Don't miss out on this beautiful commemorative art book, telling the story of MRU's first 100 years, using our mural mosaic images. Available at the Mount Royal BookStore until supplies last.
Mount Royal University's centennial was the party of the century. See the full list of events below.
Centennial kick-off with the Calgary Stampeders. Larry Robinson, Mount Royal alum and football hall of famer, and fellow Mount Royal alumni who also went on to play with the Calgary Stampeders, will be honoured with commemorative jerseys at a ceremony prior to Robinson doing the ceremonial “kick off” for the game and Mount Royal’s centennial celebration. McMahon Stadium.
President's Centennial Address. Dave Marshall officially kicks off centennial celebrations, 10:30 a.m., Triple Gym. Everyone welcome.
Sept. 20 to 23
Centennial beer launch, Royal 100, at SAMRU's Liberty Lounge and Wild Rose Brewery. Mount Royal community beer tent at Wild Rose Brewery, 3 to 7 p.m. each day.
Sept. 20 to Feb.18
Library gallery exhibit Visions of Mount Royal — Past, Present, Future — Exhibit 1. Mount Royal campus, Library.
100 tree planting day, Mount Royal campus, Convocation Lawn, 10 a.m.
Centennial sundial garden unveiling, Mount Royal campus, arts courtyard, 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Sept. 21 to Oct. 29
National Juried Exhibition of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists, 2nd level, Mount Royal campus, Bissett School of Business.
Legacy Awards Dinner, Palomino Room, BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 6 p.m.
100 item student scavenger hunt, Mount Royal campus, 9 a.m.
U Fest. Welcome back outdoor concert and festival for MRU students, Mount Royal outdoor amphitheatre, 3 to 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 to Oct. 1
Legacy of Ideas street art exhibition. Theme: Unconventional Ideas. Featuring international street artists, Cey Adams, Pat Lazo and TheKidBelo. West Gate, Mount Royal campus.
Kerby Centre centennial celebration luncheon, for Mount Royal students, staff and faculty from 1948 to 1972. Kerby Memorial Building, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Legacy of Ideas kick-off event, for MRU students. Featuring: Girl Talk, Shamik and Cadence Weapon. Theme: Unconventional Ideas. Wyckham House, Students' Association of Mount Royal University, 8 p.m.
Oct. 13 to 16
Under Western Skies conference: Climate, culture and change in North America.
Legacy of Ideas. Theme: Protecting our earth's future. Featuring Maude Barlow, Vandana Shiva and more. Mount Royal Campus, Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning, 1 p.m.
Feast of Sound and Song. Palomino Room, BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 5 p.m.
Nov. 7 to 8
Wyatt Artists in Residence Concert Series. Shanghai Quartet with David Shifrin and Jon Kimura Parker. Leacock Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 10 to 13
Centennial Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre.
Nov. 25 to 28
Thursday, Nov. 25: A weekend for all Cougars alumni. Cougar Athletics has a long and honoured tradition. Many outstanding athletes have come through the Athletics program, and were proud to call themselves a ‘Cougar.’ Our Alumni are very significant to us and, to coincide with Mount Royal’s centennial, Mount Royal University, Cougar Athletics and the Cougar Booster Club are honouring them with the unveiling of an athletics wall of fame in the Recreation Concourse.
Friday, Nov. 26: Join us in honouring both Soccer and Volleyball Alumni during the volleyball games taking place at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men). There will be appetizers as well as a beer and wine garden. We encourage you to come out and have some fun with us! As well, our Men’s Hockey team will be playing at 7:30 p.m. at Flames Community Arenas. Join us for the game, during which our men’s hockey Alumni will be honoured. Please join us for the special events taking place at the arena.
Saturday, Nov. 27: Join us in honouring our Golf and Badminton, as well as our Basketball Alumni during the basketball games taking place at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men). We will have appetizers as well as a beer and wine garden. At 8:45 p.m, swing over to the Flames Community Arenas and watch our women’s hockey team play, as we honor our women’s hockey Alumni. For more information please contact Kyle Henry at 403.440.6257.
Christmas in Song. Music has always been at the heart of Calgary Christmas celebrations. Join Mount Royal’s Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO), the Mount Royal Choirs and special guests the HEEBEE-JEEBEES for a glorious family concert blending classical masterpieces with traditional carols. To commemorate 100 years of music and educational excellence at Mount Royal University, the CYO will play the specially commissioned piece, titled Century, for the first time. Jack Singer Concert Hall, Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts.
Dec. 13 to 15
Mount Royal Gives Back Donation Drive. In celebration of our centennial, Mount Royal University is giving back to the community that has given us so much over 100 years. The Mount Royal Gives Back Donation Drive is collecting items for 10 local non-profit organizations — each one representing a decade of our rich history.
Mount Royal's 100th birthday party. Mount Royal was officially founded on Dec. 16, 1910. To celebrate our 100th anniversary, we are hosting the party of the century and welcome the campus community to join us for the family-friendly festivities, including skating on the pond, road hockey, ice sculptures, hot chocolate, cupcakes and fireworks. Mayor Naheed Nenshi and other special guests will also join us for a special ceremony.
Live and Learn series. Focus: Supermarket Smarts and Label Reading. You may know "what" nutrition improvements you should make to your diet, but not "how" to implement them. In this fun and informative event, Registered Dietitian and fitness consultant Rory Hornstein takes you on a tour of a supermarket to help translate nutrition information into practice. Learn how to read nutrition labels, select lower fat products, choose the heart-healthiest oils and much, much more.
Centennial Digital Reader launch. As part of our centennial celebrations, Mount Royal University is founding an essay database called the Centennial Reader. Showcasing Mount Royal writers in its first issue, this peer-reviewed reader uses academic ideas and approaches to speak to current subjects of interest to all Canadians. For more information or to submit an essay, please contact Bill Bunn at 403.440.5945.
Legacy of Ideas. Featuring Chris Anderson. Take a glimpse into the future of business with Wired magazine editor-in-chief Chris Anderson, author of FREE: The Future of a Radical Price and other groundbreaking books. One of the most knowledgeable, insightful and articulate voices at the center of the new economy, Anderson has identified important new trends in the economy, and his ideas are shaping new ways of doing business. Mount Royal University, Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning.
Legacy Awards nomination deadline. Mount Royal University takes tremendous pride in the success of our students and their achievements as graduates. Our alumni family has grown to more than 75,000 individuals who make remarkable contributions to their professions and their communities. To celebrate their many accomplishments, the Mount Royal University Alumni Association offers a comprehensive recognition program to honour alumni and to encourage the next generation of students. Known as the Legacy Awards, the program reaches into all the professions and services of our community to seek Mount Royal alumni who have made significant contributions and achieved remarkable results from their endeavours. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Legacy Awards.
Live and Learn series. Focus: Dancing. If you have never taken a salsa class, or if you have ever wanted to brush up your dancing skills, this is the workshop for you. Instructor Bernard Mendoza will break down dance basics and prepare you for the dance floor. You will learn timing, basic steps, the underarm turn and the cross-body lead.
Legacy of Ideas. Featuring best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell has a gift for interpreting new ideas and making them understandable, practical and valuable. His insights are transforming business and culture through books like The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference; Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking; and Outliers: The Story of Success.
Take an intellectual adventure with this master storyteller — a bleeding-edge thinker who engages and entertains as much as he challenges and changes our perspective.
Because of strong interest in Mr. Gladwell’s ideas, this lecture has been moved from the Ross Glen Hall to the EPCOR CENTRE’s Jack Singer Concert Hall. Located at 205 8th Avenue S.E., the Jack Singer is a larger venue that gives more Calgarians a chance to hear Gladwell’s insights. EPCOR CENTRE'S Jack Singer Concert Hall.
The official book launch for Catch the Gleam: Mount Royal, From College to University, 1910-2009, by Donald Noel Baker. As part of our centennial legacy, the first ever comprehensive history of Mount Royal has been published. In this pioneering account, author Donald Noel Baker, a former Mount Royal President, charts new territory, gathering over a decade of research to present Mount Royal’s story — from its founding in 1910 to its transformation to Mount Royal University in 2009.
The book demonstrates Mount Royal’s unique contribution to education in Calgary and Southern Alberta, and highlights the innovative programs, unique student culture, and distinguished faculty and alumni which have been the hallmark of Mount Royal for 100 years. Available in the Mount Royal BookStore and at Amazon.com.
Calgary Stampede Parade float. In celebration of 100 years in the Calgary community, Mount Royal president Dr. David Docherty joined 100 students, alumni, staff and faculty, three 10 foot tall floats and three vintage cars in this year’s Stampede parade.
Memory box workshop. Everyone is welcome to let their creative juices flow and make their own memory box for Mount Royal’s time capsule. Drop in on Main Street, anytime between 10 – 3 pm.
Oct. 26 and 27
Legacy of Ideas: International Children’s Well-Being Symposium. Hosted in partnership with With the Brain in Mind, this two-day symposium is the final Legacy of Ideas event of our centennial. Featuring experts from around the world, and the Centre for Child Well-being at Mount Royal University, speakers will discuss proactive solutions for our children’s future. Purchase your tickets today!
First annual Military Memorial Ceremony, at 11 am, on Nov. 8, 2011, in the Ross Glen Hall on Mount Royal’s campus. As part of the ceremony, General (ret’d) John de Chastelain, Honourary Chair of this project and Mount Royal Distinguished Alum, will present 27 students with the first Military Memorial Bursaries, named in honour of the 27 Mount Royal students who bravely gave their lives in service over the past 100 years. Special guests from the Canadian Military and the federal, provincial and municipal offices will also be in attendance.
Mount Royal University centennial closing ceremonies. Join us for the official unveiling of Mount Royal's mural mosaic, celebrating 100 years of history and a world of possibilities in the future. We will also install our time capsule, to be opened in 100 years. All are welcome to this special occasion where we will reflect on the past 16-months of centennial celebrations, while leaving a lasting legacy for all to enjoy. 3 - 5:30 pm, East Gate Foyer, Mount Royal University campus.
More detailed information about these events and many more will be updated shortly. For more information about any of these events please contact Lara Unsworth.