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Aug. 23, 2019

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Finding out what knowledge Calgary needs

As Calgary works to emerge from the economic downturn, MRU's Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Career Services are partnering with Calgary Economic Development to co-host the city’s first High-Impact Talent Roundtable.

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Mount Royal to fly its colours at Pride

Taking part in the Pride Parade sends an important message about values intrinsic to Mount Royal. University president Tim Rahilly will be part of the Mount Royal contingent on Sept. 1, and is inviting everyone to join him on the route.

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Cannabis cultivation course

Mount Royal's latest addition to its Cannabis Education Program — Cannabis Cultivation Technician — was developed with industry partners to meet the demand for trained, knowledgeable workers in the field.

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Making the most of NSO

Meet three student leaders who will be volunteering at this year's New Student Orientation. Each speaks about how the experience set them on the right trajectory for both academic and personal success at MRU.

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Chance to change your benefits coverage Aug. 16 to Sept. 15
Eligible full-time employees have a one-time chance to make changes to their health, dental and optional life insurance coverage without the usual requirement of a major life change. Learn about the new features in the benefits plan here. Reply by Sept. 15 to the email you received from benefits@mtroyal.ca called "Choose your Sun Life coverage beginning Aug. 16."

Employee barbecue Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kick off a new academic year and celebrate all employees for their year-round contributions in support of student success on Tuesday. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and door prizes on either the East Gate lawn (weather permitting) or at Ross Glen Hall. This event takes the place of the President's Fall Address and Employee Awards for this year only. There will be brief program from 12:30 to 1 p.m., with entertainment and remarks by the presidents of MRSA, MRFA and MRU. RSVP here.

Volunteers needed for New Student Orientation

Sign up to help Mount Royal's incoming students get their post-secondary experience started off right. There are several positions available before and during New Student Orientation on Sept 3 and 4. Learn more and sign up here.

Join MRU at Pride Parade Sept. 1
Show your pride MRU! Join us on Sept. 1 at the Calgary Pride Parade. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students from Mount Royal will walk together to promote inclusion and a sense of community on our campus. Visit this page for information on where and when to meet up. @CalgaryPride

Exclusive pre-sale deal for Paul Brandt Dec. 10
Country Music Hall of Fame inductee (and Mount Royal nursing alumnus) Paul Brandt will join the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bella Concert Hall on Dec. 10. Pre-sale concert tickets are $150 and VIP reception tickets (does not include the concert) are $200. Sales continue until Sept. 2. Use the password Bella to access the pre-sale. Public sales begin Sept. 3.

Take in the New Student Orientation keynote speaker

All staff and faculty may feel free to attend the formal remarks from President Tim Rahilly on Sept. 3, and the keynote speaker Ashly Perez on Sept. 4. For both events please arrive at the Triple Gym by 9:25 a.m. On Sept. 4, visit the Campus Carnival at the TransCanada Ampitheatre beginning at 12:30 p.m. Find more information here.

Board of Governors announces Teaching and Research Chairs
Four new appointments as Board of Governors Research Chairs highlight the exceptional scholarly work of a diverse cadre of professors at Mount Royal University. Appointments include: Brett McCollum, PhD (Chemistry and Physics), Karen Manarin, PhD (English), Timothy Haney, PhD (Sociology and Anthropology), and Michelle DeWolfe, PhD (Earth and Environmental Sciences). More Information.

Get your reminder of cybersecurity vigilance
If you have reported any suspicious emails to ITS, contact Bernadette Pasteris at bpasteris@mtroyal.ca for your "I report suspicious emails" sticker. Put your sticker on your laptop or desktop as a reminder to you and colleagues to help protect our network and your personal information.

Institute for Community Prosperity launches fellowship
The Catalyst Fellowship is a cohort-based learning experience for students committed to building a more just and sustainable future. Fellows will explore the root causes of ecological, social, economic and cultural issues. They will also collaborate across sectors and engage multiple stakeholders to deepen their ability to make meaningful change in their communities. Find more information here.

Did you know?
According to the 2018 Survey of Graduating Students completed by the Canadian University Survey Consortium, ninety-five per cent of graduating Mount Royal University students agree/strongly agree MRU is an inclusive and respectful place.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

100th anniversary of significant strike commemorated
Associate Professor Kirk Niergarth, PhD, of the Department of Humanities, Assistant Professor Sean Carleton of the Department of General Education and University of Alberta post-doctoral student Julia Smith are the authors of a museum-style exhibit about the 1919 Calgary General Strike, currently on display at the Calgary Central Library. Read more.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

High-Impact Talent Roundtable
Mon., Aug. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room
At this roundtable the Institute for Innovation and Prosperity will explore how innovative approaches to work-integrated learning could contribute to developing talent.

Personalized Learning Focus Group Registration
Mon., Aug. 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
This focus group will assist the work of the Academic Plan Implementation Committee. Register.

Employee Barbecue
Tues. Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
East Gate lawn (weather permitting) or Ross Glen Hall
A brief program will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m., with entertainment and remarks by the presidents of MRSA, MRFA and MRU. RSVP here.

Lawn Bowling with the Innovator and Founders Circles
Tues., Aug. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. — Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club
All are invited to join the Mount Royal LaunchPad Innovator and Founders Circles for an evening of lawn bowling and MRU entrepreneurship pride. Tickets.

Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Crime
Wed., Aug. 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — E206
This fascinating and informative 90-minute workshop gives you all the tools you need to keep you and yours cyber safe. Register.

Advanced Excel Formulas
Fri., Aug. 30 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Want to learn how to take your Excel skills to the next level and work like a pro? Then this course is for you. Register.

Personalized Learning and Class Size: A Community Conversation
Fri., Aug. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Academic Plan Implementation Committee is hosting this community conversation focusing on values, goals and strategies for sustaining Mount Royal University's excellence in personalized learning.There is no cost to
register here.

New Student Orientation
Tues., Sept. 3 and Wed., Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New students will hear from student service providers and be prepared for what to expect from their first year. Learn more.

Personalized Learning Focus Group Registration
Tues., Sept. 3 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
This focus group will assist the work of the Academic Plan Implementation Committee. Register.

Social Justice, Leadership and the Battle for Gay-Straight Alliances

Tues., Sept. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Pam Krause, president and CEO of the Centre for Sexuality,
is an advocate and activist on issues related to women’s equality and social justice. Register.

Working with Google Docs
Thurs., Sept, 5 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
This training covers using headers and footers, creating hyperlinks, inserting comments and suggestions, wrapping text, viewing previous versions and adding a table of contents. Register.

Creating an Email Distribution List
Thurs., Sept. 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Learn how to create an email distribution list in Google Groups. Register.

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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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