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Sept. 20, 2018

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Celebrating great chemistry at Mount Royal

Mount Royal's new Bachelor of Science ― Chemistry, is the University's 33rd major and was more than a decade in the making.

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Virtual reality takes to the soccer pitch

Mount Royal University women’s soccer team could soon be using virtual reality to help train and recruit athletes off the field.

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Trico Changemakers Studio showcase

Sept. 27 is the public opening of this co-working space for social innovators and will feature a showcase of its current occupants.

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Seeing Hawai‘i in a new light

The first international Indigenous Studies field school saw students transform from tourists to activists.

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Teas helping those in need

Honours English student Alexandra Daignault has created a socially responsible loose leaf tea company.

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Educational and emotional growth

Graduates of the Employment Preparation Certificate program celebrated their achievements Sept. 16.

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Mandatory fire drill Monday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m.
This practice fire drill is expected to take up to 30 minutes and includes an evacuation of all Lincoln Park campus buildings except residences. Everyone must participate. Learn more about fire drills at Mount Royal University

MyMRU and website outages
MyMRU will be unavailable from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23. If you require access to BlackBoard, use the following link: Blackboard Learn. The Mount Royal University main website ( will be unavailable from midnight to 1 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Website content management system project update
The current website content management system (CMS) is being replaced. A selection team chose Cascade CMS by Hannon Hill as the new CMS. ITS is preparing the CMS and will update users about training and the timeline to migrate content later this fall. Questions? Email

No changes to on Sept. 26
ITS is planning to make infrastructure adjustments to the current CMS on
Wednesday, Sept. 26, which will mean no editing or adding content to the website for the day. Concerns? Email

Office of Student Conduct changing locations
The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) is moving to F103 today (Thursday, Sept. 20). Find them down the hallway to the right of the Office of Student Success off Main Street.

Order your Thanksgiving floral centerpiece
Pre-order one of 75 $30 floral centerpieces created by floral design students in support of the Transitional Vocational Program. Stop by the East Gate on Sept. 20 and 21 between noon and 1 p.m., email or visit the TVP office at M200. The deadline is 4 p.m. on Sept. 26 and the orders will be delivered the afternoon of Oct. 4.

Paper and cardboard banned from city landfills as of Oct. 1
Paper and cardboard can no longer be thrown in garbage cans or landfill bins on campus. As of Oct. 1, Mount Royal will be fined for any waste sent to the City's landfills that includes paper or cardboard. Please use the bins across campus labelled paper or mixed recycle.

Keep liquids out of mixed recycle bins
Empty your coffee and cold drink cups before putting them in the mixed recycle bins. Liquids contaminate the bin contents, meaning nothing in the bin can be recycled and must go to the landfill instead.

Water flows again from E-Wing fountain after more than 10 years
Facilities Management has patched and repaired a water feature on the west side of E-Wing that flows into the Charlton Pond. The work was done at very low cost by refurbishing old parts. It is one of a number of low-cost improvements Facilities Management is planning for outdoor spaces on campus.

The Office of Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion wants you
The Office of Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion (CEMI) is seeking expressions of interest for the establishment of employ ee and student advisory committees to receive advice and input. Contact Tracy Garrick at by Friday, Sept. 28 if you are interested.

Logs for bee nesting boxes
The pile of logs located near the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts will be used by the Grounds department to build bee nesting boxes to be placed around campus. The boxes are part of designing a bee-friendly campus to protect native bee species.

Public Recreation members can now park for free
MRU Cougars Athletics and Recreation is now offering public memberships that include parking. Learn more about the benefits of a public Recreation membership at MRU.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month
Join the cyber security challenge in October. Attend events across campus and enter a team to compete in contests for a chance to win a $250 Best Buy gift card. Subscribe to the IT Security newsletter or visit the Google site for details.
Bleed Blues      

LaunchPad alumnus goes to Dragon's Den
2016 JMH LaunchPad Pitch Competition alumnus Zac Hartley and his team from Smoke Barrel (now Burgundy Oak) will appear on Dragons' Den on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. to pitch their venture to the panel of business experts. The company manufactures custom hand-crafted hot and cold smokers from old wine and whiskey barrels.

Faculty member supporting back science
Bachelor of Health and Physical Education – Physical Literacy professor Christy Tomkins-Lane, PhD, won Best Paper of the Year from Spine Journal 2018 for her research "Digital biomarkers of spine and musculoskeletal disease from accelerometers: Defining phenotypes of free-living physical activity in knee osteoarthritis and lumbar spinal stenosis."

Physical literacy knowledge helps propel dance success
Fourth-year Bachelor of Health and Physical Education — Physical Literacy student Rebecca Thow recently won second overall at the world highland dancing championship held at the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon, Scotland. Last year Thow was named world champion.

Library provides valuable work experience
Three MRU students have taken charge and accomplished projects in support of the Library including projects such as creating a custom web application, mapping data and providing a process to track the user experience. Read more.
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Spin the Wheel and Win a Prize
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Main Street
Sign up for the IT Security newsletter or show the latest edition and get a chance to spin the wheel and win. More about IT Security.

Beakerhead: What’s So Special About A Weasel’s Head?
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. — EL3345
Explore the Weaselhead Park through an immersive installation with 360-degree visuals and virtual reality headsets. Free and open to all.

The Current (and Future) State of Web Development
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 1 to 1:50 p.m. EA1067
Professor Randy Connolly will present on the state of web development at the second Department of Mathematics and Computing colloquium of the fall term.

International Student Eat and Greet
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Z203
Everyone is welcome! This program gives international students and the broader Mount Royal community an opportunity to meet new people and build connections. More info.

Pop-Up Science Carnival
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
Celebrate the launch of the new Chemistry major by exploring the science of food with hands-on experiments.
Sold out.

Have You Ever Wondered ... by Joe Schwarcz
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall​
Joe Schwarcz, PhD and national TV personality, will give an informative and entertaining presentation that demystifies the chemistry of everyday life. Sold out.

An Evening with Chelsea Handler
Thurs., Sept. 20 from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Chelsea Handler is an accomplished comedian, best-selling author and activist. She’s genuine, authentic
and wildly funny. Tickets.

iinistsi 141: Signing Anniversary of Treaty 7
Fri., Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Commemorate the signing anniversary of Treaty 7 with various events throughout the day, including the unveiling of the Inii Awatoo (Buffalo on the Move) rock monument at 11 a.m. at the Charlton Pond.
More info.

Doors Open YYC
Sat., Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The MRU campus is taking part in Doors Open YYC. Tour three of our new innovative spaces; the MRU Library, the Taylor Centre for Performing Arts and the Trico Changemakers Studio. More info.

Spin the Wheel and Win a Prize
Wed., Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Sign up for the IT Security Newsletter or show the latest edition and get to spin the wheel for a prize. More about IT Security

I’ll Take Your Dead: Talk with Chad Archibald
Wed., Sept. 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. T141
Join director and producer Chad Archibald as he talks about making horror films in Canada and his latest film, I'll Take Your Dead.

Trico Changemakers Studio Showcase
Thurs., Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EB3013
Celebrate this new vibrant co-working and learning space on our campus. Meet some of the studio members and learn how they are making a meaningful difference. More info.

Workplace Health: Creating Your Financial Roadmap
Fri., Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This session will teach you how to build a solid financial plan and how to avoid common mistakes in money management. Register.

Graduate Studies Fair
Mon., Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main Street
Representatives from a variety of institutions will be located on Main Street to provide information about their programs and admission processes.
More info.

Cyber Safety Summit
Tues., Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lincoln Park Room
Learn how to protect your privacy, purchase secure internet-connected devices, protect yourself from social engineering and what to do if you become a victim.

How to Land a Career in Cyber Security
Thurs. Oct. 4 from noon to 1 p.m.
The information security industry is going to be the leading employer of modern society, probably even surpassing the resource sector. Register.

Jonathan Richman
Thurs., Oct. 4 from 8 to 10 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall
Richman and his drummer Tommy Larkins win fans wherever they play their whimsical and minimalist comic songs.

Hack the Box
Tues., Oct. 9 from 10 to 3 p.m. Main Street
Recruit three of your friends or colleagues and join in on this escape room-type activity for Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Know Your Rights
Wed., Oct. 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This workshop will allow you to gain an understanding of your rights under the Alberta Human Rights Act and Mount Royal's Human Rights Policy. More info.

Advanced Quantitative Methods Workshop
Thurs., Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
EL1470A (Library Classroom A)
Current and future trends in linear and logistic regression will be explored at this workshop. This content is interspersed with "hands-on" work with a data set. Register.

Research Data Management and the Tri-Agency's Draft Policy
Thurs., Oct. 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
EL1441 (Visualization Classroom)
This session will discuss the Tri-Agency’s Research Data Management Draft Policy and review the principal elements of research data management. Register.

MRU Campus Flu Clinic
Mon., Oct. 15 to Fri., Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
U216A (Wellness Services)
Take care of yourself and those around you with a flu shot. Bring your provincial health care card.

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