AUSU Podcast

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.  

Available for free on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Pocket Casts (search “AUSU Podcast”), as well as featured on VoicEd.

Episodes

Episode 33: AU Students Talk Study Tips

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 Natasha Donahue, VP External and Student Affairs Stacey Hutchings, VP Finance and Administration Monique Durette, and Executive Director Jodi Campbell

Episode 32: Exploring Graduate Studies at Athabasca University

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. In our latest podcast episode, we chat with AUGSA President Mary-Anne Parker and AUGSA Executive Director Meaghan Sullivan about AUGSA and what is in store for AU grad students in the coming year.

Starring: AUGSA President Mary-Anne Parker, AUGSA Executive Director Meaghan Sullivan, and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell

Episode 31: Big Student Events for 2020 – AU Convocation and 50th Anniversary!

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 the institution’s 50th anniversary and the 2020 student convocation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starring: Athabasca University Associate VP of Marketing and Communications Carole Stevenson-Roy, Athabasca University Director of Development and Alumni Engagement Leslie Bergin, and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 30: The Impact of COVID-19 on AU Students

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

Starring: AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Stacey Hutchings, Executive Director Jodi Campbell, and Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek.

Episode 29: Q & A with the AU Info Centre

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 is communicating with students.

Starring: AU Information Centre Coordinator Carla Yeaman and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 28: The Voice Magazine – Telling AU Stories since 1998!

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 The Voice at [email protected] to get started on their own writing career.

Starring: The Voice Managing Editor Karl Low, The Voice Writer Brittany Daigle, and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 27: Meet Fellow AU Students – Natasha, Stacey, and Monique

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 Natasha, Stacey, and Monique share their lives as AU students.

Starring: AUSU President Natasha Donahue, Vice-President External and Student Affairs Stacey Hutchings, Vice-President Finance and Administration Monique Durette, and Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 26: Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries from Your AUSU!

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 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 about the awards and bursaries including the process to apply and how important this program is to AUSU, as well as other ways to find student funding.

Starring: AUSU President Natasha Donahue, AUSU Communications and Member Services Coordinator Donette Kingyens, and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 25: We Asked…He Answered…AU Uncovered!

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. This podcast is jam-packed with the top questions students have about studying at AU with answers coming directly from the source. Richard doesn’t disappoint in this exclusive interview for AU students.

Starring: Athabasca University Registrar Richard MacLeod and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 24: COVID-19 and Athabasca University

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 here and you can see common questions and answers and supports available on COVID-19 here.

Starring: AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 23: Canadian Military Captain, Joshua Ryan Shares His AU Experience

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.

Starring: AUSU Councillor Joshua Ryan and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 22: One Year of AUSU Open Mic – A Look Back

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.

Starring: AUSU President Brandon Simmons, AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue, AUSU VP Finance and Administration Brittany Daigle, and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 21: We Want AU Students to Vote!

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 discusses how important your vote is to AUSU and makes your students’ union better and more responsive to student needs. 

Starring: AUSU President Brandon Simmons, Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek, and Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 20: Take Your AU Experience to the Next Level – AUSU Student Elections

AU student councillors Brandon Simmons and Natasha Donahue chat 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 February 7, 2020. 

Starring: AUSU President Brandon Simmons, AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue, and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 19: Breaking Down Barriers for Indigenous Students

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 make post-secondary education more accessible for our indigenous communities.

Starring: AU student Alisha Gordon, AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue, and AUSU Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek.

Episode 18: The AUSU Holiday Special

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.

Episode 17: How Students are Making Mental Health a Priority

AUSU chats with fellow students Cole Baker and Natasha Donahue about mental health and tips for taking care of yourself while studying.

Starring: Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) VP External Cole Baker, AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue, and AUSU Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek.

Episode 16: The Alberta Budget and Why It Matters to AU Students

The Government of Alberta has announced major changes to the Alberta provincial budget, which will affect all Alberta universities and colleges, including Athabasca University. In our latest podcast episode, AUSU breaks down the coming changes, such as impacts to your education and the cost of being a student.

Starring: AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue, AUSU Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek, and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 15: Spooky Students Halloween Special

What’s the scariest story you’ve ever had as a student? A nightmare? A horror film? AUSU explores the spookier side of being a student with guest Beth Richardson.

Starring: Beth Richardson, AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue, and Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 14: Talking AU with MLA David Eggen

AUSU chats 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. AUSU VPEX Natasha Donahue also compares how the jobs of being an MLA and a student representative are similar.

Starring: MLA & Advanced Education Critic David Eggen, AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue, and AUSU Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek

Episode 13: AUSU Interview with AU Sasky Kristine Williamson

AUSU chats with AU VP University Relations Kristine Williamson about what Athabasca University has going on, as well as things AU and AUSU are working together on. We also chat about what is great about growing up in Saskatchewan.

Starring: Athabasca University VP University Relations Kristine Williamson, AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue, and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 12: Get Out The Vote

In our largest podcast yet, AUSU talks 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: CASA National Advocacy Director Emma Walsh, AUGSA VP External Mary-Anne Parker, AUSU President Brandon Simmons, AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue, AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell, and AUSU Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek.

Episode 11: A Great Chat with Two AU Students

Two AU students – AUSU VPEX Natasha Donahue and visiting student Ryan Morstad – have a great conversation about transferring credit to and from other institutions as well as getting Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition.

Starring: AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue and AU student Ryan Morstad.

Episode 10: Meet Your VPFA, a Black Bear, and the Alberta Rockies

AUSU chats with 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: AUSU VP Finance and Administration Brittany Daigle and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 9: AUSU’s 27th Birthday and Summer Study Tips

The AUSU executive team discusses AUSU’s recent birthday as well as some great summer study tips. Plus, get an Athabasca University history lesson from your AUSU VPEX.

Starring: AUSU President Brandon Simmons, AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Natasha Donahue, AUSU VP Finance and Administration Brittany Daigle, and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell.

Episode 8: Why four AUSU councillors connected with their Students’ Union

Four of our AUSU councillors stop by the AUSU 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: AUSU Councillor Lisa Oracheski, AUSU Councillor Mark Teeninga, AUSU Councillor Josh Ryan, and AUSU Councillor Darcie Fleming, and AUSU 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 AUSU 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: AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell and AUSU Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek 

Episode 5: Time Travel 201 with AUSU Execs

The AUSU execs all get together to explore student representation, advocacy, and the intricacies of time travel, among other topics.

Starring: President Brandon Simmons, AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Melinda Goertz, VP Finance and Administration Natasha Donahue, and AUSU 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: AUSU VP Finance and Administration Natasha Donahue and AUSU 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: AUSU President Brandon Simmons, AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell, and AUSU 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: AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell, AUSU Communications & Member Services Coordinator Donette Kingyens, and AUSU 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: AUSU President Brandon Simmons, AUSU VP External and Student Affairs Melinda Goertz, and AUSU Executive Director Jodi Campbell