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Professor Stephen Sit and the Supply Chain Club tour Canadian Vinyl Record Inc.

The Mount Royal University Supply Chain Club organized a tour of the Canadian Vinyl Record Inc. in NE Calgary on Friday, Jan 25, 2019.
This facility is one of the four vinyl records producers in Canada. The tour was conducted by the company owner, Mr. Ian Lawson, and lasted for about 90 minutes.
The students were shown the process of how vinyl records are manufactured, starting from the raw PVC plastic beads, to the final products. They also visited the recording studio, the sound control room, the facilities, and were shown the equipment used and the process involved.
Stephen would like to thank Kasia Kolt who organized this trip.

Bissett Professor Jacqueline Musabende introduces new form of experiential learning in International Marketing course

Professor Jacqueline Musabende is excited to announce her most recent teaching and learning innovation for her International Business class (INBU 3302): “High Impact Teaching Strategies, Real world case enhanced by Innovative Technology.”

Jacqueline notes that Bissett School of Business is now part of a select group of Canadian Universities that have collaborated  with CUSO International, a not-for-profit development organization funded in part by the Canadian Government through Global Affairs Canada. CUSO International is currently working with the Chamber of Commerce, in Quibdó Colombia and as a result of this partnership, Bissett International Marketing students are working with 13 SMEs, advising and developing an International Marketing Plan with the end goal of developing strategy to help transform these domestic entities into global trade players.

Colombian companies that are participating are diverse in scope and industry, ranging from service providers (tourism, food and beverage industry- craft beer, chocolate), manufacturing (canneries, household good, fashion, crafts),  and farming (fruits, coffee, cocoa).

“The lesson plan methodology assimilates textbook material, technology (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3-D Printing design solutions), social media (Going Viral, 360 Camera), international teleconferencing and strategic market analytics as part of a real world problem solving project.”

“Each set of decisions students make as part of a comprehensive set of deliverables and outcomes are vetted and assessed by CUSO and Colombian partners. The feedback students receive from the international stakeholders and participants take place in real time and provide the foundation for adjustments in market research and future steps in the project. The meta-cognitive strategies through self-reflection, complete their learning process.” – Dr. Jacqueline Musabende

Jacqueline also points out that this teaching innovation serves a broader purpose in that it ties together these goals of Mount Royal University:

innovation in teaching through experiential methods implemented in the classroom, removing the high cost and risk of field schools in the context of a more inclusive education opportunity for all students.

–  internationalization, as students take another step towards becoming global citizens and ambassadors of Canadian goodwill.

Dr. Musabende would like to extend her thanks and gratitude to the staff at the Riddell Library for their support in this project.

For more information on the E-Volunteers CUSO Program, click here



Bissett faculty Brenda Lang and Rod Corbett partner in manuscript to be published in “Business and Professional Communication Quarterly”

Bissett School of Business congratulates faculty members Brenda Lang and Rod Corbett, in conjunction with Tammy Sherrow, Associate Professor, Nursing & Midwiferyon their   manuscript entitled, “The Flipped Class: Experience in a University Business Communication Course” which has been accepted for publication in the  Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.
Brenda Lang and Tammy Sherrow will be presenting a 90-minute workshop entitled, “High Impact Task-Based Strategies for Your Classroom” at the Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu, January 2 – 6.

Dr. Frank Cotae mentors Bissett students, Cally Arsenault and Robin Kampel to a successful International Business Project

Congratulations to Bissett School of Business students Cally Arsenault and Robin E. Kampel  on their successful submission of their International Business Plan Project to FITT (Forum of International Trade Training) for assessment. The students obtained 91% upon grading by a national evaluator appointed by FITT. The grade is equivalent to a pass with distinction! The project was developed under the guidance of Dr. Cotae as part of the International Business 4408 course and we wish to extend congratulations to him as well.

Victoria Calvert Builds Community Service Learning Presence at MRU

In designated Community Service Learning (CSL) courses, MRU students participate in structured volunteer opportunities where the needs of the organization are linked to their course learning. There are approximately 30 designated CSL courses at MRU and the number is growing.

Over the past 2 years, ADC has supported Victoria Calvert in her role as CSL Coordinator, to put necessary supports in place to build and document the CSL presence at MRU. Accomplishments in this area include:

  • A citation for academic transcripts was created, in collaboration with Enrolment Services, which documents students’ participation in CSL courses.
  • A process was implemented for designating courses that meet the CSL curricular criteria. Upon request, Victoria will consult with and advise faculty members on the development of CSL courses that meet the criteria for designation.
  • MRU was awarded the bid to hold the Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning (CACSL) Conference at MRU in May 2016.