September 2017 Newsletter

Connected magazine 2017_NEWS

Connected magazine is here!

Your copy of Connected magazine is on its way but if you just can’t wait until then, you can click on over to our website to enjoy an online version. Grab a coffee, sit down, get comfy, and take in a few of the great articles from this edition; the raging debate on the value of hockey statistics, how being Canadian has shaped two AU grad’s careers in the United States, and a snapshot of some of our students and alumni who study all over the world.

Knowledge without boundaries_NEWS

Calling all graduate students!

The 2017 Knowledge Without Boundaries research conference for graduate students, presented by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies and Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association, is an excellent opportunity for students to present and share research. This year’s conference will take place entirely online on October 28. If you would like to submit an abstract, there is still time – deadline has been extended to October 1.

Beer Event_NEWS

We came, we saw, we tasted!

A big thank you to all of our AU students, alumni, and friends that attended the Art, Science, and Business of Craft Beer event held earlier in September – it was a great success and a little different than most of our events. Those in attendance were treated to some fascinating facts about beer:

  • Zymurgy = the art + science of beer making;
  • 3 years ago there were just 12 brewery’s in Alberta, today we are currently closing in on 60;
  • There are some health benefits to drinking beer, yes beer!

How fortunate we are to have such diverse and talented professors that can speak not only to humanities and social sciences, chemistry, and organization analysis, but also to the subtle art of craft beer.

If you would like to learn more facts about beer (and its alleged health benefits), you can watch the recorded event on our Facebook page.

And of course, thank you to our resident in-house experts who sure know a lot about beer.
Dr. Jason Foster | Dr. Dietmar Kennepohl | Dr. Kai Lamertz

National Student Paper Competition_NEWS

National Student Paper Competition for MBA & DBA students  

The fifth annual National Student Paper competition is now open and we want YOU to participate! This is a great opportunity for students to contribute new, innovative ideas and to be heard by leaders in senior levels of public service.

Papers must be 1,500 words, can be co-authored, and can be new or adapted from previous original coursework. Papers must be submitted to the competition coordinator, Dr. Alex Kondra, MBA Program Director and Associate Professor, Organizational Theory, by November 13, 2017.

Further details can be found on our website.

Dr. Helen Lam_NEWS

Congratulations Dr. Helen Lam

Dr. Helen Lam’s paper “Social media dilemmas in the employment context” published in Employee Relations (Volume 38, Issue 3, pp. 420-437) has received a 2017 Award for Excellence as a Highly Commended paper by Emerald Group Publishing’s Literati Network. Read more about Helen’s prestigious award here.

NABI Business Start-up Series_NEWS

Starting a business? Let NABI help you get started! 

Learn from service providers, business professionals and business owners who are committed to supporting new business growth. Gain valuable insights, information, and perspectives to help you move forward, and in the right direction. Get to know some of the important organizations in the community who can help you on your path to success!

This series explores:
October 10 – Exploring Ideas and Business Opportunities
October 11 – Know Your Place on the Landscape
October 12 – Understanding Your Market
October 13 – Financing, Growing and Your NEXT Steps!

Register today!


Business Technology Management 

BTM TalentMash Alberta is designed for students and recent grads to learn more about BTM programs, to attend industry presentations and panels, participate in hands-on workshops, and opportunities to connect with employers. For more information and to register, click here.


Want to learn more about our programs? Want to connect with your fellow students and alumni? Join us at one of our upcoming events!

Online Information Sessions
Undergraduate Information Session – October 2 at 5 pm (MST)
Leadership and Management Development (LMD) Information Session – October 10 at 10 am (MST)
Manufacturing Management (MMC) Information Session – October 10 at 5 pm (MST)
MBA for executives Information Session – October 11 at 10 am (MST)
MBA in Hockey Management Information Session – October 19 at 10 am (MST)

In-Person Information Sessions & Events
MBA Information Sessions
All in-person events are listed in local time.
Kelowna: Grand Okanagan Resort, September 28 at noon
Mississauga: Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, September 28 at 5:30
Winnipeg: Inn at the Forks, October 12 at noon

Student & Alumni Events
Kelowna: Oak + Cru Social Kitchen and Wine Bar, Faculty of Business student & alumni mixer, September 28 at 5 pm
Edmonton: Central Social Hall, Faculty of Business student & alumni mixer, October 12 at 5 pm
BTM Talent Mash: University of Alberta, Tory Lecture Hall, October 21 at 9:30 am

We are always looking for student and alumni volunteers to speak about our programs at our information sessions & various events. If you would like to be involved, please email Shannon Larose at, we would love to have you join us!

For additional events and information please visit our events page

Class Notes

Class Notes

Congratulations to everyone in the AU community who has accomplished something great this month. To read the most recent class notes and find out what your peers have been up to, click here.

What’s new with you? New job, presenting at a conference, published a paper, wrote a book, had a baby? We would love to hear from you – send us your updates so we can share them with the AU community!

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