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Oct. 18, 2018

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Bolstering support of international recruits

The Office of International Education introduces the campus' first regulated Canadian immigration consultant.

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Working to improve all aspects of accessibility

Accessibility Services is embarking on a complex study to determine how to support the success of all students.

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Alumni make their way into the Dragons' Den

Business idea sparked at Mount Royal takes two graduates all the way to the ultimate pitch competition.

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Aviation alumnus helps students soar

Aviation alumnus and MRU employee Jason Arthur hopes new scholarship fund will take off.

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Cannabis info and revised Smoking Policy
With the legalization of recreational cannabis, information, resources and policies can be found here. Also, the Smoking Policy has been updated to reflect no cannabis consumption on campus and some changes in designated smoking areas.

Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts (TCPA) achieves LEED Gold
The Canada Green Building Council has certified the TCPA at the Gold level for sustainability in design, construction and operation, according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rate System. The TCPA is Mount Royal's third LEED Gold building, and our fifth LEED-standard building overall.

Easily find benefits and pension information
Human Resources has improved the Employee Benefits and Pension page of the website to make key information easier to find by employee group and type of benefit. Everything new employees need to know is now centralized in one section, and all employees can find up-to-date information and forms for all types of coverage.

SAMRU Partners with the Library to buy textbooks
The Library Reserve Collection helps connect students with required course texts. The Students’ Association of Mount Royal University and the Library partner every semester to purchase new textbooks from the MRU BookStore that students can borrow on short loans. More.

Keep liquids out of mixed recycle bins
Remember to please empty your coffee and cold drink cups before putting them in the mixed recycle bins. Liquids contaminate the bin contents, meaning nothing in the bin can be recycled and must go to the landfill instead. More recycling tips can be found here.
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MRU researcher receives prestigious NSERC grant
Professor Michelle DeWolfe, PhD, has been awarded an NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant. This highly prestigious award for the project, "Evaluating mineral potential of the Winter Lake greenstone belt, Slave craton, Northwest Territories," will provide DeWolfe with $306,250 over the next three years for her research.

Calgary Journal nominated for three Associated Collegiate Press Awards
Mount Royal University's journalism program's publication the Calgary Journal has been named a finalist in the competition for three Associated Collegiate Press Awards. These awards pit the Calgary Journal against large American universities. The nominations are for Multimedia Story of the Year — Closing Midfield, Multimedia Feature — Instafit and Photo Slideshow — Calgary Structures.

Honours research earns nod from The Global Undergraduate Awards
Alumnus and Spring 2018 Convocation valedictorian Djordje Calic (Bachelor of Business Administration — General Management (Honours)), was named a regional winner for U.S. and Canada in the Business category of The Global Undergraduate Awards 2018 for his honours thesis research, “How do we make decisions under uncertainty? Examining how a tutorial influences gender differences in risk propensity.”

Making an impact in the study of physical literacy
Fourteen articles looking at different aspects of physical literacy and the Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy were published on Oct. 2 as a special supplement in the journal BMC Public Health. Bachelor of Health and Physical Education professor Dwayne Sheehan, PhD, contributed research to six of these articles. More.
Events        Complete list at

MRU Campus Flu Clinic
Continues to Fri., Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
U216A (Wellness Services)
Take care of yourself and those around you with a flu shot. Bring your provincial health care card. More information.

Sustainability Fair: Individual Sustainability
Thurs., Oct. 18 from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m.
Three speakers will discuss individual sustainability. Each will speak for 15 minutes and there will be a question period at the end.

An Evening with They Might Be Giants
Thurs., Oct. 18 from 9 to 11 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Brooklyn’s legendary alt-rockers They Might Be Giants are back and on the road with a brand new two-set “Evening With” show. Tickets.

Sustainability Fair: Plant Sale
Fri., Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon — Main Street
A variety of plants from the Mount Royal greenhouse will be on sale, with proceeds going back to the greenhouse. Cash only.

Sustainability Fair: Making a Self-Watering Plant Pot
Fri., Oct. 19 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Main Street
This workshop will teach you how to make a self-watering plant pot from a plastic pop bottle. You will take home a plant in your new planter. Register.

Advanced Excel Techniques
Tues., Oct. 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Take your Excel skills to the next level and work like a pro. Register.

Curious about Cannabis?
Tues., Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ideas Visualization Lounge (EL1270)
Drop by anytime to listen to how cannabis impacts health, have your questions answered and learn something new about cannabis.

Prioritize Space Request Training
Tues., Oct. 23 from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m.
The Prioritize tool is transparent and easy to use with a little training. Please bring your Prioritize username and password with you to this session. Register.

Cyber Security Month: Keeping Your Home and Mobile Devices Cyber Safe
Tues., Oct. 23 from 2:30 to 3 p.m.
Come and learn how to secure your data at home and on your mobile device. Register.

Canadian Guitar Quartet
Tues., Oct. 23 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
— TransAlta Pavilion
Since their debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has established a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. Tickets.

Recruitment and Volunteer Fair
Wed., Oct. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Main Street
Volunteer or get a job! Hosted by Career Services, MRU students and graduates can connect with recruiters and organizations right on campus. More information.

Understanding American Viewpoints, Issues Impacting the 2018 Midterm Election
Wed., Oct. 24 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Marc Hetherington and Nicolee Ambrose will offer an in-depth look into the American electorate and the issues motivating voters ahead of the midterm elections. Part of the Arts Speakers Series.

Cyber Security Month: Screening of Cyberwar Threat
Wed., Oct. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
This PBS documentary takes a fascinating and terrifying look at the high-stakes world of cybercrime. Part of Cyber Security Awareness Month.

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training
From Thurs., Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. to Fri., Oct. 26 at 5 p.m.
This two-day training is intended to build the capacity of professionals, paraprofessionals and community members to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Register.

Cyber Security Month: Hack the Box
Thurs., Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Street
Recruit three of your colleagues and come join this escape room-type activity. Each challenge takes 30 to 45 minutes. You must register your team in advance.

VR, AR, MR, Oh My!
Thurs., Oct. 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Vizualization 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.

Raven Sinclair, PhD, Presents: Enlightenment from a History of Trauma
Thurs., Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lincoln Park Room (J301)
One of Canada’s most sought-after experts on the ‘60s Scoop era, Raven Sinclair, director and executive producer of the film Truth to be Told, uncovers the atrocious facts of this period in Canadian history. Tickets.

KeePass 2.0
Fri., Oct. 26 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104

Learn the basics of using KeePass to digitally store your important passwords. Register.

Workplace Health: Managing Your Money
Fri., Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon
The second of the Finance Fridays 101 series, this session will focus on the importance of budgeting, the pros and cons of credit cards and money-saving tips. Register.

Jill Barber With Special Guest Justin Nozuka
Fri., Oct. 26 from 8 to 10 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
One of Canada’s most recognized voices, Jill Barber has sold over a half million albums, earning multiple award nominations and performing throughout the world. Tickets.

Open House
Sat., Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Know a prospective student? They can learn about our programs and services, meet faculty, take a tour and more. Learn more.

QPR Suicide Intervention Training Workshop
Mon., Oct. 29 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a certified suicide intervention program supporting people in learning to recognize signs of distress. Register.

Building DNA Using 3D printing with Lars Petersen
Mon., Oct. 29 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Maker Studio (EL1245)
Biology instructor Lars Petersen will demonstrate his 3D printed DNA models and explain his process in developing his educational tool. Register.

Métis History
Mon., Oct. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Mount Royal's Métis historian will teach the basics and go into further details about this part of Canadian history. More information.

Gwen Hoebig, David Moroz and the MRU Conservatory Academy
Mon., Oct. 29 from 8 to 10 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Alumni instructors Gwen Hoebig (violin) and David Moroz (piano) are returning to MRU Conservatory with a program at the Bella Concert Hall. Tickets.

HR: Change Management Fundamentals
From Tues., Oct. 30 at 8:30 a.m. to Wed., Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. (two days)

Explore the foundations of change management for organizational success, including essential concepts, the role of a change leader and the change management life cycle. Register.

International Education Week Kickoff and Festival
Tues., Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Main Street
A celebration of cultures and countries represented at Mount Royal University will kick off International Education Week. More information.

International Education Week: Japanese Taiko Drummers Performance
Tues., Oct. 30 from 11:20 to 11:30 a.m.
Main Street
During the International Education Week International Festival, the Mount Royal Conservatory's Taiko Drummers will be performing on Main Street.

International Education Week: Purpose, Pilgrim, Piper: A Travelogue From Annalise Van Ham
Tues., Oct. 30 from noon to 1 p.m.
Main Street
Enjoy images and tales of the road as a couple and their 13-year-old son spend nine months travelling, including tramping and bagpiping in Tasmania, volunteering in Kathmandu and walking across rural France. More information.

International Education Week: Teaching Cross-Cultural Competencies Contexts, Connections and Complexities
Tues., Oct. 30 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
In this workshop, participants will explore varying definitions of cross-cultural competencies and approaches to teaching them. Register.

International Education Week: English Language Conversation Hour
Tues., Oct. 30 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Join volunteers and other English language learners in the International Student Support Centre for casual conversation practice. More information.

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
Tues., Oct. 30 from 3 to 6 p.m.
C201F (inside the CEMI office)
This workshop is designed to give participants the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to understand trauma and effectively respond when someone discloses a sexual assault. Register.

International Education Week: Lacrosse and MRU Cricket Club Try-It Session
Tues., Oct. 30 from 8 to 10 p.m. Stanley Gym
This is your chance to try tossing a lacrosse ball or learn the basics of cricket from MRU's brand new Cricket Club! No prior experience necessary. More information.

International Education Week: A Career in the Canadian Foreign Service
Wed., Oct. 31 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Hear directly from a migration officer who will give an overview of a career with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as a foreign service officer and the basic requirements.

International Education Week Movie: Uncomfortable: Experiential Learning in a Foreign Land
Wed., Oct. 31 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Ideas Visualization Lounge (EL1270)
This unique film offers a deep dive into the world of experiential learning. See what emerges when a film crew follows a group of field school students for over a month. More information.

Working with Google Docs
Thurs., Nov. 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This training covers using headers/footers, adding hyperlinks, inserting comments/suggestions, wrapping text, viewing previous versions and including a table of contents. Register.

VR Sculpting with Oculus Medium
Thurs., Nov. 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Experience Lab (EL1355)
Learn how to create a sculpture utilizing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Please attend an Experience Lab drop-in session in advance of registering. Register.

How I Made My Own 3D Printer With Stian French
Thurs., Nov. 1 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Maker Studio
Health sciences student Stian French will explain how he built his own 3D printer from scratch using some of the technologies in the Maker Studio. Register.

International Education Week: International Music Jam Session
Fri, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon
Join some of our International Student Support Centre volunteers for a jam session. If you have an instrument, bring it. All levels welcome. More information.

Puddles Pity Party
Fri., Nov. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
The "Sad Clown with the Golden Voice" is here with his heartfelt anthems and a suitcase full of Kleenex. Tickets.

24th Annual Honouring Graduates Pow Wow
Sat., Nov. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Wyckham House
Everyone is welcome to celebrate the achievements of our graduating Indigenous students by taking part in this culturally significant event. No registration required.

Women, Wine and Wisdom
Tues., Nov. 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Ideas Visualization Lounge (EL1270)