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Oct. 2, 2019

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'I knew I'd been scammed'

Post-secondary institutions are increasingly the targets of cyberattacks. It takes a lot of care and attention to avoid being trapped, as one employee found out the hard way.

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CN analytics lab opens

The CN Supply Chain Analytics Lab opened on Sept. 30 and was developed as the result of a $500,000 donation to MRU to give students a real-time link to company data.

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Peace Prize recipient announced

On Sept. 20, the John de Chastelain Peace Studies Initiative revealed that veteran foreign correspondent Stephanie Nolen would be recognized in April.

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Students pledge to have their say in #elxn43

The students' association is working to improve the turn-out numbers for voters aged 18 to 24 for the upcoming federal election on Oct. 21.

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Finding the right support as work piles up

This comprehensive list of resources available on campus to help students manage stress and achieve their goals is designed to assist during crunch time.

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More funding for research at Mount Royal
The Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement is pleased to announce that Mount Royal University more than doubled its number of Tri-Agency award recipients for the 2018/2019 academic year, resulting in a more than 61 per cent increase in total funding from the previous year. See details here.

View MRU on Heartland
Mount Royal's debut as a major character in the beloved CBC series Heartland aired Sunday evening. View the complete episode here.

Choose your HSA and PSA options for 2020
All full-time employees can choose to divert funds from their health spending account to a new personal spending account (PSA). The PSA covers a wide range of health-related goods and services, including fitness equipment and clothing. More information about the deadlines will be available soon.

Third-party contractors require safety orientation
Mount Royal is responsible for the safety of anyone working on campus. Third-party contractors are required by policy and by legislation to receive a safety orientation before beginning any work. Contact EHS@mtroyal.ca for more information.

October is Cybsecurity Awareness month
Visit the cybersecurity hub for information about engaging speakers and events, tips to keep you and your family safe, and the year-long Cybersecurity Challenge. Read the 'I knew I'd been scammed' story.

Sustainability survey
The sustainability survey aims to gather information about the values, behaviours, beliefs and awareness around Mount Royal’s steps to be environmentally viable. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw for a $50 Barrow Espresso gift card. Take the survey now.

Overnight power outages in main building Thanksgiving and Reading Week
Power in the main building will be shut down overnight during the Thanksgiving weekend and on Oct. 15 and 16 for electrical upgrades. Empty fridges and power down your computers before leaving each day. The main building will be closed nightly at 10 p.m. during the upgrades.

Free prenatal massages
Massage therapy students are providing a free one-hour prenatal massage
in their supervised student practicum clinic for those in their second or third trimester. Complete this sign-up form to participate. Email massage@mtroyal.ca or call 403.440.5554 with any questions.

Submit your travel snaps for International Education Week
International Education Week takes place from Nov. 12 to 15. Celebrate by submitting your travel snaps to international@mtroyal.ca by Oct. 25. Include your name and the location of the photo, which must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Voting on the top submissions will take place throughout International Education Week.

Open call for submissions for Main Street exhibit

The Art Committee has issued an open call for submissions for photographers who would like to have their work considered for display next year, beginning with the Exposure Photography Festival in February. Submitted work will be reviewed for relevance, artistic merit and fit. Email artcomm@mtroyal.ca with questions or learn more here.

Irrigation system being winterized
Winterization of the University's underground irrigation system is underway this week. An air compressor will be used to blow all the water out of the lines through the sprinkler heads to prevent freezing and cracking over the winter. Please avoid areas where work is being done.

Staying safe on icy pathways
Please take extra precautions on icy sidewalks, such as walking 'penguin style' with slow, small steps. The Grounds team focuses on 'priority 1' areas first, including sidewalks and ramps leading into the primary building entrances. How to report a safety incident.

Did you know?

Last year's Open House welcomed approximately 3,263 guests to campus, the highest attendance for this premier recruitment event yet. This year's Open House will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Richard Harrison launches 25th anniversary edition of Hero of the Play
Professor Richard Harrison’s Hero of the Play has been in print continuously for 25 years, with a tenth anniversary edition released in 2004. 25 (Wolsak and Wynn), is a celebration of this fact, as well as a meditation on 25 years of hockey poetry. This collection catalogues the way the game has woven itself into the life of the Governor General’s Award-winning poet, and is a reflection on how the game has become such a large part of the Canadian identity.

Cougars give back to the community
On Sept. 21, the Cougars men’s hockey team was awarded the title of the Autism Aspergers Friendship Society’s Community Partner of the Year. A year ago, the team made a commitment to support the Austism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary, and as a result ended up "adopting" Bryce. The team has become quite close with Bryce, who comes to MRU every Monday to assist with locker room clean up and practice preparation. Bryce is also alumnus and graduate of Mount Royal’s Transitional Vocational Program.

Research presented in Vienna
As part of this year’s International Federation of Social Work European Conference in Vienna, Austria, Assistant Professor Marva Ferguson presented her research “I Have to Go Back Home: The Complexities of Caregiving From Afar,” a topic that examines the experiences of Caribbean immigrants who face challenges shaped by systemic inequities specific to precarious employment and the lack of access to resources and decision making. More information.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Pledge to Keep Your Password Secret
Thurs., Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Main Street
Come down to Main Street and sign a pledge to keep your password secret. Receive a sticker in return and spin the prize wheel. More information.

Using Electronic Images
Thurs., Oct 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. RLLC Formal Boardroom (EL4201)
Understand how to incorporate electronic images in your course materials in a copyright-friendly way. Register.

Ethics 101 Workshop
Thurs., Oct. 3 from 10 to 11 a.m.
EB2061 (Bissett Boardroom)
This session will consider the principles of ethical conduct for research involving humans as required by the Canadian tri-council policy statement. Register.

Calgary 1919: The Limits of Labour Revisited
Thurs., Oct. 3 from 1 to 2:20 p.m.
EL1270 (Ideas Lounge)
A century after the workers' revolt of 1919, the foremost historian of Calgary's labour movement revisits his path-breaking 1998 book.

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
Thurs., Oct. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. T134
This workshop is designed to equip participants with the necessary tools to effectively respond when someone discloses that they have been sexually assaulted or harassed. Register.

What Would Have Happened if Anakin Skywalker Had a Good Counsellor as a Youth?
Fri., Oct. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. Moot Court (EA1031)
Josh Lockhart will discuss Darth Vader's origin in the context of early traumatic experiences and positive psychology (or lack thereof). More information.

National Depression Screening Week
From Mon., Oct. 7 to Sun., Oct. 13
Today, 46 per cent of Albertans experience depression, but only half seek help. The depression screening tool identifies the presence or absence of depressive symptoms. Visit test4depression.com.

CAMP Festival
From Mon., Oct. 7 to Tues., Oct 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day Bella Concert Hall
Presented by MRU, the CAMP Festival celebrates the art and technology of creative storytelling by inviting
creatives to share stories, connect and be inspired. More information.

Using Date Functions in Excel
Tues., Oct. 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Learn how to employ various date functions in Microsoft Excel. These skills can be used in Google Sheets as well. Register.

Hack the Box: Escape Room
Tues., Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main Street
As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, register your team of four for this escape room activity. More information.

What the Hacker Sees
Wed., Oct. 9 from noon to 1 p.m.
EL1270 (Ideas Lounge)
Watch Michael McDonnell demonstrate real-world hacker techniques while showing side-by-side views of what the victim sees. More information.

Teaching With Movies and Other Media
Wed., Oct. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. RLLC Formal Boardroom (EL4201)
Join Alana Zanbilowicz, MRU’s copyright advisor, as she examines how and where you can use films and other media in class, on Blackboard, or distributed to your students. Register.

Cannabis 101 with the AGLC
Wed., Oct. 9 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
EL1270 (Ideas Lounge)
Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis will be on campus to talk to faculty and staff about cannabis and what to expect from the next round of legalization to be enacted on Oct. 17.

Erasing Family: Documentary
Wed., Oct. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Room I115 (Jenkins Theatre)
This documentary follows young adults fighting to reunite with their broken families and offers solutions to make divorce healthier for kids. Tickets.

Book Launch with Associate Professor Randy Nikkel Schroeder
Wed., Oct. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Shelf Life Books
Join MRU Associate Professor Randy Nikkel Schroeder as he launches his novel Arctic Smoke. Also appearing will be authors Jaclyn Dawn and Wendy McGrath. More information.

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse
Thurs., Oct. 10 and Fri., Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Y324
This training is intended to build the capacity of community members to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Register.

Teaching with Movies and Other Media
Thurs., Oct. 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. RLLC Formal Boardroom (EL4201)
Understand your user rights under the Copyright Act and how to source copyright-friendly movies and videos for teaching. Register.

Beginner's Guide to Virtual and Augmented Reality
Tues., Oct. 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
Explore virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, and learn about the MRU Library Experience Lab. Register.

Creating 360-Degree Content for the Immersion Studio
Wed., Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to noon
EL3345 (Immersion Studio)
Want to use the Library’s 360-degree projection room, but don’t know where to start? Learn what's available to you. Register.

The Working Mind
Wed., Oct. 16 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
The Working Mind is open to all employees and promotes positive mental health and stigma reduction in a workplace setting. Register.

Virtual Reality Toolkit Series: 3D Sculpting with Oculus Medium
Thurs., Oct. 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
EL1355 (Experience Lab)
Learn how to create 3D sculptures in virtual reality using the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Medium application. Register.

Working with Google Docs
Thurs., Oct. 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This training covers using headers and footers, adding hyperlinks, inserting comments and suggestions, text wrapping, viewing previous versions and adding a table of contents. Register.

Maker Studio Showcase
Mon., Oct. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Students from the Department of Education's Teaching Social Studies course will showcase their Maker Studio creations.

Creating a Google Forms Quiz
Tues., Oct. 22 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Learn to create a quiz using Google Forms. Register.

Hack the Box: Escape Room
Tues., Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Street
See if you can solve the puzzles and break into the box before the opposing team does. All participants will receive cool swag. Register.

Academic Integrity Day
Wed., Oct. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Various locations
Students can choose from several workshops designed to increase their awareness of the pitfalls that can lead to a stain on their academic reputation. More information.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Wed., Oct. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.
During this workshop you'll learn how to recognize and respond to an overdose, including how to provide naloxone
by practising injections in a safe and non-judgemental setting. Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Thurs., Oct. 24 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
This fascinating and informative 90-minute workshop gives you all the tools you need to keep you and yours cybersafe. Register.

MRU Open House
Sat., Oct. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Encourage prospective students to meet our amazing faculty, take a campus tour, chat with current students and find out how alumni have moved into their careers. More information.

Matt Mays
Sat., Oct. 26 from 8 to 10 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Mays describes his show as “a journey through songs, old and new, an evening that will start off woody and mellow and finish electric and stormy." Tickets.

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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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