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March 21, 2019

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Celebrate Research and Scholarship Days at Mount Royal starting March 25.

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Journey to nationals makes MRU history

The men's volleyball team made the Cougars' first-ever appearance at a U Sports national championships last weekend.

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Sunwing Airlines signs partnership agreement

The calibre of MRU's aviation program was recognized with a memorandum of understanding providing a high-flying opportunity.

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Speaking helps start the healing for science student

Glenielia Ariel Crawler was recently selected for a 2019 Top 30 Under 30 award from the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation.

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Please report flooding on campus

The Facilities Management team is preparing for possible flooding from damaged pipes and the thawing of ground that is much more frozen than usual. Please report any flooding at 403.440.6417.

Fire drill on Monday, March 25 at 10 a.m.
This practice fire drill is expected to take up to 30 minutes and includes a mandatory evacuation of all Lincoln Park campus buildings except Residences. Everyone must participate. Learn more here.

Year-end furniture orders due March 29

Please submit orders for new furniture to Frontline by March 29 so they can be filled by the June 30 year-end cutoff. Orders typically take eight to 12 weeks to fill. Select the "purchase new/purchase furniture" option in Frontline to prioritize orders. Furniture must arrive by the close of business on Fri., June 28 to be expensed to the current fiscal year. View Frontline training information.

Meet a new Mount Royal Wellness Hero
Each month, Wellness Heroes showcases Mount Royal employees who incorporate wellness into their daily routine. Meet Zoe Say, program and engagement director for the YYC Campus Ministry who facilitates weekly drum circles here on the MRU campus.

Submit applications to teach in the Visualization Classroom
Teach your next course in the Visualization Classroom on the main floor of the University Library. This space showcases research and elevates educational content with innovative technology and in-room experts to provide training. Faculty must apply by April 5 for upcoming semesters. Learn more.  


Watch for ice and gravel on walkways
Icy patches from snow melt and excess gravel from snow removal may increase the risk of slips and falls. Walk around icy patches and use extra caution when walking on graveled paths.

Reminder about University being politically neutral
At all times and especially during campaign cycles, Mount Royal must be politically neutral. This includes no posting or distributing of campaign literature. If you have questions, please email Peter Brodsky or call him at 403.440.7754.  

SoTL grant opportunities now open in ROMEO
Applications for the 2019 Essential SoTL Grants with Criteria, 2019 Special Topics Grants, 2019 TransCanada Collaborative SoTL Grants and 2019 Undergraduate Student Dissemination Grants are now being accepted in ROMEO. The application deadline is Mon., April 1, 2019.

Library Awards for Research Excellence
Applications are open for these awards which recognize scholarly projects and where students can receive up to $1,500. The application deadline is Wed., April 10, 2019. Get more information here or contact Madelaine Vanderwerff.

Enhancing campus safety
Security Services is improving safety infrastructure on campus with: new software in security cameras that learns normal movement patterns and alerts Security of anything unusual; six new blue light stations outdoors so users can more readily reach Security; and, over the next year, replacement of keyed access and upgraded magnetic readers.

Did you know?
Mount Royal uses a third-party reporting service called Confidence Line for employees who want to share concerns confidentially and anonymously. The Confidence Line can be reached toll-free at 1.800.661.9675 or www.mru.confidenceline.net. This service is part of the Safe Disclosure Policy, which encourages reporting concerns to supervisors, HRCampus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion, or the Concerning Behaviour on Campus team.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Two new publications for School of Nursing and Midwifery profs
School of Nursing and Midwifery associate professor Tammy Sherrow's book Preemie Care (Page Two Books) focuses on a community engagement agenda and provides health literacy and support for parents of premature babies. Associate professor Katherine Janzen's book Artistic Pedagogical Technologies (Vernon Press) concentrates on practical teaching strategies for faculty in higher education, including online learning.

Events More information at mtroyal.ca/Events

Beginner's Guide to 360 Degree Storytelling

Fri., March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon — Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Create highly immersive environments for education by using 360-degree cameras. Register here.

Working with Google Sheets
Fri., March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon — T104
Learn how to do formulas, conditional formatting, graphs and sheet protection. Sign up.

Research and Scholarship Days
Mon., March 25 at 9 a.m. to Fri., April 5 at 4:30 p.m. — Across Campus
Enjoy this annual showcase of undergraduate and faculty research. Hear about research, enjoy great food and connect with the research community. Some events require registration. Check out the full schedule here.

Prioritize Space Request Training
Mon., March 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn how to use this new system to request major renovations, funding from the Renovation Reserve, a new space or space designation changes. Bring your Prioritize username and password to this session. Sign up here.

Spring Sustainability Fair

Wed., March 27 and Thurs., March 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Find out more about MRU's social and environmental sustainability successes. Sign up to build a terrarium, and learn about microgreens and planting seeds from noon to 2 p.m.

How Did We Arrive on Planet Earth and Where to Next?
Wed., March 27 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Listen to NASA scientist Firouz Naderi, best known for his leadership of the Mars exploration program, as he discusses this interesting topic. Sign up.

The Working Mind for Employees
Wed., March 27 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. — TBA
This education-based program is designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Register here.

Civic Innovation Showcase
Wed., March 27 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Calgary Central Library
Citizen experiments developed by student teams for their creative cluster will be explored in this final showcase event by Vivacity. Learn more.

Increasing Your Influence
Thurs., March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — EC2025
This course provides useful techniques for making things happen without using authority – whether you have it or not. Register here.

Working with Google Docs
Thurs., March 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn how to use headers and footers, create hyperlinks, insert comments and suggestions, wrap text, view previous versions and add a table contents. Sign up.

Research Recognition Awards
Thurs., March 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. — TransAlta Pavilion
This event is part of Research and Scholarship Days. More details will be posted in the schedule located here.

Institutes Distilled
Thurs., March 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. — Trico Changemakers Studio (EB3013)
Enjoy brief introductions to Mount Royal's Institutes, along with a guided tasting of local gins. Pre-purchase tickets here.

Basic Electronics with Littlebits
Fri., March 29 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Maker Studio (EL1245)
Learn the basics of electronics using a plug and play learning assembly tool without having to solder or worry about directions of electric flow. Register here.

Science and Indigenization
Fri., March 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
This session will help academics and scientists increase their knowledge and awareness, and learn how to put into practice the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Register by March 22.

Booze, Broads and Brothels: A Walking Tour
Fri., March 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. — Starts at Famous Five Statue in Olympic Plaza
This tour is led by Kimberly Williams, PhD. Full tour description and registration is available
here. Space is limited to 15 Mount Royal participants.

University Lightning Talks
Mon., April 1, noon to 1:30 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Enjoy 5-minute, ignite-style presentations on faculty research and scholarship over light refreshments. Register

Healthy Eating on the Go
Wed., April 3 from 11 a.m. to noon — Y324
This session will motivate even the busiest employees to optimize their eating habits and improve their health, energy and performance.
Sign up.

Child Development Lab Open House (Drop-In)
Wed., April 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. — Y324
Come by the Bachelor of Child Studies' Child Development Lab as they celebrate their fifth anniversary. Cake and coffee will be served.

JMH $80,000 LaunchPad Pitch Competition
Wed., April 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Watch students and recent alumni pitch their venture to esteemed judges and a supportive audience. The top ventures compete for prizes. Learn more

MRU Book Showcase
Thurs., April 4 from noon to 1 p.m. —The Knuckle (EA3001)
Enjoy presentations and readings by MRU authors from their recently published works. Register

Information Design Portfolio Showcase: Craft
Thurs., April 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. — Festival Hall
Students will showcase their own take on the application of design thinking.
Learn more.

Midwifery Poster Presentations
Fri., April 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — W231
All are welcome to attend these presentations as part of Research and Scholarship Days. More details

Collecting Social Media Data for Research
Fri., April 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon — Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Learn the tools and methods for gathering data from social media sites.
Sign up.

Two-Factor Authentication
Wed., April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Two-factor authentication is a process that increases the security of your accounts. Get help enabling on your Google account or ask questions.
Learn more.

Virtual Reality Toolkit: 3D Sculpting with Oculus Medium
Thurs., April 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Experience Lab (EL 1355)
Learn how to create 3D sculptures in Virtual Reality using the Oculus Rift head set and Oculus Medium application.
Sign up.

Health, Community and Education's Book Celebrations
Thurs., April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Join us to celebrate the launch of Tammy Sherrow's "Preemie Care" and Katherine Janzen's "Artistic Pedagogical Technologies."

Beginners Guide to Creating Virtual Reality Experiences
Fri., April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon — Vizualization Classroom (EL1441)

Learn how to create your own interactive 360 degree tours in this hands-on workshop. Sign up.

Experts and Agitators: Tax Politics and the Rise of Canadian Democracy
Fri., April 12 from noon to 2 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Author Shirley Tillotsonhe discusses how Canada’s unruly tax history is strangely entertaining and may be a helpful guide for tax talk today.
Read more.

Farewell Event for President David Docherty
Tues., April 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
The Board of Governors invites you to bid David and Kris a fond farewell.

Dave Kelly Live: Icons
Tues., April 16 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Jann Arden joins Dave for a night of conversations and stories.
Buy tickets.

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MyMRU announcements

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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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