Bleed blue! Awards and Milestones
Peter Choate joins provincial government's child review panel
Feb. 24, 2017
Professor Peter Choate of MRU's Department of Social Work and Disabilities 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
Feb. 17, 2017
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
Feb. 22, 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
Feb. 7, 2017
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
Feb. 6, 2017
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
Jan. 30, 2017
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.
Joint paper published in the Rangelands Journal
Jan. 4, 2017
A research paper created through the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Institute of Environmental Sustainability and the Miistakis Institute in the summer of 2015 was recently published in the prestigious Rangelands Journal. The paper is titled “Cattle and Carnivore Coexistence in Alberta: The Role of Compensation Programs,” and was written by Winston Jamieson, student research intern, Tracy Lee, senior project manager at the Miistakis Institute, Kim Good, executive director of the Legacy Land Trust Society, Ashok Krishnamurthy, PhD and professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computing and Michael Quinn, associate vice president of the Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement.
Professor Richard Harrison's newest book number one on Calgary bestsellers list
Dec. 15, 2016
English professor Richard Harrison's latest books of poems, On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood was number one on the Calgary Herald's bestseller list for non-fiction on Nov. 26. The collection reminisces about Harrison's experiences during the great Alberta floods of 2013, when he was forced to leave his home and possessions behind as the water entered his home, and also speaks about his mourning the loss of his father, who first introduced Harrison to the power of poetry.
Bonnie Blankert receives MPN Heroes 2016 Awards
Dec. 15, 2016
Information Design students launch inaugural magazine
Nov. 25, 2016
On Nov. 30 Mount Royal’s senior Information Design students launched their inaugural magazine, Epoch. This provides the chance for students to not only show off their skills and talents, but will also act as a way to help build content for their portfolios. Follow them on Instagram at @Epoch_Mag or Twitter at @EpochYYC.
Nepal research expedition featured on Inside Scientific and ADInstruments websites
Nov. 17, 2016
Biology professor Trevor Day's "Inside Scientific" webinar featuring a number of student-led projects spanning 2011 to a recent trip to Nepal (to continue his Mount Royal-based research on low oxygen environments) is now available online for viewing. As well, recently ADInstruments, which makes teaching and research hardware and software and who sponsored Day's trip by providing some equipment, also recently featured the Nepal research expedition on their website. A new team will return to Mount Everest in May 2017.
Professor Joseph Osuji selected for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program
Nov. 2, 2016
Joseph Osuji MN, RN, PhD and associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery has been selected for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) through the Institute for International Education. CADFP, a higher education fellowship created to help avert brain drain in Africa, will fund 69 new projects at African universities in the coming months, bringing 52 professors and scholars from universities in the U.S. and Canada to Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda as visiting Fellows. Together, the teams will develop curricula, conduct research, teach graduate students and train and mentor students and professors in priority areas that were proposed by the African universities.
Calgary Journal takes third place at ACP Awards
Nov. 1, 2016
The Calgary Journal, created by Mount Royal University journalism program students, recently picked up a third-place design award in the "Newspaper Page/Spread" category from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP), which is largely a U.S.-based organization representing over 650 member publications from college and university journalism programs. The prize went to Jesse Yardley (graduated), Kelsey Solway (graduated) and Trevor Solway for their Treaty 7 spread of March 2016 titled, "We are all treaty people." Brad Clark, chair of the School of Communication Studies, said, "To be a finalist is quite a coup given the size and resources available to some US programs. To finish in the top three is truly exceptional and speaks to the strength of our students, and their profs."
Professor Brent Oliver principal investigator for CIHR ― HIV/AIDS Community Based Research Stream
Oct. 28, 2016
Gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Alberta shoulder a disproportionate burden of new HIV infections, accounting for 31% of all diagnoses in the province in 2014. To address this discrepancy, a catalyst grant titled, "Gay Men and Other Men who Have Sex with Men in Alberta: Establishing a Community Based Research Agenda to Inform Provincial HIV Prevention Initiatives," has been awarded under the category of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) ― HIV/AIDS Community Based Research Stream to engage Alberta-based researchers, service providers, policy makers, community–based organizations and community leaders in identifying a provincial research agenda on MSM health and wellness. Due to his previous work on this issue, Professor Brent Oliver (Department of Child Studies and Social Work) has been named principal investigator for this project, and will be working with many community agencies across Alberta, including THE SHARP Foundation, Alberta Health Services, HIV Community Link and the Calgary Sexual Health Centre.
Dean Jeff Keshen co-editor of First World War collection of essays
Oct. 27. 2016
To be released on Nov. 3, The Frontier of Patriotism provides an in-depth look at all aspects of Alberta's involvement in the war, reflecting Albertans' experiences both on the battlefield and on the home front. Contributors of the 40 essays all draw heavily on national and local archival resources, including letters, diaries and memoirs of the individuals who lived through it, as well as through accounts in local newspapers.
Adriana A. Davies is a well-known researcher, writer, editor and poet. She was the Executive Director of the Alberta Museums Association for 13 years and founding Executive Director of the Heritage Community Foundation.
Director of Wellness Services appointed to provincial Advisory Panel on Post-secondary Mental Health
Oct. 27, 2016
Kandi McElary, director of Wellness Services, was recently appointed to the provincial Advisory Panel on Post-secondary Mental Health. The panel exist to help develop a province-wide system of addiction and mental health supports for Alberta post-secondary students. Consisting of 15 people representing stakeholders from across the province, the panel is co-led by the Government of Alberta and the University of Alberta. Members include students, members of the Alberta Students' Executive Council, faculty, administration and staff.
In a news release, Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education said, “Transitioning into post-secondary can be a difficult time for students. In response, many of Alberta’s campuses have made excellent progress in developing mental health resources. I’m proud to say our government is listening to students, which is why we’re extending funding to ensure a healthy post-secondary environment that supports our students on their paths to academic success.”
Scholarship opportunity for ecotourism students
Oct. 26, 2016
Mount Royal University was recently the recipient of an Alberta Environment and Parks grant of $15,000 for Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership scholarships. Mount Royal students training for a leadership role in the fast-growing fields of ecotourism, adventure tourism and outdoor pursuits will be eligible for a $1,500 annual scholarship.
“We recognize that ecotourism is a growing industry here and around the world and by encouraging participation in this industry, we will help diversify our economy and support future jobs. We also want to ensure that tourists to our province are provided with world-class Albertan experiences, and one way we can help make that happen is to invest in future leaders in this industry," said Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks. First- and second-year students in the four-year degree program may apply starting in the fall of 2017.
School of Nursing and Midwifery celebrates 100 years
Oct. 21, 2016
Mount Royal's School of Nursing and Midwifery is joining the College and Association of Registered Nurses in Alberta (CARNA) in celebrating 100 years of registered nursing in Alberta by recognizing achievements of the past and looking forward to the next century of nursing in the province.
A historical centennial display featuring informational banners and an interactive tablet display will be on Main Street until Oct. 28.
The Carriage Station: Print History Workshop uses obsolete analog print technologies to study creativity
Oct. 20, 2016
The Carriage Station: Print History Workshop is a space designed to celebrate print culture and writing. Housed in Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Arts, the Carriage Station is a repository for housing and tending to obsolete analog print technologies. Founded by derek beaulieu, Kit Dobson, and Richard Harrison, and starting with nothing more than a clutch of typewriters and a mimeograph machine, the space is geared toward hands-on learning about how print is made, how print arrives in readers’ hands, and how print affects the very works that writers produce.
Starting in the fall of 2016, the Carriage Station runs workshops on print culture, invites students and the wider community in to witness and play with old technologies, supports pop-up poetry events, and accept donations of materials from typewriters to printing presses. It is open by appointment and is interested in hearing from anyone with an interest in print culture. Please contact Kit Dobson or derek beaulieu to find out more.
Open Education In and Across Disciplines ― Nov. 9
Oct. 19, 2016
Hosted by Mount Royal's Library and the Academic Development Centre, Open Education In and Across Disciplines is a free event for faculty, students and staff not only from MRU, but all Campus Alberta post-secondary institutions. This day-long open educational resources (OER) event was funded by the Alberta Open Educational Resources (ABOER) Initiative and made possible through an investment from the Alberta Government. More than 80 registrants from post-secondary institutions across Alberta will take part in programming and development opportunities tailored to the needs of all disciplines and subject areas.
Lincoln Park Room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Speed Dating for Sperm Donors” hits east coast
Oct. 6, 2016
In its Nova Scotia debut, “Speed Dating for Sperm Donors” by Natalie Meisner, PhD, began its east coast run at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax to a sold out opening and standing ovation. The English, Languages, and Cultures professor’s play has already been onstage in Calgary at the Lunchbox Theatre, and is based on her book Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family.
New Canadian edition of sexuality textbook released
Sept. 21, 2016
Co-written by Mount Royal faculty members Evelyn Field (Department of Psychology) and David Aveline (Department of Sociology and Anthropology), Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity, First Canadian Edition has a fresh, engaging and distinctly Canadian approach. It teaches students what they need and want to know about sexuality while clearly conveying foundational biological and health issues and citing current and classic research. The text is solidly founded in author Janell Carroll's partnership with her students, answering the questions and concerns that students have about themselves and their sexuality with scientific fact, sensitivity, humour, and unmatched candor. The Canadian edition presents the range of sexual orientations and behaviours and takes into account the diverse social, religious, ethnic, racial, and cultural contexts of today's students. The "MindTap for Sexuality Now" is an online learning environment that features an array of engaging videos of Carroll traveling to different countries and videotaping actual interviews with people regarding their take on various human sexuality research topics.
New non-profit launched for the sake of putting children first
Sept. 19, 2016
Child Studies and Social Work faculty member Sara Austin recently launched a new non-profit called Children First Canada, which has the mandate of making Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up. According to an article by Austin titled "Taking the Leap", which was recently published in Women of Influence, although Canada ranks as the 5th most prosperous nation in the world, "when it comes to the wellbeing of children, we drop to 17th place. On key measures for child health and safety we rank 27th...We can and must do better."
Children First Canada is partnering with children's charities, corporations and community leaders to bring more of the public's attention to these issues and will work to implement positive changes for children.
derek beaulieu gives it all away
Sept. 19, 2016
derek beaulieu of the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures recently began posting free downloadable PDFs of many of his publications, including most of his full-length books. He says, “I believe that today’s reader seeks their writing in different forms and that reading has taken on different shapes. By releasing books as PDFs in to the collective commons, writing can better engage with new, liquid, forms of reading."
Likening the experiment to a student embarking on a post-secondary journey, beaulieu expects his work will undergo growth and evolution through the process. “They leave the nest, they live in residence, they get a piercing, they dye their hair, they learn and grow and change — and they become different people. They return with new ways of seeing the world. I’m excited to see what my writing learns when it travels and returns home,” he says.
Melanie Peacock wins Professional Achievement Award
The Western Alumni Association has awarded Mount Royal Professor Melanie Peacock the 2016 Professional Achievement Award. This honour is bestowed to alumni of Western University who have made outstanding contributions to their professions or communities. Peacock is a favourite instructor with the Bissett School of Business's human resources program, and was instrumental in Mount Royal becoming the first post-secondary institution in Alberta to be accredited by the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA).
Student speaks at international research conference
As she heads into her fourth year as a nursing student at Mount Royal, Roisin Dillon already has a number of achievements and accomplishments under her belt. During the third year of her undergrad at MRU, Dillon penned a report titled, Success Variables of Social Media Campaigns as Donation Elicitation Strategies in the Nonprofit Sector, which led her to speak at a conference in New York in May 2016, and at the U of C at the Federation for Humanities and Social Science Congress conference on June 2, 2016. A presentation by a third-year nursing student at an international research conference is a tremendous accomplishment and an inspiration to seasoned researchers. Since then, she has been working diligently to publish her paper in the Global Academic Institute, and is also one of three Executive Director positions and the Director of Finance for CalWHO, a non-profit student-run organization focused on post secondary level simulation of the World Health Organization assembly. “I’m not doing anything extraordinary,” said Dillon. “I’m just taking advantage of the opportunities I have been lucky enough to have, and have nothing but gratitude for them. I found many of these opportunities on MRU’s main interface.”
Carmen Nielson wins Hilda Neatby Prize
Professor Carmen Nielson of the Department of Humanities recently took home the Hilda Neatby Prize for Best Article in Women's and Gender History. Read more about her achievement and her article “Caricaturing Colonial Space: Indigenized, Feminized Bodies and Anglo-Canadian Identity, 1873-94,” here.
Professor Lynn Moorman receives Emerald Award
Professor Lynn Moorman, PhD, accepted an Emerald Award on the evening of June 8 from the Alberta Emerald Foundation at their 25th annual awards ceremony at Telus Spark. Uniquely Albertan, the Emerald Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding environmental achievements of large and small businesses, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups, youth and governments. Moorman received the honour in recognition for Public Education and Outreach as acknowledgement of her Canadian Geographic Education program, the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, which engaged 35,000 students in Canada this year alone. Moorman is Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and serves as both the Governor, Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Post-secondary Representative, Canadian Geographic Education.
Professor Kit Dobson named Eakin Visiting Fellow in Canadian Studies at McGill University
The prestigious Eakin fellowship is specifically designed for faculty on sabbaticals from their home institutions and is meant to foster cross-university connections in all fields connected to Canadian Studies. Dobson was chosen as fellow through a competitive application process, with his based on his research program in English and Cultural Studies. The duties of the Eakin Fellow are to give the Eakin Memorial Lecture in Canadian Studies (view the video) and to deliver a seminar in Canadian Studies. Entitled Shopping in Canada, Dobson will deliver a version of his seminar (geared toward English students) at MRU in the winter of 2017.
Additionally, the work Dobson is completing while on sabbatical is planned for a book to be published in the fall of 2017 about shopping and mall culture in Canada.
Journalism students net national award
Amara McLaughin and Jessy Yardley won the CAJ/CNW Student Award of Excellence at the Canadian Association of Journalists gala Saturday, May 28 in Edmonton. The prize was bestowed for their Calgary Journal story entitled "Risky decisions for cancer care patients in Canada." This is the third year in a row MRU has won this award, beating out but bigger programs such as Carleton, Ryerson and Western.
MRU Alumna Karolina Staszczak receives CITP®|FIBP® - Certified International Trade Professional designation
MRU Alumna, Karolina Staszczak recently received her CITP®|FIBP® - Certified International Trade Professional designation. The FITT Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®|FIBP®) designation is the world’s leading professional designation for global business practitioners. This prestigious, industry-validated designation is earned by meeting a rigorous set of competency standards, as set by FITT—Canada’s most trusted international trade training and professional certification authority. Staszczak joins an elite group of practitioners, as there only 450 FITT professionals in Canada.
Professor Christy Tompkins-Lane wins ISSLS Award
Professor Christy Tompkins-Lane of the Faculty of Health and Physical Education recently won the 2015 Clinical Research Prize from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), the world's preeminent spine society, as the principal author of a paper entitled Consensus on the Clinical Diagnosis of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Results of an International Delphi Study. Tompkins-Lane, who teaches in the Department of Health and Physical Education, also travelled to SpineWeek 2016 in Singapore to present her findings. The paper's objective was to, "obtain an expert consensus on which history factors are most important in the clinical diagnosis of Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS)," currently a poorly defined clinical syndrome. The Clinical Research Prize is given out once a year to a single recipient, and is based on scientific merit in the areas of clinical studies or basic science.
Director selected as finalist for national award
Ray DePaul, director, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is one of six people selected as a finalist for the national BDC Mentorship Award, presented by Futurepreneur Canada. The recognition honours a Canadian business mentor credited by their mentees and peers for having provided valuable advice and support, and for contributing to the creation and growth of Canadian companies by building their mentees' professional skills. Winner will be announced at the end of May.
SoTL book launch
MRU celebrates the publication of a Critical Reading in Higher Education, a book about a landmark scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) study undertaken at Mount Royal. The collaborative project was conducted by four instructors (Karen Manarin, PhD, lead author, English and General Education; Miriam Carey, PhD (General Education and Policy Studies); Melanie Rathburn, PhD (General Education and Biology); and Glen Ryland (General Education). Each contributor teaches in General Education at Mount Royal University, and all trained in SoTL research through the Institute's Nexen Scholars Program. These instructors were curious about students’ reading abilities across the curriculum. They collected and analyzed ten written reflections along with other research and reflective papers from 72 consenting students across four foundation GNED courses. As a result of their findings, they make recommendations for more intentional teaching and assessment of students' critical reading in higher education. They offer both good news (students can comprehend difficult texts) and bad news (many students learn early that they often don't have to read in order to succeed in higher education). They argue that improving critical reading for academic goals and social engagement requires that faculty across the curriculum work together. This was the first collaborative project designed under the auspices of the Institute for SoTL and also the first SoTL book publication for Mount Royal University. Its success demonstrates not only the dedication of the research associates, but the possibilities of cross-course or cross-disciplinary research in SoTL.
2016 CPA Board Governance Case Competition
On March 17, MRU Accounting students, Ross Graham, Melissa Kinzner, Shaelynn (Shae) Prefontaine, Corey Reinhardt and Peter Serafini finished first in the 2016 CPA Board Governance Case Competition. This competition is an annual event, organized and hosted by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, originally initiated by CMA Alberta. In this competition, students are given a case to analyze. The case covers issues in accounting, board governance, and ethics. The case is kept secret until it is handed to the teams at the competition, when then are given six hours to analyze the case and present their analysis, recommending solutions to a judging panel of business leaders. Only four teams are selected to advance to the final round and prizes are awarded to the top three teams. A total of thirteen teams representing universities and post-secondary institutions in Alberta participated in this year’s competition. Placing first is a tremendous accomplishment as the participants work under extreme pressure to come up with their solution to the case, displaying strong technical knowledge and presentation skills.
Best Paper Award
Angela Tucker, a winner of the MRU Community Prosperity Student Research Award (CPSRA), recently won the Best Paper award at a conference at MacEwan University, Transformations: an Undergraduate Conference about Change. This conference, specifically for anthropology and sociology students, is aimed at exploring the ideas of transformation and change from disciplinary and trans-disciplinary perspectives. Tucker, in her fourth year studying Anthropology, presented on her paper, Indigenous Portrayals: A Comparative Analysis of Media Involving Canada’s Murdered and Missing Women. Tucker chose to write on this subject because of her interest in the creation of identity and the perpetuation of stereotypes in our society. With a strong belief in Indigenous feminism and post-colonial theory, Tucker is highly critical of media representations and compares and contrasts the depictions of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women in print media in cases of murdered and missing women in Canada.
Smithsonian scholarship awarded to MRU student
MRU student, Kitty Deng (Bachelor of Communications - Information Design) has been awarded an Alberta-Smithsonian scholarship 2016. Deng is one of ten recipients from Alberta, out of 24 applicants. This is a first for MRU and quite prestigious. Kitty will work as an intern at one of the Smithsonian institutes in Washington this summer.
Ace the case
MRU students' Lauren Andrews, Amy Dyment and Amanda Anderson recently won the opportunity to represent Calgary with their team at the KPMG National Ace the Case Competition. On March 4, Lauren, Amy, Amanda and their team will represent the KPMG Calgary office at the 2016 National Ace the Case competition, via video conference. The winners of the National Competition will go on to represent Canada at the International level in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in April. KPMG is an audit, tax and advisory firm.
Summit magazine garners Grand Gold award at CASE 2016
The 2015 CASE District VIII Communication Awards recognized the 2015 Spring edition of Summit magazine in three categories. The spring edition received a Grand Gold award for Series of Related Photographs for She Wants You! Join the Chic Geek Revolution; The Grande Gold is . For Print General Interest Magazines, circulation 30,000-74,999, Summit received a Gold, and another Gold was awarded in the Series of Related Photographs category for the "She wants you!" spread. The issue's cover received a Bronze in that category. Summit's creators will be on-hand to receive the awards at the CASE District VIII conference on Feb. 5, 2016.