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June 25, 2021

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A loss becomes a legacy of giving

Mount Royal lost one of its treasured community members with the passing of Agnes Stephanson Cooke, who, since 2013, has funded the Stephanson Cooke Interprofessional Event.

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Marketing grad credits MRU for success

Tyler Massie is the owner of brand development company Mass Effect Marketing, and says the real-life experience, connections, guidance and support he received planted the seeds of success. 

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Journalism alumna forges own path 

Journalism grad Emma Gilchrist is the co-founder, editor-in-chief and executive director of the environmental investigative journalism publication The Narwhal.

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Massage Therapy students zero in on individual issues

The final Massage Therapy Case Study course involves creating and implementing individually tailored treatment plans for selected clients through an intensive three-month study.

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Summer operating hours take effect July 1
In keeping with past practice and as noted in the Hours of University Operation Policy, the regular operating hours for most departments from July 1 to August 13 will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. Exceptions are necessary for some departments. Managers will communicate those exceptions with their teams as needed.

Early timesheet deadlines ahead of long weekend
Please note that final timesheets for June need to be submitted before midnight on June 29 due to the campus-wide July 2 day off provided by the president. Managers must approve timesheets by 1 p.m. on June 30.

Progress made in 2020 towards indigenization and decolonization
Support for the Indigenous Family Housing Program and indigenizing curriculum are among the highlights shared in the 2020 Community Update from Dr. Linda ManyGuns, PhD, associate vice-president of indigenization and decolonization. 

Training course in support of indigenization available to all employees
This is a reminder of the 4 Seasons of Reconciliation program available to all employees. It is an online, self-paced course that takes about three hours to complete. Watch the trailer. To enrol, add your name and MRU email address to this Google sheet to receive an email welcoming you to the course.

Resource assists with trauma caused by the discovery of another unmarked grave
With the discovery of another unmarked gravesite of unnamed children in Saskatchewan, Homewood Health has provided the resource, “Experiencing a Traumatic Event: Recovery and Coping Strategies,” to help understand and manage possible reactions you may be experiencing.

Managing the Transition Back to Campus session for leaders
Managing the Transition Back to Campus (Leaders) with Homewood Health is being offered to managers Monday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to noon. Gain helpful strategies to support you and your employees through the changes that a return to campus will bring. Register here. A follow-up session with Human Resources is scheduled for immediately following to answer any questions.

Homewood Health sessions to support employees' return to campus
Human Resources has arranged to have Homewood Health support employees’ return with its Managing the Transition Back to Campus sessions in July and August. Please sign up to attend one of three sessions.

Download HotSpot app to park on campus 
Parking and Transportation Services has transitioned to a contactless HotSpot parking app. See these instructions. Until Aug. 1, daily parking will be available at a significantly reduced rate of $5 per day in Lots 2, 6A and the East Gate Parkade or a monthly permit for $105.25. Please visit the Parking web page. Email parking@mtroyal.ca weekdays with any questions.

Complete your mandatory cybersecurity training by June 30
Annual cybersecurity training is mandatory for all employees. Please ensure you are up to date by June 30. Go here for the training, which you can complete at your own pace. 

iOS users must update Gmail by July 7
Google is updating its Gmail app for iOS devices. Users must install the newest version by July 7 or the app will stop working. If you have an iOS device you will receive a prompt on July 7 requiring you to upgrade to the latest version

Open hours at main building entrances
West Gate, East Gate, Kerby Hall and Recreation entrances are now open between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. 

Increased activity on campus
As we begin to reopen to the public, more community members will be on campus, but like all summers, visitor numbers are likely to remain low. Starting July 5, we look forward to seeing more employees on campus. Please connect with your manager if you have questions.

Bella Live From Your Couch presents Matt Masters
Bella Live From Your Couch is bringing you a country twist very soon. From Curbside Concerts to the Bella stage, join us for a memorable night with Matt Masters on July 3 at 7 p.m.

Cougar Classic Golf Tournament
The Cougar Classic Golf Tournament, taking place at the Cottonwood Golf and Country Club on Aug. 19, is always a top summer event for MRU. Enjoy lunch, golf, cocktails and prizes ― all while showing support for the MRU Cougars and student-athlete scholarships. 

Card readers replace keys in T- and Y-Wing office corridors
Card readers have been installed in more areas of campus. If you are coming to campus, remember your OneCard. New users, note that you simply hold your card against the middle of the card reader until the light turns green as shown here. Users in T and Y wings already have access on their cards.

Book your $20 massage
Unwind with a 60-minute massage appointment for $20 at our on-campus Student Practicum Clinic. Evening/weekend spots are available, whether you need a relaxation massage or have a condition that requires a therapeutic treatment. This is a student-run clinic and a supervised learning environment. Book now.

Most main building washrooms closed Saturday, June 26
Most washrooms in the main building will be closed between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 for leak repairs. Exceptions are all washrooms in the Recreation area and A-wing, which will remain open.

Rotating entrance closures due to caulking work
Please note some building entrances will be temporarily closed throughout the summer while caulking repairs are done to the exteriors. Signs will be posted indicating the closest open entrance to minimize any inconvenience. There may be intermittent noise noticeable to people working inside A-wing next month.

Power down remote desktops and campus PCs before Saturday, July 17
Power will be turned off in the main building, except Wyckham House, for annual maintenance between 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 and 7 a.m. Sunday, July 18. Employees who use remote desktops will need to save their work and power down their computers. Employees on campus will need to power down their computers and empty fridges of any perishables before leaving work on Friday, July 16. 


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Start of semester emails, with option for distribution list

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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