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March 2, 2018

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Apaat tsi kani takiiks — "Those who create sparks"

Created through the Bissett School of Business and the School of Communication Studies, the Apaat tsi kani takiiks project is about creating a space for change to happen.

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Students lead Black History Month events at Mount Royal

The African Caribbean Student Affiliation (ACSA) hosted a number of events to celebrate pride and culture, and initiate an open dialogue towards equality.

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Examining history is key to promoting kindness

A four-letter word might hold the power to change the narrative when it comes to the damage caused by inequality, violence and injustice. The word? Nice.

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Collection of Inuit art recently acquired by Mount Royal

Fifty pieces curated by geography professor Lynn Moorman during an expedition cruise through the Northwest Passage last fall will be on display from March 6 to 8.

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Leveraging knowledge to make the world a safer place

Areas of study in prevention and response include
property security, building design, grievance-based violence and cybersecurity.

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Improving treatment of sexual assault victims

Nursing professor Cathy Carter-Snell is breaking down misconceptions about sexual assault and improving the way victims are treated across Canada.

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President David Docherty gives address on freedom of speech

On Feb. 28, Mount Royal president David Docherty delivered the keynote address at the Universities Canada conference of Government Relations Officers and
Directors of Communication in Ottawa. The topic of choice was freedom of speech, which Docherty describes as "the most critical issue facing campuses across North America."

Read the entire address here.

Update on faculty collective bargaining from the provost
Visit this page for Provost Lesley Brown's update on the current round of collective bargaining. The Board of Governor's negotiating team has stated its interest in growing the University's complement of full-time faculty and provide more certainty for contract faculty. All updates from the provost can be found here.

Nominate a colleague for a 2018 Distinguished Employee Award
Do you have a colleague whose work is transformational? Someone you admire for making a distinguished contribution or achieving exceptional results? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Distinguished Employee Awards. Nominate a staff member, manager, team or credit-free instructor. Nominate a faculty member (full time or contract).

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Stay informed about resource planning redesign
New information about resource planning redesign, FAQs and new committees has been added to the budgeting portal on MyMRU. Choose Financial Matters, scroll down to Budgeting and click on Resource Planning Redesign Project.

Revolving doors keep out the cold
Please use the revolving doors at the East Gate, West Gate, Riddell Library and Learning Centre and EC entrances ― not the automatic doors intended for people with mobility challenges. Also avoid using the doors closest to Jugo Juice in EA. Every time any of these doors are opened, it sends a blast of cold air into the hallway, driving up heating costs and freezing out the people working nearby.

Scheduled power outage on March 10
On Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. there will be an overnight electrical shutdown of the entire main building on campus. This is being done to tie in new green energy infrastructure and complete necessary maintenance work. Please empty fridges and power down computers and other electronics in the main building on Friday before you leave.

Get active your way at Recreation this spring and summer
All activities are now viewable. Registration opens March 22. Swim lessons open at 7 a.m. All other activities open at 12 p.m.

Meet Mount Royal's active employees
Each month Wellness Heroes showcases Mount Royal University employees who incorporate elements of wellness into their daily routine. Meet Laurie Lancaster, assistant professor in the Bissett School of Business, and her daughter Taylor Jensen, a fourth-year MRU student majoring in anthropology and minoring in history and international business.
Bleed Blues      

Mount Royal receives funding in support of international internships
MRU will receive up to $82,000 for a period of four years in support of international internships as a recent recipient of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program. These scholarships were awarded due to Mount Royal's Sport Leaders International Internship Program. This funding will support 12 MRU international internships ($6,000 each) for qualified students. Read more.

Finance students headed to 2018 CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge finals
Five senior finance students from the Bissett School of Business took home first prize at the CFA Society Winnipeg Ethics Challenge held at the end of January. The win earned the team a spot at the Canadian Ethics Challenge finals, to be held in Vancouver in May. Read more.
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Freedom to Read Week — Banned Book Reading
Fri., March 2 from 12 to 1 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
It's the last day of Freedom to Read Week! Join fellow students, faculty and staff as passages from challenged and banned books are read aloud.

IT: Working with Google Docs
Mon., March 5 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Training covers using headers/footers, hyperlinks, inserting comments/suggestions, text wrapping, viewing previous versions and adding a table of contents. Register.

Secondary Data Collection, Utilization and Repurposing Workshop
Mon., March 5 from 12 to 1 p.m. — EB2061 (Bissett Boardroom)
Panelists will discuss data sources available to faculty and effective ways of collecting, utilizing and repurposing qualitative and quantitative data, considering digital and non-digital sources. Register here or contact Nancy Funke at

Food Shots — Get Your Portrait Taken for a Donation
Mon, March 5 and Mon., March 12 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Main Street
Second-year photojournalism students will be taking portraits of anyone at MRU in exchange for a suggested $5 donation to the SAMRU Student Food Bank.

North to South: Exploring the Arctic through Inuit Art
Tues., March 6 to Thurs., March 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
Explore a hands-on multimedia exhibit of Inuit Art with an Inuk carver or enjoy presentations on northern environments and national parks. The event opens with an art walk from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 6. More info.

FM: Prioritize Space Request Training
Tues., March 6 from 10 to 11:20 a.m. — T104
Departments requesting major renovations, funding from the Renovation Reserve, a new space, or space designation changes will need to complete a request via Prioritize to receive approval. Register.

Copyright: Teaching with Movies and Other Media Workshop
Tues., March 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Library Classroom A (EL1470A)
Learn how and where you can use films and other media in class, on Blackboard, or distributed to your students and how your User Rights under the Copyright Act apply. Register.

Women Working in the Criminal Justice System
Tues., March 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. — Y316
A panel of women who work in the criminal justice system in Calgary will present their experiences to a criminal justice class. This presentation is part of the Arts Speaker Series.

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault
Tues., March 6 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. — EB1010
This workshop is designed to give participants the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to understand trauma and effectively respond when someone discloses a sexual assault. Register.

Wellness Services: The Working Mind
Wed., March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This education-based program is designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Register.

IT: Strong Passwords Made Easy
Wed., March 7 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. — E299A
In 30 minutes learn how to create strong, easy to remember passwords, how to safely store and remember all your passwords and turn on two-step verification. Register.

Social Justice 101: Power, Privilege, and Oppression
Wed., March 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. — U111
Social Justice 101 delves into the action piece of gaining awareness about the world we live in, and how systems and institutions operate differently for marginalized and privileged identities. Register.

Copyright: Using Electronic Images Workshop
Thurs., March 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Library Classroom B (EL1470B)
Knowing how to incorporate electronic images in your course materials in a copyright friendly way can be confusing. Join Copyright Advisor Alana Gaulin in a workshop that will answer your questions. Register.

Chrome River Training
Thurs., March 8 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Location confirmed upon registration
Learn how to use this online expense application. For location and to register, contact Adele Smith at

Billy-Ray Belcourt: The Conspiracy of NDN Joy
Thurs., March 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Meet the Office of Academic Indigenization's Emerging Scholar-in-Residence Billy-Ray Belcourt as he examines a diverse range of texts to show that wherever NDNs are, so too is the feeling of utopia. Register.

Disasters and Catastrophes in the Age of the Enlightenment
Fri., March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Moot Court (EA 1031)
The Enlightenment Group is pleased to present their fifth symposium featuring Mark Molesky, PhD, (Seton Hall University), author of This Gulf of Fire: The Destruction of Lisbon, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason. More info.

Violence on Campus: Tools to Enhance Investigations and Gather Reliable Information
Fri., March 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Gain trauma-informed interview skills and techniques for working with people who have experienced sexual violence during this day-long training presented by forensic psychologist Sarah MacDonald. More info.

Joshua Whitehead, Full-Metal Indigiqueer
Fri., March 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — T126
Joshua Whitehead is an Ojibwe-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer from Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1 territory) who is a doctoral student in the University of Calgary's English Department. All are welcome.

Open Education Week Celebration 2018
Fri., March 9 from 12 to 3 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
At 12 p.m. keynote speaker Professor Christina Hendricks will present Beyond Cost Savings: The Value of OER and Open Pedagogy for Student Learning. At 1:45 p.m. MRU library speakers Jordan Crate-Serhal and Richard Hayman will present Open Access in Service of Educational Equity. Register.

Living Library
Mon., March 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
Presented by Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion, "human books" will be ready to tell their story in person to interested "readers" for 15-minute time slots over the course of the two hour event. More info.

Remembering Together
Tues., March 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Main Street
Presented by Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion, Remembering Together provides a space to remember and honour lost loved ones and to better understand grief. Register.

Living Debt Free
Tues., March 13 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Topics will include types of debt, the cost of borrowing, understanding your credit ratings and tips for getting out of debt. Register.

Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Presentation
Tues., March 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EL4201 — (RLLC Formal Boardroom)
Join colleagues for a presentation and working session on potential research opportunities with CEMA. CEMA has developed an initial list of topics that span a wide spectrum of research disciplines, available here. Register.

Copyright: Using Electronic Images Workshop
Tue, March 13, 1:00pm – 2:30pm — Library Classroom A (EL1470A)
Join Copyright Advisor Alana Gaulin in a workshop ansering your questions on how to correctly incorporate electronic images in your course materials in a copyright-friendly way. Register.

HR: Change Management Fundamentals
Wed., March 14 and Thurs., March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Explore the foundations of change management for organizational success, including essential concepts, the role of a change leader, and the change management life cycle. Register.

Enable Two-Step Verification and Spin the Wheel
Wed., March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Come find out how two-step verification protects your Google account and earn the chance to win a bookmark, smartphone wallet/stand or charging cables. More info on creating strong passwords.

Remembering Together
Wed., March 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Main Street
Presented by Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion, Remembering Together provides a space to remember and honour lost loved ones and to better understand grief. Register.

MRU Tech Event 2018: Collaboration in the Office and the Classroom
Wed., March 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Drop in any time to learn about new technologies that support collaboration in the office or classroom.

Fighting King Coal: The Challenges to Micromobilization in Central Appalachia
Wed., March 14 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. — Moot Court (EA1031)
Part of the Arts Speaker Series, Professor Shannon Bell, PhD, will examine why so few of the many people who suffer from industry-produced environmental hazards and pollution rise up. More info.

Ideas that Matter: Teaching and Learning About Residential Schools with Film
Wed., March 14 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. — T143
The MRU community is invited to a special "Ideas that Matter" panel exploring the possibilities of teaching and learning about residential schools with film. Speakers include MRU professors Renae Watchman, PhD, Sean Carleton, PhD and dean Jennifer Pettit, PhD. More info.

Identities: Intersectionality & Anti-Oppression
Wed., March 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. — U111
Kimberlé Crenshawe coined the term ‘intersectionality’ in 1989 from a Black feminist legal and sociological standpoint and the term has gained momentum, now broadly referring to the intersection of multiple aspects of social and individual identities. Register.

Resignation or Rebuttal? Richard Whitford's Dyuers Holy Instrucyons to Catholics in the Wake of the Reformation
Wed., March 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
This presentation by Professor Brandon Alakas, PhD of the University of Alberta will examine Richard Whitford’s Dyuers Holy Instrucyons and Teachynges, the last printed work written by a brother of the Brigittine community at Syon Abbey. More info.

HR: Change Management Fundamentals
Wed., March 14 to Thurs. March 15 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Explore the foundations of change management for organizational success, including essential concepts, the role of a change leader and the change management life cycle. Register.

Iniskim: 8th Fire Prophecy
Thurs., March 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The 8th Fire Prohecy is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) teaching that looks at the past, present and future relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Register.

What Does it Take to Get Published?
Thurs., March 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Do you have a novel, short story or poem you would like to publish — and are not sure where to begin? Join this question and answer panel with four industry experts. More info.

Alberta Palaeontological Society 22nd Annual Symposium
Sat., March 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Jenkins Theatre
Join the Alberta Palaeontological Society for a full day of educational talks and displays for all ages. Bring in your fossils for identification by the Alberta Palaeontological Society. More info.

Game-Changing Books: Ready Player One
Sun., March 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Fish Creek Library, 11161 Bonaventure Drive SE
Explore virtual reality stations and hear why Ready Player One is required reading for Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Facebook employees and an upcoming movie by Steven Speilberg. Led by Evelyn Field, PhD, and Tony Chaston, PhD, Mount Royal University. More info.

IT: Using Google Forms
Tues., March 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn to create an interactive form using Google Forms. Attendees will learn how to add form fields, share the form and work with form data. Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Crime Workshop
Tues., March 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon — E229A
Take this workshop to learn tips and tricks on how to keep your data safe at home and at work. Register.

Sustainable Agriculture: Food Under Climate Change
Tues., March 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Y222
This panel discussion will focus on sustainable agriculture practices and how food continues to evolve under climate change. All are welcome.

Combatting Microaggressions
Tues., March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. — U111
In this workshop, everyday, subtle, often invisible forms of oppression—the kinds of oppression that can easily go unnoticed even though they are pervasive, hurtful, and taxing, will be discussed. Register.

P-Card Training and Solutions
Thurs., March 22 from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. — Location available upon registration
Gain an understanding of how to use Chrome River to reconcile your P-Card and discuss issues you have with P-Card reconciliation. Chrome River training needs to have been fully completed before attending this session. Register via email

Food for Thought: Beer, Food, and Sustainability
Thurs., March 22, 6pm – 9pm — Craft Beer Market (345 10 Ave SW)
Join MRU’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) at Craft Beer Market to learn how to be more sustainable while enjoying cold beer and delicious, local food. Tickets.

IT: Collaborating with Google
Fri., March 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Do you have a document that several people need to work on at the same time? Have you been asked to contribute to a collaborative document? Then this is the class for you. Register.

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