Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ryerson's First Annual Faculty of Arts Involvement Fair

Hello fellow Faculty of Arts students!

Today is my last day of work before exams and the long-anticipated winter break. However, before that I wanted to let everyone know about an exciting event that recently took place in the Faculty of Arts.

Ryerson’s first annual Faculty of Arts Involvement Fair, brain child of Student Life Coordinator Stephan Tang, took place on November 11, 12 and 14 in the centre Hub Cafeteria. The event was planned in order to provide Faculty of Arts students with a venue to learn about what opportunities for them to get involved exist on campus. Representatives from: the Philosophy Club, World University Services, AIESEC, RyeACCESS, the Women’s Centre, the History Club, the Arteries Conference, Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute, Invisible Children: Schools for Schools, the Continuist, the English Club, English Language Support, Tri-Mentoring, ISS, LEAD, VAST, Exchanges, the Psychology Course Union, the Politics Course Union, the Criminal Justice Course Union, the ACS Course Union and the Ryerson University Accounting Society had booths at the event. Students who attended the fair had the chance to talk with involved students and hear about opportunities for involvement that are available to them, all of which were selected because of their appeal to Faculty of Arts students. But if you missed this year’s event, never fear, just make sure you keep your ears open and check it out next year!

Do you feel like you belong at Ryerson?

I know as a student that it can be difficult to establish a sense of connection with the university that goes beyond classroom learning and that’s what makes involvement so important. To explore this idea further I asked two involved arts students for their thoughts. Here is what they told me about getting involved and how it has enhanced their university experience and instilled them with a sense of belonging.

Danielle Dye, 2nd year Arts and Contemporary Studies
How are you involved?: Alternative Spring Break 2009 Team Member, volunteer for orientation. I will be presenting to the winter term ACS 402 students information about different groups to get involved with concerning international issues as well as my experiences in 402 last year to introduce Rob's new service learning option.
What does it mean to be involved and why is it important?: Getting involved is "University." It can take what you've learned in the classroom and help you to apply it on a whole new level. Knowing that your voice CAN be heard is a refreshing, motivating and empowering tool you can use to make what was once a dream become reality. BE the Change.

Salisha Mohammed, 4th year Sociology
Why did you choose to get involved?: I chose to get involved because I wanted to get to know more people around campus. I wanted to feel a sense of belonging to my school and I want to give back to the community in which I study.
What are you involved in and what does it entail?: I am currently the Public Relations and Communications Delegate for the Ryerson Sociology Students' Union. Basically, my job is to get our name out there. I have to make the connections on behalf of the course union and do all of the lovely public speaking.
In addition, I am also the lead mentor for the Faculty of Arts at the Tri-Mentoring program. I assist first year students in my program with their transition to university. I also monitor mentee/mentor relationships and ensure that the mentee and mentor are getting the best benefits of the program.
How has being involved benefited you?: Being involved it the greatest thing I ever did! I honestly do not regret it and I would strongly recommend it to everyone. I have met the most amazing people who have become my mentors in life. I have gained great leadership skills and I am connected with my school. I feel as though I finally belong there. Being involved made me love school even more because it gave me the chance to get involved with things that I love and have a huge interest in.

So on that note, go out there and get iNvolved!

But until next semester, good luck on your exams and I hope everyone has a jolly holiday season and a happy new year!


Welcome to the Art of Life

Welcome to Ryerson’s newly created Faculty of Arts Student Life blog, the Art of Life. To introduce myself; my name is Sarah Lambert, I’m a work study student in the Faculty of Arts and I will be your faithful student life blogger. It is my hopes that this blog will be a valuable resource for keeping arts students informed about what is going on within their faculty. However, to be able to achieve this I need your input! What do you want to read about? If you know of an event that should be covered or a relevant issue that needs to be addressed, please don’t hesitate to contact me at

To get started let’s address an issue that I’m sure, as art students, plagues us all. I know I’m definitely sick of people, after hearing that I’m in Arts and Contemporary Studies, asking to see what kind of stuff I paint or if I can help them out by drawing a design for their next tattoo. Of course I have to correct them; “No, no, no… I’m a liberal arts student, not a fine arts student.” However, that usually just ends in further confusion. So, what is the Faculty of Arts? At Ryerson an arts degree combines a traditional liberal arts focus with relevant, practical information in order to turn out dynamic, employable graduates. The faculty offers a wide range of courses across the disciplines encompassed within the social sciences and the humanities. Ryerson’s Faculty of Arts offers full-time undergraduate programs in: Arts and Contemporary Studies, Criminal Justice, Geographic Analysis, International Economics & Finance, Politics & Governance, Psychology, Sociology and Undeclared Arts. Now there’s a mouthful to spit out next time someone inquires why an art student like yourself can hardly manage to draw a stick person!

Now that that’s been cleared up, here’s a brief synopsis of the events that have happened in the Faculty of Arts thus far during the 2008-2009 school year:

The Faculty of Arts Pre-Orientation, called “Pre- Orientation and Social-eyes", was a collaboration with the Sociology Course Union (RSSU), Criminal Justice Course Union (CJSA), Politics Course Union, and ACS Course Union. It was an outdoor event held on August 5, 2008. The event was organized with the goal of helping incoming students get over any anxiety they might have had over starting at Ryerson and give them a chance to interact. The event included ice-breaker games, a competitive game of ultimate Frisbee and a picnic. The main mission of pre-orientation was to welcome in the new Faculty of Arts students into a community where they feel like they belong and can identify with. New students had the opportunity to voice their worries about starting university and gain insight from the experiences of upper year students. Not only this but by interacting with each other and with upper year students newcomers were able to develop a sense of comfort and get to know some of the faces they’ll be seeing within the Ryerson community.

On August 13, 2008 the Faculty of Arts offered enrollment workshops for new students. First year students were able to get help while registering for their courses on RAMSS (which as we all know, can be a nightmare at first). They also had the opportunity to meet faculty and staff, go on a campus tour, learn about Ryerson and meet upper year students from their programs. The event was a huge success, with over 250 students coming out to participate!
The Faculty of Arts Orientation took place on August 26, 2008. The afternoon began with individual program orientations, which gave students the opportunity to get an overview of what their program entails and familiarize themselves with the faces of the staff and faculty that they will be working with over the course of their degrees. Following their academic orientations students from all of the arts programs convened in the upper gym. Here they were welcomed by Associate Dean, Marsha Moshe, Vice Provost Students, Heather Lane Vetere, and RSU President, Muhammad Ali Jabbar. A brief presentation on academic integrity was given by Student Conduct Officer, Mickey Cirak. Then it was on to the fun and games! A free barbecue took place in the quad and everyone participated in games, such as Twister, cops and robbers and limbo. The event even included a visit from Ryerson’s esteemed mascot, Eggy the Ram. Orientation gave new students a chance to network with upper year students and allowed them gain a better understanding of what to expect from life at Ryerson.

The Faculty of Arts Course Union Meet and Greet took place on September 18, 2008. The event brought course union executives, Campus Leadership Advisers, staff and faculty together to give them the chance to come together and network with one another. By sharing their ideas and goals for the upcoming year, participants in the event were able to establish what common ground they share and in what ways they can work together to further facilitate community within the Faculty of Arts. With that being said you may be asking, what is a course union? Each program in the Faculty of Arts (and in Ryerson as a whole) has a course union, which consist of a group of students from that program. Executives within the course unions are elected annually by their peers to advocate on behalf of the students in their program, build connections to their respective industries and to plan events, both social and educational. For more information on how to get in touch with your course union go to:

Beyond these academic-centered events the course unions and campus leadership advisors have organized fun social events, such as pub nights, haunted houses and Halloween parties. Furthermore, the Philosophy Club, History Club and English Club host their own movie nights, which give students and faculty a chance to come together, watch a movie, engage in thoughtful discussion and enjoy some drinks. In a nutshell; there’s always something going on in the Faculty of Arts! And if you’ve missed out on the fun so far; don’t worry, there’s a lot more yet to come!