Convocation travel information
Free bus service from Edmonton

AUSU wants to make sure this year's graduating class has a fantastic convocation. To make this happen, we're providing free transportation via bus or limo service to take people from Edmonton to the Athabasca Multiplex each day of convocation 2014. This applies to those graduating from AU undergraduate programs, and their guests (some limits may apply).

We've also arranged hotel discounts in both Edmonton and Athabasca (for Athabasca, you must book early and pay a deposit. Rooms in Edmonton are much easier to book).

Plus, if you stay at the Edmonton hotel where our discounts apply, the bus/car will pick you up right out front, and drop you off at your hotel after the ceremonies.

This service is provided exclusively by AUSU, but grads in some faculties may already be eligible for free transportation. Check your program website or the dean's office to find out.

For more information, contact ausu@ausu.org as soon as possible. We'll also send you a tip sheet with more information about travelling to Edmonton, getting to and from the airport, etc.

Lynda.com free for AUSU Members!
New AUSU service
Lynda.com is the world's premier video training website, with more than 1,400 on-line courses taught by industry experts, and more added every week. Lynda.com is designed for all levels of learners and is available whenever you're ready to learn. You can even view it on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, or other mobile device, and the courses are highly accessible: they include closed captioning and text transcripts! AU students will especially benefit from training in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Those seeking career help will benefit from the business skills courses, which include career development advice such as how to do well in an interview, and strategies for job searches. Who is eligible? To qualify for the program you must be a current member of AUSU. Membership is included with all AU courses taken for credit (0-credit and audit courses are excluded, and no membership fees are collected for these courses). Membership begins on your course start date (you'll be added to our membership list about 2 weeks early) and ends when your final grade is posted, or your contract date arrives, whichever comes first. Log in to AUSU.org and visit the SERVICES section for the Lynda.com portal link!
Election 2014
Election and Referendum Results

The 2014 AUSU election is complete and here are the results*.

Jason Nixon - 118
Megan Daigneault - 85
Christine Villeneuve - 81
Kim Newsome - 78
Evan Schmidt - 73
Alexander Poulton - 65
Shawna Wasylyshyn - 63
Corrina Green - 60
Bonita Arbeau - 56
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Joe Gaetan - 55
Don Joseph Janzen - 54
Grace Wakatama - 49
Steven Heer - 40
Sakib Manjawala - 38
Laura Zhu - 36
Dezrine Tomlin Smith - 31
Shaunese Lawrence - 27
Shane Romualdi - 21

(*In the event of discrepancy between this posting and the CRO's report the latter shall prevail)

The top nine candidates shall form the new council. The councillors-elect will take office on April 1. The existing council will shortly hold an AGM to review last year's financials and their final progress report. Watch this space for the date and details.

The 2014 AUSU Health & Dental care referendum is now complete. AUSU is pleased to announce that our proposed health care plan has been approved by a large majority of voters.

The final vote was 274 vote for, vs 14 votes against for a better than 95% approval rate.

We will begin work with AU on the implementation of the plan, which will be in place by September when new tuition and fee rates take effect. As previously noted, no student will be required to enrol in the plan.

We thank you for taking the time to review the plan, ask us questions, and vote in the referendum.