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May 3, 2019

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Library Awards for Research Excellence presented

Recipients describe personal and academic growth happening in concert with each other while researching topics.

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New program helps military veterans launch businesses

The Veteran Business Boot Camp Entrepreneurship Certificate recognizes existing skills.

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How the arts can infuse new life into a city’s economy

As part of Vivacity 2019, student experiments looked at ways to diversify while also cultivating creativity.

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Wrapping up the winter semester

Provost Lesley Brown recently provided semester highlights including a seven per cent growth in the number of full-load equivalent students.

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Creating content consumers want

Professor David Taras, Mount Royal's very own punchy political pundit, is appearing in student-produced podcasts where he speaks to well-known Calgarians.

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Meet the new SAMRU executive

The former vice-president student affairs, Shayla Breen, is heading into her second term in a new role as president of the student executive council.

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New president's website launched
With the arrival of Mount Royal's tenth president and
first vice-chancellor , Tim Rahilly, PhD, a new Office of the President website has been launched. Information about the president's priorities, committee activities, and messages and speeches can be found at mru.ca/President.

Convocation volunteers needed
Spring convocation ceremonies will be held Wednesday, June 5, Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8. As always, volunteers are needed to help celebrate the achievements of Mount Royal's students. Sign up to be a gowner/marshall or a ceremony volunteer.

Hiring a research assistant?
Human Resources has developed an information sheet titled "How To Hire a Research Assistant" to help with the process. Additionally, the Riddell Library and Learning Centre is offering co-working spaces for MRU student research assistants this summer. Librarians are happy to provide training in advanced searches, data and citation management, and the use of discipline-specific resources.

MRSA credit course tuition reimbursement
June 14 is the deadline for MRSA members to apply for up to $500 of tuition reimbursement for a credit course at an accredited post-secondary institution. Download the application form. Find all human resources-related forms on MyMRU under the Employee tab in the Human Resources portlet. Click on Human Resources Toolkit.

SoTL grant opportunities now open in Romeo
The Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL) is now accepting applications via Romeo for the following 2019 opportunities: Essential SoTL Grants with Criteria, Special Topics Grants, TransCanada Collaborative SoTL Grants and Undergraduate Student Dissemination Grants.

Search for new chief information officer
Campus stakeholders are being consulted to provide their input on the needs for the position and the ideal individual to helm Mount Royal's Information Technology Services. The hope is to have someone in place by fall.

Messy work spaces can be a health and safety hazard
Health and safety includes maintaining a clean work space. Spring clean your work space: dust, remove clutter and recycle old paperwork. Learn more about why it's important.

Fruit trees to be planted
Mount Royal has been awarded a $3,500 grant from Trees Canada and the Pembina Institute to plant native Alberta fruit trees on campus. The fruit will be available for students to eat, with any that is not picked to be given to the students’ association’s Peer Support Centre. The location of the trees will be shared once they are planted.

Did you miss Ken Steele?
Higher education futurist Ken Steele was on campus last week, delivering a number of presentations. If you were not able to attend, you can view Pedagogy and Personalization, Fast Forward, and Rethinking Teaching and Learning.

Meet a new Mount Royal Wellness Hero
Each month, Wellness Heroes showcases Mount Royal employees who incorporate wellness into their daily routine. Meet Angie Smith, academic advisor and instructional assistant with the Department of Child Studies and Social Work, who is working on bringing a sense of community to her department and facilitating self-care opportunities for her co-workers.

Did you know?
Mount Royal is among the country’s only campuses with a digital carillon. The 60-foot-high Kerby Memorial Tower and digital carillon, located beside Charleton Pond, chimes hourly between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and plays four full songs daily: two at noon and two at 6 p.m. Read more.
Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Appointment for Associate Professor Joe Anderson to the HSMBC
Associate dean of the Faculty of Arts, Joe Anderson, PhD, was recently appointed to a five-year term as the Alberta member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Environmental humanities collection published
Professor Robert Boschman and Associate Professor Mario Trono of the Department of English, Languages and Cultures’ edited collection, On Active Grounds: Agency and Time in the Environmental Humanities, has just been published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Professor appears in documentary series
Instructor Carolyn Willekes, PhD, of the general education and humanities departments, has appeared in a documentary series produced by Lion TV for the Smithsonian Channel titled Rome's Chariot Superstar. The series is available on Amazon Prime.

Discovering 'what’s next?' in the field of Canadian women’s and gender history
Reading Canadian Women’s and Gender History, a new book co-edited by Department of Humanities Associate Professor Carmen Nielson, PhD, has been released by University of Toronto Press.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Using Google Docs
Tues., May 7 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
This training covers using headers and footers, inserting hyperlinks, adding comments and suggestions, wrapping
text, viewing previous versions and including a table of contents. Register.

What is Two-Factor Authentication?
Tues., May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Main Street
Get help with enabling two-factor authentication on your Google account and ask questions about authenticator apps and authenticator keys. More about cybersecurity on campus.

George Canyon with Doc Walker, Charlie Major and Manny Blu
Tues., May 7 from 8 to 10 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
George Canyon rose to become one of Canada’s hottest country music stars in the early 2000s and has won countless accolades and awards. Tickets.

Meet President and Vice-Chancellor Tim Rahilly, PhD
Wed., May 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon Ross Glen Hall
The Board of Governors invites the Mount Royal University community to attend a welcome event for President and Vice-Chancellor Tim Rahilly, PhD. YYCFoodTrucks will be on campus following the event.

The Mapping and Kairos Blanket Exercise
Thurs., May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Developed in collaboration with Indigenous elders, knowledge keepers and educators, the Kairos Blanket Exercise program is a unique, participatory history lesson. Register.

Celebrate! Teaching and Learning at MRU
Thurs., May 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ross Glen Hall
Honour and be inspired by our collective work in the pursuit of MRU’s vision: an exceptional undergraduate educational experience. Open to faculty, staff and students. Register.

Wills and Estate Planning Seminar
Thurs., May 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Calgary Zoo (Safari Lodge)
Presented by Development and Alumni Relations, all are invited to a free will and estate planning seminar at the Calgary Zoo hosted by the Canadian Association of Gift Planners' Leave a Legacy Calgary committee. Register.

Creating a Quiz Using Google Forms
Fri., May 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. T104
Learn how to create a simple quiz using Google Forms. Register.

Everyday Science
Sat., May 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. B-Wing
Join Mount Royal University's Faculty of Science and Technology in partnership with Science Odyssey and explore biology, earth science, technology and chemistry through everyday hands-on activities. Register.

Empowering Indigenization Symposium
From Mon., May 13 at 10 a.m. to Tues., May 14 at 1 p.m. Wright Theatre and the Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Hear from and engage with leaders in the field as we seek greater understanding and mutual respect, as well as pathways to respectfully integrate questions around indigenization and decolonization into the classroom. Register.

Frontline Fundamentals
Tues., May 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. T104
For new and current users of Frontline, this training will go through all the basics of submitting and tracking requests, and give participants an opportunity to ask questions. Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Wed., May 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. E204
This fascinating and informative 90-minute workshop gives you all the tools you need to keep you and yours cybersafe. There will be lots of time to get all of your cybersecurity questions answered. Register.

Frontline Fundamentals
Wed., May 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. T104
For new and current users of Frontline, this training will go through all the basics of submitting and tracking requests and give participants an opportunity to ask questions. Register.

2019 Liberal Education Conference
From Thurs., May 16 at 9 a.m. to Sat., May 18 at 2 p.m. Westin Hotel
The Department of General Education at Mount Royal University, and its partner, Medicine Hat College, is hosting its fourth Liberal Education Conference on the theme of Liberal Education in the Age of Automation. Register.

Advanced Excel Formulas

Thurs., May 16 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. T104
Learn how to create a selection of advanced formulas in Excel. Register.

Create a Google Form With Sections
Tues., May 21 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. T104
Learn how to create a Google Form with multiple sections. Register.

The Working Mind
Thurs., May 23 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. EB3106
The Working Mind: Workplace Mental Health and Wellness is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Register.

Frontline Fundamentals
Thurs., May 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. T104
For new and current users of Frontline, this training will go through all the basics of submitting and tracking requests, and give participants an opportunity to ask questions. Register.

Frontline Fundamentals
Fri., May 24 from 9 to 10 a.m. T104
For new and current users of Frontline, this training will go through all the basics of submitting and tracking requests, and give participants an opportunity to ask questions. Register.

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