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May 11, 2017

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Don't forget to thank a nurse this week!!
It's International Nursing Week and Mount Royal is thanking our health professionals, while also launching a crowdfunding campaign to create an endowed scholarship.

Calgary the epicentre of disaster research
As disaster studies become more and more relevant, the upcoming Resilient Calgary event will feature several of MRU's Centre for Community Disaster Research's scholars and their findings.


We are the Cougars: building our inclusive MRU Cougars brand
Since the beginning of the academic year Athletics and Recreation, and Marketing and Communications have been working together on the inclusive MRU Cougars brand, the results of which will be unveiled this fall semester. Learn more!

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies introduced
Tracy Friedel, PhD, will join Mount Royal University on July 1 as the University’s first Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies, focusing on culture, environment and sustainability. Read more.

Student globetrotters in the United Kingdon, Japan and Grand Bahama
An inbound exchange student from Solent University shares her experience, The Reflector calls MRU a "hot destination" for international students, and midwifery students take advantage of the Abroad/TransCultural Exchange Program on Grand Bahama.

Set a healthy goal this summer!
The Workplace Health Program is bringing another weekly Weight Watchers program to campus starting soon. Find out more.
Bleed Blues

MRU and SMU study on professor ratings published in Inside Higher Ed
A study co-written by Mount Royal professor Bob Uttl and Saint Mary's University PhD candidate Dylan Smibert titled, "What are Students Rating When They Rate Professors," was recently published in Inside Higher Ed and Academica. Part of the findings were that class subject had a large impact on student satisfaction and eventual professor ratings.
Events                  Complete list at

Social Democracy and the Left in Canada: Past, Present, and Future
Fri., May 12 from 7 p.m. to Sun., May 14 at 4 p.m.
This academic conference critically examines the past, present, and future of social democracy and the left in Canada. Tickets and more info.

Andrés Cárdenes with the CYO
Sun., May 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Andrés Cárdenes has parlayed his talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. Tickets.

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S): Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control
Mon., May 15 from 9 to 11 a.m.
This training will help you identify, assess and control the hazards you deal with in your workplace. Register.

IT: KeePass 2.0
Mon., May 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Learn the basics of using KeePass to digitally store your important passwords. Register.

EH&S: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 2015
Mon., May 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.
This course will provide training in WHMIS 2015. Register.

HR: Effective Interpersonal Communication
Tues., May 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Be introduced to tools and strategies to improve interpersonal effectiveness, facilitate team work, enhance productivity and foster win/win communication. Register.

EH&S: Respiratory Protection
Tues., May 16 from 9 to 11 a.m.

This training will provide information necessary to understand and choose your respirator, properly use and maintain it. Register.

IT: Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Crime
Tues., May 16 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Learn how to foil cyber criminals and beat them at their own game! Register.

EH&S: Hearing Conservation
Tues., May 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

This training will provide information necessary to choose and use your hearing protection and recognize hazardous noise levels. Register.

EH&S: Gas Cylinder Safety
Tues., May 16 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

If you work with gas cylinders, you should take this course. Register.

EH&S: Lab Safety
Wed., May 17 from 9 to11 a.m.

This training will provide information necessary to understand basic lab safety. Register.

EH&S: Chemical Safety
Wed., May 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Understand basic chemical safety with this training. Register.

Creating Your Financial Roadmap
Wed., May 17 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This session will touch on topics such as how to build a financial roadmap, common mistakes in money management and tools to build a solid financial plan. Register.

EH&S: Biosafety Level 1
Wed., May 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The first of two levels, this training will provide information necessary to understand basic biological safety. Register.

EH&S: Biosafety Level 2
Thurs., May 18 from 9 to 11 a.m.

The second of two levels, this training provides information necessary to understand advanced biological safety. Anyone dealing with RG2 microorganisms must take this training. Register.

EH&S: Hazardous Materials Management Level 1
Thurs., May 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The first of two levels, this training provides information about hazardous waste and how to handle and classify it. Register.

EH&S: Bloodborne Pathogens
Thurs., May 18 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

An introduction level course, this training will provide information necessary for understanding bloodborne pathogens. Register.

EH&S: Incident Report (Intelex)
Fri., May 19 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This training will provide information necessary to understand how to use MRU's incident reporting software (Intelex). Register.

IT: Collaborating with Google
Wed., May 24 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Have you been asked to contribute to a collaborative document? Then this is the class for you. Register.

40th Annual MRU Employee Appreciation Day
Thurs., May 25 from 9 to 4:30 p.m.

All employees are invited to take part in fun activities like bubble soccer, a movie, knitting, painting, a documentary and of course the annual barbecue and end of day reception. Registration is open!

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Start of semester emails, with option for distribution list sign up

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