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March 20, 2020

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Message from the president

Hello everyone,

Yesterday I recorded a video for you all, as I am missing seeing everyone on campus.

I am so impressed with the Mount Royal community. You have acted with competency, kindness, integrity and, most of all, good humour during this very difficult time. I appreciate you all, and I appreciate the opportunities to laugh when we can. Thank you.

I’ve heard from many sources across the country who have noted that our campus community has gone above and beyond in our response to students, and I believe it is working. Confusion has quelled and people seem to be settling into the changes as well as they can.

We are doing everything in our power to ensure students are still receiving the very best education we can provide, and that’s thanks to all of you. There is new information coming all the time. Please continue to check mru.ca/COVID19 for updates and send any new questions you have to covid19@mtroyal.ca.

Witness Blanket represents uncomfortable truths

The symbolism of the blanket in Indigenous cultures combines with notes of the pain and suffering caused by the Indian residential school system in this important installation, currently at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre and available for viewing online.

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Impostor syndrome: Is that me?

From Summit magazine: Doing well doesn’t always feel good, which can be a reflection of an invisible internal battle. Impostor syndrome is an insidious intruder on many people’s psyches, when you feel like you just don't deserve what you've actually earned.

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Shining a light on the digital revolution

Author and professor Davis Taras, PhD, has a pair of new books out, one co-authored and one co-edited, looking at improving the effectiveness of the CBC and how political leaders have met the challenges of social media.

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Offering entrepreneurial skills to diverse groups

The Alberta Inclusive Education Initiative workshop series, designed for groups such as newcomers to Canada, Indigenous Peoples, women and youth, had to increase capacity in order to meet demand.

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Campus is closed on weekends (starting tonight at 8 p.m.)
All campus buildings except for Residence will be closed on weekends. That means swipe card access will not work. If you need access, you will need to use the intercoms at East Gate or West Gate.

The mru.ca/COVID19 page is being updated regularly with new messages and questions and answers. We will continue to update the Q&A and mark each one as new or updated so you can scan through quickly. Information on how services and supports are being offered, and what has closed down (facilities and businesses) can be found in the Q&A or by going to the appropriate page on the website. Refer to this page first, and send any unanswered questions to covid19@mtroyal.ca .

Spring Convocation postponed
The decision has been made to postpone the Spring 2020 Convocation ceremonies to Fall 2020. This includes Indigenous Convocation and all other Convocation events held during that week. Further details will be shared as they are known.

Additional week to deal with personal and family matters
If you are currently unable to work on or off campus because of personal matters, please use the coming week to access the resources you need. You will not need to report your time or use any leave. You will be paid as a normal work week.

Do not come to campus unless you are required
Please do not come to campus to collect personal belongings. If you do have an urgent need, make arrangements through your manager. While it may be very difficult for some people to work remotely, returning to work on campus is not an option. To ensure social distancing the number of people on campus at a given time is being restricted.

Are you feeling disconnected working from home?
Homewood Health has provided tips for working remotely that will help you keep a routine and maintain balance while staying productive.

Early deadline to order computing products for year-end
Due to factory closures in China, place your orders with ITS by April 10 to receive supplies before year-end. Build-to-order requests are needed as soon as possible.

March 30 is still the Sun Life deadline for 2019 claims
Sun Life has not extended its deadline. Any outstanding health or dental claims from 2019 must be received by Sun Life by March 30 for you to be reimbursed.

Rapid research funding opportunity for COVID-19
The Government of Canada has provided additional funding to the TriAgencies to support research in response to COVID-19. Rapid Research Funding of $52 million has been awarded to 96 different projects. More information.

Library Awards for Research Excellence

The Library Awards for Research Excellence will continue with no in-person award ceremony. Applications are now open. Students can receive up to $1,500 for outstanding scholarly projects demonstrating research skills and the effective use of information resources. The deadline is April 15.

Only you can use your MRU account

Whether working remotely or on campus, don't give up control of your account. On shared devices, sign out of your MRU account when you're done working.

Did you know?
Ninety per cent of Mount Royal's employees are able to work remotely with only an internet-connected device.
Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Research award goes to health science graduate
Recent Bachelor of Science ― Health Science graduate Jordan Bird has garnered the prestigious Barbara A. Horowitz and John M. Horowitz Undergraduate Research Award. Bird submitted an abstract titled "Severity of Central Sleep Apnea Does Not Improve Sleeping Oxygen Saturation During Ascent to High Altitude" with associate professor of biology Trevor Day.

Women in data science student recognition
Fourth-year Bachelor of Science ― General Science student Naseem Hijazi won third prize in the Best Poster Award competition at the recent Women in Data Science conference held at the University of Calgary. Hijazi’s poster covered the application of mathematical models to track the spread of Ebola in Congo and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in China. A principal investigator supported Hijazi throughout the project.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

All on-campus events have been cancelled until further notice. More information will be available soon.

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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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