Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

March/April 2013 Newsletter

New Students Accept Offers from GCM

Current high school and college students have applied to GCM in amazing numbers, eagerly awaiting offers of admission for September 2013. In response to the high number of student applicants, the university has released initial offers to exceptional students, and many have already accepted their offers to join the GCM Class of 2017. April and May are prime months for current high school students to accept their admission offers.

GCM is looking forward to welcoming its new class at First Year Orientation on August 27, 28 and 29. New GCM students will also soon receive information about the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarships which support many GCM first year and continuing students each year with generous awards toward tuition.

Current applicants to GCM are encouraged to monitor the GCM website ( and the University Admission website ( for current information about the admission process, and to be sure to meet all deadlines for accepting offers.

Outstanding Response to Upcoming International Circle (IC) Conference

Organizers are enthusiastic about the upcoming 45th Conference of the International Circle which will be hosted by GCM from June 2-6, 2013. According to Ian Baitz, Conference Co-chair, the number of registrations and abstracts have exceeded expectations. He says, “We’ve received excellent papers on a particularly broad range of topics, including advanced technologies, graphic technology, pedagogy and internationalization. The conference themes offer something for every educator in the graphic arts.”

The International Circle (IC) of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts, Technology and Management consists of over 100 member institutions with educational or research programs in the graphic arts. The IC publishes the peer-reviewed journal, International Circular of Graphic Education and Research.

The June conference program includes two days of academic presentations and networking sessions. There will also be a social day in famous Niagara Falls. An accompanying persons program is also offered. Full conference details are at

Regular attendee registration is now available online. Attendees are encouraged to register before May 15th, when the late registration fee applies. Reduced rate accommodations starting at $52 per night are presently available, but are selling out fast. We hope you will join us in Toronto this June!

GCM Student Erin Luu Studies ISO 13655 Standard

Every year GCM third-year students devise and conduct a special research project in areas related to printing processes. Student Erin Luu devised an experiment to explore ISO 13655, a recently updated standard that relates to measuring instruments. The standard clarifies a long-running issue relating to exact specification of UV and D50 in the measurement system. Erin used the X-Rite 530, iSis XL and Konica-Minolta FD-7 spectrophotometers in her experiment. The new Konica-Minolta FD-7 device is capable of measuring all modes and was used to evaluate M1 (UV included), M2 (UV-cut), M3 (for measurement and prediction of dry densities from wet offset press sheets), and M0 (legacy mode for older devices). Erin analyzed the spectral reflectance of papers with optical brighteners and also brightener-free proofing papers. Then she explored the dryback characteristics of GCM’s 4-colour Heidelberg  PM74. We thank Jim Luttrell, X-Rite for providing the iSis XL, and Russell Doucette, Konica-Minolta for providing the FD-7 devices for our research and testing. Contact Erin for a copy of her final report: Erin Luu

Photo: Third-year student Erin Luu used X-Rite and Konica-Minolta instruments to evaluate the dryback with coated and uncoated papers on GCM’s 4-colour Heidelberg PM74 offset press.

Student Wins Best Poster Design

Congratulations to first-year Graphic Communications Management student Zhanna Oparina for her winning poster design! Zhanna’s poster design was selected as one of the ten best posters out of nearly 170 designed by students in the Layout and Typography course. When students voted for their favourite of the top 10 posters, Zhanna’s work took the crown! As part of a long-standing tradition, her poster will be printed and distributed to high schools across the country to promote the GCM program.

Other honorable mentions include: Maria Amenta, Jordan Andrews, Marisa Blair, Catriona Bularan, Nicole Joczys, Anna Tang, Carmine Tang, Linda Tran and Jin You. Congratulations to all of our finalists!

Photo: This year’s winning GCM poster was designed by first-year student Zhanna Oparina.

GCM Students Volunteer at Book Arts Fair

Third-year GCM students Tabea Lemcke and Victoria Bianchi, along with GCM bindery and finishing Prof. Art Seto, volunteered to staff the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Arts Guild (CBBAG) booth at the OCAD book arts fair. Tabea and Victoria are both teaching assistants in the bindery and finishing courses.

2013 IAPHC Awards Night

GCM fourth-year student Olivia Parker received the 2013 Chia Tse award from Bill Kidd (at left in photo), President of the Toronto chapter of the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen (IAPHC). The award includes a cash award in addition to recognition for academic excellence. Also pictured is Prof. Art Seto who attended the April 3 event and was one of the judges of the Toronto International Gallery of Superb Printing. Congratulations also goes out to students who entered the Graphic Challenge graphic design contest. They received a certificate for their efforts.

GCM Students Attend Binding Industries Conference in Indianapolis

On Saturday April 6 on the way to Indianapolis, third-year students Tabea Lemcke, Erik Long and Galen Gibson, along with Prof. Art Seto, stopped in Ann Arbor Michigan to visit Hollander’s, a store that specializes in bookbinding supplies and tools and sells a very wide range of papers. On Sunday the students participated in a three-hour workshop on marbling papers put on by Indianapolis book artist Martha Nahrwold of Five Seasons Studio. Monday and Tuesday were spent attending the Bindery Industries Association (BIA) conference where students heard about continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, succession planning and other current topics such as “Mastering the Gap: What Entrepreneurs are Missing that Leaders have Mastered.” Third-year students, who are currently interviewing for internships, did a great job of networking with suppliers and other attendees. Staffing the GCM booth gave students the opportunity of spreading the GCM brand internationally.

IAPHC Presents Cheque to RyeTAGA

On April 3 the Toronto chapter of the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen (IAPHC) presented a cheque to GCM’s RyeTAGA group. This award assists the students in producing an award-winning journal containing research papers as well as provides partial funding for students to travel and attend the annual conference. The journal is designed, prepressed, printed and bound by the students using school lab equipment. Students compete against universities from around the world and for the past few years GCM students have been successful in winning an award.

Photo: Alyssa Szeto, GCM 3rd-year student; Bill Kidd, president, IAPHC Toronto; and Faris Abu-Kwiek, GCM 3rd-year student.

RyeTAGA Wins Best Publication Design Award

In early February, twelve students from the RyeTAGA student chapter, along with their faculty advisor, Dr. Martin Habekost, attended the 65th annual TAGA conference in Portland, Oregon. RyeTAGA competed against seven other student chapters for the Kipphan Cup for the best student publication containing research work carried out by undergraduate and graduate students. This year the Kipphan Cup was won by the student chapter from EPG-Pagora in Grenoble, France. The GCM student chapter won the prize for the best publication design. TAGA’s annual conference had an excellent lineup of keynote speakers including speakers from Heidelberg, Germany and from Landa Corporation. The well-attended conference with big-name speakers conveyed enthusiasm for print and showed that a lot of research work is still done in this area. The picture shows the all twelve members of the team that went to Portland. Only the support from industry and also from Ryerson University made it possible to have such a large group of students attend the conference. The RyeTAGA student chapter is very thankful for all the support it received!

2013 Summer Internships: Ready, Set, Go!

It’s that time of year again when 100 eager GCM interns head out into the workplace on their summer internships! Our interns have just finished their third year of study and will be working in a diverse range of roles in customer service, prepress, production, project coordination, design, sales and technical service. This amazing experiential learning opportunity is a long-standing tradition and a hallmark of the GCM program. After their internships, our students move into their fourth year of study more knowledgeable, confident and well-rounded members of the graphic arts industry. If you are interested in hiring an intern this summer or you would like to know more about the GCM Internship program, please contact Diana Brown, GCM’s Internship Coordinator (

Ryerson hosts ThINK

On March 28th, the school hosted our annual colloquium. This year’s event was called ThINK, and its focus was electronic printing and packaging. In past, the event was planned as part of a third-year management course. However for the last two years the students have taken on the hosting task as an extracurricular activity. Three student groups — Course Union, RyeTaga and RyePack — worked together to make the evening a success. Once again the school partnered with the Packaging Association (PAC) to spread the news about this packaging-focused event. In attendance were over 100 students and industry guests.

The colloquium featured two speakers: James Lee, director of technology and innovation at Jones Packaging and Adrien Côté, research scientist at Xerox Research Centre of Canada. Both talks were positive about the potential impact of electronic printing to create smart packaging. “There are many product safety and security opportunities in this market,” said Lee. “Ontario has the right ecosystem to make a significant contribution,” added Côté. Congratulations to the students for a wonderful event. Thank you to our speakers, the PAC, as well as to all of our guests for making the time to attend.

GCM Students Recognized for Leadership

Two graduating GCM students were recently presented with Dennis Mock Student Leadership Awards. The awards recognize students who have been active leaders on committees, teams, clubs, improvement in the quality of life of Ryerson students, encouraging other students to become involved in extracurriculars, and contribution to the sense of community at Ryerson.

The awards were presented at a well-attended annual ceremony. Presenting the awards were Dennis Mock, himself a former Vice-President of Ryerson, and John Isbister, Interim Provost. GCM students Trung Nguyen (left) and Sommer Johnson (right) were recognized for their outstanding extracurricular student leadership within GCM.

GCM Grad Becomes Senior Marketing Manager at Unisource

Unisource Canada, Inc., has announced the addition of Nancy Sobhy (GCM Class of 2005) to the position of Senior Marketing Manager, Paper and Wide Format for USMA and Canada. “We are excited to have Nancy Sobhy join our team. Her expertise in brand management, lead generation and her understanding of the Graphic Arts and Communications industry will be a great asset for Unisource and our customers,” said Stéphane Dagenais, Senior Director of Marketing at Unisource.

Nancy joined Unisource with significant work experience following her studies at GCM. Her most recent experience includes a three year stint in Australia as a product manager for a global merchant, as well as previous experience in the printing ink and commercial print fields in Canada.