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Jan. 19, 2018

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Cretaceous Lands unveiled

Creatures who lived in Alberta 65 millions years ago are now permanent residents on campus.

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One week to the Crowchild Classic

Fan experience is centre ice at this annual crosstown smackdown, taking place Jan. 25.

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Mentees become mentors

The Harry G. Schaefer program sees former students returning to pay it forward.

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Introducing the Mount Royal Board of Governors
In the fall Mount Royal welcomed 10 new members to our Board of Governors (BOG). The Board members are eager to introduce themselves to our community and use their skills to assist the University in achieving its strategic goals. Meet the BOG team here!

Budget Development for 2018/19-2020/21
Budget development is now underway. As part of planning, the President's Executive Committee, as supported by University Strategic Council, has established three values to guide our budget development, and five principles to support our decision-making. These can be found in a presentation on MyMRU on the Financial Matters tab, in the Budgeting section.

Lesley Brown, Provost and Vice-President Academic and Annalise Van Ham, Vice-President Finance and Administration, will visit groups around campus to present these budget values and principles and to discuss and answer questions specific to each area. More information will be shared as budget development progresses. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Annalise or Lesley with questions.

Fire drill on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m.
This practice fire drill is expected to take up to 30 minutes and includes an evacuation of all Lincoln Park campus buildings except Residence. Everyone must participate. Learn more here.

Fire alarms in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts
Water damage sustained on the weekend in the Taylor Centre (ED), caused several fire alarms in the building were damaged and disabled. To compensate while repairs are underway, additional security staff will be on duty to monitor and ensure safety in the event of an actual fire. Some false alarms may occur during this time. Employees are advised to evacuate their building if an alarm sounds, strobe lights are active or if directed by the mass communication system.

Employee Wellness Fair
The Employee Wellness Fair will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lincoln Park Room (J301). Learn more about community and campus wellness resources and explore the interactive displays. No sign up is required.

Employee Wellness Consultations ― RSVP
Employee Wellness Consultation sessions will be held on Feb. 6, 9 and 16. Sign up for one of these five sessions to engage with your colleagues in a conversation around wellness, allowing MRU to further understand and support your needs. Sign up here.

Help keep Mount Royal's computer network safe
This campus-wide survey will help determine steps IT Services needs to take to continue to keep cybercriminals at bay. The survey takes less than four minutes to complete and is anonymous. Those who complete the questions can choose to enter a draw for a $60 gift certificate to The Table. Be a superhero...complete the survey!

Workplace Health Promotion offers weight-management program
If your New Year's resolutions include a healthy-weight goal, a weekly program that could help is coming to campus. The 16-week noon-hour program starts Feb. 7. The program also includes online support. Payment is made through payroll deduction. Only 35 spots are available. Register here.

Winter Walk ― Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 12:15 p.m.
Winter Walk Day encourages people across Alberta to be active outdoors in winter. More than 100,000 Albertans took part last year. Encourage your colleagues to come out and walk. Meet at the Recreation Entrance and do the MRU loop. Let's get walking!

Volunteer tutors needed
The Transitional Vocational Program is recruiting volunteer tutors for the Adult Literacy Tutoring Service (ALTS) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All tutoring materials are provided and tutors meet one-on-one with their student to focus on basic math, reading, writing and communication literacy skills. Contact Sara Markin if interested.
Bleed Blues      

Professor Scharie Tavcer releases new textbook
Professor Scharie Tavcer, PhD, of the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies is co-author of the recently released Women and the Criminal Justice System: A Canadian Perspective, 2nd Edition. More info.

Nursing profs earn elite nominations
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.
Events              Complete list at

IT: Creating a Basic Google Site
Fri., Jan. 19 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn the basics of creating a Google site, including inserting Google Calendars along with embedding video and selecting your page template. Register.

Why Medieval Manuscripts Still Matter — Encore Presentation
Fri., Jan. 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (RLLC)
Kenna Olsen, PhD and professor in the Department of English, Languages and Cultures presents her research aiming to answer: why does the medieval matter? All welcome.

Stepping Up
Fri. Jan. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sat. Jan. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room
This workshop focuses on promoting healthy relationships and preventing violence. Free.

Workplace Health: Managing Your Money
Tues., Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Topics for this seminar include getting organized with your money, the importance of budgeting, the pros and cons of credit cards and more. Register.

Social Justice 101: Power, Privilege, and Oppression
Tues., Jan. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. — U111
Social Justice 101 delves into the action piece of gaining awareness about the world we live in, and how systems and institutions operate differently for marginalized and privileged identities. Register.

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault
Tues., Jan. 23 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. — EA1057
This workshop is designed to give participants the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to understand trauma and effectively respond when someone discloses a sexual assault. Register.
IT: Advanced Gmail Techniques
Wed., Jan. 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn how to create labels, filters and standard responses and employ search techniques to help you find files efficiently. Note: You must have basic Gmail skills to take this course. Register.

Enable Two-Step Verification — Spin the Wheel!
Wed, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Let IT help you set up two-step verification on your @mtroyal account and you can spin the wheel and win a prize. More info.

Wellness Services: The Working Mind
Wed., Jan. 24 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
This education-based program is designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Register.

HR: eRecruiter Training
Wed., Jan. 24 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
eRecruiter removes the labour-intensive and paper-heavy manual processes associated with reviewing resumes and screening applicants. Register.

Crowchild Classic: MRU Cougars vs. U of C Dinos Hockey at the Saddledome
Thurs., Jan. 25 from 4 to 9 p.m. — Scotiabank Saddledome
The annual crosstown smackdown Crowchild Classic event is hosted by the Calgary Flames. The women's game is at 4 p.m., men's game is at 6:45 p.m. More info.

Interfaith Dinner
Thurs., Jan. 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. — Council Chambers in Wyckham House
This interfaith gathering will build awareness of religious clubs and communities on campus and practice dialogue across different faith traditions and spiritualities. More info.

Grand Opening: Office of Academic Indigenization
Fri., Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. ― T123
Join for the official opening of the Office of Academic Indigenization, which is working to develop curriculum with Indigenous partners. All are welcome.

Child, Youth and Family Well-Being Community of Practice
Tues., Jan. 30 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. — Child Development Lab (U259)
Join the official launch of an internal Community of Practice hosted by the Centre for Child Well-Being. If you wish to attend, please email More info.

Employee Wellness Fair
Wed., Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Learn more about community and campus wellness resources, explore the interactive displays and enjoy some light refreshments. No sign up is required.

Wellness Services: The Working Mind
Mon., Feb. 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
This education-based program is designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Register.

My Story
Mon., Feb. 5 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Hear the faith stories of students to better understand your own story and the diversity of spiritualities at MRU. Register.

Employee Wellness Consultations
Tues., Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. — EL2462
The goal of this process is to meaningfully engage with employees to learn more about what well-being in the work environment would look like and feel like for you. Register.

Identities: Intersectionality and Anti-Oppression
Tues., Feb. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. — U111
"Intersectionality" broadly refers to the intersection of multiple aspects of social and individual identities. Attendees must have taken Social Justice 101: Power, Privilege and Oppression through Diversity and Human Rights. Register.

IT: KeePass 2.0
Wed., Feb. 7 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn the basics of using KeePass to digitally store your important passwords. Register.

Winter Walk Day
Wed., Feb. 7 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. — Recreation Entrance
Winter Walk Day encourages people across Alberta to be active outdoors in winter. We will meet at the Recreation entrance and do the MRU loop. Let's get walking!

Opening of Reconciliation: A Photographic Exhibition
Wed., Feb. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Featuring the works of George Webber, Soloman Chiniquay, David Young and Aaron Pelletier and curated by Curtis Desiatnyk of Mount Royal's Art Committee, this exhibition is part of the Alberta Exposure Festival. More info.

Podcasting and Process with Mickey Vallee
Thurs., Feb. 8 from 10 to 11:20 a.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
Part of the Arts Speaker Series, join a philosophical meet-up exploring the bioacoustics of science, violence and environmental devastation with Mickey Vallee, PhD. More info.

Canadian Involvement in Eastern Europe
Thurs., Feb. 8 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. — Y222
The John de Chastelain Peace Studies Initiative is proud to present Constable John Lamming, M.A. and Captain Lazlo Benak as they speak to the on-the-ground perspectives from the RCMP and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Employee Wellness Consultations
Fri, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. — EL2462
The goal of this process is to meaningfully engage with employees to learn more about what well-being in the work environment would look like and feel like for you. Register.

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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. and Dec./Jan.), areas with ongoing employee activites 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 procedures.

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