Your Mount Royal News
April 5, 2019
Bringing industry knowledge and community mindedness into the classroom
As Research Days wrap up, check out seven featured researchers who are leading towards change ― for the better.
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Anote Tong receives Calgary Peace Prize
The former president of Kiribati was recognized for dedicating his life to fighting climate change and raising awareness about its impacts.
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JMH LaunchPad Pitch Competition results
Find out which businesses received a share of $80,000 in cash and in-kind services donated to help launch student entrepreneurial ventures.
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MRU making its mark in Map the System
Collaborators put together a comprehensive guide to assist students in acing the challenge, which saw an alumna take the top spot last year.
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Criminal justice practicums part of appeal
Students in the fourth year of the criminal justice program are getting valuable hands-on experience at numerous justice-related agencies.
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Advance polls from April 9 to 13 in Wyckham House
Advance polls for the April 16 provincial election will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. You will get a ballot for your riding. If you are not already registered to vote, you will need to show government-issued ID such as a driver's licence.
Dean of Continuing Education and Extension presentations
On Wed., April 10 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Dr. Brad Mahon, interim dean, Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension, Mount Royal will present and on Thurs., April 11 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Dr. Dennis Silvestrone, director, Continuing Studies and Corporate Training, Okanagan College will present. All are welcome in the Lincoln Park Room (J301).
Academic Town Hall on April 17
Join Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Lesley Brown, the faculty members on the Board of Governors, Kenna Olsen and David Clemis, and a student leader from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the TransAlta Pavilion in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts on Wed., April 17.
Refresh of Pride crosswalk paint
The Pride crosswalk will be refreshed with more durable paint during the summer, with timing based on roadwork that needs to be done first.
New executive director of Students' Association of Mount Royal
The Student Governing Board of SAMRU announced Brian Walters will be the organization’s next Executive Director, effective April 15, 2019. In this role, he will provide strategic and operational leadership and management.
Turn off your computer at night to save energy
Mount Royal can reduce its environmental footprint and save up to $30,000 a year if everyone shuts down their computers at the end of the day.
Convocation volunteers needed
Spring convocation will be held Wed., June 5, Thurs., June 7 and Fri., June 8. As always, volunteers are needed! To help celebrate the achievements of Mount Royal's students you can sign up as a volunteer for Gowning/Marshall or as a Ceremony Volunteer.
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Bleed Blue – Celebrating MRU
Alumna’s training helps save a life
Athletic therapy alumna Savannah Blakely is being credited with helping to save the life of Bob Elliot, whose heart stopped while speaking at a banquet. Blakely is an athletic trainer with the Okotoks Dawg. Read more.
Former student releases new book set inside the circus tent
Bachelor of Arts ― English alumnus Niall Howell’s new book, Only Pretty Damned (NeWestPress), is set to be released April 15. Staged in a circus during the 1950s, it has been well reviewed. Read more.
Robert Blaine donates sports memorabilia
Calgarian Robert Blaine has donated an interesting collection of sports memorabilia to MRU valued at $80,000 to MRU. The donation is currently housed in Mount Royal’s Archives and Special Collections and is expected to be used for research and potentially put on display.
Penning their way to the top
Mount Royal journalism students Amber McLinden, Rayane Sabbagh, Simran Sachar, Natalie Valleau, Courtney Ingram and Breanne Kramer were nominated for two Canadian Association of Journalists student awards.
Associate Professor Paul Johnston a true Friend
The Alberta Paleontological Society presented Associate Professor Paul Johnston, PhD, of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences with a Friend of the Society award.
The Canadian soldier experience during the First World War
Professor Geoffrey Jackson, PhD, of the Department of Humanities published the book The Empire on the Western Front: The British 62nd and Canadian 4th Divisions in Battle with UBC Press. Read more.
Poster presentation on students thinking like chemists honoured
Chemistry professor Brett McCollum, PhD, received an honourable mention for his poster presentation Mapping Chemistry Education Practice to Professional Identity at the Royal Society for Chemistry Twitter Poster Conference. Read more.
Events More information at mtroyal.ca/Events
Making Music with Artificial Intelligence
Mon., April 8 from noon to 1 p.m. — Maker Studio (EL1245)
Come find out from a student what it took to make music created through machine-learning algorithms. Register.
3D Modelling in Tinkercad
Tues., April 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. — Maker Studio (EL1245)
Design and print a 3D model of a wearable ring. Sign up.
Wed., April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Main Street
Two-factor authentication is a process that increases the security of your accounts. Get help enabling it on your Google account or ask questions. Learn more.
Print the Legend Screening and Discussion
Wed., April 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. — Maker Studio (EL1245)
Watch this documentary abou the 3D printing revolution, followed by a panel discussion. Sign up.
Advanced Excel Techniques
Thurs., April 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Take your Excel skills to the next level.
Virtual Reality Toolkit: 3D Sculpting with Oculus Medium
Thurs., April 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. — Experience Lab (EL 1355)
Learn how to create 3D sculptures in Virtual Reality using the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Medium application. Sign up.
Health, Community and Education's Book Celebrations
Thurs., April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Join us to celebrate the launch of Tammy Sherrow's Preemie Care and Katherine Janzen's Artistic Pedagogical Technologies.
State of Play: Research in French in Western Canada
Fri., April 12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon — Knuckle Halls (EA 3001 and EA 1067)
Humanities researchers working in French in Western Canada will present their work. Learn more.
Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Reality Experiences
Fri., April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon — Vizualization Classroom (EL1441)
Find out how to create interactive 360-degree tours in this hands-on workshop. Sign up.
Make a Light Up Greeting Card
Fri., April 12 from noon to 1 p.m. — Maker Studio (EL1245)
Learn basic circuitry while making a personalized greeting card. Sign up.
Experts and Agitators: Tax Politics and the Rise of Canadian Democracy
Fri., April 12 from noon to 2 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Author Shirley Tillotsonhe discusses how Canada’s unruly tax history is strangely entertaining and may be a helpful guide for tax talk today. Read more.
Introductory Makey Makey Project
Mon., April 15 from noon to 1 p.m. — Maker Studio (EL1245)
Learn how to make a keyboard out of almost any object. Register.
Using Easel Software for CNC carving projects
Tues., April 16 from noon to 1 p.m. — Maker Studio (EL1245)
Learn the basics of CNC machining using Easel software for the carvey machine. Sign up.
Farewell Event for President David Docherty
Tues., April 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. — Ross Glen Hall
The Board of Governors invites you to bid David and Kris a fond farewell.
Dave Kelly Live: Icons
Tues., April 16 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
Jann Arden joins Dave for a night of conversations and stories. Buy tickets.
Creating a Google Site
Wed., April 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn how to create a Google site, select a template and insert Google calendars and videos. Register.
TVP Spring Floral Fundraiser
Wed., April 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — East Gate
Celebrate Easter with a bouquet of flowers ($20 includes GST) in support of the Transitional Vocational Program.
Understanding the Basics of Robotics Using Lego Mindstorms
Wed., April 17 from noon to 1 p.m. — Maker Studio (EL1245)
Come learn basic programming while building a Lego robot. Register.
Protect Yourself Against Cybercrime
Wed., April 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. — E204
This fascinating and informative workshop provides the tools you need to keep cyber safe. Sign up.
Academic Town Hall
Wed., April 17 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. — Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Hear from Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Lesley Brown, who will be joined by the two faculty members from the Board of Governors, David Clemis and Kenna Olsen, as well as a student leader.
Excel Pivot Tables Using Slicers
Tues., April 23 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. — T104
Learn how to create and manipulate an Excel pivot table using slicers. Register.
Map the System YYC
Tues., April 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. — Calgary Public Library
Cheer on Mount Royal's team as the compete for the city title. Sign up.
Using Google Drive
Mon., April 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — T104
Learn what Google Drive is and how to use. Sign up.
Mon., April 29 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall
These prominent classical music performers are touring North America for the first time in three years. Buy tickets.
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