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April 12, 2018

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Summit ― Carrying the stories

Country music star Paul Brandt, Mount Royal's storyteller-in-residence and a nursing alumnus, lifts the curtain on life, love and the legacy he hopes to leave.

Justice Rosalie Abella receives Peace Prize

Abella is the first Jewish woman to sit on the bench of the Supreme Court of Canada and is known for spearheading the Canadian concept of employment equity.

Nursing student learns from experience

After student Erika Koch witnessed a horrific hit and run she used the nursing department's Simulation Learning Centre to gain more confidence in her skills.

JMH LaunchPad hands out $75,000

Main recipient Will Conner's Community Kit will help take the majority of the labour out of building a nonprofit.

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More access to international experiences

Mount Royal has received funding for internships in selected Commonwealth Games sites.

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HR team triumphs at case competition

It was an impressive showing for human resources students, who also learned about taking risks.

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Take care walking on campus
Freezing overnight has made for very slippery walkways. Please be extremely cautious when walking on these icy surfaces. Report hazardous conditions to Security at 403.440.6897. Tips to prevent falls can be found here.

City of Calgary Engagement Session: Richardson Way Study
The City of Calgary is conducting a planning study to create a plan for Richardson Way and Richard Road S.W. to promote a comprehensive transportation system while accommodating anticipated growth. Provide your input today from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ideas Visualization Lounge in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre.

Indigenous Strategic Plan: Report to our Communities and an Honouring of David Docherty
The Mount Royal community in invited on April 26 for the launch of the Indigenous Strategic Plan Report to the Community and to honour President David Docherty during a special ceremony when he will be gifted with a Blackfoot name. Learn more.

Board of Governors Reception
The Board of Governors invites all MRU employees to a reception to celebrate the end of the academic year from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 9 in the Lincoln Park Room. RSVP to Susan Pankiw at by April 27.

Convocation volunteers needed
Spring convocation will be held Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1. As always, volunteers are needed! To help celebrate the achievements of Mount Royal's students, sign up here.

Feedback needed on employee events and activities
A review was initiated by the President's Executive Council (PEC) to evaluate how current events and activities are (or are not) building a sense of community, allowing for meaningful connections and showing appreciation to our employees. Please go to this survey to provide your feedback.

Tell us about your recycling habits and win a free massage
Take our 5-minute survey about recycling and energy conservation on campus and you could win a free massage. Your input lets us know how you're using the four-part recycling bins and saving energy across campus. The survey closes April 16.

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 Joyce Woods, a professor in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, who, after suffering a heart attack, was able to was able to lose 60 pounds and keep the weight off through dedication, perseverence and hard work.

Get active your way at Rec this spring
Register now for your favourite activity or try something new. Get unlimited drop-in fitness classes with a FlexFit Pass all spring and summer. Spring out of your comfort zone with intramurals. Register by May 10.
Bleed Blues      

MRU receives Canada Research Chair support and internal SSHRC Explore and Engage grants
Mount Royal has been allocated $2 million in funding for two new Canada Research Chairs (CRCs). The University will be able to bring on a Tier 2 CRC (emerging researcher) for five years and a Tier 1 CRC for seven years. The process of determining how to nominate applicants for these opportunities will begin soon. Read more.

Canadian Association of Journalists recognizes the Calgary Journal
Two MRU journalism projects have been nominated by the Canadian Association of Journalists in the Student Award of Excellence category, alongside projects from three other universities, including McGill, UBC (graduate program) and University of King's College. Read more.
Events            Complete list at
City of Calgary Engagement Session: Richardson Way Study
Thurs. April 12 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
Join this City of Calgary planning study for Richardson Way and Richard Road S.W. to promote a multi-use transportation system and accommodate anticipated growth. More info.

Facilities Management: Prioritize Space Request Training
Mon., April 16 from 10 to 11:20 a.m. — T104
Departments requesting major renovations, funding from the Renovation Reserve, a new space, or space designation changes will need to complete a request via Prioritize. Register.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act 101 Awareness Training
Mon., April 16 from 11 a.m. to noon — Kerby Hall Room (A302)
Learn the ins and outs of FOIP by attending the next 45-minute rapid fire session on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Register.

Creating Your Financial Roadmap
Tues., April 17 from 11 a.m. to noon
Topics for this workshop will include: how to build a financial roadmap, common mistakes in money management and tools to build a solid financial plan. Register.

HR: Increasing Your Influence
Wed., April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This course provides useful techniques for making things happen without using authority — whether you have it or not. Register.

IT: Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Crime
Wed., April 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — E204
Want to foil cyber criminals and beat them at their own game? Take this workshop and learn tips and tricks on how to keep your data safe at home and at work. Register.

Records and Information Management (RIM) 101 Awareness Training
Wed., April 18 from 2 to 3 p.m. — Kerby Hall Boardroom (A341)
This session provides a quick 45-minute overview of the RIM program including transitory records, drafts and copies, records retention lengths and off-siting records. Register.

Bachelor of Education Capstone Project Presentation
Wed., April 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room
Department of Education students will present their capstone projects, which focus on one element from the classroom they are working in during their final practicum.

IT: Advanced Excel techniques
Thurs., April 19 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Want to learn how to take your Excel skills to the next level and work like a pro? Then this course is for you. Register.

Presentation Powwow: Partners in Place — Building Communities Through Experiential Learning
Thurs. April 19 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. — University Amphitheater or Triple Gym (weather dependant)
Students from Connect Charter School and Tsuut'ina Education Department schools will congregate at Mount Royal University for a presentation powwow. Register.

Parents Symposium: Partners in Place Building Communities Through Experiential Learning
Thurs., April 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Connect Charter School, 5915 Lewis Drive SW
Open to Mount Royal faculty, this evening presentation will feature a keynote address by Amy Demarest, who will lead a discussion on the four elements of place-based education — experience, subject, place and service. More info.

Educator Symposium: Partners in Place Building Communities Through Experiential Learning
Fri., April 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Connect Charter School, 5915 Lewis Drive SW
Open to all Calgary-area educators, the Partners in Place Educators Symposium is focused on place-based education and Indigenous ways of teaching, learning and knowing. More info.

Game-Changing Books: The Republic
Sun., April 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Nose Hill Library, 1530 Northmount Drive NW
Enjoy a look at this fascinating Socratic dialogue by Plato, one of the most influential books in western history. Led by Duncan Maclean, PhD, Mount Royal University. Register.

Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) 101 Awareness Training
Mon., April 23 from 11 a.m. to noon — Kerby Hall Boardroom (A341)
This session provides an overview of CASL requirements and how they effect MRU day-to-day business. Register.

IT: Using Google Drive
Wed., April 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Room T104
Learn about the Google Drive, including how to share documents with others and how to save documents that others share with you. Register.

IT: Navigating Email Links and Attachments Safely
Wed., April 25 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. — Room E125
In 30 minutes learn what to look for to reduce the risk of a cyber attack via email. Register.

Manufacturing Meaning: Medieval and Modern Material Sustainability?
Wed., April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. — University of Calgary
Kenna Olsen, PhD and professor of medieval literature at MRU and Elias Fahssi of Calgary's DIRTT Environmental Solutions will discuss how medieval literature relates to environmental sustainability. Register.

The Indigenous Strategic Plan: Report to our Communities and an Honouring of David Docherty
Thurs., April 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. — Outdoor T-Wing Courtyard
Join the launch of the Indigenous Strategic Plan Report to the Community and the honouring of President David Docherty with a special ceremony where he will be gifted with a Blackfoot name.

Gathering: Barheîchiyabi (barh/eh/ii/chi/ya/bi)
Fri., April 27 from 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Stoney Nakoda Chill Ballroom (Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino)
A Mount Royal University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery signature event, gather with friends, colleagues and Treaty 7 knowledge holders for a full-day symposia of cultural exploration. Register.

Walking With Our Sisters
From Sun., April 29 at 2 p.m. to Sun., May 13 at 4 p.m. — 4th Floor, Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Walking With Our Sisters is a ceremony creating space for the community to come together in the act of honouring and remembering missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people, as well as children who never returned home from residential schools. More info.

Cloud Computing and Protecting Privacy (FOIP) Awareness Training
Tues., May 1 from 2 to 3 p.m. — Kerby Hall (A341)
Learn about protecting privacy when implementing cloud (software-as-a-service) third-party vendor solutions at the University. Register.

Digital Citizenship and Protecting Privacy (FOIP) Awareness Training
Wed., May 2 from 2 to 3 p.m. — Kerby Hall (A341)
This session looks at the current methods typically utilized to protect the privacy of individuals when using email, computers, mobile devices and social networking sites. Register.

MRU and MHC Liberal Education Conference 2018
From Thurs., May 3 at 8 a.m. to Sat., May 05 at 1:30 p.m. 
Discover if a liberal education can make you a better discerner of truth. Keynote address by Tracy Friedel, PhD and Mount Royal's Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies. Register

IT: Pivot Tables Using Slicers
Fri., May 4 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. — T104 
Learn how to create an Excel pivot table that uses slicers to filter data. Slicers provide buttons that you can click to filter pivotable data. Register.


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