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April 26, 2018

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Summit — What, exactly, is a changemaker?

There is a term heard often throughout Mount Royal University that definitely sounds like something worth being involved in. But it’s hard to define.

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An urban choice, but rural need

Clinical placements are putting both distance and culture into perspective for MRU midwife Luisa Franco, who originally hails from Columbia.

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Chemistry collaborations create a potent mix

The Department of Chemistry and Physics recently participated in two collaborations that provided international viewpoints without students ever having to leave campus.

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The inquiring minds of Mount Royal

For the first time, Mount Royal presented Research Recognition Awards to highlight the distinctive work of students and faculty members. Find out who the recipients were.

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Indigenous Strategic Plan: Report to our communities and an honouring of David Docherty
The Mount Royal community in invited at 3 p.m. today for the launch of the Indigenous Strategic Plan Report to the Community and to honour President David Docherty during a special ceremony during which he will be gifted with a Blackfoot name. Gather at the outdoor T-wing courtyard. Learn more.

New dean of the Faculty of Arts announced
Following a national search, Lesley Brown, PhD, provost and vice-president, Academic, has announced Professor Jennifer Pettit, PhD and former chair of the Department of Humanities, has been chosen to serve as the dean of the Faculty of Arts, effective April 20. Read more.

New Emergency Management Policy approved
Mount Royal's Board of Governors recently approved a new Emergency Management Policy to ensure emergencies are managed in a way that protects people, the environment and the assets and reputation of the University. Employees are encouraged to be aware of all University policies.

Indigenous Graduation Ceremony volunteers needed
The Indigenous Graduation Ceremony will be held Saturday, June 2, and volunteers are needed. To help celebrate the achievements of our Indigenous students, please email Steve Kootenay-Jobin at

Children and adults: Bring your favourite stuffie for Bear Witness Day
The MRU Child Care Centre (MRUCCC) will be participating in Bear Witness Day on Thursday, May 10, to bring awareness to Jordan's Principle in memory of Jordan River Anderson. Everyone is invited to bring their favourite teddy bear that day to bear witness to the stories of Indigenous children who have been impacted by poor access to services. The MRUCCC will be using the hashtags #JordansPrinciple and #Waiting4UCanada to take part in the conversation across Canada.

April 28 is a national day of mourning
Workplace health and safety is important. The National Day of Mourning on April 28 commemorates the 166 Albertans who lost their lives due to illness or injury at work in 2017.

Lot 1 closed until noon on Sunday, April 29
Mount Royal's sponsorship of the Calgary Police Service's 1/2 Marathon Race on Sunday will result in the closure of parking Lot 1 from 5 a.m. until approximately noon to make room for the start and finish lines.

SAMRU regains depot pick-up status for Calgary Interfaith Food Bank
Though SAMRU has remained an order location for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank (CIFB), soon students will be able to pick up their food hampers right on campus again. Students in need of a food hamper should visit the Peer Support Centre (Z210) in Wyckham House to order during business hours.

Riddell Library and Learning Centre introduces elementary students to STEM
Twenty-five Grade 3 students from the Sunnyside School recently spent a week at the RLLC learning about STEM-based subject matter such as visual programming and robotics. Read more.

Keep your data safe: never share passwords
Keeping our digital campus safe is a responsibility shared by the entire MRU community. Each of us is asked to ensure our account passwords are secure, private and not shared with anyone. Many critical University business functions are online, and sharing passwords puts all of those processes at risk. Read more.

Flanders Avenue interchange public art survey now open
From now until May 6, Canada Lands Company is inviting Calgarians to share their ideas and priorities around public artwork for the Flanders Avenue interchange. Vancouver-based artist Luke Blackstone has been selected by a volunteer jury to create the artwork. The community has a chance to provide input in an online survey until May 6. Take the survey here.

Sign up for intramurals
Intramural sports is a recreational sport league program that plays once per week (on average). Participants can join as a team or register as a free agent. Spring out of your comfort zone with intramurals and register by May 10.
Bleed Blues      

Information design alumna recognized for work completed as a student
Devon Proctor, a recent Mount Royal University information design graduate (2017), received a Bronze Award from the International Institute for Information Design for her outstanding work on a project submitted as an assignment for COMM 4665 ― Instructional Design on the topic of using medicine for cataract surgery. Read more.

Nursing program re-approved by the Nursing Education Program Approval Board
On April 19, the Nursing Education Program Approval Board granted a five-year re-approval for Mount Royal's Bachelor of Nursing program to lead to initial-entry to practice as a registered nurse. The re-approval comes after a rigorous program approval process to be able to graduate students that meet industry standards to become practicing nurses.

Results of ATB Investor Services Investment Challenge are in
The 13th annual ATB Investor Services Investment Challenge, otherwise known as the Bissett Stock Market Competition, wrapped up at the end of March after seven months. This year saw a record number of 33 teams competing in the challenge, which started in September 2017. The winning team had an outstanding return of 92 per cent. Read more.

Alumnus wins Gold Quill Award
Wes Lafortune, an alumnus of Mount Royal's communications program (2000), and illustrator Samantha Rogan were recently honoured with an IABC Gold Quill Award in the communications category for their work on the Hull Services 2017 Annual Report, Diary of an Angry Young Man. Read more.
Events          Complete list at
IT: Using Google Drive
Wed., April 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Room T104
Learn about the Google Drive, including how to share documents with others and how to save documents that others share with you. Register.

IT: Navigating Email Links and Attachments Safely
Wed., April 25 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. — Room E125
In 30 minutes, learn what to look for to reduce the risk of a cyber attack via email. Register.

Manufacturing Meaning: Medieval and Modern Material Sustainability?
Wed., April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. — University of Calgary
Kenna Olsen, PhD and professor of medieval literature at MRU, and Elias Fahssi of Calgary's DIRTT Environmental Solutions will discuss how medieval literature relates to environmental sustainability. Register.

French Conference Series: Trangression(s), Déviance(s), Norme(s) et Limite(s) dans les Arts et les Lettres
Thurs., April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Moot Court (EA 1031)
De la Genèse aux polémiques suscitées par les dessins satiriques de Charlie Hebdo, en passant par l’exercice de la censure religieuse ou royale, jusqu’à l’émergence d’une littérature dite transgressive, la reconnaissance de la transgression (re)pose les limites du cadre socioculturel dans lequel nous évoluons.
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The Indigenous Strategic Plan: Report to our Communities and an Honouring of David Docherty
Thurs., April 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. — Outdoor T-Wing courtyard
Join the launch of the Indigenous Strategic Plan Report to the Community and the honouring of President David Docherty with a special ceremony where he will be gifted with a Blackfoot name. Read more.

Gathering: Barheîchiyabi (barh/eh/ii/chi/ya/bi)
Fri., April 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Stoney Nakoda Chill Ballroom (Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino)
A Mount Royal University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery signature event, gather with friends, colleagues and Treaty 7 knowledge holders for a full-day symposia of cultural exploration. Register.

Calgary Police 1/2 Marathon Race Package Pick Up and Tech Shop Sale
Fri., April 27 to Sat. April 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Recreation Running Track
Pick up your race package and visit the Tech Shop gear sale at the same time. More info.

Walking With Our Sisters
From Sun., April 29 at 2 p.m. to Sun., May 13 at 4 p.m. — Fourth floor, Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Walking With Our Sisters creates space to come together in the act of honouring and remembering missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people, as well as children who never returned home from residential schools. More info.

Cloud Computing and Protecting Privacy (FOIP) Awareness Training
Tues., May 1 from 2 to 3 p.m. — Kerby Hall (A341)
Learn about protecting privacy when implementing cloud (software-as-a-service) third-party vendor solutions at the University. Register.

Digital Citizenship and Protecting Privacy (FOIP) Awareness Training
Wed., May 2 from 2 to 3 p.m. — Kerby Hall (A341)
This session looks at the current methods typically utilized to protect the privacy of individuals when using email, computers, mobile devices and social networking sites. Register.

Liberal Education Conference 2018
From Thurs., May 3 at 8 a.m. to Sat., May 5 at 1:30 p.m.
Discover if a liberal education can make you a better discerner of truth. Keynote address by Tracy Friedel, PhD and Mount Royal's Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies. Register.

IT: Pivot Tables Using Slicers
Fri., May 4 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. — T104
Learn how to create an Excel pivot table that uses slicers to filter data. Slicers provide buttons that you can click to filter pivotable data. Register.

Game-Changing Books: The Bathroom
Sun., May 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Fish Creek Library (11161 Bonaventure Dr. S.E.)
Alexander Kira's The Bathroom (1966) offered the first in-depth research into an interior space once thought to be too private to study. Led by Professor Natalie Badenduck, Mount Royal University. Register.

Never Again? The Resurgence of Antisemitism in Contemporary Europe
Mon., May 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. — Moot Court (EA 1031)
Join a fascinating lecture and discussion on this important topic with Melanie Carina Schmoll, PhD, political scientist and lecturer, University of Hamburg, Germany, sponsored by the Calgary Jewish Community. More info.

Naloxone and Harm Reduction Training
Tues., May 8 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — T141
This workshop is facilitated by Wellness Services and the nursing program and provides practical hands-on practice with the administration of naloxone as well as education in harm reduction. Register.

Celebrate! Teaching and Learning at MRU
Wed., May 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Honour and be inspired by our collective work in the pursuit of MRU’s vision: an exceptional undergraduate educational experience. More info.

Board of Governors Reception
Wed., May 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
The Board of Governors invites all MRU employees to a reception to celebrate the end of the academic year. RSVP to Susan Pankiw at by April 27. More info.

IT: Working with Google Sheets
Thurs., May 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn how to work with Google Sheets. Training covers formulas, conditional formatting, graphs and sheet protection. Register.

IT: Navigating Emails With Links and Attachments Safely
Tues., May 15 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. — E123
In 30 minutes, learn what to look for to reduce the risk of a cyberattack via email. Register.

Managing Your Time and Energy
Tues., May 15 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Is it possible to manage time at work to be both satisfied and successful? This session will explores the answers. Register.

IT: Working with Comments and Action Items in Google Docs
Thurs., May 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn the basics of using action items and working with comments in Google Docs. Register.

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