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Dec. 18, 2020

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Mount Royal's top 10 most-read stories of 2020

This annual round-up of what caught the Mount Royal community's eye this year includes the Alumni Achievement Awards, MRU's hidden underground and how nursing and midwifery faculty and students were catapulted to the front lines of the pandemic.

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Coming to a nuclear understanding

Nuclear energy can be a polarizing topic, but two Mount Royal experts from differing perspectives have come together to gauge where the tension actually lies, discussing its benefits (and drawbacks) and how it may help the province transition to a low-carbon economy.

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'Soul of Mount Royal" celebrates 40 years

Since 1980, the Transitional Vocational Program has supported adults with developmental disabilities in building work and life skills as they become more independent members of society and valuable contributors to their communities.

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Contributions to COVID-19 research

Professors in the Faculty of Science and Technology are helping to increase understanding of COVID-19-related issues through research into the physiological effects of mask-wearing and study into how to reduce skepticism of science.

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Crime prevention starts in the community

Three criminal justice faculty members have been recognized through the Government of Alberta's Community Justice Awards for their outstanding contributions to crime prevention through leadership and community-engaged research.

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Journalism students score big

At this year's Pacemaker Awards of the Associated Collegiate Press a series of print-based Calgary Journals took home the top prize against dozens of much larger institutions, with several more online articles capturing additional awards.

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Bursaries provide support to start ... and continue

Mount Royal's new Ptarmigan Charitable Foundation Bursaries provide Indigenous students support from the start of the Indigenous University Bridging Program and through their selected diploma or degree.

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SoTL centre receives Blackfoot name

The Mokakiiks Centre for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning now lives under the Academic Development Centre and will be an active lodge of wisdom, where knowledge is created and shared for future benefit.

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Change driven through empathy: Humanly 2020

Senior-level information design students used a systems-thinking approach to examine the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, tackling issues such as ocean health and gender equity in STEM fields.

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Update on President's Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The committee met frequently throughout the fall to affirm MRU’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI); to disrupt racism; and, to advocate for systemic change (at MRU and in the community). More info can be found at mru.ca/EDIadvisory. If you have an EDI initiative you would like to share or have questions, please email EDIadvisory@mtroyal.ca.

Cougars Campus Store will open Jan. 4, 2021
Beginning Jan. 4, 2021, the Cougars Campus Store will be open for in-person shopping by appointment only. On-campus pick up by appointment and additional shipping options continue to be available and students are encouraged to order textbooks online early. All appointments will be limited based on Government of Alberta capacity restrictions. Visit the Campus Store’s Remote Services & Supports page for details about in-person shopping, on-campus pick up, returns, OneCard, textbooks and more.

Launch of Diversity and Inclusion podcast series

Cougars Athletics and Recreation is excited to launch a Diversity and Inclusion series on the We Are The Cougars podcast. The Diversity and Inclusion series was created to educate, inspire and lead our community forward in addressing issues of racism and oppression. Each episode includes a discussion of personal, historic and current events to define important concepts and encourage conversations of diversity and inclusion. Visit mrucougars.com/dipodcast to listen.

Remember to log out of your work device
Log out of your work device over the holiday closure so that updates can be installed. If you remote in to your work station on campus, please leave it turned on.

Reminder of early timesheet deadlines in December
The final payday of the year is Dec. 22. The timesheet deadline for the Dec. 22 payday is Dec. 31 for employees and Jan. 4 for approvers. Dec. 21 is the paper source deadline for the Jan. 15 payday.

Could the last one out please unplug the toaster?
If you are on campus, unplug coffee makers, toasters and other small appliances before leaving for the break. Read the "Small Appliance Safe Work Guidelines" for more information.

Did you know?
Homewood Health is posting weekly newsletters throughout December with coping strategies for the holiday season. Newsletters are posted on the Employee Well-being page under Employee Family Assistance Program/Resources. Scroll down to Newsletters to see the first one, titled "Diversity & Inclusion: A Beginners Guide to the Holidays_#012."

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Champions in the classroom: Cougars Academic All-Canadians recognized
Seventy-six of Mount Royal’s student-athletes received U Sports Academic All-Canadian status for the 2019/2020 season, breaking the record set the previous year of 74. Members of Cougars teams must maintain a 3.4 GPA or higher to obtain this honour, and, notably, these top performers make up more than 40 per cent of all student-athletes at MRU. Women's soccer had the most players recognized with a total of 18 (three-quarters of their roster), however leading by percentage was women's volleyball, with 14 of their 17 members named as an Academic All-Canadian. See the complete list of MRU recipients.

Day receives alumni distinction
Trevor Day, PhD, professor in the Department of Biology has been chosen as the recipient of the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine Alumni of Distinction Award “in recognition of outstanding contributions to education.” A celebration is scheduled for May. Day was also recently elected to the College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artists by the Royal Society of Canada.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Using KeePass
Wed., Jan. 13 from 2 to 3 p.m. Google Meet
Tues., Feb. 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Google Meet
This informative 1-hour workshop takes you through the basic steps of using KeePass so you can stop reusing passwords and safely store them. Register for Jan. 13. Register for Feb. 2.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Tues., Jan. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. — Online
Be informed about the current state of opioid use in Canada, the harm reduction responses available and how to recognize and respond to opioid overdoses. Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime 2020/2021
Wed., Jan. 20 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ― Google Meet
This informative workshop gives you all the tools you need to keep you and yours cybersafe and fulfills the annual mandatory cybersecurity training requirement. 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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