Since its opening, the Student Learning Centre has become a well-known place for encouraging student participation and enhancing their overall experience at Ryerson. Last year, the SLC introduced a new initiative inspired by these ideals called the SLC SEAL Team Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Award. This award encourages students to be involved in the Ryerson community and to help enhance students’ experiences.
One undergraduate and one graduate winner will be chosen to receive the award and the $1000 grant that accompanies it.
I consider myself very lucky to have had the SLC for the entire span of my university experience. I couldn’t imagine navigating my post-secondary path without it. Yet that was the case for some of my upper-year peers. Curious about the pre-SLC student reality, I sat down with some of them to better understand how campus life has transformed since the SLC opened its front doors.
“When the SLC was built, I no longer felt the need to find study space off campus, I knew that I could study here.” -Laura Burrett, 4th year Professional Communications student
Ryerson’s campus has been in continuous expansion over the years, but what was missing was a space for students to just be. This is just one of the reasons the SLC was born! Step inside and you’ll immediately notice a versatile space dedicated to – and shaped by – students. It’s a place that has carved out a niche for every student, regardless of year or program. It truly is our SLC, malleable to our every need.
I remember my first week of university. I was 17, five hours from where I grew up and living alone for the first time. To be honest, I did not know whether I was more excited or nervous. I came to Ryerson not knowing much about the campus, downtown Toronto or how to be a successful university student. I wish the Student Learning Centre had been open in my first week. If it were, I know exactly how I would’ve used it.
Join a Canada-wide discussion on federal electoral reform at this student focused event or help us make our guests feel welcome by continuing to use the space as you normally would.
This event is part of a series of roundtable discussions happening across Canada focussed on ensuring the voices of young people make it directly to Prime Minister Trudeau and the committee studying voter reform. It is hosted collaboratively by Ryerson Students Union, the University of Toronto Students Union and Leadnow.
The SLC’s popularity has created a unique, yet challenging opportunity for us. On September 29th there are two federal government events taking place in the SLC. With so much going on and not enough event spaces, a special exception is being made to bring this important student-led reform event to the 6th floor. This allows for all other student-led activities in the SLC to take place as originally programmed.
It is exciting to see Ryerson partnering with government officials for important events like this one. We invite you to show them what makes the SLC and Ryerson special by either participating in the event or using the space as you normally would.
Do you have ideas for creating a better student experience? Are you interested in student engagement and innovation? Joining this year’s Ryerson University Library & Archives Student Advisory Committee (RULA-SAC) will allow you to contribute your feedback and ideas to the Library.
Ryerson University Library & Archives is currently accepting applications for their RULA-SAC), a committee designed to facilitate direct communication between the Library and the students that it serves.
This year, the focus is on student engagement. As the co-chair, Carrie-Ann Bissonnette wants to ensure that students are involved in shaping the campus culture at Ryerson.
Together, you can take part in innovative projects that support the new Student Learning Centre (SLC). This includes the development of an SLC Ambassador Program to foster student engagement. You may also have ideas for the LIB Invigorate Initiative that revitalizes the Library and harmoniously infuses it to the new SLC.
RULA-SAC welcomes undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students! Apply by Friday, October 3rd, 2014 to join 15-20 other student leaders and put your ideas into action.
It takes a village. Or in our case, the Ryerson community to build and open a complex project like the SLC. Ryerson has seen other complex projects come to life with much success. This is why we decided to take a page from their book in best practices.
When the MAC was near-opening, the teams working together on the project crafted a set of principles. These served as a the foundation for a system of belief and behaviour. It helped them be in sync when decisions needed to be made and when they were faced with competing priorities. Continue reading “SLC Principles”
If you have been to the Library recently, you’ve seen the buzz of construction activity.
The renovations which are being undertaken in the Library are to prepare for and ensure ease of access to the bridge that will link the Library and the SLC. This blog post describes the physical aspect for which this bridge will serve. However, the purpose of this bridge goes far beyond girders and glass. It will link Ryerson’s new front entrance from Yonge Street to the rest of campus. In essence, we are building a bridge to Ryerson.
Here’s how the bridge will link the two buildings:
Walking off of Yonge Street, the entrance of the SLC leads to an open amphitheatre space and cafe. This two-storey tiered casual seating area houses the entrance and bridge to the LIB. The stairwell on level 1 takes you to the bridge on level 2.
As you walk into the existing Library, access to the bridge will welcome you immediately and draw you over. As you walk onto the bridge, you will see the two-storey SLC entrance and amphitheatre, as well as great sightlines into the digital activity hub on level 3.
To make the bridge possible, here’s what you can expect over the next little while:
When the new bridge opens, there will be a significant increase in traffic through the existing main entrance of the Library. To anticipate and to ease the flow, the entrance/exit doors are being restructured.
The existing Library entrance doors will become ‘hold open’ doors allowing for both entry and exit. Placing the doors on hold open will ease the flow of traffic in and out of the Library and through to the SLC.
A feature wall currently faces the Library’s entrance. Removing a portion of this wall will help with flow of traffic between the bridge and the Library’s entrance/exit.
Affixed to this wall was the floor directory and the digital signage. They have been removed during the construction and will be reinstalled once complete. Their permanent home once the SLC is open is still to be determined.
The way-finding kiosk and the vending machine which were located near the entrance have been relocated during the construction. The vending machine is currently near the express computer stations. The way-finding kiosk will be repositioned near the new entry/exit doors.
The existing exit doors will be closed permanently and converted into windows. All traffic will flow through the current entrance door. This will be the latter half of the project.
Student consultations have been a priority from the start of this project. Everything from space function and design to furniture selection. The Student Learning Centre’s (SLC) many unique characteristics were influenced by students who came before you.