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May 10, 2018

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Siksika elder honours president and University

On April 26, Siksika elder Clarence Wolfleg Senior (Elder Miiksika’am) recognized MRU with a rare distinction: an Honour Song for the University and a Blackfoot name and headdress for President David Docherty.

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Walking With Our Sisters art installation at the Library

An art installation made up of over 1,665 moccasin tops honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people across North America is open at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre until May 13 at 4 p.m.

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Digitizing the stories of Holocaust survivors

Mount Royal history professor Scott Murray is researching the ethics of the digitization of survivors’ testimonies and how the Holocaust is taught in schools. The 34th annual Holocaust Education Symposium is taking place right now on campus.

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Liberal Education Conference looks for truth amidst the noise

Mount Royal's Department of General Education was co-host of this second-annual gathering of education's top minds.

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Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal recognized May 9

Celebrate! was an inaugural event designed to highlight successes and find sources of inspiration in teaching practices.

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Library Awards for Research Excellence presented

Five students were recently acknowledged for their production of outstanding scholarly projects and research skills.

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Cannabis Education Program added to Continuing Education
Three non-credit courses will instruct producers, marketers, financial controllers, quality assurance experts and potential entrepreneurs about best practices and regulatory compliance in this burgeoning industry. Read more at

Budget drop-in sessions
The 2018/19 draft budget is in the final stages of review before going to the Board of Governors for approval. Four briefs have been developed to help explain how budgets are developed at Mount Royal. In addition, three drop-in information sessions for employees will be held in the Ideas Visualization Lounge at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre.
  • Tuesday, May 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 17 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Safety training mandatory for all employees
Provincial legislation requires employers to ensure all full- and part-time employees complete safety training. Mount Royal is offering this mandatory online training via Blackboard. It will take 15 minutes to complete and the deadline is June 30. Follow these instructions, and read more about Environmental Health and Safety at Mount Royal.

Convocation volunteers needed
Spring convocation will be held Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1. Please pitch in and help say a final farewell to our students. Volunteer and help celebrate the achievements of Mount Royal's graduates by signing up here.

41st Annual Employee Appreciation Day — Thursday, May 24
It is easier than ever before to get involved! You only need about one hour to join in. Activities are viewable now. Registration opens today. For more information visit Remember, all employees are invited (faculty, staff, management, casual, temporary, exempt, contract and retired).

Employee training portal
Human Resources would like to remind everyone to check the Employee Training Portal on MyMRU often for development opportunities. The page is located under the Employee tab in the drop-down menu. This month features a two-day Preparing for Change workshop. Please also fill out the Employee Development Survey and provide your valuable input.

May 7 to 13 is Mental Health Week
During national Mental Health Week, take advantage of supports on campus. Go to to learn more. Education and training and workplace health promotion services are available. Visit for more tips and tools to support your mental health. Make sure to provide your own feedback about your wellness at MRU by completing the Employee Wellness Survey coming May 15.

Meagan Bowler announced as dean, University Library
Effective July 1, Meagan Bowler will take on the position of dean, University Library. Bowler has been working in academic libraries for more than 16 years, and has been serving in an interim role as University Librarian for the last eight months. Read more.

Recreation closures
The Triple Gym will be closed for a basketball tournament from May 18 to 20. The Triple Gym and track will be closed for Convocation from May 29 to June 1. All spring and summer activities are open for registration on ePlay.

SAMRU representation on the Board of Governors
Elected in March, SAMRU's president, Andrew Nguyen, is the new student representative on Mount Royal's Board of Governors, replacing Shifrah Gadamsetti.
Bleed Blues      

Alumna headed to Oxford for Map the System finals
At the recent Canadian finals for the Oxford Map the System Challenge, recent MRU Bachelor of Nursing grad Roisin Dillon (also a former valedictorian) shared the top prize with teams from Simon Fraser University and Royal Roads University. Dillon will participate in the global finals from June 1 to 3 at Oxford University.

The Calgary Journal takes home first prize
Journalism students Jolene Rudisuela, Lexi Wright and Amy Simpson won the Student Award of Excellence category at the 2017 Canadian Association of Journalists Awards for the Calgary Journal article titled "Closing Midfield" about the controversial shutting down of Midfield Mobile Home Park.

Professor elected chair of SoTL Canada
Chemistry professor Brett McCollum, PhD, was recently elected chair of SoTL Canada, and will be serving on the board of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. McCollum has also served as the acting academic director of Mount Royal's Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Tecterra recognizes professor Lynn Moorman
Professor Lynn Moorman, PhD, has been nominated for an Influencer of the Year award at Tecterras's North51 Connect event in recognition of accomplishments in the geospatial industry. Tecterra is a not-for-profit organization supporting job creation and innovation in startups and small Alberta companies.

Richard Harrison's poetry translated into Italian
Professor Richard Harrison's Governor General's Literary Award-winning book "On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood" has been translated into Italian. He will be reading at Italy's International Poetry Festival in June.
Events          Complete list at
Walking With Our Sisters
From Sun., April 29 to Sun., May 13 — Fourth floor, Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Walking With Our Sisters creates space to come together in the act of honouring and remembering missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people, as well as children who never returned home from residential schools. More info.

IT: Working with Google Sheets
Thurs., May 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn how to work with Google Sheets. Training covers formulas, conditional formatting, graphs and sheet protection. Register.

Discover Science
Sat., May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — B206 and Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Explore science with members of the Faculty of Science and Technology through a variety of hands-on activities. Free and open to all.

IT: Navigating Emails With Links and Attachments Safely
Tues., May 15 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. — E123
In 30 minutes, learn what to look for to reduce the risk of a cyberattack via email. Register.

Active Learning Classroom Demonstration
From Tues., May 15 at 10:30 a.m. to Wed., May 16 at noon — EL2463
Join the Academic Development Centre in the Active Learning Classroom, a purpose-built classroom designed with the principles of collaborative learning in mind. Register.

Managing Your Time and Energy
Tues., May 15 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Is it possible to manage time at work to be both satisfied and successful? This session explores the answers. Register.

Active Learning Classroom Panel
Wed., May 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. — EL2462
Join three Mount Royal professors as they share their experiences of teaching in the Active Learning Classroom. Register.

IT: Working with Comments and Action Items in Google Docs
Thurs., May 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn the basics of using action items and working with comments in Google Docs. Register.

Finishing the Research Marathon: From Design to Dissemination
Thurs., May 17 from noon to 1 p.m. — EB3047 (Bissett International Boardroom)
Panelists will discuss strategies for being an active and productive researcher within the Mount Royal context. Register.

Naloxone and Harm Reduction Training
Tues., May 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — E133
Learn how to administer naloxone and learn harm-reduction strategies. Register.

IT: Creating an Email Distribution List
Wed., May 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn how to create an email distribution list in Google Groups. Register.

Employee Appreciation Day
Thurs., May 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m — MRU Campus
All employees are invited (faculty, staff, management, casual, temporary, exempt, contract and retired). View activities here. Register here from May 10 to 18.

Rain Barrel Sales — Green Calgary
Sat., May 26 from 8:30 a.m. to noon — Parking Lot B
Green Calgary will be selling Rain Barrels Kits with all the fittings for $100.

Preparing for Change
Wed., May 30 and Thurs., May 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This two-day workshop tackles how to prepare for and navigate change. Register.

Spring Convocation
Thurs., May 31 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Fri., June 1 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Triple Gym
Graduands and their guests are invited to attend spring Convocation. Learn more.

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

As each semester begins (Aug./Sept. and Dec./Jan.), areas with ongoing employee activites 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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