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Feb. 15, 2018

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Pyeongchang is alumnus Doug Dirks' fifth Olympics

Broadcasting graduate and lead commentator for all alpine skiing events also has an interesting Cougars connection.

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What does an Olympics bid really mean for Calgary?

In a collaboration with The Sprawl, MRU journalism students have examined the feasibility of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.

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Alumnus has chance to attain the top of the podium

Paralympian Kurt Oatway is headed to Pyeongchang on the cusp of a strong season on the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team.

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Student Zina Kocher tries for fourth Olympics

Kocher's qualifying performance in a new sport did not earn her a cross country spot — but she’s okay with it.

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Defining the future of the fourth estate

The Digital News Innovation Challenge is looking to grow independent journalism in Canada.

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Summit ― "Cultivating the Cougars"

Find out what it takes to find the right students to fill the Cougars rosters with winning athletes.

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Remembering Reyn Johnson and Jeff Bird
Feb. 13 marked one year since the accident where two aviation instructors, Reynold (Reyn) Johnson and Jeffrey (Jeff) Bird, tragically died. Our hearts remain with Reyn’s and Jeff’s families and friends, and with all who knew these two exceptional individuals.

Learn about the 2018/19 to 2020/21 budget development
The information shared at yesterday's budget town hall is now available on MyMRU. Choose Financial Matters and scroll down to Budgeting.

Internet interruptions Feb. 17 and 18
IT Services will perform maintenance on the data centre network on Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 18 from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (four hours each evening). During this interval, access to Internet-based services may be interrupted for periods of up to five minutes. If you notice any additional interruptions, contact ITS at 403.440.6000.

Final Employee Wellness consultation
The final Employee Wellness consultation session will take place on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sign up to engage with your colleagues in a conversation around wellness, allowing MRU to further understand and support your needs.

Nominate a colleague for a 2018 Distinguished Employee Award
Do you have a colleague whose work is transformational? Someone you admire for making a distinguished contribution or accomplishing exceptional results? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Distinguished Employee Awards. Nominate a staff member, manager, team or credit-free instructor. Nominate a faculty member (full time or contract).

Major electrical shutdown March 10
On Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m., the electricity will be shut off in the entire main building for approximately 12 hours. The building will be closed during this time. The shutdown is to tie-in new green energy infrastructure and complete necessary maintenance work. Please empty fridges and power down computers and other electronics on Friday, March 9 before you leave.

Encourage standout students to apply for the SAMRU Awards
The Students' Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) asks faculty members to encourage their students to apply for this year's SAMRU Awards. Criteria includes a high level of commitment to the campus community and strong academic achievement. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28.

Meet Mount Royal's active employees
Wellness Heroes showcases Mount Royal University employees who actively incorporate elements of wellness into their daily routine. Each month, a different MRU employee will be profiled. Meet Young-Cheol Jung, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies. Watch his video here.

Hundreds of truckloads of snow removed
So far this season the Facilities Management Grounds team has shipped more than 200 truckloads of snow offsite. Here's an example of the effort it takes to keep the campus safely cleared of snow and ice.
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MRU students win geoscience trivia contest, headed to Canadians
In January, four Mount Royal University geology students attended the Western Inter-University Geoscience Conference (WIUGC). During the conference the Regional Divisions of Challenge Bowl (held by the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists) was won by MRU students Darby Desrosiers and Alex Patterson, who are now headed to the Canadian National Finals at the GeoConvention 2018 in Calgary. Read more.
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HR: The Art of Leadership
Thurs., Feb. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Be introduced to practical leadership tools and strategies for success, including delegation, motivation, coaching and feedback. Register.

Iniskim: 8th Fire Prophecy
Thurs., Feb. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The 8th Fire Prohecy is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) teaching that looks at the past, present and future relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Register.

4th Annual Showcase Showdown
Thurs., Feb. 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
Celebrate the ideas and creations of Mount Royal Computer Information System students. Register.

Trickster Warrior: Popular Theatre for Community Wellness
Thurs., Feb. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. — EC1135
This project is led by a partnership between the University of Calgary and the Iniskim Centre to promote mental health among youth by working together to address suicide prevention. To register email Rita Henderson at or call 403.210.9874. More info.

Employee Wellness Consultations
Fri., Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. — EL2462
Sign up for the final date of these consultations to help Human Resources learn more about what well-being in the work environment would look and feel like for you. Register.

Debate Debates — Motion: Be it Resolved that International Students Should Pay Domestic Tuition at MRU
Fri., Feb. 16 from 3 to 4 p.m. Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
This mock debate hopes to signify how to return to civilized conversation. Arguments will be made for and against the motion by Mount Royal faculty members. More info.

FM: Prioritize Space Request Training
Thurs., Feb. 22 from 10 to 11:20 a.m. — T104
Departments requesting major renovations, funding from the renovation reserve, a new space or space designation changes will learn how to complete a request via Prioritize. Register.

IT: Creating an Email Distribution List
Fri, Feb. 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn how to create an email distribution list in Google Groups. Register.

HR: LAPP 101 — The Basics
Fri., Feb. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Everything you want to know about your Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP) but were afraid to ask. Register.

Self-Defense Course
Sat., Feb. 24 from 12 to 4 p.m. — U133
This course will introduce counter-attack techniques to protect yourself from immediate harm and help you improve your defensive awareness of any potentially dangerous situation. Register.

Get Rec'd Boulder Bash
Mon., Feb. 26 to Sat. March 3 — Recreation Climbing Centre
Are you ready to try your hands (and feet!) in Recreation's bouldering competition? Beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions are available for climbers of all skill levels. Register.

Freedom to Read Week, Banned Book Reading
Mon., Feb. 26 to Fri., March 2 from 12 to 1 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
Every day during the week join fellow students, faculty and staff as passages from challenged and banned books are read aloud. All are welcome. Want to be a reader? Email

There Be Dragons: Medieval Ecology and Empire Off the Map
Mon., Feb. 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
Presentation by Robert Rouse, PhD, University of British Columbia. Sponsored by the Medieval Miscere Colloquium Series. All are welcome.

HR: Workplace Presentation Skills
Tues., Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For most people, delivering a presentation is nerve-racking. Acquire tools and techniques to increase your comfort and effectiveness in giving presentations. Register.

Game-Changing Books with Duane Bratt: The Peloponnesian War
Tues., Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. — Fish Creek Library, 11161 Bonaventure Drive SE
Explore Thucydides' timeless classic relevant to today's geopolitical landscape. Led by Duane Bratt, PhD, Mount Royal University. Register.

IT: Acrobat DC Basics
Wed., Feb. 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn the basics of using Acrobat DC, including combining files, editing files, creating forms, adding comments and using security functions. Register.

Enable Two-Step Verification and Spin the Wheel!
Wed., Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Come find out how two-step verification protects your Google account and earn the chance to win a bookmark, smartphone wallet/stand or charging cables. More info on creating strong passwords.

Iniskim: Leadership and Indigenous Values
Thurs., March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.
We will examine the topics of leadership, emotional intelligence and holism and how these qualities relate to the seven Indigenous values. Register.

IT: Working with Google Docs
Mon., March 5 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Training covers using headers/footers and hyperlinks, inserting comments/suggestions, wrapping text, viewing previous versions and adding a table of contents. Register.

Secondary Data Collection, Utilization and Repurposing Workshop
Mon., March 5 from 12 to 1 p.m. — EB2061 (Bissett Boardroom)
For faculty, panelists will discuss available data sources and effective ways of collecting, utilizing and repurposing qualitative and quantitative data, considering digital and non-digital sources. Register here or contact Nancy Funke at

FM: Prioritize Space Request Training
Tues., March 6 from 10 to 11:20 a.m. — T104
Departments requesting major renovations, funding from the Renovation Reserve, a new space, or space designation changes learn how to complete a request via Prioritize. Register.

Women Working in the Criminal Justice System
Tues., March 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. — Y316
A panel of women who work in the criminal justice system in Calgary will present their experiences as part of the Arts Speaker Series.

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault
Tues., March 6 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. — EB1010
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.

Wellness Services: The Working Mind
Wed., March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 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.

IT: Strong Passwords Made Easy
Wed., March 7 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. — E299A
In 30 minutes learn how to create strong, easy-to-remember passwords, how to safely store and remember all your passwords and how to turn on the two-step verification. Register.

Social Justice 101: Power, Privilege and Oppression
Wed., March 7 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.

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

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