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March 7, 2019

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Speakers forge unlikely friendship from violent tragedy

Learn how a Sikh and a former white supremacist found forgiveness after hate at The Gift of Our Wounds on March 12.

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Gina Starblanket examines settler-colonialism

Emerging scholar-in-residence probes settler-colonialism and racism.

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Conservatory's legacy results in high note

Alberta's Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell becomes honorary patron.

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Billy-Ray Belcourt is 2018/19 Writer-in-Residence

Award-winning poet hosts free reading and workshops with students.

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2018 T4s and T4As available on MyMRU
Log in to MyMRU, click on the Employee Resources tab and go to the T4 link on the lefthand side. You may have more than one T4 if you had two different types of employment at MRU in 2018 (e.g., a casual position and a staff position). Please direct questions to the Payroll representative assigned to your last name or employee group.

New MRFA Collective Agreement finalized
Ratification votes by the Mount Royal Faculty Association membership and the Board of Governors are expected to be held next week, which is the final step in the bargaining process.

Submit 2018 health, dental and HSA claims by March 31
Outstanding 2018 claims are due March 31. Any 2018 credits left over in your Health Spending Account will carry over into 2019. Any credits from 2017 expire on March 31 and can only be used for claims dated 2018. More information.

Extinguish cigarette butts before putting in a garbage can
To reduce the risk of a fire, please remember to extinguish cigarettes. Smoking and vaping are permitted in designated areas only. See map here.

Chrome River easier for eWallet, receipt handling and approvals
Learn more about these new features by going to the Chrome River section of MyMRU under Financial Matters/Supply Chain Services/Travel Management and Expenses and clicking on New to Chrome River.

Call for Honorary Doctorate and Professor Emeriti nominations
The deadline to nominate individuals for honorary doctorates or professor emeriti for Fall 2019 Convocation is March 15. Please consider nominating an individual. More information is available here.

Apply for Teaching & Learning Enhancement Grants by March 15
TLE grants (up to $5,000) support projects that enhance the quality of teaching, learning and student engagement at MRU. Full-time tenured and tenurable faculty can submit proposals to the Office of the Vice-Provost and AVP Teaching & Learning by March 15. A committee will review proposals and notify applicants by April 5. Learn more by contacting jzimmer@mtroyal.ca or mcarey@mtroyal.ca.

Protect Google account even when password compromised
Two-factor authentication only takes two minutes to set up and greatly increases security on your account. Choosing the Google Prompt option is secure and convenient.

Notification of demonstrators on campus
Demonstrators and the images they display can be upsetting to people. To receive an alert when the protesters are present download the new MRU Now safety app for iOS and Android, and contact aranson@mtroyal.ca to be added to a Google group.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Student Guide to Mapping a System shared worldwide
The Student Guide to Mapping a System has been s hared with more than 3,000 students around the world who are registered in the Map the System Challenge, as well as educators at 35 universities. The document was authored by James Stauch, director of the Institute of Community Prosperity, Anna Johnson, community engagement strategist also from the Institute and Daniela Papi-Thornton from Systems-Led Leadership.

Gallop receives two awards and is published in handbook
Associate professor Cynthia Gallop, chair of MRU's Human Research Ethics Board, received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC's) Individual Partnership Engage Grant and Explore Grant. As well, her chapter titled Insinuating: understanding approaches to critical practice” was published in the Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work.

Mount Royal journalism student becomes Donaldson scholar
Soon-to-be journalism grad Huyana Cyprien was named as a 2019 Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship
recipient. Thirty-three candidates were interviewed before the eight finalists were chosen. Cyprien is the fourth Donaldson scholar from Mount Royal's journalism program.

Events More information at mtroyal.ca/Events

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Information Session

Thurs., March 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. — Main Street
Find out about the innovation and entrepreneurship extra-curricular opportunities at Mount Royal that can help turn your ideas into reality and launch your future.

Billy-Ray Belcourt: Red Utopia
Thurs., March 7 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. — The Knuckle (EA3003)
Enjoy Belcourt's new poetry and non-fiction, in which he looks at ways Indigenous Peoples perform politics in the register of futurity and utopia.

Text and Image in the Long Eighteenth Century
Fri., March 8 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Join scholars and students as they examine how eighteenth-century citizens experienced visual and textual combinations. Learn more.

Women in Leadership During a Time of Disruption
Fri., March 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
On International Women's Day, listen to keynote Denise Mann of ATB and a panel of business leaders, and then participate in workshops. Learn more.

The Working Mind for Managers
Mon., March 11 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. — TBA
This education-based program is designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Register here.

Using Google Forms
Tues., March 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. — T104
Create an interactive form using Google Forms and learn how to add form fields, share the form and work with form data. Sign up.

Painkiller Documentary and Panel
Tues., March 12 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Wellness Services will be screening the Painkiller documentary on the opioid epidemic and hosting a panel discussion.

Why Immigration
Tues., March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. — Calgary Central Library
Join a conversation about global movements of people and immigration to Canada and Calgary. Learn more.

The Gift of Our Wounds
Tues., March 12 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Pardeep Singh Kaleka and Arno Michaelis discuss how a Sikh and a former white supremacist found forgiveness after hate. Register and learn more.

Two-factor Authentication
Wed., March 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Get help with enabling two-factor authentication on your Google account or ask questions about authenticator apps and authenticator keys. Read more.

Town Hall with SAMRU Executive (Updated)
Wed., March 13 from noon to 1 p.m. — Wyckham House
The four SAMRU executives will share the year's successes and gather students' views on advocacy for the future. Submit a question.

Wandering the Ruin: Building a Medieval Performance Text
Wed., March 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Immersion Studio (EL3345) and Ideas Lounge (EL 1270)
Enjoy a performance of the Old English poem The Ruin and then participate in a follow up discussion. Learn more.

Boom Baby, Staged Reading
Thurs., March 14 from 8 to 10 p.m. — Inside Out Theatre Community Arts Space
Hosted by Handsome Alice Theatre, Natalie Meisner will do a reading. Tickets by donation. Learn more.

Creating an Email Distribution List
Fri., March 15 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn how to create an email distribution list in Google Groups. Register.

Research Ethics 101 Workshop
Fri., March 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — EL4201
This session considers principles of Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and helps researchers planning to apply for Ethics Clearance from HREB. Sign up.

Creating a Data Management Plan
Fri., March 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. — Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Discover the fundamental elements of research data management planning using the Portage Network’s DMP Assistant. Learn more.

Does Trans Activism Negatively Impact Women's Rights?
Fri., March 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. — Jenkins Theatre
As part of the Critical Thinking Series, Meghan Murphy will argue "yes" and another speaker will argue "no."
Learn more.

Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy
Mon., March 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Alvin Finkel, Professor Emeritus, Athabasca University will speak on his new book as part of the Arts Speaker Series. More information is here.

The Working Mind for Managers
Mon., March 18 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. — TBA
This education-based program is designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting.
Register here.

Building 3D Models with Google Blocks

Wed., March 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Experience Lab (EL1355)
Learn how to create and prototype 3D models in virtual reality, by using the Oculus Rift headset and Google Blocks application. Register here.

Beginner's Guide to 360 Degree Storytelling
Fri., March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon — Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Create highly immersive environments for education by using 360-degree cameras. Register here.

Working with Google Sheets
Fri., March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon — T104
Learn how to do formulas, conditional formatting, graphs and sheet protection. Sign up.

Research and Scholarship Days
Mon., March 25 at 9 a.m. to Fri., April 5 at 4:30 p.m. — Across Campus
Enjoy this annual showcase of undergraduate and faculty research. Hear about research, enjoy great food and connect with the research community. Some events require registration. Check out the full schedule here.

Spring Sustainability Fair
Wed., March 27 and Thurs. March 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Find out more about MRU's social and environmental sustainability successes. Sign up to build a terrarium, and learn about microgreens and planting seeds from noon to 2 p.m..

How Did We Arrive on Planet Earth and Where to Next?
Wed., March 27 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Listen to NASA scientist Firouz Naderi, best known for his leadership of the Mars exploration program, as he discusses this interesting topic. Sign up.

The Working Mind for Employees
Wed., March 27 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. — TBA
This education-based program is designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Register here.

Civic Innovation Showcase
Wed., March 27 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Calgary Central Library
Citizen experiments developed by student teams for their creative cluster will be explored in this final showcase event by Vivacity. Learn more.

Increasing Your Influence
Thurs., March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — EC2025
This course provides useful techniques for making things happen without using authority – whether you have it or not. Register here.

Working with Google Docs
Thurs., March 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn how to use headers and footers, create hyperlinks, insert comments and suggestions, wrap text, view previous versions and add a table contents. Sign up.

Research Recognition Awards
hurs., March 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. — TransAlta Pavilion
This event is part of Research and Scholarship Days. More details will be posted in the schedule located here.

Institutes Distilled
Thurs., March 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. — Trico Changemakers Studio (EB3013)
Enjoy brief introductions to Mount Royal's Institutes, along with a guided tasting of local gins. Pre-purchase tickets here.

Science and Indigenization
Fri., March 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
This session will help academics and scientists increase their knowledge and awareness, and learn how to put into practice the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Register by March 22.

Booze, Broads and Brothels: A Walking Tour
Fri., March 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. — Starts at Famous Five Statue in Olympic Plaza
This tour is led by Dr. Kimberly Williams. Full tour description and registration is available here. Space is limited to 15 Mount Royal participants.

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Summit and website stories

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MyMRU announcements

Please send announcements for MyMRU's homepage to mymru@mtroyal.ca. Here are the guidelines.

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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