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Jan. 24, 2019

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7th annual Crowchild Classic Jan. 29

Cougar athletes in their final year of studies reminisce about the amazing experience the country's largest U Sports event offers.

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Premier champions midwifery on campus

Premier Rachel Notley visited Mount Royal’s state-of-the-art Child Development Lab last week to make two special announcements about parenthood in the province.

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Cougars score high as U Sports Academic All-Canadian

In addition to being the face of Mount Royal while competing on the field, court and ice, the University’s Cougars athletes are among the highest academic achievers in U Sports.

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Indigenous youth discuss the future of energy in Alberta

Student Cory Beaver and a group called Student Energy have spearheaded SevenGen 2019, the first Indigenous student energy summit in Alberta.

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On Monday, Feb. 4, Mount Royal’s website will be updated to use HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) instead of HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol). With enhanced security, users will no longer receive the "not secure" browser warning that can cause them to mistrust the website and leave.

Frontline temporarily out of service from Feb. 1 to 4
The Frontline on-demand work request system will be out of service while Facilities Management makes improvements from Feb. 1 to 4. During this time, please submit Frontline requests to or the call centre at 403.440.6417. Please use the call centre for all urgent requests. Contact Jason Philipchuck ( with any questions.

Payroll office now open during lunch
The payroll office in Human Resources is now open daily over the noon hour to increase service to the campus community. Payroll is located in E208. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Budget 101 presentation now available online
If you missed the Budget 101 presentation this month from Connie Young, AVP Finance and Risk Management, and Evan Cortens, manager, Academic Initiatives, it is now available on MyMRU/Financial Matters. The presentation explains the basics of costs and revenue and how the budget is built. Similar information sessions are being planned.

Keep liquids out of mixed recycle bins
Please empty your disposable coffee and cold drink cups before putting them in the mixed recycle bins. Liquids contaminate the bin contents, which means everything in the bin must go to the landfill. More recycling tips can be found here.

Red Roses in support of TVP
On Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main Street, show your love to your Valentine and support Mount Royal's Transitional Vocational Program at the same time by buying a red rose for $5. Only 125 roses will be available, so get yours before they sell out.

2019 Research and Scholarship Days

Student registration for Research and Scholarship Days now open
Students interested in sharing a poster, creative work or presentation as part of the campus-wide events on April 2 and 3 can register online until Monday, March 4.

Lightning Talks
Monday, April 1 from noon to 1 p.m.
The popular Faculty Lightning Talks are back again this year. Interested in making a five-minute presentation on your research/scholarship? Please complete this expression of interest by Friday, Feb. 22.

MRU Book Showcase
Thursday, April 4 from noon to 1 p.m.
Faculty from across the University are invited to share their recently published books (May 2018 to present) with members of the MRU community by giving a brief presentation during Research and Scholarship Days. This event will showcase original research, creative work and books edited by MRU faculty members. If you are interested in participating, please complete this expression of interest by Friday, Feb. 22.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Support for national workshop on human trafficking
Professor John Winterdyke, PhD, of the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies, recently received a grant from the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development to deliver a national workshop on human trafficking. The project is part of India's Global Initiative of Academic Networks, which recruits international experts to engage with the institutes of higher education in India.

SHRCC Explore grant awarded for study on ritual polyphony
Professor Steven Engler, PhD, along with three Brazilian colleagues, was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Explore grant (through the MRU Internal Research Grant Fund process) and a Collaborative International Research Grant from the American Academy of Religion for a project on Ritual Polyphony in Afro-Brazilian Religions. Read more.
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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.

Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Reality Experiences
Fri., Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon
Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Learn how to create your own interactive 360° tours that can be viewed using virtual reality. Attendance to an Experience Lab drop-in session before registering for this workshop is suggested. Register.

OAI is Turning One!
Fri., Jan. 25 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
T123 (Office of Academic Indigenization)
Drop by the Office of Academic Indigenization anytime between 12:30 and 2 p.m. for a treat and to celebrate its one-year anniversary.

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.

Bruce McCulloch with Special Guest Cathy Jones
Sun., Jan. 27 from 8 to 10 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Mount Royal alumnus and The Kids in the Hall funnyman Bruce McCulloch returns to the city where he discovered his talent for humour. Tickets.

Beginner's Guide to Creating Augmented Reality Experiences
Tues., Jan. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Learn how to create engaging augmented reality experiences that can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet in this hands-on workshop. Register.

Screening of The Social Shift
Tues., Jan. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
The Social Shift is a heartfelt documentry on businesses built for the common good, highlighting those that are adding economic and social value to the world. Tickets.

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.

2nd annual Employee Wellness Fair takes place Jan. 30
Wed., Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Open to staff and faculty, the Employee Wellness Fair provides information about wellness-related resources on campus. Healthy snacks will be provided.

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.

Medieval Manuscripts in Canada: The Place of Old Books on Treaty Land
Wed., Jan. 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Part of the Arts Speaker Series, Professor David Watt, DPhil, of the University of Manitoba will speak about the manuscripts and early printed works of Western Canada. More information.

Get Googled
Thurs., Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Main Street
Do you know your online footprint? Come down to Main Street and Google yourself on our PC and see what the world sees. Participants spin the wheel and win a prize. More information.

Student Leadership Conference
Sat., Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lincoln Park Room (J301)
The Student Leadership Conference is a full-day event for all Mount Royal students. Meet new friends, learn from your peers and build up your leadership skills. Register.

Fresh Routes Community Mobile Food Market
Every Tues., until March 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wyckham House
Fresh Routes will set up its Community Mobile Food Market on campus, making grocery shopping convenient, accessible and affordable.

Eating Plan for Stress Management
Wed., Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to noon — Y324
In this session employees will learn how the right foods can increase their energy levels, boost their immune defence and promote mental clarity. Register.

Winter Walk Day
Wed., Feb. 6 from 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m. Recreation Entrance
Winter Walk Day encourages people across Alberta to be active outdoors in winter. Meet fellow employees and get some fresh air.

Virtual Reality Toolkit Series: 3D Sculpting with Oculus Medium
Thurs., Feb. 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. Experience Lab (EL1355)
Learn how to create 3D sculptures in virtual reality using the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Medium application. Attendance at an Experience Lab drop-in session is suggested before registering. Register.

Beginner's Guide to 360° Cameras: Storytelling in 360° with Photos and Videos
Fri., Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Learn how to use 360-degree cameras (Ricoh Theta V, GoPro Fusion, and Vuze 3D 360 4K VR Video Camera) to create highly immersive environments for education. Register.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Mon., Feb. 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. T135
Learn how to recognize and respond to an overdose, including how to provide Naloxone by practising injections in a safe and non-judgmental setting. Register.

Virtual Reality Toolkit Series: Building 3D Models with Google Blocks
Tues., Feb. 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. Experience Lab (EL1355)
Learn how to create and prototype 3D models in Virtual Reality by using the Oculus Rift headset and Google Blocks application. Attendance at an Experience Lab drop-in session before registering is recommended. Register.

Dave Kelly Live: Valentine's Day Special
Thurs., Feb. 14 from 8 to 10 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
Bring a date to Dave Kelly Live, featuring special guests, surprise appearances, and the best in Canadian talent, stories and music. Tickets.

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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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