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March 18, 2021

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New Bachelor of Social Work to fill societal needs

The approval of the BSW will help challenge structural systems contributing to discrimination and marginalization.

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Robert Boschman publishes personal memoir

A troubled family in a hockey-obsessed Saskatchewan city is the setting for Dr. Robert Boschman’s new memoir, White Coal City.

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Helping non-profits survive in today's world

The Institute for Community Prosperity has developed a framework around how successful non-profit mergers can occur.

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MRU Recreation reopening March 22
Mount Royal’s Recreation Centre will reopen for students, employees and community members on Monday, March 22. An appointment is required for facility access and masks will be mandatory at all times. For additional information visit mrucougars.com.

Bissett faculty member offers two wellness strategies for healthy work
Watch human resources expert Shelley Rathie as she talks about the importance of “unplugging” and why we need friends as part of a healthy work environment. Learn more about wellness at work.

Join in the celebration of research and scholarship at Mount Royal
Attend an event and review some of the outstanding student work presented during Research and Scholarship Days, to be held from April 6 to 13. All student research will be posted on April 6. View the full list of events here.

More details about May long weekend building closures
More information about the closure, which begins Friday, May 21 at 6 a.m., has been posted on MyMRU/Home/Announcements. The main building, EA and EB will be closed and VPN service to desktops will not be available. Send questions to

Lock replacement project beginning soon
Beginning March 29, Security Services will be phasing in a new key system across campus. The work will take approximately one year to complete. Facilities Management staff will open all doors in the area to change the locks ― including private offices, classrooms and meeting rooms. A tentative schedule of where and when work will begin can be found on the Campus Key Replacement Information section on the MyMRU employee tab.

Free tax clinics for students
SAMRU is offering a free tax clinic until April 30 to help students file their taxes for 2020. All MRU students who meet certain criteria listed on the website at samru.ca/Tax are eligible. This will help keep student stress down while midterms and finals play out during tax season.

Safe disposal of pens, batteries and toner cartridges on campus
Please take any of these items, plus small electronics, to the Cougars Campus Store for recycling. Batteries and pens can be dropped off in bins in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre printer rooms. Contact Environmental Services at 6422 or environmentalservices@mtroyal.ca if you have questions.  

Provide feedback on cybersecurity campaign      
Share your thoughts about the Be a Superhero cybersecurity awareness campaign. Complete this survey for a chance to win a $250 Best Buy gift card before March 31. 

Did you know?
Staff and faculty have access to hardware discounts and software through the Home Use Program. Discounts are available for the purchase of PCs, tablets and electronics/accessories from Dell and Lenovo and a full suite of Office 365 applications is also available for free.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

First Work-Integrated Learning funding received
The Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada) Innovation iHub has granted Mount Royal $513,000 in Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) funding supporting curricular WIL taking place during the Winter 2021 term. The goal of the funding is to support under-represented students, to remove barriers for students to participate in WIL and to encourage innovation in WIL through partnerships with industry.

Stepping Up to prevent dating, domestic and sexual violence
Mount Royal's Stepping Up team recently ran a social media contest where students submitted creative works of what healthy relationships look like to them. View the winners here. They also created a podcast series for Dating, Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Week c
onsisting of topics such as boundaries, consent and coercion, stalking, and men in the prevention of dating, domestic and sexual violence.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Cultures of MRU: A Snapshot of LGBTQ+ History
Fri., Mar. 19 to Wed., Mar. 31 ― Online
Discover the work of Sarah Armstrong from SAMRU Pride and MRU Professor D.A Dirks as they provide a short history lesson on the LGBTQ+ community. More information.

International Music Night
Fri., Mar. 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Premanition, Jackie Art Instagram Live Stream
Fri., Mar. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lanice Chep, Kristen McArthur
Instagram Live Stream
Cultures of MRU is hosting an International Music Night every Friday night in March featuring a diverse range of local singers. More information.

Beggars, Thieves, Invalids and Freaks
Mon., Mar. 22 from 3 to 4 p.m. Google Meet
Cultures of MRU will explore human rights issues, medicalization and some of the more common stereotypes of persons with disabilities. Register.

International Transcript Submission Information Session
Tues., Mar. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. — Online
Join Morgan Loberg, international recruitment officer, who will provide prospective students with information about international high school and post-secondary transcript submissions. Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime 2020/2021
Thurs., Mar. 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ― Google Meet
This informative workshop gives you all the tools you need to keep you and yours cybersafe and fulfills the annual mandatory cybersecurity training requirement. Register.

Trico Changemakers Studio Presents Changemaker Conversations
Thurs., Mar. 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Online
Thurs. April 1 from 12: 30 to 1:30 p.m. — Online
This two-part Changemaker Conversations series will share Calgary Foundation’s transformational journey to adopt a systems approach to create lasting change within the organization. Register.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Mon., Mar. 29 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Online
Be informed about the current state of opioid use in Canada, the harm reduction responses available and how to recognize and respond to opioid overdoses. Register.

International Student Information Session
Wed., Mar. 31 from 7 to 8 a.m. Online
This session will provide prospective international students with information about MRU degree and diploma programs and specific admission requirements. Register.

Research and Scholarship Days 2021
Tues., Apr. 6 to Tues., Apr. 13 Online
Attend a live event, browse featured student research and join in the celebration of what research and scholarship looks like at Mount Royal University. View the full calendar of events.

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Summit and website stories

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MyMRU announcements

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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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