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Jan. 11, 2019

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Top 10 for 2018

Check out the 10 stories that most moved us, taught us and represented the Mount Royal community last year.

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Coming together at the end

Self-described "street nurse" and alumna Rachael Edwards is on the ground working with the Calgary Allied Mobile Palliative Project. From the fall issue of Summit magazine.

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Bruce is baaaaaack!

Set to appear at the Bella on Jan. 27, Mount Royal alumnus Bruce McCulloch's audacious, irreverent sense of humour was cultivated right here in his hometown of Calgary.

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Art installation set to disappear

An idea born at the annual Stephanson Cooke Violence Awareness Symposium culminates in a decomposing artwork installation found outside the T-wing.

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Cougars Campus Store grand opening Jan. 14
Come by the new Cougars Campus Store (the former BookStore) from
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 and receive 25 per cent off all MRU and Cougars clothing. The first 500 buying customers receive a free Glamorgan Bakery cookie.

Annual report now available online
The University's 2017/18 annual report is now available online. The report is a detailed accounting of Mount Royal's performance against the goals of the Comprehensive Institutional Plan (2017 to 2020) and includes the audited financial statements. A limited number of hard copies will be available later this month. Contact to inquire.

Alumni Achievement Awards nominations open until Jan. 25
Celebrate our alumni through the annual Alumni Achievement Awards. Nominate a deserving former student who has achieved significant success early in their career, has made a significant impact in their professional practice and through community involvement, or who deserves recognition for a lifetime of excellence in professional or personal endeavours. View our 2018 recipients.

Nominate a student for the Outstanding Future Alumni Award
New this year, nominate a current student for the prestigious $5,000 Outstanding Future Alumni Award. Nominees must have significantly achieved within and/or contributed to Mount Royal University or the community, and be in good academic standing. Encourage students to nominate each other before end of day Friday, Jan. 25. Questions may be directed to the Office of Alumni Relations at or 403.440.7000.

2nd annual Employee Wellness Fair takes place Jan. 30
Drop by the Lincoln Park Room (J301) any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 for the Employee Wellness Fair. Open to staff and faculty, the fair provides information about wellness-related resources on campus. Findings from the 2018 employee wellness consultations and survey will be shared and healthy snacks will be provided.

Don't freeze out Suzy and Grace!
Unless you need to use an automatic door, please use revolving doors at entrances. Frequent use of the automatic doors allows a lot of cold air to enter the building, especially at East Gate (freezing out Suzy and Grace at Starbucks, too).

Public Recreation members can now park for free
MRU Cougars Athletics and Recreation is now offering public memberships that include parking. Learn more about the benefits of a public Recreation membership at MRU.

Community Mobile Food Market coming to Wyckham House
The Community Mobile Food Market (CMFM) is a community-driven grocery store on wheels, increasing the availability of healthy and affordable foods in Calgary. Open every Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. (January through March) in Wyckham House, the market has a variety of fresh produce, eggs, bread and some non-perishables, all budget-friendly and usually under market value. Bring your own bag. Cash, debit and credit accepted.

Bleed Blues

Compelling Calgarians
Provost Lesley Brown, PhD, and alumnus Paul Shumlich were each named one of the Calgary Herald's 20 Compelling Calgarians. In addition to being a proven administrator, Brown is an accomplished scholar in the field of kinesiology, and Shumlich is growing Deepwater Farms, an aquaponics business he started while still a student at Mount Royal.
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#decolonize MRU: Resilience and Recognition
Fri., Jan. 11 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Main Street
In our ongoing efforts to decolonize MRU, while also supporting indigenization initiatives, we are celebrating Indigenous resilience, survivance and presence.

Grand Opening of the Cougars Campus Store
Mon., Jan. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Cougars Campus Store on Main Street
Join us for the official opening of the Cougars Campus Store, which includes 25 per cent off all MRU and Cougars merchandise. Free cookies for the first 500 customers.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Training
Mon., Jan. 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. — A341
Learn all about FOIP.

Suicide Prevention Workshop
Thurs., Jan. 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Location available upon registration
Learn the question, persuade, refer (QPR) certified suicide intervention program.

Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) 101 Awareness Training
Thurs., Jan 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. ― A341
Take in an overview of CASL requirements and how they impact MRU's day-to-day business.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Tues., Jan. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Learn how to recognize and respond to an overdose, including how to provide Naloxone by practicing injections in a safe and non-judgemental setting. Register.

Crowchild Classic Pep Rally
Thurs., Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Main Street
Wear Cougars blue for your chance to win some great Cougars swag and tickets to the game. Check out some of the musical acts from the Conservatory, including the Taiko Ensemble and the Brass Group

Unpacking Unconscious Bias
Thurs., Jan. 24 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Develop your understanding of what unconscious bias is, increase your self-awareness and learn some simple strategies to notice and counter your biases. Register.

Why Holocaust Education (Still) Matters
Sun., Jan. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library
Professor Scott Murray, PhD, examines how awareness of the Holocaust continues to shrink, yet no event better teaches the dire consequences of racism and bystander inaction. Register.

Crowchild Classic
Tues., Jan. 29 from 4 to 9 p.m.
Scotiabank Saddledome
This doubleheader between the Cougars and the Dinos' women's and men's hockey teams is set to take over the Scotiabank Saddledome for the seventh annual crosstown smackdown. Tickets.

Bell Let's Talk Day 2019
Wed., Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Street
Help end the stigma around mental health and come down to Main Street to write a mental health message to share with the campus community. Use the hashtag #BellLetsTalk.

Know your Rights
Wed., Jan. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.
This workshop will allow you to gain an understanding of your rights under the Alberta Human Rights Act and Mount Royal's Human Rights Policy. Register.

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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 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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