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Nov. 17, 2017

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MRU prof takes home major literary award
Richard Harrison is the winner of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry.

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From conflict comes awareness — Summit
An exploration of how education and the armed forces can join together for peace.

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Kelly Hrudey recipient of honorary degree
Fall 2017 Convocation recognizes Hrudey as a champion for changing mental health stigmas.

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Fifth and final Convocation of 2017 — wrap up
The event celebrated 377 new Cougars alumni, with 198 graduates crossing the stage.

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Maker Studio provides tools for creative learning
Education students turn social studies concepts 3-D using Riddell Library and Learning Centre technologies.

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Healthy eating from CHEERS to the golden years
Collaborative Mount Royal evidence-based research is helping kids in childcare eat better and stay active.

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Student’s study leads to treatment breakthrough
Massage Therapy grad Laurie Fisher has found an alternative to surgery for Dupuytren’s contracture.

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Pursuing a personal passion pays off
The Entrepreneurship Certificate has helped store owner Sheila Connell fine-tune her business vision.

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Cougars host Huskies in hockey fundraiser
The sixth annual Mount Royal Remembers hockey game supports the Canadian Armed Forces and its veterans.

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Open House breaks numbers records
Mount Royal's 2017 Open House was a huge success, reporting record attendance numbers and increased community engagement. Check out our Open House by the numbers recap for an overview and to submit your suggestions for next year.

30th annual Season of Caring has kicked off
The Season of Caring brings the community together to support students and their families struggling through the holiday season. Find out how you can help warm up a winter here. Credit students experiencing financial stress may apply for a hamper at the Peer Support Centre (Z210). The deadline is Nov. 23.

Recreation Winter registration starts Dec. 5
Mark the date! Stay active this winter and sign up for an activity. Or, get your FlexFit Pass and take a fitness class when it fits your schedule. View all activities on ePlay and make sure to wishlist your favourites!

Celebrate the holidays with a hanging bough
TVP is once again collaborating with the floral design program to sell hanging holiday boughs for $35 each (includes GST). Drop by TVP (M200) to order until Nov. 24, or find our students at the East Gate on either Nov. 20 or 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funds support the Transitional Vocational Program.

More volunteers needed for the Integrative Health Coach program
The Integrative Health Coach program has a need for more volunteer clients — this time for the upcoming Dec. 9 oral examinations. More info.
Bleed Blues

Professor Christy Tomkins-Lane breaking ground in spinal studies
Two papers from Professor Christy Tomkins-Lane of the Faculty of Health, Community and Education on the affects of spinal stenosis have received three major awards. More info.

Barrow's Ryan Wenger wins EO Entrepreneur of the Year
The creator of Mount Royal's independent coffee stop, Barrow Espresso, business student Ryan Wagner, was named the EO Entrepreneur of the Year at an award ceremony on Nov. 8. More info.

Pillar Award goes to Michael Barr
Chief Information Officer Michael Barr of Mount Royal's Information Technology Services recently received a Pillar Award from the Alberta Technology Leaders in Education association. More info.
Events              Complete list at

Recreation Bubble Soccer Tournament
Fri., Nov. 17 from 4 to 9 p.m. — MRU Recreation
Bubble soccer is a hilarious take on traditional soccer! Teams must have at least 75 per cent of their roster as MRU students or members. Register.

Calgary Youth Orchestra
Sun., Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
The flagship orchestra of MRU Conservatory's Orchestral Program will perform. Tickets.

Oil's Deep State with Kevin Taft
Mon., Nov. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. — EA3001 (The Knuckle)
Kevin Taft (former Alberta Liberal Party leader) will speak to his new book Oil's Deep State, which examines the intersection of the oil sands and politics in Alberta. More info.

HR: eRecruiter Training
Tues., Nov. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Learn the new process for reviewing resumes and screening applicants. Register.

Facilities Management: Prioritize Space Request Training
Tues., Nov. 21 from 10 to 11:20 a.m. — E147

Departments requesting major renovations, funding from the Renovation Reserve, a new space, or space designation changes will need to complete a request via Prioritize to receive approval. Register.

Meet and Greet: Beth Pratt-Sicaula
Tues., Nov. 21 from 12 to 1 p.m. — MRFA Faculty Lounge
Professor Beth Pratt-Sitaula from Central Washington University has been a principal
investigator on two EarthScope-funded education projects. More info .

The Future of the Film Festival
Tues., Nov. 21 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. — T143
The Film Studies minor is hosting a panel discussion on the future of film festivals. More info.

November General Education Colloquium
Tues., Nov. 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — T107
Professor Glenn Dolphin's talk is "Tool maker's paradigm: A parable about the nature of communication and its relationship to teaching and learning."

Exploring GPS and Plate Motions
Tues., Nov. 21 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room
Professor Beth Pratt-Sitaula has a dual background in tectonic geomorphology and geoscience education, with a special interest in geohazards learning. More info.

Exploring Earth Science Careers
Tues., Nov. 21 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room
A research associate with the Department of Geological Sciences at Central Washington University, Professor Beth Pratt-Sitaula will speak to developing a career in the earth sciences field. More info.

EarthScope Science as a Springboard for Disaster Preparedness and Science Literacy
Tues., Nov 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room
Engaging educators and students in complex EarthScope science may seem like a daunting task, but several EarthScope projects have done this very successfully. More info.
Financial Services: Chrome River Training
Wed., Nov. 22 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Learn how to use this new online expense application. For the location and to register, contact Adele Smith at

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime​
Wed., Nov. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. — E229A
Learn tips and tricks on how to keep your data safe at home and at work.​ Register.

Inside Out — Viz Wall Movie Night
Wed., Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. — EL1270
The Library presents a free screening of Inside Out. Free snacks. Register to guarantee a seat.

IT: Google Mail Merges​
Wed., Nov. 22 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn to quickly produce dozens of form letters, address labels and addressed envelopes. Register.

Tanya Tagaq
Wed., Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Experimental vocalist Tanya Tagaq performs. Tickets.

Resource Planning Task Force Info Session
Thurs., Nov. 23 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. — EB1120
Hear the proposed recommendations to ensure MRU has a sustainable and resilient financial planning model.

HR: Effective Interpersonal Communication
Thurs., Nov. 23 from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Learn strategies to improve interpersonal effectiveness and enhance productivity. Register.

Workplace Health: Creating Your Financial Roadmap
Thurs., Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon
Build a financial roadmap for the future. Facilitated by HR and Sun Life Financial. Register.

Why Medieval Manuscripts Still Matter
Thurs., Nov. 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. — RLLC Ideas Visualization Lounge

Join us for a talk delivered by Kenna Olsen entitled "Why Medieval Manuscripts Still Matter" as part of the Medieval Miscere Colloquium Series. More info.

The Art and Science of Wine
Thurs., Nov. 23 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. — MRU Faculty Centre
Join the Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement for an evening of research, experiential learning and socializing devoted to the subject of wine. Tickets.

MRU Remembers: Cougars Men's Hockey
Fri., Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. ― Flames Community Arenas
Cheer on the Cougars at this annual event in appreciation of the Canadian Armed Forces. Free with an MRU ID. More info.

Social Justice 101: Privilege, Power and Oppression
Tues., Nov. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. ― U111
Social Justice 101 delves into the action piece of gaining awareness and how systems and institutions operate differently for marginalized and privileged identities. Register.

HR: eRecruiter Training
Wed., Nov. 29 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
eRecruiter removes the labour-intensive and paper-heavy manual processes associated with reviewing resumes and screening applicants. Register.

Multi-Artisans Show and Sale
Thurs., Nov. 30 and Fri. Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ― Faculty Centre
Faculty, students and staff are invited to come and shop for unique, hand-crafted items by members of the MRU community.

IT: Working with Google Docs
Thurs., Nov. 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ―T104
This training covers using headers/footers, hyperlinks, inserting comments/suggestions, text wrapping, viewing previous versions and adding a table of contents. Register.

What the Writers Say: Fiction Edition
Fri., Dec. 1 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ― MRU BookStore
You are invited to a special new works reading by MRU alumni, Mike Thorn, and two of Mount Royal’s creative writing faculty. More info.

Facilities Management: Prioritize Space Request Training
Tues., Dec. 5 from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. ― E151
Departments requesting major renovations, funding from the Renovation Reserve, a new space, or space designation changes will need to complete a request via Prioritize. Register.

HR: Conflict Management
Wed., Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This course is part of the Customer Service Excellence & Professional Management Seminar Series certificate programs. Register.

HR: eRecuiter Training
Wed., Dec. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The launch of the eRecruiter tool simplifies and automates the process for the applicant and for you as a hiring manager/team member involved in recruiting. Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Wed., Dec. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. ― E229A
Want to foil cybercriminals and beat them at their own game? Take the Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime workshop. Register.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation ― Viz Movie Night
Wed., Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. ― RLLC Ideas Visualization Lounge
The MRU Library presents Viz Movie Nights, which includes a full-length feature film and free snacks! Register.

IT: Collaborating with Google
Fri., Dec. 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Do you have a document that several people need to work on at the same time? Then this is the class for you. Register.

Mount Royal Presidents' Holiday Celebration
Wed., Dec.13 from 2 to 4 p.m. ― Ross Glen Hall
Marc Schroeder, president, MRFA, Baset Zarrug, president, MRSA and David Docherty, president, MRU invite you to join them to celebrate the season Dec. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ross Glen Hall. Cash bar available. More info


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