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May 23, 2018

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The Tomatosphere has landed

A citizen science project in Mount Royal's greenhouse is exploring humanity's ability to grow food on another planet.

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Grade 9 girls Explore STEM on campus

Nearly 1,000 young women were introduced to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Read Up! helps children improve their reading

Bachelor of Education students assist struggling young readers in strengthening their skills with the written word.

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Get out and try something new with Vigo

A Bachelor of Business Administration alumna has created a way to discover Calgary without having to break the bank.

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Budget drop-in sessions
The 2018/19 draft budget is in the final stages of review before going to the Board of Governors for approval. Four briefs have been developed to help explain how budgets are developed at Mount Royal. The final two drop-in information sessions are being held at the Ideas Visualization Lounge in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre on Thursday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Attend the 41st Annual Employee Appreciation Day tomorrow
On May 24, celebrate all of your hard work. You only need about one hour to join drop-in activities. For more information visit Remember, all employees are invited (faculty, staff, management, casual, temporary, exempt, contract and retired).

Employee Wellness Survey
The Employee Wellness Survey gathers data about employee health and wellness for the purpose of gaining insight into current practises and understanding barriers and facilitators to well-being at MRU. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary and anonymous. Contact Erica Roberts (5951) with questions or concerns.

Safety training mandatory for all employees
All full- and part-time employees are required by provincial legislation to complete safety training. Mount Royal is offering this mandatory online training via Blackboard. It takes 15 minutes to complete and the deadline is June 30. Follow these instructions and read more about Environmental Health and Safety at Mount Royal.

MRU Kids recycling request
With summer camps fast approaching, MRU Kids is requesting help collecting an assortment of recyclable materials for crafts and projects. A list of needed recyclables can be found here. Materials can be delivered to the MRU Kids office in U239 after May 21.

Marathon on campus Sunday
Runners in the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon will come through campus between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 27. A map showing the route is here and Calgary Police Service will be onsite to direct traffic. Please expect delays on both the campus roadways and those directly outside of campus during this period.

Meet Mount Royal's active employees
Each month Wellness Heroes showcases Mount Royal University employees who incorporate elements of wellness into their daily routine. Meet Pat Pardo, Mount Royal's director of Accessibility Services, who works to take intentional, consistent care of her mind, body, heart and spirit.
Bleed Blues      

Professor delivers keynote address at international conference
A recognized leader in the theoretical aspects of the study of religion, Professor Steven Engler, PhD, recently gave the keynote address at the Second International Conference on Religion and Healing at Sogang University in South Korea. Read more.

Merits of MRU TVP model promoted in South America
Craig Baskett, program administrator for Mount Royal's Transitional Vocational Program, recently led an employment preparation workshop for people with disabilities in Bucaramanga, Columbia. Read more.
Events        Complete list at

Budget Drop-In Session
Thurs., May 24 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (EL1270), Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Before the 2018/19 draft budget goes to the Board of Governors for approval, have your questions answered at this drop-in session.

Employee Appreciation Day
Thurs., May 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — MRU Campus
All employees are invited (faculty, staff, management, casual, temporary, exempt, contract and retired). View activities here.

Budget Drop-In Session
Thurs., May 24 from 10:30 a.m. to noon — Ideas Visualization Lounge (EL1270), Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Before the 2018/19 draft budget goes to the Board of Governors for approval, have your questions answered at this drop-in session.

Rain Barrel Sales — Green Calgary
Sat., May 26 from 8:30 a.m. to noon — Parking Lot B
Green Calgary will be selling rain barrel kits with all the fittings for $100.

Preparing for Change
Wed., May 30 and Thurs., May 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This two-day workshop tackles how to prepare for, and navigate, change. Register.

Spring Convocation
Thurs., May 31 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Fri., June 1 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Triple Gym
Graduands and their guests are invited to attend spring Convocation. Learn more.

Game-Changing Books: A Letter Concerning Toleration
Sun., June 3 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Fish Creek Library, 11161 Bonaventure Dr. SE
John Locke's A Letter Concerning Toleration (1689) heralded a shift in Western thought towards a vision of a secular society with human rights based in law. Led by David Clemis, PhD, of MRU. Register.

IT: Google Mail Merges
Tues., June 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — E209
Mail merge allows you to easily and quickly produce dozens of form letters, address labels or addressed envelopes in minutes. Register

Big Bob's BBQ

Thurs., June 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Charlton Pond
Help raise money for the Transitional Vocational Program. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or in advance through Craig Baskett (6059) or James Parsons (7047).

IT: Working with Google Docs
Tues., June 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — E209
Google Docs training covers using headers/footers, creating hyperlinks, inserting comments/suggestions, wrapping text, viewing previous versions and adding a table of contents. Register.

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Summit and website stories

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MyMRU announcements

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

As each semester begins (Aug./Sept. and Dec./Jan.), areas with ongoing employee activites 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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