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Nov. 30, 2017

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Meet the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award Winners
These four Mount Royal graduates are making a difference in their communities, industries and beyond.

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Former SAMRU executive member recognized
Student Robert Nelson has been named as the University's Outstanding Future Alumni Award winner.

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Biology prof's research noted in the New York Times
Jonathan Mee's inquiry into the efficacy of marine national monuments is receiving major attention.

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Returning to our roots for healthy living
Mount Royal research is showing that the best prescription for seniors could be to reconnect with nature.

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What the Writers Say: Fiction Edition
On Dec. 1 alumnus Mike Thorne will return for a special reading of his new collection of short stories.

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Highland dancer wins world championship
Student Rebecca Thow says her Mount Royal physical literacy studies helped her achieve her lifelong goal.

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Library closed on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Due to a scheduled power shutdown, the Riddell Library and Learning Centre will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 2. We apologize for this inconvenience so close to exams. Alternative locations to study on campus and across the city are available here.

Need high and sponsorship down for 2017 Season of Caring
SAMRU reports there have been 65 gift hamper applications (for 247 individuals) for this year's Season of Caring program, however only 40 donors have signed up. Need is exceptionally high this year. Help warm up a student's winter by sponsoring a gift hamper as an individual or as a department. You may also drop off non-perishable food items and hygiene products at the donation boxes in the Peer Support Centre (Wyckham, Z210). Tax receipts will be provided for all gifts-in-kind totalling over $20. Cash gifts are also welcome. Deadline is Dec. 1. More info .

Aquatic Centre closed from Dec. 6 to Jan. 7
Mount Royal's Aquatic Centre will be closed for its mandatory biannual maintenance shutdown from Dec. 6 to Jan. 7. Find the most up-to-date schedule at

United Way fundraising campaign complete for 2017
This year's United Way fundraising campaign finished on Dec. 1. Many thanks to all those who donated. Funds raised go to support vulnerable Calgarians, connecting them with opportunities to help them succeed.

Freight elevator closure
The main campus freight elevator will be out of service from Dec. 1 to Jan. 7 for an upgrade to the control system. Please use the U Wing elevator whenever possible or contact Facilities Management for more information.

Hazardous materials audit begins Dec. 4
A hazardous materials audit of the main Lincoln Park building will begin Dec. 4. Given the age of the building, the audit will involve taking samples of building materials to identify and mitigate any risks. Facilities Management will notify departments when work will be done in their areas. The audit is a safe procedure and is not expected to interfere with normal work.

MRUKids thanks staff and faculty for donating their recyclables!
MRUKids' 2017 session was a success in part due to the sustainable and innovative projects the campers created. Each summer, MRUKids accepts a wide range of recyclables in order to complete crafts, projects and experiments. For information on our 2018 recycling needs, please email us at
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Multi-Artisans Show and Sale
Thurs., Nov. 30 and Fri. Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ― Faculty Centre
Faculty, students and staff are invited to come and shop for unique, hand-crafted items by members of the MRU community.

IT: Working with Google Docs
Thurs., Nov. 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ―T104
This training covers using headers/footers, adding hyperlinks, inserting comments/suggestions, wrapping text, viewing previous versions and adding a table of contents. Register.

What the Writers Say: Fiction Edition
Fri., Dec. 1 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ― MRU BookStore
You are invited to a special new works reading by MRU alumni, Mike Thorn, and two of Mount Royal’s creative writing faculty. More info.

Facilities Management: Prioritize Space Request Training
Tues., Dec. 5 from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. ― E151
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.

HR: Conflict Management
Wed., Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This course is part of the Customer Service Excellence & Professional Management Seminar Series certificate programs. Register.

HR: eRecuiter Training
Wed., Dec. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The launch of the eRecruiter tool simplifies and automates the process for the applicant and for you as a hiring manager/team member involved in recruiting. Register.

Internal Research Grants Fund (IRGF) Workshop
Wed., Dec. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ― U265A (ORSCE Boardroom)
Interested in applying to the Internal Research Grants Fund? Join ORSCE's Melissa Deane and Carol Armstrong for information about the program and tips for submitting. Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Wed., Dec. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. ― E229A
Want to foil cybercriminals and beat them at their own game? Take the Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime workshop. Register.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation ― Viz Movie Night
Wed., Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. ― RLLC Ideas Visualization Lounge
The MRU Library presents Viz Movie Nights, which includes a full-length feature film and free snacks! Register.

Taking the Northwest Passage: Sustainability Issues in the Canadian Arctic
Thurs., Dec. 7 from 4 to 5 p.m. ― Lincoln Park Room (J301)
All are invited to hear PhD Lynn Moorman's research on the Canadian Artic featuring the opening of the passage, adapting to landscape changes and investigation tourism opportunities and challenges.

IT: Collaborating with Google
Fri., Dec. 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Do you have a document that several people need to work on at the same time? Then this is the class for you. Register.

Reading and Writing Dance
Fri., Dec. 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. ― Ideas Visualization Lounge (EL1204)
Join Alen Chaudhry, M.A., a practising ethnochoreologist and lecturer focusing on movement notation systems, ethics in dance and the study of dance in a global context.

Third Annual Bachelor of Computer Information Systems Project Showcase
Mon., Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 9:30 ― Ideas Visualization Lounge (EL1204)
Come meet your future high performers in information technologies and see projects created during students' time in the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS) program.

Mount Royal Presidents' Holiday Celebration
Wed., Dec.13 from 2 to 4 p.m. ― Ross Glen Hall
Marc Schroeder, president, MRFA, Baset Zarrug, president, MRSA and David Docherty, president, MRU invite you to join them to celebrate the season Dec. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ross Glen Hall. Cash bar available. More info.

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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 procedures.

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