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March 15, 2018

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Mount Royal at the Oscars

Business alumna Lindsay Jones’ ethical jewelry was chosen to be gifted in the awards' swag bags.

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"A bone-crushing experience"

Professor Samanti Kulatilak's DNA analysis training will benefit students, faculty and Mount Royal.

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MRU alumnae sports leaders

Four elite athletes and former students were recently on campus to discuss how to keep pressing for progress.

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Professor Scharie Tavcer, PhD, leverages past experiences

A new book co-edited by the MRU professor, who has worked in corrections, shines a light on women on all sides of criminal justice system.

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Emerging scholar-in-residence visits campus

Author and scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt has been named to this new role created by Mount Royal's Office of Academic Indigenization.

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Increasing Indigenous representation in the STEM fields

Maanomatapoyah: First Steps was the Canadian Indigenous Science and Engineering Society's first national gathering, held at MRU.

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New chemistry degree launched
On March 14, Mount Royal introduced its 33rd major. Applications are already being accepted for the Bachelor of Science — Chemistry program, starting in the fall with an initial intake target of 30 students, growing to 40 in the years to come.

Building Operations successfully installs complex cogeneration unit
Mount Royal can now generate its own electricity onsite thanks to a new combined heat and power unit installed by Building Operations last weekend. The new unit will generate 750 kilowatts of electricity per year, driving down operating costs and reducing the University’s greenhouse gas emissions by 1,800 tonnes per year.

Solar panels coming soon to E-wing roof
The first solar panels to generate electricity at MRU will be installed later this month. Three sets of panels are planned for the rooftop of E-Wing and will generate 144 kilowatts of electricity to reinforce power supply to the University's IT data centre. Currently, work crews are re-roofing a section of the building to ready it for the installation of the solar panels. Weather permitting, the panels should be operational by the end of March.

Put your napkins and tissues in organics
Tissues, napkins, paper towels and coffee filters all belong in the organics bins located around campus. MRU is charged by weight for garbage. The more we divert from the landfill, the more money we save. Follow our Do the Right Thing campaign on Twitter at #MRUgreen.

Iniskim Centre has relocated
The Iniskim Centre has moved to T110. Visit for directions on locating their new office space and additional information.

New SAMRU executive elected
The results are in and the students' association now has three brand-new executive representatives and one returning. Find out more about those chosen to be the student voice on campus.

Stay safe online when you're working remotely
Planning your vacation but want to make sure you stay cyber safe? The Working Remotely Safely online mini-workshop teaches you all you need to know to use wifi safely when travelling. Visit the Employee Training Portal on MyMRU (underneath the Employee tab) to sign up today.

Stay informed about resource planning redesign
The budgeting portal MyMRU has new information about resource planning redesign, FAQs and new committees. Log into MyMRU, choose Financial Matters, scroll down to Budgeting and click on Resource Planning Redesign Project.
Bleed Blues      

Human resources student team places second at HRC West Case Competition
A team of four Bissett School of Business human resources students placed second at the recent HRC West Case Competition held March 2 and 3. Groups from 17 post-secondary institutions from across western Canada participated. Read more.

Calgary Journal named finalists for the Emerge Media Awards
Mount Royal's journalism program's publication the Calgary Journal has been named as a finalist in the categories of Print Cover, Online News Site and Multimedia Production at the 2018 Emerge Media Awards. Read more.

Enactus finishes first at regional competition
Mount Royal University's Enactus team finished first in the Capital One Financial Education Challenge at the regional competition held March 1 and 2. They are headed to nationals in Toronto, to be held May 14 to 16.

Students present at UBC symposium
Four current students, one graduate student and one post-graduate student (all trainees of Professor Trevor Day, Department of Biology) will be presenting their research at the Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium from March 15 to 17. Topics include studies in acute hyperglycemia, renal acid-base compensation and acute exercise impairment of cognitive function at high altitudes.
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Children's Responses to Environmental Disasters: The Role and Importance of Psychosocial Factors
Fri., March 16 from noon to 1 p.m. — EA2004
Professor Caroline McDonald-Harker will discuss the results of her three-year study of resilience in children following the 2013 Alberta flooding. More info.

Department of Mathematics and Computing Colloquium
Fri., March 16 from 1 to 1:50 p.m. — E204
The last Department of Mathematics and Computing colloquium of the winter term will include a talk by Professor Indy Lagu titled, "How to Approximate Pi Without Really Trying."

Yoga in the Library
Fri., March 16 from 1:10 to 2 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
The MRU Library has teamed up with MRU Recreation to bring you this complimentary class, open to anyone in the MRU community. Register.

Alberta Palaeontological Society 22nd Annual Symposium
Sat., March 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Jenkins Theatre
Join the Alberta Palaeontological Society for a full day of educational talks and displays for all ages. Bring in your fossils for identification by the Alberta Palaeontological Society. More info.

Game-Changing Books: Ready Player One
Sun., March 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Fish Creek Library, 11161 Bonaventure Drive SE
Explore virtual reality stations and hear why Ready Player One is required reading for Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Facebook employees. Led by Evelyn Field, PhD, and Tony Chaston, PhD, Mount Royal University. More info.

i@home Chem 1203 Presentations
Mon., March 19 to Tues. March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. each day — EC 2045
This event will showcase the research results of a chemistry student partnership with post-graduate students from Jai Narain Vuas University (India).

IT: Using Google Forms
Tues., March 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn to create an interactive form using Google Forms. Attendees will learn how to add form fields, share the form and work with form data. Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime Workshop
Tues., March 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon — E229A
Take this workshop to learn tips and tricks on how to keep your data safe at home and at work. Register.

Sustainable Agriculture: Food Under Climate Change
Tues., March 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Y222
This panel discussion will focus on sustainable agriculture practices and how food continues to evolve under climate change. All are welcome.

Combatting Microaggressions
Tues., March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. — U111
In this workshop, everyday, subtle, often invisible forms of oppression — the kinds of oppression that can easily go unnoticed even though they are pervasive, hurtful, and taxing, will be discussed. Register.

Grad Send Off 2018
Wed., March 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Main Street
Grad Send Off provides graduating students with an opportunity to learn about the perks available before and after graduation. ​

A Bone Crushing Experience: Forensic and Ancient DNA Analyses
Thurs., March 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
Professor Samanti Kulatilake, PhD, will speak on her recent training and research in DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing and interpretation. More info.

P-Card Training and Solutions
Thurs., March 22 from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. — Location available upon registration
Gain an understanding of how to use Chrome River to reconcile your P-Card and discuss issues you have with P-Card reconciliation. Chrome River training needs to have been fully completed before attending this session. Register via email

Dialogue with Ellen Gabriel (Katsi’tsakwas)
Thurs., March 22 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. — T107
Presented by the Office of Academic Indigenization, join Indigenous activist Ellen Gabriel (Katsi’tsakwas) for a talk titled "Reflecting on the Legacy of Oka and the Future of Indigenous Resistance."

The Washington Center — Information Session
Thurs., March 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. — International Student Support Centre (E140)
The Washington Center's (TWC) academic internship program runs on the academic calendar and matches students with internships in Washington, D.C. More info.

Food for Thought: Beer, Food, and Sustainability
Thurs., March 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. — Craft Beer Market (345 10 Ave SW)
Join MRU’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) at Craft Beer Market to learn how to be more sustainable while enjoying cold beer and delicious, local food. Tickets.

IT: Collaborating with Google
Fri., March 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Do you have a document that several people need to work on at the same time? Have you been asked to contribute to a collaborative document? Then this is the class for you. Register.

March Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
Sun., March 25 from 1 to 6 p.m. — Recreation Triple Gym
Register as a team or a free agent by March 21 for this 3-on-3 basketball tournament, hosted by Recreation. Cost is $5 per player. Register.

Research and Scholarship Days: Student Poster Presentations
Tues., March 27 from 10 a.m. to noon — Main Street
Pop by the student poster presentations on Main Street. Ask questions and learn more about undergraduate research conducted at MRU. More about Research Days.

Research and Scholarship Days: Pop-up Research
Tues., March 27 from noon to 1 p.m. — Main Street
What does research at MRU look like? Get to know first-hand at a pop-up research event on Main Street. More about Research Days.

Research and Scholarship Days: Student Oral Presentations
Tues., March 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
Listen in on student oral presentations to learn more about the undergraduate research conducted at MRU. Ask questions and expand your mind. More about Research Days.

Research and Scholarship Days: Film Screening — A Silent Transformation
Tues., March 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
A Silent Transformation sets out to explore the innovative self-help efforts of diverse communities. A discussion will follow the movie. Watch the trailer. Tickets.

Intergenerational Healing Series: Survivors’ Voices
Wed., March 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. — Ross Glenn Hall (EC1040)
This student-led initiative brings in survivors of Canadian residential schools to share their experiences with students, staff and faculty. This is the second series to occur.

Research and Scholarship Days: Student Poster Presentations
Wed., March 28 from 10 a.m. to noon — Main Street
Students will present their comprehensive research being conducted right here at MRU. Drop by, grab a doughnut and coffee and ask questions. More about Research Days.

Research and Scholarship Days: MRU Books Showcase
Wed., March 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — The Knuckle (EA3001)
Eleven Mount Royal authors will each give a brief five-minute presentation showcasing their original research, creative works and edited books. Register.

Research and Scholarship Days: Student Oral Presentations
Wed., March 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
Students will be giving oral presentations on their undergraduate research efforts conducted at MRU. Grab a doughnut and coffee, ask questions and expand your mind. More about Research Days.

Women Who Design: A Frank Discussion on Our Industry and Gender
Wed., March 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. — EC1135
A group of six distinguished panelists will explore the gendered territory of Calgary’s information design landscape. RSVP to More info.

Plant Sale
Thurs., March 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. — Main Street
This semi-annual plant sale will take place on Main Street until the plants are sold out. All proceeds go to the Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection club and the MRU Greenhouse.

Research and Scholarship Days: Pop-up Poetry Event
Thurs., March 29 from 10 to 11 a.m — Main Street
Provide a topic and have a poem penned in minutes by a renowned Mount Royal poet. More about Research Days.

Green Cleaning Product Workshop
Thurs., March 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Main Street
Learn how to make your own sustainable cleaning products. Bring a clean spray bottle from home or $3 for an HDPE bottle/trigger (made in Calgary). Sessions run for 20 minutes. More info.

Terrarium for a Toonie
Thurs., March 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. — Main Street
Make your own terrarium for only a toonie! Sign up here.

Research and Scholarship Days: Pop-up Research — Virtual Reality
Tues., April 3 from noon to 1 p.m. — Main Street
Experience virtual reality for yourself and learn how the Centre for Psychological Innovation is shaping how VR can change patient care. More about Research Days.

Research and Scholarship Days: Science and Technology Presentations
Wed., April 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Lincoln park Room (J301)
The Faculty of Science and Technology's Research Day presentations will include information on fish morphology, sustainable energy, studies in breathing and how to teach chemistry, among others. More info.

Research and Scholarship Days: Snowball Earth Talk
Wed., April 4 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. — Jenkins Theatre
Join the Faculty of Science and Technology for a talk by Paul Hoffman, professor emeritus at Harvard University, called "Snowball Earth: Did global glaciation change the course of biological evolution?" Register.

2018 Calgary Peace Prize
Wed., April 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. — Jack Singer Concert Hall Lobby, 205 8 Ave. SE
Mount Royal University will recognize the Honourable Justice Rosalie Abella for her long and sustained efforts towards establishing justice for all. Tickets.

JMH LaunchPad Pitch Competition
Thurs., April 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Watch Mount Royal's top business innovators compete for $70,000 in cash and prizes during the sixth annual JMH LaunchPad Pitch Competition. Tickets.

Research and Scholarship Days: Psychology 18
Thurs., April 5 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
Stop by this annual showcase of psychology student research projects. More about Research Days.

Research and Scholarship Days: Faculty Lightning Talks
Fri., April 6 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Learn something in a flash. Each faculty presenter will have just five minutes to talk about their scholarship. Enjoy lunch and this fast-paced learning experience. Register.

Research and Scholarship Days: Bachelor of Midwifery Capstone Celebration Days
Fri., April 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301) 
Bachelor of Midwifery Capstone Celebration Days will showcase research from MRU's Midwifery students. More about Research Days

Research and Scholarship Days: A Celebration of STEM 
Fri., April 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. — Wildrose Brewery
The purpose of this event is to celebrate and recognize achievements within STEM, in addition to hearing the stories of individuals who are underrepresented in the fields. Register

The Works: Information Design Portfolio Showcase
Fri., April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. — Festival Hall, 1215 10 Ave. SE
Think of them as sense makers and problem solvers as senior students of the Information Design program showcase their work.

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