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Aug. 30, 2017

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Together, we are the Cougars
On Aug. 25 the new, inclusive Cougars brand was officially launched, better embodying the pride, determination and focus that is a hallmark of Mount Royal's athletes, students and staff.

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Library Grand Opening Sept. 7
Representing the future of the university library in a single, inspiring academic building, celebrate the opening of the RLLC with a full day of festivities, including free presentations and the #YYCFoodTrucks.

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The Science of Cats and Dogs
Mount Royal's five-year partnership with Beakerhead showcases our most innovative current. Discover the mysteries under the fur of our favourite friends Sept. 14 at the Bella Concert Hall.

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Celebrate your colleagues at the Employee Awards
The 2017 Distinguished Employee Awards will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31 in the Bella Concert Hall. Please join us as we celebrate the dedication and distinguished accomplishments of employees. Light refreshments will be provided. All employees are welcome!

Limited access to the Rec entrance, bike lockers and daycare beginning at 5 p.m. today
Beginning at 5 p.m. today, access to the Rec entrance, the nearby bike lockers and the daycare will be limited because of an urgent crane lift operation. Workers will be controlling access, potentially causing delays of up to 15 minutes. Lot 2 and the West Gate will still be open. Work should be completed by 9 p.m.

Help needed!
Several hundred volunteer shifts still need to be filled for New Student Orientation. The greatest area of need is morning registration on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Please register today!

President's Fall Address transcript available
For those who were unable to make the President's Fall Address last Friday, the transcript of the speech is available here. All transcipts are posted on the MyMRU Employee page in the President's Corner box on the right-hand side of the page.

Facilities Management wants to hear from you!
Have you ever had to submit a FrontLine request for situations like reporting a mechanical problem in a room, moving furniture, getting a new recycling bin or cleaning up hazardous waste? Tell us about your experience and be entered in a draw to win a $50 gift card for The Table. Take this five-minute survey.

Human Resources launching eRecruiter to support hiring managers
Launching on Sept. 8, eRecruiter will support hiring managers across campus in the recruitment and onboarding of new employees, simplifying and automating the process for applicants, hiring managers and selection committees. Register for training on the MyMRU training portal. For more information, see the MyMRU announcements or contact Lori Klosch.

New online tool coming for expense reports, p-card transactions and pre-travel authorization
Do you deal with pre-travel authorizations, reimbursable expense claims and/or purchase card reconciliations? Chrome River, a new solution for completing, reviewing and approving these transactions, will be live on Sept. 21. Dates, times and locations of training opportunities will be shared soon via email and MyMRU. If you have any questions, please contact Debra Scott.

Discover the new Riddell Library and Learning Centre website

To complement its brand-new building, the Library has recently updated their website. Please browse through and use the Website Feedback link on any page to provide your thoughts!

Our Community hitting inboxes every two weeks
Due to feedback received from the Our Community survey, your internal newsletter is now being sent every two weeks. Events are listed three weeks ahead. Thank you!

Bleed Blues

Reconciling with the shopping culture: Malled
Mount Royal English Professor Kit Dobson's newest book Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada (Wolsak & Wynn) is set to be released in late September/early October. Dobson unapologetically hates malls ― yet he finds them fascinating at the same time. Read more ...

Book Publishers Association of Alberta shortlists silent sister

Creative writing professor Beth Everest's book of poems, silent sister: the mastectomy poems (Frontenac House) has been shortlisted for this year's BPAA Awards' Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry. Read more ...

Events                Complete list at

2017 Employee Awards
Thurs., Aug. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. ― Bella Concert Hall
Come and help recognize the continued dedication and distinguished accomplishments of MRU employees. Light refreshments provided. More info.

Pride Parade
Sun., Sept 3 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. ― 6 Avenue Downtown
The first 100 people to sign up for this year's MRU parade contingent will receive a t-shirt designed to show MRU's support of Calgary Pride. Register here.

Parent and Support Orientation
Sun., Sept. 3 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. ― Riddell Library and Learning Centre
This drop-in will include important information around the transition and success of new students to Mount Royal. Register.

New Student Orientation (NSO) ― Indigenous Grand Entry
Tues., Sept. 5 at 10:20 a.m. ― Cougars Concourse, Recreation
All staff and faculty are invited to gather and welcome our new students at NSO's Indigenous Grand Entry procession. More NSO information found here.

Riddell Library and Learning Centre Grand Opening
Thurs., Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ― Riddell Library and Learning Centre
With formal remarks starting at 9 a.m., a day of special presentations will celebrate the official opening of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre. More info.

UFest Welcomes Coleman Hell with Guests
Fri., Sept. 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. — Amphitheatre
Kick off the school year with a free welcome back, all-ages concert from 2 to 6 p.m. for MRU students, faculty and staff. No tickets necessary. More info.

Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy: Workshop for Changemakers
Mon., Sept. 11 to Wed., Sept. 13 — EB 3047 Boardroom
Social entrepreneur Shaun Loney will take participants through a seven-part process to dig into the art and science of solving complex problems. More info.

Get Rec'd Expo MRU
Wed., Sept. 13 from 3 to 6 p.m. — Recreation
Check out the Rec Centre, meet the friendly staff, learn about leadership opportunities, ask questions and try some of the activities offered for free! More info.

6th Annual MRU Colour-U-Blue
Sat., Sept. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Start by the Amphitheatre
Go blue crazy at Calgary’s original colour run, where the only thing that matters is having fun (not speed!). Early bird ticket pricing ends Sept. 8. More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Welcoming Ceremony
Mon., Sept. 18 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. — MRU Tipi (East Gate Lawn)
The opening day of Otahpiaaki 2017 includes greetings, messages and blessings by Elders Roy Bear Chief (Siksika) and Jeannie Smith-Davis (Piikani/Aakainawa). More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — From Darkness, Light
Mon., Sept. 18 to Thurs. Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Main Street
Using techniques borrowed from street art and mural painting, artist Jesse Gouchey (Treaty 6) will guide participants through the process of oxidized t-shirt design. More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — MMIW Red Dress Flowers to Honour 
Mon., Sept. 18 to Thurs. Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Main Street
Join the continuation of Otahpiaaki 2016’s project by Tishna Marlow (Six Red Beads), who will add a flower to her red dress to honour missing women and their families. More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Ribbon Projects: Fire Skirts and HBC Trade Patterns 
Mon., Sept. 18 to Thurs. Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Main Street
Join Sewing Seeds Canada and Otahpiaaki designers for an opportunity to craft a ribbon skirt or shirt to be featured at the Sept. 23 Community Showcase. More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Pow Wow Pretty Woman Creations 
Mon., Sept. 18 from noon to 2 p.m. — Main Street
This workshop, led by Tobi Davis Eagle Speaker (Maatsowakii — Pretty Woman Creations), teaches the Kainai Nation' s contemporary practice of powwow earring and small regalia design. More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Northern Cree Singers 
Mon., Sept. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Celebrate the kickoff to Otahpiaaki 2017 with the Grammy-nominated Northern Cree Singers and host, Canadian country music legend Paul Brandt. More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Beading Meditations 
Tues., Sept. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. — Main Street
More than beading, a workshop with Trip Charbs is a journey of healing, resilience and sharing kind and humourous moments. More info.

School of Nursing and Midwifery — 50-Year Historical Timeline
Tues., Sept. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Main Street
The School of Nursing and Midwifery’s historical timeline will demonstrate the evolution of nursing over the past 50 years on campus. More info ...

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Story, Regalia and Leatherwork 
Tues., Sept. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Brenda Lee Asp from the Northern Tutchone First Nation in the Yukon Territories will teach the essential protocols and processes of working with sacred materials. More info.  

Social Justice 101: Privilege, Power, & Oppression 
Tues., Sept. 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. — U 111
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 here.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Michif Moss Bag Projects 
Wed., Sept. 20 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. — Main Street
Métis artisan Jessie Fiddler-Kiss will share her knowledge of Michif beadwork and embroidery as a means to personalize heirloom projects and demonstrate caring and growth. More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Streetwear, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship with Section 35 
Wed., Sept. 20 from noon to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Justin Louis of Section 35 will share just about everything at this Otahpiaaki event, from his creation process, to using iconic imagery and fashion as a platform for truth. More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Berries, Antlers & Hides ... Oh My! 
Thurs. Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Main Street
Tishna Marlowe (Six Red Beads) and Braden Etzerza (Otahpiaaki) use natural resources and gifts from the land for extraordinary designs and opportunities for community development. More info.

Career Opportunities in Cybersecurity
Thurs., Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon
With the huge demand for cybersecurity professionals, prospects for job seekers are fantastic. Register.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Do You Believe in Magic? 
Thurs., Sept. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Kiit Kiitokii will bring his skills as a master hypnotist and magician to this afternoon workshop for youth. More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Truth Showcase 
Thurs., Sept. 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. — City Hall Atrium
The Otahpiaaki Truth Showcase strives to disrupt, engage, educate and motivate participants to act. More info.

140th Anniversary of Treaty 7 
Fri., Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — East Gate Entrance
Meet at the tipi located at the East Gate entrance to hear elders and invited guests speak about the significance of Treaty 7. There will be drummers, dancers, singers and a round dance. More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Youth Showcase 
Fri., Sept. 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. — City Hall Atrium
The Otahpiaaki Youth Showcase is dedicated to (re) connecting Indigenous culture and perspectives through the use of traditional and contemporary fashion. More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Community Showcase 
Sat., Sept. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. — City Hall Atrium
Celebrate the designs from collaborations of From Darkness, Light and support someone who has been a part of Otahpiaaki’s fashion and creativity programs. More info.

Otahpiaaki Fashion Week 2017 — Reconciliation Showcase 
Sat., Sept. 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. — City Hall Atrium
The Reconciliation Showcase will focus on couture, contemporary, and avant-garde collections, culminating with a fashion look designed to emphasize the work of reconciliation. More info.

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