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Sept. 6, 2019

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OneCard to rule them all

Your offical Mount Royal identification, OneCard provides new features plus increased flexibility and functionality.

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Where no one has gone before

Renowned cave diver Jill Heinerth will discuss underwater scientific exploration in places never seen by humans.

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Milestone for public relations

In the 50 years since its inception, MRU's public relations program has made major contributions to the field.

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New West Gate Social replaces old Hub

Promising exceptional value, the new spot for socializing, grub and beverages on campus is West Gate Social.

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More tools to help the littlest among us

A new book written by nursing faculty members helps ease the unique preemie journey towards long-term health.

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Cyber Security program targets worker shortage

Anyone can gain the skills and knowledge needed to fill gaps in the labour market with two new certificates on offer.

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President Tim Rahilly presents 'The Year Ahead'
President Tim Rahilly's welcome back message to the MRU community focuses on the exciting academic year ahead. He shares his thoughts on the recommendations of the government’s Blue Ribbon Panel, saying MRU is in a good position to address the future. Read more.

Chance to change your benefits coverage ends Sept. 15
Eligible full-time employees have a one-time chance to make changes to their health, dental and optional life insurance coverage without the usual requirement of a major life change. Learn about the new features in the benefits plan here. Reply by Sept. 15 to the email you received from benefits@mtroyal.ca called "Choose your Sun Life coverage beginning Aug. 16."

Mandatory Code of Conduct disclosure forms due Sept. 30
All employees are required to complete this disclosure form, either to indicate no conflict of interest exists or to initiate a review process. Read more here.

OneCard is Here!
Pick up your new OneCard today from the OneCard office in G100 until Sept. 13. For questions, visit mru.ca/onecardFAQs.

30 Days of Blue
The first 30 days of classes at MRU are jam-packed with things for faculty, staff and students to do. The 30 Days of Blue landing page encapsulates them all.

Financial Services launches its annual training schedule
The first Financial Services session of the year is FAST Financial Reporting and FOAPs on Sept. 18, and is for anyone responsible for managing or monitoring a budget. Visit the Financial Matters page of MyMRU for more information or register here.

Stay informed about workplace safety
To learn about your safety rights, responsibilities and campus safety information, sign up for the Environmental Health and Safety newsletter. Go to the newsletter archives to see what you have missed.

Process for software purchases and updates
Due to annual audits of the University IT Controls by Alberta’s Auditor General's Office, IT Services (ITS) is required to facilitate software purchases, monitoring and preventing unauthorized software from being installed and used. All software must be properly licensed. Email licensemanager@mtroyal.ca with your questions.

Keep your passwords secret
Someone with your password can access all your personal information at MRU, as well as shared drives. This places not only you, but your coworkers at risk. Consider using a password manager such as KeePass2. Find out more here.

Staff sports every lunch hour
Drop-in staff sports are offered every lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. for current MRSA or MRFA staff. These activities take place at the Stanley/Triple Gym and are a great way to stay active and connect with colleagues across campus. For more details, check out the Cougars Athletics and Recreation drop-in schedule at mru.ca/getplaying or contact Chad Van Dyk.

Get your colleagues involved in intramurals
Ever thought of registering a department team in your favourite sport? Mount Royal's intramural sports leagues are for everyone, regardless of previous experience or skill. The fall semester registration deadline is Sept. 17. For more details, check out the Cougars Athletics and Recreation Intramurals webpage at mru.ca/intramurals or contact Chad Van Dyk.

Did you know?
New Student Orientation was attended by approximately 1,850 new students and helmed by 200 student leaders. About 350 staff and faculty members supported the two-day event to provide a positive and informative introduction to MRU life.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

‘North-bound and pursued’
Associate professor Randy Nikkel Schroeder, PhD, of the Department of English, Languages and Culture’s new novel, Arctic Smoke, is being released this month by NeWest Press. The story follows aging punk Lor Kowalski as he and his band head north for a mysterious Artic festival tour. The work is described as “An absurdist punk-rock adventure through counter-counterculture’s most otherworldly spaces.” Read more.

Assessing the value of sport and recreation to a community
Associate Professor David Finch, PhD, and Professor David Legg, PhD, in collaboration with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Community Prosperity are hosting Calgary’s inaugural ActiveCITY Summit on Sept. 18 at WinSport. They will be joined by 250 other leaders in sport and recreation to debate the future of an active economy. Register.

Faculty and student collaboration takes home conference award
Assistant professor Ran Ju, PhD, Associate Professor Sandra Braun, PhD, and MRU public relations students Dat Huynh and Sarah McCaffrey, won second place in the Top Paper Competition in the Public Relations Open Division at the 102nd annual conference of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Professor’s play to be performed in New York City
In May, Associate Professor Susan Jacoby of the School of Nursing and Midwifery wrote and co-directed a play titled "Born in the Ruins" for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. The 56-minute performance highlights the important work of midwives and nurses. It will also be performed on Sept. 17 in New York City as part of the UN High Level Commission for Universal Health Coverage. More information.

MRU nursing history to reach a European audience
School of Nursing and Midwifery associate professor Marg Olfert is headed to Florence, Italy, in February to present her research, “The trail of an idea struggling for survival: Jean Mackie Establishes Canadian Nursing Education at Mount Royal College, 1964–68,” at the Florence 2020 International Conference on the History of Nursing, hosted by the European Association for the History of Nursing. More information.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Opening of West Gate Social
Mon., Sept. 9 to Fri., Sept. 13 — West Gate Social
The Hub has been renovated and rebranded as West Gate Social. Check out this casual meeting spot that offers exceptional value.

Internal Research Grant Fund Workshop
Tues., Sept. 10 from 10 to 11 a.m.
U265A (ORSCE Boardroom)
MRU faculty will receive valuable tips on how to submit a successful Internal Research Grant Fund application for the Fall 2019 opportunity. Register.

Pledge to Keep your Password Secret
Tues., Sept. 10 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Main Street
Come to Main Street and sign a pledge to keep your password secret. Receive a sticker in return and spin the prize wheel. More information.

CPA and Energy Career Expo
Tues., Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Career Services is excited to host this event for students to connect with top CPA firms and energy industry employers hiring for 2020 opportunities.

Creating an Email Distribution List
Thurs., Sept. 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. T104
Learn how to create an email distribution list in Google Groups. Register.

Beginner's Guide to 360-Degree Cameras
Fri., Sept. 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Learn how to use 360-degree cameras (Ricoh Theta V, GoPro Fusion and Vuze 3D 360 4K VR video camera) to create highly immersive environments for education.

Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Reality Experiences
Tues., Sept. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — Vizualization Classroom (EL1441)
Find out how to create interactive 360-degree tours in this hands-on workshop.
Sign up.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Tues., Sept. 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. — EA 2020
This informative workshop gives you all the tools you need to keep you and your family cybersafe. Completion of this workshop fulfills the annual mandatory cybersecurity training requirement. Register.

ActiveCITY Summit
Wed., Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — WinSport
Sign up for this event that discusses the future of sport and recreation in Calgary and what that means to citizens. Student tickets are $29. Tickets.

Creating 360-Degree Content for the Immersion Studio
Wed., Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon
EL3345 (Immersion Studio)
Learn what type of content works best for the Library’s 360-degree projection room and what resources are available to help. Register.

Copyright for Students
Wed., Sept. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m.
EL4201 (Formal Boardroom)
MRU's copyright adviser will take attendees through a broad overview of their rights and obligations under the Copyright Act to help them feel confident when using images, text, video and other works. Register.

Copyright for Students
Thurs., Sept. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m.
EL4201 (Formal Boardroom)
Understand how copyright affects students in their schoolwork right now, and professionally once they graduate. Register.

Health, Community and Education Simulation Learning Centre Open House
Thurs., Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — W223

Check out the computerized patient simulators, experience a variety of simulated environments and see state-of-the-art audio-visual recording equipment. RSVP.

Into the Planet with Jill Heinerth
Fri., Sept. 20 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
World-renowned cave diver Jill Heinerth will share tales from her new book, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver. Free and open to all.

3D Sculpting with Oculus Medium
Fri., Sept. 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Experience Lab (EL1355)
Learn how to create 3D sculptures in virtual reality using the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Medium application.
Sign up.

Using Google Forms
Fri., Sept. 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Create an interactive form using Google Forms and learn how to add fields, share and work with form data.

Public Relations 50th Anniversary
Fri., Sept. 20 from 1 to 6:30 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Celebrate the program’s many successes, graduates and alumni.

iinistsi 141
Mon., Sept. 23 all day — Mount Royal University
Join the MRU community by participating in various events around campus to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7.

Unpacking Unconscious Bias
Tues., Sept. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Develop an understanding of what unconscious bias is and learn some simple strategies to notice and counter your biases. Register.

Practical Copyright for Instruction
Wed., Sept. 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Formal Boardroom (EL4201)
Join Alana Zanbilowicz, MRU’s copyright adviser, as she examines practical applications of copyright in teaching.

Cloud Computing and Protecting Privacy
Wed., Sept. 25 from 3 to 4 p.m. — Kerby Hall Boardroom (A341)
Learn about protecting privacy when implementing cloud-based vendor solutions.

Using KeePass
Thurs., Sept. 26 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn how to use KeePass to safely store your passwords electronically.

Practical Copyright for Instruction
Thurs., Sept, 26 from 10 to 11 a.m.
EL4201 (Formal Boardroom)
Learn how to address basic issues in determining how copyright applies to various types of works in face-to-face and digital classroom environments. Register.

Putting Trials on Trial
Thurs., Sept. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Elaine Craig, PhD, from Dalhousie University will discuss sexual assault and the failure of the legal system. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to all.

You Need a Will: The Nitty-Gritty on Making it Happen
Thurs., Sept. 26 from noon to 12:55 p.m.
This session offers a look at why it’s vital to have a will, and what’s involved in making one. Register.

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
Fri., Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Calgary musician Michael Bernard Fitzgerald will perform to a hometown audience.

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

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