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May 30, 2019

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From Summit ― Bruce was here

Believe it or not, Bruce McCulloch of The Kids in the Hall fame is a Mount Royal alumnus, and he remembers his time on campus — and in Calgary — with warmth and humour.

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Making housing a priority

Calgary philanthropists Leslie and David Bissett have made another important contribution to Mount Royal in assistance of the unique Indigenous Housing Program.

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Education in the age of AI

Mount Royal's fourth-annual Liberal Education Conference examined how to prepare for a technologically disrupted future through studies in philosophy, history, literature and politics.

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Three new majors for the Bissett School of Business
Starting July 1, eligible students will be able to declare a major in three new areas: finance, international business and supply chain management. As all three were originally concentrations under the Bachelor of Business Administration, students will now be eligible to declare their majors and graduate as early as fall 2019.

New Code of Conduct for employees
Effective July 1, Mount Royal will have a new Code of Conduct mandated by changes to the Conflicts of Interest Act affecting all public sector and post-secondary employees in Alberta. Find out more.

Update your personal information for HR
Employees can now easily update their personal information on MyMRU. Simply visit the link under 'My HR Profile' to review or change your address, phone number and emergency contact information. It is important that HR has current employee information in the system.

Pride flag to fly
Starting Saturday, June 1, Mount Royal's pride flag will be raised in recognition of Pride Month.
The month of June was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969.

Heartland filming on campus
Cast and crew from CBC's Heartland will be filming at a number of locations on June 13 and 14 in the John H. Garden Memorial Park, Riddell Library and Learning Centre and Recreation.

Interested in being an extra?
If you would like to get some screen time as an extra on Heartland,
submit a current picture and some general information (age, height, etc.), plus your availability on June 13 and 14, to Curtis Cripps, the extras casting director, at cortezcastingcanada@gmail.com. Interested employees should check with their supervisors to see if their participation can be accommodated. Depending on the required time commitment, it may be necessary to use vacation time.

Recyclable items needed for MRU Kids
MRU Kids is requesting help in collecting an assortment of recyclable materials. The needed recyclables and quantities are listed here. Materials can be delivered to the MRU Kids office, located in EA1016, during business hours. For more information, email mrukids@mtroyal.ca. S
upport is greatly appreciated.

Volunteer to get more healthy
The Integrative Health Coach program is seeking volunteer clients to be coached by students during their June 8 final exam. Students are training to help achieve wellness goals such as making healthy choices, stress reduction, goal-setting, improved financial stability and more. Learn more and sign up.

Recycling survey results
Nearly 400 employees participated in the recent survey of recycling and energy conservation habits, and 95 per cent said they recycle all or most of the time on campus. That's up from 75 per cent two years ago. By doing the right thing, students and employees are reducing our environmental footprint. Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey, and congratulations to the employee who won an MRU hoodie.

Update on recognition review
HR continues to consult internal stakeholders, research best practices and review all internal administrative data, and will announce a new and more meaningful recognition program for Mount Royal early next year. Employees are welcome to email recognition@mtroyal.ca with suggestions for program improvement. Employees reaching a long-service milestone this year will be contacted shortly.

Fire drill May 28
The campus community evacuated all buildings except Residence in excellent time during Tuesday's fire drill. Thank you to everyone for complying and to fire wardens for safely coordinating the evacuation. The next fire drill will take place in September. Download MRU Now on iTunes for iOS or Google Play for Android for notifications.

Empty fridges for EB building closure June 7 overnight
Please empty all fridges, save your work and power down your PC when you leave on Friday, June 7. The EB building will be closed until 6 a.m. Saturday for an electrical maintenance shutdown.

Overnight closures to main building June 14 and 15
The main building will close
from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on consecutive overnight periods while electrical maintenance is done, and will reopen during the daytime. There will be no general access to the building during the closures. Please empty all fridges and power down PCs before the weekend.

Did you know?
The presidential installation will take place at all five Convocation ceremonies. Employees who are not gowned are encouraged to attend either ceremony on Thursday, June 6 or the morning ceremony on Friday, June 7, as there will be more seating available. Live streaming will also be available.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

MRU among first signatories to the Dimensions Charter
MRU is one of the first Canadian institutions to become a signatory to the Dimensions Charter to foster increased research excellence, innovation and creativity through greater equity, diversity and inclusion.

Alumni-made film receives two awards
A short film titled Memento Mori created by two graduates of Mount Royal’s Theatre Performance Diploma program — Anna Barker and Ryan Irving — garnered two 2019 Calgary Underground Film Festival Awards: the Special Jury Mention — Emerging Filmmaker Award and the Audience Award Best Canadian Short. Barker is also currently majoring in English at MRU.

Co-research by professor and students published
Associate Professor Peter Choate, PhD, of the Social Work Diploma program and five of his practicum students were recently published in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society for their research “Rethinking Racine v Woods from a Decolonizing Perspective: Challenging the Applicability of Attachment Theory to Indigenous Families Involved with Child Protection.”

Professor named the 2019 Hotchkiss Brain Institute Neuroscience Alumnus of the Year
Associate professor in the Department of Biology, Trevor Day, PhD, was awarded the title of the 2019 Hotchkiss Brain Institute Neuroscience Alumnus of the Year, which recognizes the outstanding performance of a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or research fellow who trained in a neuroscience laboratory at the University of Calgary within the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

Arctic research team earns Canada's highest honour
Professor Lynn Moorman, PhD, of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is part of the SmartICE team, which has been awarded a Governor General’s Innovation Award for 2019. SmartICE is an award-winning project that integrates on-ice technology, remote sensing and Inuit knowledge to generate near real-time information of ice conditions for Arctic communities. Read more.

Excellence in nursing research and education
Bachelor of Nursing faculty members Cathy Carter-Snell, PhD, and Kerri Alderson were nominated for the CARNA (College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta) Awards in the areas of Nursing Excellence in Research and Nursing Excellence in Education (respectively). Read more.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Commuter Challenge
From Sun., June 2 to Sat., June 8
Mount Royal has registered as a participating workplace for the 2019 Commuter Challenge. Register yourself and log at least one sustainable commute to be included in the final results. Register.

Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Reality Experiences
Mon., June 3 from noon 1:30 p.m. Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Learn how to create your own interactive 360-degree tours that can be viewed using virtual reality in this hands-on workshop. Register.

Spring Convocation Ceremonies
Wed., June 5 at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Fri. June 7 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Triple Gym
Help celebrate the achievements of our graduates as they cross the stage to receive their parchments. More information.

Using Google Slides
Thurs., June 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. T104
Learn how to make a presentation using Google Slides. Register.

Beginners Guide to Virtual and Augmented Reality
Fri., June 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Explore virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality and discover how to integrate library services into classes and research. Register.

Using Google Forms
Tues., June 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. T104
Learn to create an interactive form using Google Forms. Attendees will learn how to add form fields, share the form and work with form data. Register.

Dave Kelly Live: Father's Day Special
Wed., June 12 from 8 to 10 p.m. Bella Concert Hall
Once again, Dave will be joined by house supergroup The Flat Whites, world-renowned visual artist Mandy Stobo, and the man with the beer, Jim Button. Tickets.

38th Annual Big Bob's BBQ
Thurs., June 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. TransCanada Amphitheatre
The Transitional Vocational Program's annual fundraiser includes a delicious lunch, live entertainment and a chance to win some terrific door prizes. Tickets are $15 at room M200, the Cougar Campus Store and University Advancement.

Advanced Excel Techniques
Mon., June 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. T104
Want to learn how to take your Excel skills to the next level and work like a pro? Then this course is for you. Register.

Using Google Docs
Thurs., June 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. T104
This training covers using headers and footers, adding hyperlinks, inserting comments and suggestions, text wrapping, viewing previous versions and adding a table of contents. Register.

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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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