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Dec. 13, 2018

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Supporting women entrepreneurs

Mount Royal University has been chosen to play a key role in Canada's newly announced Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub.

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Solving crimes, helping families

Criminal justice students are involved in an unusual partnership with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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When your hair isn't "acceptable"

Journalism student Badria Abubaker's documentary Black Hair is receiving well-deserved attention.

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The ultimate tech hack

Health sciences student Stian French used the 3D printer in the Maker Studio to create another 3D printer.

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A human-centred design process

The 2018 graduating class of information design students' capstone projects focus on empathy and the future of Calgary.

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Exchanging knowledge

Bachelor of Education students and faculty recently spent a day at the Nakoda Elementary School learning from the community.

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Faculty among top 40 under 40

Among Avenue Magazine's Class of 2018 are Professors Sean Carlton, PhD, and Christy Tomkins-Lane, PhD.

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Reminder of early timesheet deadlines in December
The final timesheet deadline for the Dec. 20 payday is Dec. 31 for employees and Jan. 2 for approvers. Employees should complete and submit their timesheets before the University closes for the holidays on Dec. 24. The paper source deadline for the Jan. 15 pay is Dec. 21. The two pay periods in December occur back-to-back because of the University's closure between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2.

Update on presidential search from Sue Mallon, Board of Governors chair
Over the last few weeks, the search firm Boyden Canada has presented the Presidential Search Committee with a long list of excellent candidates. The Committee pared down this list and is conducting the first round of interviews this month. The search process is on track and progressing well. More information on the search process can be found here.

Provost to host first-ever academic town hall
Out of a desire to increase communication with the campus community, Provost Lesley Brown, PhD, invites everyone to an academic town hall on Dec. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Ideas Lounge in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre. It has been a tremendous semester and there is much to share and celebrate. RSVP to to receive a confirmation.

New research fund announced
The New Frontiers in Research Fund will invest $275 million over the next five years, and $65 million ongoing, to support international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research.
The deadline for the first call for letters of intent is Jan. 11. Mount Royal's Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement will be organizing information sessions beginning next week.

Support available to employees and students upset by demonstrators

Support is provided to students and employees when demonstrators set up graphic displays on campus. The courts consider university campuses to be public spaces. The University is obligated to respect the legal rights of demonstrators to be on campus while also ensuring that members of the community are supported. To be notified by email when the protesters are present, please contact

Do a health and safety check before you leave for the holidays

Please ensure your office is free of hazards. Turn off your computer. Unplug all electrical devices, including Christmas lights, and especially heat-emitting small appliances like coffee makers. Move paper and cardboard away from radiators and powerbars, and remove all food from the office.

Tips for coping with common holiday stressors
Resources are available to help employees cope with this busy, and often stressful, time of year. Learn to recognize the signs of stress and how to alleviate them by taking care of yourself. Read more.

2018 United Way fundraising campaign finishes this week
Mount Royal’s 2018 United Way fundraising campaign will wrap up on Friday. Choose between a credit card donation or payroll deduction to help raise funds that will help many Calgarians who face tremendous challenges. Sign in with your email.

Bleed Blues

Midwifery student receives Métis award
On Sept. 22, Noelle Antonsen, a second-year student in Mount Royal's Bachelor of Midwifery program, was presented the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Award, which helps Métis Albertans realize self-sufficiency through post-secondary education and skills development.

Professor Kim Williams on pets and the Fort McMurray fire
MRU's Centre for Community Disaster Research (CCDR) just published Professor Kim Williams, PhD's, research essay, "Managing Pets During Disasters: Findings and Recommendations from the Horse River Fire, Fort McMurray, Alberta." The essay was also recently covered in the Calgary Herald, as well as in other media. The report is available on PreventionWeb, a project of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
Events      More information at

First-Ever Academic Town Hall
Fri., Dec. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Provost Lesley Brown, PhD, invites everyone to an academic town hall. RSVP by email to

Holiday Party for All Employees
Fri., Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ross Glen Hall
Finance and Administration invites all Mount Royal employees to drop by Ross Glen Hall for a holiday celebration. Cash bar.

Where There's a Will, There's a Way
Fri., Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon
Where There's a Will, There's a Way will cover topics such as what is a will, why you need one, what is a power of attorney and who should be the executor of your will. Register.

So Many Feelings! Indigenous Information Literacy and Relationships
Fri., Dec. 14 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Join librarian and assistant professor Jessie Loyer for the first edition of the 2018/2019 Library Scholarship Speaker Series. More information.

KeePass 2.0
Mon., Dec. 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. T104
Learn the basics of using KeePass to digitally store your important passwords. Register.

New Tri-Agency Funding Information Session
Mon., Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to noon EL4201
The New Frontiers in Research Fund is comprised of three streams to support groundbreaking research: exploration, transformation and international. Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Tues., Dec. 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. E204
This workshop will provide tips and tricks on how to keep your data safe at home and at work. Register.

New Tri-Agency Funding Information Session
Thurs., Dec. 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. EL4201
The New Frontiers in Research Fund will invest $275 million over the next five years, and $65 million ongoing, to support international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research. Register.

The Heebee-jeebees’ 25th Anniversary
Sun., Dec. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
These family-friendly hometown favourites are celebrating 25 years together with a unique anniversary event. Please bring a non-perishable (or cash) donation in support of the Calgary Food Bank. Tickets.

Winter Student Orientation
Thurs., Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ross Glen Hall
Winter Student Orientation is designed to support new students with valuable insight, tools and resources that will benefit their transition to university. More information.

Practical Copyright for Instruction
Mon., Jan. 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. Formal Boardroom (EL4201)
Join Alana Gaulin, MRU’s copyright advisor, as she examines some of the practical applications of copyright in everyday teaching. Register.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Information Session
Wed., Jan. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. — Main Street
Learn about innovation and entrepreneurship extra-curricular opportunities at MRU that can help turn ideas into reality.

Teaching With Movies and Other Media
Wed., Jan. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. Formal Boardroom (EL4201)
Join Alana Gaulin, MRU’s copyright advisor, as she examines how and where you can use films and other media in class, on on Blackboard, or distributed to your students. Register.

Using Electronic Images Properly
Thurs., Jan. 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. Formal Boardroom (EL4201)
Know how to incorporate electronic images into your course materials in a copyright-friendly way. Register.

Grand Opening of the Cougars Campus Store
Mon., Jan. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Cougars Campus Store on Main Street
Join us for the official opening of the Cougars Campus Store, which includes 25% off all MRU and Cougars merchandise. Free cookies for the first 500 customers.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Training
Mon., Jan. 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. — A341
Learn all about FOIP.

Suicide Prevention Workshop
Thurs., Jan. 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Location available upon registration
Learn the question, persuade, refer (QPR) certified suicide intervention program.

Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) 101 Awareness Training
Thurs., Jan 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. ― A341
Take in an overview of CASL requirements and how they impact MRU's day-to-day business.

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