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Feb. 7, 2019

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Introducing and welcoming Dr. Tim Rahilly

“There is a real match between MRU’s values and mine," says the tenth president and first vice-chancellor who will join May 1.  

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Close-fought battles at Crowchild Classic

It was the seventh edition of a game of high-stakes heart and hustle in front of 11,490 embroiled fans.

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Closing the "divide between science and policy"

Symposium explores wetlands as crucial habits and natural flood barriers that help protect Calgary.

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Orange Chinook captures changes in Alberta politics

Mount Royal's media makers outline events around 2015 election.

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Athletic therapist alumni bring home the Grey Cup

Duo who worked with Stampeders to bring Grey Cup to campus.

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Nursing students use immersion studio to learn

Interactive scenario offers valuable practice in critical care setting.

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Call for nominations for 2019 Distinguished Faculty Awards, Credit

Please consider nominating a deserving colleague to celebrate the outstanding achievement of Mount Royal faculty for excellence in teaching, service and scholarship. The deadline for nominations is Fri., March 1. Past recipients, eligibility criteria, selection criteria and nominating procedures are detailed at mru.ca/DFA.

Celebrate! Teaching & Learning at MRU: Call for Proposals
Propose a lightning talk, roundtable, individual or collaborative presentation! We are looking for ideas that highlight your teaching and learning journey – inside and outside the classroom. The proposal deadline is March 8 at 4 p.m. Click here for details and submission form. The Celebration of Teaching and Learning is on May 9. More info at mru.ca/celebrate.

Employee recognition program on hold this year
This program is on hold for one year to rebuild into one that is meaningful to employees. The Distinguished Faculty Awards (under the Office of the Provost) will go ahead because they are tied into national opportunities. Updates will be shared with the campus community. If you have input please email recognition@mtroyal.ca.

New ablution stations and parent room now open
Two rooms for Muslim students and employees to wash before prayer are now open near the Meditation Centre (W201). Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion (CEMI) also celebrated the opening of a new parent room, in F122, for students and employees with children who need a quiet space.

Support available to employees and students upset by demonstrators 
Support is provided to students and employees when demonstrators set up graphic displays on campus. The courts consider university campuses to be public spaces. The University is obligated to respect the legal rights of demonstrators to be on campus, while also supporting the community. To be notified by email when protesters are present, contact aranson@mtroyal.ca.

Funding opportunity for faculty in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Government of Canada is offering a grant to Canadian professors and researchers to teach or conduct research, for a short period, in Latin America and the Caribbean. Visit the Faculty Mobility Program for details or contact Dianne MacDonald.

Overloaded shelves pose a safety risk
Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is finding overloaded shelving in offices. Wall-mounted shelving is designed to hold one row of medium-sized books. If you notice a shelf pulling away from the wall, empty it immediately and put in a Frontline request to have it repaired. Contact EH&S with any safety questions.

Learn healthy eating habits and financial planning skills
Human Resources is providing a number of sessions related to personal wellness and financial planning in February and March, including an LAPP information session and a two-day retirement planning seminar. Check out the events calendar or contact Janine Charko in HR (local 5669) for more information.

New art exhibit on Main Street 
Mount Royal's Art Committee unveiled a new year-long photography exhibit on Main Street. Called ‘Identity’, the exhibit is part of the Exposure Photography Festival and explores identity through individuality, conformism, societal expectation and cultural norm. 

Put uncoated, non-waxy food containers in organics 
Most cardboard food containers, muffin papers and wooden chopsticks ― but not Styrofoam ― can go in the organics bin. When we produce less garbage, we reduce our environmental foot footprint. Do the right thing: put your lunch leftovers (container and all) in organics.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Midwifery student receives Outstanding Future Alumni Award
Jenny Limoges was recognized for her commitment to mentorship with an Outstanding Futrure Alumni Award. She stays connected through the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship program and by mentoring other students as a Learning Peer

Anderson puts people and pigs to pen in new book
Associate Dean Joe Anderson, PhD, of the Faculty of Arts recently had West Virginia University Press publish his book, Capitalist Pigs: Pigs, Pork, and Power in America. The book examines the changing inter-species relationship between people and pigs from the Colombian Exchange in the region that became the United States.

Alberta Education Program student selected for Top 30 Under 30
Aboriginal Education Program student, Gleniela Ariel Crawler, has been selected as a 2019 Top 30 Under 30 from the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation for her work promoting Indigenous rights globally, as well as her service in the Morley community.

Events More information at mtroyal.ca/Events

Beginner's Guide to 360° Cameras: Storytelling in 3D with Photos and Videos
Fri., Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon — Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Learn how to use 360-degree cameras (Ricoh Theta V, GoPro Fusion, and Vuze 3D 360 4K VR Video Camera) to create highly immersive environments for education. Register.

Library Scholarship Speaker Series
Fri., Feb. 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
Join the second edition of the 2018/19 Library Scholarship Speaker Series, which will feature faculty from departments within the Riddell Library and Learning Centre. More information.

Critical Thinking Series: Is Capitalism Sustainable?
Fri., Feb. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. — EA1031 (Moot Court Room)
The third event of the Critical Thinking Series will examine the sustainability of capitalism within the critical thinking framework devised by Stephen Brookfield. More information.

Future Innovators in Technology: Information Session
Mon., Feb. 11 from noon to 2:30 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
The Future Innovators in Technology program focuses on training senior undergraduate students for research and the transition into a University of Lethbridge graduate program.

Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training
Mon., Feb. 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. — T135
Learn how to recognize and respond to an overdose, including how to provide Naloxone by practising injections in a safe and non-judgmental setting. Register.

Virtual Reality Toolkit Series: Building 3D Models with Google Blocks
Tues., Feb. 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Experience Lab (EL1355)
Learn how to create and prototype 3D models in virtual reality by using the Oculus Rift headset and Google Blocks application. Attend an Experience Lab drop-in session before registering.

Fresh Routes Community Mobile Food Market
Every Tues., until March 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. — Wyckham House
Fresh Routes will set up its Community Mobile Food Market on campus, making grocery shopping convenient, accessible and affordable.

Using KeePass
Thurs., Feb. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn how to use KeePass to store your passwords electronically and safely. Register.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Information Session
Thurs., Feb. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. — Main Street
Stop by and learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship extra-curricular opportunities at MRU that will help turn your ideas into reality. More information.

Dave Kelly Live: Valentine's Day Special
Thurs., Feb. 14 from 8 to 10 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Bring a date to Dave Kelly Live, featuring special guests, surprise appearances, and the best in Canadian talent, stories and music. Tickets.

Emerging Scholar in Residence Keynote Presentation
Fri., Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Gina Starblanket, PhD, will deliver a keynote presentation titled Topographies of Settler Colonialism: Unpacking Indigenous and non-Indigenous Relationships on the Prairies.

Persian Poetry Night
Sun., Feb. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. — Jenkins Theatre (I115)
Both Arabic and Persian culture have a very old tradition of written poetry, which played a key role in bringing people from different countries together.

Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Reality Experiences
Tues., Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon — Visualization Classroom (EL1441) 
Learn how to create your own interactive 360-degree tours. Attending an Experience Lab drop-in session in advance of registering for this workshop is recommended. Register.

Planning for Personal Freedom
Wed., Feb. 20 and Thurs. Feb. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — O222
This two-day, hands-on workshop is designed for participants who would like to evaluate their ability to maintain their lifestyle at a chosen retirement date. Register.

Research Data Management and the Tri-Agency's Draft Policy
Wed., Feb. 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Visualization Classroom (EL1441)
This session will discuss the Tri-Agency’s Research Data Management Draft Policy and go over the principal elements of research data management.

LAPP 101
Thurs., Feb. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. — O226
A Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP) client education specialist will be on hand to answer all your questions about LAPP. Register.

HR: Preparing for Change
Wed., Feb. 27 and Thurs., Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Develop an understanding of the issues and environmental requirements needed for change to successfully take place. Register.

Working with Google Docs
Wed., Feb. 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
This training covers using headers and footers, adding hyperlinks, inserting comments and suggestions, viewing previous versions and adding a table of contents. Register.

Nursing Outside the Box: What Tuberculosis Can Tell Us About Global Health and the Power of Nurses to Change the World
Thurs., Feb. 28 from 10 to 11:50 a.m. — Y224
The study of tuberculosis reveals a lot about sociopolitical challenges in working towards a more just, equitable and healthy planet.

Kolsimcha Quintet
Sun., March 3 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Since 1986, Kolsimcha has been recorded at New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as at jazz, classical and world music festivals on three continents. Tickets.

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