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Oct. 18, 2019

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Wayfinding in Blackfoot

A student-designed app is guiding visitors through the Riddell Library and Learning Centre in an Indigenous language.

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True tales of hypoxia

Associate professor Sarah Hewitt tells of her and five recent alumni's research experience of acclimatizing to high altitude exposure.

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Teaming up for graduate school

The Future Innovators in Technology program has trained six senior MRU undergraduates for a research role at the University of Lethbridge.

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Get your flu vaccine next week
Beginning Monday, Oct. 21, Mount Royal's annual flu clinic will be held at the Wyckham Pharmacy located in the basement of Wyckham House. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., bring your provincial health care card or number to receive a free flu shot. The flu shot is the single most effective way to arm yourself and others against influenza. More information.

Make your health or personal spending account choice in early November
All employees will be able to direct $1,000 into a health spending account, a new personal spending account, or split the funds between them for 2020.
Unless you indicate otherwise, the funds will go to your health spending account by default. Watch for an email on Nov. 1 from benefits@mtroyal.ca with more information.

Professional development opportunities from Human Resources
Please check the Employee Training calendar on MyMRU to learn about upcoming professional development sessions and to register. Email prodev@mtroyal.ca with any questions.

New CIO and AVP for Information Technology Services
Leona LaChance will join Mount Royal as the new chief information officer and associate vice-president of Information Technology Services on Nov. 4. LaChance brings more than 20 years of progressive IT leadership among private industry, government and Alberta post-secondary institutions, including strategic leadership and implementation of major capital and technology projects.

Interim director announced for the Conservatory
Jean-Louis Bleau has been appointed interim director of the Mount Royal Conservatory. A director search will commence in January. Bleau is currently the Conservatory's manager of operations and artistic director of the choral program. Consultation with key campus and community stakeholders will ensue.

Introducing the Fundrace Flurry
Replacing the students' association's usual Season of Caring this year is the Fundrace Flurry, an all-new seasonal fundraiser in support of MRU students during a financially stressful time of year. Get ready to race your fellow campus peers in an attempt to raise the most donations for the SAMRU Peer Support Centre. If interested, read the sponsorship package.

Did you know?

Last year's Season of Caring program organized by the students' association provided 338 hampers to students and their families during the holiday season. Every year, SAMRU receives more applications than the year prior but fewer overall donations.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Using social media for academic success
Mount Royal University librarian Richard Hayman, faculty development consultant Erika Smith and psychology student Hannah Storrs have evaluated the use of MRU Confessions, a student-run Facebook page that is an unfiltered zone for students to vent, connect and seek advice for all things related to student life. The team has presented their research at national and international conferences, including the Canadian Association for Information Science, where they were awarded Best Practitioner Paper. Recently, their findings on Information Behaviour of Undergraduate Students Using Facebook Confessions for Educational Purposes were published in Information Research.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Maker Studio Showcase
Mon., Oct. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. EL1270
Students from the Department of Education's Teaching Social Studies course will showcase their Maker Studio creations.

Creating a Google Forms Quiz
Tues., Oct. 22 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. T104
Learn how to create a quiz using Google Forms. Register.

Hack the Box: Escape Room
Tues., Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main Street
See if you can solve the puzzles and break into the box before the opposing team does. All participants will receive cool
swag. Register.

Building Resilience: Understanding Challenges, Learning Strategies and Accepting Change
Tues., Oct. 22 from noon to 1 p.m.
This session will help break negative thought patterns and offer healthier ways of thinking and behaving. Register.

Academic Integrity Day Panel Discussion
Wed., Oct. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. — EL1270
A panel discussion over the lunch hour will tackle the use of file-sharing sites and how they relate to academic integrity. Free pizza and coffee will be provided. More information.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Wed., Oct. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. EA1055
During this workshop you'll learn how to recognize and respond to an overdose, including how to provide naloxone, in a safe and non-judgemental setting. Register.

You May Lose Your Capacity: Straight Talk on Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives
Thurs., Oct. 24 from noon to 1 p.m.
What happens if you no longer have the mental capacity to make decisions? An Enduring Power of Attorney and a Personal Directive can speak for you when you can't. Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Thurs., Oct. 24 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. E204
This fascinating and informative 90-minute workshop gives you all the tools you need to keep you and yours cybersafe. Register.

MRU Open House
Sat., Oct. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Encourage prospective students to meet our amazing faculty, take a campus tour, chat with current students and find out how alumni have moved into their careers. More information.

Matt Mays
Sat., Oct. 26 from 8 to 10 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
Mays describes his show as “a journey through songs, old and new, an evening that will start off woody and mellow and finish electric and stormy." Tickets.

Only Pretty Damned and Arctic Smoke Book Launch
Mon., Oct. 28 from 1 to 2 p.m.
The Knuckle (EA3001)
Join Niall Howell (alumnus) and Randy Schroeder (faculty member) as they launch their new books Only Pretty Damned and Arctic Smoke (respectively).

Calidore String Quartet
Mon., Oct. 28 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
The Calidore String Quartet has been praised by the New York Times for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” Tickets.

Using Google Drive
Tues., Oct. 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Learn what the Google Drive is, how to share documents with others and how to save documents that others share with you. Register.

Suicide Prevention Training
Tues., Oct. 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Recognize signs of distress and build awareness of suicide to help build a community of caring at MRU. Register.

Movie Screening of 21st Century Hackers
Tues., Oct. 29 from noon to 1 p.m.
Ideas Lounge (
Come spend the lunch hour learning how hacking has become big business and everyone from your mom to national infrastructure is under threat. More information.

Addressing Microaggressions
Tues., Oct. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.
This interactive workshop will provide hands-on experience in responding to microaggressions, either in the moment or after. Register.

The End of Philosophy: Ibn Khaldun's 14th Century Prolegomena to a Science of History and Social Cohesion
Tues., Oct. 29 from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Professor Karim Dharamsi, PhD, will examine elements of Ibn Khaldun's often prescient treatise, The Muqaddimah.

Savvy Surfers: How to Fight Cyberfraud
Wed, Oct. 30 from noon to 1 p.m.
Come hear David McKee of the Better Business Bureau to find out what the latest scams are, how you can protect yourself and what to do should you become a victim. More information.

Dave Kelly Live: Season Opener
Wed., Oct. 30 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Dave Kelly Live's fifth season will kick off with a look at all the things we love about this city and the amazing people who make Calgary home. Tickets.

Fall Convocation
Fri., Nov. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Triple Gymnasium
Celebrate the achievements of our graduates as they cross the stage to receive their parchments. More information.

Should the Chicago Principles be Affirmed at Alberta Universities?
Fri., Nov. 1 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Jenkins Theatre
This moderated event will feature discussions about the benefits and disadvantages of affirming the Chicago Principles in Alberta. More information.

25th Annual Honouring Graduates Powwow
Sat., Nov. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Wyckham House
Join Mount Royal University students, staff, faculty and community members as we celebrate the academic accomplishments of our graduating Indigenous students. More information.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Tues., Nov. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Learn how to recognize and respond to an overdose, including how to provide naloxone by practicing injections, in a safe and non-judgemental setting. Register.

Women, Wine and Wisdom
Tues., Nov 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
This informative and entertaining evening will feature discussions about financial
fundamentals and estate planning for today’s women. Register.

Pledge to Keep Your Password Secret
Wed., Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Main Street
Show everyone how committed to cybersecurity you are. Come down to Main Street and sign a pledge to keep your password secret. More information.

Blackfoot Language Lunch and Learns
Wed., Nov. 6 from noon to 1 p.m.
EB3013 (Trico Changemakers Studio)
Join Elder Roy Bear Chief as he shares his knowledge of Blackfoot language in the Trico Changemakers Studio.

Book Launch for Separate but Unequal: How Parallelist Ideology Conceals Indigenous Dependency
Wed., Nov. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.
W315 Faculty Centre
Separate but Unequal is "[a] fearless book providing a 'rigorous critique' of the history, the current conditions and the best ways forward for Indigenous Peoples in Canada," according to Leslie Pal. More information.

2019 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Engaging Students, Engaging Faculty
From Thurs., Nov. 7 to Sat., Nov. 9
This year’s Symposium will feature concurrent sessions, a poster session, cracker barrel sessions, reception, banquet and two keynote presentations. Register.

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