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Aug. 8, 2019

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The real alternative

Staff member Brad Simm reminisces about what it was like to be a student at Mount Royal in the early '80s, where a good deal of fun was to be had with higher learning at the shiny, modern and brand-new Lincoln park campus.

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Where the Heartland is

The campus dressed up for a new (albeit familiar) role as the backdrop for the CBC series featuring Georgie (Alisha Newton) attending New Student Orientation to make a big decision about her post-secondary career.

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Uniting western and Indigenous ways of knowing

A Bachelor of Science duo from Mount Royal University is investigating Bow River water quality upstream and downstream of an Indigenous community as part of a unique bursary and mentoring program called Sistering Indigenous and Western Science.

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New lumber and building materials certificate

Preparing people for a career in the lumber and building materials industry is the driving force behind the Western Retail Lumber Association’s Fundamentals of the Lumber and Building Supply Industry Certificate of Completion now being offered.

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Your campus card will soon be replaced by a new OneCard
Between Friday, Aug. 9 and Thursday, Aug. 15, and beginning with non-faculty areas, Security staff will visit offices across campus to exchange your campus card for your new OneCard, which will be usable right away. This is a new campus-wide system made necessary by technological change. Any employee cards that are not distributed in office areas will be available at the Security office at West Gate. Frequently asked questions are posted on the Campus Store web page.

Developing high-impact talent roundtable for faculty and administration
On Aug. 26, the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Career Services department are leading a research program exploring Calgary’s dynamic labour market. Register for the free High-Impact Talent Roundtable to explore how innovative forms of work-integrated learning contribute to developing agile talent. More information.

Pride crosswalk painting begins Thursday
Starting today and continuing until Monday, Aug. 12, the Pride crosswalk located between the Riddell Library and Learning Centre and the Arts building is getting a fresh coat of paint. Please avoid the area while work is being carried out.

Academic Plan Implementation Committee
The Academic Plan Implementation Committee is leading a campus-wide consultation on personalized learning in response to recommendations in the 2017/2022 Academic Plan, Planning to Flourish. A day-long Community Conversation will be held on Friday, Aug. 30, featuring Peter Felten, PhD, of Elon University, plus another invited guest, to be followed by workshop sessions. There is no cost to register here. Focus groups will also be held on Aug. 22, Aug. 26 and Sept. 3. Register for a focus group here.

Library Family Room is now open
The University Library now offers a private space for parents on campus to pump, nurse, or care for children while completing assignments.The Family Room (EL2416), located on the second floor of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre, is a bookable room open to students, faculty, and staff to reserve online. Learn more.

Free hydrotherapy treatment with the MRU Massage Therapy Diploma Students
Students in the Massage Therapy Diploma are seeking clients for their August hydrotherapy clinics. For more details and to sign up, go here .

Did you know?
Mount Royal students have participated in more than 300,000 hours of community service while participating in Community Service Learning projects.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Research examines how public health authorities advertise to racialized groups
Associate professors at the Bissett School of Business, Mohammed El Hazzouri and Leah Hamilton have concluded that public health authorities need to re-examine how they advertise to racialized groups. Through a series of four studies — partially funded by MRU's Internal Research Grants Fund — the pair has noted an interesting backlash effect. Read more.

Institute for Community Prosperity publications creating external buzz
The Ottawa-based organization Future of Good has created a series of blog posts featuring the co-written work of James Stauch, director of the Institute for Community Prosperity, based on the initial publication of "Why AI Needs the World of Social Impact." In addition, The Canadian CED Network is helping to disseminate "The Problem Solver's Companion," a guide to social enterprise.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Excel Pivot Tables Using Slicers
Wed., Aug. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Learn how to create and manipulate an Excel Pivot Table using slicers. Register.

Cougar Classic Golf Tournament
Thurs., Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Cottonwood Golf and Country Club
Join us for a day of fun on the links in support of Mount Royal University Cougars Athletics and Recreation. Register.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Awareness Training
Thurs., Aug. 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. Kerby Hall Boardroom (A341)
Learn the "ins and outs" of FOIP by attending this rapid-fire session. Register.

Bust the Cybersecurity Myths
Tues., Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Main Street
Take the cybersecurity myths quiz and get your "I report suspicious emails" sticker. Everyone who participates gets to spin the prize wheel and win some cool swag! More information.

Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) 101 Awareness Training
Tues., Aug. 20 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Kerby Hall Boardroom (A341)
This session will provide an overview of CASL requirements and how they affect MRU's day-to-day business. Register.

Using String Functions in Excel
Thurs., Aug. 22 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Learn how to employ various string functions in Microsoft Excel, which can also be used in Google Sheets. Register.

Records and Information Management 101 Awareness Training
Thurs., Aug. 22 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Kerby Hall Boardroom A341
This program includes what to do with transitory records, drafts and copies; how to determine records retention lengths; and, off-siting records. Register.

High-Impact Talent Roundtable
Mon., Aug. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room
At this roundtable the Institute for Innovation and Prosperity will explore how innovative approaches to work-integrated learning could contribute to developing talent. Register.

Lawn Bowling With the Innovator and Founders Circles
Tues., Aug. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. — Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club
All are invited to join the Mount Royal LaunchPad Innovator and Founders Circles for an evening of lawn bowling and MRU entrepreneurship pride. Tickets.

Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Crime
Wed., Aug. 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — E206
This fascinating and informative 90-minute workshop gives you all the tools you need to keep you and yours cyber safe. Register.

Advanced Excel formulas
Fri., Aug. 30 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Want to learn how to take your Excel skills to the next level and work like a pro? Then this course is for you. Register.

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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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