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Feb. 1, 2017

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State of emergency

Alberta has more major natural disasters than anywhere else in Canada, and MRU knows how to respond.


Indelibly linking public relations programs
New agreement signed with Mount Saint Vincent University.

Living Library gets restocked
Human novels get "checked out" by scholars for the second year.


Nominate a friend or colleague for an Alumni Achievement Award

Mount Royal alumni are leaders in our community. It's up to all of us to make sure they're recognized. Nominate an inspiring alumni member for the 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards. Deadline is Feb. 25. More info.

New employee training portal a hit with staff
Since the launch of the new MyMRU employee training portal last November, the number of employees enrolling in professional development courses has increased significantly. Read more.

Bleed Blues

Pam Nordstrom and Jennifer Pettit each receive leadership award

Interim dean of the Faculty of Health, Community and Education Pam Nordstrom, PhD, and Jennifer Pettit, PhD and chair of the Department of Humanities, have each been awarded The Chair Academy’s 2017 International Exemplary Leadership Award. More info.

Events                        Complete list at

Multi-faith Events as Part of UN Interfaith Harmony Week

Thurs., Feb. 2 from 9 to 10 a.m.
The World Interfaith Harmony Week is when interfaith groups show what a powerful movement they are. Learn more.

PTSD in the Canadian Military
Thurs., Feb. 2 from 11 to 12:15 p.m. ― Moot Court (EA 1031)
This is a lecture on post traumatic stress disorder in the Canadian military by former lieutenant-governor and retired colonel Don Ethell. Learn more.

Benefits of International Field School Programming
Thurs., Feb. 2 from 12 to 12:50 p.m. ― E 125
Faculty members discuss the benefits of International Field School programming and provide tips. Learn more.

Crowchild Classic MRU Cougars vs. the U of C Dinos
Thurs., Feb. 2 from 5 to 10:30 p.m. ― Scotiabank Saddledome
The women's game starts at 5 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:45 p.m. Wear Cougars colours! Free tickets available at the door and online.

Stepping Up
From Fri., Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 5 ― Ross Glen Hall
This weekend workshop is an opportunity to talk with peers about healthy relationships. Register here.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Sometimes the Detours Have a Much Better Outcome Than You Expect
Fri., Feb. 3 from 12 to 1 p.m. ― EA 1068
Derek Pierce from Athabasca University will speak about his university experience.

Unfriending the Future: Motivated Empathy in Science and Political Advocacy
Sat., Feb. 4, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. ― Moot Court Room (EA 1031)
This talk focuses on the role that empathy plays in picking targets and setting goals. Learn more.

MRU Cougars Women's Basketball Game & Fifth Year Night
Sat., Feb. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. ― Kenyon Court
Cheer on your Cougars women's basketball team as they take on the Trinity Western Spartans at home. More info

MRU Cougars Men's Basketball Game & Fifth Year Night
Sat., Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. ― Kenyon Court
The Cougars men's basketball team tips off against the Trinity Western Spartans at home. More info

Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI) Training
Tues., from Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ― Lincoln Park Room
This two-day training session helps professionals who interview, respond to or interact with trauma victims.

Wellness Services: The Working Mind
Wed., Feb. 8, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. ― I 120
This training session aims to inform on mental health issues as they relate to the workplace environment. More info and register.

Canadian Guitar Quartet (CGQ)
Wed., Feb. 8, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. ― Bella Concert Hall
A mix of dynamic original music and classical masterpieces make a CGQ concert an unforgettable experience. Tickets here.

Science, Pseudoscience, and All that Jazz: Revisiting the Demarcation Problem
Thurs., Feb. 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. ― Jenkins Theatre

Keynote speaker Massimo Pigliucci, PhD, from the City College of New York will discuss what distinguishes science from pseudoscience. More info.

Others Within Symposium
Fri., Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ― Lincoln Park Room (J 301)

This day-long event will interrogate the possibilities of transformation within the context of higher education and academic scholarship. More info.

Indigenizing the University: What are the Academic Implications?
Fri., Feb. 10 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. ― Lincoln Park Room (J 301)

A public forum featuring a variety of perspectives aimed at exploring the opportunities and challenges of indigenization. More info.

TVP Fundraiser - Valentine's Day $5 Individual Roses for Sale
Tues., Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ― East Gate 

Show your love this Valentine's Day with a perfect red rose. Proceeds support the TVP program.

Workplace Health Promotion: Science of Happiness
Tues., Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This one-hour session will introduce participants to some research-based “happy habits." Register

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Start of semester emails, with option for distribution list sign up

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