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Aug. 9, 2018

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Joy, empathy and understanding

Summit magazine ― Mount Royal's Life-Writing project is dispelling misconceptions about aging for students.

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Healthy aging top of mind

Summit magazine ― Faculty members prepare students for an aging population using the lens of their own expertise.

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Rethinking dementia

Summit magazine ― Positively altering the way dementia is viewed means a diagnosis doesn’t have to be devastating.

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President Docherty appointed president of Brandon University
Sue Mallon, chair of the Board of Governors, has let the campus community know that on May 1, 2019, President David Docherty will become the president of Brandon University. Docherty will remain president of MRU until this date. The campus community congratulates him on his new position and thanks him for his many contributions. Read more.

Provide input into president position profile
You have knowledge and experience that will be valuable as the Board of Governors and Presidential Search Committee seek a successor for our current president. On Tuesday, Aug. 21 and Friday, Sept. 7, the executive search firm Boyden will hold focus groups on campus to obtain your input. More dates and times here or contact

Aug. 11 and 12 power outage in all buildings except main Lincoln Park building and East Residence
Most of campus will experience a nearly complete electrical shutdown from 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 until 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. All buildings, except the main Lincoln Park building and East Residence, will be impacted. The EC building, East Parkade and West Residence (people will move to Residence Building B for the night) will experience a complete blackout. There will be no access to affected buildings, limited lighting and no power to workstations or fridges. Please shut down all computers and empty fridges before leaving on Friday, Aug. 10. Any questions? Call 403.440.6417.

Overnight power outage in main Lincoln Park building from Aug. 16 to 17
The main Lincoln Park building will have an almost complete electrical shutdown from 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 to 5 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17. There will be limited lighting, no power to workstations or fridges, no heating or cooling and no access to the building. Please shut down all computers and empty fridges before leaving on Thursday, Aug. 16. Any questions? Call 403.440.6417. 

New Student Orientation volunteers needed
Welcome our incoming students to the amazing Mount Royal community Sept. 4 and/or Sept. 5 during New Student Orientation. Various positions and times are available. Learn more and sign up online.

Sign up for access to Adobe Creative Cloud or Acrobat DC
The licensing structure for Adobe Creative Cloud and Acrobat DC has changed, resulting in fewer licenses for end users. Existing licenses were removed Aug. 8 and will be re-issued based on job requirements. Labs will have Adobe Creative Cloud installed based on usage. If you require either program, please fill out this form, get approval and then scan and send to the licence manager.

Sharing information with employees
There are many ways to share information with employees. Every other week, Our Community goes to over 3,000 people and has a 45 per cent open rate. Areas can also send a newsletter at the start of the fall and winter semesters. Emails to all employees are for strategic, must-know today to do your job and emergency content. To discuss or for more ideas, email Marketing and Communications.
Bleed Blues      

MRU Library Maker Studio used to discuss the meaning of art
A librarian from the University of Arkansas and a visual artist from Montreal spent two weeks working on a project in the Maker Studio meant to conjure up questions with no definite answers. Read more.
Events        Complete list at

IT: KeePass 2.0
Wed., Aug. 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ― T104
Use KeePass to digitally store your important passwords. Register.

IT: Using Google Forms
Tues., Aug. 21 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. ― T104
Attendees of this course will learn how to add fields, share the form and work with data. Register.

IT: Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Tues., Aug. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ― E204
This workshop teaches tips and tricks on how to keep your data safe at home and at work and includes tons of helpful info you can share. Register.

Prostate cancer MAN VAN
Thurs., Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ― East Gate
If you're male and over 40 and haven't been screened for prostate cancer, stop by the MAN VAN for a 5-minute check of your blood sample. No appointment necessary. More info.

President’s Fall Address
Tues., Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon ― Ross Glen Hall
Join President David Docherty for his last annual fall address to the campus community.

Riddell Library and Learning Centre Employee Open House
Tues., Aug. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. ― Riddell Library and Learning Centre
The RLLC is bringing food trucks and music to campus to celebrate and show off new technology in the building. A special $2 food truck voucher will be offered to the first 500 people heading over from the President's Fall Address.

IT: Working with Google Docs
Thurs., Aug. 30 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. ― T104
This Google Docs training covers using headers and footers, adding hyperlinks, inserting comments and suggestions, wrapping text, viewing previous versions and including a table of contents. Register.

2018 Distinguished Employee Awards
Thurs., Aug. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. ― Bella Concert Hall
Please join us as we celebrate the dedication and distinguished accomplishments of employees. Everyone is invited to attend. More info.

New Student Orientation (NSO)
Tues. Sept. 4 and Wed. Sept. 5 at 9 a.m. ― Triple Gym
All staff and faculty are invited to welcome our new students. Formal remarks on Sept. 4 will be followed by keynote speaker Noor Tagouri. More information.

Have a story, announcement or info to share?

Summit and website stories

We would love to hear about your story! Go to the online story submission tool and guidelines.

MyMRU announcements

Please send announcements on MyMRU's homepage to Here are the guidelines.

Start of semester emails, with option for distribution list sign-up

As each semester begins (Aug./Sept. and Dec./Jan.), 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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