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Nov. 29, 2018

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Announcing the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award recipients

This year's field includes a social entrepreneur, an executive coach, an interior designer and an academic.

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Deeply committed to the craft of teaching

Mount Royal's eighth-annual Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning dove deep into the student/professor partnership.

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Helping students access news

Professor emeritus Margy MacMillan's (PhD) research shows academics are trusted figures for information dissemination.

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A voice for every child ​

Second-year Bachelor of Child Studies Early Learning students are challenging their preconceptions.

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"Uncertainty is OK"

Second-year public relations student Hanna Clark shares how she overcame loneliness and isolation at university.

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Province announces historic changes to nursing during MRU visit
On Nov. 23, the Government of Alberta chose Mount Royal University to make a ground-breaking nursing announcement. Minister of Health Sara Hoffman, deputy premier and MLA for Edmonton-Glenora, told a large crowd that new regulations will expand the scope of practice for registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Read more.

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.

Board issues update on Collective Bargaining
Negotiations are continuing toward the renewal of the collective agreement between Mount Royal University and the Mount Royal Faculty Association. On Nov. 8 and 9, the negotiating teams engaged in two days of informal enhanced mediation, which was again facilitated by mediator Gary Furlong. While the negotiating teams were able to reduce the number of outstanding issues, no agreement was reached. Read more.

Reminder of early timesheet deadlines in December
The two pay periods in December occur back to back because of the University's holiday closure beginning Dec. 24. The timesheet deadline for the Dec. 14 pay is Dec. 11 for employees and Dec.12 for approvers. The timesheet deadline for the Dec. 20 payday is Dec. 31 for employees and Jan 2 for approvers. The paper source deadline for the Jan. 15 pay is Dec. 21.

2018 United Way fundraising campaign starts Dec. 1
Mount Royal’s 2018 United Way fundraising campaign officially kicks off Dec. 1. A credit card donation or payroll deduction can be made between Dec. 1 and Dec. 14. Funds raised will help many Calgarians who face tremendous challenges. Sign in with your email.

Selection Committee named for search for dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension
The Selection Committee for the Dean of the Faculty of Continuing and Extension includes: Lesley Brown, provost and vice-president, Academic (Chair); Meagan Bowler, dean of the University Library; Dimitra Fotopoulos, program director; Cindy Campbell, credit-free instructor, Denise Chenger, credit-free instructor; Melanie Peacock, president of the Mount Royal Faculty Association; Charissa Hovdebo, program coordinator; Jenn Sheehan, credit-free student, Jean-Louis Bleau, Conservatory operations manager and Melanie Rogers, associate vice-president of Marketing and Communications.

Understanding your role in workplace health and safety
Supervisors are accountable for the health and safety of those who report to them and whose work they oversee, ensuring that faculty and staff have read, understood and signed their Position Hazard Assessments and have completed their Safety Training on Blackboard (Safety Orientation, WHMIS 2015 & IT Security Awareness). Read more about roles and responsibilities for workplace safety at Mount Royal.

Key areas successfully complete migration to Banner 9
HR/Payroll, Finance and University Advancement went live on schedule Nov. 14 with Banner 9. Banner is the core software system for many day-to-day operations. All post-secondaries that use it are required to migrate to Banner 9 by year end, involving a significant amount of work. The remaining functions in Banner 9 will be fully migrated in December.

Foot traffic may be rerouted in places this week
Please be aware of wet sandblasting being done to sidewalks around campus this week. Access to some walkways and secondary entrances may be limited. Safety barriers will be in place to guide pedestrians. Contact with any questions.

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.
Bleed Blues      

Inspiration Awards recognize professor and project
Department of Child Studies and Social Work professor Gaye Warthe, PhD, recently garnered an Inspiration Award in acknowledgment
of her work to prevent family violence, sexual violence, child abuse and bullying. Mount Royal’s Stepping Up initiative, a research-based program focusing on the prevention of dating violence, was also recognized with an award. Read more.

Alumna one of six to win international scholarship
Bissett School of Business alumna Corrine Thiessen is one of six women worldwide to win a prestigious Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship from Zonta International. Finance professor Catherine Roy‐Heaton describes Thiessen as “of superior intelligence and (holding) superior analytical and communication skills.” Thiessen is currently working on post-graduate studies at the University of Victoria. Read more.
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IT: Acrobat DC Basics
Thurs., Nov. 29 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. T104
Learn the basics of using Acrobat DC, including combining files, editing files, creating forms adding comments and ensuring security. Register.

Advanced Visualization Wall Techniques
Thurs., Nov. 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Learn how to create engaging and interactive presentations, exhibits and research displays on the MRU Library Visualization Wall. Please attend attend a Visualization Wall training session prior to registering. Register.

Mount Royal Annual Craft Show
Thurs. Nov. 29 and Fri. Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— Second floor of Wyckham House
Find unusual one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list made by MRU's many gifted artisans.

Navigating Emails With Links and Attachments Safely
Thurs., Nov. 29 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. E131
In 30 minutes learn what to look for to reduce the risk of a cyberattack via email. Register.

The Evolution of Top-Level Domain Names
Thurs., Nov. 29 from 1 to 1:50 p.m.
The seventh Department of Mathematics and Computing colloquium will be given by associate professor Aniket Mahanti, PhD, of the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

1968: The Year that Rocked the World Museum Exhibit
From Mon., Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. to Wed., Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. Hal and Marnie Wyatt Atelier (ED1120)
This museum exhibit, created by students in GNED 1303, will examine events from all around the world to demonstrate the global nature of the protests of 50 years ago. The closing reception will be held Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.

Creating a Basic Google Site
Tues., Dec. 4 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. T104
Learn the basics of creating a Google site, including inserting Google calendars, embedding videos and selecting your page template. Register.

Excel Pivot Tables
Thurs., Dec. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. T104
Learn how to create and manipulate an Excel pivot table. Register.

Workshop: VR, AR, MR, Oh My!
Thurs., Dec. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Explore virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR), and learn about the newly opened MRU Library Experience Lab (EL1355). Register.

Blackfoot Language Lunch and Learn
Thurs., Dec. 6 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trico Changemakers Studio (EB3013)
Join Elder Roy Bear Chief to learn about Blackfoot language and culture. Bring your own lunch. More information.

International Student Eat and Greet
Thurs., Dec. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. Z203
This program gives international students and the broader Mount Royal community an opportunity to meet new people and build connections. More information.

IT: Browsing Safely and Dealing With Cyber Attacks
Thurs., Dec. 6 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. T135
Would you like some tips on how to identify a cyberattack and what to do if you become a victim? Then this is the mini-workshop for you. Register.

Thurs., Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. Ideas Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
The capstone work of senior information design students will explore Calgary's current and imagined future using the United Nations' Human-Centred Design Process. Tickets.

Bill and Joel Plaskett
Fri., Dec. 7 from 8 to 10 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
Multiple Juno award-winning songwriter Joel Plaskett will be performing with his earliest musical influence — his father, Bill. Tickets.

Winter Fantasia
Sun., Dec. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
Winter Fantasia is a showcase of the work of the Mount Royal Conservatory choral ensembles. Tickets.

HR: Conflict Management
Wed., Dec. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Gain an overview of conflict management principles and best practices. Learn to assess and manage your own response and approach to conflict in the workplace. Register.

Advanced Excel Techniques
Wed., Dec. 12 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. T104
Learn how to take your Excel skills to the next level and work like a pro. Register.

Mindfulness and Reducing the Effects of Stress
Wed., Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to noon E204
Mindfulness helps to decrease stress, increase resilience and improve personal productivity. Learn techniques that can be implemented in all aspects of everyday life. Register.

Presidents' Holiday Reception
Wed., Dec. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Ross Glen Hall
This annual event is hosted by David Docherty, president of Mount Royal University; Melanie Peacock, president of the Mount Royal Faculty Association; and Baset Zarrug, president of the Mount Royal Staff Association.

Keeping Your Home and Mobile Devices Cyber-Safe
Wed., Dec. 12 from 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Spend 30 minutes and learn how to secure your data at home and on your mobile device. Register.

Virtual Reality Sculpting with Oculus Medium
Thurs., Dec. 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Experience Lab (EL1355)
Learn how to create a 3D sculpture using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Oculus Medium application. Please attend an Experience Lab drop-in session first. Register.

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 party. 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.

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.

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.

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