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July 22, 2020

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Message from the president and vice-chancellor

Tim Rahilly, PhD, gives an update on the response to Black Lives Matter and a look ahead to the fall.

A transcript can be found here.
Calgary Stampede Princess used to facing challenges

Janelle Mackenzie, a Continuing Education student is helping keep community spirit alive.

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International Education stays strong through COVID-19

Students from around the world are supported through online work shops.

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Journalism professor fighting for citizens' right to know

Sean Holman goes before a House of Commons committee on behalf of the Canadian COVID-19 Accountability Group.

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BounceBack YYC virtually highlights Calgary's best

Simon Raby, PhD, spearheaded this initiative with support from an entrepreneur-in-residence
and students.

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Alumni Achievement Award nominee makes his mark

Ian Radzichowsky has become a leading figure in Calgary's environmental tech industry.

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Masks are now mandatory on campus

Effective immediately, anyone coming to campus must wear a mask or face covering in all indoor public spaces. This applies to students, employees, contractors and visitors. Please bring your own mask. Review how to safely don a mask. More information.

Mandatory annual cybersecurity training
The deadline for mandatory annual cybersecurity training is July 31. All employees must complete this training. More information.

Recognition program review complete

Human Resources appreciates recommendations received from campus over the past year and a half. Given our current environment, the rollout is postponed until all employees return to campus. Long-service milestones will be recognized this fall and celebrated at a future date. Questions can be sent to recognition@mtroyal.ca.

New e-cards promote peer-to-peer recognition

Have a co-worker you’d like to celebrate from a distance? New e-cards have been created so you can show your appreciation to your peers. Simply copy and paste the content into an email and send to any colleague. The card choices include general messages of gratitude, congratulations and birthday wishes.

Office of Student Conduct name change
The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) has changed its name to Student Community Standards (SCS). This name change aims to provide students with a more positive connotation regarding academic and non-academic misconduct.

Massage Therapy Student Practicum Clinic reopening July 27
The Massage Therapy Student Practicum Clinic is now accepting appointments. Safety protocols are in place. You can book a relaxation or therapeutic massage with a student starting July 27.

Catamount Fellowship applications open soon
Know an outstanding student? Recommend they participate in the Catamount Fellowship for Emerging Changemakers (formally known as the Catalyst Fellowship). Applications open Aug. 1 to MRU students who are passionate about research, community and social change.

Did you know?

Cybercriminals registered and used several lookalike domain names. While working from home, double check any links in emails before clickig on them, as well as the sender’s email address. The MRU Cybersecurity Newsletter has articles on how you can protect yourself and Mount Royal from cybercrime.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Mount Royal partners on Indigenous primary health care research
MRU is partnering with the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research -funded research project Indigenous Primary Health Care and Policy Research Network (IPHCPR) with three MRU faculty researchers: Andrea Kennedy, PhD, Gabrielle Lindstrom, PhD, and Katharine McGowan, PhD. The IPHCPR Network will promote primary health-care system improvement to achieve greater Indigenous health equity.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

3D Modelling in Tinkercad with the Maker Studio Staff

Thurs., July 23 and Mon., July 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Wed., Aug. 5 from 3 to 4 p.m. — Google Meet
Create a positive affirmation your brain will respond to and think of creative ways to display that affirmation to make it effective. Register.

Maker Studio Meetup

Thurs., July 23 and 30 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Thurs., Aug. 6 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.

Finishing School
Thurs., July 23 and 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Google Meet
Thurs., Aug. 6 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Google Meet
This is a weekly drop-in where participants work on their own fibre projects in a supportive and social setting. Register.

The Student Experience During COVID: Panel Discussion
Fri., July 24 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Google Meet
Join us as we discuss how COVID-19 has affected different areas of student life and how we can best support students as we move forward. Our panel will include representatives from Student Learning Services, Office of Student Success, Career Services, International Education, Wellness Services and SAMRU. Register.

Logo Design in Adobe Illustrator
Fri., July 24 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Fri., Aug. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. — Google Meet

Use Adobe Illustrator to create text and shapes as you design a simple logo you can use in a variety of applications. Register.

Making Affirmations Without the Button-Making Tools
Tues., July 28 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Learn how to create a positive affirmation your brain will respond to and think of ways to display that affirmation to make it effective. Register.

Circuitry Prototyping in Tinkercad
Tues., July 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet
Start prototyping without the cost of buying basic electronic component kits by learning Tinkercad Circuits. Register.

Programming Literacy: Understanding the Theory Behind Programming
Wed., July 29 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Hangouts
Discover how code gives you a starting point to find out what languages you want to learn and why they will be useful to you. Register.

Orientation to the Maker Studio
Fri., July 31 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
This basic orientation introduces you to all of the tools and technologies, as well as the associated health and safety concerns. Register.

Program Arduino in Tinkercad
Tues., Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to noon

Learning Arduino enables you to build systems that perform in interactive artwork, biofeedback, home automation and robotics projects. Register.

Learn a Programming Language: Python

Wed., Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon Google Meet
Learn how to program in Python I through an exploration of numerical data types, variables, math operators, if statements, while loops, dictionaries and arrays. 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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