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June 14, 2019

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Spring Convocation a moving celebration

In total, Mount Royal now has 1,736 proud new alumni, which makes up the University's largest graduating class to date.

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Executive enamoured with education ― Dawn Farrell

The president and chief executive officer of TransAlta Corporation received Mount Royal's first-ever Honorary Doctor of Laws.

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Societal contributions a must ― Ann McCaig

Calgary philanthropist McCaig impressed upon graduating students that, "... education is a privilege that comes with great responsibility."

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As Albertan as they come
Marg Southern

The matriarch of the family that founded Spruce Meadows told new alumni to try to live their lives without regret and to lead in their communities.

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A trusted voice for decades ― Don Braid

The Postmedia scribe has covered every Alberta government since Peter Lougheed’s and every federal government since the original Trudeau’s.

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Moving from 'me' to 'we' ― David Johnston

The Right Honorable David Johnston, former governor general of Canada, was honored as MRU's fifth and final Honorary Doctor of Laws recipient.

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Now officially Mount Royal's president

Tim Rahilly, PhD, was officially installed as the University's tenth president and first vice-chancellor at Convocation, an occasion celebrated with graduating students.

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Dedication pays off for IPSE students

The Inclusive Post-Secondary Education initiative saw three students cross the stage at Convocation, including broadcast media studies graduate Jesse Starkman.

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Cyber security creating a new career path

In partnership with York University, Mount Royal is now offering two new cyber security certificates through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension.

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A message from President Tim Rahilly
Mount Royal's new president wraps up the events of the last week and sends out a special thank you to the Mount Royal community. Read the message.

Ten MRU faculty awarded tenure
President Tim Rahilly, PhD, has granted tenure to ten associate professors from Mount Royal's four credit faculties and the Library. Congratulations to Professors
Bhatti, Catena, Cave, Hughes, Jackson, Jung, Loyer, Olfert, Swallow and Upadhyaya. Thank you to everyone on the University Tenure and Promotion Committee for your recommendations to the president under the leadership of Lesley Brown, PhD, provost and vice-president, Academic.

Hats off to Convocation volunteers
Convocation would not be as successful as it is without the help of the entire Mount Royal community. Thanks to everyone who took the time to make each of the five ceremonies special. Watch this quick video recap of the events here.

New Security process for requisitioning keys

The process for requisitioning a new key from Security has been moved to the Archibus system. Submit all requests using Frontline.

Fake protest next Tuesday
As part of a photoshoot booked on campus on Tuesday, June 18, from approximately 3 to 5 p.m., models will be staged to appear as though they are at a protest or sit-in. Be assured that this is not a real protest. Depending on the weather, the locations of this activity will either be at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre's southeast steps, the East Gate lawn, or the space between EA and the science wing.

Annual space audit began June 10

Over the next two months, Facilities Management staff will be entering all rooms to update space information. Pictures may be taken to record the condition of finishes, furniture layouts and equipment. Contact Tiffany Hansen at 5578 or Grant Sommerfeld at 6419 with any questions.

Empty fridges in main building for weekend power outage

The main building will be closed overnight on both Friday and Saturday between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. for electrical work. Because of interruptions to power, please empty fridges, save computer work and shut down computers before leaving today.

Walk Wednesdays coming soon to campus

On Wednesdays throughout July and August, enjoy a recreational walk with colleagues around campus. Meet inside at the top of the stairs by the Recreation entrance at noon every Wednesday, rain or shine. Everyone is welcome. Contact Janine Clouthier in Human Resources at 5669 for more information.

Campus store courtyard now open

The courtyard next to the campus store is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. After building new decking last fall, Facilities Management has installed seating and waste and recycling bins to make the space comfortable and usable.

Did you know...
To beautify the campus on a budget, the Grounds team keeps annuals in the greenhouse to take cuttings from each year and place in Mount Royal's gardens and planters. Other annuals are sourced from reputable growers in Alberta.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

MRU winner of the Star Metro Calgary 2019 Community Choice Awards
Mount Royal was chosen by the public as the winner of the Best Post-Secondary Education Institution category for the Star Metro Calgary 2019 Community Choice Awards, beating out nine other options.

Student chosen for cover of science magazine
Earth and environmental sciences student Nikita Kahpeaysewat was chosen as the cover story for the 2019 spring issue of Winds of Change, a publication created by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Kahpeaysewat comes from the Moosomin First Nation, which is near the town of Cochin, Sask. Read more.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Community Garden Work Party
Fri., June 14 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Community Garden (near the East Residence)
Network with fellow gardeners while transplanting seedlings into the community garden. Snacks will be provided.

Advanced Excel Techniques
Mon., June 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. – T104
Would you like to learn how to take your Excel skills to the next level and work like a pro? Then this course is for you. Register.

Encouraging a Native Pollinator-Friendly Campus
Wed., June 19 from noon to 1 p.m.
John H. Garden Memorial Park
Join Alexandria Farmer of the Department of Biology along with the Grounds Department and the Alberta Native Bee Council in celebrating Pollinator Week.

Using Google Docs
Thurs., June 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. – T104
This training covers using headers and footers, adding hyperlinks, inserting comments and suggestions, text wrapping, viewing previous versions and adding a table of contents. Register.

Outliers: Calgary's Queer History Screening

Thurs., June 20 from noon to 2 p.m. Jenkins Theatre

This film is a first-hand account of the frontlines of LGBTQ2+ activism at a time when the right to be out in Alberta was not legally protected, visible or developed.

World Refugee Day
Thurs., June 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Lincoln Park Room
This day is an opportunity to learn about the plight facing refugees and to celebrate those who have made Canada their home. Tickets.

Bust the Cybersecurity Myths
Tues., June 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Main Street
Take the cybersecurity myths quiz and get your "I report to abuse@mtroyal.ca" sticker. More information.

Innovator and Founders Circle Meetup: Picnic Style
Tues., June 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Prince's Island Park
Hosted by the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, this casual event will bring together the community of student and alumni innovators and founders of Mount Royal University. Register.

Parent Orientation
Tues., June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Ross Glen Hall
Parents will have the chance to ask questions, meet key staff and faculty and learn how to best assist their student’s transition into post-secondary education. Register.

Using KeePass
Thurs., June 27 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Learn how to use KeePass to store your passwords safely and electronically. 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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