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Feb. 22, 2017

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First of its kind LGBTQ scholarship introduced
Celebrating leadership in support of LGBTQ communities, students are urged to apply by March 1.

Majors and Minors Fair March 1
The right choice of a minor can help students customize their degree and personalize it to their interests.


Snow removal at MRU

The Grounds Department has hauled more than 400 tandem truck loads of snow out of parking lots, roadways and off the parkade this year. Normally snow is piled up behind the Grounds Building, but with no more space an excavator is removing the excess. Thank you for your patience as they continue to deal with all the snow!

2017 Distinguished Employee Awards nominations open
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Distinguished Employee Awards in the following categories: staff, administrator/manager, team, credit faculty and non-credit faculty. Nomination forms here.

Bleed Blues

Facilities Management wins 5-Star (ECI) Energy Award

Facilities Management recently received an exclusive Energy Cost Index (ECI) Award from Camfil for their introduction of state-of-the-art air filters in the U Wing in 2016. The installation has lead to a marked decrease in electricity costs. Read more.

Pop-Up Poets take part in Converge 2017
The success of Mount Royal's Pop-Up Poetry events recently led to Professors Micheline Maylor (Calgary's current Poet Laureate), Richard Harrison and derek beaulieu being invited to take part in the Universities Canada's Converge 2017 conference in Ottawa. Read Harrison's thoughts about the experience.

Events                        Complete list at

Social Justice 101

Wed., Feb. 22 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. ― U 111
Social Justice 101 looks at how systems and institutions operate differently for marginalized and privileged identities. More info.

In Conversation with "Secret Life" author Kevin Donovan
Wed., Feb. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. — Leacock Theatre
Join in a behind-the-scenes look at the jounalistic process and the complexity of gathering information. Details.

HR: LAPP 101 — The Basics
Thurs., Feb. 23 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Everything you want to know about your Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP) but were afraid to ask. Register here.

IT: Using Google Forms
Fri., Feb. 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — T 104
Learn skills for Google Forms such as adding fields, sharing the form and working with data. Register here.

Black History Month — Crafternoon
Mon., Feb. 27 from 12 to 2 p.m. — Wyckham House Pride Centre (Z 204)
You can explore your creative side in a safe, positive, and stress-free space at Crafternoon! More info.

inVisible Theatre
Mon., Feb. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. — I 128
Mount Royal University partners with the Handsome Alice Theatre Company and Calgary Sexual Health Centre for this collaborative project. More info.

Research Panel: Supervising Undergraduate Student Research Assistants
Tues., Feb. 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. — EB 3047
Panelists will discuss strategies for engaging undergraduate student research assistants. Register at ADC calendar or Nancy Funke at

Iniskim Centre: 8th Fire Presentation
Tues., Feb. 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The 8th Fire is an Anishnabe (Ojibway) Prophecy that speaks to the past, present and future of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Register.

Bystander Interventions
Tues., Feb. 28 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. — EA 1064
A workshop to create a culture where boundaries are understood and reinforced consistently amongst community members. Register and more info.

HR: Effective Conflict Resolution
Wed., March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This training will help you resolve conflicts and manage anger, helping to build a healthy, productive work environment. Register now.

IT: Using Google Drive
Wed., March 1 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. — T 104
Learn what the Google Drive is, where it is located and how to share/save documents. Register here.

Sharing Perspectives on Global Citizenship
Thurs., March 2, from 12 to 12:50 p.m. — E 125
Mount Royal University faculty members share perspectives on Global Citizenship and why it is important today. More info.

Wu Man & Friends
Fri., March 3, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
GRAMMY® Award-nominated musician Wu Man is a pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music. Tickets.

inVisible Theatre
Mon., March 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. — I 128
Mount Royal University is developing a collaborative project in partnership with the Handsome Alice Theatre Company and Calgary Sexual Health Centre. Website.

HR: Building Customer Relations
Tues., March 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This course provides steps and strategies for providing customer service excellence. Register.

IT: KeePass 2.0
Wed., March 8, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. — T 104
Learn the basics of using KeePass to digitally store your important passwords. Register.

Tender Heart of Poetry — Di Brant, 2017 Writer in Residence
Wed., March 8, from 12 to 2 p.m. — The Knuckle (EA 3001)
Di Brandt makes the case for a more cosmologically oriented, spiritually inflected, mythopoetic writing practice. More info.

Night Media
Wed., March 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. — The Knuckle (EA 3001)
Explore with Will Shaw, PhD, the history of media delivery that has altered our sense of morning and evening. More info.

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MyMRU announcements

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

As each semester begins (Aug./Sept.) (Dec./Jan.), areas with ongoing employee activites can send an email to employees describing the semester's activities. Employees can then opt in to a distribution list, such as Google Groups, to get updates. Emails can be sent here.

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