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Jan. 9, 2019

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Mount Royal's top 10 stories for 2019

From Heartland on campus to MRU's new president, these stories captured the most attention from readers over the last 12 months.

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Geoscientists launch ambitious experiment

Associate professor Katherine Boggs is at the helm of what could be the largest collaborative research effort in Canadian history.

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Printed works pile up

English professor Natalie Meisner, PhD, credits the inspiration provided by teaching for racking up four publications in one year.

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A sincere thank you

Student recipients of scholarships and bursaries share what the support has meant to them personally and academically.

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Flags at half-mast

In recognition of the tremendous loss experienced by the University of Alberta, the Canadian post-secondary community and the country as a whole, our flags are at half-mast until sunset on Friday. We extend our deepest condolences to those affected by the crash of Flight PS752 in Iran.

Fire drill on Jan. 21
On Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m., Mount Royal University will hold a practice fire drill that is expected to take about 20 minutes. This drill will include an evacuation of all Lincoln Park campus buildings, except Residence. It is mandatory for everyone to participate. Learn more about fire drills at Mount Royal. For fast notifications, download the MRU Now safety app for iOS and Android.

Deadline for Alumni Achievement Awards is Jan. 17
Do you know of an excellent alumna/us who should be recognized for their achievements? Do you know of a student who is deserving of the $5,000 Outstanding Future Alumni Award? Nominate them today! The last day to nominate is Jan. 17.

Crowchild Classic tickets on sale
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Crowchild Classic, set to take place on Jan. 30 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Each person may purchase up to eight tickets at a cost of $5 each. Use the promo code Cougars. There will be no tickets available at the door.

ORSCE's Internal Research Grant Fund opportunity now in ROMEO
The Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement has announced its Internal Research Grant Fund (IRGF) opportunity to be open and accepting applications via ROMEO. The IRGF is the main source of internal funds available to eligible faculty at MRU. Check your eligibility in the Program Guidelines and Instructions. The deadline is Jan. 17.

IES Research Grant Fund
The Institute for Environmental Sustainability's (IES) Research Grant opportunity is now open in ROMEO. See the IES guidelines for details. The deadline is Jan. 24.

Interim director of CEMI
Patricia Pardo, PhD, of Accessibility Services has taken on the role of interim director of Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion.

Simpler process for reporting a workplace injury

Environmental Health and Safety has provided an easier way to report workplace injuries. Use this Google form, instead of Intelex, to report an injury or incident. This is a more efficient, cost-effective tool for gathering data.

Resubscribing to content warning notifications on MRU Now
Due to technical issues with the MRU Now app, those subscribing to the protesters (renamed "content warning") notifications need to log into the app and subscribe again. Just tap "preferences/about," scroll down and choose “subscribe to content warning notifications."

Did you know?

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action, MRU is working to increase Indigenous student enrolment. Last year, 6.0 per cent of students self-identified as Indigenous, moving us closer to our goal of 7.0 per cent by 2025.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Excellence in Advising
NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising Northwest Region 8 has selected Faculty of Science and Technology academic advisor Cheryl Melatdoost as the winner of the Region 8 Excellence in Advising
Advisor Primary Role Award. Region 8 covers Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Yukon. Read more about how Melatdoost has made a “major” impact at MRU.

Buchanan delivers keynote
Sociology professor Tom Buchanan, PhD, acted as the keynote speaker for the sixth International Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches (iCMA) in Sri Lanka. His address was titled "Multidisciplinary Approaches in a Specialized World: How Active Pursuit of Difference Produces Positive Social Change." During his visit, Buchanan also developed initiatives for research and student exchanges.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Creating a Basic Google Site
Thurs., Jan. 9 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
— T104
Learn the basics of creating a Google site, including inserting Google calendars, embedding video and selecting a page template. Register.

Adobe Illustrator For the Maker Studio Tools
Fri., Jan. 10 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — EL1245 (Maker Studio)
Learn how to create simple vector files for engraving and cutting materials on the laser cutter, vinyl printer and the CNC machine. Register.

Working with Google Docs
Mon., Jan. 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn how to create headers and footers, add hyperlinks, insert comments and suggestions, wrap text, view previous versions and include a table of contents. Register.

Understanding Electricity and Simple Coding Using Little Bits
Mon., Jan. 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. — EL1245 (Maker Studio)
Learn the fundamentals of electronics and circuits to allow for a deeper understanding of the tools we use every day. Register.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Tues., Jan. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. — EA2004
Be informed about the current state of opioid use in Canada, the harm reduction responses being employed and how to recognize and respond to opioid overdoses. Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Tues., Jan. 14 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. — E229A
This informative workshop provides all the tools you need to keep cybersafe. Completion fulfills the mandatory annual cybersecurity training requirement.

3D Modelling Using Tinkercad
Tues., Jan. 14 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. — EL1245 (Maker Studio)
Learn how to design a 3D model of a wearable ring that you can then 3D print. Register.

Beginner Programming With Scratch
Wed., Jan. 15 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. — EL1245 (Maker Studio)
Understanding coding will provide the tools and knowledge to create projects that might have seemed impossible. Register.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act 101 Awareness Training
Wed., Jan. 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. — EA1055
Learn the ins and outs of FOIP by attending this rapid-fire session. Register.

Effective Business Writing
Thurs., Jan. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — EC2025
Create powerful workplace documents including emails, letters and reports to achieve the results you want. Register.

Cloud Computing and Protecting Privacy Awareness Training
Thurs., Jan. 16 from 3 to 4 p.m. — EA1055
Learn about protecting privacy when implementing cloud (software-as-a-service) third-party vendor solutions at the University. Register.

Makey Makey Workshop
Thurs., Jan. 16 from 3 to 4 p.m. — EL1245 (Maker Studio)
Discover basic circuitry, conductivity and controllers using a simple Makey Makey. Register.

Street Epistemology: Helping People to Believe True Things
Thurs., Jan. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. — Jenkins Theatre
Speaker Anthony Magnabosco, founder of Street Epistemology International, will discuss how it can be used to help people respectfully talk about contentious issues. More information.

Why Do You Believe in God?
Fri., Jan. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Ideas Lounge
Anthony Magnabosco will apply his street epistemology method to the God belief. More information.

Using KeePass
Mon., Jan. 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn to use KeePass to store your passwords in a safe electronic format. Register.

3D Modelling Using Tinkercad
Mon., Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon — EL1245 (Maker Studio)
Design a 3D model of a wearable ring that can be printed on the 3D printers. Register.

Maker Monday: Using 3D Prints to Communicate Innovative Ideas
Mon., Jan. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. — EL1245 (Maker Studio)
Learn how two students leveraged the use of the Maker Studio to create a scaled prototype of a unique, multi-purpose "UV-DOX Reactor." Register.

Suicide Prevention Training
Tues., Jan. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to noon — EA1055
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a certified suicide prevention program. Learn to recognize signs of distress and build awareness of suicide. Register.

Records and Information Management 101 Awareness Training
Tues., Jan. 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. — EA1055
Get a quick overview of MRU's Records and Information Management program including transitory records, drafts and copies, records retention lengths and off-siting records. Register.

Spot the Phishing Email
Thurs., Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Come down to Main Street and see if you can determine which emails are legitimate and which are malicious. Correct answers earn a chance to spin the wheel.

Practical Copyright for Instruction
Thurs., Jan. 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. — EL4201 (Formal Boardroom)
Join Alana Zanbilowicz, MRU’s copyright advisor as she examines some of the practical applications of copyright in everyday work. Register.

Parks and Nature at the End of Life
Thurs., Jan. 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — Central Library (Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall)
Learn about the role parks and nature can play in palliative care, grief and loss, and memorializing. Register.

Practical Copyright for Instruction
Thurs., Jan. 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. — EL4201 (Formal Boardroom)

MRU’s Copyright Advisor Alana Zanbilowicz will examine some of the practical applications of copyright in your everyday work. Register.

Everything New is Old Again
Jan. 23 to Jan. 25 (four shows) — Bella Concert Hall
The Bella Concert Hall will transform into an old school jazz lounge to allow guests to swing the night away. Tickets.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Tues., Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon — EA1055
Be informed about the current state of opioid use in Canada, the harm reduction responses available and how to recognize and respond to opioid overdoses.

Crowchild Classic Pep Rally
Tues., Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Main Street
Show your school spirit at the 2020 Crowchild Classic Pep Rally. Tickets for the games will be available for purchase.

Certified: Comedy Resilience and Mental Health
Tues., Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — EL1270 (Ideas Lounge)
Performer, playwright and stand-up comedian Jan Derbyshire will draw from her own experience living with mental illness and coming out the other side. Register.

Teaching With Movies and Other Media
Wed., Jan. 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. — EL4201 (Formal Boardroom)
Learn copyright basics, user rights under the Copyright Act, how to source copyright-friendly movies and videos, and how to incorporate these resources in your teaching. Register.

Blackfoot Language Lunch and Learn
Wed., Jan. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. — EB3013 (Trico Changemakers Studio)
Join Elder Hayden Meltingtallow every second Wednesday as he shares his knowledge and Blackfoot language and teachings.

Brave Space: Increasing Our Capacity For Uncomfortable Feelings
Wed., Jan. 29 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. — EB3013 (Trico Changemakers Studio)
Inclusivity, equity, diversity, privilege, decolonization ... it starts with a conversation, which is
great, but what happens afterwards? Register.

Faculty of Business and Communication Studies Networking Day
Thurs., Jan. 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Ross Glen Hall
Students pursuing a career in business or communications are invited to attend a full-day event conference with workshops and a career expo. Tickets.

Teaching With Movies and Other Media
Thurs., Jan. 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. — EL4201 (Formal Boardroom)
Learn copyright basics, user rights under the Copyright Act, how to source copyright-friendly movies and videos, and how to incorporate these resources in your teaching. Register.

Crowchild Classic
Thurs., Jan. 30 from 4 to 10 p.m. — Scotiabank Saddledome
Don't miss the Crowchild Classic showdown between the Mount Royal University Cougars and the University of Calgary Dinos' women's and men's hockey teams. Tickets.

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