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Nov. 1, 2018

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Journalism: Decelerated

The Fall/Winter edition of Summit magazine features a look at alumnus Jeremy Klaszus' deep dive into slow journalism.

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Open House breaks record

Over 3,200 guests were welcomed to campus for Open House, the highest attendance number for this premier recruitment event yet.

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A fashion show and much, much more

Built from a seed of an idea and Mount Royal student research, Otahpiaaki 2018 takes place next week.

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Assisting UN with fight against human trafficking

Professor John Winterdyk, PhD, recently spoke to the United Nations about his 30-year area of expertise.

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Collective bargaining update
The most recent update from the Provost's Office on Mount Royal's collective bargaining process for faculty can be found here.

All campus buildings to be locked on Nov. 12 for fire alarm testing
Building Operations will be testing fire alarms across campus on Nov. 12 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. Buildings will be locked and no one will be allowed to enter until testing is completed. U-Wing will remain open for Recreation users after 8 a.m. The only access point will be the Recreation entrance near parking lot 1.

Get pre-sale tickets to see MRU's funniest alumnus
A member of the famous Kids in the Hall, Bruce McCulloch's hilarious one-man show will take place at the Bella on Sunday, Jan. 27. Mount Royal community members have special access to tickets prior to Friday, Nov. 2. Use the pre-sale code MRUCommunity when purchasing your tickets.

New online access to rare archival collections
Archives and Special Collections in the Library has launched a database that allows students and faculty to browse rare primary sources online. This is a resource that directly supports teaching and learning by facilitating greater access to digitized versions of historical records. Read more.

Nov. 14 is Take Your Kids to Work Day
With a supervisor's permission, employees with children in Grade 9 are welcome to bring them to campus on Nov. 14 for Take Your Kids to Work Day. It will be up to the employee to plan the day as no centralized events are scheduled. Please keep your child with you, take care with any confidential information, be aware of any safety considerations and report any incidents to Environmental Health and Safety at 6180 or 5629.

New coating helps make sidewalks less slippery
A polyurethane coating has been applied to sidewalks across campus to help prevent slips and falls when ice forms. In addition to making the concrete less slippery, the coating seals concrete that has been patched, which extends the life of older concrete and is much more cost effective than replacing the concrete.

Campus-wide work continues on position hazard assessments
Environmental Health and Safety is continuing its work with the University leadership group to ensure hazard assessments are completed for every position on campus, as required by provincial legislation. Learn more about the Position Hazard Assessment process at MRU.

Over-stacked shelves and overloaded power bars are common safety problems on campus
Through its formal inspections across campus, Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) has identified several common safety hazards in work spaces, including over-stacking shelves, having chemicals without the required safety sheets and plugging a power bar into another or into an extension cord. EH&S will work with departments to solve safety problems. Learn more.

New outdoor deck off Main Street part of courtyard improvement
Facilities Management is building a deck as part of a longer-term project to improve and reopen an outdoor courtyard next spring. The courtyard is between the permanent BookStore location and Tim Horton's. In addition to the new deck, the ground will be levelled and seating will be added. The Campus Master Plan calls for the beautification of outdoor spaces.

Winterization of MRU's irrigation system this week will be noisy
The annual winterization of MRU's underground irrigation system is happening across campus all week. This is noisy work involving the use of a large air compressor to blow water out through irrigation heads to prevent the freezing and cracking of the lines over winter. The Grounds team will try to keep noise levels to a minimum. Please contact the Facilities Management customer care centre at 6417 with any questions.
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Milena Radzikowska named 2018 Educator Award of Excellence Winner
A national association representing Canada’s graphic designers has given information design professor Milena Radzikowska its inaugural teaching award. Radzikowska, a founding member of Mount Royal's information design program, is one of two teachers receiving Registered Graphic Designer’s 2018 Design Educators Award, which recognizes “outstanding contributions to student development and pedagogical research.” Read more.

Delving into the New Democratic Party win
Orange Chinook: The Politics of the New Alberta , edited by Mount Royal Professors Duane Bratt , PhD, Keith Brownsey , PhD, Richard Sutherland , PhD, and  David Taras , PhD, is forthcoming from the University of Calgary Press in January 2019. The book covers the 2015 win of the New Democratic Party over the Progressive Conservatives in Alberta.

Natalie Meisner made director of changemaking
English professor Natalie Meisner, PhD, has been appointed as Mount Royal's internal director of changemaking, tasked with facilitating changemaking across campus in teaching, learning and curriculum development.

Anupam Das and MRU Faculty of Arts collaborations
Economics professor Anupam Das, PhD, has recently published in the following journals; Margin: The Journal of Applied Economic Research, Journal of the Knowledge Economy and OPEC Energy Review. Two of the essays were co-authored with MRU arts faculty members Tom Buchanan, PhD, and Young Jung, PhD, and one was co-authored with policy studies student Sariah Seaborn.

Maria Teresa Grillo on José María Arguedas and violence, racism, and reconciliation in Peru
The 2018 monograph volume of the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos (Canadian Journal of Hispanic Studies), edited by Professors María Teresa Grillo, PhD, and Rita de Grandis (UBC), was published this year. Grillo’s article on Indigenous author José María Arguedas was included in this volume. She was also recently interviewed about her role in editing first issue of +Memoria(s), The Journal of the LUM (Place of Memory, Tolerance and Social Inclusion, Ministry of Culture, Peru), by El Comercio, the main newspaper of Peru. Read more here.

Mark Ayyash on Palestinian Fellahin Resistance and the Space-Place Relation
Sociology professor Mark Ayyash, PhD, had his article, “An Assemblage of Decoloniality? Palestinian Fellahin Resistance and the Space-Place Relation," published in the summer 2018 issue of Studies in Social Justice.

French open-access journal available now
French Professors Antoine Eche, PhD, and Justine Huet, PhD, recently published an issue of their co-edited, open-access journal Convergences Françaises, available here.

Events        Complete list at

Calculus Unlimited
Thurs., Nov. 1 from 1 to 1:50 p.m.
The fourth Department of Mathematics and Computing colloquium will feature Professor Peter Zizler, PhD.

International Education Week: Altar de Muertos
Thurs., Nov. 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
International Student Support Centre (E140)
Take part in the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by celebrating loved ones who have passed away. More information.

International Education Week: International Music Jam Session
Fri, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon
International Student Support Centre (E140)
Join some of our International Student Support Centre volunteers for a jam session. If you have an instrument, bring it. All levels welcome. More information.

International Education Week: Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy
Fri., Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon
Maker Studio (EL 1245)
Learn how to write basic Chinese characters with members of MRU’s China Social and Cultural Club. More information.

News About Students and News
Fri., Nov. 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Soon-to-be Professor Emerita Margy MacMillan will present key findings on her latest study, "How Students Engage with News." Register.

Puddles Pity Party
Fri., Nov. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
The "Sad Clown with the Golden Voice" is here with his heartfelt anthems and a suitcase full of Kleenex. Tickets.

24th Annual Honouring Graduates Pow Wow
Sat., Nov. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Wyckham House
Everyone is welcome to celebrate the achievements of our graduating Indigenous students by taking part in this culturally significant event. No registration required.

Diversity and Inclusion 101
Mon., Nov. 5 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. ― C201F
This session will unpack the buzzwords that we're all so familiar with to engage in real conversation about what each of us brings to the table. Register.

Otahpiaaki Workshop: Poo’miikapi Quilt Workshop
Tues., Nov 6 to Thurs., Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
Participants will learn about the indigo ceremony and protocol and develop both a small personal project and a tile for the Otahpiaaki 2018 community quilt. Tickets.

Otahpiaaki Panel: Courageous: Aksistoiyipaittapiiysinni
Tues., Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hosted by Riley Kucheran, this conversation will explore pride in one’s identities and how intersectional pride cultivates courage, creativity and growth. Register.

Women, Wine and Wisdom
Tues., Nov. 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Ideas Visualization Lounge (EL1270)
This session provides financial life planning for today's women. Spend an evening improving your financial and economic literacy. Register.

Using Google Drive
Wed., Nov. 7 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Learn what Google Drive is, where it is located and when to use it. Register.

Otahpiaaki Workshop: Beading and Jewelry-Making Circle
Wed., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Designers from the 18 nations of Otahpiaaki 2018 will display a wide variety of styles of beading, jewelery-making, materials and handcrafts. Tickets.

Naloxone and Harm Reduction Training
Wed., Nov. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Be informed about the current state of opioid use in Canada and the harm reduction responses being employed. Register.

Avoiding Predatory Publishers and Conferences
Wed., Nov. 7 from noon to 1 p.m.
Library Formal Boardroom (EL4201)
Participants will discuss strategies for finding high quality, reputable and impactful venues for disseminating work and avoiding unethical predatory publishers and conferences. Register.

Otahpiaaki Workshop: Ledger Art Workshop Hosted by John Pepion
Wed., Nov. 7 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
This event opens with a short lecture on the history of ledger art to be followed by an art-making session where individuals will make their own piece based on their own story. Tickets.

Poetry Reading and Book Discussion with Donia Mounsef
Wed., Nov. 7 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. — Room B101
Join the Department of English, Languages and Cultures as we hear from poet, playwright and dramaturge, Donia Mounsef, PhD. Refreshments provided.

2018 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Building SoTL Communities: Within, Between and Beyond
From Thurs., Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. to Sat., Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.

In its eighth year and hosted by Mount Royal University, this symposium draws together faculty, students and administrators interested in the systematic inquiry of teaching and learning. More information.

Wellness Services: The Working Mind
Thurs., Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon

The Working Mind: Workplace Mental Health and Wellness is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Register.

Advanced Visualization Wall Techniques
Thurs., Nov. 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Vizualization Classroom (EL1441)
Learn how to create engaging and interactive presentations, exhibits and research displays on the MRU Library visualization walls.
Attendance at a viz wall training session is recommended prior to registering. Register.

Otahpiaaki Workshop: Activism 101 Warrior Skirts, Protest Shirts, and Political Posters
Thurs., Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tala Tootoosis will guide you through making a ribbon skirt, Jesse Gouchey returns with his oxidized T-shirts and Autumn Eagle Speaker will share all she knows about non-violent, high-impact protest messaging and posters. Tickets.

Otahpiaaki Panel: Helping Others: Aispomotsiop
Thurs., Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hosted by Mount Royal student and Otahpiaaki founder Taryn Hamilton, hear directly from designers and artists affected by the theft of their ideas and learn how technology and elders can move Indigenous designs into safer spaces. Register.

Otahpiaaki 2018 Fashion Shows
From Thurs. Nov. 8 to Sat. Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. each day Atlantic Avenue Art Block Building
Led through Mount Royal student-driven research and scholarship, Otahpiaaki 2018's signature fashion shows will feature works by 28 fashion designers, artists and creatives from 18 different nations. Tickets.

Otahpiaaki: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Research Breakfast Gathering
Fri., Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
MRU Faculty Centre (W315)
Otahpiaaki is a social innovation project developed through MRU's Bissett School of Business by associate professor Patti Derbyshire and MRU policy studies student Spirit River Striped Wolf. Register.

Otahpiaaki Workshop: Sahpahtsimah Rising Youth Grant Writing
Fri., Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
#RisingYouth and Otahpiaaki are partnering with four incredible artists for this hands-on creative workshop that will inlude taking action on ideas and how to write a micro-grant for creative projects. Tickets.

Naloxone and Harm Reduction Training
Fri., Nov. 9 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Be informed about the current state of opioid use in Canada and the harm reduction responses being employed. Register.

Otahpiaaki Workshop: Rhythm of the People
Spoken Word, Poetry and Hip Hop with Naát'áaníí Nez Means
Fri., Nov. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m.
This day of youth mentorship and creativity will explore Indigenous identity, resurgence and activism with rapper Naát’áaníí Nez Means. Tickets.

Barney Bentall and The Cariboo Express
Sat., Nov. 10 from 7 to 11 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Barney Bentall's fundraising tour at the Bella will be the fourth annual tribute to the late Peter Burgener, one of Calgary’s most influential architects, community activists, philanthropists and avid country music fans. Tickets.

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace 1918-2018
Sun., Nov. 11 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Mount Royal Kantorei will be marking Remembrance Day and the centenary of the end of the First World War with an evening service and concert featuring The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins and accompanied by the Calgary Youth Orchestra. Tickets.

International Student Eat and Greet
Tues., Nov. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.
This program gives international students and the broader Mount Royal community an opportunity to meet new people and build connections. More information.

Know Your Rights
Tues., Nov. 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
This workshop will allow you to gain an understanding of your rights under the Alberta Human Rights Act and Mount Royal's Human Rights Policy. Register.

Chotto Desh
Seven performances from Wed., Nov. 14 to Sun., Nov. 18
Bella Concert Hall and Wright Theatre
A magical, thrilling and poignant dance theatre production for children aged 7-plus years and their families to enjoy together. Tickets.

Your Health and Finances
Wed., Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon
Your Health and Finances will cover financial considerations while in good health, covering the costs of long-term care and the financial impact of suffering from a disability or critical illness. Register.

Button-Making Affirmations
Wed., Nov. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Maker Studio (EL1245)
Hear why affirmations are an important part of well-being. Make a button, fridge magnet or keychain to enforce this practice of improving mind and body. Register.

QPR Suicide Intervention Training