Mount Royal University
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|Latin: Universitas Montis Regius|
|Motto||Quam Bene Non Quantum|
Motto in English
|"How well, not how much."|
|Undergraduates||24,768 (10,551 full-time, 13,571 part-time)|
|41,020 Continuing Education and Extension registrations, 3,667 Languages Institute and International registrations & 9,999 Conservatory course registrations|
|Location||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Campus||Lincoln Park Urban,
|Affiliations||AUCC, CIS, AACTI, CBIE, CONAHEC|
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Campus
- 4 Student Life
- 5 Organisation and Administration
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Mount Royal was founded in 1910 as a primary and secondary school. Mount Royal became a post-secondary institution in 1931 as Mount Royal Junior College (MRC) offering transfer courses to the University of Alberta (founded 1905) and later to the University of Calgary (founded 1966). A War memorial Honour Roll is dedicated to Mount Royal alumni who have volunteered for active service with Canada's Fighting Forces.
In 1970, Mount Royal launched their Aviation diploma program – one of the first aviation programs to integrate an academic diploma program and flight training. In 1972 Mount Royal moved from several buildings in downtown Calgary to a new campus at Lincoln Park on the south west section of the city – a former airforce base.
It was renamed Mount Royal University in 2009 by the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. In 1995 it launched the Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship. Between 1995 and 2007, it had launched 14 applied degrees across all disciplines. By 2008, it had begun to launch additional undergraduate degrees including a Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts. On Feb. 18, 2011 Mount Royal University launched its eighth undergraduate degree – the Bachelor of Education, Elementary. This degree is unique in Alberta for providing students with direct entry into the four-year degree program. The program also prepares students for certification with the Teacher Development and Certification Branch of Alberta Education.
In 2010 there were approximately 12,000 full and part-time credit students enrolled, with an additional 5,000 students in the Music Conservatory and over 50,000 individual non-credit course registrations per year.
List of Faculties, Schools & Departments
- Faculty of Arts
- Bissett School of Business
- Faculty of Communication Studies
- The Mount Royal Conservatory
- Faculty of Continuing Education
- Faculty of Health, Community and Education
- Faculty of Science & Technology
- Faculty of Teaching and Learning
- Institute for Applied Scientific Research
- Institute for Nonprofit Studies
- Integrative Health Institute at Mount Royal
- International Education/Languages Institute
- Aboriginal Education Program
- Faculty of Applied Interior Design
Bissett School of Business
The Bissett School of Business - named after philanthropist David Bissett  who gifted the School of Business $12 million – occupies a state of the art purpose built building that was opened in 2003 on the Lincoln Park Campus of Mount Royal University. In Fall 2010, there were over 2,100 full and part-time Bissett students enrolled at Mount Royal. The Bissett School of Business includes the national Institute for Nonprofit Studies (launched in 2002) and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (launched in 2012). The 40 year legacy Mount Royal Aviation diploma is also a program in the Bissett School of Business and Mount Royal's aircraft fly out of the Mount Royal hangar and satellite campus at the Springbank Airport.
^ - indicates programs no longer admitting students
Four-year baccalaureate degrees
- Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Business Administration (with four majors and 7 minors)
- Bachelor of Child Studies
- Bachelor of Communication
- Bachelor of Computer Information Systems
- Bachelor of Education, Elementary
- Bachelor of Health and Physical Education
- Bachelor of Midwifery
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Bachelor of Science
Four-year baccalaureate applied degrees
- Bachelor of Applied Business Administration - Accounting (suspended in Fall 2010 - now major in the BBA)
- Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship (International Business and Small Business) (Suspended Fall 2010)
- Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship (Sport and Recreation)
- Bachelor of Applied Child Studies
- Bachelor of Applied Communications (Electronic Publishing, Journalism, Public Relations, Technical Communication)
- Bachelor of Applied Computer Information Systems and Business^
- Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership
- Bachelor of Applied Financial Services(suspended in Fall 2010 - now minor within the BBA)
- Bachelor of Applied Interior Design
- Bachelor of Applied International Business and Supply Chain Management(suspended in Fall 2010 - now minor within the BBA)
- Bachelor of Applied Justice Studies
- Bachelor of Applied Nonprofit Studies(suspended in Fall 2010 - now minor within the BBA)
- Bachelor of Applied Policy Studies
- Bachelor of Applied Science — Environmental Science
Four-year baccalaureate degrees (in partnership with Athabasca University)
- Bachelor of Arts - Athabasca University at Mount Royal University^
- Bachelor of Nursing - Athabasca University at Mount Royal University^
- Arts & Science
- Aviation 
- Business Administration (General Business Administration, Human Resources, Insurance, Marketing Management) (Diplomas temporarily Suspended Fall 2010)
- Child and Youth Care Counsellor
- Computer Information Systems
- Disability Studies
- Early Learning and Child Care
- General Studies
- Music Performance
- Social Work
- Theatre Arts
- Athletic Therapy - Advanced Certificate
- Business Administration (Advanced Accounting, Human Resources, Marketing)
- Computer Science
- Environmental Technology
- General Studies
- Post-Basic Nursing and Health (Distance Delivery)(Advanced Studies in Critical Care Nursing, Advanced Studies in Mental Health, Forensic Studies - Certificate, Gerontology: Business and Entrepreneurship, Gerontology: Studies in Aging, Maternal Infant Child Healthcare)
- Suzuki Piano Pedagogy (Certificate of Achievement)
- Technical Writing (Certificate of Achievement)
- Bachelor of Arts^
- Bachelor of Commerce^ (suspended in Fall 2008)
- Bachelor of Engineering
- Bachelor of Physical Education
- Bachelor of Science^
- Bachelor of Science - Computer Science
Open Studies/General Arts and Science
eCampus Alberta - Distance Delivery Courses
The Mount Royal campus houses more than 1,000 students who live in residence. These accommodations include single, two- and four-bedroom apartment units or one-, two-, or four-bedroom townhouses. Both types of housing feature access for students with disabilities. All suites are furnished with a fridge and stove in the kitchen and also include dial telephone service without voicemail, wireless Internet, and cable TV. Residence students also have access to games rooms, storage spaces, social rooms and laundry facilities and on-campus housing is close to Mount Royal’s recreation facilities and the library.
In 2007, Mount Royal opened this new facility created specifically to increase enrollment and retention of Aboriginal students. The centre is dedicated to fostering academic success for Aboriginal students and increasing awareness of distinct Aboriginal cultures, history and protocols. It offers a range of programs, from academic advising to aboriginal school housing to cultural and spiritual advising.
The Cougar collegiate athletics program competed in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference until 2011. In 2012, they made the move to the CIS where they are a part of the Canada West. The Cougars compete in various sports including: hockey, basketball, volleyball, golf and soccer.
Diversity and Human Rights
Diversity and Human Rights Services at Mount Royal promotes a trustful, inclusive environment of respect and dignity, and free from harassment for all students, faculty and employees of the campus community. Human Rights Services operates in accordance with the Alberta Human Rights Act.
Diversity and Human Rights Services include:
- Listening to concerns while maintaining strict confidentiality
- Exploring informal methods of resolution
- If necessary, explaining the process for a formal complaint
- Delivering educational programming, including workshops, training and presentations to the campus community
- Promoting a respectful campus community
Mount Royal Recreation enables students and the community to focus on healthy, active lifestyles through its facilities, services and programs. The Recreation Centre was expanded in 2002 and features five volleyball/basketball courts, a five-lane running track, fitness centre, pool, climbing and bouldering walls, multi-purpose studios and six squash courts. All credit students automatically become “recreation members” and receive member rates for all programs.
Student Learning Services
Consultants in this centre provide assistance with study and writing skills as well as academic skills workshops for all students. Peer tutors are available for individual help with specific courses. The centre also provides services for students with disabilities.
The Students' Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) operates Wyckham House, a student centre housing dozens of student services, several food kiosks, a used books bookstore, a copy centre, an eco-store and the Hub, the campus pub. SAMRU is owned and operated by Mount Royal credit students, and offers a variety of services for its members.
The Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) is one of the oldest student governments in Alberta. It runs students clubs, organizes concerts and awareness events, and provides dozens of student support services. The Association participates in Mount Royal’s New Student Orientation which assists new students in getting accustomed to Mount Royal. The students' association's website is located at samru.ca.
The Association offers a number of student support centres, including the Peer Support Centre, the Pride Centre, the Native Student Centre, the Cultural Mosaic Centre (which celebrates diversity and helps international and Canadian students to network), the Centre for Student Initiative (supporting student projects and sustainable initiatives), and the Student Outreach and Safewalk (SOS) program that provided students with information on student services and volunteer opportunities as well as providing safewalks up to 1 km from the campus.
Wyckham House Student Centre
The Students’ Association operates the Wyckham House student centre. This newly renovated centre reopened in the fall of 2008, doubling the size of the original student centre and increasing the volume of peak traffic to the building twofold. The Students' Association provides students with many benefits, including representation and advocacy, volunteer and employment opportunities, entertainment, speakers, events and social spaces, leadership development and a comprehensive health and dental plan. Wyckham House is home to the Hub, renovated from the Liberty Lounge campus bar in 2011.
Originally opened as Thirsty’s Pub in 1987, Wyckham House's pub was renovated and renamed the Liberty Lounge in 1999. After undergoing further re-branding and renovations again in 2011, the Hub is presently the only on-campus pub and is owned and operated by the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University.
The Hub has gained a reputation throughout the city for its quality live entertainment and has even been nominated for “Venue of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards when it was the Liberty Lounge.
The Hub can be found online here.
Wellness Services offers services and programs for students including access to chiropractors, nurses, physicians, psychologists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, athletic therapists and a health education coordinator.
Organisation and Administration
Mount Royal Staff Association
The Mount Royal Staff Association (MRSA) endeavors to maintain a mutual and respectful relationship between the Support Staff and Mount Royal University. The MRSA has the responsibility of ensuring fair and equitable working conditions for staff and strives to uphold a constant communication link between the staff and the University. The MRSA recognizes and promotes important contributions and continued efforts of staff.
Mount Royal Faculty Association
Chartered under the Post-Secondary Learning Act, the Mount Royal Faculty Association (MRFA) represents all credit faculty at Mount Royal. The faculty complement in 2008-09 was just over 800. The MRFA is the sole bargaining agent for credit faculty, offers a variety of professional development and social opportunities for members, and administers a range of faculty services including the Faculty Centre, a lounge and meeting space that connects faculty and enhances the collegial environment.
- Doris Anderson, editor of Chatelaine magazine
- Paul Brandt, Canadian country music artist
- John de Chastelain, Canadian soldier and diplomat who heads the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning
- Leslie Feist, Juno-award winning singer
- Chris Gailus, Emmy-winning news anchor
- Nichola Goddard, first female Canadian soldier to die in combat
- Bret Hart, professional wrestler
- Kent Hehr, former Alberta MLA, member of parliament and Minister of Veterans Affairs
- David Joseph, basketball coach and former college player
- Ralph Klein, former Alberta premier
- Norman Kwong, former Alberta lieutenant-governor
- Mark Laurie, one of Canada's top photographers, and one of the top nude photographers in the world.
- Alvin Law, motivational speaker
- Devant Maharaj, former Senator and Minister of Food Production, Trinidad and Tobago
- John Clifford Leslie, former Calgary mayor
- Bruce McCulloch, writer and comedian The Kids in the Hall
- Kirby Morrow, professional voice actor
- Daniel Okulitch, actor and operatic bass-baritone
- Dave Pierce, Emmy-winning composer
- Alison Redford, Premier of Alberta 2011–2014
- Kavan Smith, Canadian actor
- Yuja Wang, classical pianist
- Fast Facts - About MRU - Mount Royal University
- Instructors, Credit
- Number of students
- Donald Noel Baker, Catch the Gleam: Mount Royal, From College to University, 1910-2009 (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2011).
- http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/nic-inm/sm-rm/mdsr-rdr-eng.asp?PID=4815 War Memorial
- Roome, Patricia (September 10, 2009). "Mount Royal University 99 years in the making". The Calgary Journal.
In 1972 Mount Royal College moved to the Lincoln Park campus located on the former World War II airfield.
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