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The Library is where big ideas are born

Feb. 2, 2016 — Library launches Big Ideas Lounge to bring faculty, students and staff together to discuss tricky topics in both the academic and professional areas

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Taking student evaluation to new heights

For the first time, MRU asked students to evaluate their instructors online for all classes

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Paralympians stop by MRU on road to Rio

Jan. 27, 2016 — Wheelchair racing star Chantal Petitclerc promotes sports on national tour

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Bleed blue! Awards and Milestones

Faculty member Natalie Meisner pens another play

On Jan. 22 the first reading of Professor Natalie Meisner's newest play 69: Legislating Love & The Everett Klippert Story took place at Loft 112 in the East Village. The play takes a look at the life of Klippert, a popular Calgary bus driver in the 60s who was charged with gross indecency for having relationships with men. Meisner teaches creative writing at Mount Royal and is also known for her biographical novel Double Pregnant, which was adapted for stage as Speed Dating for Sperm Donors. Second readings will be held on Feb. 19 and March 18. Discover more about Meisner and her work.

CARNA Awards

Seven individuals connected to MRU’s Nursing programs have been nominated to receive a College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) award of Nursing Excellence for their work in the field of nursing. Established in 1999, the CARNA awards recognize several registered nurses and nursing practitioners for their contributions to nursing practice ranging from recent graduates, to those who have inspired through decades of dedication. MRU would like to congratulate the following nominees and award recipients of the CARNA AWARDS — Nursing Excellence in Clinical Practice Award Nominee: Karen Lasby, former faculty member with the Maternal Infant Child Health Program; Nursing Excellence in Education Award Nominee: Haley Shepard, Bachelor of Nursing Advisory Committee; Rising Star Award Recipient: Mia-Bernadine Torres, student in the ACCN Critical Care stream. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of CARNA, 100 registered nurses will be recognized for the contributions within their specializations at the 2016 CARNA Awards Gala. MRU is pleased to congratulate the following Centennial award recipients in the area of CARNA 100 AWARDS — Centennial Award Recipient: Jennifer Evangelista, chair of the Nursing advisory committee; Frankie Wong, alumnus, PT instructor and past recipient of the CARNA Education Award; Linda McCracken, former student in the Forensics Program; Lorna Estabrooks, previous ACCN faculty member; Karen Lasby: former faculty member with the Maternal Infant Child Health Program.

Alberta Construction Magazine names Taylor Centre for Performing Arts top project of the year

The $90.5 million construction project triumphed in two categories, Top Project of the Year and Top Institutional Project over $50 million. According to Joseph Caouette, who penned the article in the magazine, “Skill and careful planning are undoubtedly crucial to building a top project, but patience may be the defining virtue of the 2015 Project of the Year, the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts at Mount Royal University. First conceived back in 1999, the project broke ground in 2011, and construction continued until it was completed — on schedule and on budget, it should be noted — earlier this year.”  The award was presented to CANA Management Ltd, the overall construction manager, who acknowledged the contribution from its partners. These included the University, Pfeiffer and Partners Architects, Sahuri and Partners, Architecture, the design consultants, and the entire construction team. Read the complete article in Alberta Construction Magazine.

Summit magazine garners three CASE Awards

The 2015 CASE District VIII Communication Awards recognized the 2015 Spring edition of Summit magazine in three categories. For Print General Interest Magazines, circulation 30,000-74,999, Summit received a Gold, and another Gold was awarded in the Series of Related Photographs category for the "She wants you!" spread. The issue's cover received a Bronze in that category. Summit's creators will be on-hand to receive the awards at the CASE District VIII conference on Feb. 5, 2016.

Top prize goes to English student with passion for African Studies

Brittany Hopkin, a fourth year English Honours student at Mount Royal University, was awarded first prize for her paper at the first Institute of African Studies Undergraduate Conference at Carleton University (October 2015). The IAS event was an interdisciplinary research conference that aimed to provide a platform for future researchers in African Studies. Participants included students from Canada, the US, France, and Ghana. Hopkin gave a twenty-minute presentation on her research project entitled, The Genocidal Consequences of Imperialism: How Predatory Capitalism and International Complicity Incubated the Rwandan Genocide, which was supervised by Yaw Asante, PhD, faculty member in the department of English. Hopkin’s paper examines how colonialism acts as an incubator of genocidal violence due to factors such as severe human rights violations and political oppression marked by Western capitalism.

Research thesis nominated for Gov. General's Gold Academic Medal

Laura Ell, part time faculty in the Department of Health and Physical Education was nominated for the Governor General's Gold Academic Medal for her research thesis entitled "Code of Conduct for Indigenous-inspired Spa Tourism". While the leisure travel industry provides best practices for ecotourism, green spas, and indigenous tourism, in large part to reduce ethical conflicts, there is an absence of a code of conduct for spas that aim to sustainably integrate culture. The need for guidelines unique to the spa sector is critical. Although products such as handcrafts or cultural dance relate, there are  stronger interpersonal and spiritual elements to the offering of healing ceremony experiences. This paper reports on study of international spa experts and indigenous healers who incorporate ancient practices into spa tourism experiences. The result is a suggested code of conduct for indigenous-inspired spas under several themes including risks; honouring culture; product development and training; client experience; as well as local empowerment. The benefits to indigenous communities include meaningful employment and preserving ancient practices that are at risk of erosion. Benefits to clients include cross-cultural learning through storytelling, and vacation options that remedy stress or other health imbalances.

Faculty member Lynn Moorman, PhD, appointed Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society 

Congratulations to Lynn Moorman, PhD, who has been elected Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society at their Annual General Meeting in Ottawa on Nov. 18. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is dedicated to promoting and enhancing public awareness for Canadian geography, and to strengthening the bond between Canadians and their diverse and vast geographical heritage. As one of Canada's oldest and largest educational, non-profit organizations, the RCGS, and its iconic publication, Canadian Geographic, has been Canada's most recognized voice for connecting Canadians with the land, culture and environment in which they live.  The Society's Board of Governors is comprised of 5 officers and up to 24 governors from across Canada.

Peer health educators attend the Jack Summit conference

Peer health educator and resident advisor Kara Plotnikoff chosen to attend the Jack Summit conference. The Jack Summit brings students together for a three-day conference in Toronto. They have representatives from every province and territory to foster a Canada-wide network of passionate and committed advocates for mental health awareness. The summit offers a great chance to build leadership skills and learn more about the issues and stigmas surrounding mental health. Last year, student Sarah Bolton was picked to attend. The student involvement in the conference is a important part of MRU's effort to make mental health a high priority for our campus read more.

Congratulations to MRU's alumni who made the 2015 Top 40 under 40 Avenue Calgary list!

Jennifer Barroll, Theatre Diploma '01, Program Director, In the Lead; Patrick Breault, Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and; Outdoor Leadership '06, Performance Manager, WinSport Academy; Kenna Burima, Music Diploma '00, Musician/Music Teacher; Andrew Lanigan, Bachelor of Applied Small Business and Entrepreneurship '98, Owner Brewsters/Beer Revolution; Matt Lanigan, Bachelor of Applied Small Business and Entrepreneurship '04, Owner Brewsters/Beer Revolution

New Changemaker in Residence

The Institute for Community Prosperity has appointed a new Changemaker in Residence: Walter Hossli will join the Institute's existing Changemakers in Residence - Jill Andres and Pat Letizia - in providing a bridge between academia and the community.  This position is supported by Momentum, an organization that uses a Community Economic Development (CED) approach that offers hope and opportunity to people living in poverty in Calgary.

Calgary Journal nominated in American Collegiate Press competition

Nomination categories include: Multimedia - multimedia feature category finalist: Vanishing Point: The Jessie Foster story (producers: Hannah Kost and Danielle Semrau; faculty supervisor: Erin Isings); Story of the year - diversity finalist: Jamaican Food Stall Gives Necole Hines Freedom to Dream (producers: Madison Farkas and Cameron Perrier, faculty Supervisor: Sally Haney); Cyber Bullying Issue - February 2015 (lead editors: Olivia Condon and Caitlin Clow, faculty supervisors: Terry Field and Janice Paskey). The Calgary Journal nominations are for the fall 2014 edition, edited by Max Shiletto. J-student (now alumna) Caitlin Clow is also a finalist in the Photography Excellence category for a photograph she took for the Reflector.

MRU's Victoria Calvert appointed to the Board of Directors of AltaGas Ltd.

Victoria A. Calvert, professor of Entrepreneurship and International Business at the Bissett School of Business, and Phillip R. Knoll, professional engineer and the president of Knoll Energy Inc., have been appointed to AltaGas' Board of Directors effective Nov. 1, 2015. Calvert is also the Community Service Learning Facilitator for MRU. She has served as a director of the Heritage Park Society Board and as an advisor for the Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning (CACSL). She is the current Chair of the CACSL National Conference, has consulted for more than 30 years, and published extensively regarding community engagement.