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Dec. 6, 2019
A lot is going on around campus, so we added an extra issue.

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Keeping teachers at the head of the class

Mount Royal's collaborative model for its Bachelor of Education
Elementary is being copied around the country.

CYO member to debut original composition

At this year's Winter Fantasia, Calgary Youth Orchestra member Ethan Mung's first symphony will be performed.

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Studying students as partners may help address societal inequities

The students as partners movement in teaching and learning is helping to break down the question of power in education ... and the world.

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Continuing education student strikes 'gold' with professional development

Digital marketing manager for CRAFT Beer Market Janelle Saccucci is keeping her skills up to date and amping up her career at Mount Royal.

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Your contribution matters ... thank you 12 times over
Every day employees go above and beyond so students receive an exceptional education and experience at MRU. Over the next two weeks, a new "12 Days of Thanks" campaign celebrates these contributions. Advancement Services and Annual Giving is thanking all employees, including those who give as a part of their job and those who make donations to a variety of areas on campus. Learn more here.

Changes to transit routes at Mount Royal
Starting on Dec. 23, Calgary Transit buses will pick up and drop off passengers at raised, heated platforms along Richard Road instead of on Mount Royal Circle at the East Gate. The West Gate bus circle remains unchanged. Calgary Transit will be holding a pop-up session at the East Gate loop with their information bus and staff available to answer questions. Visit the Calgary Transit website to learn m

Early timesheet deadlines and paydays in December

Paydays occur earlier in December because of the holiday closure. For the Dec. 13 payday, timesheets are due Dec. 11 from employees and Dec. 12 from approvers. For the Dec. 23 payday, the paper source deadline is Dec. 11; timesheets are due from employees on Dec. 31 and from approvers on Jan. 2, but please submit your timesheet before leaving for the holiday break. For convenience, link the payroll calendar on MyMRU to your Google calendar.

Remember the Dec. 11 holiday mix and mingle
All employees are invited for a holiday mix and mingle on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. at the Bella Concert Hall. Take in a 40-minute holiday concert at 2:30 p.m. featuring a performance by award-winning alumna Kate Stevens, plus others. Then enjoy refreshments with your colleagues in the lobby.

Mandatory fire drill Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.

This practice fire drill is expected to take about 20 minutes and will include an evacuation of all Lincoln Park campus buildings except Residence. Learn more about fire drills at MRU. For fast notifications, download the new MRU Now safety app for iOS and Android.

ADC Project Support for 2020/21

Each year the Academic Development Centre (ADC) collaborates with MRU departments and programs by working with faculty members to support eLearning and major curriculum design/redesign projects. The ADC is currently accepting applications for projects for the 2020/21 academic year.

Webinars on parks and protected areas

The Institute for Environmental Sustainability's Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership has launched a First Thursday webinar series to promote pan-Canadian conversations about parks and protected areas.The current listing of upcoming webinars — and the archive — is available at www.cpcil.ca/webinars.

Stop and think before you click

Cybercriminals target employees with emails that elicit an emotional response and urge quick action. Stop and think when you see a link or attachment in an email, especially if you feel any strong emotions. Don’t reply to the sender, but do call the person it appears to be from to verify the email and any request. Visit the cybersecurity hub for more information.
Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

A medal for Moorman
Professor Lynn Moorman, PhD, of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences was a recipient of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society 90th Anniversary medal for work done for Canadian Geographic Education as the post-secondary representative. In addition, Moorman was also recently named to the editorial board of the Journal of Geography.

Off to the big leagues
Jon Yeoh, a graduate of the Conservatory Academy Program and alumnus of the Calgary Youth Orchestra, has been awarded a position with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s bass section.

Hand-made strings make it to the stage
Calgary Youth Orchestra member Spencer Mung recently brought his hand-made violin to the stage, a project two years in the making. Mung was encouraged by Conservatory faculty member Chris Sandvoss and taught by Natanael Sasaki, a local luthier known for repairing a cello owned by a refugee that was damaged by militant gunfire as the musician was leaving a performance.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Intersecting Borders: English Honours Conference
Fri., Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — EL1270 (Ideas Lounge)
Honours students will host four student paper sessions throughout the day. A keynote presentation from Sharanpal Ruprai will take place from 12:55 to 1:55 p.m.

Fundrace Flurry Wrap Party
Fri., Dec. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. West Gate Social
The Fundrace Flurry's winning team will be announced and the first 60 people to RSVP to a.gerling@samru.ca will receive a free Wild Rose beverage to enjoy at the event. Donate.

Winter Fantasia
Sun., Dec. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Winter Fantasia is a showcase of the work of the MRU Conservatory choral ensembles. Tickets.

Choosing a Repository for Your Research Data
Tues., Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to noon — EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
In this session, presenters will outline some of the factors to consider when choosing a repository for your research data. Register.

Humanly 2019
Tues., Dec. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. — Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Join the senior information design class as Calgary's current challenges and potential futures are explored at this capstone showcase. Register.

An Intimate Evening with Paul Brandt
Tues., Dec. 10 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
This Country Music Hall of Fame inductee with a heart and voice of gold joins the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for an unforgettable evening. Tickets.

Creating 360-Degree Content for the Immersion Studio
Wed., Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon — EL3345 (Immersion Studio)
Learn what type of content works best and what resources are available to properly use the Immersion Studio. Register.

Employee Holiday Mix and Mingle
Wed., Dec. 11 from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Take in a 40-minute holiday concert at 2:30 p.m., then enjoy refreshments afterwards in the lobby. No RSVP necessary.

Internal Research Grant Fund Workshop
Wed., Dec. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. — U265A (Research Boardroom)
Learn valuable tips on how to submit a successful Internal Research Grant Fund application for the Winter 2020 opportunity. Register.

Building Customer Relations
Thurs., Dec. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — EC2035
Acquire steps and strategies to provide customer service excellence. Register.

Beginner's Guide to Virtual and Augmented Reality
Thurs., Dec. 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
Explore virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, plus learn about the Experience Lab and available library services and how to integrate them into your classes and research. Register.

Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Reality Experiences
Tues., Dec. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
Learn how to create your own interactive 360-degree tours that can be viewed using virtual reality in this hands-on workshop. Register.

Beginner's Guide to 360-Degree Cameras
Wed., Dec. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
Learn how to use 360-degree cameras to create highly immersive environments for education. Register.

Virtual Reality Toolkit Series: 3D Sculpting with Oculus Medium
Thurs., Dec. 19 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — EL1355 (Experience Lab)
Learn how to create 3D sculptures in virtual reality and how to 3D print your model in the Maker Studio. Register.

New Student Orientation Tours
Fri., Dec. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Meet at East Gate Entrance
This orientation will take new students on a guided tour of the campus and will equip them with the knowledge needed to make a successful transition to Mount Royal. Register.

Have Yourself a Heebee-jeebee Christmas!
Sun., Dec. 22 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
The Heebee-jeebees celebrate their 26th annual holiday appearance with yuletide laughs and special guests. Cash or non-perishable donation for the Calgary Food Bank. Tickets.

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MyMRU announcements

Please send announcements for MyMRU's homepage to mymru@mtroyal.ca. Here are the guidelines.

Start of semester emails, with option for distribution list sign-up

As each semester begins (August/September and December/January), areas with ongoing employee activities can send an email to all employees describing their semester activities. Employees can then choose to opt in to that area's distribution list (Google Group) for regular updates. If you would like to send an email and/or set up a Google Group for your area, please contact Marketing and Communications for guidelines.

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