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May 14, 2021

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Machine learning transforming supply chain industry

Mount Royal recently held a knowledge workshop into this new field, keeping the University at the forefront of developments in the supply chain sector. 

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Celebrating excellence in teaching and learning  at MRU

The three-day Celebrate! event featured more than two dozen events and looked at the "trials and triumphs" of teaching online as well as several other subjects. 

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Meet the new SAMRU executive

Two new and two returning members of the students' association's Executive Council  vow to address racism on campus, funding cuts and getting the vote out. 

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Prestigious fellowship awarded 

As part of the Darcy McGee Beacon Fellowship program, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, president of the National University of Ireland, Galway, will present three workshops. 

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MRU partners with Ambrose University 

Agreement sees MRU's LEAP (Language Education for Academic Purposes) program create new English language pathways for Ambrose students. 

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Coping with the ongoing impact of the pandemic
Homewood Health offers tips on coping with the prolonged effects of the pandemic, which can include mental and physical health reactions, behaviour changes, cumulative stress and increased feelings of isolation. Learn how to approach vaccine anxiety and who to reach out to for immediate support.

Share your shot
Mount Royal encourages vaccination as the best way to take care of our campus community. If you’re sharing your vaccination selfie on your social media channels, tag #MRULife to celebrate with members of the campus community. All Albertans aged 12 and up are now eligible.

MRSA Professional Development days this month
MRSA PD days began May 11 and run until May 20, with sessions on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week and next. More than 20 virtual sessions are being offered. The MRSA is inviting union-exempt staff to the events as well. More information

Reminder of main building, EA and EB closure beginning Friday, May 21
If you currently work in the main building, EA or EB, or if you VPN to your desktop, please note these three buildings will be closed to everyone starting on Friday, May 21 at 6 a.m. and continuing through Monday, May 24 until 8 p.m. to enable upgrades to the campus emergency distribution system. Those buildings and all services will reopen Tuesday, May 25. More information can be found on MyMRU announcements.

Lot 1 and 2 closed from May 21 to June 11
Parking Lots 1 and 2 will be closed from Friday, May 21 at 8 a.m. to Friday, June 11 at midnight. If current restrictions are lifted, on June 7, 8, 9 and 10, MRU is looking forward to hosting its drive-in style convocation ceremonies using Lots 1 and 2.

How did you hear about Wellness at Work?
On Bell Let's Talk Day Jan. 28, Human Resources launched a new website called Wellness at Work. A campaign to increase employee awareness and uptake of the resources available to support well-being ran over the past three months. Please provide your thoughts on the information that has been shared with you in this quick survey.

May is Sexual Violence Awareness month
In collaboration with @UCalgary and @BowValley, Mount Royal is participating in the Dear Survivor Love Letter campaign and launching a new workshop, 'Rethinking Consent: Creating Communities of Care.’ Learn more about Sexual Violence Awareness Month initiatives at #SurvivorLoveLetter

New way to book massage appointments
The Mount Royal Student Practicum Centre’s new online appointment booking system lets you sign in via Google, Facebook or Twitter, so you don’t have to worry about yet another username and password. (If you’d prefer, you can create an account tied to your email.) With the system’s My Account feature, you can manage upcoming massage therapy bookings, update paperwork and more. Visit to try the new system and book a $20 massage in May.

HREB applications submission deadline
The submission period for Human Research Ethics Board (HREB) applications for research involving human participants that require clearance prior to June 15 ends at midnight. More information.

Did you know?
The 2020 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) reported 88 per cent of fourth-year students at Mount Royal rated their educational experience as excellent or good. Find out more in the Fast Facts.


Bleed Blues

Expertise in ethics guides Bissett finance students to a win in CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge
A team of four Bachelor of Business Administration students have earned the title of national champions following the fifth-annual CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge. Teams were challenged to identify ethical dilemmas within a case study depicting those they may encounter in future finance careers. Congrats to these students and the Bissett finance program on a remarkable accomplishment.

Alum receives grants to support gender diversity in technology
Chic Geek was founded by Kylie Woods (Bachelor of Communication — Public Relations, 2012) to help build gender diversity in technology in the province. This year the company received more than $300,000 in grants with funds from the Labour Market Partnership Federal-Provincial Program, the Small Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant, the Civil Society Fund Grant, and Coalition Support for Calgary Entrepreneurs in partnership with Alberta Innovates. More information.

Documenting the history of the transformation of Old Sun
Former assistant professor Sean Carleton, PhD (now with the University of Manitoba), and ecotourism and outdoor leadership student Wacey Little Light have published a new research note in Prairie History (Number 4, Winter 2021), entitled, “Old Sun, New Buffalo: A Siksika School’s Transformation from Residential School to Community College.” In the 1960s, leaders of the Siksika Nation took control of the Old Sun Residential School building to provide post-secondary opportunities for Niitsitapi students, starting as a satellite campus of Mount Royal College. More information.



Introduction to Audio Editing
Mon., May 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. ― Online
Mon., May 31 from 1 to 2 p.m. ― Online
This workshop will provide an overview of Library resources and audio editing concepts. Register for May 17. Register for May 31

Beginner's Guide to 360-Degree Cameras
Tues., May 18 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Discover how to create highly immersive environments for education using 360-degree cameras. Register.

Introduction to Audio Recording
Tues., May 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. ― Online
Tues., June 1 from 1 to 2 p.m. ― Online
Discover the equipment and resources available from the Library, as well as basic audio production concepts and how they can apply to a variety of projects. Register for May 18. Register for June 1

Using KeePass
Wed., May 19 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Google Meet
This informative one-hour workshop takes you through the basic steps of using KeePass so you can stop reusing passwords and safely store them. Register.

Trico Changemakers Studio Presents Changemaker Conversations
Thurs., May 20 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Online
Thurs., June 3 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Online
Join the Changemaker Conversations to engage in generative dialogue towards action around pressing social issues. More info.

Transforming Social Connections with Virtual Reality
Tues., May 25 from noon to 1 p.m. ― Online
Learn how social virtual reality platforms (Altspace VR, VR Chats, Facebook Spaces) are changing the way we connect with one another during this new era of social distancing. Register.

Creating Augmented Reality Experiences with Adobe Aero
Thurs., May 27, from 12 to 1 p.m. — Online
Learn how to build, view and share interactive augmented reality experiences using your Apple device with the Adobe Aero platform. Register.

D’Arcy McGee Beacon Fellowship Lecture Series: The Influence of Universities in Diversifying and Strengthening Local Society and Economy — Case Study NUI Galway
Fri., May 28, 10 a.m. to noon — Cisco WebEx
Join Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, president, NUI Galway, for an engaging lecture on the influence of universities in diversifying and strengthening local society and economy, using NUI Galway as a case study. Register.


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Start of semester emails, with option for distribution list

As each semester begins (August/September and December/January), areas with ongoing employee activities can send an email to all employees describing their semester activities. Employees can then choose to opt in to that area's distribution list (Google Group) for regular updates. If you would like to send an email and/or set up a Google Group for your area, please contact Marketing and Communications for guidelines.

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