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Oct. 31, 2019

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Honouring Mount Royal's fallen

On Oct. 29, several distinguished guests gathered at the Dr. John H. Garden Memorial Park for the inaugural installation of MRU's own Field of Crosses.

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Otahpiaaki 2019 ― Winter Count

Founded by MRU faculty and students and guided by Blackfoot elders, Otahpiaaki is set to celebrate Indigenous beauty, fashion and design for the fourth year in a row.

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The future of finance is Fintech

The spring/summer edition of Summit magazine dove deep into how the emergence of new technology is changing the financial industry.

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Nachos, novels and punk rock

A chance encounter between a faculty member and his former student revealed publications happening in sync and resulted in a musical collaboration.

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Future students greeted

A huge contingent of Mount Royal volunteers were on hand last Saturday to present the You Belong Here brand live and in person to prospective students.

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Remembrance Day building closures
Campus buildings will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11 for fire alarm testing. U-wing will open after 8 a.m. and the Taylor Centre will open after noon. All other buildings will be closed between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m.

New Cougars Campus Store Hours
Effective Friday, Nov. 1, the Cougars Campus Store will be open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Benefits booklets to arrive
Benefits booklets have not yet been provided by Sun Life. See your coverage by logging into mySunLife.ca and clicking on 'my coverage.'

Filming on campus
The television series Jann has been filming at MRU, with Jann Arden, Sarah McLachlan and k.d. lang on campus. This is a great way to generate revenue and expand Mount Royal's reach into the community. Whenever possible, Event and Theatre Services will let the campus know when filming is occurring, including notifying those areas which will be directly impacted.

Celebrate our diverse student population
Nov. 12 to 15 is International Education Week, an annual celebration highlighting the importance international education plays in furthering our social, economic and cultural well-being. Check out the schedule for detailed event information and learn more at www.mru.ca/IEweek. Add the Google calendar here.

Fundrace Flurry replaces Season of Caring
The Fundrace Flurry is an all-new seasonal fundraiser in support of students during a financially stressful time of year. Create a team with your coworkers and race your campus peers to raise the most donations for the SAMRU Peer Support Centre. The deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 15. If interested, read the sponsorship package.

Make sure you receive the Cougars Athletics and Recreation eblast
Stay up-to-date with information on new and fun things to do to stay active. But sometimes Gmail marks these communications as 'unsafe.' To make sure you don't miss out on Athletics and Recreation news, programs and services, consider adding MRUCougarsAthleticsandRecreation@active.com to your contacts list.

Did you know?
The MRU 2018 Graduate Follow-Up Survey of 2017/2018 graduates found that 84 per cent of graduates were employed within a year of completing their degree, with 79 per cent of those saying their job is related to their program of study.
Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Fleet of geophysical laboratories in the works
Associate Professor Katherine Boggs of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is working on an ambitious EON-ROSE project to place a fleet of geophysical observatories across Canada to probe everything from the inner Earth to the upper atmosphere, as detailed in “Earth scientists push ambitious project to map Canada’s geology” published by the Nature International Journal of Science. In addition, Boggs and colleagues also recently published “Google Earth Models with COLLADA and WxAzygy Transparent Interface: An example from Grotto Creek, Front Ranges, Canadian Cordillera” in Geoscience Canada.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

The Working Mind
Fri., Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — EA1053
Open to all employees, the Working Mind promotes positive mental health and stigma reduction in a workplace setting. Register.

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.

Barney Bentall and The Cariboo Express
Fri., Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. ― Bella Concert Hall
Barney Bentall's fundraising tour at the Bella will be the fifth-annual tribute to the late Peter Burgener. Tickets.

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 and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating Indigenous students. More information.

Sat., Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Canadian folk-rock veterans Skydiggers are set to perform at the Bella. Tickets.

Graphs, Forbidden Words and a Horseshoe
Mon., Nov. 4 from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. — EA1050
This talk will explore the class of dynamical systems known as Shifts of Finite Type. More information.

Working with Google Sheets
Tues., Nov. 5 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn how to work with formulas, use conditional formatting, create graphs and enable sheet protection. Register.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Tues., Nov. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — EA2004
Learn how to recognize and respond to an overdose, including how to provide naloxone, in a safe and non-judgmental setting. Register.

Women, Wine and Wisdom
Tues., Nov 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — EL1270 (Ideas Lounge)
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 — Banff
This year’s Symposium will feature concurrent sessions, a poster session, cracker barrel sessions, reception, banquet and two keynote presentations. Register.

War-in-Pieces: Pop-up Gallery
Thurs., Nov. 7 and Fri., Nov 8 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — EL1270 (Ideas Lounge)
This virtual and physical traveling gallery is comprised of collections of stories donated by military personnel, veterans and their families. More information.

Marks of Resistance: Indigenous Embroidery with Carola Jones
Thurs., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — EL1245 (Maker Studio)
Discover the healing therapy of Indigenous embroidery and develop your personal marks of resistance. Part of Otahpiaaki 2019. Register.

Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Reality Experiences
Fri., Nov. 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
Find out how to create interactive 360-degree tours in this hands-on workshop. Register.

Downchild Blues Band
Fri., Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Canada’s premier blues band celebrates its 50th year with a tour of Canada and the U.S. that comes to Mount Royal. Tickets.

After the War
Mon., Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. ― Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
Mount Royal Kantorei will mark Remembrance Day with a choral concert. Tickets.

Advanced Excel Formulas
Tues., Nov. 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn how to create a selection of advanced formulas in Excel. Register.

International Festival
Tues., Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Main Street
Take part in this celebration of cultures and countries represented at MRU in a fun and festive environment. This event is part of International Education Week.

Virtual Exploration
Tues., Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — EL1355 (Experience Lab)
Explore every corner of the Earth using virtual reality. Also offered on Nov. 13, 14 and 15. This event is part of International Education Week.

Japanese Taiko Drummers
Tues., Nov. 12 from 11:20 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Main Street
Check out the Mount Royal Conservatory's Taiko Drummers as part of International Education Week.

Developing an International Field School Without Breaking a Sweat
Wed., Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon — EL2462 (Flexible Learning Lab)
Learn how to develop an international field school. Details.

Virtual Exploration
Wed., Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — EL1355 (Experience Lab)
Using virtual reality technology, you can explore every corner of the earth. This event is part of Mount Royal University's International Education Week.

Cultures in Movement Dance Showcase
Wed., Nov. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. — Wyckham House
Attend this International Education Week event showcasing five cultural dances.

Henna Art and Indian Culture
Wed., Nov. 13 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. — E140 (International Student Support Centre)
Come and get a henna design on your hand and chat with some of our students from India about different Indian traditions. This event is part of International Education Week.

Language Café
Wed., Nov. 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. — E140 (International Student Support Centre)
Meet participants of the Language Partners Program and practise language in a social setting. This event is part of Mount Royal University's International Education Week.

The Problem-Solver's Companion: An Evening with Shaun Loney
Wed., Nov. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. — EB3013 (Trico Changemaker Studio)
Come hear Canadian changemaker and Ashoka Fellow Shaun Loney speak about the current and future prospects for social enterprise in Canada. Register.

Welcome to Night Vale: A Spy in the Desert
Wed., Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Welcome to Night Vale, one of the most popular podcasts in the world, presents a live, stand-alone story performance: A Spy in the Desert. Tickets.

Working with International Students and Enriching the Learning Environment for All
Thurs., Nov. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — EL2462 (Flexible Learning Lab)
Faculty are not always certain about how to approach the opportunity of teaching international students. Register.

Virtual Exploration
Thurs., Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — EL1355 (Virtual Experience Lab)
See pandas in Asia, visit markets in South America and poke around European port cities in the Experience Lab. This event is part of International Education Week.

International Potluck
Thurs., Nov. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. — E140
Bring a favourite food or cook a special dish and attend this International Education Week potluck.

Women's Entrepreneurship Day Summit
Thurs., Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Join like-minded individuals and organizations wanting to ignite change and make a positive impact for women in business. Details and tickets.

A Career in the Canadian Foreign Service
Thurs., Nov. 14 from 1:40 to 3 p.m. — EC2025
Attend this presentation by a migration officer who will share what a career as a Foreign Service Officer looks like. This event is part of International Education Week.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Thurs., Nov. 14 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. — E125
This informative workshop gives you all the tools you need to keep you and your family cybersafe. Completion of this workshop fulfills the annual mandatory cybersecurity training requirement. Register.

Button Making: Flags and Languages
Thurs., Nov. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. — EL1245 (Maker Studio)
Come and design buttons to represent your country’s flag and the languages you speak. All supplies provided. This event is part of International Education Week.

Virtual Exploration
Fri., Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — EL1355 (Virtual Experience Lab)
Using virtual reality technology, explore every corner of the earth. This event is part of International Education Week.

Calgary Youth Orchestra
Sun., Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ― Bella Concert Hall
Under the direction of Edmond Agopian, the Calgary Youth Orchestra is the flagship orchestra in Mount Royal Conservatory's Orchestral Program. Tickets.

Using KeePass
Mon., Nov. 18 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn how to use KeePass to safely store your passwords electronically. Register.

Blackfoot Language Lunch and Learn
Wed., Nov. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. — EB3013 (Trico Changemakers Studio)
Bring your lunch and join campus Elder Roy Bear Chief as he shares his knowledge of the Blackfoot language.

Beginner's Guide to 360-Degree Cameras: Storytelling in 360-Degree with Photos and Videos
Wed., Nov. 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — EL1441 ( Visualization Classroom)
Learn how to use 360-degree cameras (Ricoh Theta V, GoPro Fusion and Vuze 3D 360 4K VR video camera) to create highly immersive environments for education. Register.

The Working Mind Manager Session
Wed., Nov. 20 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Location available upon registration
This session, tailored to those in management positions, promotes positive mental health and stigma reduction in a workplace setting. Register.

QPR: Suicide Prevention Training
Wed., Nov. 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. — Location available upon registration
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a certified program to recognize signs of distress and build awareness of suicide. Register.

Preparing for Change
Thurs., Nov. 21 and Fri., Nov. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. — EC2025
This two-day workshop tackles how to prepare for and navigate change. Register.

Are You an Executor? Duties, Responsibilities and Probate
Thurs., Nov. 21 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. — Y224
Before appointing your executor or saying “Yes!” when asked to be an executor, be sure you know what an executor’s responsibilities and legal obligations are, and why probate may be needed. Register.

Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership Film Night
Thurs., Nov. 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Attend this visual media showcase of adventure wilderness-based activities and outdoor education by students and alumni. Tickets.

Using HLOOKUP in Excel
Fri., Nov. 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
The HLOOKUP function in Microsoft Excel allows you to look up and retrieve data from a specific row in a table. Register.

Hawksley Workman
Fri., Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Hawksley Workman performs at Mount Royal. Tickets.

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