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Aug. 16, 2017

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Dieppe 75 years later
A Military Museums ceremony will remember Calgary's sacrifice during the Dieppe Raid, including that of former Mount Royal student Capt. Douglas Purdy. He will be represented by his great-niece, another Mount Royal alumni.

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Provost to join Pride Parade
Lesley Brown first took part in a Pride Parade in Toronto over 30 years ago, and this year she will be part of the Mount Royal contingent Sept. 3. She is inviting everyone to join her on the route!

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Major fun, minor key
Everyone has danced to “Hava Nagila" at a wedding, and now musicians can learn how to play it. The Conservatory is putting a Klezmer ensemble together with the help of instructor Frank Rackow.

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View the solar eclipse safely on Aug. 21 from 10:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
While an exciting event, looking at the sun directly can damage your eyes. Join physics and astronomy faculty and staff to safely view at the East Gate from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A sun spotter will project the image onto a screen to view safely and you can make a pinhole camera. Regular sunglasses, no matter how dark the tint, don’t protect your eyes. Buy solar eclipse glasses from a science store or trusted astronomy group (beware of fake glasses); use number 14 welder's glasses or make a pinhole camera using these instructions.

Mount Royal's new provost begins her role
Known as a powerful champion for undergraduate education, Mount Royal's new Provost and Vice-President, Academic Lesley Brown, PhD, officially began her role on campus Aug. 15. Discover more about Brown's history and priorities.

Introducing Recreation's FlexFit Pass: Registration begins Aug. 22!
The FlexFit Pass offers flexible access to Rec's drop-in fitness classes for a single payment each semester, and is available for purchase Aug. 22. Registration for fall activities also opens Aug. 22. See you at the gym!

Temporary road closure Aug. 19
The inner ring road between the Recreation entrance and Lot 2 will be temporarily closed on Sat. Aug. 19 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lot 2 will remain open during the closure.

Volunteers needed for New Student Orientation
Sign up to welcome incoming students Sept. 5 and 6. Various positions and times are available. Learn more and sign up here.
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New human rights advisor provides additional resources
Mount Royal's new human rights advisor, Khaula Bhutta, has begun her role with Diversity and Human Rights and will provide private support for individuals with questions, concerns or complaints involving discrimination, harassment and accommodation. Read more ...

Erika Smith receives SSHRC grant to continue social media research
Professor Erika Smith, PhD, of the Academic Development Centre, was recently awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2017-2019) titled "Undergraduate Digital Literacies in Disciplinary Contexts" to continue researching undergraduate digital literacies in their disciplinary contexts. Read more ...

Research literacy book by Sonya Jakubec features MRU faculty
School of Nursing and Midwifery professor and PhD Sonya Jakubec's newest book, Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice, features a chapter contributed by MRU librarian Cari Merkley and is coauthored by former MRU faculty member Barb Astle. Read more ...
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Riddell Library and Learning Centre (RLLC) Open House
Thurs., Aug. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ― Barbecue at the RLLC parking lot
Meet your colleagues for a free barbecue lunch and explore the new Riddell Library and Learning Centre.

IM: Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) 101 Awareness Training
Mon., Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ― Kerby Hall Boardroom A341
This session will provide an overview of CASL requirements and how they effect day-to-day business at MRU.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act 101 Awareness Training
Wed., Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ― Kerby Hall Boardroom A341
Learn the ins and outs of FOIP at this rapid fire session.

Internationalization, Integration of Citizen Science and Inquiry-Based Learning with GLOBE at the University of Cologne
Wed., Aug. 23 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. ― T143
Professor Karl Schneider of the University of Cologne will be on campus for an open discussion involving pedagogies used in science and teacher education programs. More information.

Calgary Farmers' Market Pop-Up
Wed., Aug. 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. ― Parking lot 1
The Calgary Farmers' Market is bringing a selection of vendors to campus! Invite your friends and bring cash. More information.

HR: Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP 101) ― The Basics
Thurs., Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ― EC1130
Find out everything you want to know about LAPP but were afraid to ask.

IT: KeePass 2.0
Thurs., Aug. 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ― T104
Learn the basics of using KeePass to digitally store your important passwords. Register.

President's Fall Address
Fri., Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon ― Ross Glen Hall
Join President Docherty for his annual Fall Address to the campus community.

Cougars Brand Launch
Fri., Aug. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. ― Main Street, East Gate
All of us, together ― we are the Cougars! Immediately following the Fall Address, join us for speeches, snacks, souvenirs and the official reveal of the new inclusive Cougars brand! Formal program begins at 12:10 p.m. Find out more.

IM: Records and Information Management (RIM) 101 Awareness Training
Fri., Aug. 25 from 3 to 4 p.m. ― Kerby Hall Boardroom A341
This session provides a quick 45-minute overview of MRU's RIM program. Register.

2017 Employee Awards
Thurs., Aug. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. ― Bella Concert Hall
Come and help recognize the continued dedication and distinguished accomplishments of MRU employees. Light refreshments provided. More info.

Pride Parade
Sun., Sept 3 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. ― 6 Avenue Downtown
The first 100 people to sign up for this year's MRU parade contingent will receive a t-shirt designed to show MRU's support of Calgary Pride. Register here.

Parent and Support Orientation
Sun., Sept. 3 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. ― Riddell Library and Learning Centre
This drop-in will include important information around the transition and success of new students to Mount Royal. Register.

New Student Orientation (NSO) ― Indigenous Grand Entry
Tues., Sept. 5 at 10:20 a.m. ― Cougars Concourse, Recreation
All staff and faculty are invited to gather and welcome our new students at NSO's Indigenous Grand Entry procession. More NSO information found here.

Riddell Library and Learning Centre Grand Opening
Thurs., Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ― Riddell Library and Learning Centre
With formal remarks starting at 9 a.m., join us for a day of special presentations to celebrate the official opening of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre. Stay tuned for more information!

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