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Aug. 23, 2018

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Noor Tagouri to kick off NSO

All are invited to the New Student Orientation keynote address by Noor Tagouri, a journalist, activist and motivator, in the Triple Gym at 9 a.m.

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Pride Parade next Sunday, Sept. 2

The sixth-annual Pride Prade contingent is set to march in celebration of progress made and recognition of work yet to be done.

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Indigenous Peoples in STEM

The MEG Energy Summer Science Camp is working to increase the number of Indigenous Peoples in STEM fields.

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New Student Orientation (NSO) volunteers needed
Several volunteers are still required to successfully run NSO. Help get those new to campus started off on the right foot. See all available positions here. Staff and faculty are also invited to attend the welcome ceremony on Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. in the Triple Gym with keynote speaker, Noor Tagouri, as well as the Brain Pop and Carnival. More information is below in the event listings.

Presidential search website now live
You have the knowledge and experience necessary to assist the Board of Governors and Presidential Search Committee in seeking a successor to our current president. The presidential search website is now live and provides opportunities to add your input to the position profile (or job description) and describes how the process will be carried out.

Banner 9 team improves student locker services
Parking and Transportation is working with the Banner 9 Project team to implement a new cloud-based tool for renting lockers that is integrated with MyMRU. This will both improve the student experience and offer Parking significantly better options for managing locker services and payments. Students will now be able to use their phones to choose and pay for a locker and view maps to find the most convenient location for them.

Transitional Vocational Program (TVP) volunteer opportunity
The TVP and the Adult Literacy Tutoring Service (ALTS) requires volunteer tutors for the 2018/2019 academic year. Assisting helps learners with mild disabilities prepare for employment and independent living. Training is provided and the commitment is approximately one and a half to two hours per week from September to April. Contact Olivia Parsons for more information.

Bleed Blues      

International business education teaching innovation recognized
Professors Frank Cotae, PhD, and Jacqueline Musabende have received the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education Award for the Best Paper on International Business Education for their research and teaching innovation. Read more ...

Anonymous donor supports food literacy program
Professor Sonya Jakubec, PhD, has announced a pilot food literacy research project being carried out through the Centre for Child Well-Being and supported by an anonymous donor, the same benefactor who provided funds for the development of the Centre and Mount Royal’s Child Development Lab. Read more ...
Events        Complete list at

Prostate cancer MAN VAN
Thurs., Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ― East Gate
If you're male and over 40 and haven't been screened for prostate cancer, stop by the MAN VAN for a 5-minute check of your blood sample. No appointment necessary. More info.

President’s Fall Address
Tues., Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon ― Ross Glen Hall
Join President David Docherty for his last annual Fall Address to the campus community.

Pride Sidewalk Unveiling
Tues., Aug. 28 from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. ― Crosswalk between the East Arts Building and the Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Immediately following the Fall Address, gather between the East Arts Building and the Riddell Library and Learning Centre for the unveiling of MRU's new Pride sidewalk.

Riddell Library and Learning Centre Employee Open House
Tues., Aug. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. ― Riddell Library and Learning Centre
The RLLC is bringing food trucks and music to campus to celebrate and show off new technology in the building. A special $2 food truck voucher will be offered to the first 500 people heading over from the President's Fall Address.

IT: Working with Google Docs
Thurs., Aug. 30 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. ― T104
This Google Docs training covers using headers and footers, adding hyperlinks, inserting comments and suggestions, wrapping text, viewing previous versions and including a table of contents. Register.

2018 Distinguished Employee Awards
Thurs., Aug. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. ― Bella Concert Hall
Please join us as we celebrate the dedication and distinguished accomplishments of employees. Everyone is invited to attend. More info.

Calgary Pride Parade
Sun., Sept. 2 at 11 a.m Downtown
Join the Mount Royal campus community and alumni to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Learn more and register.

New Student Orientation (NSO)
Tues., Sept. 4 and Wed., Sept. 5 at 9 a.m. ― Triple Gym
All staff and faculty are invited to greet our new students at NSO's welcome ceremony. Formal remarks will be followed by keynote speaker Noor Tagouri. More information.

New Student Orientation Brain Pop
Tues., Sept. 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Everyone is welcome to explore the new technology of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre, including the Maker Studio.

New Student Orientation Carnival
Wed., Sept. 5 from noon to 3 p.m. Amphitheatre

Take in entertaining live performances including a stuntman, magician and acrobat.

Presidential Search Focus Groups
Fri., Sept. 7 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. ― EC2010
Facilitated by the executive search firm Boyden Canada, focus groups will be split according to your role at MRU. Check the presidential search website for the appropriate time to attend.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act 101 Awareness Training
Tues., Sept. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. EB1113
Learn the ins and outs of FOIP by attending this 45-minute, rapid-fire session. Register.

Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion (CEMI) Open House
Wed., Sept. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. — C201
CEMI has moved into a new office and all are welcome to visit and tour the space. Refreshments will be served.

Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) 101 Awareness Training
Thurs., Sept. 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. EB1006
This session will provide an overview of CASL requirements and how they affect day-to-day business at MRU. Register.

Wellness Services: The Working Mind
Tues., Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. TBD
The Working Mind is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Register.

Cloud Computing and Protecting Privacy Awareness Training
Tues., Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon EC1135
Learn about protecting privacy when implementing cloud (software-as-a-service) third-party vendor solutions at the University. Register.

Workplace Health: Science of Happiness
Wed., Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon
In this first session of the Thrive in Life series, the Science of Happiness introduces some of the research-based "happy habits" that can be adopted to increase levels of happiness and well-being. Register.

Records and Information Management (RIM) 101 Awareness Training
Wed., Sept. 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. EC1150
This session provides a quick, 45-minute overview of MRU's RIM program including transitory records, drafts and copies, records retention lengths and off-siting records. Register.

Spin the Wheel and Win a Prize
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Main Street
Sign up for the IT Security Newsletter or show the latest edition and get a chance to spin the wheel and win. More about IT Security.

Beakerhead: What’s So Special About A Weasel’s Head?
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. — EL3345
Explore the Weaselhead Park through an immersive installation with 360-degree visuals and VR headsets. Free and open to all.

Pop-Up Science Carnival
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Celebrate the launch of the new Chemistry major by exploring the science of food with hands-on experiments. Free and open to all.

Have You Ever Wondered ... by Joe Schwarcz
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall​
Joe Schwarcz, PhD and national TV personality, will give an informative and entertaining presentation that demystifies the chemistry of everyday life. Free and open to all.

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