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March 5, 2021

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Celebrate the contributions of women

The Faculty of Business and Communication Studies in partnership with the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub have co-ordinated a week-long online celebration featuring 10 remarkable women leaders.

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History from a feminist perspective

This year’s writer-in residence is playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, who will be discussing her most recent work, Emilia, a “speculative history” featuring the life of 15th-century poet Emilia Bassano on March 8.

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The resilience of an arts degree Summit

Experts say that liberal arts degrees provide a much-needed and increasingly important educational foundation that perfectly positions students to tackle the most complex and pressing issues of our time.

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Alberta Inclusive Innovation Initiative running throughout March

The AI3 series of workshops is designed for diverse groups in Alberta, including newcomers to Canada, Indigenous Peoples, women and youth, and reflects the challenges of launching and running a business during a global pandemic.

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Mentorship focuses on equity, diversity and inclusion

Now entering its ninth year, the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program has so far matched 151 Mount Royal University students with 105 industry professionals, offering guidance and leadership to launch and sustain their careers.

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Advocating for change through the power of social media

Three students in the Faculty of Health, Community and Education are making the most of a virtual environment, using social media to bridge the gaps traditionally separating people and to create changemaking communities.

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Town Hall recording, slides and Q&A available
Those who were unable to attend the March 3 Town Hall with Dr. Tim Rahilly, PhD, president and vice-chancellor, can find the live stream recording and presentation slides at mru.ca/TownHall.

Join our celebration of International Women's Day

Celebrate International Women's Day beginning March 8 by watching and listening to a series of pre-recorded interviews with remarkable women leaders. The event is presented by the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies and Alberta's regional arm of the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), which is housed within the Bissett School of Business. The WEKH recently launched a new website and works to support Alberta's women entrepreneurs through information, resources and connection.

Faculty experts share simple tips for a healthy body
Four faculty members from the Department of Health and Physical Education representing each of the majors demonstrate easy ways to maintain a healthy body. Watch their upbeat video and find more information and resources on the Wellness at Work website.

Plan ahead for full campus closure May 21 to May 24
Employees who are normally on campus should plan to work remotely or take a vacation day on Friday, May 21 if possible. There will be no phones or network connectivity in the main building, EA and EB. Employees working remotely will be able to continue as normal except that access to your MRU desktop through VPN and remote desktop will not be available. These buildings will be fully closed throughout the long weekend. Questions can be directed to fm@mtroyal.ca.

Career Services Winter Workshop series
From March 8 to 31, Career Services is offering a series of workshops focused on helping students apply for remote work opportunities, build virtual networks, develop career competencies and create resumés that stand out. Encourage students to view the full schedule and to register at mru.ca/WinterWorkshops.

Celebrate! Teaching & Learning at MRU: Call for Proposals
The Celebrate! Teaching & Learning at MRU event will take place virtually from May 5 to 7 this year. Faculty, students, staff and administrators are invited to propose a spark talk, roundtable, or individual or collaborative presentation. A diversity of ideas sharing the highlights and milestones of teaching and learning
inside and outside the real and virtual classroom are welcomed. The deadline for proposals is March 25 at 4 p.m.

Nominate a graduating student for the Centennial Gold Medal
The Centennial Gold Medal is an award given to eligible students at MRU based on a nomination system. Nominees must be graduating from a diploma or degree program, have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher and demonstrate leadership through involvement in campus and community activities. The deadline is March 15 for nominations.

Free pediatric massage therapy appointments available
The MRU Massage Therapy Diploma program is looking for volunteer participants aged newborn to 14 years old. Free appointments are available on March 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and March 13 and 14 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. To book, email rsteele@mtroyal.ca with your preferred date(s), time(s), number of children and age(s). Details on mandatory safety protocols will be provided in an email confirmation.

Share your opinion for a chance to win a $250 gift card
Complete this survey about Mount Royal's cybersecurity Be a Superhero campaign and earn a cybersecurity challenge contest entry code for a chance to win a $250 Best Buy gift card. More information.       

The loudest silence

The Students' Association of Mount Royal University will be hosting an Anti-Racism Commemoration event on Thursday, March 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This event will allow Black students, Indigenous students and students of colour to share their experiences as racialized members of the MRU community. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in order to honour the stories of our racialized students. Access the live stream.

Did you know?
Institutional Analysis and Planning’s 2019/20 Learner and Enrolment Reporting System puts last year’s total number of students at 14,896, an increase from 14,562 the previous year. Full-load equivalent students numbered 10,487, an increase from 10,112. Read more in the Fast Facts.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

MRU alumna is recognized as a 2021 Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholar
Congratulations to Karina Zapata, a recent graduate of MRU's journalism program, on being selected as a 2021 Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholar. This CBC News scholarship program is for aspiring journalists from across the country. Over the course of 16 weeks, scholars will receive valuable hands-on experience in all areas of multi-platform news working in digital, radio and television.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events.

Stepping Up for Healthy Relationships: DDSV Prevention Week
Mon., Mar. 8 to Fri., Mar. 12 — Online
Join the Stepping Up team in a variety of initiatives aimed at promoting healthy relationships and preventing dating, domestic and sexual violence. Register.

International Women's Day
Mon., Mar. 8 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Online
Celebrate remarkable women leaders through a series of pre-recorded interviews presented by the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies and the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub. Website.

Emilia in Feminist Contexts: A Conversation Featuring Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Mon., Mar. 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet
Attend a panel discussion featuring Morgan Lloyd Malcolm along with associate professors Aida Patient and Kimberly Williams, joined by MRU alum, Erica Navrickas. Register.

International Transcript Submission Information Session
Tues., Mar. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. — Online
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 for Mar. 9. Register for Mar. 23.

Thinking Outside the "Real" Man Box
Ending Men's Violence Against Women
Tues., Mar. 9 from 4 to 5:20 p.m. Google Meet
Examine how masculinity is connected to violence against women and the role that men can play in preventing violence. Register.

Omar Ba: Art and Social Justice Education Series
Wed., March 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. — Online
Contemporary Calgary introduces four interactive digital education sessions focusing on the work of Senegalese artist Omar Ba and led by Dr. Kelly Sundberg, PhD, associate professor of justice studies. Register.

Using KeePass

Wed., Mar. 10 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Google Meet
This informative one-hour workshop takes you through the basic steps of using KeePass so you can stop reusing passwords and safely store them. Register.

Mental Health and Self Care in Relationships
Wed., Mar. 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. Google Meet
Participants will have the opportunity to learn skills on holding space for their partner(s), as well as practising self care. Register.

Creativity and Making for Change Series: Making Meaning Through Craft and Critical Design
Thurs., Mar. 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Online
Building on the introduction to critical design and critical making from the Maker’s Studio, we’ll explore craft and critical design with a hands-on activity. Register.

Trico Changemakers Studio Presents Changemaker Conversations
Thurs., Mar. 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Online
Join the Changemaker Conversations to engage in generative dialogue towards action around pressing social issues. Register.

Managing Breakups
Fri., Mar. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. Google Meet
This one-hour session will look at some of the common impacts that a breakup can have and identify some skills to help manage these impacts. Register.

MRU Reads: Jonny Appleseed
Mon., Mar. 15 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Online

Join a live virtual book club discussion about Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead through MRU Reads, a virtual book club bringing the MRU community together. Register.

Stress Busters
Tues., Mar. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. Google Meet
This session will explore all aspects of the stress response, focusing on practical tips and tools and helping to maximize energy and performance. Register.

International Student Information Session
Wed., Mar. 17 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.

The Loudest Silence: Anti-Racism Commemoration Open Mic
Thurs., March 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. ― Online
This event will allow Black students, Indigenous students and students of colour to share their experiences as racialized members of the MRU community. Access the live stream.

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.

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