New Compost Bins!

As part of a campus wide commitment to sustainability, and thanks to Ryerson Facilities Services and Sustainability, the SLC now has 4-stream waste bins where students can compost their organics! 

The signage on the bins has also been updated to make them more accessible and clear to all Ryerson students, faculty, and staff. 

Previously, our 3-stream waste bins only included space for cans and bottles, mixed paper, and garbage. With these new 4-stream bins, students will now have the ability to compost organic waste! 

Organic waste is material from living organisms like plants and animals. This includes food like leftovers, peels, and greens. Providing students with compost disposal at the SLC supports Ryerson’s commitment to sustainability. 

Did you know that 26 per cent of items in our landfill consist of organics? This is very harmful to the environment! Organic waste in landfills releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

In 2018, Ryerson produced 1,000 tonnes of waste that ended up in a landfill, much of which could have been recycled or composted. Let’s work together to reduce this number! 

In Summer and Fall 2018, Facilities Services and Sustainability conducted a waste engagement survey to gain student, faculty, and staff feedback. With close to 800 responses, these new bins were designed to reduce Ryerson’s eco footprint and make waste management easier for everyone. 

As members of the Ryerson community and stewards of our great planet, we are all responsible for doing our part in creating a sustainable campus. 

Do your part in protecting our beautiful planet by remembering to read the signs carefully and throw out your waste accordingly!

The Sun

Our floors have all been built with a specific purpose in mind and each cater to a variety of student needs. For instance, we have floors dedicated to silent study as well as casual seating and socialization.

Our floors have all been built with a specific purpose in mind and cater to a variety of student needs. For instance, we have floors dedicated to silent study as well as casual seating and socialization.

On the fifth floor, students can find the perfect balance! It is a place where there is not too much noise, but it isn’t entirely silent as well, making it a great learning space. 

“It’s a nice floor to chill and study on because it’s quiet, but you’re still able to speak with your friends at a moderate tone,” said Joe Heri, a business management student. 

Known as The Sun because of its red and orange hues, this floor is a great place to work alone or in groups in a cozy environment. The colours of this floor were intentionally picked to get people energized, and the windows of this floor overlook both campus and Yonge-Dundas Square! 

This warm and bright floor is where students come to study, casually sit, and relax! 

“What I like about the fifth floor is that its split into a study side and a chill side. Its balanced so you can do both,” said Mohamedarif Sharrif, an aerospace engineering student. 

From individual desks and chairs, lounge chairs with attached desks, and tables for group work, there are a lot of seating options! Students can also book out Collaborative Group Work Rooms (CGWRs) for group study as well. 

As a plus for students who want to relax, reclined body chairs are located on this floor. Though these seats seem perfect for napping, it’s best to stay awake. If you happen to drift off, SLC staff may check in to make sure you are okay. Sleeping in a public building can put you at risk of theft and harm. Help us keep you and your belongings safe by staying alert.

Need extra study space during exam season? The large Seminar Rooms on this floor are open for all students to use until midnight during the exam period. These rooms are also available to be booked for workshops and are equipped with a projector, a smart board, and a white board. 

The rooms can be booked by any Ryerson student, staff or faculty here ! Priority is given to collaborations with academic partners to deliver innovative services that strengthen students’ out-of-class learning experiences.

You can find out what’s happening in the Seminar rooms by browsing the screens above the SLC lobby elevators or at the touch screen kiosks in the Amphitheatre.

Room 512 of The Sun is home to the Masters of Digital Media. This is an intense 12-month professional program designed to teach graduates the skills and industry experience they need to excel in the digital media world. It is open to students who may plan to develop their own start-up, work in corporate, or those that want to expand their existing skill set!

At the SLC, we are dedicated to creating amazing learning spaces for students to study, work together, and relax in a positive environment. 

Whether you need a place to relax, get some serious work done, or want to meet friends in a calm environment, this is the floor for you!

Fun Facts:

  • Charging stations are located on this floor near the elevator
  • There are vending machines located near stairwell A for stationary and cold beverages
  • Red and orange are colours that are known to energize!

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!

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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Hello, Student Life!

Summer is coming to an end and we’re starting the transition into autumn. We’re also going back into “school mode.” To me, the beginning of a new school year means a fresh start – reunions with our peers, making new friends and heading back to class. I love it, but I know that it’s not everyone’s favourite time of year. Take it from me and enjoy a smooth back to school transition by following three of my personal tips

1. Create a schedule

Student walking in an SLC hallwayIn order to feel organized and prepared for school to start once again, setting up a schedule for yourself is one of the easiest things you can do. Not only will you be able to block in the times when you have class, but you’ll be able to set aside much needed study time. Book a Collaborative & Group Work Room (CGWR) or use the open study space at the SLC to get back into the groove of things.

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Toronto Urban Design Awards Features the SLC

Exterior night shot of the SLC“This contemporary, signature building creates a strong urban gateway to Ryerson University, marking the campus’ presence in the heart of downtown Toronto. Its south-facing plaza holds the corner, yet is also inviting: a geometric-tiled canopy provides a sheltering ceiling in “Ryerson blue,” while broad, sunny steps are well-used by students and passers-by. The invitation up and into the building is continued throughout the project. By programming the building as public, and not as a building exclusive to the Ryerson community, the school has made a powerful statement about its location on Yonge Street and how it can contribute to the public realm”

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Your Little Guide to: The SLC

“Your Little Guide to…” is a series – for students, by students – to help you navigate our SLC and make the most of all that it has to offer.

If you ask me, starting university was nothing short of exhilarating, inspiring and some days, simply overwhelming. It’s important to remember that there are countless resources to support you, including this short guide to help you out! Discover how the Student Learning Centre can best serve you with my floor-by-floor breakdown of the building. Welcome to: SLC 101.

Students sitting in the SLC AmphitheatreFirst Floor

The first floor is the perfect spot for anyone looking to meet up with some friends. Grab a coffee from Starbucks before class or check out any of the events happening in the Amphitheatre throughout the school year.

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