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