Welcome to our September/October, 2010 newsletter. Our bi-monthly newsletter provides news and updates from the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), Ryerson University, Toronto. Thank you for reading our newsletter and supporting Canada’s only degree in graphic communications management. All our previous newsletters are available via a link on our homepage.
GCM Awards Night • Wednesday, October 27
The School of Graphic Communications Management requests the pleasure of your company for its Annual Awards Night, Wednesday, October 27, 2010. The reception will start at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Heidelberg Centre, 125 Bond Street, Toronto. Refreshments will be served. Kindly RSVP to Taras Karpiuk, 416-979-5050, email@example.com.
Ryerson GCM Program Welcomes Record-size First Year Class
The School of Graphic Communications Management welcomed over 140 new first-year students into the program in September, an increase of nearly 10% from previous years. GCM had nearly 800 applications for these coveted positions. New students were treated to a wealth of information at Orientation, and were warmly welcomed into the GCM and Print families by senior students. The new students will join existing students in second, third, and fourth year of the GCM program. In total, over 450 Ryerson students are currently registered in Graphic Communications Management. As part of the curriculum, students will have exciting opportunities to visit plants, learn all stages of the printing process, and develop into professional managers. Many students participate in extra-curricular teams and events, including ryeTAGA and the Phoenix Challenge. Ryerson warmly welcomes all new and returning GCM students!
FCAD Welcomes Dr. Gerd Hauck as Dean
GCM welcomes Dr. Gerd Hauck, Dean of the Faculty of Communication & Design(FCAD). Dr. Hauck comes to us from the University of Waterloo where he was chair of the Department of Drama and Speech Communications. His vision of post-secondary education is closely aligned with Ryerson’s mission and academic plan. He is an advocate of pedagogy that integrates practice and theory and believes in building strong external relationships with community stakeholders to support curriculum. At Waterloo he initiated student exchange programs with European countries to broaden the international experience of his students. Dr. Hauck received his Ph.D. in theatre studies from the University of Toronto, however his first job was at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen in his home town of Heidelberg, Germany. On touring GCM he remarked about feeling at-home in the Heidelberg Centre. Dr. Hauck succeeds Dr. Daniel Doz, who was appointed president of theAlberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) in Calgary.
GCM Exhibit for Nuit Blanche
Thousands of visitors huddled in front of the Heidelberg Centre on the night of Saturday, October 2, to see the School’s first exhibit for Nuit Blanche. At Different Angles traced the history of communication, the evolution of different information technologies, and their impact on society. Proposed by GCM professors Art Seto, Natalia Gilewicz, and Stefanie Stroh, the exhibit was rear-projected onto four of the Heidelberg Centre’s front window panes using 3M Vikuiti material provided by 3M and ND Graphics. A team of students, headed by Ruth Tupe (4th year), worked feverishly on the video presentation. Special thanks to students Jessica Chiu, Courtney Echlin, Jenna Fullerton, Elliot Kwan, Marijana Miric, Roman Swietlik, and Andrew Wong, and also to Fabricio Meideros, Josh Henderson, and Danielle Szlawieniec-Haw of Medlar Productions, 3M, Acuity, Bash Digital-Interactive, and ND Graphics. Photo by Martin Habekost.
GCM Hosts Visitors from Switzerland and Germany
Several academicians from European universities visited GCM in connection with the 2010 IARIGAI technical conference in Montreal. Prior to the conference, Profs. Fritz Bircher and Gert Schlegel from the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland, came to learn about Ryerson and discuss possible research collaborations. Their visit coincided with the Ryerson Parade.
After the conference, GCM hosted Profs. Wolfgang Faigle and Gunter Huebner along with research associate Mr. Wendler from the Hochschule der Medien (HdM), or Stuttgart Media University, in Germany. They were receiprocating a visit by four GCM faculty to HdM in 2008 before the DRUPA trade show. GCM and HdM will be working on extending the exchange of students and faculty and also on cross-Atlantic research collaborations.
Research Presentations at 37th IARIGAI Conference
The International Association of Research Organizations for the Information, Media and Graphic Arts Industries (IARIGAI) held its 37th International Research Conference at the Quebec Institute of Graphic Communications(ICGQ). Dr. Martin Habekost and Research Associate Arash Ataein presented research papers to the international audience. Dr. Helmut Kipphan, editor of the widely respected Handbook of Print Media, also attended. Martin Habekost presented a paper in collaboration with GCM student Rebecca Aziza, a summer 2009 research assistant, called “Evaluation of gray balance and G7 in inkjet proofing of GRACoL and SWOP printing.” Arash Ataein presented a paper, “Color matching in inkjet proofing using spectral method,” in collaboration with Dr. Abhay Sharma. The conference program is available in the brochure. One evening, conference attendees visited a print company in Old Montreal that showed historic printing equipment. It was a well-organized conference with a wide variety of interesting topics.
GraphEXPO 2010, The Next Generation of Print
GCM professors Dr. Abhay Sharma and Chris Kular, and postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Janice Fung attendedGraphEXPO 2010, October 3–6, in Chicago. The show featured abundant digital press technologies and cross-media applications. An indicator of the industry’s direction was the notable absence of large presses. Dr. Sharma gave a presentation as part of the IDEAlliance G7 Summit and also attended the October 5 EDSF Scholarship Night “Give Back at GRAPH” at the Hyatt McCormick. Chris Kular attended the Printing Industries of America Teachers’ Conference, which featured presentations on “Engaging in the Social Media Conversation,” “Using Production Software in Classroom Assignments,” “Integrating Prepress into Graphic Design Programs,” and “Production Inkjet Technologies.” Dr. Fung attended seminars on improving the competitive business position for printers, gaining further insight for her research work at GCM.
Elpical Donates Claro Premedia Solution to Ryerson
John de Jong, Managing Director of (pronounced el-pi-kal), recently arranged for the donation of their Claro Premedia image processing solution to GCM. This exciting workflow software is designed for printers, publishers and other communication companies that require fast and effective colour correction. Claro Premedia is a high-volume, hot folder-driven solution, which uses a proprietary “Individual Image Analysis”‘ technology to automatically check an image to a range of specific parameters, and then enhances the image for highest-quality results. Currently used by companies such as USA Today, the software includes plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. This allows easy before-and-after image comparison, as well as process integration. For 2010 at Ryerson, the software will be part of the Advanced Technologies curriculum. Students will learn how to configure the solution and how it integrates into existing workflows.
Canadian Printing Industries provides $73,750 in Scholarships this Year
This fall, the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund announced a total of $73,750 to assist 56 post-secondary students, the majority of whom attend Ryerson. The objective of the Fund is to attract the most talented young people available to printing industry by providing financial assistance to them while they are enrolled in an approved graphic arts management or technical program. The value of each annual scholarship is $1250, renewable if the student maintains good grades.
“There was an exceptional group of applicants once again this year and we are very pleased to be able to support 56 dedicated students in their pursuit of a career in the graphic communications industry”, said Don Gain, Chairman of the Fund. Ryerson recipients will be recognized at the GCM Student Awards Night on October 27. The Fund was initiated in 1971 and is supported by generous donor companies and individuals. For more information visit www.cpia-aci.ca