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Sept. 17, 2020

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Professor named to RSC's College of New Scholars

Biology professor Trevor Day, PhD, has been honoured as one of the nation’s top mid-career researchers with his election to the College of New Scholars by the Royal Society of Canada ― a first for MRU.

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Students take part in MacLean's 'They were loved' series

MRU journalism students are researching and writing obituaries honouring Canadians who have died of COVID-19, a process they say has been difficult but rewarding.

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Faculty of Science and Technology made in Minecraft

Bachelor of Computer Information Systems students recreated their faculty in Minecraft for an interactive introduction for new students to their future home-away-from-home in real time.

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Law and order: 2020 Alumni Achievement Award nominees

Justice studies alumnus Travis Juska's impact as a police officer led him to be invested as a Member of the Order of Merit of Police Forces, while sociology alumnus Jordan Primeau uses his law degree to fight against human rights abuses.

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New Student Orientation has great reach

More than 1,200 new students attended NSO online at the beginning of September, with activities throughout the summer engaging hundreds more. Parents and international students were also in attendance at NSO.

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Building structure to implement good ideas

Over five weeks during the summer, the Social Entrepreneurship Sprint provided a transformational work-integrated learning experience and left students with a newfound appreciation about what it takes to be a social entrepreneur.


Positive COVID-19 case
A member of the MRU community who was on campus last week has tested positive for COVID-19. The person is now self isolating. If you don’t receive notification from MRU or AHS, you have not been in contact with this individual.

10 ways you can help the MRU campus community stay healthy and safe
If you are coming to campus, please follow these steps

1. Complete this orientation if you will be on campus frequently during the semester
2. Fill out the employee health declaration form each day you come to campus
On campus
3. In public indoor spaces, wear a mask
4. Limit socializing, only go where you need to go on campus, and do not go into closed or restricted areas
5. Stay at least two metres away from others
6. Disinfect your hands when you enter a space
7. Follow campus floor markings and signage
8. Keep personal belongings with you: do not share food or personal items
9. Clean your own space and follow protocols for sanitizing shared spaces and equipment
10. If you begin to have symptoms on campus, let your supervisor or instructor know

Continue to refer to the detailed People Plan for appropriate protocols for differing situations.

Budget Town Hall on Sept. 30
The Budget Town Hall has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. This additional time will allow for more budget information to be gathered and included. Further details will be communicated closer to that date.

Ensure your Code of Conduct compliance is up to date
All employees must abide by the Code of Conduct mandated by the provincial government in 2019. Please review the Code and FAQ. If your situation has changed since last year, submit a new disclosure form.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is coming

October is Cybsersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM). Learn new skills and win prizes in a virtual treasure hunt, the Cybercrime Series and a new Cybersecurity Challenge. Visit the CSAM hub to stay up to date on all the activities.

Celebrating Healthcare Simulation Week
In celebrating Healthcare Simulation Week from Sept. 14 to 18, the Faculty of Health, Commmunity and Education has been hosting a series of virtual events. Follow @mruSimulationLearningCentre on Instagram to watch faculty, staff and students go head-to-head in a CPR challenge, take a virtual tour of the
Health Simulation Learning Centre, or test your knowledge of MRU's simulation space and technology with a live trivia session.

Winterization of campus irrigation system
This annual process is noisy as it involves a large air compressor that blows all the water out of the lines to prevent freezing and damage to the lines through winter. Those on campus should avoid areas where work is being done from Sept. 21 to 25 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Did you know?

Mount Royal's Recreation facility opened in 2002 at the same time as the Faculty of Arts building (EA).

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Melanie Peacock awarded the 2020 Canadian Human Resources Lifetime Achievement award
Associate professor of human resources Melanie Peacock, PhD, received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the 2020 Canadian Human Resources Awards. This distinguished and highest national honour recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the human resources industry as a whole through visionary people management strategies and leadership.

MRU research gaining reach

MRU has received over $5 million in new federal research support funding, including:

  • Tri-Agency grants with approximately $1.4 million awarded
  • Two new Canada Research Chairs: Ranjan Datta, PhD, Community Disaster Research and Cherie Woolmer, PhD, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • The first Canada Foundation for Innovation grants for Professor Gwen O'Sullivan, PhD (environmental science), and Assistant Professor Meg Wilcox and Associate Professor Brad Clark, PhD (journalism)
  • Tim Haney, PhD, sociology professor, and Paul Varella, PhD, associate professor in general management, received SSHRC Insight Development Grants

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Beginner's Guide to Augmented Reality
Tues., Sept. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Learn about augmented reality applications in the class and for research, as well as the available Library supports
. Register.

Intro to Audacity: Managing Your Audio Project, Editing and Recording
Tues., Sept. 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet
Use Audacity software to create simple audio projects such as podcasts, voice recordings and more. Register.

Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime
Tues., Sept. 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Google Meet

This workshop gives you all the tools you need to keep you and yours cybersafe and fulfills the annual mandatory cybersecurity training requirement. Register.

Ethics 101 Workshop
Thurs., Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to noon Google Meet
This session considers principles of “Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans” as required by the Canadian Tri-Council Policy Statement and assists researchers who are planning to apply for Ethics Clearance from Mount Royal’s Human Research Ethics Board. Register.

XR Toolkit Series: Editing 360-Degree Photos and Videos with Adobe Premiere and Photoshop
Thurs., Sept. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Process, edit and view your 360-degree videos and photos using Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop. Register.


Thurs., Sept. 24 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. — Google Meet
Join MRU's cybersecurity expert, who will be combing the latest cybersecurity news to find engaging and timely topics for discussion. Register.

Beginner's Guide to 360-Degree Cameras
Tues., Sept. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Discover how to create highly immersive environments for education using 360-degree cameras. Register.

XR Toolkit Series: Creating Virtual Reality Experiences With Google Tours VR
Thurs., Oct. 1 from noon to 1 p.m.
— Google Meet
Create your own interactive 360-degree tours that can be viewed using virtual reality (Google Cardboard) or traditional computer monitors. Register.

Beginner's Guide to Transforming Social Connections with Virtual Reality
Tues., Oct. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Learn how social virtual reality platforms are changing the way we connect with one another during this new era of physical distancing. Register.

XR Toolkit Series: Creating Augmented Reality Experiences with Adobe Aero
Thurs., Oct. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Build, view and share interactive augmented reality experiences using your Apple device and the Adobe Aero platform. Register.
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