Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

September 2008



 School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto 
September 2008

Welcome to the September, 2008 newsletter. Our newsletter provides news and updates from the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), Ryerson University, Toronto. In this issue we return to school after the summer break with start of term activities and news of some major new equipment donations. All our previous newsletters are available via a link on our homepage. We do not want to spam you, so if you do not wish to receive this newsletter please e-mail us to unsubscribe. Welcome to the exciting 2008-09 academic year!

Thomas Sprinzing

Ryerson welcomes new faculty member

Prof Thomas Sprinzing joins us on a 1-year Limited Term Faculty position from Germany and is teaching classes in printing processes and press operations. Thomas joins us from the Stuttgart Media University (Hochschule der Medien) and will spend a year in Toronto bringing experience of ISO and FOGRA reference printing conditions and JDF implementation in the bindery. The Stuttgart school offers a full range of printing programs including a unique course in “German-Chinese Studies in Printing Technology”. We welcome Thomas and hope he can cope with the cold winter predicted this year. Thomas replaces Associate Professor Ian Baitz who is on sabbatical. Picture shows Thomas in the ink lab with third-year students Marta Wadja and Lissa Davey. Ryerson continues to have an active exchange program with Stuttgart, three students have come to Toronto this semester, and Prof Michael Murphy will go to Stuttgart for one year.

New 4-colour Heidelberg PM74

Basement Floor Lowering the Press Good sheetsHeidelberg Canada have replaced our DI and 2-colour GTO with a 4-colour, perfecting Printmaster 74. This summer we cut a hole in the floor of the loading dock to take out the two smaller presses and bring in the new press. We started by creating a reinforced concrete slab in our basement, originally 12″ deep, but later, due to the “soft” ground extending this to a depth of 16″. The process was not without incidence, at one point we had 4 fire engines due to dust that set off the fire alarms. With rapid drying cement our floor was ready by mid-summer and on 30 July, our new press was lowered in, a station at a time. By the end of August, Heidelberg had completed the installation and we were pulling our first press sheets, Peter Roehrig is shown with students Stephanie Macintosh and Shawn Peters. The press is up and running and we are excited to be able to conduct research and teaching in all aspects of sheet-fed printing. Heidelberg continues to be a leader in investing in education and training across Canada and across the world. WE THANK RICHARD ARMSTRONG, HEIDELBERG CANADA FOR HIS INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE OF THE CANADIAN PRINT COMMUNITY. We applaud the commitment that Heidelberg has shown to us and other educators across Canada.

Phoenix Flexo Challenge, April 27-30, Dallas, TX

 ru juiced?

Prof Ian Baitz (right of photo) led a team of students to the Phoenix Challenge College Competition in Dallas, Texas on April 26. The competition coincided with the FFTA’s Flexo Forum and INFO*Flex exhibition. The Phoenix Challenge is normally a high school competition, but this year it was also offered at the college level. The challenge called upon students to create a specific flexo-based product and to complete design, prepress and prototype tasks. The team created an all natural energy drink in a TetraPrisma aseptic package with the theme r u juiced? The theme had double meaning “r u juiced” could mean “Are You” or “Ryerson University”. It is useful to note that some of the students started their careers at Gordon Graydon High School. The event has been featured in PrintAction’s FlexoAction magazine (Vol 1, Number 5). From left to right – Keri Maclellan, Nathan Plavnick, Emad Chibli (now at Schawk Canada), Saleh Abdel-Motaal, Nathan Witt, and Prof Ian Baitz. The students formed the only Canadian college team and were supported by the CFTC, Schawk, Gordon Graydon and other industry colleagues. Congratulations to Prof Baitz and his team.

Xerox Canada makes digital donation


August 25, 2008 – Xerox Canada today announced the donation of a Docucolor 7000 digital press to the School of Graphic Communications Management. This is the first digital press to be donated to the school, a necessary addition to teach students modern digital printing techniques such as on-demand and 1:1 printing. Student training on the Docucolor 7000 will begin immediately. The School will use the device for testing, research and teaching of VDP technologies such as XMPie. Pictured, from left: Dr Daniel Doz, Dean, Faculty of Communication & Design; Dr Abhay Sharma, Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management; and Tom Oldfield, Vice President, Graphic Communications, Xerox Canada.

GCM uses Xinet WebNative

The School is pleased to announce the addition of Xinet WebNative Suite as part of our learning environment, made possible by the generous donation of software by Xinet Inc., and set up and support from Lance Doty at Syncron CyberKare. Xinet WebNative is an industry-leading digital asset management environment that facilitates the collection, access, production, distribution and archiving of graphic media for advertising, publishing and corporate communications. With the Xinet WebNative Suite, GCM students will learn how to manage, store, distribute and archive assets in an environment indicative of real-life industry applications. Prof Jason Lisi coordinated this gift with Lance Doty. We thank them all for this valuable contribution to our program.

Xinet WebNative

Xinet Logo

2008 Salary

Destinations for graduating class of 2008

During the summer, we surveyed the graduating class of 2008. 47 students have provided details of their “first destination”. The majority of the class is earning in the bracket $41-45K per annum. Students from the graduating class have gone to medium and large printers in all locations including Toronto, Vancouver and Chicago. The positions range from estimating to production coordination, CSR and project manager, sales and marketing. If you haven’t already, please register your first destination details with us. This helps us understand the market and also advise future generations of GCM students. And remember – we do not share your details with anyone. If you are an employer and are looking for a graduate drop us a line so your advertisement can be posted in the next newsletter. GCM grades 2008: please post your first job details through the survey form.

Acuity Eco-Sustainability Scholarship

Tom Menard from Acuity has pledged $25,000 to establish the Acuity Eco-Sustainability solutions award. There will be one annual award of $5,000 over a period of five years. The idea/innovation should be sustainable, technically feasible and take a systems view to improving the current environmental situation. Acuity in Richmond Hill has worked with the School on many projects, providing mentorship and printing resources to faculty and students. GCM alumni Konrad Okoniewski (right) works at Acuity developing internal protocols for sustainable printing. We are very excited to have begun to address the issues affecting our planet. Thank you Acuity and thank you Art Seto and Jason Lisi for coordinating this award.


Prof Rich Adams presents in Valencia, Spain

Dr Adams presented a paper entitled “Profiling Eco-solvent Inkjet Printers” at the 35th International Research Conference for Advances in Printing and Media Technologies in Valencia, Spain, 7-9 September. IARIGAI supports research in the information, media and graphic arts industries and brings together scientists and researchers from all areas of the paper and printing industry. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr Helmut Kipphan. Ryerson University has recently joined IARIGAI and Chair Abhay Sharma gave a short presentation summarizing the research being done at GCM. Ryerson University has offered to host this conference in 2010. Does your company want to become involved and sponsor this event in 2010 in Toronto? ContactAbhay Sharma.

Dr Rich Adams

Fujifilm Interns

Summer internship program with Fujifilm

Internship is a required part of the GCM program and is completed in the summer between the student’s third and fourth year. We had 84 companies hiring our students this summer. Students Denise Delos Santos, Jillian Michaels and Sarah Fenwick spent the summer at Fujifilm Graphic Systems in Mississauga. Tony Karg, Business Development Director for Fujifilm interviewed the students at our Job Fair and then planned a training program in different parts of his business. In general, students worked all over the country from Transcontinental in Owen Sound to Xerox on Bloor Street. Do you want to hire a GCM summer intern/coop student? Contact Taras Karpiuk to be part of the internship program, and thank you to all the printers and suppliers who hired our students this summer.

Shenouda Junior goes to law school

Dad Adel Shenouda is president of Carlton Taylor Graphics, a medium size commercial printer in North York. Adel has been a long time supporter of GCM, helping us with student publications on their manroland and Heidelberg presses. Son Shadi Shenouda (left of picture) completed the GCM program in 2006 and went to implement MIS and estimating systems at Pacific Bindery in Vancouver. This year Shadi had a new calling and has left for Albany Law School in New York to read for a JD degree in international law and IP. Shadi has been serving on the Projects Advisory Board of the Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council. We wish the Shenouda family well and thank them for their continued support for the school. Contact Adel Shenouda.

Shadi Shenouda

Scott Millward receives RIT Scholarship

2008 GCM graduate Scott Millward moved to the US this month to study full-time on the MS Print Media program at Rochester Institute of Technology. Scott, originally from Hamilton, completed his GRE exams and was admitted to the RIT Master’s program, receiving a $10,000 scholarship. The $10K scholarship, started by RIT Chair Pat Sorce, is awarded to a student that Ryerson University nominates. The scholarship was started this year, and Scott is the first recipient of this award. Scott will be working with Dr Scott Williams at RIT on a project relating to optical brighteners and UV fluorescence in printing and proofing papers. Good luck to Scott for a successful research career. Have you considered the RIT MS program? It is available part-time and full-time. Contact Scott Millward if you want to find out what it is like for a Canadian to study in the US.

The new school year

First Year

Like other schools in the Faculty, GCM continues to enjoy strong enrolment. For the 2008-09 school year we accepted 131/816 – 131 students accepted from 816 applications. This healthy ratio is due to our job placement, and practical hands-on, technology based course that is continuing to attract more and more students. When students arrive on campus we try and make them welcome. Senior student Rob LeClair and staff member Taras Karpiuk organized a number of social activities and pizza events. In the activity shown in the picture, the partner behind feeds the front partner a drink. To add to the interest yellow blindfolds were used. This was certainly one way to break the ice! GCM students also won the Ryerson Parade and Picnic on Toronto Islands. See full story.

Abhay Sharma

Sharma receives prestigious NSERC Grant

Chair Abhay Sharma has received an NSERC Discovery Grant entitled “Quantification of Colour in Imaging Systems”. The amount awarded is $81,650 over 5 years. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is part of the Canadian government and provides grants for research in the natural sciences and engineering. Green grass, blue skies and skin tones are important in colour reproduction, which is why they are included in the Macbeth ColorChecker target (left). The project will look at the accuracy of colours in the imaging chain from capture to reproduction. One focus of the research is the accuracy and measurement of soft proofing systems. Sharma is currently reviewing the colorimetry from screen to proof of Kodak MVP, ICS Remote Director, CGS Softproof and DALiM DiALOGUE.


one world- one drupa

The world’s largest print show, Drupa, is held every four years in Düsseldorf, Germany. This year a team of five Ryerson profs attended the show that ran for 14 days from 29 May – 11 June 2008. The fair hosted 1,971 exhibitors from 52 countries. The huge halls housed all the latest equipment from offset presses to inkjet production printing and JDF demonstrations. The team took the opportunity, while in Germany to visit and make guest presentations at the Stuttgart Media University. While in Stuttgart the team enjoyed home hospitality with Martin’s sister who lives in the town. If you want the Drupa tune in your head, click on the audio link. Pictured left to right are Chris Kular, Abhay Sharma, Ian Baitz, Manfred Breede and Martin Habekost.

Drupa Audio

IPA Digital Print Forum

Drs Martin Habekost and Abhay Sharma recently completed a study that provides a snapshot of the status of digital print production devices. The IPA Digital Print Forum was a series of experiments that were conducted using output from different digital presses. As a control, the same imagery was printed on a Heidelberg XL 105 sheet-fed offset press. The following systems were reviewed– Heidelberg (XL 105), Kodak (Nexpress S3000), HP Indigo 3050, HP Indigo 5000, HP Indigo 5500, Konica-Minolta (bizhub PRO C6500), Punch Graphix (Xeikon 6000 and 8000) and Xerox with the iGen3. The test included colour gamut, spot colours, rub resistance, fading, cracking, de-inking, resolution, etc. Print samples from the different digital presses are included in a 46-page Digital Print Forum report, distributed at the IPA Technical Conference in Chicago, April 22-24, 2008. Buy the report or see an online summary of the results at Graphic Arts Online.

IPA Digital Print

Manfred Breede

Prof Breede publishes new book

The Brave New World of Publishing: The Symbiotic Relationship Between Printing and Book Publishing is a new book by Manfred Breede available atAmazon. This 200 page text was published by Chandos Publishing in August, 2008. The book is aimed at publishers, librarians, printers, communications professionals and anyone who has an interest in the past, present and future of the printed book. A large part of the book concentrates on digital printing and the phenomenon. Prof Breede is the author of both the 1st and the 2nd editions of the bookHandbook of Graphic Arts Equations. Prof Breede was supported in this project by a publication grant from Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design. Contact Manfred Breede for further details.

Graphic Arts Magazine

Prof Natalia Gilewicz – Associate Editor

Prof Natalia Gilewicz has assumed the role of Associate Editor of Graphic Arts Magazine. Natalia writes, “as you continue to read from month to month, you’re likely to notice some changes—all positive I hope. We will continue to try to add content that is informative and useful. My formula is derived from my senior biology class—we always KISS (keep it simple, stupid). My aim is powerful content with less reading, because who has time these days?” Prof Gilewicz has been writing for the magazine for several issues. After graduating from Ryerson’s Graphic Communications Management program, she moved into sales, only to find herself back at Ryerson a short while later. Ryerson is pleased with Natalia’s new role and publisher Joe Mulcahy is ecstatic to have Natalia on board. Contact Natalia if you have ideas for articles.

Frank McPherson “Spirit of Youth” Award

Frank and Sylvia McPherson have established two $1000 awards for GCM students. The award is called The “Frank McPherson Spirit of Youth Award” and will be presented to students who overcome personal challenges and successfully graduate. The award will continue for a five year period and has been established to honour Frank’s 50 years in the print industry. Frank has worked with the School in areas of VDP and is shown here hiring summer interns Caeley Onsy and Cecilia Gatere to work at his company, Custom Data Imaging. Profs Chris Kular and Art Seto coordinated the award with the McPhersons. We thank Frank for his continued involvement with GCM.

Frank McPherson

Carnival Glory

Prof Art Seto Teaches Fellow Teachers

Prof Art Seto joined a group of fellow printing industry teachers from North America for the 83rd Annual Conference of the International Association of Graphic Arts Educators (IGAEA), July 26 – August 2. The IGAEA conference was held aboard the Carnival Glory which cruised from Cape Canaveral to Mexico, Hondurus and the Carribean. Prof Seto’s presentation to fellow university and high school colleagues was on how to teach environmental management to print and graphic arts students. We thank the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) for providing travel funding. See more photos of the cruise.

GCM foyer – press refurbishment

The GCM foyer proudly displays an early Heidelberg press. Built in 1928 and donated by Heidelberg Canada in 2003, it had been a show piece in our foyer for the last five years. Unfortunately the elements have taken their toll on it’s exposed metal surfaces. The Heidelberg Platen press was recently placed on a pallet and taken away. V.A. Tech Ltd. took it to their shop for refurbishing. After months of polishing and chroming we are pleased to have our frontispiece returned this month. Although this is a static display we do have a working model in our instrumentation lab downstairs. Story courtesy Peter Roehrig.

Windmill Press

Job Spot (When responding please mention the GCM Newsletter)

TWO POSITIONS – SALES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE AND ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVE. You have been selling design, printing, mailing or inventory management services for at least 3 years, less for the account rep. You have a client base and existing prospects. You enjoy the challenge of business development. You like measuring your performance and exceeding your targets. You have a University degree in Graphic Communications, business, marketing or experience working in marketing. If you are interested in a rewarding career selling marketing and communications solutions, please forward your resume to: (Received 22 September)

ACCOUNT OPERATIONS MANAGER Individual is responsible for assisting the XGS Business Manager by planning, directing and coordinating the total operations of the account. The Account Operations Manager is responsible for managing the budget and P&L for the assigned account(s). The Account Operations Manager assists the XGS Business Manager in generating revenue and seeking additional business opportunities. Xerox is looking for someone with a university degree and relevant experience. Interested candidates can forward their resume Please reference “Ryerson AOM posting” in your subject line. (Received 16 September)

JUNIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER Fujifilm is looking for candidates that are willing and flexible to experiment with sales tactics and approaches. Geographically based territory sales role (Great her Toronto area) supporting all equipment (CtP/Wide format inkjet/Digital Printing) and consumable products Fujifilm sells with very good income potential. Sales role with 1-5+ years experience, is looking for a stable, strong company with solid management who invest heavily in continuous improvement and employee professional development. Contact Tony Karg (Received 8 September)

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Production Coordinator. Working under the general supervision of the Production Manager, the incumbent will coordinate the production of approximately half of all new books as well as all reprints. Knowledge of typesetting, printing, and design procedures, along with the ability to juggle many projects under conflicting deadline pressures is required. Proficiency with publishing-related software such as InDesign and Acrobat Professional preferred. Contact Human Resources (Received 20 August)

PHOTOBOOK CANADA is looking for a part-time production coordinator. Photobook Canada is the nation’s fastest growing organization across the country specializing in personalized premium quality photo books. Our working hours are flexible, between 9 a.m.–5 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Run files through Adobe Acrobat and preflight, if necessary. To apply for this position send your CV to (Received 26 August from GCM alumni Amanda Facciolo)

MARKETING The Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council (CPISC) is looking for a candidate to fill a full time Marketing-Communications Officer position. The position is a full time position commencing immediately. Need someone who has contacts with the industry and knowledge of the industry. This is a senior position and at least 5-10 years experience in the field is necessary. The salary range is $70-80,000 per annum. Contact Marie Eveline. (Received 22 July).

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Custom Data Imaging in Markham is looking for a full-time Production Coordinator to start in August. Suitable for a graduate. Contact GCM alumni Janet Mak, Custom Data Imaging Corporation. (Received July 10)

Diary Dates

Oct 1, 2008, GCM Press Inauguration and Open House, 5.00 – 7.00 pm, 125 Bond Street (View invitation)

Oct 26-29, Graph Expo, Chicago, Abhay Sharma to present soft proofing seminar (Seminar program)

Nov 22 -24, Print World 2008, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto

Dec 7-9, PIA/GATF Color Management Conference, Dr Rich Adams presenting on color measurement

Feb 19, 2009, JDF Education Event – CIP4 and Ryerson University (View 2008 program)

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