Thankful for the SLC

In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving my mind had often been preoccupied with thoughts of all the things I am grateful for. One of the things I am most thankful for this year is the Student Learning Centre (SLC), as a student I am proud to study in the 21st Century Library that the SLC and Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) create together. As a Specialist and member of the Creative Team, I am thankful for the opportunities I have been presented. While thinking about this, I decided to sit down with other community members and learn why they are thankful for the SLC.


 

“I’m thankful that the SLC gives me a variety of places to study and hangout because it gives me a choice of what to do while I’m in between classes.” Alex, Student Specialist, 4th year Philosophy major

 

 

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Maintenance Work – Gould Street Entrance

In response to ongoing leaks in the School of Performance and other lower-level spaces in the Student Learning Centre, a caulking replacement project to address the issue will begin Tuesday, October 10th. Due of the urgent and disruptive nature of the project, it will be conducted in phases and expected to be completed by November 27, 2017.

The phased approach minimizes the impact but extends the overall duration of the project. With your needs in mind, the SLC will remain open as usual throughout the project, minimizing the restrictions to accessibility by scheduling the most disruptive work on weekends.

This is how you will be impacted:

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Pep, Pep, Pep Rally!

As I looked out over the sea of yellow residence t-shirts and anticipating faces, I found myself thinking back to my residence move in day – three years ago. I was just like all of the first years in front of me, at my very first Ryerson pep rally with my new floor family,  unsure of what the next few years had in store for me. Now, in my final year, I was standing in the middle of the crowd just as nervous, but this time, it was different. I was there to welcome the new students.  

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SLC SEAL Team Student Engagement and Leadership Award

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.

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Youth Town Hall Taking Place in the SLC

On Thursday, September 29th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm they say we’re apathetic: a youth town hall to fix the voting system will take place in the southwest corner of the 6th floor in the SLC.

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.

Accessibility at the Ryerson Student Learning Centre

Written by Alanna O’Connor, Ryerson Grad RTA ’15, SLC Assistant

My return to campus this month has been a whirlwind experience, full of memories, new learning curves and confusing walks in Kerr Hall. As a new member of the SEAL team and as a graduate of Ryerson, I’m thrilled to be part of the Ramily once again. Through my short time here I’ve learned that the Student Learning Centre (SLC) is more than just a building, it’s a culture that fosters innovation while always keeping students’ needs its highest priority.

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