AUSU Open Mic is a free podcast for Athabasca University students, with episodes on a range of topics such as interviews, services, resources, advocacy, tips for students, and more.
Open Mic is also available for free on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Pocket Casts (search “AUSU Podcast”), as well as featured on VoicEd, the 24/7 internet radio station all about education.
Episode 12: Get Out The Vote
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.
Starring: President Brandon Simmons, VPEX Natasha Donahue, CASA National Advocacy Director Emma Walsh, AUGSA VP External Mary-Anne Parker, Executive Director Jodi Campbell, Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek.
Episode 11: A Great Chat with Two AU Students
Two AU students – your VPEX Natasha Donahue and Ryan Morstad, a visiting student – have a great conversation about transferring credit to and from other institutions as well as getting Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition.
Starring: VPEX Natasha Donahue and Ryan Morstad.
Episode 10: Meet Your VPFA, a Black Bear, and the Alberta Rockies
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: VPFA Brittany Daigle and Executive Director Jodi Campbell.
Episode 9: AUSU’s 27th Birthday and Summer Study Tips
Our executive team discuss AUSU’s recent birthday as well as some great summer study tips. Plus get an Athabasca University history lesson from your VPEX.
Starring: President Brandon Simmons, VPEX Natasha Donahue, VPFA Brittany Daigle, and Executive Director Jodi Campbell.
Episode 8: Why four AUSU councillors connected with their Students’ Union
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 to be elected to represent AU students.
Starring: Councillor Lisa Oracheski, Councillor Mark Teeninga, Councillor Josh Ryan, and Councillor Darcie Fleming, and Executive Director Jodi Campbell.
Episode 7: Our AUSU President is going to Ottawa
AUSU chats about the federal government and its impact on Athabasca University students with Adam Brown, Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations and VP External at the University of Alberta Students’ Union.
Starring: President Brandon Simmons, CASA chair Adam Brown, and Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek
Episode 6: How Your G&A Coordinator Works for You
The newest AUSU staff member talks about governance, advocacy, Vietnam, and hockey with our Executive Director.
Starring: Executive Director Jodi Campbell and Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek
Episode 5: Time Travel 201 with AUSU Execs
Your AUSU execs all get together to explore student representation, advocacy, and the intricacies of time travel, among other topics.
Starring: President Brandon Simmons, VPEX Melinda Goertz, VPFA Natasha Donahue, and Executive Director Jodi Campbell
Episode 4: Meet your VPFA! Space, Process, and Northern Lights
Join Vice President of Finance and Administration Natasha Donahue and Executive Director Jodi Campbell as they discuss the role of the AUSU VPFA, what it’s like to be an executive, and where a space-fan goes to watch the Aurora Borealis!
Starring: VPFA Natasha Donahue and Executive Director Jodi Campbell
Episode 3: From Punk Rocker to Cowboy
Join AUSU staff as they interview AUSU’s President Brandon Simmons about balancing his work, life, and school!
Starring: President Brandon Simmons, Executive Director Jodi Campbell, and Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Emmanauel Barker
Episode 2: What Does AUSU Do for You?
Join the AUSU staff team as they discuss what AUSU has to offer its members!
Starring: Executive Director Jodi Campbell, Communications & Member Services Coordinator Donette Kingyens, and Governance & Advocacy Coordinator Emmanauel Barker
Episode 1: Podcast Launch
Join the AUSU executive team while they introduce the first episode of AUSU Open Mic on location at the 2019 executive retreat. The team discusses officially naming the podcast, their favourite classes, and tips for balancing life, work, and studies at AU.
Starring: President Brandon Simmons, VPEX Melinda Goertz, and Executive Director Jodi Campbell