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Nov. 15, 2018

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Murray McCann answers the call of duty

The Field of Crosses founder received an honorary degree at the Fall Convocation ceremony.

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Exploring Alberta's early Sikh community

Professor Michael Hawley is using social media to excavate layers of Sikh settlement in Alberta.

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Olympic symposium frames debate

A well-attended Olympic forum at Mount Royal University focused on helping Calgarians make an informed decision.

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Online learning a "life-changing" experience

Flexibility and convenience has allowed a P.E.I.-based student to continue building her resume.

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Season of Caring kicks off
Support a student in need by participating in the 31st annual Season of Caring. Pick up a gift tag from the Mitten Board at the Season of Caring table at the West Gate on Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the end of November. Cash donations are also accepted, and tax reciepts are available.

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place annually to honour and remember the lives lost to violence due to transphobia, and to bring awareness to continued violence against the transgender community. From Nov. 19 to 25, the trans flag is flown, and will be at half mast as a symbol of respect and mourning on Nov. 20. The Mount Royal Library is showcasing a book display centering around trans authors, voices and stories, and an on-campus ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.

Massage therapy subjects needed
The massage therapy diploma program is seeking participants for its three-month case study course, helping students to understand the effect massage therapy may have on symptoms from various conditions or pathologies. If interested, complete the participant application package and return by Nov. 21 to More information.

No smoking or vaping at doorways or inside
Please note that smoking and vaping are not allowed near doorways or inside any campus buildings. Complaints have been made about people smoking near the EC building entrances and the Riddell Library and Learning Centre. Another problem area is the second-level patio between the O and T wings. Smoking is allowed in designated areas only.

Put uncoated, non-waxy food containers in organics
Most cardboard food containers, muffin papers and wooden chopsticks but not Styrofoam can go in the organics bin. When we produce less garbage, we reduce our environmental footprint. Do the right thing: put your lunch leftovers (container and all) in organics.

Share your thoughts on IT security awareness
Share your feedback on IT security measures on campus and be entered to win a Mount Royal swag bag. If you are a student, staff or faculty member, let us know how the program has worked over the past year. Complete the IT Security Awareness Survey and be eligible to win a prize.

Meet a new Mount Royal Wellness Hero
Each month, Wellness Heroes showcases Mount Royal employees who incorporate wellness into their daily routine. Meet Eduardo Ramirez, an administrative assistant in Accessibility Services.
Bleed Blues      

Three International Social Innovation Research Conference awards garnered
Mount Royal University students Taryn Hamilton and Spirit River Striped Wolf won Best in Stream for two of their presentations at the 10th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) held at Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg, Germany from Sept. 3 to 5. Hamilton (justice studies) and Striped Wolf (policy studies) were the only undergraduate students to present. Professor Katharine McGowan, PhD, of the Bissett School of Business, also won Best in Stream at ISIRC for her presentation. Read more.

New publication from Tim Haney
Sociology professor and director of Mount Royal's Centre for Community Disaster Research, Tim Haney, PhD, has published “Paradise Found? The Emergence of Social Capital, Place Attachment, and Civic Engagement After Disaster” in the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. The article is linked here with permission from the editor.
Events      More information at

Chotto Desh
Performances until Sun., Nov. 18
Bella Concert Hall and Wright Theatre
A magical, thrilling and poignant dance theatre production for children aged 7-plus years and their families to enjoy together. Tickets.

Rock Your Mocs
All week until Fri., Nov. 16
Everyone is encouraged to wear their moccasins and mukluks to celebrate Indigenous culture and traditions. #mruRockYourMocs

Creating a Data Management Plan
Fri., Nov. 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
In this workshop we will introduce the fundamental elements of research data management planning using the Portage Network’s DMP Assistant. Register.

Gender Celebration
Fri., Nov. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.
― Main Street
Join a celebration of gender diversity on campus, including music, button-making, crafts, pop-up poetry, a pronoun workshop, a living library, making a dream catcher and more.

How To Use Gender Pronouns
Fri., Nov. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Referring to people by the pronouns they have determined for themselves is basic to human dignity. Learn more at this session.

Critical Thinking Series: Should Universities Vet Who Speaks on Campus?
Fri., Nov. 16 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Jenkins Theatre
The Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship and the Faculty of Arts presents this discussion featuring David Tabachnick for "yes" and Lindsay Shepherd for "no."

The Image of the Child Art Exhibition
Mon., Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Bachelor of Child Studies students present visual metaphors that reflect sociocultural, historical, scientific and personal perspectives on children and childhood in the 21st century.

Building Bridges: Tea and Bannock Talking Circle
Mon., Nov. 19 from noon to 3 p.m.
Meet new people and enjoy free tea and bannock while engaging in open discussions on a wide variety of Indigenous and international issues. More information.

Climate Change: Science and Sustainability
Mon., Nov. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Ross Glen Hall
The Institute for Environmental Sustainability is hosting a climate change symposium featuring several speakers who will share their expertise with the MRU community.

HR: Workplace Presentation Skills
Tues., Nov. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For most people, delivering a presentation is nerve-racking. Acquire tools and techniques to increase your comfort and effectiveness in giving presentations. Register.

IT: Strong Passwords Made Easy
Tues., Nov. 20 from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Is your password weak and you know it? Then this mini-workshop is for you. Register.

IT: KeePass 2.0
Tues., Nov. 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. T104
Learn the basics of using KeePass to digitally store your important passwords. Register.

Avoiding Predatory Publishers and Conferences
Tues., Nov. 20 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Library Formal Boardroom (EL4201)
Participants will discuss strategies for finding high quality, reputable and impactful venues for disseminating work and avoiding unethical predatory publishers and conferences. Register.

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Tues., Nov. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Meet at the Iniskim Centre
This event honours the lives of transgender and two-spirit individuals who were lost this past year to transphobic violence, as well as the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. More information.

Workshop: VR Sculpting with Oculus Medium
Thurs., Nov. 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Experience Lab (EL1355)
Learn how to 3D print a sculpture utilizing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Oculus Medium application. Please attend an Experience Lab drop-in session in advance. Register.

Child and Youth Book Launches
Thurs., Nov. 22 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
This celebration honours Mount Royal faculty members and authors Pat Kostouros, PhD and Michelle Briegel, along with Brenda Thompson of MacEwan University for their new publications.

Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership (ETOL) Film Night
Thurs., Nov. 22 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
The ETOL Film Night is an exciting showcase of student- and alumni-created visual media, including film and photos of adventure wilderness-based activities and outdoor education. Tickets.

Living Debt-Free
Fri., Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon
Living Debt-Free will focus on the types of debt, the cost of borrowing, understanding your credit rating and tips for getting out of debt. Register.

Sri Lanka Field School Showcase 2018
Fri., Nov. 23 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Join participants from the 2018 Sri Lanka field school as they share their experience and showcase their research and learning from the field school experience.

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Sat., Nov. 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
The Calgary Youth Orchestra, along with guest artists Mount Royal Kantorei, will be playing what’s widely viewed as one of the greatest compositions in the western music canon. Tickets.

STARS with Special Guest Dizzy
Tues., Nov. 27 from 8 to 10 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
STARS have made their career telling the tales we keep in the darkest and most hopeful parts of our souls. Tickets.

IT: Acrobat DC Basics
Thurs., Nov. 29 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. T104
Learn the basics of using Acrobat DC, including combining files, editing files, creating forms adding comments and ensuring security. Register.

Advanced Visualization Wall Techniques
Thurs., Nov. 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Learn how to create engaging and interactive presentations, exhibits and research displays on the MRU Library Visualization Wall. Please attend attend a Visualization Wall training session prior to registering. Register.

Navigating Emails With Links and Attachments Safely
Thurs., Nov. 29 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. E131
In 30 minutes learn what to look for to reduce the risk of a cyberattack via email. Register.

1968: The Year that Rocked the World Museum Exhibit
From Mon., Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. to Wed., Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. Hal and Marnie Wyatt Atelier (ED1120)
This musuem exhibit, created by students in GNED 1303, will examine events from all around the world to demonstrate the global nature of the protests of 50 years ago.

Creating a Basic Google Site
Tues., Dec. 4 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. T104
Learn the basics of creating a Google site, including inserting Google calendars, embedding videos and selecting your page template. Register.

Excel Pivot Tables
Thurs., Dec. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. T104
Learn how to create and manipulate an Excel pivot table. Register.

Workshop: VR, AR, MR, Oh My!
Thurs., Dec. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Explore virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR), and learn about the newly opened MRU Library Experience Lab (EL1355). Register.

Blackfoot Language Lunch and Learn
Thurs., Dec. 6 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trico Changemakers Studio (EB3013)
Join Elder Roy Bear Chief to learn about Blackfoot language and culture. Bring your own lunch. More information.

International Student Eat and Greet
Thurs., Dec. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. Z203
This program gives international students and the broader Mount Royal community an opportunity to meet new people and build connections. More information.

IT: Browsing Safely and Dealing With Cyber Attacks
Thurs., Dec. 6 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. T135
Would you like some tips on how to identify a cyberattack and what to do if you become a victim? Then this is the mini-workshop for you. Register.

Bill and Joel Plaskett
Fri., Dec. 7 from 8 to 10 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
Multiple Juno award-winning songwriter Joel Plaskett will be performing with his earliest musical influence — his father, Bill. Tickets.

Winter Fantasia
Sun., Dec. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
Winter Fantasia is a showcase of the work of the Mount Royal Conservatory choral ensembles. Tickets.

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