Same SLC, New Name!

Written by Student Content Creator: Momna Sheikh

Sheldon and Tracy Levy pose in front of the newly revealed Gould St. door sign.
(Taken by Gary Beechey)

On November 27th, the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre was officially renamed as the Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre. The name was changed to honour Ryerson’s former President, Sheldon Levy and his contributions to the university, thanks to a donation from Jack Cockwell.

Who Is Sheldon Levy?

Sheldon Levy was Ryerson’s eighth President and Vice-Chancellor. He served in that role for ten years, from 2005 to 2015. He spearheaded an era of growth at the University and oversaw some key stepping stones upon which Ryerson’s reputation stands today.  The construction of the SLC, the refurbishment of the former Maple Leaf Gardens into the Mattamy Athletic Centre and the establishment of the Digital Media Zone all took place during his presidency. He is currently the CEO of NEXT Canada, a non-profit that aims to develop Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurs. Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre is named in honour of him, his wife Tracy, and their vision and passion for fostering innovation. A vision they brought to life for Ryerson through Zone Learning and great spaces such as the SLC that aim to engage, mentor and support students.

Who Is Jack Cockwell?

Jack has always been there with us at the forefront of Ryerson’s development. The university has pioneered an evolution in entrepreneurial education and, with his help, the Institute is reaching out to young people of all ages as the leaders of tomorrow.” — Ryerson President Sheldon Levy

Jack Cockwell is a long-serving member of the Ryerson’s Board of Governors. Mr. Cockwell is a director and former President and CEO of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and serves in a voluntary capacity on a number of community organization boards, including Ryerson and the Royal Ontario Museum. He has also chaired the Building Fundraising Committee for the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and Ryerson’s Real Estate Advisory Committee. In 2009, he was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, and in 2016 became a member of the Order of Canada. Ryerson’s new Health Sciences Complex on Church Street is named in honor of Jack’s mother, Daphne Cockwell, who was a nurse.  

What Is Next?

The award-winning Student Learning Centre (SLC) has transformed the corner of Yonge and Gould and established Ryerson’s presence on Yonge Street. Ryerson’s future on Yonge Street will continue to grow as part of Ryerson’s Master Plan, which includes an exciting new venture with developers at Cresford. This will be happening at the corner of Yonge and Gerrard. The condo & retail development has planned to include space for Ryerson, which features an expanded presence for the University on Yonge Street.

Humans of the SLC – Pt. 2

Humans of the SLC aims to showcase users’ experiences within the building and reflect on what exactly makes a place feel like home. This is a project created by students for students. This is your story and your SLC.

Zoe Arseneau, 3rd Year Creative Industries Student, SLC Creative Team Graphic Designer:

“I love that I feel valued here. Before being a graphic designer, I used to work as an SLC Specialist and through that I met some employers who were just incredibly caring. They were able to see the potential in my creativity and allowed me to pursue a job here that’s a little more fitting to who I am.”

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Shop the SLC is Back

A Shop the SLC sign hung from the ceiling of the SLC Shop the SLC – a free marketplace for entrepreneurs – is back and better than ever. Support your peers or participate as a vendor to help grow budding businesses within the Ryerson community!

Come explore, discover and support Ryerson talent at the 3rd annual Shop the SLC: A Holiday Market November 20-24, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Student Learning Centre’s first floor Amphitheatre.

Just in time for the holidays: one of a kind crafts, food, art, jewelry, clothing and more!

Vendor call postcard

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Our SLC: One of Canada’s Most Iconic Buildings!

The Entrance of Ryerson University by Mandalaybus.“When [Ryerson] had the opportunity to construct a building fronting on Yonge Street (on the spot formerly occupied by the old flagship Sam the Record Man store), it made its mark with this sparkling, asymmetrical blue-and-white glass cube designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto and the Norwegian firm Snøhetta. Opened in February 2015, the eight-storey building received the 2016 American Institute of Architects New York Honor Award, and recently earned a LEED Gold designation. The building features a markedly different configuration, design and colour palette for each floor. Students participated in the consultation process, even choosing the building’s furniture, which can be rearranged to suit their needs.”

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Happy Canada 150!

Wishing you all a happy Canada Day! 

To mark the sesquicentennial, the SLC will be closed Saturday, July 1 and Monday, July 3, 2017.

A red donut decorated with white maple leaf sprinkles

  • Created by student graphic designer Zoé Arseneau

“O’ Canada, we couldn’t be prouder celebrating you! This Canada Day, let us to strive for unity in our diversity. May we recognize the history of our land and the multi-layered identities that call it home.”  

Redesigning the SLC’s Gould Street Entrance

In response to your feedback, we are pleased to announce that we will be redesigning our Gould Street entrance doors! The project is expected to last 10 weeks, from June 19 to August 28, 2017.

With your needs in mind, the new entrance doors will:

  • Be lighter, making them easier to operate
  • Moderate airflow, enhancing temperature control in the SLC  
  • Be more sustainable, adapting to the SLC’s high use frequency
The SLC entrance
Photo by Clifton Li

The SLC will remain open during the redesign and will be accessible to students and the community through an alternative entrance. To access the building, please enter through the Library Building at 350 Victoria Street. From there, simply proceed to Floor 2 and cross the Library bridge leading to the SLC.

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The Inaugural Parodos Festival

Join Blue Parodos Festival poster depicting a dancerus in celebrating the Parodos Festival, put on by the SLC’s newest academic stakeholder, the School of Performance. The inaugural festival is part of Ryerson’s sesquicentennial celebrations and will set the stage for the brand new Performance Zone. This event is open to the public and will take place from June 5 – 18 in the School of Performance, as well as the SLC Amphitheatre

Parodos will be presenting performances featuring a variety of artists – including both Ryerson students and local artists – to showcase diverse talent and foster creativity in the next generation shaping Toronto’s art scene.

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