Start Fresh with SAMRU!

Welcome (back)! SAMRU welcomes all new and returning students to the Winter 2021 semester. Your Students’ Association has a wide variety of programs and events occurring throughout the month (and through the semester)! Come and connect with your fellow students in a dynamic and supportive environment!

Check out one (or all!) of our many programs and services available to you through SAMRU!

Here’s what’s happening in January. You can also view the full events calendar here.

In chronological order:

BIPOC Support Network
What: Support and discussion group for black, indigenous, and people of colour
When: Friday, January 8th from 12 – 1 pm
How: Join us on Google Meet. Check samru.ca/ciip for future meeting links. 
Who it’s for: Students, faculty and staff
Why you should attend: Discuss and learn about issues, events, and activities relating to the BIPOC community on campus. 
For more information contact: Cory Cardinal – c.cardinal@samru.ca, samru.ca/ciip

Crafts @ Reception
What: Polymer Clay Plants
When: Crafting bags ready for pick up starting Monday, January 11th at 10 am
How: Craft packages and instructions are available for pick up at SAMRU Reception (Z222)! You can also check out the YouTube tutorial here
Who it’s for: Any students who want to try a new craft!
Why you should attend: De-stress, spend some time off screen, and make a cute plant!
For more information contact: s.armstrong@samru.ca, for all Pride Centre programming visit samru.ca/pride

Volunteer Meet and Greet (January-March) 
What: a chat session to meet other volunteers, connect, play games, and meet new people and volunteer supervisors
When: Monday, January 11th from 4 – 5 pm, and subsequently on the first Monday of each month through March
How: Movie link will be posted here once selection has been made
Who it’s for: Any students interested in learning about the volunteer opportunities SAMRU has to offer, including existing, active volunteers
Why you should attend: This meet and greet will help you build community and connections with other MRU students. Chat in real time with your peers and talk about common interests
For more information contact: a.davis@samru.ca, more info on volunteering: samru.ca/volunteer

Games Day
What: Among Us Gaming Event 
When: Tuesday, January 12th from 6 – 8 pm
How: Download the Among Us app on iTunes or Google Play, then join us on this Google Meet to hang with other students while you play!
Who it’s for: Anyone looking to meet new people and have some fun
Why you should attend: Among Us is fun, free, easy to play, and a great way to meet new people, even if they’re sus! 
For more information contact: pridecentre@samru.ca, for all Pride Centre programming visit samru.ca/pride

Metis History
What: Learn all about the Metis Peoples of Canada
When: Wednesday, January 13th from 2 – 4 pm
How: Join us on Google Meet
Who it’s for: Anyone who would like to learn more about the history of the Metis in Canada
Why you should attend: You can use this information as a possible research project for class; Learn more about Canada’s history as previously untold. 
For more information contact: Cory Cardinal – c.cardinal@samru.ca, samru.ca/ciip

Student Support Services: SARC Live Stream
What: Join Student Support Coordinator, David Gomez, for a live conversation about the services offered through the Student Advocacy Resource Centre. The Student Advocacy Resource Centre provides confidential services, support and options for individual students experiencing both academic and or non-academic advocacy concerns and questions.
When: Wednesday, January 13th at noon
How: Facebook Live
Who it’s for: All MRU students will benefit from this session and how/why to access the Student Advocacy Resource Centre during your university career
Why you should attend: Find out more about how SAMRU supports students in actionable ways, specifically self-advocacy support
For more information contact: d.gomez@samru.ca, samru.ca/sarc

Wellness Wind Down 
What: Fresh Start with Sarah Armstrong and Dr. Janet Miller
When: Thursday January 14th, 3:00pm- 4:30 pm
How: Join us live on Google Meet 
Who it’s for: Anyone needing a break or wanting to check in with peers in a queer-friendly space
Why you should attend: It’s been a year! Literally. Come chat about what’s going on in your world and the “Fresh Starts” you are looking forward to this semester with peers. Lead by the SAMRU Pride Centre’s Sarah Armstrong and Dr. Janet Miller, Psychologist from Student Counselling Services at MRU
For more information contact: s.armstrong@samru.ca, for all Pride Centre programming visit samru.ca/pride

Volunteer Movie: Watch & Chat – (January – March)
What: Watch and discuss a crowd-selected movie with your peers. The movie will be decided in the SAMRU Volunteers Facebook Group— join the group to have your say!
When: Tuesday January 19th from 6-8 pm, and subsequently on the second Tuesday of each month through March
How: Movie link will be posted here once selection has been made
Who it’s for: Anybody interested in learning about the volunteer opportunities SAMRU has to offer, including already active volunteers
Why you should attend: You’ll get to watch thought-provoking movies on current hot topics/interests, build community, create connections, and check in with people in real time on timely topics
For more information contact: Andrea Davis – a.davis@samru.ca, more info on volunteering: samru.ca/volunteer

Student Support Services: Food & Financial Security Live Stream
What: Join Student Support Coordinator, David Gomez, for a live conversation about the food and financial security support available through SAMRU and how to access it
When: Wednesday, January 20th at noon
How: Facebook Live
Who it’s for: All MRU students will benefit from this session and how to access food and financial aid when you need it
Why you should attend: Find out more about how SAMRU supports students in actionable ways, specifically food and financial support
For more information contact: d.gomez@samru.ca, samru.ca/food-security, samru.ca/financial-security

International Student Meet and Greet
What: A chance to meet and connect with international students at MRU
When: Wednesday, January 20th from 3 – 4 pm
How: Find us on Google Meet
Who it’s for: Students who want to learn about SAMRU’s Cultural and Indigenous Inclusion programming and the MRU International Student Centre. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the world!
Why you should attend: To learn about new cultures and what it’s like to be a student in Canada or abroad. We also do a draw every meeting and you can win a prize!
For more information contact: Cory Cardinal – c.cardinal@samru.ca, samru.ca/ciip

Aboriginal Ancestry
What: Research your family history and/or Indigenous roots
When: Thursday, January 21st from 12 – 2 pm (ongoing through the winter semester)
How: Join us on Google Meet 
Who it’s for: Anyone interested in family genealogy, including indigenous and non-indigenous. Open to anyone who wants to learn how to research their ancestry. 
Why you should attend: Discover your family roots and learn about your family’s history.
For more information contact: Cory Cardinal – c.cardinal@samru.ca, samru.ca/ciip

JANUARY 25 SCREENING CANCELLED: Pinnacle Leadership Movie: Watch & Chat – (Jan-March)
What: Watch a movie about leadership, and/or the pillars of the Pinnacle Leadership program (self-awareness, building relationships, and communication)
When: Monday January 25th from 5-7 pm, and subsequently on the last Monday of each month through March
How: Movie link will be posted here once selection has been made
Who it’s for: Prospective and existing Pinnacle Leadership Challenge participants (MRU students)
Why you should attend: It’s a chance to learn more about Clifton Strengths, chat about leadership, and build community with other Pinnacle participants!
For more information contact: Andrea Davis – a.davis@samru.ca, samru.ca/pinnacle

Winter Clubs Expo
What: Provide clubs with an opportunity to connect with new members (and help students find clubs and community)
When: Wednesday, January 27 from 4 – 6 pm
How: SAMRU will be using Discord to carry out the Winter Clubs Expo. Server joining info will be listed on this page
Who it’s for: Clubs (to recruit members), students (to have the opportunity to join clubs)
Why you should attend: Joining a club is a great opportunity to get involved on campus, meet new people and discover new skills and passions!
For more information contact: Clubs Coordinator – clubs@samru.ca, samru.ca/clubs

Indigenous Crafts
What: Learn how to bead and craft from an Indigenous expert
When: Wednesday, January 27th from 1 – 4 pm
How: Register for the workshop by January 24th by emailing c.cardinal@samru.ca; pick up your craft package at the SAMRU Services Hub (Reception Z222); join us on Google Meet on the 27th
Who it’s for: Students, Staff, Faculty
Why you should attend: Learn something new, get your mind off of school, make a gift for yourself or someone else, and socialize with others!
For more information contact: Cory Cardinal – c.cardinal@samru.ca, samru.ca/ciip