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August 2016 Newsletter
This issue:
AU Budget
Council Meeting
Voice Committee
Student Spotlight
Student Connection
Relationship Help
Introducing the
Joint Council / Voice Action Plan Committee
AUSU just formed an ad hoc committee to create an action plan for improving The Voice Magazine and increasing readership. You can read the terms of reference for the committee online here

A call for AUSU members at large to apply for the committee seats was put out in June. We are pleased to welcome members Bonita Arbeau, Lyle Harvey, Carla Knipe, Alex Pappas, and Lisa Sinclair to the committee. 

The committee will also consist of the Voice Editor in Chief/Executive Director Sarah Cornett, Voice Editor Karl Low, and AUSU Councillor Scott Jacobsen. The committee work will begin immediately to start preparing a report to council for The Voice action plan. If you have any questions, please email 
Student Spotlight - Shawn Stanley
AU student Shawn Stanley recently won an AUSU Academic Achievement Award! Congratulations on your accomplishment, Shawn!

“I started taking AU courses in 2004 while serving in the Canadian Army. Since then I’ve completed a marketing diploma from College of the Rockies (Cranbrook, BC), and am now almost done my business degree with AU. Last year I was on one of AU’s Corporate Governance Business Case Competition teams, my team won 3rd place and $2000.  I recently started a new job selling industrial ventilation, filtration, and conveying systems in the Vancouver, BC area. The courses I’ve taken with AU have helped me gain many valuable perspectives – I’ll never look at the world the same again.” - Shawn Stanley
Want to Connect with Other AU Students? 

Want to connect with other AU students in your courses? Download the AU Mobile App (FREE courtesy of AUSU) and add your courses to your schedule, which will then let you chat with other students in your class that are on the app! 

How to add your courses and join your classroom chat: 
- On the main page, click on the "Courses" tile and search for your course
- Open the course and click "Classes" in the top bar 
- Enter a semester, start date & time (just enter anything here)
- Click the blue checkmark (top right)
- Go to the "Chat" section and look for your course under "Groups" 
- Chat with your classmates! 

You can also go the campus wall and chat with the campus community at large! 

Student Lifeline - Relationships
Healthy, fulfilling relationships are essential to well-being and happiness in all phases of life. Almost everyone struggles with relationships form time to time. Maybe you’ve moved away, you’re leading a busy life, and you’re struggling to stay in touch with friends. Or maybe you’d like to make new friends, meet a life partner, or resolve conflicts with your family or coworkers. The Student LifeLine can support you with tips and strategies to help you build, nurture, and sustain quality relationships. 

Contact Student LifeLine any time, 24/7 at 1-800-567-2255 (TTY:1-877-371-9978) to speak with a caring consultant for expert advice.  

You can also log in any time to (username: AUSU, password: wellness) to access a wealth of helpful articles and tools, including:
Whether you’re looking for strategies to expand your circle of friends, get along better with family, or strengthen an existing relationship, Student LifeLine is here to help.

The Student Lifeline Program is provided FREE to AUSU members!

Student Lifeline is not just for stress - you can access help and support 24/7 for any issues, from health, wellness, work, life, money, school, community referrals, and more!

Athabasca University Budget 2016/2017
Athabasca University just posted a message to students about the 2016/17 AU budget. AU's financial difficulties are no secret with a $3.3 million dollar deficit budget, but the message from the Interim AU President, Peter MacKinnon, ends on a positive note, stating "Our challenges are serious and immediate, but I am confident that they will be met. I know AU has the full support of government, our students and our community. Together, we will see our way through this difficult time and put the university on course toward a bright future." Read the full story online here

The Alberta Minister of Advanced Education has also expressed that "the government is committed to Athabasca University". You can read up on this in The Voice Magazine here!  
AUSU Council Meeting

The next AUSU council meeting is Tuesday, August 9 @ 5:30pm MT. 

Meetings are held by teleconference and all members are welcome! The agenda will be posted online here at least 3 days prior to the meeting.

Email if you would like the complete meeting package. 

Catch up on AUSU News
Wonder what AUSU has been up to over the past year? Want the latest info on our initiatives, services, advocacy efforts and goals? 

Visit to check out:

Health Plan Bursary - AUSU will be rolling out a new Health Plan Bursary soon to help students in financial need pay for health and dental plans. Stay tuned for more details! 

Vision Care Discount - AUSU will be bringing deals on eyewear to our membership soon - stay tuned for details! 
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