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June 26, 2020

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Bridge to Canadian Nursing program expands

There are now 40 more spaces available for MRU's Bridge to Canadian Nursing program, providing a crucial step for nurses trained in other countries to help save lives here.

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Style by design and a great cup of coffee

2020 Alumni Achievement Award nominees Amanda Hamilton and Mike Wenzlawe each recognize Mont Royal as the starting point for their rewarding careers.

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Summit: 'We're going to have to be brave'

Alumna Sharilyn Amy helped fight corruption in the construction industry to open her dream business of an eco-friendly hotel in a protected area of Argentina.

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Preparing for long-term effects from the pandemic

Research expert and associate professor of sociology, Caroline McDonald-Harker, PhD, has found that poor mental health following a disaster can be serious and last up to 10 years.

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Indigenous Strategic Plan community report released

The 2019 report highlights success in continued growth in self-identified Indigenous student enrolment and recognizes contributions from the Mount Royal community.

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Midwives supporting the journey into parenthood

Three Mount Royal midwifery alumnae reflect on their pride in their practice, changes due to COVID-19 and their work to expand their services to more Albertans.

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Remote work continues; small number of exceptions being planned

A reminder to employees and departments who have been working from home to not return to campus until advised to do so. The Planning Ahead Team is overseeing a process to plan a gradual return to campus for specific areas that must offer services in person. Please speak with your manager or director if you have questions

New Student Orientation online throughout the summer

New Student Orientation (NSO) has been proven to assist those new to post-secondary with success in their studies. With more student leaders than ever registered to make the transition as smooth as possible, NSO will be holding sessions throughout the summer to help students learn about Mount Royal, meet their future classmates and find out what will make them successful as a university student.

Library services available
The Library team at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre is at your service. Take advantage of the easy contactless book pick up, schedule a virtual appointment, put in a digitization request and access resources for remote instruction. Text and chat support and free online workshops are available for students. Access to the Library computer lab is now temporarily closed for the summer.

Mandatory annual cybersecurity and payment card industry training
The deadline for mandatory annual cybersecurity training has been extended from June 30 to July 31. PCI security awareness training, however, must still be completed by June 30. More information.

Summer working hours begin July 1
It is that time of year, even this year! Between July 1 and Aug. 14, standard summer operating hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a shortened, 30-minute lunch period. Exceptions may be necessary for some departments, and flexibility for employees balancing personal commitments with working from home continues to be supported.

Calgary Stampede Parade half-day in lieu
As we are all aware, the Calgary Stampede has been cancelled due to COVID-19. In lieu of the half-day that is designated to allow staff, exempt and management employees to attend the Stampede Parade, and as recognition for the challenging times that we continue to work through, managers may choose to hold a half-day during what would normally be Stampede week (July 3 to 10).

New Editorial Style Guide available
A new version of Mount Royal’s Editorial Style Guide is now available. Download the guide through the link, or find it under Employee/Resources and Timesheets on MyMRU underneath “Work Tools” at the bottom left-hand side of the page. This document provides style guidelines for anyone creating content for any of Mount Royal's publications, including mtroyal.ca. Questions about content can be sent to mbodnar@mtroyal.ca.

Upcoming power outages July 4, 10 and 11 will affect 'remote desktop' users
Employees who are set up to use 'remote desktop' will need to save their work and power down their campus computers from home on the evenings of three upcoming annual maintenance power outages. Please shut down by 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11. Computers will automatically be turned on the following mornings at 8 a.m. Employees who are working on campus will need to power down their computers before leaving work on the Fridays before the outages and empty fridges of any perishables.

Many virtual events available to employees
Remember to check the event calendar for interesting and informative events that are now being held online.

Did you know?
Registration for fall continuing education courses is now open. Get a start on your professional development plans and see where the future can take you.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Cougars Awards Night
Cougars Athletics and Recreation recently honoured their top performers after a remarkable 2019/2020 season. View the full list honourees from this year's virtual Cougar Awards Night. Read the Calgary Herald article featuring Mount Royal’s Al Bohonus Athletes-of-the-Year award winners and watch videos featuring each Cougars team’s MVP.

Collaborative LearningCITY project launches publications and webinars
Over the past six months, an interdisciplinary research team, in collaboration with Calgary Economic Development (CED), has been leading a project called LearningCITY, which was developed as a direct outcome of the High-Impact Talent Roundtable hosted last August at Mount Royal. Support for this project was provided by SAIT, CED, and the MRU Institutes for Community Prosperity and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Two reports have since been released (scroll to the bottom), with authors from MRU including Professors Evelyn Field, PhD, and Michael Uzoka, PhD, Assistant Professor Simon Raby, PhD, and Associate Professor Michael Roberts, PhD. A recent op-ed in the Calgary Herald by project leads Professor David Finch, PhD, Mary Moran and Jason Ribeiro (CED) and Janet Lane (Canada West Foundation) proposes a re-envisioned city-level learning system. For more information and to register for the June 26 webinar, go to the LearningCITY Lab's website at LearningCITY.ca.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Program Arduino in Tinkercad
Fri., June 26 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Thurs., July 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Tues., July 21 from 11 a.m. to noon – Google Meet

Tues., Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to noon – Google Meet
Learning Arduino can enable you to build systems that perform in interactive artwork, biofeedback, home automation or robotics projects. Register.

Finishing 3D Prints With Sanding and Paint
Fri., June 26 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet

Wed., July 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet
Wed., July 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Wed., Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Join the Maker Studio staff and learn how to sand, prime and paint your 3D prints. Register.

Making Affirmations Without the Button-Making Tools
Fri., June 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. — Google Meet
Tues., July 28 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Tues., Aug. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet

Learn how to create a positive affirmation your brain will respond to and think of creative ways to display that affirmation to make it effective. Register.

Image Tracing in Adobe Illustrator
Mon., June 29 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Tues., July 14 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Fri., Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Tues., Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet

Adobe Illustrator can be used to import and vectorize an image, which can then be edited and modified. Register.

Beginner's Guide to Augmented Reality
Mon., June 29 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Explore augmented reality, 3D modelling, development tools and available content and learn how to integrate them into your classes and research. Register.

Circuitry Prototyping in Tinkercad
Mon., June 29 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Mon., July 13 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Tues., July 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet

Start prototyping without the cost associated with buying basic electronic component kits by learning Tinkercad Circuits. Register.

Introduction to 3D Printing and Setting Up a 3D Printer

Tues., June 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Wed., July 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Wed., Aug. 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Find out about the common settings of 3D printer software and how to adjust them for the desired result. Register.

Programming Literacy: Understanding the Theory Behind Programming
Tues., June 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Hangouts
Wed., July 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Hangouts
Wed., July 29 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Hangouts

Learn the basics about how code gives you a starting point to discover what languages you want to learn and why these languages will be useful to you. Register.

Finishing School
Thurs., July 2 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Google Meet
Thurs., July 9 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Google Meet
​Thurs., July 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Google Meet

A weekly drop-in where participants bring in their own fibre projects to work on in a supportive and social setting. Register.

Navigating the Gig Economy
Tues., July 7 from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
― Webinar

Join MRU Alumni on July 7 for a free webinar as MRU’s in-house entrepreneur Ray DePaul hosts alumni Mike MacDonald and Aislinn Grant as they share insights into entrepreneurship and self-employment, tips for getting started and strategies for success. Register.

Maker Studio Meetup
Thurs., July 9 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet

Thurs., July 16 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Join the virtual Maker Studio to discuss your projects, explore new possibilities, ask questions or just visit with the community you are missing. Register.

Have a story, announcement or info to share?

Summit and website stories

We would love to hear about your story! Go to the online story submission tool and guidelines.

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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