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Feb. 21, 2019

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Professor honoured with 3M National Teaching Fellowship

Supporting students in learning leads to Brett McCollum becoming part of a prestigious group of university educators in Canada.

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Alumni start businesses with consciences

From Summit: f our graduates build sustainable enterprises.

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Main Street exhibit looks through the lens of "Identity"

Installation features photos from Exposure, Alberta's only photography festival.

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Ablution stations and parent room open on campus

New spaces clearly say to Muslims and families: you belong here.

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Agreement in Principle for new MRFA Collective Agreement
An Agreement in Principle for a new Collective Agreement between Mount Royal and the Mount Royal Faculty Association (MRFA) has been reached. Details will be finalized in the coming weeks, with ratification votes by MRFA membership and the Board of Governors expected in early March.

2018 year T4 forms are now available
From the MyMRU home page, click the Employee button, select Resources & Timesheets, and scroll down to the Tax Information box on the left.

Want to be part of Lightning Talks or MRU Book Showcase?
As part of Research and Scholarship Days, the Faculty Lightning Talks are back. If you want to make a five-minute presentation, please complete the expression of interest by Friday, Feb. 22. Faculty can also share their recently published books (May 2018 to present) at the MRU Book Showcase by submitting expressions of interest by Fri., Feb. 22.

Nominate a deserving student for a SAMRU award
The SAMRU awards recognize students who have contributed to the campus community in ways that inspire and enhance the lives of their fellow Mount Royal students. The deadline to apply is Thurs., Feb. 28.

Donate unused clothing and accessories to the Pride Centre

Finding clothing to match one's preferred gender expression at a low cost can be hard. In February, SAMRU is collecting items at its office (Z222) to give away on March 5 and 6 in Wyckham House. Unclaimed donations will go to the Women in Need Society.

Undergraduate Research Dissemination Fund applications open

Until midnight on Fri., March 1, ROMEO will accept applications for the 2019 Undergraduate Research Dissemination Fund opportunity. Find more information under Internal funding opportunities online.

Budget 201 presentation available online

The presentation made by Connie Young, associate vice-president Finance and Risk Management and Evan Cortens, manager Academic Initiatives can be viewed or downloaded by logging into MyMRU and going to the top left corner of the Financial Matters page.

Introducing safety app, MRU Now

Connect to Security Services, access Safe Walk and Work Alone, and report a safety risk or emergency on this app. MRU Now notifies subscribers of time-sensitive events, like power outages or emergencies. Download it from iTunes or Google Play, and enable notifications.

March 3 deadline to apply for JMH $80,000 LaunchPad Pitch

Please encourage students and recent alumni (completed degree no earlier than Winter 2018) from all disciplines and with entrepreneurial ventures to apply. Free coaching and support from the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available. More info.

Student registration for Research and Scholarship Days opens

If you know students who have a poster, creative work or presentation they want to share as part of Research and Scholarship Days on April 2 and 3, they can can register online Mon., March 4.

Celebrate! Teaching & Learning at MRU: Call for Proposals

Propose a Lightning Talk, roundtable, or individual or collaborative presentation. We are looking for ideas that highlight your teaching and learning journey. The proposal deadline is Fri., March 8 at 4 p.m. Click here for details and the submission form. The Celebration of Teaching and Learning is on Thurs., May 9. More info.

New cybersecurity hub and ways to protect your accounts

Visit the new website mru.ca/cybersecurity to determine if an email is malicious, a web page is safe or your password is effective. Also, block access if someone tries to log in as you with these Google prompts. Email or call 6329 for help.

Updates to Chrome River

EWallet, receipt handling and approvals on Chrome River are now easier. Go to MyMRU, then Financial Matters/Supply Chain Services and click on What's New for details.

New forms simplify approvals for travel

Getting approval to travel off campus, including international and conference travel, has been streamlined. The new forms and an FAQ resource are available here.

Set up your workstation ergonomically

Environmental Health and Safety provides an Ergonomic Self-Assessment Checklist. Using the checklist, you can identify and make simple adjustments to your workstation.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Information design works with alumnus on Special Olympics logo
Associate Professor Ben Kunz, chair of the information design program worked with program alumnus and Special Olympian Christopher Demchuk to design the logo for the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games in Calgary.

Business students win CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge
For the second year Mount Royal students have won the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Societies Canada Ethics Challenge regional round. The team of five Bachelor of Business Administration students will advance to the national championships in May. Read more.

Public relations professor accredited
The Canadian Public Relations Society granted accredited status to 21 of its members after completing the 2017/18 accreditation program. Assistant Professor Peter Ryan, PhD, earned the accreditation in public relations designation.
Events More information at mtroyal.ca/Events

Arctic Circlings: A Series of Photo-Meditations
Mon., Feb. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Dianne Chisholm invites viewers to wander landscapes as she reads and screens photos of her circumpolar Arctic travels.

DIY Boler Renovation
Tues., Feb. 26 from noon to 1 p.m.
— Maker Studio (EL1245)

Meet the maker who used creativity and hard work to transform a rickety 1975 trailer into a polished retro gem. Learn more.

Pop-Up Theatre
Tues., Feb. 26 and Wed., Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Various locations
Professional actors will perform excerpts from notable titles accused of having scandalous content to help celebrate Freedom to Read Week. Learn more .

HR: Preparing for Change
Wed., Feb. 27 and Thurs., Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Develop an understanding of the issues and environmental requirements needed for change to successfully take place. Register.

Pink Shirt Day
Wed., Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Across campus
Join the anti-bullying movement by wearing a pink shirt. More info.

Working with Google Docs
Wed., Feb. 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
This training covers using headers and footers, adding hyperlinks, inserting comments and suggestions, viewing previous versions, and adding a table of contents. Register.

Nursing Outside the Box: What Tuberculosis Can Tell Us About Global Health and the Power of Nurses to Change the World
Thurs., Feb. 28 from 10 to 11:50 a.m. — Y224
The study of tuberculosis reveals a lot about socio-political challenges in working towards a more just, equitable and healthy planet.

Freedom of Expression
Thurs., Feb. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
During Freedom To Read Week, weigh in on the privilege and price that comes with creating and consuming material in an open environment.

Banned Book Immersion
Fri., March 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Immersion Studio (EL3345)
As part of Freedom to Read Week, in a 360-degree space read from books selected by students, faculty and staff and see if you can find out why these books were flagged as problematic.

Kolsimcha Quintet
Sun., March 3 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Since 1986, Kolsimcha has been recorded at New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as at jazz, classical and world music festivals. Tickets.

Photos for a Fiver
Mon., March 4 from 1 p.m. to Mon. March 11 at 4:30 p.m. — Main Street
Photojournalism students will take your picture and then, with a donation of a non-perishable food item or $5 (suggested) that goes to the SAMRU food bank, will email the photo to you.

An Act of Re-Membering
Mon., March 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
An interactive, story-based workshop that shares Canada's nations-to-nations history using a variety of voices including your own. Learn more.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Mon., March 4 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. — TBA
This informative workshop gives you all the tools you need to keep you and your family cybersafe. Register here.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Wed., March 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — EA1057

Become informed about opioid use in Canada and harm reduction responses. Learn how to recognize and respond to an overdose. Sign up.

Healthy Workplace Habits
Wed., March 6 from 11 a.m. to noon — Y324
Make healthier meal and snack choices at work, avoid mindless eating and stay energized without relying on caffeine throughout the workday. Register here.

Psychological Healthy & Safety for Post-Secondary Students
Wed., March 6 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)

Provide input into a national standard that will guide post-secondaries on how to address student mental health. Register here.

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
Wed., March 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. — EA2052

Receive the knowledge, skills and tools to effectively respond when someone discloses that they have been sexually assaulted or harassed. Sign up.

Excel Pivot Tables
Thurs., March 7 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104

Learn how to create and manipulate an Excel pivot table. Register.

Virtual Reality Toolkit Series: 3D Sculpting with Oculus Medium
Thurs., March 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Experience Lab (EL1355)

Build 3D sculptures in virtual reality utilizing the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Medium application, and then 3D print your model. Sign up.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Information Session
Thurs., March 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. — Main Street

Find out about the innovation and entrepreneurship extra-curricular opportunities at Mount Royal that can help turn your ideas into reality and launch your future.

Billy-Ray Belcourt: Red Utopia

Thurs., March 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. — The Knuckle (EA3003)

Enjoy Belcourt's new poetry and non-fiction, in which he looks at ways Indigenous Peoples perform politics in the register of futurity and utopia.

Women in Leadership During a Time of Disruption

Fri., March 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall

On International Women's Day, listen to keynote Denise Mann of ATB and a panel of business leaders, and then participate in hands-on breakout workshops. Learn more.

The Working Mind for Managers

Mon., March 11 from 12:30 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.

Using Google Forms

Tues., March 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. — T104

Create an interactive form using Google Forms and learn how to add form fields, share the form and work with form data. Sign up.

The Gift of Our Wounds

Tues. March 12 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall

Pardeep Singh Kaleka and Arno Michaelis discuss how a Sikh and a former white supremacist found forgiveness after hate. Register and learn more.

Two-factor Authentication

Wed., March 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street

G et help with enabling two-factor authentication on your Google account or ask questions about authenticator apps and authenticator keys. Read more.

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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