Bleed blue! Awards and Milestones
Nursing professors take top honours for poster presentation
In June 2018, Professors Robert Catena and Heather MacLean from the Bachelor of Nursing program won first place in the Education category for their poster "Does Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice (RCDP) Support Student Nurse Learning During a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation High Fidelity Simulation?" at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning Conference, held in Toronto. Read more.
Altitude and pregnancy article selected for esteemed American Physiological Society collection
Department of Biology Professor Trevor Day, PhD, has been studying with colleagues the influence of altitude and physical activity during pregnancy above 3,700 metres. Their article titled, "Extreme Pregnancy: Maternal Physical Activity at Everest Base Camp," was selected for APSselect, a collection from the American Physiological Society showcasing some of the best recently published articles in physiological research. The article reports on a 28-year-old third-trimester pregnant native highlander (Sherpa), documenting her physical activity, sleep behavior and physiological measurements during an ascent from 3,440 metres to Everest base camp (~5,300 metres) over eight days in the Nepal Himalaya.
New associate vice-president hired for Human Resources
Message from Annalise Van Ham, vice-president, Finance and Administration
It is my sincere pleasure to introduce Mount Royal University’s new Associate Vice-President, Human Resources, Trika MacDonald.
MacDonald comes to Mount Royal from the University of Saskatchewan where she’s served as director of Integrated Human Resources since 2015. MacDonald has an MBA in Human Resource Management from Royal Roads University, and brings a blend of post-secondary, private sector and government experience and a track record of excellence over the past 26 years.
At the University of Calgary, MacDonald held the position of director of Staff Relations and Consulting Services. Following her service at U of C, she was recruited to join Walmart Canada, where she held senior-level roles including national director, Human Resource Employment Practices.
MacDonald’s progressive human resources career began close to home in 1992 with the Government of the Northwest Territories. She’s also worked in human resources-related roles at Parks Canada.
This announcement marks the culmination of a national search that was conducted with the assistance of Davies Park & Associates. Thank you to the selection committee members who participated in this process for their time and commitment:
- Tanya Caissie
- Evan Cortens
- Jeremy Duffin
- Elizabeth Evans
- Aaron LeBlanc
- Catharine Lindland
- Amy Nixon
- Marc Schroeder
- Baset Zarrug
- Andrea Hennel (resource)
A special thank you also to Tanya Caissie for her leadership as interim associate vice-president, Human Resources through this search process.
MacDonald’s first official day at MRU is July 16, 2018.
New director of the School of Nursing and Midwifery announced
Beginning July 1, Professor Paula Price will begin her term as the new director of Mount Royal's School of Nursing and Midwifery. During her 27 years at Mount Royal, Price has served as interim director for the school and as acting chair for the advanced specialty health studies department. She has also been an active scholar and teacher in the critical care nursing program and is the current editor for the Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing and the Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
Aboriginal Youth Award goes to Mount Royal student
For the second year in a row a Mount Royal student has been named the recipient of the City of Calgary's Aboriginal Youth Award. A member of the Siksika Nation, Wacy Little Light credited the support of his family, community and the Iniskim Centre at Mount Royal University for his success. Last year the award went to business student Latasha Calf Robe.
Science student takes second place at 101st Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition
Student Jordan Hofmeister recently won second place in the Graduate/Undergraduate Student Oral Competition category at the 101st Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, held by the Canadian Society for Chemistry from May 27 to 31. Hofmeister, a research assistant of chemistry professor Brett McCollum, PhD, presented on his study evaluating the experience of peer learners (similar to teaching assistants) in a flipped classroom environment relative to the criteria of the High Impact Practices of George Kuh. This inquiry was carried out as part of Hofmeister’s fourth-year independent research project.
Alumnus wins two prestigious graduate scholarships
Bachelor of Science ― Health Science (2017) grad Brandon Shokoples has won a Canadian Graduate Scholarship ― Master's Program worth $17,500 and the Lady Davis Institute/TD Studentship worth $10,000. Currently at McGill University as a graduate student in experimental medicine, during his time at MRU Shokoples engaged in undergraduate research with Professors Brett McCollum, PhD, and Carol Armstrong, PhD. He presented his research at the National Canadian Chemistry Conference in Toronto and the American Chemical Society Conference in San Francisco. Shokoples is the co-author of a publication on the International Network for Chemistry Language Development (DOI: 10.1039/C7RP00220C), and co-author of a second article that is currently under review. He also served as a peer leader for the peer-led team-learning environment McCollum facilitates, and appeared in the latest issue of Summit in the article “Alumni Gone Grad.”
Professor Lynn Moorman receives Influencer of the Year award
Updated June 12, 2018 — Professor Lynn Moorman, PhD, of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, received the Influencer of the Year award on June 7 at Tecterras's North51 Connect event in recognition of her accomplishments in the geospatial industry. Tecterra is a not-for-profit organization supporting job creation and innovation in start-ups and small Alberta companies, and the awards were part of an Inventures Canada “unconference” for creative minds.
Research on the effects of helicopter parenting shared
On May 23, Tom Buchanan, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, delivered his research, "Exploring the Impacts of Helicopter Parenting and Parental Contact on University Students in the United States: Well-Being, Drug Use, and Self-Efficacy," at the University of Colombo's Department of Sociology Lecture Series during his field school excursion to Sri Lanka. Buchanan also appeared in the fall/winter 2017 issue of Summit magazine as part of the feature story “Under Pressure,” which reports on the unique stressors today’s undergraduates find themselves under.
“Legislating Love” recognized
English professor Natalie Meisner’s (PhD) play, “Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story,” has been nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award in the categories of Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. A beloved Calgarian bus driver, Klippert was the last person in Canada to be tried and convicted under legislation allowing the jailing of homosexuals in 1965.
Alumna Roisin Dillon brings home top prize at Oxford University’s global competition
Mount Royal University’s nursing alumna (and former valedictorian) Roisin Dillon won the top prize at the prestigious Oxford Map the System Challenge at Oxford University over the weekend with a passionate submission and presentation highlighting possible solutions to the opioid crisis in Canada. Read more.
Bachelor of Nursing graduate publishes in undergraduate journal
Recent Bachelor of Nursing alumnus Josiah (Michael) De Los Santos, has published an article in a new interdisciplinary, undergraduate journal created through the University of Alberta called Spectrum. De Los Santos's article, titled "A Socio-ecological Framing of the Philippine Mental Health Act of 2017," evolved out of a major paper/final assignment for PhD Sonya Jakubec's spring/summer 2017 course on critical mental health promotion, NURS 4465: Supportive Environments for Mental Health.
Professor Steven Engler delivers keynote address at international conference on the study of religion
A recognized international leader in the theoretical aspects of the study of religion, Professor Steven Engler, PhD, recently gave the keynote address at the Second International Conference on Religion and Healing at Sogang University in South Korea. As an ongoing consultant for the research team behind the conference, Engler wrote a long context-paper, “Religion/Healing, Theory/Method,” which was published in the conference proceedings. It explored issues raised by the dialogue between religious/traditional healing systems and biomedicine/western medicine. His keynote, “Theorizing Healing in Umbanda,” drew on a Brazilian spirit-possession religion to illustrate themes from the paper.
“With mainstream medical systems under increasing pressure, attention is turning toward how to incorporate insights from alternative healing systems in a responsible and rigorous way. Questions we discussed included therapeutic impacts of religious rituals, the idea of 'total healing,' physical, mental and spiritual, and how doctors' cultural sensitivity can motivate patients to stick with their ‘western’ medical treatments,” Engler says.
Medical doctors, Buddhist monks, Christian Scientists and Religious Studies scholars were among the presenters at the conference. Engler also met with the research team and graduate students. He will be delivering another keynote in early August titled “Teorização na Ciência da Religião [Theorizing in the Study of Religion]” at the 6th Colloquium of the Research Group on Religion and Culture, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Alumna headed to Oxford for Map the System finals
At the recent Canadian finals for the Oxford Map the System Challenge, recent MRU Bachelor of Nursing grad Roisin Dillon (also a former valedictorian) shared the top prize with teams from Simon Fraser University and Royal Roads University. Dillon will participate in the global finals from June 1 to 3 at Oxford University.
Canadian Association of Journalists recognizes the Calgary Journal
Two MRU journalism projects have been nominated by the Canadian Association of Journalists in the Student Award of Excellence category, alongside projects from three other universities, including McGill, UBC (graduate program) and University of King's College.
- Jolene Rudisuela, Lexi Wright and Amy Simpson, plus their instructor Patti Edgar, for Closing Midfield. (Winners)
- Karina Yaceyko and Ashley King, plus their instructor Patti Edgar, for Beneath the Embers: Uncovering the lasting effects of the Fort McMurray wildfire.
Chemistry professor Brett McCollum elected chair of SoTL Canada
Chemistry professor Brett McCollum, PhD, was recently elected chair of SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Canada, and will be serving on the board of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. McCollum has also served as the acting academic director of Mount Royal's Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Richard Harrison's poetry translated into Italian
Information design alumna recognized for work completed as a student
Devon Proctor, a recent Mount Royal University information design graduate (2017), received a Bronze Award from the International Institute for Information Design (IIID) for her outstanding work on a project submitted an assignment for COMM 4665 ― Instructional Design on the topic of using medicine for cataract surgery. The IIID is recognized as the premier organization in the field of information design, and the awards represent internationally recognized superior achievement in the field.
Nursing program re-approved by the Nursing Education Program Approval Board
On April 19, the Nursing Education Program Approval Board (NEPAB), granted a five-year re-approval for Mount Royal's Bachelor of Nursing program to lead to initial-entry to practice as a Registered Nurse. The re-approval comes after a rigorous program approval process to be able to graduate students that meet industry standards to become practicing nurses.
Results of ATB Investor Services Investment Challenge are in
The 13th annual ATB Investor Services Investment Challenge, otherwise known as the Bissett Stock Market Competition, wrapped up at the end of March after seven months. Starting in September 2017, this year saw a record number of 33 teams compete. The winning team of Bissett students Austin Glenn, Lucy Javorcikova and Harrison Lane had an outstanding return of 92%. The second place team of Jarett Bishop, Rob Flach and Graham Perry managed an impressive 54% return, and the third place team of David Carlson, Amy Gillies and Ahsan Khan were close behind with a return of 44%. All three teams were the recipients of cash prizes. The winning team was immortalized by having their names inscribed on the Stock Market Competition trophy.
Alumnus wins Gold Quill Award
Wes Lafortune, an alumnus of Mount Royal's communications program (2000) and illustrator Samantha Rogan were recently honoured with an IABC Gold Quill Award in the Communications category for their work on the Hull Services 2017 Annual Report, Diary of an Angry Young Man. Hull is a registered charitable organization with more than 400 employees that serves children and families who face serious mental health challenges.
Lafortune says, "It’s a real honour for Hull Services and as always the ultimate objective is to bring attention to children’s mental health and how Hull Services is leading the way in providing trauma informed care to thousands of Calgary children and their families on an annual basis."
MRU receives Canada Research Chair support and internal SSHRC Explore and Engage grants
Mount Royal has been allocated $2 million in funding for two new Canada Research Chairs (CRCs). The University will be able to bring on a Tier 2 CRC (emerging researcher) for five years and a Tier 1 CRC for seven years. The process of determining how to nominate applicants for these opportunities will begin soon. In addition, MRU was successful in the new Social Sciences and Humanities (SSHRC) Institutional Grant process and will receive $36,500 in each of the next three years to allocate as internal SSHRC Explore (research) and Engage (dissemination) grants. These will be adjudicated and awarded in parallel with the existing Internal Research Grant Fund (IRGF) and Faculty Conference Travel Grant (FCTG) processes and will provide the equivalent of five additional IRGFs and seven FCTGs per year. This is a huge boost to research and scholarship at MRU.
CCDR report featured on United Nations website
The Centre for Community Disaster Research's (CCDR) report titled, "Rising Waters, Difficult Decisions, Findings and Recommendations from the Calgary Flood Project" is being featured on PreventionWeb, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's website. The site receives 100,000 visitors per month. Sociology professor and director of the CCDR Tim Haney, PhD, presents some surprising findings about residents’ awareness of flood risk, their decisions to evacuate, compensation, disruptions to relationships, their decisions to remain and plans for the future. Read more about the report.
Student work to be presented at indigenizing entrepreneurship conference
Three papers by Mount Royal University students Spirit River Striped Wolf (Bachelor of Arts - Policy Studies), Taryn Hamilton (Bachelor of Arts - Justice Studies) and Braden Etzerza (Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science) will be presented at the Global Conference on Indigenizing Entrepreneurship, to be held at Algonquin College from June 3 to 5 in Ottawa. All three papers are derived from experiences with Otahpiakki, a social innovation project based at Mount Royal that partners with Indigenous designers and artists from across Canada. Spirit River Striped Wolf will describe Otahpiaaki as a seven-generations "seed-to-runway" economic model focused on Indigenous fashion and design. Taryn Hamilton will demonstrate how Otahpiaaki Law Keepers are transforming and protecting the rights of Indigenous designers, artists, and creative entrepreneurs, and Braden Etzerza will explore "deep beauty" and Survivance, the foundational values supporting the four pillars of Otahpiaaki's entrepreneurial approach. The work was co-researched and written with Elders Jeannie Smith Davis and Roy Bear Chief along with contributions from Otahpiaaki colleagues Jordan Piraux (Bachelor of Communications - Information Design) and Patti Derbyshire (Associate Faculty - Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation).
Celebrating Mount Royal’s International Certified Nurses
March 19 was International Certified Nurses Day.
International Certified Nurses Day recognizes the contributions of certified registered nurses (RNs) to advancing the profession and supporting continuing competence.
Created by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Nurses Association in
2008, International Certified Nurses Day is now celebrated around the world. In Canada, 18,039 RNs are certified by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) in one of 21 specialties/areas of nursing practice.
Certified RNs are …
- recognized nationally for their practice excellence and commitment to lifelong learning
- valued by employers, because their certification demonstrates specialized knowledge and brings many benefits to organizations
- viewed as having enhanced professional credibility
The School of Nursing and Midwifery would like to recognize the following nine faculty members with a Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) certification in a specialty area:
- Sandra Gordon (gerontological nursing)
- Cathy Carter-Snell (emergency nursing)
- Tricia Bray (critical care nursing)
- Marnie Lento (gerontological nursing)
- Heather McLellan (emergency nursing and flight registered nurse (U.S. versions of CNA)
- Terri McGrath (critical care nursing)
- Tess Astley (medical-surgical nursing)
- Clara Puzey (cardiovascular nursing)
- Gregg Trueman (hospice palliative care nursing)
Micheline Maylor shortlisted for poetry award
Mount Royal English professor Micheline Maylor (who is also Calgary's 2016-2018 Poet Laureate) has been shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets' Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Maylor's Little Wildheart is published by the University of Alberta Press.
Professor Gregg Trueman nominated for AHS President’s Excellence Award
Gregg Trueman, professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been nominated for an Alberta Health Services President’s Excellence Award as part of the East Calgary Family Care Clinic and Patient Advisory Group for Outstanding Achievement in Patient and Family Centred Care.
Students present at UBC symposium
Four current students, one graduate student and one post-graduate student (all trainees of Professor Trevor Day, Department of Biology) will be presenting their research at the Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium. Topics include studies in acute hyperglycemia, renal acid-base compensation and acute exercise impairment of cognitive function at high altitudes.
Human resources student team places second at HRC West Case Competition
A team of four Bissett School of Business human resources students placed second at the recent HRC West Case Competition, which was hosted by SAIT on March 2 and 3. This human resources focused case competition is a joint initiative of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) Alberta and the CPHR BC and Yukon professional associations, and aims to develop and showcase the HR stars of the future. Groups from 17 post-secondary institutions from across western Canada participated.
Mount Royal’s team members (under the name of Insightful HR) were Layli Ataie, Colleen Berner, Meredith Johnson, and Jennifer Miko. They were provided with a business case (not previously seen), and were given only three hours to read, analyze, make recommendations and prepare a persuasive and professional presentation to deliver to three CPHR judges from various industries. The team had just 20 minutes to deliver that polished presentation and then respond to 10 minutes of questions from the judges based on their presentation. The finals consisted of a second presentation to the entire case competition delegation in front of a new panel of three judges and over 100 people in the audience.
Calgary Journal named finalists in the Emerge Media Awards
Mount Royal's journalism program's publication the Calgary Journal has been named as a finalist in the categories of Print Cover ("Black Lives Matter Here, Too" by Mary Yohannes and Jan Kirstyn Lopez), Online News Site (CalgaryJournal.ca) and Multimedia Production ("Closing Midfield" by Jolene Rudisuela, Amy Simpson and Lexi Wright, as well as faculty supervisor Patti Edgar) of the 2018 Emerge Media Awards.
Emerge recognizes the work of post-secondary journalism programs across the country.
Enactus finishes first
Mount Royal receives funding in support of international internships
MRU will receive up to $82,000 for a period of four years as a recent recipient of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program. These scholarships were awarded because of Mount Royal's Sport Leaders International Internship Program. This funding will support 12 international internships ($6,000 each) for qualified students.
Also included is an additional $1,000 per student to support networking, leadership and community engagement activities as well as other project administration requirements. The program will be managed by International Education in close collaboration with Professor Julie Booke of the Department of Health and Physical Education.
MRU is partnered with the Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) NGO. Students will be placed at a Commonwealth Games site over the four-year period. Project countries include Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Zambia and Namibia. In total, $5.8 million of funding will support 650 students in 20 Canadian university-led projects. Undergraduate and graduate students will enrich their academic, professional and cross-cultural skills while contributing to global projects led by participating Canadian universities.
Finance students headed to 2018 CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge finals
Five senior finance students from the Bissett School of Business took home first prize at the CFA Society Winnipeg Ethics Challenge held at the end of January. The win earned the team a spot at the Canadian Ethics Challenge finals, to be held in Vancouver in May.
The team members were Dylan Assen, Tiffany Doyle, Harrison Kozak, Andy McAuley and Graham Perry. The competition included six universities: University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, in addition to Mount Royal. The students had four weeks to analyze and evaluate a case, which presented several ethical dilemmas. Their task was to identify the violations of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and to recommend a course of action to address the situations. They had 10 minutes to present their findings to a panel of industry judges, followed by 10 minutes of intense questioning by the judges.
In Vancouver the team will compete against the top teams from the other four Canadian regions: British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
MRU students win geoscience trivia contest, headed to Canadians
In January, four Mount Royal University geology students attended the Western Inter-University Geoscience Conference (WIUGC), which was hosted by the University of Regina this year. Bringing in students from roughly seven schools across Western Canada, during the conference the Regional Divisions of Challenge Bowl was held by the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists. This game-show style geoscience trivia contest was won by MRU students Darby Desrosiers and Alex Patterson, who will compete next at the Canadian National Finals at GeoConvention 2018 in Calgary. The conference brings together students in the geosciences and enables them to interact with each other, offering short courses, field trips, student presentations and an industry fair.
New Changemaker in Residence
Early in 2018 the Institute for Community Prosperity welcomed Cathy Glover to the campus's Changemaker in Residence team. Glover comes to Mount Royal from a long career in the energy industry and volunteering with charitable and non-profit organizations in Calgary. Because of her ability to have a system-wide view, Elder Casey Eaglespeaker gifted Glover with the name Aahpii Pitahgii, which means White Eagle Woman. Glover is based out of the Trico Changemakers Studio. Read more.
Professor Scharie Tavcer releases new textbook
Professor Scharie Tavcer, PhD, of the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies Women is co-author of the recently released Women and the Criminal Justice System: A Canadian Perspective, 2nd Edition. The only text of its kind that covers female offenders, victims, and workers in a single resource, the work features a breadth of perspectives from authors and academics located across Canada, giving this edition a well rounded, in-depth approach.
Nursing profs earn elite nominations
Sonya Jakubec, PhD and Mohamed El Hussein, both professors in Mount Royal's School of Nursing and Midwifery, were each recently nominated for a 2018 College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) Excellence Award for Research. This is the second year in a row both educators have received this honour.
Research showing a unique program supporting EAL nursing students is working
Established in 2009 by Liza Choi, a professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the English As An Additional Language (EAL) Nursing Student Support Program has helped over 250 students. This program was founded on the principle of stemming the tide of academic challenges faced by these students in addition to issues of communication, social isolation and marginalization. Using a purposeful design to address both academic and non-academic issues, the framework for this group has combined a number of elements, which include: workshops for clinical and non-clinical communication, large group social gatherings, peer coaching and faculty support. This holistic approach has allowed many EAL/international nursing students to achieve academic success. Scholarly work being performed by Choi examining the effectiveness and impact of this unique program is ongoing and has shown great promise. Extension of this program to other faculties and institutions has been considered and offers a rich opportunity to meet the educational needs of an even greater population of diverse students.
Anthropology professor receives DNA training
Samanti Kulatilake, PhD and professor in Mount Royal’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology received training in DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing and interpretation at the Paleo-DNA Laboratory, Lakehead University in August 2017. With this training, Kulatilake is able to integrate newly obtained knowledge in her classes in biological anthropology, a subfield in anthropology that is highly sought after by MRU anthropology majors. Future plans are a collaboration with Patrick Carmichael, PhD and adjunct professor in anthropology at MRU to conduct a feasibility study on extracting ancient DNA from mummified human remains from an archaeological cemetery site in Peru.
Student project helps hundreds in need eat better
Mount Royal community service learning students made a big difference in the lives of many through the creation of a pamphlet detailing how food bank clients could better use the food they receive in hampers. Chelsea Harney spearheaded the project after volunteering with the food bank and learning that recipients often have difficulties using all their perishable items before they go bad. Harney and four other students created a pamphlet detailing how to make their food last longer and providing healthy recipe suggestions. Harney estimates they have reached 300 families so far. Read the Calgary Herald article.
Geology graduate honoured with 2017 Young Women in Energy Award
Rochelle Longval, an alumna of Mount Royal's Bachelor of Science ― Geology program, was recently recognized with a 2017 YWE Award. The Young Women in Energy website states that, "YWE aims to address the recognized need to increase female presence, development and leadership in the energy industry." Longval is currently an exploration geologist with Cenovus Energy.
Professor Christy Tomkins-Lane breaking ground in spinal studies
Professor Christy Tomkins-Lane of the Faculty of Health, Community and Education's 2017 paper titled, "Objective measurement of free-living physical activity (performance) in lumbar spinal stenosis: are physical activity guidelines being met?" received the Surgical Award in October in Orlando at the North American Spine Society's (NASS) annual meeting. Tomkins-Lane also gave an invited symposium at the event. The same paper was also was also named The Spine Journal Outstanding Paper in Medical and Interventional Science Runner Up. Additionally, Tomkins-Lane's 2016 paper titled, "Objective measurement of function following lumbar spinal stenosis decompression reveals improved functional capacity with stagnant real-life physical activity" won Outstanding Paper in Medical and Interventional Science Runner Up from both NASS and the Spine journal.
Barrow's Ryan Wenger wins EO Entrepreneur of the Year
The creator of Mount Royal's independent coffee stop, Barrow, business student Ryan Wenger was named the EO Entrepreneur of the Year at the award ceremony on Nov. 8. Business student Ormhel Manuel, whose newest venture is called Barberri, received second. The event was hosted at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre in the Ideas Visualization Lounge.
Pillar Award goes to Michael Barr
Chief Information Officer Michael Barr of Mount Royal's Information Technology Services recently received a Pillar Award from the Alberta Technology Leaders in Education association at their 2017 Convergence Conference. The award honours outstanding contributions to supporting the convergence of leadership, learning and technology in Alberta.
Richard Harrison wins Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry
Mount Royal English Professor Richard Harrison has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Awards for his collection, On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood. Publisher Wolsak and Wynn describes the work as, "a generous and enchanting book, one that leaves you, like the poet, thinking about the way 'characters in a novel can escape anything / except their story.'"
Other awards for On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood include:
- Winner of the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry from the Writers' Guild of Alberta
- Winner of the 3rd Prize for Poetry in the 2017 Alcuin Society's Book Design Awards
- Shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry
- Shortlisted for the City of Calgary 2016 W.O. Mitchell Book Prize
- Finalist for the Poetry category of the High Plains Book Awards
- Number one on the Calgary Herald's bestseller list for non-fiction
His six books of poetry include Big Breath of a Wish, poems about his daughter’s acquisition of language, and Hero of the Play, poems in the language of hockey, which was launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has published on literary criticism, cosplay, spoken word poetry, and mathematics. As well as hockey and literature (about which he co-edited the collection Now is the Winter), Richard also contributes to the scholarship on the superhero: with MRU colleague Lee Easton, he co-authored the book of essays, Secret Identity Reader (2010). Harrison teaches composition, creative writing (poetry), and comics and graphic novels.
Bissett School of Business CFA affiliation will result in additional scholarships
The Bissett School of Business’s concentration in financial analysis has been admitted to the CFA Institute's University Affiliation Program. This affiliation is awarded to academic institutions that insert a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, including the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, into their curriculum. The recognition will allow the Bissett School of Business to award several CFA Program scholarships each year, and signals that the curriculum of the financial analysis concentration is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA Program exams.
Cathy Carter-Snell helping reduce the risk of the mental health consequences of sexual assault
Professor Cathy Carter-Snell, PhD, of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been named on of the 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health. Her four-hour training session for professionals ― including police officers, social workers, nurses, physicians and lawyers ― teaches how to be trauma informed, dispels myths, promotes resilience and recovery and reduces the guilt and shame surrounding sexual assault. She has worked to spread the training across Alberta and Prince Edward Island, and also offers an online version. A nationally and internationally recognized expert in caring for victims of violence, Carter-Snell’s expertise is changing how sexual violence and trauma are being responded to in domains ranging from university campuses to natural disasters. Carter-Snell was also very involved with the Stephanson-Cook Violence Awareness Seminar held at MRU on Nov. 15.
Watch Carter-Snell discuss secondary victimization here.
Recreation nominated for an Inclusion Award
Recreation recently earned a nomination for a 2017 Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre (DDRC) of Calgary Inclusion Award in recognition of Rec's provision of a welcoming and inclusive place to play on campus. The nominator stated that, "The staff at the recreation facility are very polite, friendly, and approachable for our clients (adults with developmental disabilities), and have made an effort to make them feel comfortable while using the facility. They have made a point of getting to know our clients and foster an inclusive environment."
silent sister wins Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry
Creative writing professor Beth Everest's (PhD) book of poems, silent sister: the mastectomy poems (Frontenac House) won this year's BPAA Awards' Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry. Edited by Mount Royal's Micheline Maylor (PhD), silent sister explores the impact of severe illness on the mind, body and spirit. The work was also shortlisted for both the League of Canadian Poets' Raymond Souster Award and the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize.
Bissett grad achieves rare accreditation
Bissett School of Business graduate Jenn Lofgren (2007), chief executive officer and founder of Incito, recently achieved her Master Certified Coach accreditation – one of only 54 in Canada, and three in Calgary. The designation of Master Certified Coach is awarded by the International Coach Federation, which addresses the standards and ethics professional coaching.
Reconciling with the shopping culture: Malled
Mount Royal English Professor Kit Dobson's (PhD) newest book Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada (Wolsak & Wynn) is set to be released in late September/early October. Dobson unapologetically hates malls ― yet he finds them fascinating at the same time. For this work he braves the distracted crowds and shiny floors of Chinook Centre in Calgary, the underground shopping marts of Montreal, Whitehorse's famous Walmart and more to explore Canada's culture of consumerism and how malls reflect the people they serve and the space they occupy.
New Human Rights Advisor an additional resource for staff and students
Mount Royal's new Human Rights Advisor, Khaula Bhutta, will provide private support for individuals with questions, concerns or complaints involving discrimination, harassment and accommodation. Bhutta has a LL.M in International Human Rights Law and Practice from the University of York and a Bachelor of Arts ― Law, Politics and Economics from Dublin City University. She is an experienced advisor who has helped individuals, institutions and charities with human rights related issues in Canada, Ireland, UK and Malaysia.
Erika Smith receives SSHRC grant to continue social media research
Professor Erika Smith, PhD, of the Academic Development Centre, is building broader understanding of undergraduate digital literacies by investigating student perceptions and uses of social media in their learning. Building on her previous findings demonstrating that social media is a double-edged sword that serves as a meaningful part of university education, while both informing and distracting from learning, Smith was recently awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2017-2019) titled "Undergraduate Digital Literacies in Disciplinary Contexts" to research undergraduate digital literacies in their disciplinary contexts.
New research literacy book authored by Sonya Jakubec features additional MRU faculty
Released by Canadian Scholars' Press this month, School of Nursing and Midwifery professor and PhD Sonya Jakubec's newest book, Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice, features a chapter contributed by MRU librarian Cari Merkley and is coauthored by former MRU faculty member Barb Astle.
The book's overview states that its contents will, "introduce students to fundamental research concepts that will enable them to think critically about research and to recognize effective methods for understanding and utilizing research for practice."
MRU students runners-up at Innovation Rodeo
Ormhel Manuel and cofounder Abby Mejia of Carberri, a company born through Mount Royal's Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship that was one of the winners at this year's LaunchPad competition, recently took home second place in a Alberta-wide post-secondary pitch competition as part of the Innovation Rodeo (held over Stampede week). Carberri provides a safer and better way to buy and sell a used car. Both Manuel and Mejia are Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students with the Bissett School of Business. To reach the finals Manuel won the Calgary regionals against strong competition from the University of Calgary. This came with a $3,000 cash award. On July 14, Manuel came in a close second in a field of five regional winners from across Alberta. Carberri took home an additional $5,000 for this achievement. Interestingly, the team that edged Manuel and Mejia out of first place overall was from McEwan University, but had an MRU connection. Marc Nzojibwami, an MRU BBA student, was a key member of the winning team along with McEwan students.
Spreading social innovation across the globe and at home
Professor Yasmin Dean of the Department of Child Studies and Social Work and Professor Catherine Pearl of the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Social Innovation helped organize the Social Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia (SESA) Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, this past spring (May 22 to 24).
The conference highlighted the benefits of creating enterprises and opportunities in which profit and community building can intersect, a key element of social innovation and changemaking. Pearl says, “The conference provided a platform that enabled inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration, aimed at promoting social entrepreneurship and creating positive social impact in Southeast Asia.”
Pearl has started work on another conference, this one closer to home. Canada's first-ever National Conference on Social Innovation is scheduled for July 3 to 5, 2018 at Mount Royal.
New book by professor Melanie Peacock published
Melanie Peacock, PhD and human resources professor with the Bissett School of Business, has published her latest book, The Human Resource Professional’s Guide To Change Management Practical Tools And Techniques To Enact Meaningful And Lasting Organizational Change (Business Expert Press). The work covers ways to help an organization effectively deal with change and will serve as a tool for human resource students and professionals.
Michelle Yeo appointed director of the Institute for SoTL
The Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISOTL) has concluded the search for its new director with the selection of Michelle Yeo, PhD, a current faculty member with the Academic Development Centre (ADC). Yeo will continue with the ADC on a part-time basis in the areas of curriculum and assessment, as well as furthering cross-campus efforts on indigenization. She is an award-winning teacher and member of leading educational associations such as the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the Canadian Society for the Study of Education and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. At Mount Royal, she’s served on the Teaching and Learning Standing Committee, General Faculties Council and Human Research Ethics Board. As director of ISOTL she will help advance research and practice, support multidisciplinary collaborations and develop future leaders in the field.
Smart pill dispenser wins Best Presentation award at IST Africa Conference
At the recent IST (Information Systems and Technology) Africa Conference in Windhoek, Namibia, Mount Royal computer science professor Faith-Michael Uzoka and team took home one of two Best Presentation awards. Their innovation is a smart pill dispenser that also doubles as a medical assistant, with two-way communication between the patient and the medical practitioner. Uzoka says they will use feedback received at the conference to continue work on increasing the efficiency and reducing the size of the smart medicine cabinet, and they looking for funds to advance the product (which has been patented) to the next level. Uzoka is also known for his work in developing an application to help diagnose and fight back against common tropical diseases in Africa.
Research delving in to history of Medieval Europe earns SSHRC Insight Development Grant
Humanities professor Emily Hutchison’s original research titled “Policing Late Medieval Paris” looks at how the emergence of a royal policing force affected civil governance, as well as class, gender, and racial relations in late medieval Paris. The recipient of a SSHRC Insight Development Grant in 2016, Hutchison is a specialist in medieval culture and history with a particular interest in the history of violence and warfare in France. Currently in Paris carrying out archival work, Hutchison’s SSHRC grant extends until June 2018.
Criminal justice alumnus invested into the Canada Order of Merit of the Police Forces
Travis Juska, who graduated from Mount Royal with a Bachelor of Applied Justice Studies (2006), was recently invested into the Canada Order of Merit of the Police Forces. According to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police website, "The Order of Merit of the Police Forces is a fellowship of honour based on the highest qualities of citizenship, service to Canada, to the police community and to humanity at large." A sergeant with the Calgary Police Service, Juska received a Member Award. He carries out outreach work in the community, often speaks with students in the justice program, is a mentor in the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship program and is on the leadership group for the Criminal Justice Alumni Chapter.
MRU's poets pop up at ASLC
Mount Royal professors and poetry ambassadors derek beaulieu, Beth Everest and Richard Harrison typed out custom poems as part of the opening events of the Alberta Student Leadership Conference in Lacombe May 28. This most recent Pop-Up Poetry event took place among other attractions such as a rock band, carnie games and a hot dog stand. "There we were," says Harrison, "doing our typing in the shade of a huge tree, a poetic island of cool in the hot sun ocean of fun and games."
Enrolment Services also provided more than 2,000 MRU backpacks for the student leaders in attendance.
Nursing faculty member earns three-year CIHR grant funding
School of Nursing and Midwifery professor Aliyah Dosani, PhD has received a three-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant to pursue her study titled, "Psychosocial distress during pregnancy and pathways to preterm birth: Building evidence in LMIC to guide targeted psychosocial interventions.” The study seeks to understand the association between emotional distress during pregnancy, biological measures of emotional distress, and preterm (early) birth (PTB) in a low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Emotional distress places pregnant women at increased risk for giving birth too early and negatively affects their well-being and that of their infants.
Mount Royal represented named to police committee to review sexual assault cases
Mount Royal University sexual violence response and awareness coordinator Cari Ionson has been named to a newly-formed Calgary Police Service (CPS) committee that will review review sexual assault cases that have been closed as unfounded. The committee will offer advice on whether an investigation could be improved to ensure the CPS carried out as thorough and complete an investigation as possible. Set to meet at least three times a year, the committee also includes representatives from the Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team, Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse, the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and the Alberta Status of Women Ministry. Read more about Ionson's role on campus.
AECEA award goes to Professor Cathy Smey Carston
Cathy Smey Carston, director of the Centre for Child Well-Being, was awarded the Alberta Early Childhood Education Association's (AECEA) Dr. Sherrill Brown Award of Distinction at the AECEA conference held on campus May 13. This award has extra significance in that Smey-Carston worked closely with Brown, who the award was named after.
MRU and SMU study on professor ratings published in Inside Higher Ed
A study co-written by Mount Royal professor Bob Uttl and Saint Mary's University PhD candidate Dylan Smibert titled, “Student Evaluations of Teaching: Teaching Quantitative Courses Can Be Hazardous to One’s Career," was recently noted in an Inside Higher Ed article titled, "What are Students Rating When They Rate Professors." Part of the findings were that class subject had a large impact on student satisfaction and eventual prof ratings. The complete study is available on PeerJ.
MRU wins Best of Calgary for 2017!!
After careful counting of votes by an independent facilitator, Stone & Olafson, it's confirmed! Calgary has shown it's love for Mount Royal and named the University as WINNER of this year's Best Educational Institute category.
Mohamed El Hussein receives ANEA Nursing Educator Award for 2017
MRU has impactful presence on Health Advisory Council
Francesca Simon, wellness services administrator for Health Services & Optimal Therapies applied and was accepted for a second three-year term serving on the Health Advisory Council for Prairie Mountain with Alberta Health Services. This provides Mount Royal with a voice in the future of the province's healthcare system around various issues such as access, quality and wait times. Please let Francesca know of any needs and hopes for a better healthcare system.
Summit takes home two silvers at AMPAs
Mount Royal's Summit magazine was awarded silver in the Digital Presence category for Summit online and silver in the Photograph Essay or Series category for the "Rapid Momentum - Summit Spring, 2016" photo spread at the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) Awards March 16. Summit beat out entries from publications such Avenue, Western Living, New Trail and Swerve.
Summit photo spread garners top accolades
Melanie Peacock featured in HRD magazine’s Hot List
Angela Ryu wins RBC Concerto Competition
Angela Ryu of The Conservatory's Advanced Performance Program, recently took home the top prize at the 2017 RBC Concerto Competition. A collaboration between the Mount Royal Conservatory, the University of Calgary music department and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the RBC Concerto Competition supports the development of emerging artists and the achievement of artistic goals.
Anupam Das receives Immigrant of Distinction Award
On March 10, Professor Anupam Das (PhD) of the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies was recognized in the Achievement Under 35 category of the 2017 Calgary Immigrants of Distinction Awards. Das's research interests include economic growth, international financial flows to developing countries and heterodox economics.
TVP alumnus to compete at 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
Benjamin Maeseele, a graduate of Mount Royal's Employment Preparation Certificate Program (2016) is heading to Austria in to compete at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, beginning March 9. Maeseele will compete in figure skating, and says in this Calgary Herald article, “I am most excited to meet other competitors who have made it this far.”
Brain in Motion study partnership
Mount Royal University has partnered with the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine for their Brain in Motion study that looks to advance knowledge of relationship between exercise and brain health. Mount Royal's contribution to the study is being led by Julie Booke, PhD, interim chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education.
From U of C's UToday:
"With 25,000 Canadians diagnosed with dementia each year, by 2030 the number of Canadians living with the disease will be just shy of one million. Finding a cure, or even effective treatment options, is a daunting task, complicated by the fact that researchers don’t know what causes dementia in the first place.
With this in mind, a group of researchers are looking to exercise — the only intervention that has been shown to have a disease-modifying effect — for answers."
Peter Choate joins provincial government's child review panel
Professor Peter Choate of MRU's Department of Child Studies and Social Work was invited to join the provincial government's child intervention panel, struck after several reported cases of injury, harm and loss of life while under government care. Also on the panel are Bruce MacLaurin, professor at the University of Calgary's social work faculty, Patti LaBoucane-Benson, research and evaluation director at NCSA, five NDP MLAs and a member from each opposition party. Results are expected in early March. Edmonton Sun article.
Facilities Management wins 5-Star (ECI) Energy Award
Facilities Management recently received an exclusive Energy Cost Index (ECI) Award from Camfil for their introduction of state-of-the-art, 5-Star Energy Cost Index (ECI) air filters in the U Wing in 2016. The change has resulted in electricity costs decreasing by a whopping 49 per cent, and the filters' longer service life also means a reduction in landfill waste and a large drop in carbon dioxide emissions. The Camfil award is presented to those who work to improve air quality and conserve natural resources, putting their employees, visitors, customers and the environment first.
Pop-Up Poets take part in Converge 2017
Due to the success of Mount Royal's Pop-Up Poetry events, three writers from the Department of English, Languages and Cultures were recently invited to take part in Universities Canada's Converge 2017 conference in Ottawa. Professors Micheline Maylor (Calgary's current Poet Laureate), Richard Harrison and derek beaulieu each typed out custom poems for attendees. This year's conference theme was, "What kind of Canada do we want in the next 50 years?" and it was clear that poetry will continue to play a major role in our futures. Read Richard Harrison's thoughts about the experience.
Improving public attitudes and facilitating refugee resettlement
Professor Leah Hamilton of Mount Royal's Academic Development Centre's article "The Global Refugee Crisis: Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications for Improving Public Attitudes and Facilitating Refugee Resettlement," was recently published in the academic journal Social Issues and Policy Review. The article discusses improving public attitudes and facilitating refugee resettlement, and the ensuing policy implications, and was co-authored with Victoria M. Esses of the University of Western Ontario and Danielle Gaucher of the University of Winnipeg.
Department of Humanities professor co-editor of two new religious studies handbooks
Professor Steven Engler, (PhD), of the Department of Humanities, is co-editor of two major religious studies handbooks, both of which were just released. The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion was co-edited with Michael Stausberg of the University of Bergen (Norway), and the Handbook of Contemporary Religions in Brazil was co-edited with Bettina E. Schmidt, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
Pam Nordstrom and Jennifer Pettit to each receive The Chair Academy’s 2017 International Exemplary Leadership Award
Interim dean of the Faculty of Health, Community and Education Pam Nordstrom, PhD, and Jennifer Pettit, PhD, chair of the Department of Humanities, have each been awarded The Chair Academy’s 2017 International Exemplary Leadership Award for their ability to advance academic and administrative leadership. The annual conference will be held on March 30 in Orlando, Fla.