Wednesday, December 7, 2011

SHS Student Leader Hiring for 2012-2013

Are you interested in contributing to the residence community? Find the job that's right for you!
There are over 100 student leader positions with Student Housing Services. The majority of our positions also include a guaranteed space in residence, but if you're living off-campus we also have opportunities for you.
Check out: for more information!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Get ready for Ryerson's first ever residence student conference!

 The Ryerson AMPED Student Leadership Conference is geared toward all first-year students who are Action-Minded-People-Empowered to Dream and are interested in developing their leadership abilities. Facilitated by on-campus student leaders, this conference will provide participants the experience to partake in a variety of hands-on informative sessions and engaging group activities meant to AMPlify their leadership skills.

Why should you attend?

If you are interested in getting more involved in student leader opportunities on campus, such as in residence or in student groups and unions, it is highly encouraged that you attend!

As you apply for summer jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities, it’s important to have something that distinguished you from other applicants. AMPED is what you need! Each participant will take away with them a certificate of completion, an excellent leadership experience, and some new friends!

When is the conference?

The AMPED conference is being held at various locations on campus, beginning on January 13th at 4:00 pm and closing on January 14th, 2012 at 9:00 pm.

What is the cost?

Conference cost is $20.00, which includes admission to the two-day event, meals for the weekend, an AMPED t-shirt, and a participant appreciation bag with lots of cool swag.

To register for this conference, please visit and complete the registration form. The charge for the conference will be uploaded to your RAMSS account shortly after.


Facebook Group: RU AMPED Student Leadership Conference
Twitter: @RUAmped


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Recognizing Success: Residence Student Leaders Scholastic Achievements

As a department, we would like to highlight the achievements of our residence student leaders.  This fall, six staff members of the Residence Life Team were presented various awards from their faculty.   Please join us in congratulating the following students on their individual successes! 
Lucy Martin, RTA
Sony of Canada Charitable Foundation Scholarship

Open to students currently enrolled in third year as full-time students in the School of Radio and Television Arts program and have a clear academic standing; Must have the highest cumulative GPA at the end of the second year.

Mark Corrigan, GCM
Cliff Hawes Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a student in the second or third year of the Graphic Communications Management Program who best exemplifies true Ryerson spirit through scholarship, leadership, initiative and deportment. 

Max Martin, Film Universal Studios Canada Scholarships in Filmmaking
For the best overall film production and highest overall academic achievement.
Stephen Jackson, RTS
The Matthew Sweet Award also known as "The Get Up and Giv'r" Award
Each year there are first year students who demonstrate a special aptitude for the program, and who take on any task with a positive attitude, as well as working to forge relationships with fellow students. The award will be given to the returning first year (now second year) student who has demonstrated that they have what it takes to thrive in the Theatre School.
Trevor Coll RTA, Radio and Television Arts Phyllis Switzer Memorial Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence
To a student entering the first year of the program full time; academic proficiency; proven management and leadership skills in human resources management, through volunteer teamwork/student council work/community involvement; demonstrated financial need; and other factors.

Zachary Parkhurst - Academic Achievement Award: Acting
This is awarded for academic proficiency and students with the highest CGPA in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year in each program

Monday, November 21, 2011

30 HOUR FAMINE Be inspired. Be involved. Be hungry.

On Friday, November 25th Ryerson residence students will participate in the 30 Hour Famine. The 30 Hour Famine is an event that was first initiated by World Vision. World Vision is a Christian organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. The 30 Hour Famine is the world's biggest youth fundraiser.


During this event, participants will fast for 30 hours in an effort to raise money to help countries in need around the world. The money raised will help impoverished communities access clean water and food. In addition, the funds will also go towards developing educational and child protection programs. As an example, last year, millions of dollars were raised by Famine supporters and some of it went towards feeding thousands of starving children in Uganda by providing agricultural education and farming tools to 800 families. 

Some of the activities that will take place during the 30 hours include:  board and video games, movies, Famine trivia and going to Nathan Philips Square to watch the Cavalcade of Lights. In addition, the lower gym in Kerr Hall has been booked for participants to use on the Saturday from 2-4PM. There will water and juices available plus a can’t-miss pizza party at the end of 30 hours. Come out for a fun filled weekend and support the cause to end Famine around the world. If you want to learn more about the cause, please visit  

Friday, November 18, 2011

WEALTH OF HEALTH: Rez Students Get the Tips on How to Stay Fit and With It

On Tuesday, November 22nd Ryerson Student Housing will collaborate with Health Promotion to educate and inform students in residence about various health related topics relevant to them. The topics to be addressed include: drugs and alcohol, physical health, mental health and of course, sex. Interactive activities will be used to engage students in learning about the effects of alcohol and stress. From answering trivia questions to walking around wearing beer goggles, students will have a chance to learn about issues affecting one’s health through conversations as well as life-like experiences.


The purpose of this event is to encourage students to maintain a healthy lifestyle amid the craziness of their school schedule. This health fair will also teach students strategies and methods for how they can be more in control of their personal well-being.


Students will not only learn how to improve their mental and physical health, but they will also be taught how to engage in other activities generally tied to the lifestyle of an undergrad in healthy ways. If you are a student feeling weighed down by the burden of your books or need tips on how to know your limit, come out to the Pitman lobby on Tuesday between the hours of 6:30 and 8:30 PM and get with it.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Emergency Water Shut-Down ILLC

Thursday Nov 3rd, 2011, 4:21pm

Student Housing Services would like to thank you for your patience and understanding over the ILLC emergency water shut-down today.
We experienced a sewage back-up last night due to the building piping shifting away from the city sewage line. The water was shutdown at that point to stop the flooding that occurred in the main floor of the ILLC.
Update: At this point, we are hopeful to have the repairs and the water back on by this evening.
In preparation for the water being turned back on, please be sure to switch any bathroom sink taps and/or tub taps to the off position, including lounge sink taps to ensure we do not have a second flood. RA's will be inspecting each residence room in the ILLC to ensure that all taps have been turned off when the water is shut back on.
For the time being, there is bottled water available at the ILLC residence service desk should you require it.
As a reminder ILLC students have been provided access to the single floors in Pitman Hall to use the common washrooms/showers.  Please show your residence identification card at the Pitman Hall residence services desk and then take the elevators to your assigned floor below:
ILC 2, 3 & 4 -  Use Pitman 6
ILC 4 & 5 - Use Pitman 7
ILC 6 & 7 - Use Pitman 8
ILC 7 & 8 - Use Pitman 9
ILC 9 & 10 - Use Pitman 10
ILC 10 & 11 - Use Pitman 11
Please be careful while walking in the ILLC first floor/lobby as there are lots of equipment around that could pose as a tripping hazard.
The Pitman Cafeteria and Pit-110 are open spaces close to a washroom that students are more than welcome to occupy until the water has been turned back on.

Update: Domestic water was restored to the ILLC at 6:15pm Thursday Nov 3rd, 2011.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at, 416-979-5284 or visit Pit-100

Student Housing Services

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

BLUEPRINTS FOR CHANGE – RYERSON RESIDENCE EDITION: The Discussion on Ending Violence against Women

TORONTO, ON – On Tuesday, October 11th and for the two following consecutive Tuesdays, residents from Pitman Hall, ILLC and O’Keefe House will participate in a discussion led by Jeff Perera, Co-Chairperson of the Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign, about men, women, the pressures that we all face and how it affects our lives and relationships. This engaging multimedia presentation will invite students to think about gender issues, the pressures that men and women face on a daily basis and how they can make a difference.


Blueprints for Change is an event that was first launched in 2010 and proved to be a huge success in its pilot year. During this hour-and-a-half session, students will also talk about the realities for women across campus and across the world, what Homophobia and Transphobia have to do with violence against women and most importantly, how we can become a part of the solution. Men are especially encouraged to attend.


This free event will take place on Tuesdays, October 11th, 18th and 25th at 7PM in the Marion Creery Community Room (2nd floor of Pitman Hall).


The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign works to end gender-based violence and act towards change for both men and women.


Ryerson Residence, LET’S TALK!



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Know someone who is a RESIDENCE HERO?

Did you witness a fellow resident: Build community? Help in an emergency? Solve a conflict? Program an event? Provide support to someone? Do a random act of kindness? Do anything awesome and positive?

Submit a nomination to Student Housing Services to acknowledge his/her good deed at

Friday, September 2, 2011

Move In Day 2011

On August 28th, 2011 we welcomed 850 new Ryerson Residence Students through our doors. Check out the pictures below to see:


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Receive a offer to Residence?

If you received a offer into residence in our first round, don't forget the deadline to accept the offer and pay your first installment is next Wednesday July 13th. Check out our website: for more information.

Also if you were placed on the waitlist within our first round, don't fret! We will be doing a second round of offers on July 20th, which will also include a waitlist update.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

O'Keefe House Summer

Looking for a place to stay downtown this summer? Why not live in O'Keefe House! Student Housing Services provides 4 month leases for O'Keefe House over the summer months.

Follow the attached link for more information:


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Telephone Disruption

Please note all Ryerson phones will have their service disrupted for 5-10 mins at approx. 7:15am tomorrow (Thursday March 31st).

We apologize for any inconvenience.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring Letter to Residents


Please see attached link from the Manager of Student Housing Services, Chad Nuttall regarding residence survey data over the past six years from our students.

2010-2011 Spring Letter to Residents_1


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ryerson Residence Appreciation Banquet

Ryerson Student Housing Services held their annual Residence Appreciation Banquet on March 26th, 2011 to recognize and thank all of the student leaders who contribute to residence at Ryerson. Award winners include:

Partner of the year awards are presented to individuals that each team created a strong partnership and bound with, and ensuring the team had achieved success in their position.

Academic Link Partner of the Year: Jeff Perea, Get Clear Program

Residence Advisor Partner of the Year: Shauna Bookal, Ryerson Athletics and Recreation

Residence Council Partner of the Year: Sean Carson, RSU

Residence Service Desk Partner of the Year: Emmanuel Tesoro, Black and McDonald Maintenance

Team Player of the year awards are presented to individuals on each team who were identified as most exemplifying team spirit and going over and beyond their responsibilities to contribute to the team.

Residence Advisor Team Player of the Year: Heather Sadkowski

Academic Link Team Player of the Year: Karyn Elliot

Residence Council Team Player of the Year: Hilary Taylor

Residence Service Desk team Player of the Year: Craig Kelly

Program of the Year for Section and Residence Wide are presented to the programs that developed, marketed and run a outstanding and successful program in either their section or the residence as a whole.

Program of the Year- Section: Cancer Bake Sale- Floor 14

Program of the Year- Residence Wide: Movember- Project Stache

Listed below are this year’s individual awards with recipients;

Ted Brock Award recognizes an upper-year O’Keefe House residence who has made great contributions to the Housing during their time there, the recipient this year was Mhairi Treharne.

Julia Louie- Memorial Award is presented annually to a Residence Student Leader who has demonstrated exceptional devotion and exemplifies a position attitude, the recipient this year was Erika Kronwald-Debruyn.

Marion Creery Residence & Campus Life Award is presented to a residence student leader that has displayed a passion, energy and commitment to connect the residence community to campus life. The recipient this year was Maya Mboup.

Brian Muscat First Year Student Leader Award is presented to a new leader who has demonstrated strong leadership, an excellent ability to connect with their peers and has gone above and beyond their duties to improve the residence community or the student experience. The recipient this year was Alex McKaig & Danielle Brogan

Liza Nassim Returning Student Leader of the Year Award is presented to a residence student leader who has lead by example, been a excellent role model to other student leaders and has made a lasting contribution to residence and campus life at Ryerson. The recipient this year was Shiloh Lazar.

We would like to take the opportunity again to thank all of our student leaders and congratulate the winners on their achievements.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

OVPS student leadership awards announced

Student Housing leaders acknowledged among Ryerson’s top student leaders

Toronto, ON, March 18, 2011: The office of Vice Provost Students (OVPS) announced their leadership award winners today acknowledging top student leaders across campus in departments contained within the OVPS. The work of Student Housing Services (SHS) student leaders was well acknowledged with 4 leaders receiving top awards at the reception.

Marion Creery Student Leadership Award

This award is named in honour of Marion Creery who from 1988 to 2008 served as the Director of Student Services. It is presented annually to two Ryerson students whose leadership demonstrates passion, creativity, and perseverance in making Ryerson a better place for students to learn and realize their potential.

Maya Mboup was awarded this honour. Maya is deeply committed to helping students develop their academic potential in her work as an Academic Link. In addition, in her work as a Community Leader, Maya has acted as a mentor and facilitator to other leaders in residence. Maya was crowned Miss AfriCanada this year, lead her TRSM debate team to a top finish in a national competition, served on the executive of AEISIC Ryerson, and manages Initiatives A+- a non-profit youth mentoring program she began in her first year at Ryerson. Maya’s extensive leadership has impacted communities within residence, at Ryerson, across Canada, and globally.

Community Development Award

The Community Development Award recognizes student leaders that have helped to build a sense of community through their caring attitude, outstanding interpersonal skills and their ability to connect people to each other and to their community.

Sarah Stockdale was an award winner in this category. Sarah has acted as the Graduate Advisor- Leadership in SHS while completing her Masters in Professional Communication. Sarah has contributed to the residence community by managing the residence hero program, helping to advise the residence council, and introducing a brand new Student Leadership Program (SLP) to residence. The SLP has created numerous ways for first year students to get involved, develop their leadership skills, and create community within residence.

Student Leadership Award

This award recognizes and celebrates the contribution that Ryerson student leaders have made outside the classroom. Recipients of this award will have shown a high level of commitment, lead by example, shown initiative and made a strong contribution to their community.

Lauren Akbar and Kyra Whale were award recipients in this category. Lauren has acted as Residence Advisor and Community Leader within the residence community. Her strong advising skills, passion for people, and commitment to helping any student she comes into contact with in any way she can made her very deserving of this award. As a community leader in Pitman Hall Lauren has mentored and facilitated several residence student leaders and was recently selected in her program of Child and Youth studies to represent Ryerson during an experiential service learning project examining Aboriginal youth issues in April.

Kyra Whale has served for all of her years at Ryerson as a leader on the Ryerson Residence Council. As a floor representative, floor president, Vice-President Events and this year as President, Kyra has lead the council in planning events and building community within residence. Kyra has greatly influenced the development of the council and its’ members and also has a passion for planning events that benefit communities beyond Ryerson including Free the Children.