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Sept. 6, 2018

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First permanent Pride crosswalk in Calgary opens at MRU

The campus crossing is a sign that Mount Royal is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive campus for everyone.

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Teaching and learning top of mind for new tenure-track faculty

This year 16 new tenure-track professors will to continue to stack Mount Royal’s roster of distinguished academics and star educators.

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Growing awareness means more space is required

The Office of Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion is holding its grandopening in its new space on Sept. 12. All are welcome to stop by.

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Bret Hart gifted traditional Blackfoot name

Honorary degree recipient Bret Hart gets the name Iyiikitapinaa (Courageous Chief) by Elder Miiksika’am.

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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Employee Awards
The ceremony on Aug. 31 honoured groups and individuals for their exceptional work across campus. Read more about the effective teams and distinguished faculty, staff and administrator award recipients, as well our retirees and long-service employees.

Mandatory safety training reminder

All full- and part-time employees are required by provincial legislation to complete mandatory safety training. Anyone who missed the June 30 deadline is reminded to take the training as soon as possible. Follow these instructions to access the 15-minute orientation on Blackboard.

Good Food Boxes return to SAMRU
Available for both staff and students, the Good Food Box allows you to purchase fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables at an affordable cost. Order dates are Sept. 25, Oct. 23 and Nov. 20, and must be placed at SAMRU reception before 4 p.m. Payment is cash only.

Tour the Simulation Learning Centre
Health-care simulation teaches new skills, refreshes old skills and improves the delivery of safe and effective patient care. MRU employees are invited to tour the Simulation Learning Centre (W223) on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as part of Health Care Simulation Week.

Never share your password
Sharing your password gives others access to everything about you at MRU no t only your emails, but your salary information and more. Join the fight against cyber crime by never sharing your password. Read more about protecting yourself in the Cyber Safety Survival Guide.

The Library opens a space for VR/AR/MR
The Experience Lab is now open on the main floor of the Library. Learn how to blend virtual reality, articifical reality and mixed reality into course programming or simply drop in for a fun session and explore this new technology. Learn more.
Bleed Blues      

International business education teaching innovation recognized
Professor Lynn Moorman of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences recently appeared in the original CBC documentary, Ms. Scientist, in which some of Canada’s top female scientists reveal the challenges they face, their groundbreaking work and their inspirational success. Find out more at @MsScientistFilm.
Events        Complete list at

Presidential Search Focus Groups
Fri., Sept. 7 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. ― EC2010
Facilitated by the executive search firm Boyden Canada, focus groups will be split according to your role at MRU. Check the presidential search website for the appropriate time to attend.

Developing Your Digital Presence: Key Strategies and Technologies That Every Academic Should Know (Workshop 1)
Tues., Sept. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon EL2462 (Flexible Learning Lab)
In the first of this workshop series, faculty will learn principles and best practices for online scholarly engagement and promotion. Register.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act 101 Awareness Training
Tues., Sept. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. EB1113
Learn the ins and outs of FOIP by attending this 45-minute, rapid-fire session. Register.

Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion (CEMI) Grand Opening
Wed., Sept. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. — C201
CEMI has moved into a new office and all are welcome to visit and tour the space. Refreshments will be served.

Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) 101 Awareness Training
Thurs., Sept. 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. EB1006
This session will provide an overview of CASL requirements and how they affect day-to-day business at MRU. Register.

Developing Your Digital Presence: Online Engagement and Social Media for Scholarship (Workshop 2)
Thurs., Sept. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to noon EL2462 (Flexible Learning Lab)
Build scholarly social research networks using tools such as ResearchGate, Publons or LinkedIn, and use social media for knowledge mobilization. Register.

Practical Copyright for Instruction
Mon., Sept. 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. EL1470B (Library Classroom B)
This copyright workshop will provide a general overview for those interested in learning the basic principles around copyright and instruction at MRU. Register.

Practical Copyright for Instruction
Mon., Sept. 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
EL1470B (Library Classroom B)
Learn the basic principles around copyright and instruction at MRU at this workshop. Register.

Wellness Services: The Working Mind
Tues., Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. TBD
The Working Mind is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Register.

Cloud Computing and Protecting Privacy Awareness Training
Tues., Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon EC1135
Learn about protecting privacy when implementing cloud-base (software-as-a-service) third-party vendor solutions at the University. Register.

Copyright Workshop: Teaching with Movies and Other Media
Tues., Sept. 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
EL1470B (Library Classroom B)
Be clear on how and where you can use film and other media, including in class, on Blackboard or distributed to your students, as well as how your user rights apply under the Copyright Act.

Copyright Workshop: Using Electronic Images
Wed., Sept. 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. EL1470B (Library Classroom B)
Know how to incorporate electronic images into your course materials in a copyright-friendly way. Register.

Workplace Health: Science of Happiness
Wed., Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon
The Science of Happiness introduces some of the research-based "happy habits" that can be adopted to increase levels of happiness and well-being. Register.

Records and Information Management (RIM) 101 Awareness Training
Wed., Sept. 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. EC1150
This session provides a quick, 45-minute overview of MRU's RIM program including transitory records, drafts and copies, records retention lengths and off-siting records. Register.

Spin the Wheel and Win a Prize
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Main Street
Sign up for the IT Security newsletter or show the latest edition and get a chance to spin the wheel and win. More about IT Security.

International Student Eat and Greet
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Z203
Everyone is welcome! This program gives international students and the broader Mount Royal community an opportunity to meet new people and build connections. More info.

Beakerhead: What’s So Special About A Weasel’s Head?
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. — EL3345
Explore the Weaselhead Park through an immersive installation with 360-degree visuals and virtual reality headsets. Free and open to all.

An Evening with Chelsea Handler
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Chelsea Handler is an accomplished comedian, best-selling author and activist. She’s genuine, authentic
and wildly funny. Tickets.

Pop-Up Science Carnival
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Celebrate the launch of the new Chemistry major by exploring the science of food with hands-on experiments. Free and open to all.

Have You Ever Wondered ... by Joe Schwarcz
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall​
Joe Schwarcz, PhD and national TV personality, will give an informative and entertaining presentation that demystifies the chemistry of everyday life. Free and open to all.

Doors Open YYC
Sat., Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The MRU campus is taking part in Doors Open YYC. Tour three of our new innovative spaces; the MRU Library, the Taylor Centre for Performing Arts and the Trico Changemakers Studio. More info.

Spin the Wheel and Win a Prize
Wed., Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Sign up for the IT Security Newsletter or show the latest edition and get to spin the wheel for a prize. More about IT Security

Trico Changemakers Studio Showcase
Thurs., Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EB3013
Celebrate this new vibrant co-working and learning space on our campus. Meet some of our studio members and learn how they are making a meaningful difference.

Workplace Health: Creating Your Financial Roadmap
Fri., Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This session will teach you how to build a solid financial plan and how to avoid common mistakes in money management. Register.

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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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