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Aug. 7, 2020

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This website is the source of up-to-date campus information for students, employees and community members.

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2020 Alumni Achievement Award nominees

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Comprehensive People Plan launched
The employee section of Mount Royal's new Welcome Back site contains a link to the People Plan, which details MRU's plan for phasing some employees back in to working on campus, how to seek approval to return, protocols for being on campus and controls for communicating symptomatic cases. Those overseeing others should become familiar with the People Plan and ensure their team is aware of its content.

Shortcut to mandatory daily health declaration form
Employees working on campus will see an icon on their desktop today that is a shortcut to the Welcome Back site, giving quick access to the mandatory daily health declaration form.

New cybersecurity training tool rolling out to all employees
IT Services is introducing a new cybersecurity awareness training tool: the Security Education Platform by ProofPoint. Between now and Aug. 17, you’ll receive a notification email with instructions on how to access the course you’ve been enrolled in, which will depend on your role. If you do not receive a notification email by Aug. 17, visit the Cybersecurity Hub to register. More information.

Watch your inbox: phishing training emails resume
ITS’s phishing training program is resuming after being put on hold in March. Phishing emails are sent quarterly to different employees to better assess how effectively people can spot and report a phishing email. Report suspicious emails by clicking the new PhishAlarm icon (a small white envelope) in the task panel to the far right of your inbox. Additional details are available on the Cybersecurity Hub. More information.

Catamount Fellowship applications open Aug. 1
The Catamount Fellowship for Emerging Changemakers applications are now open. Encourage outstanding students to apply at mru.ca/Catamount. The eight-month program invites undergraduate students to explore social change in their community by participating in research with local organizations.

Additional services resume at MRU Injury & Prevention Clinic
Massage therapy, acupuncture, athletic therapy and custom orthotics have resumed at the MRU Injury & Prevention Clinic, along with the continuation of physiotherapy and chiropractic services. Book an appointment online today and deal with that lingering pain that’s been building up.

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If you're missing MRU merch, the Cougars Campus Store is open for virtual sales. Shop here.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Why computing belongs within the social sciences
Faculty of Science and Technology professor Randy Connolly was the featured author of the cover article for the August edition of the Communications of the ACM (CACM), which publishes leading academic research in the computing field. Connolly’s article looked at computing and the role it plays in the social sciences.

Associate professor featured in New York Times
Alexis Morris, former Canadian skeleton athlete and now associate professor in the Faculty of Science and Technology, was featured in a New York Times article about sledding athletes and the effects that high-speed crashes have on their brains. In 2013, Morris used an accelerometer called a gForce Track to measure the g-force created during a skeleton run to look at the impact on the body.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Image Tracing in Adobe Illustrator
Fri., Aug 7 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Tues., Aug 18 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet

Join the Maker Studio staff to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to import and vectorize an image, which can then be edited and modified. Register.

Logo Design in Adobe Illustrator
Fri., Aug. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. — Google Meet
Wed., Aug 19 from 3 to 4 p.m. — Google Meet

Use Adobe Illustrator to create text and shapes as you design a simple logo you can use in a variety of applications. Register.

Make A Cell Phone Holder 3D Modelling in Fusion 360
Mon., Aug 10 from 11 a.m. to noon Google Meet
Join the Maker Studio staff and learn how to use Fusion 360, a professional 3D modelling software to create a cell phone holder. Register.

Copyright for Online Instruction
Tues., Aug 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Wed., Aug 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet
Tues., Aug 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet

Join Alana Zanbilowicz, MRU's Copyright Advisor, for a quick, practical overview of copyright in a world of online delivery. Register.

Making Affirmations Without the Button-Making Tools
Tues., Aug 11 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Learn how to create a positive affirmation your brain will respond to and think of creative ways to display that affirmation to make it effective. Register.

3D-Modelling in Tinkercad With the Maker Studio Staff
Tues., Aug 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet
Fri., Aug 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Google Meet

This online workshop will explain the basics of how to create a 3D model, 3D modelling terms and techniques and how to export your model for 3D printing. Register.

Introduction to 3D Printing and Setting up a 3D Printer
Wed., Aug 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
This workshop will explain the common settings for 3D printers and how to adjust them for the desired result. Register.

Getting Started with Podcasting Online Expert Panel
Thurs., Aug 13 from 11:00 a.m. to noon
Learn how to promote yourself, equipment needed, different formats of podcasting, and so much more from a panel of experts. Register.

Maker Studio Meetup

Thurs., Aug 13 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Thurs., Aug 20 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Join the virtual Maker Studio to discuss your projects, explore new possibilities, ask questions or just visit with the community you are missing. Register.

Orientation to the Maker Studio
Fri., Aug 14 from 10 to 11 a.m.
— Google Meet
Tues., Aug 18 from 1 to 2 p.m.
— Google Meet
This basic orientation to the Maker Studio will introduce all of the tools and technologies and associated health and safety concerns. Register.

Life-Changing Adventures in Studying Abroad
Tues., Aug 18 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Alumni who have done semesters abroad in Spain, France, Mexico and Austria will share their stories and photos in this webinar. Register.

Finishing 3D Prints With Sanding and Paint

Wed., Aug 19 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Join the Maker Studio staff and learn how to sand, prime and paint your 3D prints. Register.

Finishing School
Thurs., Aug 20 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
— Google Meet
This is a weekly drop-in where participants work on their own fibre projects in a supportive and social setting. Register.


Thurs., Aug. 27 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. — Google Meet
Join our cybersecurity expert, who will be combing the latest cybersecurity news to find topics for discusson that are engaging and timely. Register.

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Start of semester emails, with option for distribution list sign-up

As each semester begins (August/September and December/January), areas with ongoing employee activities 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 guidelines.

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