Poinsettia Fundraiser Develops Skills

TVP_Poinsettia_Group2_W14Over 75 poinsettia plants were delivered around campus on November 29 by students in the Transitional Vocational Programs.

The TVP program for adults with developmental disabilities collaborated with the Floral Design program to sell the poinsettias as a fundraiser. The floral sales help the TVP students develop organizational and communication skills as they distribute the plants to purchasers.

All available poinsettias were sold out to members of the Mount Royal community. Other successful fundraisers this year have sold floral arrangements for Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving.

“Selfie” Declared 2013 Word of the Year

Meryl Streep and Hilary Clinton take a selfie

To underscore how important social media is in our modern lives, the Oxford English Dictionaries has declared “selfie” to be the 2013 word of the year. A selfie is a self-portrait taken with a smart phone and uploaded to social media sharing sites.

An excerpt from the OED blog:
“…[O]ur Word of the Year need not be a new word. However, it does need to demonstrate some kind of prominence over the preceding year or so and selfie certainly fits the bill. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet. If it is good enough for the Obamas or The Pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.”

Are you as surprised as we are that it wasn’t “twerk”?

You can learn more about social media with our certificate program.

by Karen McCarthy


What’s New for Winter


Registration for Winter 2014 classes – January through April – opened on November 12. We’re excited to launch our convenient new online registration system. Now you can search for and register in your classes more quickly.

Every new semester brings new programs and courses. Continuing Education at MRU works closely with business and community to develop programs that address training needs.

For Winter 2014 we are pleased to introduce Agile Project Management. Agile practices help project managers face today’s challenges such as globally distributed teams and shifting requirements that demand rapid responses. Mount Royal University is the first post-secondary institution in Alberta to offer Agile Project Management seminars and exam preparation workshops for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP).

There are three new health care programs. Dementia Care is an online program that helps health care workers understand this increasingly prevalent neurological disorder and develop skills to support patients and their families.

Neonatal Nursing and Perinatal Nursing are designed for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses to support mothers and babies through the pregnancy, birth and post-partum periods. These certificates combine online courses with clinical experience.

Brighten up your winter with learning. Check out new courses here. Access the new Winter 2014 calendar here.

If you want to find out more about Continuing Education programs in person, drop in to Information Night on Tuesday, November 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning.

by Karen McCarthy

UPDATE (December 2013)

  • Community & Health Studies will be holding an Info Night for programs including Massage Therapy, Personal Fitness Trainer, Funeral Service and more on Wednesday, March 19 from 4-7 p.m.
  • The next Continuing Education Info Night will be Wednesday, May 28 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Join us!

Congratulations to Our Grads

Jasmine Fleming, Massage Therapy Diploma graduate
Jasmine Fleming, Massage Therapy Diploma graduate

Jasmine Fleming was all smiles as she gowned up with her fellow graduands on Convocation day, November 1.

Jasmine started the Massage Therapy Diploma in September 2011 and is already working as a Registered Massage Therapist in a chiropractic practice in Coach Hill.

“I consider massage therapy to be an important part of people’s overall health, a preventative measure to add to their wellness. I chose a medical atmosphere over a spa environment to set up my practice,” Jasmine said.

She chose the MRU Massage Therapy program after taking a couple of years in a nursing program and working in a care home.

The Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension had 28 students cross the stage at Convocation, receiving their parchments from Dean Charles Webber. In all, there were 62 Continuing Education students graduating from full-time programs this year.

In addition to the Massage Therapy program, there were graduates from the Funeral Service Education programs, Personal Fitness Trainer, and the Transitional Vocational Programs’ Employment Preparation Program for adults with developmental disabilities.

Congratulations – you make us proud!

See our Facebook photo album.

by Karen McCarthy