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Sept. 26, 2017

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Peace Studies Initiative named for Gen. John de Chastelain
New Peace and Conflict Studies minor and the winner of the 2018 Peace Prize also announced.

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Life-saving naloxone kits available on campus
In the first three months of 2017, there were 51 deaths due to fentanyl overdoses in the Calgary region alone.

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SAMRU working to #GetOutTheVote at Mount Royal
After a charged mayoral forum, the next campus event is a candidate meet and greet tp be held Sept. 28.

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Susan Mallon new chair of Mount Royal Board of Governors
Recently announced as the new chair, Susan Mallon has served on the Mount Royal University Board of Governors since 2016. The chair represents the board to the minister of Advanced Education. Mallon says, “I am deeply honoured to chair the board and look forward to working with students, stakeholders, fellow board members and the community to ensure Mount Royal University continues its proud tradition as a first-class post-secondary institution.”

Fire drill Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.
This practise fire drill is expected to take up to 30 minutes. All Lincoln Park campus buildings will be evacuated, with the exception of Residence buildings. Everyone must participate. Learn more here.

Stick to sidewalks and pathways until Sept. 29
Mount Royal's entire underground irrigation system is being drained to winterize the pipes. Water in the pipes will be blown out through the irrigation heads in the grass. For your safety, avoid grassy areas and puddles. The work will be done in stages across campus from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Don't get phished in!
IT Services is implementing campus-wide phishing training to protect employees from malicious emails designed to trick you into performing an action that will compromise your computer, data and personal information. At random times throughout the year, a fake phishing email will be sent out to faculty and staff. Find out more in the MyMRU Announcements.

Convocation volunteers needed
Fall convocation will be held Friday, Nov. 3. As always, volunteers are needed! To hep celebrate the achievements of our sudents, sign up here.

New drop-in sports at Rec
Rec now has times scheduled daily for drop-in sports like basketball, volleyball, futsal and more. For the most up-to-date schedule head to

Need a little help with healthy eating?
MRU’s Workplace Health Promotion program is making it convenient and affordable to eat well. Starting next month, a new Weight Watchers series is starting on campus for employees. Spots are limited, so act fast if you're interested. Learn more about this program.

Health Coaching volunteer client opportunity
The Integrative Health Coach program is pleased to offer the opportunity to be coached by one of MRU's Integrative Health Coach student coaches as part of their practicum experience. Students in this program are from all walks of life (health, fitness, education, social work, among others) and are passionate about affecting positive change in others. Learn more.

AmazonYYC Student Challenge looking for submissions
The Bissett School of Business is seeking students’ best and brightest ideas to help generate support for Amazon HQ2. Teams of up to six students from all faculties are asked to imagine Calgary in 2027 and how it has transformed with the arrival of the online retailing giant. Please encourage everyone to join! Learn more here.
Bleed Blues

silent sister wins Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry
Creative writing professor Beth Everest's (PhD) book of poems, silent sister: the mastectomy poems (Frontenac House) won this year's Book Publishers Association of Alberta's Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry. Edited by Mount Royal's Micheline Maylor (PhD), silent sister explores the impact of severe illness on the mind, body and spirit.

Bissett grad achieves rare accreditation
Bissett School of Business graduate Jenn Lofgren (2007) chief executive officer and founder of Incito, has recently achieved her Master Certified Coach accreditation – one of only 54 in Canada, and three in Calgary. The designation of Master Certified Coach is awarded by the International Coach Federation, which addresses the standards and ethics of professional coaching.
Events              Complete list at

Creating a Culture of Consent: Let's Talk About Sex
Tues., Sept. 26 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. — EA1055
This workshop will focus on what consent realistically looks, sounds and feels like in practice. We will explore the impact of gender norms, scripts and stereotypes on practicing consent. Register.

Campus Commuter Challenge 2017
Wed., Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
The Campus Commuter Challenge 2017 takes place from Sept. 16 to 29. It's easy for faculty, staff and students to sign up online anytime or visit our booth at the MRU Sustainability Fair. Register.

Sustainability Fair
Wed., Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Stop by Main Street to celebrate Mount Royal’s sustainability successes and engage in conversations about how to improve societal, community, MRU and personal sustainability. More info.

MRU Nursing's Golden Gala
Thurs., Sept. 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Celebrating 50 years of excellence in the delivery of nursing education, the Golden Gala will commemorate those who have contributed to the program and those who will make their mark over the next 50 years. Register.

Orange Shirt Day
Fri., Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wear an orange shirt in honour of the survivors of Canada's residential schools.

HR: eRecruiter Training
Fri., Sept. 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The eRecruiter tool simplifies and automates the process for applicants and hiring managers/team members invoved in recruiting. Register.

Public Relations Student Portfolio Showcase
Fri., Sept. 29 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — EL4113 Riddell Library
Join senior students in the public relations program as they present their work in a portfolio showcase. Light refreshments will be offered. No registration necessary.

Community-Engaged Research: Fostering Collaborative Relationships With Community Partners
Fri., Sept. 29 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. — U265A
Panelists from across the University will discuss effective strategies for fostering effective research relationships with community partners. Moderator: Leah Hamilton. Register.

Graduate Studies Fair
Mon., Oct. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main Street
Representatives from a variety of programs and institutions will be setting up displays with information on graduate programs and admission processes. More info.

HR: eRecruiter Training
Mon., Oct. 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The eRecruiter tool simplifies and automates the process for applicants and hiring managers/team members involved in recruiting. Register.

Identities: Intersectionality & Anti-Oppression
Tues., Oct. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. — U111
The theory-in-practice of intersectionality provides the space and vocabulary to embrace our differences while forging strong communities of peoples dedicated to combatting systemic oppression. Register.

IT: Acrobat DC Basics
Thurs., Oct. 5 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. T104
Learn the basics of using Acrobat DC, including combining files, editing files, form creation, adding comments and security. Register.

HR: eRecruiter Training
Thurs., Oct. 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The eRecruiter tool simplifies and automates the process for applicants and hiring managers/team members involved in recruiting. Register.

HR: eRecruiter Training
Wed., Oct. 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The eRecruiter tool simplifies and automates the process for applicants and hiring managers/team members involved in recruiting. Register.

MRU Speaker Series: Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters
Wed., Oct. 11 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Tap Room @ National Beerhall 240 8 Ave. S.W.
Join the Institute for Community Prosperity in a discussion on diversity and inclusion with business leaders and advocates. Register.

IT: Creating a Basic Google Site
Thurs., Oct. 12 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Learn the basics of creating a Google site, including inserting Google calendars along with embedding video and selecting your page template. Register.

HR: eRecruiter Training
Fri., Oct. 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The eRecruiter tool simplifies and automates the process for applicants and hiring managers/team members involved in recruiting. Register.

HR: Building Customer Relations
Tues., Oct. 17 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.

Cyber Safety Summit
Tues., Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. J301 Lincoln Park Room
Join us in the fight against cyber crime. Come hear experts speak, then stick around for light refreshments and insightful discussion. Register.

HR: Establishing Work/Life Harmony
Tues., Oct. 17 from 1 to 2 p.m.
This session will help participants identify their key work/life stressors, clarify their values and develop skills and strategies to effectively prioritize time and energy. Register.

IT: Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Crime
Thurs., Oct. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. E229A
Take this workshop to learn tips and tricks on how to keep your data safe at home and at work. Register.

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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 (Aug./Sept. and Dec./Jan.), areas with ongoing employee activites 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 procedures.

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