Bleed blue! Awards and Milestones
MRU students win geoscience trivia contest, headed to Canadians
Feb. 13, 2018
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
Feb. 1, 2018
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
Jan. 17, 2018
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
Jan. 17, 2018
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
Dec. 7, 2017
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
Dec. 4, 2017
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
Nov. 30, 2017
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
Nov. 30, 2017
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
Nov. 17, 2017
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
Nov. 9, 2017
The creator of Mount Royal's independent coffee stop, Barrow, business student Ryan Wagner 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
Nov. 3, 2017
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
April 11, 2017 (Updated Nov. 1, 2017)
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
Oct. 26, 2017
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
Oct. 25, 2017
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
Oct. 6, 2017
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
April 19, 2017 (Updated Sept. 21, 2017)
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
Sept. 26, 2017
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
Aug. 25, 2017
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
Aug. 11, 2017
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
Aug. 10, 2017
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
Aug. 10, 2017
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
July 19, 2017
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
June 30, 2017
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
June 13, 2017
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
June 13, 2017
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
June 7, 2016
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
June 7, 2017
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
June 5, 2017
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
May 31, 2017
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
May 29, 2017
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
May 24, 2017
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
May 16, 2017
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
May 11, 2017
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!!
May 4, 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
May 4, 2017
Professor Mohamed El Hussein of Mount Royal's School of Nursing & Midwifery was the recipient of this year's Alberta Nursing Education Administrators' (ANEA) Nursing Educator Award. El Hussein was nominated by Professor Cathy Carter-Snell.
MRU has impactful presence on Health Advisory Council
May 3, 2017
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
March 21, 2017
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
March 16, 2017
The "Cougars — Rapid Momentum" photo series accompanying a story about Mount Royal's journey to the CIS found in the Spring 2016 issue of Summit magazine recently won an Applied Arts Community Award. See the complete story online here.
Melanie Peacock featured in HRD magazine’s Hot List
March 15, 2017
Human Resources Director (HRD) magazine has named Melanie Peacock, human resources professor in the Bissett School of Business, to their annual Hot List. Bringing together the “best of the best” in the industry, Peacock is considered among the top 30 high achievers in the industry.
Angela Ryu wins RBC Concerto Competition
March 15, 2017
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
March 13, 2017
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
March 7, 2017
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
March 3, 2017
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
Feb. 24, 2017
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
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
Bonnie Blankert, access advisor with Accessibility Services, was recently the proud recipient of a MPN Heroes 2016 Award for caregiving. Blankert became a designated caregiver for two months for a friend who required a stem cell transplant, and says she sees her act of selflessness as simply what people should do for each other. She was presented the honour in San Diego on Dec. 2. View the video.
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 Tomkins-Lane wins ISSLS Award
Professor Christy Tomkins-Lane of the Faculty of Health, Community and Education won the 2016 Prize for Clinical Research 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. Tomkins-Lane, who teaches in the Department of Health and Physical Education, 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.