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July 10, 2020

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Mount Royal's first chancellor named

TransAlta CEO and President Dawn Farrell will become Mount Royal University's first chancellor following a unanimous decision from the board of governors. As the ceremonial head of the University, Farrell will preside over formal occasions and further connect Mount Royal with the community.

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Celebrating excellence in teaching and learning

Eleven Mount Royal faculty members have been recognized for their commitment to exemplary education through the Distinguished Faculty and Research Recognition Awards.

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Standout students and outstanding accomplishments

The Governor General's Medals and Centennial Gold Medals have been awarded to six Mount Royal students in a nod to efforts towards academic excellence and contributions to the community.

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Accomplishment in sport: Alumni Achievement Award nominees

With roots deeply embedded in Mount Royal, Ken Shields and Savannah Blakley have earned significant accolades in their chosen careers of a basketball coach and athletic therapist.

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Presidential Advisory Committee to advance BIPOC statement and actions

Last week President and Vice-Chancellor Tim Rahilly shared a message condemning racism and standing with Black Lives Matter. Those wanting to provide input into work to develop a broader statement and action plan can email comments@mtroyal.ca.

Getting ready

Mount Royal University’s faculty and staff have been busy preparing supports and services to help new and returning students get ready for the upcoming semester, and Marketing and Communications has put everything in one place to assist students in navigating a digital learning environment. The new hub can be found at mru.ca/GettingReady.

Intersections photo exhibit removed from Main Street

After an important and thoughtful discussion with members of the campus community, the Art Committee has removed the Intersections photography exhibit from Main Street in advance of its normal refresh. The committee heard the concerns expressed about the stereotyped depiction of racialized communities, and has committed to engagement with broader perspectives in development of future exhibits.

New VPN service for remote work
Mount Royal now uses GlobalProtect for its VPN service. If you are still using Pulse Secure and SRAS to connect to your workstation remotely or to access internal web pages or web-based applications such as FAST and Banner, please switch to Glo
balProtect as soon as possible. More information. If you only download and upload files using the MyMRU link or by visiting secure.mtroyal.ca, the change to GlobalProtect does not affect you.

MAPS Peer Mentorship Program offers online summer Q&A sessions
Over the summer the MAPS Peer Mentorship Program is hosting several Q&A sessions for incoming and returning students. Peer mentors from each faculty will be available to answer any questions students might have about their academic program, getting involved in campus activities and events, and more. View the full schedule at mru.ca/peermentorship and encourage students to join.

Encourage students to join the Social Entrepreneurship Sprint

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Trico Charitable Foundation are launching a one month paid internship called the Social Entrepreneurship Sprint that will engage 20 MRU students in using the tools of social entrepreneurship to tackle a local social or environmental problem. Applications are open until July 15. The program will run from Aug. 4 to Sept. 11.

Did you know?
The solar panels on the rooftop of E-Wing generate 144 kW of electricity to reinforce power supply to the University's IT data centre. You can monitor the energy here.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Mount Royal professor takes home AMPA Volunteer of the Year award
Department of English, Languages and Cultures' instructor
Micheline Maylor, PhD, has been named the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) Volunteer of the Year. This title is bestowed upon a person involved with an AMPA member magazine that has “bettered the Alberta magazine industry through their involvement and has inspired others to take part in the industry.” Maylor served as the Calgary Poet Laureate from 2016 2018, acting as an artistic ambassador for the city of Calgary.

Student wins summer intern contest
Mount Royal student-athlete Jace Timmer was one of 11 winners of the Green Dream Bloggers, a Forest Products Association of Canada’s summer internship contest. The contest has run since 2013 and helps students working in the forest products sector with opportunities to promote their experiences working in forests and mills during the summer. The 11 winners will receive a scholarship to help with their education.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Make A Cell Phone Holder 3D Modelling in Fusion 360
Fri., July 10 from 11 a.m. to noon Google Meet
Mon., July 20 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Google Meet
Join the Maker Studio staff and learn how to use Fusion 360, a professional 3D modelling software to create a cell phone holder. Register.

Learn a Programming Language: Python
Fri., July 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. Google Meet
Wed., July 22 from noon to 1 p.m. Google Meet
Learn how to program in this Python I workshop through an exploration of numerical data types, variables, math operators, if statements, while loops, dictionaries and arrays. Register.

Circuitry Prototyping in Tinkercad
Mon., July 13 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Tues., July 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet

Start prototyping without the cost associated with buying basic electronic component kits by learning Tinkercad Circuits. Register.

Image Tracing in Adobe Illustrator
Tues., July 14 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Adobe Illustrator can be used to import and vectorize an image, which can then be edited and modified. Register.

3D Modelling inTinkercad with the Maker Studio Staff
Tues., July 14 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Thurs., July 23 from 10 to 11 a.m — Google Meet
Tues., July 28 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet

Create a positive affirmation your brain will respond to and think of creative ways to display that affirmation to make it effective. Register.

Introduction to 3D Printing and Setting Up a 3D Printer
Wed., July 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Find out about the common settings of 3D printer software and how to adjust them for the desired result. Register.

Programming Literacy: Understanding the Theory Behind Programming
Wed., July 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Hangouts
Wed., July 29 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Hangouts

Learn the basics about how code gives you a starting point to discover what languages you want to learn and why these languages will be useful to you. Register.

Maker Studio Meetup

Thurs., July 16 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Thurs., July 23 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Thurs., July 30 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet

Join the virtual Maker Studio to discuss your projects, explore new possibilities, ask questions or just visit with the community you are missing. Register.

Finishing School
​Thurs., July 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Google Meet
Thurs., July 23 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
— Google Meet
A weekly drop-in where participants bring in their own fibre projects to work on in a supportive and social setting. Register.

Orientation to the Maker Studio
Fri., July 17 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Tues., July 21 from 1 to 2 p.m.
— Google Meet
Fri., July 31 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
This basic orientation to the Maker Studio will introduce all of the tools and technologies and associated health and safety concerns. Register.

Program Arduino in Tinkercad
Tues., July 21 from 11 a.m. to noon – Google Meet
Learning Arduino can enable you to build systems that perform in interactive artwork, biofeedback, home automation or robotics projects. Register.

Finishing 3D Prints With Sanding and Paint

Wed., July 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Join the Maker Studio staff and learn how to sand, prime and paint your 3D prints. Register.

Logo Design in Adobe Illustrator
Fri., July 24 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
In this workshop you will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to create text and shapes in the creation of a simple logo for yourself that you can use in a variety of applications. Register.

Making Affirmations Without the Button-Making Tools
Tues., July 28 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Learn how to create a positive affirmation your brain will respond to and think of creative ways to display that affirmation to make it effective. Register.

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Summit and website stories

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MyMRU announcements

Please send announcements for MyMRU's homepage to mymru@mtroyal.ca. Here are the guidelines.

Start of semester emails, with option for distribution list sign-up

As each semester begins (August/September and December/January), 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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