Welcome to our January/February 2011 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.
Job Fair Alert!
Thursday March 3rd, 2011 will be the 24th annual GCM Job Fair where GCM invites employers to meet with student interns and graduates for interviews conducted in 10-minute “speed dating” format on the Ryerson campus. Two sessions are held; the session for 2011 graduating students takes place between 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; the session for third year summer interns occurs between 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dinner is served to company representatives/interviewers at 6:00 p.m. and provides our industry colleagues a chance to chat with each other. Job Fair is one of the most respected events in the GCM calendar, and is the envy of many other programs at Ryerson. It is not unusual to see non-GCM students and faculty watching as the evening unfolds, and to hear comments such as, “I wish my program did this.” We are very grateful for the support of our industry partners in making the GCM Job Fair a success. To register for the March 3rd GCM Job Fair and to reserve your company’s table, please contact Taras Karpiuk firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416-979-5050 or register online at: http://ryerson.wufoo.com/forms/gcm-job-fair-2011/
Colloquium 2011 • Thursday, February 17 • 6:30 p.m.
The 3rd-year students in the Graphic Communications Management program at Ryerson are hosting their annual GCM Colloquium event on Thursday February 17th, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Members of industry are invited to attend. Please note, this year’s event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King St. W., Toronto. This year, the theme is “Envision — The Future of Print,” aimed at exploring various innovations in the printing industry today. Guest speakers for Envision will be Matthew Alexander, President and CEO of Colour Innovations; Gerry Visca, International Branding Coach; and Henry Laszutko, National Account Manager at CCL Industries. The School of GCM is pleased to have these highly acclaimed professionals address topics including: Environment, Innovation and Packaging Solutions. For additional information and to register for this exciting event, please visithttp://ryerson.ca/gcmcolloquium/index.htm.
Strong Student Applications to GCM for Fall 2011
Student applications are rolling in from potential future GCM-ers! Initial figures show that applications to join GCM in September 2011 are up 10% from one year ago at the same time. Yet, it’s not too late to apply for this fall!
Applications for fall are still open to current high school students, mature, international and transfer students. We particularly welcome applications from students with strong grades who are interested in today’s high-tech printing industries. GCM students earn a four-year degree in our modern facilities and participate in a summer internship between third and fourth year. Over 15 different Minors are available to GCM students, including marketing, e-business, entrepreneurship and innovation, international business, and finance. Graduates enjoy outstanding career opportunities. Admissions decisions are based on grades only. For more information on how to apply to Ryerson’s GCM program, visit http://www.ryerson.ca/futurestudents/ or contact Taras Karpiuk at 416-979-5050 or email@example.com
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Ryerson
Ivonne Sanchez (left photo) traveled to Urabama, Peru for Reading Week 2010. This year, Kaneesha Serjue (right photo, at left) will visit Bogota, Colombia, for Reading Week and Lauren Lincoln (at right) will travel to Vietnam in the summer.
Ryerson’s reading week is just around the corner. There are a variety of activities that students take on during this week. Here is a wonderful example of three GCM students giving back. Lauren Lincoln, Ivonne Sanchez, and Kaneesha Serjue are a part of a student group called Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Ryerson. ASB Ryerson is an entirely student-run and locally operated group where students volunteer their time to experience and learn from other cultures around the world. ASB is a journey which is meant to change the world in small steps by inspiring students to begin with changing themselves. The experience makes a lifelong impact on the students which will help to shape them to become leaders in their future endeavours.
In 2010 Ivonne Sanchez travelled to Urabamba, Peru. While there, she and her team worked at a day-care where they built a path and reinforced a wall that had been damaged by a massive flood that devastated the region. The team also worked with community members at two primary schools painting furniture, tiling floors and painting classrooms. The next ASB trip will follow in the month of February, where Kaneesha Serjue and her team will be travelling to Bogota, Colombia. During their time there they will contribute by providing food for the homeless, teaching children how to speak English, constructing a school, and helping out in a orphanage as well as a women’s shelter. auren Lincoln will depart in the spring for Southeast Asia where ASB will be helping out in orphanages and caring for children who have been affected by Agent Orange.
The students agree that ASB requires dedication, enthusiasm, and hard work, but the reward is worth it! It is an exciting and life-changing experience which builds friendships and inspires students to get involved, be committed and make a change.
RIT Master’s Degree in Print Media Information Session
On January 31, 2011 GCM students interested in furthering their education with a Master’s degree attended an information session about Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Master of Science degree. RIT has been offering scholarships for their M.S. program to Ryerson GCM graduates for several years. Last year a small group of students enjoyed a two-day visit and tour of RIT and the School of Print Media after a similar information meeting. The information session was presented by GCM Instructor and alumnus Scott Millward, who is a former recipient of the RIT Scholarship.
Right: Scott Millward, M.S. Print Media, RIT, and GCM ’08 (2nd from left) presents an information session on RIT’s M.S. in Print Media. Photo by Jason Lisi.
GCM Team Awarded Learning and Teaching Grant
GCM Professor Art Seto and collaborators Rich Adams, Martin Habekost, and Jason Lisi received one of seven inaugural Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund (LTEF) grants being given to Ryerson faculty. The grants support and promote both innovation in the classroom and research around higher education teaching. Their proposal, “Rethinking Learning Delivery Methods — Podcasting from Gutenberg to the iPhone and Beyond,” is to produce podcasts on how to use graphic arts equipment from digital cameras to printers and lab testing instruments, promoting enhanced learning and safety.
Visit by Professor Gary Field
Left: ryeTAGA students (from left right) Cindy Thai, Valerie Chen and Jacky Kuo Mao (far right) with Professors Field and Habekost. Right: Gary Field signing his book for his colleague. Photos by Martin Habekost.
On January 4, 2011 Prof. Gary Field, author of Color and its Reproduction and several other textbooks, visited GCM. Many alumni may remember his textbook and might still have a copy in their bookshelf. Prof. Field met with Dr. Martin Habekost and members of the ryeTAGA student group. After a tour of the building Prof. Field signed the books of those who brought theirs. During the tour of the School Prof. Field shared some of his vast knowledge about the industry and technological development of the tools that are currently used by our students and in industry. Students were impressed to meet one of their textbook authors.
Professor Field will also be attending the upcoming annual technical conference of TAGA (see below) in Pittsburgh from March 6 to 9, 2011. It was an honour to meet Prof. Field!
ryeTAGA will go to Pittsburgh Conference
The Ryerson student chapter of TAGA (ryeTAGA) is entering the home stretch in preparing for the upcoming TAGA technical conference in Pittsburgh, March 6–9, 2011. More information about the conference can be found at the TAGA web site. The ryeTAGA group has teamed up with a local printing company to produce the cover of the student publication. More will not be revealed at this point in time. At the same time members of the student chapter are formatting the research papers that will be published in the student journal. The research papers were part of the GRA 634 course in the winter 2010 semester. The student journal will be entered in the competition for the Helmut Kipphan Cup, which has resided at Ryerson since the 2010 conference. At last years’ conference nine student chapters from universities and colleges from the US and Europe entered the competition for the Kipphan cup and ryeTAGA was the winner! If you would like to help the student group through a donation to help offset the travel and hotel costs, please contact Dr. Martin Habekost. Any donation is greatly appreciated.
Front row: Jennifer Yeung, Dr. Martin Habekost, Valerie Chen.
Visit by Hal Stratton, manroland US
From left to right: Ian Baitz, Tom Lang, Thomas Gagnon, Jacky Kuo Mao, Hal Stratton, Jennifer Yeung. Photo: Martin Habekost
On January 19, 2011 Hal Stratton from manroland USA and Tom Lang, local manroland sales representative, visited the School of Graphic Communications Management. Tom Lang is also a graduate from our program and is very familiar with our school and the changes that happened over the years. Hal Stratton wanted to see what type of equipment the School is making available to the students and which topics are being taught in our school. Hal Stratton is also a member of the TAGA board of directors. He made it a point to talk to students from the ryeTAGA team about the upcoming TAGA conference. Hal has been to many universities and colleges in the United States and saw their facilities. The current size of our first year class (140 students) left quite an impression with our visitor. Thank you Hal for visiting us.
Flexography Night School begins in March
The Canadian Flexographic Training Committee (CFTC), the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) and Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School (GGMSS) have announced their Spring night school classes will begin in early March. Courses run at GGMSS Mississauga facility on Thursday evenings, and are taught by industry professionals. Open to the public and to industry, night school participants can earn their FTA Level 1 or 2 certification. There is no prerequisite for the Introduction to Flexography course. A number of GGMSS students have continued their studies at Ryerson. For further information about Flexo night school, contact Peter Belanger at GGMSS, 905-274-2391, ext 418 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Promotion for GCM Grad
We often don’t always know where GCM graduates will end up in their careers, but we do know that it’s usually some place great! Joan Antonio, GCM ’06, is a great example of effort and achievement. She has just assumed the role of Manager of Editorial Production, News and Business Publications, responsible for all news and business titles within Consumer Publishing: Maclean’s, Canadian Business, MoneySense and Profit. In her new role, Joan will oversee editorial production across the four magazines and between editorial and adjacent departments such as production, prepress, sales, and circulation managing overall scheduling and deadlines; leadership on special projects; and managing the implementation of standardized corporate workflows and practices. Joan has been with Rogers since her student internship in the summer of 2005. She entered the GCM program determined to work specifically in the magazine industry. Her determination has certainly served her well in her career. Congratulations to Joan on her promotion!