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May 29, 2020

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Documenting the pandemic

The Mount Royal Library is working to capture the many ways people are being impacted by COVID-19 to eventually create a collection for researchers and future generations.

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Getting to the truth of the matter

For journalism students, the pandemic has provided a chance to see the positive impact of their chosen profession on a public anxious for current, reliable information.

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Research excellence awarded

The fifth-annual Library Awards for Research Excellence recently recognized three individuals for their exceptional scholarly projects.

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Expertise in gender-based violence sought

Before lockdowns forced millions to remain isolated, Professor Cathy Carter-Snell, PhD, was asked by planning agencies for advice on ways to reduce the risk of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Meet the SAMRU 2020 executive council

Students Spirit River Striped Wolf, Carly Bullough and Camille Rhose Tabacla are each taking on new representation roles, while Luc Carels is heading into his second term as vice-president external.

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Short list of new publications by MRU faculty

Originally scheduled to be featured in the Research and Scholarship Days' Book Showcase, the authors and editors of these publications share some insights about the creation of their original works.

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Academic Town Hall Q&A
Questions posed during the May 14 Academic Town Hall are now answered and posted on MyMRU under Financial Matters> Resource Planning> Reference Materials. This is the same place as where the April Town Hall Q&A was posted.

Graduation celebration June 3 and 4
Until we're able to mark graduation more formally, we want to celebrate with our new alumni virtually. New grads can use #MRUgrad on June 3 and 4 to post celebratory photos, videos, memories of MRU and to connect with other grads and alumni. Faculty and employees are encouraged to participate, too.

Copyright guidelines for faculty leading online courses
Most instructors know how copyright applies to in-person classes, but it's not always clear how the law changes when material is sourced and shared online. The Library has answered the most common questions around copyright from faculty who are creating and adjusting class content to now be delivered remotely. Learn more.

New, easier way to report phishing emails
Your Gmail account now includes a 'PhishAlert' button for reporting suspicious emails to ITS. While the email is open, click on the PhishAlarm icon on the right-hand side panel and then click 'Report Phish.'

Remove old Chrome extensions to enable new Google Meet grid view
First, remove the "Chris Gamble" grid view extension if you previously installed it on your device. Open Google Meet, then click on the three dots in the top right corner of the Chrome browser bar next to your account information. Select 'more tools' / 'extensions'. Then remove the old extension. Next, click on the three dots in the bottom right corner of Google Meet. Choose 'change layout' and select your preferred view. More information.

The cybersecurity stickers are going digital
With almost everyone working from home, the popular cybersecurity stickers are now available digitally. Visit the MRU Cybersecurity Hub to download the newest sticker. Add it to your email signature and email bpasteris@mtroyal.ca to get your contest entry code.

Environmental Health and Safety wants to hear from you
EH&S wants to know your perceptions of health and safety at MRU so the team can concentrate efforts on improving EH&S processes and communications. Please take this five-minute anonymous survey. Share your thoughts on the University's responsibilities, your responsibilities and how you're involved in health and safety within MRU.

Did you know?

The Charlton Pond is named after former head of security Bob Charlton, who created the annual Big Bob's BBQ in support of Mount Royal's Transitional Vocational Program. The pond is actually used to irrigate the campus, with 3.5 kilometres of irrigation mainlines.

Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU

Art gifted for special nursing journal's Indigenous edition
Members of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Lisa Bourque Bearskin, PhD, (Beaver Lake Cree Nation), and Associate Professor Andrea Kennedy, PhD, (Settler and Métis ancestry), are guest editors for Nīpawīstimatowin “Bearing Witness for One Another." This edition is grounded in Canadian Indigenous discourse and worldviews, focusing on nursing’s role in truth and reconciliation, Indigenous health and well-being and the necessity to decolonize nursing in Canada. Mount Royal's Iniskim Centre's Medicine Trail Coordinator and artist Dion Simon (Ermineskin Cree Nation) gifted an inspiring image for this special edition.

Health, Community and Education students garner national recognition
Fourth-year Bachelor of Nursing student Andrew Nguyen, third-year Bachelor of Child Studies student Samantha Petite and third-year Athletic Therapy student Taylor Tsakoza were recently selected as recipients of the National Student Leadership Award in Health, Community and Education. The Canadian Association of Health Sciences Deans initiated this National Student Leadership Award Program in 2014.

Department of Education garners award
The Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA) has recognized the work of Connect Charter School, Tsuut’ina Education and Mount Royal University with the Excellence in Learning Partnerships Award. This award recognizes partnerships that include the school council, and support parent and community involvement in education to benefit the community and enhance the learning experience of students.

Events – More information at mru.ca/Events

Image Tracing in Adobe Illustrator
Fri., May 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Tues., June 2 from noon to 1 p.m.
Google Meet
Fri., June 19 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet
Adobe Illustrator can be used to import and vectorize an image, which can then be edited and modified. Register for May. Register for June, July and August.

Choosing a Repository for Your Research Data
Fri., May 29 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
This session will outline some of the factors to consider when choosing a repository for your research data and will discuss specific repository options across disciplines. Register.

Copyright for Online Instruction
Tues., June 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
A quick, practical overview of copyright in a world of online delivery. Register.

3D Modelling in Tinkercad

Tues., June 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Wed., June 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. Google Meet
Navigate and create a 3D modelling environment with the Maker Studio staff. Register.

Programming Literacy: Understanding the Theory Behind Programming
Wed., June 3 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Tues., June 16 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet
Learn the basics about how code will give you a starting point to discover what languages you want to learn, and why these languages will be useful to you. Register for June 3. Register for June 16.

Maker Studio Meetup

Thurs., June 4 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Thurs., June 11 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet
Thurs., June 18 from 11 a.m. to noon — Google Meet

Join the virtual Maker Studio to discuss your projects, explore new possibilities, ask questions or just visit with the community you are missing. Register.

Storytelling in 360-Degrees With Photos and Videos

Thurs., June 4 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Tues., June 16 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Learn how to use 360-degree cameras to create highly immersive environments for education. Register.

Finishing School
Thurs., June 4 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Google Meet
Thurs., June 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Google Meet
Thurs., June 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Google Meet

A weekly drop-in where participants bring in their own fibre projects to work on in a supportive and social setting. Register.

Orientation to the Maker Studio
Fri., June 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. Google Meet
Tues., June 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. Google Meet
Fri., June 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. Google Meet

This basic orientation to the Maker Studio will introduce all of its tools and technologies and discuss associated health and safety concerns. Register.

Circuitry Prototyping in Tinkercad
Fri,. June 5 from 11 a.m. to noon Google Meet
Wed., June 17 from 11 a.m. to noon Google Meet

Start prototyping without the cost associated with buying basic electronic component kits by learning Tinkercad Circuits. Register.

Finishing 3D Prints With Sanding and Paint
Mon., June 8 from 11 a.m. to noon Google Meet
Join the Maker Studio staff and learn how to sand, prime and paint your 3D prints. Register.

Creating Virtual Reality Experiences with Google Tours VR
Mon., June 8 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Create your own interactive 360-degree tours that can be viewed in virtual reality (VR) using the Google VR Tours platform. Register.

Library Support for Online Course Delivery
Mon., June 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. — Google Meet
This online workshop will highlight ways faculty can optimize the MRU Library’s digital collections and services to support online instruction in Fall 2020. Register.

Gaming, Technology and Accessibility in Academic Libraries Webinar

Tues., June 9 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Google Meet
Join this engaging talk and panel discussion to learn how to recognize and address barriers while planning on-campus events that have a balance of activities so all participants can have fun with dignity. Register.

Beginner's Guide to Virtual Reality
Wed., June 10 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Explore virtual reality and learn about the MRU Library Experience Lab, available library services and how to integrate them all into your classes and research. Register.

Learn a Programming Language: Python
Wed., June 10 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Program your own dice roll generator in Python, the most beginner-friendly, high-level language in use by developers today. Register.

Logo Design in Adobe Illustrator
Wed., June 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. — Google Meet
Use Adobe Illustrator for the creation of a simple logo. Register.

Beginner's Guide to Augmented Reality
Thurs., June 11 from noon to 1 p.m. Google Meet
Fri., June 19 from noon to 1 p.m. Google Meet
Explore augmented reality, 3D modelling, development tools and available content and learn how to integrate them into your classes and research. Register.

Make a Cellphone Holder 3D Modelling in Fusion 360
Fri., June 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Learn the software interface of Fusion 360 software by creating a cellphone holder. Register.

Making Affirmations Without the Button Making Tools
Fri., June 12 from noon to 1 p.m. — Google Meet
Learn how to create a positive affirmation your brain will respond to and think of creative ways to display that affirmation to make it effective. Register.

Introduction to 3D Printing and Setting Up a 3D Printer
Mon., June 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Google Meet
Find out about the common settings of 3D printer software and how to adjust them for the desired result. Register.

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 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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