Monday, April 23, 2012

Annual Student Leader Appreciation Banquet 2011-2012

Ryerson Student Housing Services held their annual Student Leader Appreciation Banquet on  April 14th, 2012 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: Joanna Holt, Counselling & Student Development
Residence Advisor Partner of the Year: Nick Asquini, Ryerson Athletics and Recreation
Residence Service Desk Partner of the Year: Bill Oosterholt, Ryerson Security & Emergency Services

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: Trevor Coll
Academic Link Team Player of the Year: Zachary Parkhurst
Residence Service Desk team Player of the Year: Tucker Vendrig

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: Google Docs
Program of the Year- Residence Wide: Rez Cup

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 Dakota Leslie and Allyn Palmer.

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 Patricia Skagen-Emokpae.

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 Abby Davis.

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 Alishia Liolli &Zachery Parkhurst

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 Mhairi Treharne.

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

Friday, April 13, 2012

Living Learning Communities (LLC) Recap 11-12

This year I had the opportunity to be a part of the community service living and learning community. Members of this community held meetings on a regular basis to discuss, plan, and implement residence wide events aimed at building a sense of community within residence and encouraging people living in residence to contribute to raising awareness and funds for causes that affect the lives of many people in our community. Some of the events that the community service LLC was a part of this year included: Post Secret, Trick-or-eat, Project Stache, the Movember Gala, Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction, Jump Rope for Heart, and Speed Friending.
Being a part of the community service LLC greatly impacted my experience as a first year university student living in residence. As someone who participated in a lot of volunteer work in high school and took on various leadership roles in the past, it gave me the chance to continue doing this in a new setting with ease, simply by stating on my application form that I was someone interested in community service work. Through the LLC I was able to quickly find a place within residence where I felt like I belonged and was accepted and appreciated for what I had to offer to the residence community. I was given the opportunity to collaborate with an amazing group of hard working people all whom shared the goal of contributing to the betterment of our community and those in it. The people I worked with in the community service LLC continued to be a tremendous support system for me throughout my first year of university.
The LLC had a great year and worked hard to make a difference, growing closer as a group of friends as time passed. The people that I had the opportunity to meet, and the events I had the opportunity to participate in through the LLC will make up a large part of the memories I will recall when I think about my first year at Ryerson University. To any future first year students planning to live in residence, I would strongly recommend joining either the community service LLC or one of the many other LLC groups that Ryerson University has to offer. You will meet wonderful people in the process and definitely will not regret taking that chance.
Alicia Rowley