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Sept. 20, 2019

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President 'white-hatted' and distinguished visits to MRU

Calgary's mayor, Naheed Nehshi, presented MRU president Tim Rahilly with an official Smithbilt White Hat after a meeting at City Hall last week. The gift is considered the equivalent of being given the key to the city. The president also hosted several distinguished visitors last week, with Demetrios Nicolaides, the provincial minister of Advanced Education, touring campus on Sept. 11 and Jason Copping, minister of Labour and Immigration, stopping by on Sept. 12. Last weekend, Alberta’s minister of Community and Social Services, Rajan Sawhney, celebrated with Rahilly and graduates of the Employment Preparation Certificate program.
Mount Royal's 'Field of Dreams'

A little-known fact is that Mount Royal’s soccer teams play on the best outdoor field in the city when at home, which is what led it to being borrowed by another team during the Cougars' off season.

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Remembering the 1919 strikes in Alberta

A professor-led installation at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre reveals what workers in this province faced 100 years ago and how they shaped history.

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State-of-the-art Seven Chiefs Sportsplex home to new program

Students now have the opportunity to earn a Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma while experiencing community-based learning on the Tsuut’ina Nation.

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Employment Preparation Certificate program sends off new grads

The year-long program prepares adults with developmental disabilities for competitive employment and community living.

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Fire drill next Monday
On Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m., Mount Royal University will hold a practice fire drill that is expected to take less than 30 minutes. This drill will include an evacuation of the inside of all Lincoln Park campus buildings, with the exception of Residence buildings. It is mandatory for everyone to participate. Learn more about fire drills at Mount Royal. For fast notifications, download the new MRU Now safety app for iOS and Android.

Fall 2019 IRGF/SSHRC Explore opportunity now open in ROMEO
The Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement encourages eligible faculty members to apply for the fall 2019 Internal Research Grant Fund/SSHRC Explore opportunity by Sept. 27. More information .

Mandatory Code of Conduct disclosure forms due Sept. 30
All employees are required to complete this disclosure form, either to indicate no conflict of interest exists or to initiate a review process. Read more here.

Transitional Vocational Program (TVP) volunteer opportunity
The TVP and the Adult Literacy Tutoring Service requires volunteer tutors to assist learners with mild disabilities in preparing for employment and independent living. Training is provided. Contact Olivia Parsons at osemm167@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.7246.

First-Year Student Mentor Program applicants needed
Student Learning Services is currently recruiting for Mentors: Academic and Personal Success, where first-year students work with senior students to help with the transition to post-secondary. Faculty members are asked to refer first-year students to the program. Applications are due Sept. 22.

Upcoming cultural and Indigenous inclusion programming
The Students' Association of Mount Royal University has scheduled a number of cultural and Indigenous inclusion programs throughout the fall semester, including eat and greets, drum circles, Indigenous crafts and
Mé tis history. More information.

Campus-wide waste audit from Sept. 30 to Oct. 8
Facilities Management conducts a waste audit every couple of years to measure the campus's compliance with City of Calgary bylaws and performance against the sustainability goals of the University Strategic Plan. Results will be shared with the community once they're compiled.

Did you know?
Mount Royal's East Residences initially housed athletes for the 1988 Winter Olympics. Students moved in to the new digs in 1989.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

'Baddie One Shoe' hits the shelves
English professor Natalie Meisner, PhD, has published a new book of poems titled Baddie One Shoe through Frontenac House. Her poems are odes to the renegades o f the past and present who fight the powers that be with laughter.

Science website recognized with nomination
Associate professor of biology, Sarah Hewitt, PhD, has been nominated by the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada for the 2019 People’s Choice Awards: Canada’s Favourite Science Online for her website, The Science B-Sides. Browse the sites and vote for your favourite.

De-colonizing the social work profession
On Sept. 27, Associate Professor Peter Choate, PhD, of the Department of Child Studies and Social Work, will participate in a PolicyWise 2019 Annual General Meeting panel titled Evidence in Action. Choate will discuss a PolicyWise Seed Grant project that examined the implications of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations for how new social workers are educated. More information.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Public Relations' 50th Anniversary
Fri., Sept. 20 from 1 to 6:30 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Celebrate the program’s many successes, graduates and alumni.

Into the Planet With Jill Heinerth
Fri., Sept. 20 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
World-renowned cave diver Jill Heinerth will share tales from her new book, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver. Free and open to all.

iinistsi 141
Mon., Sept. 23 all day — Mount Royal University
Join the MRU community by participating in various events around campus to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7.

Campus Commuter Challenge
From Mon., Sept. 23 to Fri., Oct. 4
The Campus Commuter Challenge is a friendly competition between Canadian post-secondary institutions encouraging campus members to leave their cars at home. Register.

Sustainability Information Fair
Tues., Sept. 24 and Wed., Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Main Street
Browse the informational displays and complete the sustainability literacy and culture assessment to pick up a free herb grown in the MRU greenhouse. More information.

Greenhouse Tours
Tues., Sept. 24 and Wed. Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon each day
Meet on Main Street at the Greenhouse Tours table
Tours will take approximately 15 minutes and you will learn about the plants currently grown in the greenhouse, upcoming research and opportunities for greenhouse research. Open to all. Register.

Speaker Series: Sustainability and You
Beginning Tues., Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m. and Wed, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.
J301 (Lincoln Park Room)
Seven speakers will present over the two days of MRU's Sustainability Information Fair on topics ranging from how to reduce your use of single-use plastics to how eating insects may help the environment. More information.

Unpacking Unconscious Bias
Tues., Sept. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Develop an understanding of what unconscious bias is and learn some simple strategies to notice and counter your biases. Register.

Practical Copyright for Instruction
Wed., Sept. 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Formal Boardroom (EL4201)
Join Alana Zanbilowicz, MRU’s copyright adviser, as she examines practical applications of copyright in
teaching. Register.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Wed., Sept. 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
During this workshop, you'll learn how to recognize and respond to an overdose, including how to provide naloxone. Register.

Edible Tree Planting Party
Wed., Sept. 25 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Gauthier Courtyard
Celebrate National Tree Day with the planting of six new trees that will produce fruit, nuts or berries, donated by sponsors Trees Canada and the Pembina Institute.

Cloud Computing and Protecting Privacy
Wed., Sept. 25 from 3 to 4 p.m. — Kerby Hall Boardroom (A341)
Learn about protecting privacy when implementing cloud-based vendor solutions.

Community Garden Harvest Party
Wed. Sept. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. Community Garden
Help us harvest the MRU community garden and take home some free organic produce.

Using KeePass
Thurs., Sept. 26 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn how to use KeePass to safely store your passwords electronically.

Practical Copyright for Instruction
Thurs., Sept, 26 from 10 to 11 a.m.
EL4201 (Formal Boardroom)
Learn how to address basic issues in determining how copyright applies to various types of works in face-to-face and digital classroom environments. Register.

Putting Trials on Trial
Thurs., Sept. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Elaine Craig, PhD, from Dalhousie University will discuss sexual assault and the failure of the legal system. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to all.

You Need a Will: The Nitty-Gritty on Making it Happen
Thurs., Sept. 26 from noon to 12:55 p.m.
This session offers a look at why it’s vital to have a will and what’s involved in making one.
Register .

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Fri., Sept. 27 and Sat., Sept. 28
EL1270 (Ideas Lounge)
This two-day workshop is being organized by the Department of Mathematics and Computing in collaboration with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Register.

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
Fri., Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Calgary musician Michael Bernard Fitzgerald will perform to a hometown audience. Tickets.

Dweezil Zappa
Sat., Sept. 28 from 8 to 10 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
It was inevitable that from the moment of Dweezil's birth his life would be filled wall-to-wall with music, what with his father Frank having listed his religion as “musician." Tickets.

Artificial Intelligence: Sci-Fi Versus Reality
Wed., Oct. 2 from noon to 1 p.m.
Instructor Kris Hans will explain what artificial intelligence really is and what should concern us about its use in the future. More information.

Blackfoot Language Lunch and Learn
Wed., Oct. 2 from noon to 1 p.m.
EB 3013 (Trico Changemakers Studio)
Bring your lunch and join campus Elder Roy Bear Chief as he shares his knowledge of the Blackfoot language.

Using Electronic Images
Wed., Oct. 2 from 1 to 2 p.m.
RLLC Formal Boardroom (EL4201)
Understand your user rights under the Copyright Act, how to source copyright-friendly electronic images and how to incorporate these images in your teaching. Register.

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.

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
Thurs., Oct. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m.
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.

Indigenous Service Learning Changemaker Event
Fri., Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lincoln Park Room (J301)
This networking forum will be co-led by Elders and invite dialogue on the emerging area of Indigenous Service Learning as part of Mount Royal's decolonizing efforts. 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.

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 converging creatives to share stories, connect and get inspired. More information.

Hack the Box: Escape Room
Tues., Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Street
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.
Ideas Lounge
Watch Michael McDonnell demonstrate real-world hacker techniques while showing side-
by-side views of what the victim sees. More information .

Book Launch With Associate Professor Randy Nikkel Schroeder
Wed., Oct. 9 from 1 to 9 p.m.
Shelf Life Books
Join MRU Associate Professor Randy Nikkel Schroeder as he launches his novel Arctic Smoke. Also appearing wil be authors Jaclyn Dawn and Wendy McGrath. 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.

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse
Thurs., Oct. 10 and Fri. Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.

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