Bleed blue! Awards and Milestones
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.