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Nov. 28, 2019

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Announcing the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award recipients

This year's field includes a former police officer, a pilot, an executive director of a non-profit and an academic.

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Serving up the values of socialism

Two alumni of Mount Royal's sociology program have created The Allium, a trendy eatery that is actually a worker co-operative.

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Helping small business grow and fire up the economy

A recent Small Business Growth Roundtable at MRU discussed the ways Alberta can address what is known as the "scale-up gap."

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File sharing can lead to unintended consequences

File-sharing websites make a lot of promises, but in reality they only offer students a bumpy journey of uncertainty that can result in serious disciplinary actions and long-term difficulties.

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Queen Elizabeth Scholars return from overseas

Three Bachelor of Health and Physical Education ― Physical Literacy students have returned to campus from life-changing international practicums thanks to innovative scholarship fund.

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Breaking barriers for female entrepreneurs

Alumna and Board of Governors member Shannon Pestun was instrumental in bringing the first-ever Women's Entrepreneurship Day Summit in Canada to MRU.

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Did you miss the Community Town Hall?
If you were unable to attend the Community Town Hall today, the Power Point presentation and video from the event can be found here. The link to the Town Hall live stream will be available for the next week. A budget Q&A has been created to answer your questions, and will be updated regularly, so remember to send any additional questions to budget@mtroyal.ca

Academic Town Hall next week
The Office of the Provost is hosting an Academic Town Hall at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre’s Ideas Lounge on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Provost and Vice-President Academic Lesley Brown will provide updates on achievements and aspirations in Academic Affairs. RSVP here.

Join in some festive cheer
All employees are invited for a holiday mix and mingle on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. at the Bella Concert Hall. Take in a 40-minute holiday concert with performances by the Conservatory’s Artio choir, award-winning alumna Kate Stevens and more. Then enjoy refreshments with your colleagues in the lobby. No RSVP is necessary.

2020 Alumni Achievement Award nominations are now open
Every year, the Mount Royal University Alumni Achievement Awards celebrate the alumni and future alumni who inspire us. We encourage you to nominate those exceptional individuals before Jan. 10, 2020. Read the guidelines and nominate an alumna/us here.

International photo contest winners announced
The top 10 submissions to the 2019 International Photo Contest have been selected by 265 Mount Royal community voters. The winning photos will be hung in the third-floor hallway of the Bissett School of Business building, with the additional 10 being put on display at the International Student Support Centre. The top three will also receive prize packages.

Human Resources supports available
Recognizing that this is a time of concern and worry among employees, HR has resources available that are designed to provide support during times of change and uncertainty, including a workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 3 called The Fundamentals of Change and Transition. Ongoing support is available through the Employee Family Assistance Program.

Take care of yourself during the holidays
The holidays can be a time of high stress and anxiety, particularly for those who may have experienced a loss. Homewood offers tools and services that can help make this time more manageable for employees coping with holiday stressors.

Did you know?

As part of Mount Royal moving to Part 1 of the Post-Secondary Learning Act, we must have a governance body called the "Statuatory Deans' Council." This Council includes all of the President's Executive Committee, all of the current Deans' Council and several resource members.
Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Alumni steal the show at Social Enterprize Awards
On Nov. 21 at Calgary’s Social Entrerpize Awards, hosted by the Trico Foundation and the Haskayne School of Business, finalists for What’s Next YYC participated in a live pitch fest vying for four awards of $25,000. Three went to MRU alumni. Paul Shumlich of Deepwater Farms received the Audience Choice Award, with Timothy Lipp (Beaverlodge) and Sean Crump (Universal Access) each receiving Judge’s Choice Awards.

Winterdyk Presents, Wins Award and Helps Launch Journal
Criminal justice professor John Winterdyk, PhD, attended and presented on human trafficking in Canada at the Canadian Criminal Justice Congress ― 100 Years of Criminal Justice and was the recipient of the organization's Public Education Award. Winterdyk has also been invited to prepare the first editorial and introduction for the Global Journal for Criminological and Criminal Justice Research.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Invasion: Unist'ot'en Camp Short Film
Thurs., Nov. 28 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Join the Office of Academic Indigenization for a free film screening and discussion of Indigenous self-determination, sovereignty and climate justice. Register.

Repair Café with Claudia Franco-Slater
Mon., Dec. 2 from 2 to 3 p.m. EL1245 (Maker Studio)
Bring in your broken or damaged items in need of attention and get tips on how to fix instead of replace them. Register.

Managing and Sustaining Change
Tues., Dec. 3 and Wed., Dec. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
Examine specific tools and methods for defining metrics and assessing the success of implemented change efforts. Register.

The Fundamentals of Change and Transition
Tues., Dec. 3 from noon to 1 p.m.
Explore strategies, frameworks, self-care tools and resources to navigate the change process successfully. Register.

Department of Mathematics and Computing Showcase 2019
Tues., Dec. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.
EL1270 (Ideas Lounge)
Come and see exciting work from senior computing students, support their growth and help advance their projects. Register.

Blackfoot Language Lunch and Learn
Wed., Dec. 4 from noon to 1 p.m.
EB3013 (Trico Changemakers Studio)
This program provides an introduction to Blackfoot language teachings by Elder Roy Bear Chief in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Fundrace Flurry Wrap Party
Fri., Dec. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m.
West Gate Social
The Fundrace Flurry's winning team will be announced and the first 60 people to RSVP to a.gerling@samru.ca will receive a free Wild Rose beverage to enjoy at the event. Donate.

Intersecting Borders: English Honours Conference
Fri., Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — EL1270 (Ideas Lounge)
Honours students will host four student paper sessions throughout the day. A keynote presentation from Sharanpal Ruprai will take place from 12:55 to 1:55 p.m.

Winter Fantasia
Sun., Dec. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Winter Fantasia is a showcase of the work of the MRU Conservatory choral ensembles. Tickets.

Choosing a Repository for Your Research Data
Tues., Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to noon — EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
In this session, presenters will outline some of the factors to consider when choosing a repository for your research data. Register.

Humanly 2019
Tues., Dec. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. — Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Join the senior information design class as Calgary's current challenges and potential futures are explored at the Systems Thinking and Changemaking capstone showcase. Register.

An Intimate Evening with Paul Brandt
Tues., Dec. 10 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
This Country Music Hall of Fame inductee with a heart and voice of gold joins the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for an unforgettable evening. Tickets.

Creating 360-Degree Content for the Immersion Studio
Wed., Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon — EL3345 (Immersion Studio)
Learn what type of content works best and what resources are available to properly use the Immersion Studio. Register.

Employee Holiday Mix and Mingle
Wed., Dec. 11 from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Take in a 40-minute holiday concert at 2:30 p.m., then enjoy refreshments afterwards in the lobby. No RSVP necessary.

Internal Research Grant Fund Workshop
Wed., Dec. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. — U265A (Research Boardroom)
Learn valuable tips on how to submit a successful Internal Research Grant Fund application for the Winter 2020 opportunity. Faculty members should check their eligibility for this opportunity in the IRGF Guidelines on the ORSCE Funding Opportunities webpage. Register.

Building Customer Relations
Thurs., Dec. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — EC2035
Acquire steps and strategies to provide customer service excellence. Register.

Beginner's Guide to Virtual and Augmented Reality
Thurs., Dec. 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — EL1441 (Viz Classroom)
Explore virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, plus learn about the Experience Lab and available library services and how to integrate them into your classes and research. Register.

Sounds of the Season
Sat., Dec. 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Celebrate the festive season in song with the MRU Conservatory ensembles, including the Calgary Youth Orchestra, Mount Royal Kantorei Artio and Zhi-Yin choirs. Tickets.

Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Reality Experiences
Tues., Dec. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
Learn how to create your own interactive 360-degree tours that can be viewed using virtual reality in this hands-on workshop. Register.

Beginner's Guide to 360-Degree Cameras
Wed., Dec. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
Learn how to use 360-degree cameras to create highly immersive environments for education. Register.

Virtual Reality Toolkit Series: 3D Sculpting with Oculus Medium
Thurs., Dec. 19 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — EL1355 (Experience Lab)
Learn how to create 3D sculptures in virtual reality and how to 3D print your model in the Maker Studio. Register.

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