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Oct. 2, 2020

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Cougars soon to hear how their season will play out

By Oct. 8, Mount Royal's sudent-athletes will find out about their season as decided by U Sports, the governing body of all varsity athletics in Canada. A Cougars Campaign is seeking donations to help ensure MRU can continue its track record of success.
Financing for the future

A new and transformational student experience — the Student Investment Fund — has become a reality with a $100,000 foundational gift from Yvonne and Kevin Wolfe, providing growth opportunities and bolstering the future of finance in Calgary.

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Season 2 of JANN painted Bella blue

MRU became a character in the hit CTV comedy JANN when producers were so taken with the colour of the upholstery of the seats in the Bella Concert Hall they began filming on campus, sprinkling views of MRU throughout the show's eight episodes.

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Industry's highest recognition received

Associate professor of human resources Melanie Peacock, PhD, received the annual O.C. Tanner Lifetime Achievement Award in September in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole, plus visionary strategies and leadership.

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Stories of conflict told to build peace

Awarded by the John de Chastelain Peace Studies Initiative, veteran foreign correspondent Stephanie Nolen celebrated World Peace Day with thoughts about receiving the 2020 Calgary Peace Prize.

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Maintaining strength in seniors

Two Mount Royal alumni have concentrated their mobile athletic therapy business towards keeping seniors strong, active and mobile while continuing to deal with the implications of the pandemic.

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Justice studies alumna now a prof

Alumni Achievement Award nominee Kiara Mikita, PhD, is a professor, sexual violence educator and researcher who is improving outcomes for survivors by encouraging cross-disciplinary conversation.


Virtual Town Hall video and slides available

For those who were not able to attend the Virtual Town Hall on Sept. 30, the video and slides have been posted for the community, with the recording available for one week. There was an overview of a number of topics, including the budget. A Q&A will be posted on MyMRU next week.

Winter 2021 semester decision
Mount Royal will continue delivering most classes online during the Winter 2021 semester. Over the next month, faculty members will decide on courses with in-person learning exceptions. While teaching remains primarily online, the University is exploring gradually expanding access to campus safely based on the health guidelines. Learn more here.

Call out for committee members
Provide your feedback and input into dating, domestic and sexual violence prevention education and awareness efforts at MRU by joining the Dating, Domestic and Sexual Violence Education and Awareness Action Committee. This group will provide feedback and support to awareness programming. Review the group charter and send your expression of interest to Cari Ionson at cionson@mtroyal.ca by Oct. 22.

QPR Online Suicide Prevention Training
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a certified suicide prevention program. It supports people in learning to recognize signs of distress and builds awareness of suicide, including how to respond in a helpful way. If you are interested in taking the QPR online training you can request access to a training account here.

New Employee Recognition and Awards program
After a thorough review of best practices and campus consultation, Human Resources is introducing a new Employee Recognition and Awards program. The new program promotes recognition more broadly and frequently, helps create a culture of continuous recognition among colleagues, and honours employees.

Join Wellness Together Canada for immediate online mental health support Canadians have free access to Wellness Together Canada, which is aimed at supporting people’s well-being during the pandemic. Get customized ongoing support based on how you use the tool.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is here
Take part in a Virtual Treasure Hunt, a new Cybersecurity Challenge and two talks: Cybersecurity: Are our graduates ready for the new economy? and The Cybersecurity Monster Manual: Stopping things that go "hack" in the night. Treasure Hunt participants earn contest entry codes. Winners are entered into a draw for a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

Sidewalk repairs on campus       
Please take care and obey signage where sidewalk repairs are being carried out: near the loading dock by the north door of Wyckham House and by the west doors of the Bissett School of Business next to E-Wing and close to the pond.    

Did you know?

Mount Royal has been offering continuing education programs since 1948. 

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Forum On Internationalization At Home In Science Education
Mon., Sept. 28 to Fri., Oct. 2 Online
This week-long online event will help build capacity in institutions for the internationalization of classrooms and provides an opportunity to learn more about the Government of Alberta’s i@Home grant. Website.

Virtual Cryptocurrency Treasure Hunt 2020
Tues., Oct. 6 to Fri., Oct. 30 — Google Chat Room
Solve the clues, find the treasure and be entered into the prize draw for a $100 Amazon gift certificate Register.

Beginner's Guide To Transforming Social Connections With Virtual Reality
Tues., Oct. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Learn how social virtual reality platforms are changing the way we connect with one another during this new era of physical distancing. Register.

Cybercrime Series - Cybersecurity: Are Our Graduates Ready For The New Economy?
Tues., Oct. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. Google Meet
Angela McAllister from the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security presents a discusson on whether graduates are equipped for the future and the challenges they face. Register.

Getting Started With Social Media Marketing
Thurs., Oct. 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. Google Meet
Join an all-female panel of experts as they explore modern marketing techniques and social tools available and learn how to create content that truly stands out. Register.

XR Toolkit Series: Creating Augmented Reality Experiences With Adobe Aero
Thurs., Oct. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Build, view and share interactive augmented reality experiences using your Apple device and the Adobe Aero platform. Register.

Beginner's Guide To Virtual Reality
Tues., Oct. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Explore Virtual Reality and how to integrate this emerging technology into classes and research. Register.

Academic Podcasting: Communicating Research And Getting Creative
Tues., Oct. 13, 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet
Discover the basics of podcasting and how you can podcast about your research or academic interests. Register.

Emerging Technologies Consortium (ETC)
Wed., Oct. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Join the ETC monthly as speakers highlight emerging technology in teaching, research and co-curricular activities being done at MRU.

XR Toolkit Series: Editing 360-Degree Photos And Videos With Adobe Premiere And Photoshop
Thurs., Oct. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Process, edit and view your 360-degree videos and photos using Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop. Register.

MRU Alumni Webinar: Is Grad School Right For You?
Thurs., Oct. 15 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Online
Hear from a career services specialist who will speak to the process and key considerations when thinking about grad school. Register.

Beginner's Guide To Augmented Reality
Tues., Oct. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Learn about augmented reality applications in the class and for research, as well as the available Library supports
. Register.

Intro to Audacity: Managing Your Audio Project, Editing And Recording
Tues., Oct. 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet
Use Audacity software to create simple audio projects such as podcasts, voice recordings and more. Register.

The Cybersecurity Monster Manual: Stopping Things That Go "Hack" In The Night 
Wed., Oct. 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. — Google Meet
In this talk, the Cybersecurity librarian will catalogue some of today's scariest cyber threats.  Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Thurs., Oct.  22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Google Meet

This workshop gives you all the tools you need to keep you and yours cybersafe and fulfills the annual mandatory cybersecurity training requirement. Register.

XR Toolkit Series: Creating Virtual Reality Experiences With Google Tours VR
Thurs., Oct. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Create your own interactive 360-degree tours that can be viewed using virtual reality (Google Cardboard) or traditional computer monitors. 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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