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March 28, 2018

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Research and Scholarship Days are underway! Meet six members of the Mount Royal community who are making an impact with their scholarly examinations. Join in on numerous events taking place up to April 9.

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World premiere of Legislating Love — The Everett Klippert Story

English Professor Natalie Meisner's new play is an homage to Everett Klippert, who was the last Canadian to be jailed for homosexuality.

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Science and Technology celebrates student inquiry

Timely topics for the April 4 event include fish morphology, sustainable energy, studies in breathing and how to teach chemistry.

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Investigating the impacts of ski and snowboard wax

Third-year Bachelor of Science — Health Science student James Walker is asking whether mountain lovers should wax on or wax off.

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Mount Royal response to provincial budget
Read the official Mount Royal University response to the Government of Alberta's 2018 budget, which was announced Thursday, March 22.

Riddell Library and Learning Centre (RLLC) receives Coat of Arms
On March 27, the RLLC received the Alberta Coat of Arms from Calgary-Elbow MLA Greg Clark in recognition of the province’s role in developing the facility. The RLLC received $88.4 million capital investment from the Government of Alberta (spread over three years).

Be among the first to know about training opportunities
Want to know about software training, emotional intelligence, anti-spam or privacy legislation? Opt in to the Employee Training Google group and be among the first to know about these and a wide range of other professional development opportunities available to all employees.

Are you ready for the "big melt"?
Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is sharing tips on how to survive the big #YYCMELT. This information, adapted from the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, will help you prepare your property. Join the EH&S Google group for more campus health and safety initiatives.

Do you know how to "Do the Right Thing?"
As part of MRU's Do the Right Thing campaign, take this 5-minute survey about recycling and energy conservation on campus and be entered to win a free massage. Your input lets us know how you're using the four-part recycling bins and helping to conserve energy across campus. The survey closes April 16.

Feedback needed on employee events and activities
A review was initiated by the President's Executive Council (PEC) to evaluate how current events and activities are (or are not) building a sense of community, allowing for meaningful connections and showing appreciation to our employees. Please go to this survey to provide your feedback.
Bleed Blues      

CCDR report featured on United Nations website
The Centre for Community Disaster Research's (CCDR) report titled, "Rising Waters, Difficult Decisions, Findings and Recommendations from the Calgary Flood Project" is being featured on PreventionWeb, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's website. Read more.

Student work to be presented at indigenizing entrepreneurship conference
Three papers by Mount Royal University students derived from experiences with Otahpiakki will be presented at the Global Conference on Indigenizing Entrepreneurship, to be held at Algonquin College from June 3 to 5 in Ottawa. Read more.

Celebrating Mount Royal’s International Certified Nurses
In recognition of International Certified Nurses Day, which was celebrated March 19, the School of Nursing and Midwifery acknowledges nine faculty members with a Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) certification in a specialty area. Read more.

Micheline Maylor shortlisted for poetry award
Mount Royal English professor Micheline Maylor, PhD, who is also Calgary's 2016-2018 Poet Laureate, has been shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets' Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Maylor's Little Wildheart is published by the University of Alberta Press.

Professor Gregg Trueman nominated for AHS President’s Excellence Award
Gregg Trueman, PhD and a professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been nominated for an Alberta Health Services President’s Excellence Award as part of the East Calgary Family Care Clinic and Patient Advisory Group for Outstanding Achievement in Patient and Family Centred Care.
Events            Complete list at
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.

IT: Using Google Forms
Thurs., April 5 from 9:30 to 11 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.

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.

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.

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.

Research and Scholarship Days: Health and Physical Education Research Day
Mon., April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Health and Physical Education concourse and nearby classrooms
Take part in this showcase of Health and Physical Education research projects. Presentations are available for viewing on the Cougars Concourse all day, so just stop by. More about Research Days.

Research and Scholarship Days: Global Challenge
Mon., April 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. — Ideas Visualization Lounge (Riddell Library and Learning Centre)
View the student competitor presentations for "Map the System 2018," a global competition that is an initiative of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. More info.

Collaborating with Google
Tues., April 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Do you have a document that several people need to work on at the same time? Do you need to get input from several different people? Then this is the class for you. Register.

IT: Navigating Email Links and Attachments Safely
Tue, April 10, 10:00am – 10:30am — E125
Have you received an email with a link or attachment and wondered if it was safe to click? This 30-minute mini-workshop will teach you how to reduce the risk of a cyber attack via email. Register.

IT: Working Remotely Safely
Wed., April 11 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. — E204
Thinking about your vacation but want to make sure you stay cyber safe? This mini-workshop teaches you all you need to know to safely use wifi when travelling. Register.

Facilities Management: Prioritize Space Request Training
Mon., April 16 from 10 to 11:20 a.m. — T104
Departments requesting major renovations, funding from the Renovation Reserve, a new space, or space designation changes will need to complete a request via Prioritize. Register.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act 101 Awareness Training
Mon., April 16 from 11 a.m. to noon Kerby Hall Room — A302
Learn the ins and outs of FOIP by attending the next 45-minute rapid fire session on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Register.

Creating Your Financial Roadmap
Tues,, April 17 from 11 a.m. to noon
Topics for this workshop will include: how to build a financial roadmap, common mistakes in money management and tools to build a solid financial plan. Register.

HR: Increasing Your Influence
Wed., April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This course provides useful techniques for making things happen without using authority – whether you have it or not. Register.

IT: Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Crime
Wed., April 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — E204
Want to foil cyber criminals and beat them at their own game? Take this workshop and learn tips and tricks on how to keep your data safe at home and at work. Register.

Records and Information Management (RIM) 101 Awareness Training
Wed., April 18 from 2 to 3 p.m. — Kerby Hall Boardroom A341
This session provides a quick 45-minute overview of the RIM program including transitory records, drafts and copies, records retention lengths and off-siting records. Register.

Bachelor of Education Capstone Project Presentation
Wed., April 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room
Department of Education students will present their capstone projects, which focus on one element from the classroom they are working in during their final practicum.

IT: Advanced Excel techniques
Thurs., April 19 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Want to learn how to take your Excel skills to the next level and work like a pro? Then this course is for you. Register.

Presentation Powwow: Partners in Place — Building Communities Through Experiential Learning
Thurs. April 19 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. — University Amphitheater or Triple Gym (weather dependant)
Students from Connect Charter School and Tsuut'ina Education Department schools will congregate at Mount Royal University for a presentation powwow. Register.

Parents Symposium: Partners in Place Building Communities Through Experiential Learning
Thurs., April 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Connect Charter School, 5915 Lewis Drive SW
Open to Mount Royal faculty, this evening presentation will feature a keynote address by Amy Demarest, who will lead a discussion on the four elements of place-based education — experience, subject, place and service. More info.

Educator Symposium: Partners in Place Building Communities Through Experiential Learning
Fri., April 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Connect Charter School, 5915 Lewis Drive SW
Open to all Calgary-area educators, the Partners in Place Educators Symposium is focused on place-based education and Indigenous ways of teaching, learning and knowing. More info.

Game-Changing Books: The Republic
Sun., April 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Nose Hill Library, 1530 Northmount Drive NW
Enjoy a look at this fascinating Socratic dialogue by Plato, one of the most influential books in Western history. Led by Duncan Maclean, PhD, Mount Royal University. Register.

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