The Bridge

Here at Ryerson, a lot of our buildings are interconnected! This is why our second floor is known as The Bridge. It bridges our building to the rest of the university. 

This floor is where the SLC’s headquarters are located! Students and guests can come here to get help from the SLC staff. In the winter, the Welcome Desk relocates from the first floor to the second to continue providing guests with help, while keeping our student staff toasty. 

Next to the expansive staircase leading from the first floor to The Bridge, casual seating is available for students. This is a good place to come if the seating on the first floor is occupied or crowded. 

“The SLC is one of Ryerson’s buildings that gives the space for reading and studying,” said Mardy Heng, a business management student. “It’s a comfortable place to just sit and read.” 

The west entrance of the Ryerson University Library can be accessed from the second floor as well. Entering through the glass doors, the Library’s Research Help desk is on the immediate right, and computer stations on the left. 

From there, access is available to Jorgensen Hall, Kerr Hall, and the Rogers Communication Centre. 

On rainy and colder days, this indoor route around Ryerson makes it easier for students to reach their classes, move from building to building, and connect with services.

“When you have all the buildings connected, it’s super easy, especially in the winter so you don’t have to walk outside,” said Heng. 

Quick access to the Library makes it easy for Students studying in the SLC to be supported by the services it provides.

For information about Library services, resources, and events visit Ryerson University Library

For the Library’s latest news and highlights check:

Twitter: @ryersonlibrary
Instagram: @ryersonulibrary
Library campaign: ryerson.ca/your-library   

The Bridge is full of life, and it’s traffic never seems to cease. The connections throughout these central Ryerson buildings transform our campus into a community. 

Whether you need to get around, take a break, or find assistance, there is something on this floor for you

Some cool facts:

  • There is a OneCard PHIL Machine located on this floor, next to the elevators
  • There are vending machines located next to the elevators with snacks and stationary that can be bought with a Ryerson OneCard
  • Life hack: it’s easier to catch an elevator from this floor than it is from the first floor during peak hours

The Valley

The SLC is a space where studying and socializing intersect. Located at the corner of Yonge & Gould Streets, it is a staple of Ryerson’s campus and a busy hub for students!

Each floor has a personalized name. The first floor is known as The Valley! It is the gathering spot where all students and visitors can come together to meet up, grab a coffee, take a break, and get work done.

“Its a unique environment, just walking in,” said Noor Gangi, an aerospace engineering student at Ryerson University. “Just sitting here you see so many faces walking in.” 

The Valley embodies the purpose of the SLC, which is to connect students and visitors to Ryerson. It serves as a front door to the rest of campus!

Upon entering the floor, there is a welcome desk where our wonderful team is ready to assist and guide visitors. This newly designed welcome area by Ryerson interior design students focuses on prioritizing operational and student needs. 

With feedback and consultation from our student staff, the welcome desk has become more accessible, mobile, and storage friendly to make everyone’s SLC experience better!

The revolving doors located at the street entrance are also an important part of The Valley. They are integral to keeping the atmosphere of the first floor stable during extreme cold and warm weather conditions. They help maintain the elevators by reducing dust and air pressure from the outside. Be sure to use them! 

A key aspect of this floor is its Amphitheatre. The casual tiered seating of this space is often filled by students who are working or catching up with friends. The ceiling is tiled with black triangles of acoustical fabric that absorb sound and prevent echo for better audio as well. It serves as the perfect place for gatherings and events. 

This is where a lot of our key events like Shop the SLC and Taste of the SLC are held every year! 

This free space can be booked out by Ryerson students, staff, and alumni. It seats about 100 people, and includes microphones, screens, speakers, and chairs and tables. 

Have a neat idea for an event? Fill out a request form here four weeks in advance. 

“I think it’s important for students and people involved in student groups to have the space to showcase what their group is about but also reach out to students who may not know a lot about student groups or events, as well as to have all of our resources,” said Preethi Suresh, an urban and regional planning student, and SLC student staff. 

Starbucks is also located on this floor where students can grab a cup of coffee on-the-go or sit back and relax from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30AM to 9:00 PM on Fridays, and from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturdays. 

The Valley houses one of our three green roofs. It is located along Yonge St., and wraps around to hug the seating of the amphitheatre. 

It is important for students to have a place like this to relax, meet with others, and casually sit and work! This is why a floor like The Valley is so vital to the Ryerson ecosystem. It provides the much needed space for students to get together for events, or hang out in the comfort of their own campus. It is a great space that brings students, staff, and visitors together! 

Additional cool facts: 

  • The Valley has digital signage detailing key events and announcements students may need to know about.
  • There are beacons located on the first and second floor where students can find information as an alternative to the welcome desk!
  • Touch screen information kiosks are located near the entrance to help guide visitors through the SLC, you can also find a complete schedule of events happening in the SLC.
  • Charging stations are installed near the elevators for smartphone devices that students are welcome to use!

SLC Instagram Launch Prize

Happy SLC Live Ryerson students! Not only do we have a lot of cool things going on around the building, but the SLC has some exciting things happening as well. We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new Instagram @ryersonslc ! To celebrate this exciting new event, we’ve put together three awesome giveaways ready to be won!

Make sure to attend SLC Live, follow us, post a story to your Instagram and tag us in it, @ryersonslc!

The first giveaway includes Basil Box for a year, a $25 gift card to Jack Astor’s, a $25 gift card to Marble Slab Creamery, three Toronto Raptors t-shirts, two reusable cups from Starbucks, and a Ryerson sweatshirt.

Our second giveaway includes Basil Box for a year, a $25 gift card to Jack Astor’s, a $25 gift card to Marble Slab Creamery, one Toronto Raptors t-shirt, and two reusable Starbucks cups.

The third prize pack we’re giving away includes Basil Box for a year, a $25 gift card to Jack Astor’s, one Toronto Raptors t-shirt, and one reusable Starbucks cup.

For all contest details click here!

The SLC is Hiring!

The SLC is looking for SLC Specialists.

Contract starts Sept 3rd and ends April 30th.

The SLC Specialists are key members of Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre’s (SLC) frontline team known as the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team. The SEAL Team is a dedicated group committed to making the SLC a world-class learning destination. We collaborate with various stakeholders to foster student engagement and pride of place, ensuring the SLC is a physical manifestation of Ryerson’s spirit. 

Reporting to the SLC Assistants, Specialists enhance Ryerson’s reputation by providing excellent customer service, assisting in the daily operations of the SLC, and embodying the SLC Principles. We pride ourselves in ensuring students are integrated into the core of operations as this demonstrates the importance Ryerson places on student-centred ideas and decisions. 

This position is an exciting opportunity to:

  • Gain experience working as part of a supportive team focused on professional development
  • Gain experience in problem solving by participating in staff hackathons, providing feedback, and supporting events and students with on the floor decision making
  • Enhance skills in data organization using technology and traditional means
  • Learn to communicate effectively using an interoffice messaging app, radios, and email
  • Gain experience providing world class customer service
  • Enhance presentation skills with opportunities to guide tours

Find the job posting HERE.

Or, log into the Ryerson Career Boost site and search under “Other On-Campus Job Opportunities” for the SLC Specialist posting. This position is NOT a Career Boost position.

Interview spots are filling fast.
Deadline: July 5th, 4:30 PM EST

We look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Pride Month from the SLC

The SLC came to life on Monday as we hosted two incredible events!

Photo shows crowd gathered in Amphitheatre of the SLC. Everyone has small Pride flags raised and waving. Eggy the Ryerson Mascot stands among them wearing a Pride flag cape.
Pride Kick-Off, hosted by Positive Space

The morning started with the installation of the Pride flag above the Library’s Research Help centre – at the Library’s westside entrance located on the SLC’s second floor. The flag was installed by Positive Space, in collaboration with the Library. Positive Space is a volunteer staff and faculty community network for people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, committed to creating and maintaining a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment.

At noon, Positive Space hosted the Pride Kick-Off event in the SLC’s Amphitheatre. All community members were welcome to join in the celebration as speakers touched upon what pride means to them and their community, and brought forward a call to action to encourage equity, and to empower the lost voices in the community. Speakers also discussed this year’s Display Your Pride themes of environmental sustainability, and impactful, systemic change.

While Pride Kick-Off was taking place on the first floor, Trans Youth Canada’s event Restoring the Circle: Trans Youth Inclusion in Healthcare, Schools, and Social Services was taking place on the eighth. This trans youth-led event partners young trans community educators with international leaders to teach about inclusion across service sectors.

The SLC is excited to take part in the #DisplayYourPride Contest running until June 13th. We invite you to stop by our Welcome Desk and Headquarters at LIB 272B from June 10th – June 13th to check out our progress or get involved!

Our number one principle is meeting the needs of our students and we strive to continually evolve our practices, training, and processes as we learn from our community.

We are always happy to hear how we can help make the SLC a safer space. Contact us at slchelp@ryerson.ca.

To learn more about the many ways you can enjoy Pride at Ryerson, check out the full list of Positive Space Events. If you would like to get involved with Positive Space, email positivespace@ryerson.ca

We wish you all a Pride 2019 full of growth, love, and support!

“Make Your Mark!” SLC Art Installation

Calling All Artists!

Have you ever wondered who creates the art in the stairwells? Currently, most of the art has been created by our very own talented student staff. The stairwell art initiative was developed to spread positive messages, and fill an otherwise blank space with something colourful and lively.

Want to have your art featured at the SLC? We will be accepting submissions year-round, giving all Ryerson community members a chance to make their mark in our stairwell!

The SLC is calling all Ryerson artists (students, staff, faculty, and alumni) to submit your work, and whether through text or art, we want to see what you have to say! Selected artists will be invited to come in and recreate their submission with chalk in our stairwells. To submit your work, and get all the details, fill out this form here.

IMPORTANT: Please read the first two pages of the form before getting started on your design. These pages include all information regarding: ELIGIBILITY COMPETITION & SUBMISSION PROCESS SUBMISSION CRITERIA AND DETAILS JUDGING CRITERIA & JUDGING INTELLECTUAL PROPRIETARY RIGHTS & LIABILITY I

If you are interested in learning more about our current art, check out this article in Ryerson Folio. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach us at slchelp@ryerson.ca for more information.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing what you have to say!

The SLC is Hiring

The SLC is looking for a Student Content Creator.
Contract starts May 1st and ends Sept 3rd.

Guided by the Creative & Communications Coordinator, the Student Content Creator will be tasked with understanding the voice of the SLC and the guests who use the space. They will be producing creative writing pieces for print and digital, as well as social media content. Get ready to collaborate with stakeholders, team members, and students; creating great work is a team effort!

This position is an exciting opportunity to:

  • Gain creative & marketing experience and knowledge
  • Gain writing, editing and interviewing experience
  • Gain web publishing experience
  • Learn to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Gain experience working as part of a team
  • Enhance organizing and analyzing information using technology and traditional means

Find the job posting HERE.

Or, log into the Ryerson Career Boost site and search under “Other On-Campus Job Opportunities” for the Student Content Creator posting. This position is NOT a Career Boost position.

Interview spots are filling fast! Deadline: April 22nd

We look forward to hearing from you!

Taste of The SLC

We are so excited to showcase the diverse talent, creativity, and enthusiasm of the Ryerson community at Taste of The SLC 2019.

Bring your appetite to the SLC on April 4th and 5th from 10 AM – 4 PM as bakers, chefs and decorators offer a selection of tasty treats!

See the full list of vendors and goods below:

Thursday, April 4th

  • Clarisse Aguila – I specialize in cupcakes, cakesicles, shortbread cookies, and small cakes
  • COCO XO, by Quest Atkinson – Chocolate Confections
  • Natalia Herrera – “Doritos in a bag” or “The explosive chips”. The idea is to offer either doritos or the regular tortilla chips with a variety of toppings, such as vegetables, salsas, guac, etc
  • Aisha, by Aisha Gill – Baked goods (cupcakes, cake pops etc.)
  • Anjie’s Sweet Corner, by Anjali Taheem – Baked Goods; cupcakes, cheesecake cups, cookies & puff pastries
  • Bespoke Bakes by Kate, by Emily and Katie Kuchta – Handmade baked goods and chocolate bonbons
  • Shanshan – Homemade chocolate chip cookies and macarons
  • Forget me Knots, by Annabelle Dot Carreiro – Small, home made, soft pretzels
  • 5 Bakers, by Tamara Urushadze – Eastern European Cookies called “Pryanik”
  • Katherine Noitsis – We will have Greek Koulouria (bread), Greek Koulourakia (Greek cookies), and Frappe which is Greek iced coffee
  • Feldos Pastry Shop, by Oreoluwa Adesola – Pastry snacks

Friday, April 5th:

  • True Leaf Microgreens, by Brooke Williams – Microgreens (Pea shoots, red radish sprouts, basil)
  • COCO XO, by Quest Atkinson – Chocolate Confections
  • Whole On Life,by Britany Kasjak – Energy Balls
  • Joly Biscotti, by Chris Joly – Homemade Biscotti
  • MWL Pastries, by Nicole Villamor – Baked goods ranging from cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, French Macarons, cakepops.
  • Mir’s Morsels, by Mirieta – Protein and energy bites
  • Blair Mignotte Smith – Sustainable packaged locally sourced Afro-Carribean cuisine
  • Sukoon Hirani – Indian Chatt
  • Fait à Maison – by Lili Tran – We are selling home cooked meals. Our menu includes, mac and cheese, broccoli cheddar soup and chicken cutlet sandwiches.
  • Goma’s Crew, by Lucy Liu – Bakery products. Cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and dumplings.
  • Ryerson Fencing – Crepe Menu: Cheese n’ Chicken, Ricotta Spinach Mushroom, Nutella, Banana/Strawberry, Basic- Nutella and/or Jam , Whip Cream opt.
  • Bakies, by Shelisa Ward – Baked Goods and catering services.

Earth Hour at the SLC

The SLC, and Ryerson University, will be joining millions from around the world participating in Earth Hour 2019 to continue raising awareness on the interconnectivity of climate change with the benefits of nature and people.

On March 30th from 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM the SLC will be switching off our lights as a symbol of our commitment to continually improve our environmental impact. Take this time to share your support, ideas, and personal connection to nature using #Connect2Earth.

The following non-essential lighting in and around the SLC will be turned off from 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM:

  • Lights on Floors 3 and 4
  • Lights installed on the windows on Floors 1 and 2
  • Lights on Floors 5 to 8, depending on occupancy
  • Exterior lights

All floors and areas will be monitored accordingly. Lights will not be turned off if there are any perceived risks.

This Saturday we invite you to switch off your lights and #Connect2Earth.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact slchelp@ryerson.ca or stop by LIB272B.

Taste of The SLC

The SLC is gearing up for a brand new event, Taste of the SLC: A Food Market running from April 4th-5th and we are inviting all makers, decorators, and bakers of food to apply as a food vendor!

Vendors should be prepared to have food items ready to sell. We will provide you with table space (varying sizes available) and encourage you to decorate the table in whatever way represents you best. We will be promoting the event, but encourage each vendor to market their participation through their own social media channels once we send official graphics for Taste of The SLC.

To grab guests’ attention we will be offering the chance to win discount coupons. Each vendor will provide a 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, and 50% coupon for a total of five discount coupons (that each apply to a maximum of one item) to be used at your booth. The SLC’s Food Market Team will be on site the day of to make sure this runs smoothly.

This will be a great opportunity to engage with SLC guests and the Ryerson community in a high traffic area.

Please fill out this form to apply for your free vendor booth today!

Application deadline is extended to March 15th. You will hear back from us by March 19th.

We are so excited to showcase the diverse talent, creativity, and enthusiasm of the Ryerson community!