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June 2016 Newsletter 
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In-Person Meeting
We're Listening!
Services Survey
Edmonton Meetup
CASA Conference
2016 Convocation
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AUSU values the opinions of our members!

Please fill out our services survey to provide AUSU with valuable feedback. We want to know how we can best serve you, our members, and make sure you have a positive experience with AUSU and as a student at Athabasca University! 

Over $500 in prizes will be given away to members who fill out our survey! Prizes include gift cards to a store of the winners' choosing (2X $100, 4 X $50, 4 X $25) and some great AUSU swag! 

The survey will only take 8-10 minutes to complete. All of your answers are completely confidential. AUSU will make note of your responses to ensure we are finding the best ways to serve our members! If you have any questions, email or call 1-855-497-7003.
Take the AUSU services survey online here!

Please note, the survey will ask for your AU student ID number to enter the prize draw, but this is completely optional. However, in order to receive a prize, you must provide your ID number and be an active AUSU member. Your survey answers will remain completely anonymous and will not be connected to your identity. Only AUSU staff will have access to the ID numbers and members list for prize qualification purposes only. If you have any questions about this, please contact AUSU at

The deadline to fill out the survey is Monday, June 20, 2016. 

Meet up with AUSU Students in Edmonton! 
AUSU Council will be convening in Edmonton this month for an in-person council retreat. With  most of council all in one place, this is a great opportunity to meet with a bunch of other AU students! One June 24, stop by the AUSU office to say hi and get some free refreshments and swag!

Date: Friday, June 24

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm MDT

Place: AUSU Office, 500 Energy Square
          10109 106 Street, Edmonton
AUSU Executives Return from CASA Conference
Our AUSU President Shawna Wasylyshyn and VP External Brandon Simmons recently returned from Ottawa from a Canadian Alliance of Students' Associations (CASA) Foundations Conference. 

The Foundations Conference gathers newly-elected student leaders from across Canada to receive training on advocacy and discuss issues related to post-secondary education. The conference enabled CASA members to identify and discuss potential advocacy focuses for the year, such as student wellness, experiential learning, as well as social and economic barriers to post-secondary education. There were also featured guest speakers from the Assembly of First Nations, Canada Student Loans Program, and Say no More.  These were great opportunities to discuss issues that affect students across Canada!

We are pleased to announce that during the conference, our executives were elected to the following seats on the CASA board and committees: 

President Shawna Wasylyshyn   -  CASA Federal Policy Committee
VP External Brandon Simmons  -  CASA Treasurer for the Board of Directors
VP Finance Kim Newsome         -  CASA Trades and Technology Committee

This will allow AUSU to play a significant role in CASA during the year, and ensure that the needs of our members are taken into consideration.  CASA has had a lot of influence on the government, as can be seen in the most recent election and budget. We look forward to the wonderful work this year holds!

For more information about the CASA conference, contact
AU Convocation 2016 

The 2016 Convocation is just around the corner on June 9-11, 2016.

AUSU would like to offer congratulations to all of our members who are graduating. Thank you for showing all AU undergraduates what is possible! 

If you are attending convocation in person, we hope you enjoy the hot lunch sponsored by AUSU! Also, make sure to stop by the AUSU booth to say hi and pick up some free gifts courtesy of your Students' Union!  We will be right inside the main hall during convocation. 

Also, the Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt, will be attending the ceremonies on Thursday, June 9 to bring greetings on behalf of the Government of Alberta! 

Who's Graduating? 

So far AU has confirmations from over 440 graduates that are attending convocation, as well as over 1,500 expected guests! 

The AU convocation is an exciting and beautiful event! Tune in to watch the ceremonies live-streaming every day (June 9 - 11) from 12pm MDT online here

Join the Buzz! 

Use the hashtag #AUGrad16 on Twitter and Instagram to interact with fellow grads! Upload your own #AUGrad16 pics from wherever you are, tell everyone what you’re doing to celebrate, and congratulate your fellow grads!

Grad Photos and Memorabilia

Want an Athabasca University Ring or Tag? Order online from Jostens here

Want to get your grad photo taken during convocation? Book a sitting online here

Want an official AU degree parchment frame? Order online here or visit the AU Store Booth for frames, clothes, and more during convocation! 

Want a cute little plush AUSU grad bear decked out in grad apparel? Visit the AUSU Booth!  The AUSU Grad Bears sell for only $10 and come in black, brown and white with black grad 'gowns' and tasseled caps! 

Quick Links to help you navigate convocation! 
More Info

The AU convocation is always a fun event, and a great chance for students to see their university in person and meet the people "behind the scenes". To get a glimpse of what convocation is like, check out this article about the 2015 convocation in The Voice Magazine! 
Come to an In-Person Council Meeting in Edmonton! 

AUSU council is coming together for an in-person council retreat at the end of June, with lots of plans for strategic planning and goal setting.  

All  members are welcome to attend the official AUSU council meeting on June  either in-person or by teleconference

Date:   Sunday, June 26

Time:  10:00am MDT.

Place: Room 207, Energy Square
             10109 106 Street

The agenda & teleconference info will be posted here at least 3 business days prior to the meeting. For more information just drop a line to
AUSU Council Meeting

The next AUSU Council meeting is Tuesday, June 14 at 4:30pm MDT.

Meetings are held by teleconference.
All members are welcome to attend!

The agenda & teleconference info will be posted here at least 3 business days prior to the meeting.

For the complete package or for more info just email

We Want to Hear from You!

AUSU wants to continue to improve our communications with our members.

So, we want to know what you want to hear about, and how best to reach you. Help us understand how we can be a truly valued resource for you! 

Send your suggestions to Brandon Simmons, the AUSU VP External and Student Affairs, at vpex@ausu.orgor feel free to call or text (780) 668-2952.

Fort McMurray Support - AU recently announced 2 new bursaries to support students afffected by natural disasters. Read the full story on this here.

May Awards Recipients - The AUSU Awards Committee has been hard at work reviewing the 200+ award applications we received for our May 1 awards deadline. The Committee will be meeting on Friday, June 3 to decide on the recipients. AUSU will be notifying all applicants of the decisions in the coming week. Good luck to the applicants! 
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