Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

March/April 2012 Newsletter

GCM Job Fair a Great Success

Despite the challenging economic environment, the GCM Job Fair 2012 was an unprecedented success with an all-time high of 70 companies registering for the March 1, 2012 event at Ryerson. There was also a record number of third year GCM students seeking internships for this coming summer.

The evening began with companies interviewing graduating GCM students from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. The first interviews began promptly at 4:00 p.m., marked by the sounding of the gong by our Job Fair Coordinator Taras. Following the first interviews, industry participants were invited to a dinner at 6:00 p.m. Then at 7:00 p.m. prospective interns entered the job fair enthusiastically and with just a bit of nervousness, seeking to impress companies with their knowledge and expertise.

We look forward to welcoming even more industry friends next year to Job Fair 2013. Special thanks to all from industry who attended and supported our students and to faculty, staff and student volunteers who made it all happen. Well done!

Companies still seeking potential interns or graduating students are invited to contact Taras Karpiuk at GCM — — who would be pleased to share any opportunities with students and alumni.


GCM Participates in the Careers in Flexo Day at Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School

On February 8, 2012 the School of Graphic Communications Management once again set up a booth at the annual Careers in Flexo Day at Gordon Graydon high school. Manning the booth was GCM faculty member Jason Lisi, and three GCM student volunteers: Alexandru Andrei, Dusan “Duke” Sigulinski , and Tanya Walters. Another GCM student, Hannah Plavnick, manned the Phoenix Challenge Foundation booth on behalf of that organization.

Gordon Graydon is the only academic high school in Canada that offers a Flexography program. Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 can sign up for the Flexo program and learn everything from design and pre-press right through to production.

Careers in Flexo Day is an open house which takes the form of a trade show and invites interested parties to attend and talk to students about flexography and educate them on the industry. The goal is to make students aware of the industry so that, if interested, they can sign up for the flexo program, and possibly look further to a career in packaging. This year’s event was well attended by industry, and approximately 1000 students attended the event.

Faculty Tour of TorStar Plant

On February 21st six GCM faculty members attended a tour of one of TorStar’s largest newspaper printing plants in Vaughan, Ontario. The facility houses six MAN Roland 12-unit newspaper presses and produces an average of 4,500 printing plates a day. Nearly 40 newsprint publications are produced at this impressive, modern plant. The night shift is the busiest time of the day, running four to six of the presses to print the daily and weekly newspapers. To manage such tight deadlines, many of the inserts and less time-sensitive sections are printed in advance. Some of the highlights of the tour included the paper roll handling robots and automated mail room where newspapers are assembled and shipped. Thank you to TorStar and the Toronto Star for opening up their facility and to the IAPHC for organizing this tour.

Photo: GCM faculty Dr. Abhay Sharma, Scott Millward, Dr. Martin Habekost, Prof. Gillian Mothersill, Prof. Ian Baitz and Prof. Art Seto. (Photo courtesy of Chris Millward.)

RyeTAGA student chapter wins three prizes at 64th TAGA conference in Jacksonville, FL

From March 18 – 23, 2012 TAGA (Technical Association of the Graphic Arts, held its annual conference in Jacksonville, FL. Martin Habekost and 9 students from the ryeTAGA student chapter travelled to Florida. Martin Habekost presented a research paper done in collaboration with William Li from Kodak. Our new faculty member Reem El Asaleh presented also a reasearch paper.

The students participated in the student journal publication for the Kipphan Cup. Although the grand prize went to Clemson University in South Carolina the ryeTAGA student chapter won prizes for:” Best in overall quality, best design and best overall quality.” It was another successful conference for the ryeTAGA ( student chapter. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors and supporters who have made the production of this journal and attending the conference possible.

GCM Prof. Martin Habekost Completes Flexo Course

Education is not only for the students in our program, but also our professors. As part of his sabbatical activities Martin Habekost went to Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI to attend a course on narrow web flexography. The topics in the course included plates and platemaking, anilox rollers, inks and hands-on press runs on a 6-colour Mark Andy P3. The knowledge gained during this course will help in educating our students better in the topic of flexography.

Photo: Martin Habekost measuring the viscosity of an ink in preparation for a flexo press run.


Spark! Innovations in Packaging: GCM Student Colloquium a Success

On the evening of Thursday, March 28, 2012, students, industry professionals, and packaging enthusiasts gathered at Ryerson for a night of informative presentations and stimulating intellectual discussion. This year’s GCM Colloquium was a true student-run event, planned and carried out by a highly effective extra-curricular team of students in conjunction with PAC, The Packaging Association.

The event featured two excellent speakers. JP Lacroix of marketing company Shikatani Lacroix spoke about packaging in an online world with a focus towards the ever-evolving consumer online shopping trend. Owen Duckman of Labelad spoke on the fascinating applications of Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology. A reception took place afterwards at the Heidelberg Centre which was decorated with an assortment of Spark!-themed art pieces. Guests were able to enjoy demonstrations, appetizers, drinks, music, and even a photo booth.

Overall, the night was a great success, attracting over 200 attendees. The organizing student groups RyePack, RyeTAGA, and the GCM Course Union would like to thank all attendees and sponsors for their attendance and support in helping to make this year’s Colloquium a memorable one.


Fourth Year GCM Students host Business Plan Fair

Graphic Communications Management focuses on developing students’ skills to successfully manage a business in the printing industries. Good managers require a broad range of skills: human resources, technical, communication, financial, and marketing, to name but a few. GCM students in their final year of study work in teams to develop a full business plan for a start-up company in the graphic arts. The student projects include an HR plan, competition analysis, financial projections, and a manufacturing plan.

Recently, the fourth year class had the opportunity to show off their year’s work at the first ever GCM Business Plan Fair, organized by students and their professor, Gillian Mothersill. The event took place on the same day as a CPIA and Industry Canada meeting at Ryerson, giving industry and students the opportunity to discuss their work.

Photo shows fourth year students Rebecca Zavitz, Nathan Drong, Anthony Kentris and Sergiy Timoshenko with their “Cased” business plan project.

High School Students Discover Ryerson

Recent Discover Ryerson Days held on March 8 and 15 were a huge success. GCM welcomed 200 visitors on these two days: applicants to GCM, high school students and their parents. Attendance at the GCM Discover Ryerson Days has grown by leaps and bounds. The March 15 event had a record 115 people in attendance. Visitors learned more about the amazing career and study opportunities in GCM, about our management-focussed curriculum, dozens of minors and electives, valuable scholarships, international opportunities and our third-year industry internship. Everyone heard about the outstanding employment prospects for GCM grads.

After a short presentation, visitors toured the GCM facilities and saw modern Mac labs, the digital photography studio, proofing lab, colour measurement and viewing equipment, simulation lab, offset, flexo and digital printing presses, finishing lab, and substantial material testing facilities. GCM is looking forward to welcoming a record number of outstanding and enthusiastic first year students in September 2012. The next Discover Ryerson Days will be held in November, 2012.

GCM Chair Ian Baitz shows a press test form printed on the school’s Heidelberg offset lithographic press to an overflow crowd at Discover Ryerson Days.

GCM Prof. Art Seto Wins Teaching Award

GCM professor Art Seto was recently recognized as this year’s recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Award for the entire Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD) which comprises eight undergraduate programs and over 100 faculty members. The teaching award recognizes Ryerson educators who have demonstrated continuing teaching excellence and achievement in instruction. This year’s award was presented by Dr. Alan Shepard, Provost, to GCM’s very own Art Seto, who currently teaches courses in binding and finishing processes and estimating for the graphic arts. Congratulations Art! We are all proud of your achievement.

Ryerson Students Win Awards at Flexo Competition

A team of five second- and third-year Ryerson GCM students was recently recognized at the fifth annual Phoenix Challenge competition held last month at the FTA Flexo Forum in San Antonio, Texas. Ryerson students were won the Top Concept and Top Graphics awards for their work on a retro design, flexographically-printed package for “Not Your Mama’s Oats,” an innovative healthy convenience food product developed by GCM students. A total of eight teams competed from universities across North America; Ryerson was the only Canadian team to compete, working under the mentorship of team advisor and GCM Chair Ian Baitz.

Following the competition, the students participated in the FTA Flexo Forum conference with nearly 1500 attendees and the exciting Info-Flex exhibit of new and innovative technologies for the flexographic printing industry.

Photo shows GCM Phoenix Challenge team members at the San Antonio Riverwalk. Shown are: Mark Corrigan, Nikita Kuzmin, Hannah Plavnick, Olivia Parker and Jay Wong.