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AU Graduate Students

I hope this message finds you safe and well. In my final message as AUGSA President, I would like to start by giving a warm welcome to incoming President Mary-Anne Parker and her Executive team who will be joining AUGSA starting May 1st. AUGSA is an amazing organization that advocates for and provides services to AU Graduate Students. I encourage everyone to become more involved with AUGSA and together, continue to celebrate the successes AUGSA sets out to achieve.

Over the past few weeks AUGSA has been rising to the challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic. AUGSA’s business has shifted to fully virtual operations, with a pause to any travel arrangements. Our focus has been, and will continue to be, ensuring our members have the support they need through these difficult times. Our response team is currently working on implementing support measures to help any members affected by the pandemic. AUGSA will provide updates as they become available. If there are ways you feel AUGSA can provide additional support in response to the pandemic crisis, please let us know.

I believe it is also important to note that with all that is happening right now, we should be very proud as students attending Athabasca University (AU). The University has shown great flexibility and agility in response to these unprecedented times. This is yet another moment at AU where I have been able to reflect on my own graduate journey and be thankful for the opportunity of an advanced education at AU.

Please take care and stay safe during the month of April. And, as always, I wish you continued success in your academic journeys.

Meaghan Sullivan

AUGSA President

Eportfolio joint survey

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and AUGSA want your input to help understand how eportfolios might be implemented into your graduate student experience. Please take 2 minutes and complete the survey of just 6 questions by clicking below
Eportfolio Survey
You have questions, AU has answers. Follow the link for the most up to the minute information regarding Covid-19 as it relates to Athabasca University Students.
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Council Executive for 2020

President: Mary-Anne Parker

Vice President Academic: Judd Asoyuf

Vice President External: Crys Vincent

Vice President Operations and Finance: Ashley Ravenscroft

Faculty of Health Council Representative Candidates (2 positions)

All other positions have been acclaimed.

Julia Cornester

Julia Cornester is a registered nurse and extraordinary mini-van driver. Most days she can be found behind the wheel, getting her three fantastic children to all their activities while completing her master’s degree in five minute increments. She is an active volunteer with her children’s school, Girl Guides of Canada, and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. Julia sits as a chair or member on several organizational boards and community groups. Her real love is chicken souvlaki, but she definitely married the right man, who is the behind the scenes genius, and whose love and support allow Julia to lead the life she cherishes. She hopes her children are proud of the choices she makes.

Christopher Hill

My name is Christopher Hill, I am a retired Ordained Minister who served as a Canadian Army Chaplain who considers himself a career student. I’ve served throughout Canada from East to West, up North on Ellesmere Island and Afghanistan. I am married with four beautiful children and three loving grandchildren with another on the way this summer. I have applied to the Faculty of Health Disciplines for entrance in the Master of Counselling program. I have a passion for counselling ever since I worked as a Paramedic to pay for my university studies to become a Cleric. Whilst a Chaplain in the army, I realized that there were not enough counsellors both in and out of the military for the amount of patience in need.

Lindsay McNena

I’m Lindsay McNena, and I’m hoping to be an FOHD Representative. As a Master of Counselling program student, I’m interested in youth resiliency through traumatic events and helping rebuild skills and coping strategies successfully. I completed an AU BA, graduating with distinction in English/Psychology, 2013.

Career wise I’m al leader with at-risk youth in an assessment centre, which I enjoy immensely. As a faculty representative, I value opportunities to communicate with graduate students, ensure concerns are heard by council, and fully engage in the student government process. I have served as Faculty of Health representative twice, Vice President External and President of AUGSA.

Executive Director Announcement

AUGSA’s Executive Director, Ross Tyson is retiring effective May 31st, 2020.

  We want to express our appreciation to Ross, recognizing everything he has done for AUGSA over the past 6 years. Ross has truly played an integral role at the heart of AUGSA’s operations, bridging our Council and Executive leadership teams year over year and providing mentorship support filled with the historical knowledge of our organization. While we at AUGSA and the AU community will miss him dearly, we are also just so thrilled for Ross in achieving such a significant milestone.

Please welcome Meaghan Sullivan to AUGSA as the incoming Executive Director. Meaghan served AUGSA as President in 2019. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position and will add incredible value and insight to the AUGSA team. Meaghan’s detailed biography will be posted at shortly.

Job Postings for Grad Students at AU


Summer Student Research Assistant (Casual - up to 10 hours/week)

Follow the link below for detailed job postings and application information

Job Postings at AU

AU/AUGSA Graduate Student Research Conference Call for Volunteers:

The GSRC Abstract Committee needs your help. If you would like to serve on the Abstract Committee, or want to help in another way as a volunteer, please contact

Dear AU Graduate Student

The Faculty of Graduate Studies, in conjunction with the graduate programs and AUGSA, are pleased to provide an opportunity for graduate students of all disciplines to join us in an interactive online get together every Friday at 1 pm MST to connect, share, and learn.

Studies done at the university such as the Graduate Journey Map and work with our students and AUGSA have emphasized the importance of community to AU graduate students. Creating communities is also a significant part of the Imagine plan, and our institutional goals. The recent developments due to the COVID-19 pandemic have created a sense of urgency as the lives of many of our graduate students have quickly changed. We want our graduate students to know that as a community we need to connect and help each other through this disruptive time.

We have a number of ideas for the graduate lounge, including integrating some of our regular webinars and creating new opportunities to learn and connect, but we also want to create space and time to hear from you and use your input to guide our sessions.

Our first session will be this Friday, April 3 at 1 pm.

Adobe Connect link: