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? This is your chance to make your mark!

The SLC is calling all Ryerson artists (students, staff, faculty, and alumni) to submit your work. The design theme is DIVERSITY, and whether through text or art, we want to see what you have to say!

Winners will be invited to come in and recreate their submission with chalk in our stairwells.


To submit your work, and get all details, fill out this form before March 22nd, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST.

IMPORTANT: Please read the first two pages of the form before getting started on your design. These pages include all information regarding:


If you are interested in learning more about our current art, check out this article in Ryerson Folio.

Round dark blue circle with rainbow chalk lines running vertically down the centre, at the forefront there are white words reading: Make Your Mark. Underneath the main words it reads #RSLC

Ryerson to reopen today following weather closure

UPDATE: Feb 13, 2019, 5:06 a.m. – Ryerson and the SLC will reopen this morning. All classes and programming are running as scheduled.

Please allow yourself extra time to commute and be cautious on the sidewalks and roads.


Due to expected weather conditions, Ryerson University including the SLC is closed on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. This includes all classes, university-run events, research labs, business services and administrative operations. Student residences remain open.

Please check University channels for further updates: and @RyersonU.

If you have questions about a class, lab, work placements, exams or mid-terms, you should contact your instructor.

Employees should contact their leader if they have any questions or concerns.

Ryerson to reopen Thursday following weather closure

UPDATE – Feb 6, 2019, 8:46pm: Ryerson University is due to reopen Thursday morning as per usual operations. All buildings will be open, all classes and programming will resume as scheduled and employees should come to work. 

Please continue to monitor and @RyersonU in case this changes.


Due to deteriorating weather conditions including freezing rain, Ryerson University is officially closed as of 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, February 6. This includes all classes, university-run student events, research labs, business services and administrative operations. Student residences remain open.

Classes and labs that are already in process or have a regular end time past 1 p.m. will need to finish at 1 p.m.

Accordingly, the SLC will close as of 1 p.m. today.  CGWRs in the building will close at noon.

Please check University channels for more updates:

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.

Winter is coming, and so is Shop the SLC!

Want to shop local for the upcoming holiday season?

Shop the SLC is back this year with over 60 vendors from the Ryerson community, all with unique handcrafted goods! Come check out the local talent from November 19th to the 23rd from 10:00am – 4:00pm.


We are gearing up to transform the Student Learning Centre’s Amphitheatre into Ryerson’s largest craft market AND new for this year the 6th floor will be featuring baked goods both sweet and savoury! Get ready to celebrate the coming winter season on the beach with a sweet treat.

Each year Shop the SLC brings Ryerson students, alumni, staff and faculty together to showcase their home grown talent and entrepreneurial spirit through a free marketplace experience.

Each day will feature new vendors and products as well as a chance to win a gift bag full of products from each vendor listed that day! With a wide variety of good, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love – whether it’s for you or for a loved one.

Check out the list of vendors below  for each day :

$ = $5-$15
$$ = $15-$30
$$$= $30+

Monday, November 19

  • love closely Ltd. — Streetwear clothing — $$$+
  • BLCKSHEEPSTUDIOS — Jewellery — $$
  • Madebyjods — Artwork — $-$$$
  • Made With Love Pastries —  Baked goods — $
  • Mir’s Morsels — Healthy snacks and desserts including protein bars, energy bites, muffins, granola, and brownies — $
  • COCO XO — Chocolate treats, cupcakes, truffles, chocolate pasta, and bread! — $-$$
  • Mariana Kouzela — Adhesive wax seals — $
  • Silk Fang — Queer accessories (primarily pins and patches) — $
  • Jugo — USB chargers — $
  • Llamaru — Buttons, earrings and origami — $
  • IRL Nerd Store — Perler beads creations; keychains, ornaments and magnets — $-$$
  • What the Mun?! — Earrings for a variety of style — $-$$
  • Noomi — Clothing — $-$$$

Tuesday, November 20  

  • IMQSHOP — Jewellery — $-$$
  • The Purple Aura — Artwork — $-$$
  • Aaiza khan — Fudge Cake — $
  • Alternative Spring Break — Travel oriented or themed artwork, jewelry and baked goods — $-$$
  • Medlife Ryerson — Succulent sale – $
  • Catherine Cha — Holiday cards with original art — $
  • Azka Shahzad — Henna — $
  • Barracks Corp. — Motivation based apparel brand — $-$$$
  • Child’s Play Clothing Co — Clothing and accessories — $$$
  • Triplejoy Collections — Costume and European jewelry — $-$$$

Wednesday, November 21

  • Alternative Spring Break — Artwork and baked goods –$-$$
  • Peaches n Cream Toronto — Jewellery — $-$$$
  • Abril Mure — Baked goods — $
  • Natalie Neagu — Baked goods — $
  • Joly Biscotti — Baked goods — $
  • Vault97 — T-shirts, crewnecks, and tote bags that feature simple, digitally-drawn designs — $-$$
  • Tree Leaf Farms — Microgreens — $
  • 1998 — Seasonal cards, handmade floral headbands and flower crowns — $-$$
  • Niya Necklaces — Handmade chokers — $
  • Paper Cuts — Hand-drawn and hand-cut holiday cards and gift tags — $-$$
  • The Treasured Giftshop — Beaded jewellery, cards and stationery products — $-$$
  • Northern Philosophy — Streetwear & lifestyle clothing; hats and sweaters — $$$
  • Helen Dang — Jewellery & accessories –$
  • Bami Ogunlana — Artwork — $$$

Thursday, November 22

  • Inspira Activewear — Activewear — $$$
  • Whole on Life — Baked goods and energy balls (raw & vegan dessert in the form of a ball made with all natural ingredients) — $
  • Serenity Lashes — False eyelashes — $-$$
  • Soul Patch — Handmade goods, embroidery, tees, shoes, patches, hats, and zines —  $-$$$
  • NewArt with Nuard — Hand crafted and hand-painted silk scarves — $-$$
  • Explicit Culture — Canadian-made startup streetwear — $-$$$
  • Shelisa Ward — Baked goods — $
  • White Wall Review — Ryerson’s literary journals — $
  • Jaleesa Rae Creations — Artwork, original holiday cards and gift tags, exfoliating sugar scrubs, wood-burnt goods and more — $-$$
  • Nicole Stitches — Cross stitch pieces — $-$$
  • Ryerson Urban Farm — Urban farm honey — $
  • Krabhouse Ventures — Artworks — $$-$$$
  • Devin’s Delights — Homemade, gourmet dog treats — $

Friday, November 23

  • Sara Asalya — Homemade baked goods –$
  • Glitter & Vinyl Creations — Kitchenware (custom designed mugs, wine glasses, travel mugs, skinny tumblers, wine tumblers, water bottles, makeup bags, and more … sometimes also embellished with glitter) — $-$$$
  • Nonna’s Needles — Apparel, illustrations and embroidery art. — $-$$
  • Gal Who Sews — Hand embroidered and sewn goods! Tote bags, patches, hoops, and t-shirts –$-$$$
  • KnotYourType — Hand knitted pillows –$$$
  • Christy Lau — Earrings and socks — $-$$
  • Polymer Clay Earrings — Earrings — $$
  • Pieces of Flair — Brooches, magnets, keychains, holiday decoration and holiday cards all made out of shrinky dinks! — $
  • Elixir Apothecary  — Bath Bombs and other Bath products — $
  • Pastelerie — Pastelerie is dedicated to making South American desserts and pastries– $-$$
  • Gifting Guru — Gifting Guru is a gifting tech platform that generates instant gift recommendations for everyone on your shopping list — FREE
  • Unity — Socks and Pop-sockets — $
  • Dolce Cakes — Baked goods — $
  • Clewillustration — Prints & tote bags — $$
  • BomBae Bath — Bath bombs and other bath products — $

Convocation livestreaming at SLC

Watch Ryerson’s Fall 2018 Convocation ceremonies on the big screen in the SLC’s Amphitheatre!

Join us to cheer on the Class of 2018 this Wednesday, October 10 & Thursday, October 11, 2018 as we livestream all of the convocation ceremonies this week and celebrate graduates on their #RoadFromRyerson. No tickets required. Seating is first come first served.

More information about Convocation here.


Apply now for the SEAL Award!

The SLC SEAL Team Student Engagement and Leadership Award is now accepting applications! This $1000 award recognizes two students annually (1 undergraduate & 1 graduate) who have showcased high levels of student engagement and leadership across Ryerson University while maintaining academic excellence.

Apply here.

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 15, 2018.


The SLC SEAL Team Award is to recognize students who have showcased high levels of student engagement and leadership across Ryerson University while maintaining academic excellence.


“The SLC SEAL Team is a dedicated group committed to making the SLC a world-class destination. Working together and collaborating with various stakeholders, they foster student engagement and pride of place ensuring the SLC is a physical manifestation of Ryerson’s spirit.”

—SEAL Team Mission Statement

The SLC Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team emerged from what was always envisioned for the SLC—a place responsible for driving student participation and enhancing the Ryerson experience. As such, the SEAL Team focuses on taking an innovative approach to ensure students are connected to resources and programming while fostering a culture of engagement and collaboration. As a result, Ryerson students demonstrate strong pride of place and are primed to create exceptional experiences. The SLC SEAL Team applauds students who embody these values. With this award, the SLC SEAL Team will recognize two students annually who personify these ideals and contributes to enhancing Ryerson’s overall reputation. 


$1,000. Two annual awards; to be given to one undergraduate student, and one graduate student.


To be eligible for this award the student must:

  • Be registered as a full-time undergraduate student or graduate student at Ryerson University and have maintained a clear academic standing
  • Recipients from past years are eligible to apply, with no limitation on the number of years any one student can receive providing their application includes new and relevant examples since the last awarding.
  • Current SEAL members are not eligible to apply if they are selected to be a member of the Award Selection Committee.

Selection criteria

A student must submit:

  • A cover letter (approximately 500 words) or a video (1-2 minutes) outlining how they have exemplified student engagement and leadership at Ryerson University. The selection committee will be looking for examples of how their actions have directly contributed to, and how it enhanced the Ryerson community, student experience, and enhancing Ryerson’s reputation. The recipients will have demonstrated how they have brought about change with genuine impact by way of their great ideas taking shape.
  • Peer reference letter (approximately 500 words) or a video (1-2 minutes) outlining the applicant’s impact on creating excellent student experience. Providing first-hand / personal experiences as to how the peer was positively impacted.


More info can be found at the Registrar’s website here (click on “University Wide” and it’s on page 10). Apply here. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 15, 2018.

Shop the SLC: A Winter Marketplace, Nov. 19th -23rd

Shop the SLC – a marketplace for entrepreneurs – is back for the 4th year running on November 19th to the 23rd, with some fantastic new opportunities for vendors.

Participating as a vendor is the perfect way to explore the entrepreneurial world for the first time, grow a new business, or share your established business with the community – and it’s free! Shop the SLC is proud to bring a diverse collection of talent, passion, and experience together for an event that inspires, supports, and connects budding businesses within the Ryerson community!

Vendors will need to be prepared to have items ready to sell, or an on-the-spot service to offer to the Ryerson community. We will provide you with table space (varying sizes available), for you to decorate and personalize to reflect your business.

Ready to sign up? Fill out this form by October 26th and get ready for an amazing experience!

For more information on new and exciting opportunities included in the vendor experience this year, read on.

New This Year:

This year we are taking Shop The SLC to the beach! Not only are we utilizing the SLC’s Amphitheatre space, but vendors will also be set up on the SLC’s 6 floor (also known as The Beach).  The Beach is our most popular floor and is designed to be a comfortable and casual space where students gather between classes.

You spoke, we listened! Thanks to feedback from last year’s vendors, we will be hosting a Meet n’ Greet event prior to Shop the SLC on Thursday, November 15th. The Meet n’ Greet will provide information about the market as well as an opportunity to network and meet other vendors.

The fun doesn’t stop once the market has ended either! An Entrepreneurial Lunch n’ Learn will take place on Tuesday, November 27th, where vendors will have an opportunity to engage in dynamic conversation with four experienced panelists on how to grow their business. The Lunch n’ Learn is a platform for vendorsat any stage in their ventureto learn, grow, and collaborate.

The four industry panelists will include:

One Government representative from NRC-Concierge, a Government of Canada program that improves innovation and economic opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises by helping them navigate available innovation resources and support programs.

Three Founders/CEOs/Entrepreneurs of start-ups at varying stages of growth.

We are looking for everything from first time vendors to established businesses. If you haven’t already signed-up, take advantage of this free, supportive, learning opportunity by filling out this form by October 26th!

Back to School: Look out for window washers!

Students sitting on the eight floor of the SLC

The SLC is preparing to welcome students back to campus by getting our windows cleaned! From Monday, Aug 20 to Friday, Aug 31, look out for window washers on and around the SLC.

Please use caution around the building perimeter during this period. You may see ropes, and small amounts of water may fall from above.

For more information, check out the full advisory from Facilities Management & Development.