Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

July/August 2012 Newsletter

August Orientation to Welcome New GCM Students

August 28, 29 and 30 have been set aside for this year’s mandatory three-day First Year Orientation for new GCM students. Orientation is critical to the success of new students, with two primary goals: prepare students for success in university, and help new Ryersonians develop strong connections with peers, faculty and staff.

This year’s Orientation has been completely revamped to maximize the student experience. Students will learn about courses, electives and options for minors, explore Ryerson’s many services for students, hear about extracurricular teams and clubs, learn how to maximize the efficiency of work teams, tour GCM labs and explore valuable research tools at Ryerson. To welcome new students to industry, plant tours have been planned. The GCM Course Union has planned a barbecue, scavenger hunt and other social activities. A new parents’ information session and meet and greet has been added.

Orientation provides an essential opportunity for new students to learn about their program, Ryerson and the graphic communications industry. Students have received information by mail and email. For more information about Orientation, contact the GCM office at 416-979-5050 or email Taras Karpiuk at

GCM Professors Present at International Circle Conference

Professor Ian Baitz, Chair of Graphic Communications Management and Professor Gillian Mothersill recently made presentations at the 44th Conference of the International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts Technology and Management (IC), held in Budapest, Hungary.

Gillian Mothersill presented the paper, “Curriculum, Climate and Community: Experiential learning in Graphic Communications Management using the Ryerson model” (Mothersill, Frankel, Penny). Ian Baitz presented Ryerson’s plan to host the 2013 IC Conference in Toronto (see story below).

The conference, which attracted a range of international participants, took place June 19-22 at Budapest’s Óbuda University, Rejtő Sándor Faculty of Light Industry and Environmental Engineering, on the 40th anniversary of the Faculty. Óbuda University offers programs in graphic communications.

Ryerson to host 45th International Circle Conference in June 2013

The International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts Technology and Management (IC) has announced that Ryerson will host its 45th Conference in June 2013. This important conference will bring together academic researchers and teachers in the graphic arts from around the world to discuss latest developments in graphic arts technology and education.

The 45th IC Conference to be held June 2-6, 2013 will mark the first time the event has been held in North America. Ryerson is honoured to be hosting this international graphic arts conference. The conference will include refereed scientific and educational presentations, industry tours, and a social program to Niagara Falls. A partner program is planned.

The International Circle is an informal network of about one hundred members from all over the world, founded in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1957. Members provide scientific, technology, and business education which qualifies their students for leading positions in the media industries. It fosters all forms of cooperation between its members in the field of education and research. The IC seeks close cooperation with its industry, which is of great importance to all IC member institutions. The IC publishes the refereed journal, International Circular.

The conference schedule, website and call for papers will be released in September 2012. Those wishing to be added to the conference mailing list are invited to email Conference Co-Chairs Ian Baitz ( and Gillian Mothersill (

Summer Internship Program Going Strong

GCM’s summer internship program is going strong this summer with just over 100 students placed in print-related internships around the world, including Hong Kong, Iran, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec and throughout the Greater Toronto Area. These interns will be entering their final year of study at GCM in the fall and many have been interning since the beginning of May to complete the required 420 hours. Many of our students are working in sales, customer service, layout, and design, production coordination and manufacturing. The feedback received from employers about interns has been outstanding, including comments such as “creative, quick study, organized, flexible great people skills, self-motivated and goes beyond expectations”, to name a few! Congrats to all of our interns – we’re extremely impressed!

For more information about the School of Graphic Communications Management internship program or to participate in our 2013 job fair, head over to

Ryerson to Host Xplor XDU On the Road on August 21

As part of Ryerson’s commitment to working together with industry, Xplor, the Electronic Document Association, and GCM have partnered to bring the latest Xplor XDU On the Road seminars to Ryerson’s downtown Toronto campus on Tuesday August 21. Open to industry professionals in document management and graphic communications, this event promises the latest in relevant professional development. The educational sessions are ideal for every company that generates bills, statements or direct mail.

This year’s theme, Making it Relevant, features content on relevant thought, design, execution and results.  Experts in the industry will share best practices, case studies and solutions that will provide you with the information to stand out. If you want to increase your knowledge, interact in a small group setting, exchange ideas, share your experience, find solutions, expand your network and walk away with actionable ideas, this is a quick way to recharge your batteries.

Xplor International represents thousands of professionals in over 35 countries. Xplor members engage in the design, production, and distribution of variable data documents, ranging from high volumes of statements, bills, insurance policies, and personalized direct mail to very customized marketing materials.

View the full agenda and register online.

Premedia Labs Upgraded

GCM upgraded its premedia lab with 27 new 21-in iMacs in HEI 302 with 8GB RAM and the Mac OS 10.7.4 operating system. Also the Mac lab management server and the main switch/router with 1-GB copper ports have been upgraded this summer for better performance. CCS added a new 10-GB fiber cable backbone for broader bandwidth for internet communications.

Flexo Platemaker and Processor installed in the Pre-Media lab

GCM has added new equipment in the Premedia platemaking lab for flexographic platemaking. An Esko CDI Spark flexo imagesetter and Anderson & Vreeland Orbital X flexo plate processor have been installed to make plates for flexography, which will help students to learn and practice plate making processes using Esko workflow system. Flexography is widely used in the packaging industry and is currently experiencing growth and quality improvements. The new systems will be used by students in classes, as well in our extracurricular clubs, including the Phoenix Challenge team and RyePack.