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Mount Royal University only Canadian campus using American-produced film series on energy debate

Students, industry, and environmental group give Rational Middle Energy Series positive reviews

RationalMiddleTHUMBIn Canada's energy capital, Mount Royal University (MRU) is the only Canadian school incorporating an American-produced film series about energy into three senior marketing courses. The Rational Middle Energy Series, produced by U.S. film director Gregory Kallenberg, is also being used by Texas A&M University and California Polytechnic State University.

"They're energy films, they're not kittens playing on the piano or anime, it's something that you wouldn't expect a lot of people to want to download and show their friends. It's an incredibly important issue and we're thrilled by how many people have been able to use it," Kallenberg said.

Edventure Partners, an American company, worked with MRU and Shell Canada to bring the program to Calgary. Shell provided MRU with $3,000 to host and promote a series of events in which students worked with Rational Middle as the client.


Q&A with journalist Mellissa Fung

After being abducted in Afghanistan in 2008, Fung reflects on her decision to leave CBC

fungthumb copy41-year-old Mellissa Fung, who regularly reported on the Canadian military presence within Afghanistan, made headlines in 2008 when she was abducted and held captive for 29 days.

After her release, Fung says she faced unwanted fame, and new challenges in her career as a journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Six years later, Fung has left the CBC and recently returned to Afghanistan to share the untold stories of the Afghan people.

Just coming off of a university tour with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Fung is focusing on starting her new career as a independent journalist and author.

Fung stopped by Mount Royal University Nov. 13 for an interview with The Calgary Journal editorial board. In the first of thre installments, Fung discusses struggles she encountered as a journalist following her abduction in Afghanistan.


Delivering quilted hugs from grateful nation

Quilts of Valour comforts injured soldiers and their families

QuiltsOfValourTHUMBRemembrance Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by veterans, both past and present. But reflection is often a distant action that may not impact either veterans or citizens.

Organizers behind Quilts of Valour (QoV) recognized this distance and took action to help veterans and their families as they recover from the effects of "operational stress injuries" like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

Lezley Zwaal, the founder and former president of Quilts of Valour-Canada Society, says the motivation to start QoV came from seeing a soldier on TV under a plain blanket after a suicide car bombing in 2006. The bombing killed two civilians and a Canadian diplomat, and injured three soldiers in Afghanistan.


Mellissa Fung shares ‘Heartbreaking and uplifting’ stories of Afghan women

Former CBC journalist speaks about her experience in war-torn Afghanistan and freedom in the Middle East  

Fung 2 webA group of over 100 globally-minded Calgarians gathered at Mount Royal University on Nov. 12, 2014 to attend a talk by former CBC foreign correspondent Mellissa Fung.

While on assignment in Afghanistan as an imbedded journalist with Canadian Forces, Fung inadvertently became part of the story she was there to cover when she was abducted and held captive for over a month by armed bandits.

Despite her struggles, detailed in her book Under an Afghan Sky, Fung has returned to Afghanistan twice since coming home to Canada and has another trip planned for spring of 2015.

“Like any journalist, I wanted to go cover a war. But what drew me back was the people,” Fung said.