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Feb. 1, 2018

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Summit ― Students "Under Pressure"

More than 80 per cent of Alberta's post-secondary students say their general health is good to excellent, but many also report feeling anxious, stressed and overwhelmed.

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Crowchild Classic kept fans on the edge of their seats

The Cougars rallied hard at the sixth annual Crowchild Classic, which saw nearly 10,500 hockey fans perform an impressive Scotiabank Saddledome takeover.

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A small sampling of MRU's cool courses

A variety of thought-provoking classes available at Mount Royal delve into everything from hipster art, to the Tragically Hip, to online game development, to the rise of the “foodie.”

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Reconciliation: A Photographic Exhibition

To be unveiled Feb. 7, a new Mount Royal photography display will reveal the impact of residential schools.

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Opening of Office of Academic Indigenization

Nearly 200 people from across campus and Indigenous communities attended this milestone event.

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Sustainability campaign leading to positive results

Do the Right Thing is making a difference in reducing waste, but there’s still some work to do.

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Budget Town Hall
Mark your calendars: come learn about the budget development process for the 2018/2019 fiscal year at the next budget town hall, Wed., Feb. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Ross Glen Hall.

Snowfall update
Over 68.1 centimetres of snow has fallen this winter, translating into a lot of work for the Grounds Department. They have hauled away 215 tandems (2,580 cubic yards) of snow from the parkade, roadways and parking lots, clearing snow every day except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, plus seven out of 14 weekends, beginning in October. Please give them a friendly wave when you see them!

How to avoid slipping and falling on ice
Read about snow and ice control on campus and how to walk to avoid falls. The Grounds crew works hard to clear roads and pathways, but if you see an icy patch, please report it to Facilities Management by calling the Customer Care Centre at 403.440.6417.

Don't leave valuables in plain sight in your car
There has been an increase in reported car prowling on campus. If you see something suspicious call Security at 403.440.5900.

Don't freeze out Suzy and Grace!
Please use the revolving doors at East Gate and West Gate entrances ― not the automatic door in the middle, which is only for people with mobility challenges. Every time the automatic door is opened, it sends a blast of cold air down Main Street, driving up heating costs (and at East Gate, freezing out Suzy and Grace at Starbucks, too).

Academic Advising Services has moved
After 13 years in the same location at C109, Academic Advising Services has moved just around the corner to D101. Easier to find on Main Street, Academic Advising Services will continue to provide advising to current students who are looking to switch programs as well as our University Entrance and Open Studies students. Please drop by and say hello!

Faculty book event
The Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement invites faculty from across the University to share their recently published books with members of the community by giving a brief presentation during Research and Scholarship Days on March 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Knuckle (EA 3001). To present, apply here before Feb. 16. To attend, please register here. Free lunch provided!

Faculty Lightning Talks
The popular Faculty Lightning Talks are back again this year. Each presenter will give a 5-minute ignite-style presentation (20 PowerPoint slides timed at 15 seconds each). Interested? Apply here before Feb. 16. Presenters can use the following template. To attend, register for March 29 and/or April 6. Free lunch is provided! More about Research Days.

Call for papers ― Can a liberal education make you a better discerner of truth? 
The MRU Liberal Education Conference will be held May 3 to 5. Submissions of abstracts of 250 to 500 words are being accepted for anonymous peer review. The deadline for receipt of submissions is 5 p.m. on Feb. 23. More info
Bleed Blues      

New Changemaker in Residence
Early in 2018 the Institute for Community Prosperity welcomed Cathy Glover to the campus's Changemaker in Residence team. Glover comes to Mount Royal from a long career in the energy industry and volunteering with charitable and non-profit organizations in Calgary. Read more.

Events              Complete list at

Katherena Vermette
Fri., Feb. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ― T126
Katheresa Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her first book, North End Love Songs won the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry.

MRU Student Leadership Conference
Sat., Feb. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ― Lincoln Park Room
All MRU students are encouraged to attend the fourth annual Student Leadership Conference (SLC). The theme for SLC 2018 is Everyday Leadership. More info.

Wellness Services: The Working Mind
Mon., Feb. 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
This education-based program is designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Register.

My Story
Mon., Feb. 5 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Hear the faith stories of students to better understand your own story and the diversity of spiritualities at MRU. Register.

Employee Wellness Consultations
Tues., Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. — EL2462
The goal of this process is to meaningfully engage with employees to learn more about what well-being in the work environment would look like and feel like for you. Register.

Identities: Intersectionality and Anti-Oppression
Tues., Feb. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. — U111
"Intersectionality" broadly refers to the intersection of multiple aspects of social and individual identities. Attendees must have taken Social Justice 101: Power, Privilege and Oppression through Diversity and Human Rights. Register.

IT: KeePass 2.0
Wed., Feb. 7 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn the basics of using KeePass to digitally store your important passwords. Register.

IT: Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Crime
Wed., Feb. 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — E220A
Take the Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Crime workshop and learn tips and tricks on how to keep your data safe at home and at work. Register.

Weight Watchers
Wed., Feb. 7 from 12 to 1 p.m.
If your new year's resolutions include a healthy-weight goal, a weekly program that could help is coming to campus. Register.
Winter Walk Day
Wed., Feb. 7 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. — Recreation Entrance
Winter Walk Day encourages people across Alberta to be active outdoors in winter. We will meet at the Recreation entrance and do the MRU loop. Let's get walking!

Opening of Reconciliation: A Photographic Exhibition
Wed., Feb. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Featuring the works of George Webber, Soloman Chiniquay, David Young and Aaron Pelletier and curated by Curtis Desiatnyk of Mount Royal's Art Committee, this exhibition is part of the Alberta Exposure Festival. More info.

Podcasting and Process with Mickey Vallee
Thurs., Feb. 8 from 10 to 11:20 a.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
Part of the Arts Speaker Series, join a philosophical meet-up exploring the bioacoustics of science, violence and environmental devastation with Mickey Vallee, PhD. More info.

Canadian Involvement in Eastern Europe
Thurs., Feb. 8 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. — Y222
The John de Chastelain Peace Studies Initiative is proud to present Constable John Lamming, M.A. and Captain Lazlo Benak as they speak to the on-the-ground perspectives from the RCMP and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Is There Room for Academic Freedom in Today's University?
Thurs., Feb. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Jenkins Theatre (I115)
A public lecture by James L. Turk, Centre for Free Expression, Ryerson University.

Employee Wellness Consultations
Fri, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. — EL2462
The goal of this process is to meaningfully engage with employees to learn more about what well-being in the work environment would look like and feel like for you. Register.

Freedom of Expression and Making the Campus a Safe Space
Fri., Feb. 9 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Where should the line be drawn? A public forum featuring Sinclair MacRae, James Turk, Rinaldo Walcott, Frances Widdowson, Kimberly Willams and Marc Schroeder, moderator.

IT: Strong Passwords Made Easy
Tues., Feb. 13 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. — E229A
In 30 minutes learn how to create strong, easy-to-remember passwords, how to safely store and remember all your passwords and turn on two-step verification. Register.

Workplace Health: The Science of Happiness
Tues., Feb. 13 from 1 to 2 p.m.
This one-hour session will introduce participants to some of the research-based “happy habits” that can be adopted to increase levels of happiness and well-being. Register.

Intergenerational Healing Series: Survivors’ Voices
Tues., Feb. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. — Ross Glenn Hall (EC1060)
This is a student-led initiative to bring in survivors of Canadian residential schools to share their experiences with students, staff and faculty of Mount Royal University.

Enable Two-Step Verification and Spin the Wheel
Wed., Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Come find out how two-step verification protects your Google account and earn the chance to win a bookmark, smartphone wallet/stand or charging cables. More info.

Budget Town Hall
Wed. Feb. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon — Ross Glen Hall
Mark your calendars: come learn about the budget development process for the 2018/19 fiscal year at the next Budget Town Hall.

HR: The Art of Leadership
Thurs., Feb. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Be introduced to practical leadership tools and strategies for success, including delegation, motivation, coaching and feedback. Register. 

Iniskim: 8th Fire Prophecy
Thurs., Feb. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The 8th Fire Prohecy is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) teaching that looks at the past, present and future relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Register

Employee Wellness Consultations
Fri., Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
The goal of this process is to meaningfully engage with employees to learn more about what well-being in the work environment would look like and feel like for you and how we can support the needs of employees. Register

FM: Prioritize Space Request Training
Thurs., Feb. 22 from 10 to 11:20 a.m. — T104
Departments requesting major renovations, funding from the renovation reserve, a new space, or space designation changes will need to complete a request via Prioritize. Register

IT: Creating an Email Distribution List
Fri, Feb. 3 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104 
Learn how to create an email distribution list in Google Groups. Register

HR: LAPP 101 — The Basics
Fri., Feb. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Everything you want to know about your Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP) but were afraid to ask. Register


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