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Oct. 5, 2018

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Concert season Taylor-made

It’s a busy October for the Bella Concert Hall, with six outstanding acts set to take the stage this month alone.

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“Education is the new buffalo”

A new installation called inni awatto (Buffalo on the Move) can be found on the west side of Charlton Pond.

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Join the frontline of defence

Criminals who practise cybercrime often rely on base human emotions and frailties for their illicit gains.

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Booze, broads and brothels

Professor Kim Williams' walking tour exposes the secrets of Calgary’s early sex industry.

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Mount Royal is producing power

A new campus co-gen unit is revving up the way to energy independence.

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Orange Shirt Day recognized

Art installation helps commemorate the residential school experience.

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Fall Convocation volunteers needed
Fall Convocation will take place Friday, Nov. 2. Volunteers are needed to help our graduates celebrate. This is one of the most significant and meaningful ways you can contribute to the day's success. Sign up to greet students
or act as an usher here. To help with gowning, sign up here. Responses needed before Oct. 15.

National Depression Screening Day Oct. 11
Take a free, quick and anonymous test at One in 10 Canadians experiences depression at some time in life. The MRU Employee Family Assistance Program provides
counselling, consultation and information services for employees and their eligible family members, available 24/7, and a new Depression Care Program is available to employees. Call Homewood Health at 1.800.663.1142 or visit their website.

Diversity and Inclusion Survey results drop-in sessions
Plan to attend drop-in sessions to explore the findings of Mount Royal's first Diversity and Inclusion Survey. Members of Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion, Human Resources and the survey dissemination team will be on hand to share the report, answer questions and explore next steps. Drop-ins take place Oct. 15 and Oct. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the
Ideas Visualization Lounge.

September fire drill most efficient to date
The Sept. 24 fire drill was the most efficient so far, based on monitoring by Security Services and Risk Management. For the next drill, as you leave the building please keep moving to the muster points to help reduce congestion, especially at the East Gate. If you need help during a drill or an actual emergency, find a member of Security Services or an Emergency Warden.

Take care walking on campus
The snow and ice have made for some slippery walkways. MRU's Grounds team is working hard to keep pathways clear. Please be extremely cautious when walking on icy surfaces. Report hazardous conditions to Security at 403.440.6897. Tips to prevent falls can be found here.

Keep liquids out of mixed recycle bins
Remember to please empty your coffee and cold drink cups before putting them in the mixed recycle bins. Liquids contaminate the bin contents, meaning nothing in the bin can be recycled and must go to the landfill instead. This results in a fine for MRU. More recycling tips can be found here.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month
Join the Cyber Security Challenge and participate in events all month long for Cyber Security Awareness Month. Check the event calendar and the IT Security newsletter every week in October to participate and get entry codes for a draw for a $250 Best Buy gift certificate.

Meet Mount Royal's active employees
Each month Wellness Heroes showcases Mount Royal University employees who incorporate elements of wellness into their daily routine. Meet Susan-Garrow-Oliver, an associate professor in the Faculty of Child Studies and Social Work who initiated the Wednesday Walker Club.
Bleed Blues      

Sport and recreation students recognized nationally
Two Bachelor of Health and Physical Education — Sport and Recreation Management students received national awards from the Canadian Society of Club Managers (CSCM). Chris Jennings won the Young Professional Award and Matt Paley won the Val Mason Scholarship. The CSCM provides scholarships to individuals who are pursuing a career in club management.

Loneliness in LGBTQ2+ immigrants revealed
Professor Yasmin Dean, PhD and chair of the Department of Child Studies and Social Work and Serbian refugee Boban Stojanovic penned an article titled “Identification, please,” set to be published in a third-party social work newsletter and which delves into the complicated experiences of LGBTQ2+ immigrants to Canada. Read the article.

Students headed to Norway to discuss interdisciplinary research
Mount Royal students Jessica Barabas and Tayler Delannoy of the Faculty of Health, Community and Education are reaching an international audience with their research. They are headed to the ISSOTL 2018 Conference in Norway this month to discuss their investigation into whether capstone projects in their faculty could be interdisciplinary.

Gross motor competence study published
On Sept. 27, Bachelor of Health and Physical Education — Physical Literacy professor Dwayne Sheehan, PhD, co-published, “Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, Gross Motor Competence and Peak Height Velocity in 10- to 14-Year-Old Canadian Youth: A Longitudinal Study,” with Karin Lienhard, PhD, of the University of Calgary. Read the results.

Adjunct professor appointed provincial sports chair
On Sept. 24, Department of Health and Physical Education adjunct professor, Stephen Norris, PhD, was appointed chair of the Alberta Sports Connection Board of Directors. More.
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Cyber Security Month: Hack the Box
Tues., Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main Street
Recruit three of your friends or colleagues and join in on this escape room-type activity for Cyber Security Awareness Month. Register.

Know Your Rights
Wed., Oct. 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This workshop will allow you to gain an understanding of your rights under the Alberta Human Rights Act and Mount Royal's Human Rights Policy. More info.

Advanced Quantitative Methods Workshop
Thurs., Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
EL1470A (Library Classroom A)
Current and future trends in linear and logistic regression will be explored at this workshop. This content is interspersed with "hands-on" work with a data set. Register.

Research Data Management and the Tri-Agency's Draft Policy
Thurs., Oct. 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
This session will discuss the Tri-Agency’s Research Data Management Draft Policy and review the principal elements of research data management. Register.

MRU Campus Flu Clinic
Mon., Oct. 15 to Fri., Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
U216A (Wellness Services)
Take care of yourself and those around you with a flu shot. Bring your provincial health care card. More information.

Working With Google Sheets
Tues., Oct. 16 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Learn how to work with Google Sheets. Training covers formulas, conditional formatting, graphs and sheet protection. Register.

Cyber Security Month: Hack the Box
Tues., Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Street
In this escape room activity, Hacker Dude has been trying to access the Mount Royal University network. He has fled, leaving behind his laptop and his location locked inside a box. Register.

Wellness Services: The Working Mind
Tues., Oct. 16 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
This education-based program is designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Register.

International Student Eat and Greet
Tues., Oct. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.
This program gives international students and the broader Mount Royal community an opportunity to meet new people and build connections. More info.

Cyber Security Month: Spin the Wheel and Win a Prize
Wed., Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Main Street
Sign up for the IT Security Newsletter or show the latest edition and get to spin the wheel andwin a prize. Sign up here.

Healthy Eating Habits
Wed., Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to noon
The second session in the Thrive in Life series, Healthy Eating Habits focuses on how food choices can have a huge impact on personal health and well-being. Register.

Cyber Security Month: Browsing Safely and Dealing With Cyber Attacks
Wed., Oct. 17 from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Would you like some tips on how to identify a cyber attack and what to do if you become a victim? Then this is the mini-workshop for you. Register.

Hand Embroidery 101
Wed., Oct. 17 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Maker Studio (EL1245)
Information design professor Milena Radzikowska will show you how to how to plan and start a hand-embroidery project. Register.

Dave Kelly Live: Season Opener
Wed., Oct. 17 from 8 to 10 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Dave Kelly Live, Calgary’s talk variety show featuring special guests, surprise appearances and the best in Canadian talent, stories and music, has relocated to the Bella. Tickets.

Sustainability Fair: Cities, Soil and Land
Thurs., Oct. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Three experts will speak on the sustainability of cities, soil and land for 15 minutes each. There will be time for questions at the end.

Sustainability Fair: Individual Sustainability
Thurs., Oct. 18 from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m.
Three speakers will discuss individual sustainability. Each will speak for 15 minutes and there will be a question period at the end.

Sustainability Fair: Plant Sale
Fri., Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon ― Main Street
A variety of plants from the Mount Royal greenhouse will be on sale, with proceeds going back to the greenhouse. Cash only.

Sustainability Fair: Making a Self-Watering Plant Pot
Fri., Oct. 19 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. ― Main Street
This workshop will teach you how to make a self-watering plant pot from a plastic pop bottle. You will take home a plant in your new planter. Register.

Canadian Guitar Quartet
Tues., Oct. 23 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Since their debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has established a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. Tickets.

Recruitment and Volunteer Fair
Wed., Oct. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Main Street
Volunteer or get a job! Hosted by Career Services, MRU students and graduates can connect with recruiters and organizations right on campus. More information.

Cyber Security Month: Screening of Cyberwar Threat
Wed., Oct. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
This PBS documentary takes a fascinating and terrifying look at the high-stakes world of cybercrime. Part of Cyber Security Awareness Month.

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training
From Thurs., Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. to Fri., Oct. 26 at 5 p.m.
This two-day training is intended to build the capacity of professionals, paraprofessionals and community members to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Register.

Cyber Security Month: Hack the Box
Thurs., Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Street
Recruit three of your colleagues and come join this escape room-type activity. Each challenge takes 30 to 45 minutes. You must register your team in advance.

VR, AR, MR, Oh My!
Thurs., Oct. 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Vizualization Classroom (EL1441)
Explore virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) and learn about the newly opened MRU Library Experience Lab (EL1355). Register.

KeePass 2.0
Fri., Oct. 26 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Learn the basics of using KeePass to digitally store your important passwords. Register.

Workplace Health: Managing Your Money
Fri., Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon
The second of the Finance Fridays 101 series, this session will focus on the importance of budgeting, the pros and cons of credit cards and money-saving tips. Register.

Jill Barber With Special Guest Justin Nozuka
Fri., Oct. 26 from 8 to 10 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
One of Canada’s most recognized voices, Jill Barber has sold over a half million albums, earning multiple award nominations and performing throughout the world. Tickets.

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