Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

January/February 2012 Newsletter

GCM Job Fair Ready to Take off March 1

One of the greatest successes of the GCM program is students’ excellent employment prospects. On Thursday, March 1, 2012 the School of Graphic Communications Management will host employers from industry for the 2012 GCM Job Fair. The annual event helps companies meet prospective third year summer interns and fourth year graduating students. With interviews scheduled in quick 10-minute “speed dating” style, each employer can meet up to 24 senior students in a single evening. Last year, 62 companies attended from the GTA and as far away as Ohio, BC, and Ottawa.

Interviews of graduating students run from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. A hot buffet dinner is served at 6:00 to all industry participants offering the chance to relax, chat and fill up before interviews of prospective third year interns from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Ryerson GCM students are available for work in late April, and are already excited to explore their opportunities. Please consider how a summer intern or new graduate might be able to benefit your company. Employers are invited to register online now. For further information contact Taras Karpiuk at 416-979-5050 or tkarpiuk@ryerson.ca or visit gcmjobfair.com.

New GCM Student Applications Continue to Roll In

Applications from potential new students wanting to join GCM in September 2012 are showing an increase for the second year in a row. “The greater number of applications to GCM are evidence of the outstanding support from the printing industry for the Ryerson program, excellent employability of our grads, and the overall excitement around Ryerson University as a whole, with new campus spaces, scholarships and opportunities for students,” according to Ian Baitz, Chair of Graphic Communications Management.

Despite the applications already received, Ryerson offers guaranteed equal consideration to all GCM applications received before March 1st, so applications from interested high school and college students continue to arrive. Admission to GCM is based on grades only, but students should have a strong interest in the business and the technology of the graphic communications industry. Ryerson will increase somewhat the number of first-year GCM offers of admission for Fall 2012 in response to the greater number of applications and increased demand for post-secondary education in Ontario.

Potential students and their families are encouraged to visit the “Prospective Students” section of the GCM web page at www.ryerson.ca/gcm and check out courses, scholarships, internship opportunities, teams and clubs, international exchange venues and career prospects. Ryerson will host two final Discover Ryerson Days on Thursday March 8 and 15. Register now to attend.

GCM Colloquium — Hold the Date!

On Thursday, March 29th, Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program will be hosting its annual colloquium event open to all of industry and all GCM students. The theme of the night is “SPARK!: Innovations in Packaging.” Our speakers will be discussing the latest developments in NFC (Near Field Communications) technology and how it is being used in consumer packaging, as well as an in-depth study on the relevance of packaging in an online world.

Mark your calendar now, and continue to visit www.ryerson.ca/gcm for details. We hope to see you there!

Packaging Industry Tours for GCM Students

RyePack, a new student group at GCM geared toward increasing opportunities for students to learn about the packaging industry, has been planning various industry tours with the assistance of the Packaging Association (PAC). The tours are a great way to supplement the curriculum and give students direct exposure to innovative practices. In January, about a dozen students visited RockTenn in Mississauga to learn about modern prepress technology. RockTenn, together with Esko Artworks, has pioneered a prepress process that eliminates a significant amount of time and labour in flexo platemaking. In February, another group of students traveled in the opposite direction to Cobourg to learn about flexo press technology at Cascades. Here they were able to watch a variety of processes in action from plate mounting, printing, ink mixing, gluing, and etc. Both plants taught the students about safety in a manufacturing facility. We had a good laugh at our “outfits” as a result of the extra precaution necessary for food safe packaging being produced at Cascades. We thank our respective tour host and PAC for helping us arrange these exciting opportunities.

RyeTAGA Students to Attend 64th Annual Conference in Florida


RyeTAGA has been working hard the past few months to present a winning journal at the 64th Annual TAGA Conference. The team will be heading to Jacksonville, Florida from March 18-21st with hopes of again returning with the Helmut Kipphan Cup. The student technical journal competition is the highlight of the conference and between the grand prize, best technical paper, or awards in other categories, the students of Ryerson never come home empty-handed. Each student chapter brings their best work to the conference and is judged on technical writing, publication design, and production quality. Production of this year’s journal began in January with the offset press run of the cover, which will then be screen printed over with thermochromic ink for a touch-sensitive effect which students hope will make an impression with the judges. Students are involved in every stage of production from imposition, proofing, and platemaking, to press runs, binding and finishing. Journal production will continue throughout February with the support of several industry sponsors, including RP Graphics and Flash Reproductions. The students of RyeTAGA are also working hard to raise the funds to send ten students to the conference who will represent GCM, Ryerson University, and Canada, as we are the only Canadian chapter of the association. If you would like to help the team in any way on their journey to the conference, please contact them at ryetaga@gmail.com.

Photo: Third-year GCM student, Trung Nguyen, inspects the colour and quality of the press sheet during the offset run of the journal cover.

GCM Students Prepare to Attend DRUPA Trade Show in Germany

In May 2012, a group of 12 students from Graphic Communications Management will be travelling alongside several faculty members to Dusseldorf, Germany. The group will be attending Drupa, the world’s largest trade show for the printing industry, held every four years. Drupa is a huge show, running for two weeks in early May in the 17 halls of the massive Messe Dusseldorf . In 2008, Drupa attracted nearly 2,000 exhibitors and 400,000 visitors from 140 countries. This opportunity will provide students with insight into the newest innovative technologies and equipment in our industry.

During Drupa students will participe in themed tours of areas of the show, such as prepress, offset, flexo, finishing and packaging. These tours have been organized in conjunction with students from the HdM Stuttgart Media University. The GCM students will also visit the university in Stuttgart where they will meet tour the school and get hands-on experience on their unique technologies.

Following Drupa, GCM students contribute to an article which for a Canadian print magazine. They will state what specifically interested them in regards to the print technology they saw.

Overall, this is an opportunity that will not be forgotten by the fortunate candidates, and hopefully through the trips success, doors will be open to many possibilities for the future classes of GCM.

Dr. Reem El Asaleh Joins GCM

Dr. Reem El Asaleh has joined GCM in January 2012 as an assistant professor. She is teaching lectures and labs in the second-year Intermediate Premedia course, GRA 423. Reem recently graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan where she wrote her dissertation on “New Media ICC Profile Constructions and Concerns.” Reem holds a Master of Science degree in Paper Engineering and Imaging Science and Engineering from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science  from United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain. She has worked in both the US and in Dubai, UAE.

At Western Michigan, Reem taught courses in multimedia publication and design, digital imaging and workflow, computer graphics, advanced multimedia and introduction to imaging. She was recognized three times with a Teaching Effectiveness Award. She is an active member of TAGA (Technical Association of the Graphic Arts) and IS&T (The Society for Imaging Science and Technology). Her work with TAGA and IS&T combine her experience in computer programming code and colour management science. She was the recipient of a Research Effectiveness Award for her PhD research. Please join us in welcoming Reem to the GCM Family!

 

GCM Prof Wins Best Paper Award

Great news for Assistant Professor, Natalia Gilewicz, whose recent presentation at the 38th annual IARIGAI conference was announced to take the best paper award! The conference was held in Budapest, Hungary and focused on advances in printing and media technology. Natalia’s paper was entitled “Interaction of Print and Digital Content in Magazine Advertising.” It included a descriptive study resulting from a content analysis conducted with the help of research assistant, Anna Whatman this past summer. The research interrogated what methods advertisers are using to connect readers to digital spaces. The results showed that URLs are the primary method used today, with 87% of all ads catalogued containing URLs. Surprisingly, the uptake was much lower on the inclusion of social media icons and QR codes. Advertisers and magazine publishers who are interested in QR codes and social media and would like to take part in the next phase of the study are urged to contact the researcher for further details at ngilewic@ryerson.ca.

 

GCM Professors Visit Area High Schools

Every year, high school students explore graphic communications through communications technology, graphics or yearbook classes and extra-curricular groups. The faculty at GCM are always looking for high schools to visit to talk to students about the Graphic Communications Management program at Ryerson and the possibilities of the industry. If you know of a high school that would like a professor to visit, please contact Taras Karpiuk in the GCM office at 416-979-5050 or tkarpiuk@ryerson.ca.

GCM Students Attend Printing Future Days in Germany

Three 4th-year GCM students attended the international conference, Printing Future Days, in Chemnitz, Germany, from November 7–11. The biennial conference, sponsored by the International Association of Research Organizations for the Information, Media, and Graphic Arts Industries (IARIGAI), is intended for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students to present research papers. The three students presented papers written with the help of faculty member Rich Adams:

  • Jenna Fullerton, “ICC Profiling of Digital Cameras”
  • Alexandru Andrei, “HDR Photography of Products”
  • Dusan Sigulinski, “Math of Photography”

After returning from the conference, the students commented about the prominence of sustainability studies.

Photo: Dusan “Duke” Sigulinski (right) prepares for his Printing Future Days presentation, “Math of Photography,” in Chemnitz, Germany.

GCM Bindery Lab Gets New Diecutting Press

GCM recently purchased a tabletop diecutting press as well as a large selection of steel rule dies. Bindery students have been using these tools to create pockets for the inside of their new turned-edge laminated binder project this semester. Next semester students will use these diecutting tools on other bookbinding projects.

GCM Presence at Colour Management Conference

GCM instructors Jason Lisi and Chris Smyth attended the Printing Industries of America 2011 Color Management Conference from December 3rd to December 6th at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix Arizona.

The conference was very well attended, with a large contingent of first time attendees. It featured a variety of excellent keynote speakers including companies and organizations such as Coca-Cola, FOGRA, and X-Rite discussing topics such as the key success factors for successful brand colour management. In addition there were a variety of breakout sessions, developed to address specific areas of interest, including offset printing, packaging printing, and digital printing, as well as recent innovations in colour communications and process control.

On Saturday December 3rd, Jason presented a pre-conference session entitled An Introduction to Digital Printing and Color that gave an overview of the methodologies and terminologies that attendees would be hearing and seeing through out the conference. On Monday December 5, Chris and Jason co-presented a hands-on instrumentation lab targeted at familiarizing participants with the functionality of spectrophotometers and profiling software by having the participants build both monitor and proofing profiles. The participants then used ColorThink Pro to analyze, compare, and contrast the profiles made in the session. As well attendees evaluated contract colour proofs demonstrating final results.

Photo: Chris Smyth and Jason Lisi lead a Hands-on Instrumentation Session on Monday December 5th.

Master of Professional Communication Open House

For a second consecutive Fall term, the GCM collaboratively assisted Master of Professional Communication (MPC) students from the School of Professional Communication to produce a series of posters for a cross-course project within the program. These posters graphically represent connections between selected theorists and theories from the field of Professional Communication. Using Kodak InSite, students uploaded their PDF posters remotely to the GCM’s MIS system and were actively involved in the production and finishing process with the help of GCM faculty and staff. Students’ posters were displayed at the MPC Open House on December 7.  Special thanks to Khaled Ahmed, Jason Lisi, and GCM’s Chair, Ian Baitz, for their assistance and support with this project.