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Aug. 20, 2020

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Nursing receives over $1 million

The Riddell and Brawn families' donations will focus on enhanced technnology and care for seniors.

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2020 Alumni Achievement Award nominees

Shen Gaidhar and Erin MacLean-Berko create positive change locally and globally.

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Research on resettlement of Syrian families

Leah Hamilton, PhD, works to understand the experiences of Syrian families.

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Students identify keys to success in gig economy

Research points to the importance of mentors and technology for success.

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Network of 'student for students'

Student Changemakers Network lets students tackle issues important to them.

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Campus-wide effort for those needing to return

Coordination among many is key to making campus safe for those needing to return.

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MRU celebrates Calgary Pride
Mount Royal and SAMRU will sponsor Calgary Pride with a week of online activities, ending with a virtual parade on Sept. 6.

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Welcome back livestream for employees on Aug. 26
On Wed., Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. join President and Vice-Chancellor, Tim Rahilly, PhD, and others as they welcome employees to the 2020/21 academic year. The livestream will be available at mru.ca/WelcomeBack2020. We realize this is a busy time of year so if you can not make it a recording will be posted for one week.

Requests from employees to be on campus
There have been many requests submitted by employees wanting to return to campus. While some people would prefer to work from campus, most faculty and staff will continue to work remotely unless essential. If requesting access, discuss with your immediate supervisor first and be specific about the start/end dates and times. In line with what Dr. Deena Hinshaw is saying to Albertans broadly, if at MRU we keep our campus safe by limiting access now we will reach our goal of returning to in-person student learning and services sooner.

Campus hours and access starting Aug. 24
For employees approved to be on campus starting on Aug. 24 campus will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends, using your OneCard. ED and the second through fourth floors of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre remain closed.

Paid parking at reduced rates resumes on campus Aug. 24
Starting Aug. 24, paid parking will resume and be limited to Lot 2 at the West Gate entrance and the East Gate parkade. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes and then a significantly reduced flat rate of $5 per day will apply. Payment will be contactless using the HotSpot app (fees apply). Learn more.

Higher number of calls to the ITS Help Desk
With call volumes high due to the start of the semester and the pandemic, if you do not have a request that requires immediate assistance instead of calling the Help Desk, email itservicedesk@mtroyal.ca or fill out a ticket on MyMRU / Employee / Resources and Timesheets / Work Tools / Online Service Request. Also go to new, easy to access and understand information on faculty and researcher apps and staff apps. As well, find tutorials here. Thank you for your patience at this time.

Recreation Centre opens to credit students in September
In early September, some Recreation Centre facilities will re-open to credit students who pay a Recreation & Athletics fee as a part of their mandatory student fees. If this first phase of re-opening is successful, access for additional groups will be considered. More details.

Cougars Campus Store now offers contactless pickup
As of Aug. 17, free contactless pickup will be listed as an option when placing orders online through the Cougars Campus Store until Oct. 15. Pickups will take place in Lot 4 starting Aug. 24. Free shipping ends Aug. 23. Learn more.

Archive of all COVID-19 update emails

Wondering if you have missed an email? There is an archive of all email updates related to COVID-19 that can be found online. This includes all updates sent to employees, students and the general campus.

Daily health declaration form and other COVID-19 forms
When many people access the daily health declaration form at the same time, it may not load. While the form will continue to be live to reduce the load on this one form copies of this form were created for each area. Go to mru.ca/employeecheck and bookmark the form for your area. As well, if you have a problem you can clear your cache, fill it out at non-peak times or try a different browser. All employee forms related to the pandemic will be available at mru.ca/employeeforms starting next week.

New tool for remote file access
GlobalProtect and Webfilles are the new tools to upload and download files on the Mount Royal network remotely. They will replace SRAS and Pulse Secure. If you are using these tools, please move over to the new tools as soon as possible because the others will no longer function as of Sept. 7. Learn more.

New cybersecurity awareness training platform launched
All employees are required to do cybersecurity training upon being hired and annually. On Aug. 17 a new training tool from Proofpoint was launched. You can do the training online or in a virtual workshop format. Learn more.

Did you know?
If you're missing MRU merch, the Cougars Campus Store is open for virtual sales. Shop here.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

MRU librarian leads provincial project
Librarian Cari Merkley co-led the Open Education Alberta project, which is a new collaboration between University of Alberta Libraries and other post-secondary institutions across Alberta. The project is providing students and instructors with the ability to access and create digital learning materials for free.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

3D-Modelling in Tinkercad
Fri., Aug. 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Google Meet
This online workshop will explain the basics of how to create a 3D model, 3D modelling terms and techniques, and how to export your model for 3D printing. Register.

Library Support for Online Course Delivery
Mon., Aug. 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Wed., Aug. 26 from 1 to 2 p.m.
— Google Meet
This online workshop will highlight ways faculty can optimize MRU Library’s digital collections and services to support online instruction in Fall 2020.

Pride Parade
Mon., Aug. 24 to Sun., Sept. 6 — Facebook
MRU and SAMRU have scheduled a full week of activities, culminating in a virtual parade. Learn more.

Copyright for Online Instruction
Tues., Aug. 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Wed., Aug. 26 from 1 to 2 p.m.
— Google Meet
Tues., Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet

Wed., Sept. 2 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet

Join Alana Zanbilowicz, MRU's copyright advisor, for a quick, practical overview of copyright in a world of online delivery. Register.

Beginners's Guide to Augmented Reality
Tues., Aug. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Learn about augmented reality applications in the class and research, e
quipment, digital collections, development tools and library services. Register.

Emerging Technologies Virtial Consultation Drop-in
Wed., Aug. 26 from noon to 2 p.m.
— Google Meet
Wed., Sept. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. — Google Meet
Register for drop-in consultations about projects you are working on (virtual reality, augmented reality, 360 cameras, data visualization, immersion studios) with the Emerging Technologies staff. Register.

XR Toolkit Series: Creating Augmented Reality Experiences with Adobe Aero
Thurs., Aug. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Learn how to build, view and share interactive augmented reality experiences using your Apple device in this hands-on workshop, using the Adobe Aero platform
. Register.


Thurs., Aug. 27 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. — Google Meet
Join our cybersecurity expert, who will be combing the latest cybersecurity news to find topics for discusson that are engaging and timely. Register.

Career Resiliency: Keys to Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times
Tues., Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to noon
— Zoom
Bounce back from career shocks and disruptions, spot trends and make progress towards career goals whether you are early in your career or well established. Register.

Beginner's Guide on 360° Cameras
Tues., Sept. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet

Learn how to use 360° cameras to create highly immersive environments for education. Register.

Shifting your Side Hustle into a Business
Thurs., Sept. 3 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
— Google Meet
Ever considered starting your own business, or transforming your side-hustle into full-time work? Learn what it takes from with the MRU Library and a panel of experts. Register.

XR Toolkit Series: Editing 360° Photos and Videos with Adobe Premiere and Photoshop
Thurs., Sept. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Continuing on from the Beginners Guide to 360 Cameras workshop, learn how to process, edit and view your 360 videos and photos using Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop. Register.

Finishing School
Thurs., Sept. 3 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Google Meet
At this weekly drop participants bring in their own fibre projects to work on in a supportive and social setting. Get tips on your projects that are anywhere on their way to being finished from our fibre expert. Register.
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Summit and website stories

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MyMRU announcements

Please send announcements for MyMRU's homepage to mymru@mtroyal.ca. Here are the guidelines.

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

As each semester begins (August/September and December/January), 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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