low and The Voice Writer Brittany Daigle to talk about the work that goes into making the weekly online magazine for Athabasca University students. Every week articles are published for AU students, written by AU students - check it out at www.voicemagazine.org. Any AU student is welcome to contact…
 
Our new AUSU student executives share their experiences coming to Athabasca University, why they chose AU, and why they took the leap to joining AUSU council and taking the opportunity to serve as executive councillors. We also learn what their favourite course is, what their favourite tv show, and where they would love to travel next. Listen to Na…
 
AUSU is offering over $20,000 in awards, bursaries, and scholarships with a deadline of May 1. Athabasca University undergraduate students can easily apply for these awards online by going to http://ausu.org. Head over to the Awards section to review what is available! Incoming AUSU President Natasha Donahue and AUSU staff go over some great tips a…
 
This is the podcast every AU student has been waiting for... AUSU goes behind the scenes with the Athabasca University Registrar, Richard MacLeod, to get the BEST TIPS regarding everything AU! Tips like understanding AU's timelines, registering for classes, making sure you are eligible for student aid, applying for convocation and so much more. Thi…
 
AUSU chats with VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue about the impact of COVID-19 on Athabasca University students and where you can find the latest information in regards to the pandemic. Athabasca University has a dedicated page with information at https://news.athabascau.ca/announcements/information-on-covid-19 and you can see common …
 
AUSU sits down with AUSU councillor Captain Josh Ryan about how he fits his studies into his busy life that includes a career as a civil servant, a commanding officer in the Canadian Reserves, and still making time for his family. Intro music by Kevin MacLean (incompetech.com) licensed under Creative Commons 3.0. Starring: AUSU Councillor Josh Ryan…
 
AUSU executive councillors come together to chat about the AUSU Open Mic pilot project and share what their favourite episodes were and what they are looking forward to in our podcast's future. They also share what they think AUSU Open Mic has brought to their organization, and how giving an actual voice to AUSU has made their organization better. …
 
Current AUSU student councillor Brandon Simmons and AUSU staff give an overview of how easy it is to vote in the AUSU student council election happening right now! Check your email and cast your ballot - AUSU impacts your experience as a distance education student at AU, no matter where you study from or how engaged you are. The group also discusse…
 
AUSU chats with AU student councillors Brandon Simmons and Natasha Donahue about the benefits of sitting on AUSU's student council and how easy it is to get involved. Student leadership starts with nominating yourself to run in the AUSU election! AU undergraduate students can run for council no matter where they live, and nominations are open until…
 
AUSU chats with two Athabasca University students to discuss the barriers that face indigenous students when going to university - and some of the ways distance education can help reduce those barriers. Starring: Alicia Gordon, AUSU VP External Natasha Donahue and AUSU Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek. Intro music by Kevin MacLe…
 
AUSU hands out some tips to maintain both your mental health and your GPA during the holiday season, as well as sharing some of our student councillors' favourite Christmas traditions, movies, and carols. Starring: AUSU President Brandon Simmons, AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue, and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell. Intro …
 
AUSU chats with fellow students Cole Baker and Natasha Donahue about mental health and tips for taking care of yourself while studying. Starring: SAMU (Students' Association of MacEwan University) VP External Cole Baker, AUSU VP External Natasha Donahue, and AUSU Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek. Intro music by Kevin MacLeod (in…
 
The Government of Alberta has announced lots of changes coming for all Alberta universities and colleges, including Athabasca University through the provincial budget. Lots of these changes are going to impact your education, especially the cost of taking classes. Your VPEX Natasha Donahue and your Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtasz…
 
We chat with Edmonton-North West MLA and NDP Advanced Education critic David Eggen about getting a post-secondary education, what role the government plays in that, as well as what it is like teaching in Zimbabwe. Your VP External Natasha Donahue also compares how the jobs of being an MLA and a student representative are similar. Intro music by Kev…
 
In our largest podcast yet we talk to CASA's National Advocacy Director and our friends at AUGSA about the importance of voting and the campaign to encourage students to pledge to vote at getoutthevote.ca. We also hear from several students just like you on why they're casting a ballot on October 21. Intro music by Kevin MacLeod (incomeptech.com) l…
 
We meet our new Vice President Finance and Administration, Brittany Daigle, as she shares her experiences as a new executive councillor, the by-election that put her in office, and her recent visit to Alberta's Rocky Mountains. Starring Brittany Daigle and Jodi Campbell. Intro music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) licensed under Creative Commons…
 
Four of your AUSU councillors stop by the office to share what got them involved in their students' union, and ultimately what made them decide to put their names on a ballot and be elected to represent AU students. Starring Jodi Campbell, Lisa Oracheski, Mark Teeninga, Josh Ryan, and Darcie Fleming. Intro music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) l…
 
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