2019-03-07 March EC Email Promo ImageHi Everyone,

As we approach another Midterm, I hope you are all finding your classes to be inspirational, informative, and fun.

My name is Fiona, I am the Director of Advocacy and Representation at AUArts Students’ Association (AUArts SA). I wanted to reach out to you at this time to share a little information about midterms, the first bi-annual AUArts SA student open forums, as well as the rapidly approaching Students’ Association annual elections.

AUArts SA annual elections are coming up fast and we invite all students to get involved!

Everything you need to know about the AUArts SA elections can be found at www.auarts-sa.ca/elections/, but please email me if you have any questions.

A second round of nominations has begun for those positions that have not received any candidates:

  • Executive Committee (EC)
    • President
    • VP Student Life
  • Student Leadership Council (SLC)
    • Ceramics Representative
    • Fibre Representative
    • Glass Representative
    • Jewelry + Metals Representative
    • Media Arts + Digital Technologies Representative
    • BFA General Studies Representative
    • (2) First Year Studies Representative
    • International Students Representative
    • Advertising Representative
    • Illustration Representative
    • Photography Representative
    • Drawing Representative
    • Painting Representative
    • Sculpture Representative
  • Other Representatives
    • General Faculties Council (GFC) Student Representative

The deadline for the second round of candidate nominations is Monday, March 11 by 2:00pm. The election nomination package can be found at www.auarts-sa.ca/elections/ or at the Students’ Association Office. You will have the chance to meet all the candidates on March 18 at 1pm. Voting days are March 20th and 21st from 8:00am – 5:00pm in the main mall (follow your nose to the popcorn and voting stations *voting is not required to enjoy our popcorn but please do vote).

AUArts SA is your official voice on campus and we want to advocate for ALL students! Please join us at one of our student open forums to share with us your concerns, your wants and your wildest wishes for life at AUArts. Help us advocate for YOU.

Student Forum dates and times:

March 18th @ 1pm: VCD room #450

March 20th @ 1pm: INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS room #520

March 21st @ 1pm: VISUAL ARTS room #520

March 28th @ 1pm: CRAFT AND EMERGING MEDIA room #520

Midterms are an opportunity for you to consider your AUArts career and advocate for yourself. It is also the time and an opportunity for you to work WITH your instructors to help you get the most out of each class.

By March 8th, you should have received from your instructor a written reflection of your midterm grade. If this grade is not what you were expecting or you disagree with this grade, now is the time to discuss your grade and the class with your instructor. Often times, instructors have a system for midterm grades. For example, some instructors don’t believe in giving A’s at midterm. Some instructors believe this will encourage continued hard work or inspiration for the remainder of the term. Regardless of their reasoning, you need to know where you stand. If the grade is not what you were hoping for, you also need to know specifically why, and what you can and should achieve, in order to improve your grade. Expectations should be made very clear for both you and your instructor. If you are left with concerns of meeting the instructor’s expectations, you can arrange a future date to review. Be sure this future date leaves you with enough time for further work. Once you have completed this process, you must then be willing to DO THE WORK!

Mid term grade deadline- March 8th. Last day to withdraw without a grade penalty March 15th.

ACAD Polices and Procedures Link >>> www.acad.ca/about-acad/governance/policies-and-procedures

Trust that your instructor will be happy for you to take this initiative.

They want you to succeed! It means you have both succeeded.

I hope this information is helpful and reduces the stress of waiting for grades. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage students to use Spring classes as a tool to lighten their academic load during the Fall and Winter Semesters, to assist with life balance and to spend more time in the studios.

If you are experiencing overwhelming stress, or academic difficulties, there are resources to help you!

Meet with an Academic Advisor to chat about options – registrar@acad.ca

SUCCESS STRATEGIES Wednesdays 1-2 Main Mall

DROP-IN ACADEMIC ADVISING Weekdays 1-3 Registrar’s Office

For academic support: www.acad.ca/current-students/get-support/academic-support

For Counselling: www.acad.ca/current-students/get-support/counselling-services

AUArts SA Health + Dental Plan members have access to Empower Me, a mental health and wellness service that offers confidential and accessible support in multiple languages. Call 1 844 741-6389 to connect with trained counsellors, consultants, and life coaches 24/7, 365 days/year for a variety of issues. There is also an app available! For more information: www.studentcare.ca/rte/en/AlbertaCollegeofArtDesignACADSA_EmpowerMe_EmpowerMe

Please get in touch with us: you can find information about AUArts SA, our staff and committee members at www.auarts-sa.ca/about. Get to know our team! Say hello to us in the halls and we will do the same. Stay up to date on what is happening at the Students’ Association, check out News and Events on our website  (www.auarts-sa.ca / www.acadsa.ca) and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @AUArts.SA.

I hope to see you all soon at the forums and the elections.


Fiona Couillard
Director of Advocacy and Representation
Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association



Upcoming AUArts Students’ Association Events and Deadlines

Elections Schedule

Second Nomination Period: Election package/nominations due March 11  no later than 2:00pm
Candidate Forum / Meet & Greet March 18 at 1:00pm
Voting Days March 20-21
Winners announced March 22
Last day to inquire for ballot recount March 27

For more elections information visit www.acadsa.ca/elections

Healthy Habits Prize Pack – February/March 2019
Hey AUArts Students, don’t forget to enter our February Giveaway! Enter our Healthy Habits draw for a chance to win items to help you be proactive in taking charge of your health and wellbeing! It could be a great Valentine’s gift for yourself! Find out how you can enter at www.acadsa.ca/healthy-habits Giveaway winner will be drawn Wednesday, March 13th. Good luck!

Let’s Make Your Resume Work For You! (Workshop)
Need help fine tuning your CV and/or resume in time for summer job applications?
Geraldine Ysselstein, Arts Leadership Director from the Rozsa Foundation, will be on campus to help you out! In this one-on-one session on March 14, students will bring a draft of their most recent CV and/or resume and will leave with strategies and resources to aid in their upcoming applications. This workshop is open to all AUArts students but space is limited. Students are able to sign up for a 15-minute time slots. To reserve your spot, register online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054fa5a722a2f49-lets

Spring 2019 Show + Sale
Check out what your fellow students have created during the school year at the bi-annual Show + Sale presented by the Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association – AUArts SA. This unique public art market invites you to view and purchase over 3000 pieces of handmade works. The event takes place March 28-30. The First Night Fundraiser is a $25 ticketed event, and the Show + Sale continues March 29 & 30 with entrance by donation at the door. For more information visit www.auarts-sa.ca/show-sale

Stay up to date on what is happening at the AUArts Students’ Association, please check out our website at  www.auarts-sa.ca / www.acadsa.ca and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @AUArts.SA.