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May 16, 2019

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Security system uses artificial intelligence

Mount Royal is the first organization in Canada to use cutting-edge safety equipment and technology.

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Celebrating lifelong learning together

The second Celebrate! Teaching and Learning event shared how MRU delivers on its mission of providing an exceptional undergraduate education.

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Distinguished Faculty Awards presented

The prestigious Distinguished Faculty Awards recognize outstanding performance by full-time, contract and support faculty in all aspects of their role.

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Poets of promise from creative writing program

MRU has been quietly establishing itself as an incubator for the city’s best poets and fiction writers, exemplified by a new anthology by Micheline Maylor.

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What’s good around here?

Information Design graduates are testing a concept designed to entice people to share tips about community attractions.

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Avoiding mental health labels in new textbook

Professor Patricia Kostouros, PhD, challenges the venerable Diagnostic and Statistical Manual with a new book.

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Empowering Indigenization Symposium

Faculty, Indigenous leaders and experts gathered to inspire faculty working to indigenize curriculum.

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Have your say in the selection of the new vice-provost
Attend the public presentations of the final candidates for the position of vice-provost and associate vice-president, Academic. Provide feedback here after the presentation on May 24 and until 3 p.m. on May 27.
Professor Michael Quinn, PhD, associate vice-president Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement, Thursday, May 23 at 9 a.m. (Lincoln Park Room, J301)
- Professor Karim Dharamsi, PhD, chair of the Department of General Education and philosophy professor, Friday, May 24 at 9 a.m. (Lincoln Park Room, J301)

Please help us by volunteering for convocation
Spring Convocation ceremonies will be held Wednesday, June 5, Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7. As always, volunteers are needed to help celebrate the achievements of Mount Royal's students. Sign up to be a gowner/marshall or a ceremony volunteer.

Campus-wide fire drill May 28 at 10 a.m.
All buildings on campus except Residence will be evacuated and everyone must participate. Download MRU Now on iTunes for iOS or Google Play for Android to be notified.

Win a Cougars hoodie by doing the right thing
Do the Right Thing: Turn off computers at night to reduce energy consumption. Put uncoated, non-waxy food containers in organics, and place empty, waxy cardboard in mixed recycling. Complete this survey on your recycling habits by May 21 and be entered in a draw for a new Cougars hoodie.

True Blue Coffee on sale on May 21 at the Campus Store
Enjoy a sample of this coffee after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21 and buy your bag of beans. True Blue Coffee helps women in Guatamela, is roasted by alumna Ryan Wenger and supports a student scholarship. Learn more and order a bag here.

Campus Store courtyard opening this summer
Facilities Management has built decking and will be adding furniture to ready the courtyard adjacent to the Cougars Campus Store for use.

Did you know?
Nearly 600 MRU employees have enabled two-factor authentication to increase security on their Google accounts. You can set up a second device, such as your phone, to block access if someone tries to log in as you. ‘Google prompt’ is the most secure and convenient option. ITS has more information or come to Main Street June 25 for help.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Map the System team heading to finals
For the third year in a row, MRU is sending a team to Oxford for the global Map the System finals. The interdisciplinary Team Kistoonon, which includes five students enrolled in four different faculties, were chosen from among 15 schools across the country. The team is examining the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Read more.

The Calgary Journal nets a CAJ Award
Three journalism students have won the 2018 Canadian Association of Journalists Student Award for Excellence. The award recognized the project Lost in the System, which charts the difficulties of transgender people accessing transition services in Alberta. Mount Royal students have now won the excellence award five times in the past six years.

MacEwan University bestows award on Scharie Tavcer, PhD
The 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award, established in 1986, is the highest form of recognition presented by MacEwan. Associate professor Scharie Tavcer teaches in the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies at Mount Royal, and previously worked for Correctional Services Canada.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

2019 Liberal Education Conference
From Thurs., May 16 at 9 a.m. to Sat., May 18 at 2 p.m. Westin Hotel
The Department of General Education at Mount Royal University, and its partner, Medicine Hat College, are hosting the fourth Liberal Education Conference on the theme of Liberal Education in the Age of Automation. Register.

Light Touch Switch Buildathon
Tues., May 21 from noon to 2 p.m. Maker Studio (EL1245)
Build a low-cost, 3-D printable accessiblity switch design. Sign up.

Identifying Barriers and Constructing Strategies for Academia's "Space Invaders"
Wed., May 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EL3249
This discussion starts to unpack the structural barriers to equity and the institutional support required to address them.

NSERC Alliance Grant Information Session
Wed., May 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EL2170
Learn more about the new Alliance Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The presentation will also be on Zoom. Learn more.

Toy Hackathon
Thurs., May 23 from noon to 2 p.m. Maker Studio (EL1245)
Using switches, build a toy that is more accessible to children with disabilities. Sign up.

The Working Mind
Thurs., May 23 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. EB3106
The Working Mind: Workplace Mental Health and Wellness is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in the workplace. Register.

Frontline Fundamentals
Thurs., May 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. T104
This training for new and current users of Frontline includes all the basics of submitting and tracking requests, and features a Q&A segment. Register.

Frontline Fundamentals
Fri., May 24 from 9 to 10 a.m. T104

This training for new and current users of Frontline includes all the basics of submitting and tracking requests, and features a Q&A segment. Register.

Massage Therapy Research Day
Tues., May 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. Ideas Lounge
Students showcase their research projects and discuss how massage affects a variety of health conditions.

Honouring Relationality: Centering Indigenous Perspectives in Library Services
Tues., May 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EL1451B
Explore a conceptual model that contains integral components of the philosophical basis of Indigenous systems of knowledge. Learn more.

Leading and Implementing Change
Wed., May 29 and Fri., May 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. TBD
Learn practical strategies and techniques for creating and executing a change management plan. Sign up.

Creating a Mail List in Google Groups
Wed., May 29 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. T104
Create a mailing list using Google Groups. Register.

Beginner's Guide to 360-Degree Cameras
Wed., May 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Visual Classroom (EL1441) 
Learn how to use 360-degree cameras to create highly immersive environments for education. Sign up.

Virtual Reality Series: 3D Sculpting
Thurs., May 30 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Experience Classroom EL1355)
Learn how to create 3D sculptures in Virtual Reality using the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Medium application.
Sign up.

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Start of semester emails, with option for distribution list sign-up

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