Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Appealing a grade

Did you get a grade that you think is legitimately unfair for any reason? If so, visit this RSU website to learn what grounds Ryerson Policy deems as legitimate for appealing a grade and learn about the process you will need to go through to do so. The RSU will help you learn the skills you need and support you through this process.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Arteries 2011

The fourth annual ARTeries Research Essay Conference is just around the corner!

ARTeries aims to provide a forum for registered Ryerson undergraduate students to present their best essays to their peers. Hosted by the Faculty of Arts, ARTeries 2011 will promote undergraduate research through the sharing of ideas within and across disciplines.

We welcome essays that are related to the humanities and social sciences. More specifically, we are looking for papers on Caribbean Studies; Criminal Justice and Criminology; Economics; English; French; Spanish; Geography; History; Music; Philosophy; Politics and Governance/Public Administration; Psychology; and Sociology.

Important Dates:
Final date to submit entries January 24th, 2011
Selected participants will be contacted by February 7th, 2011
The fourth ARTeries conference takes place on March 4th, 2011

Any current Ryerson undergraduate student is eligible to submit a paper.

Submitting an Essay:
Essays should be a minimum of 5 pages in length, and authors should be able to present their work in no more than 20 minutes. To ensure anonymous evaluation, submissions should not contain a title page or any indication of the author’s name or department, school, program or course. Students may only submit one essay, and should consider their submissions carefully.

Essays should be submitted electronically, as an attachment (.doc, .docx), to the following address:

The body of your email must include the following: your full name; student number; program of study; year of study; email address; title of the essay, and a short summary of the essay (no more than 200 words).

In addition, please submit a 150 word biography and a photograph of yourself (no more than 250×250, in .jpg format). Please be advised that if selected to present at Arteries, this information will be used on the Ryerson website and the Arteries blog.

Submission deadline:
All submissions must be received via email by January 24th, 2010, 11:59pm.

Selection Process:
A panel of three professors and three senior students from the Faculty of Arts will review all submissions. Students whose essays have been selected will present their work in short sessions on March 4th, 2011.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Buy Nothing Christmas

Have you heard of "Buy Nothing Christmas"? The idea is that being inundated with advertising enticing us to buy things throughout the holiday season distracts us from what this time should really be about: togetherness. It also forces us to consider the social and environmental impact of buying all of this stuff that we don't need and wrapping it in coloured paper that is harmful for the environment Whether or not you believe with the religious organization that spurred this moment, their site offers this really great list of alternatives to storebought presents, including homemade and recycled gifts that will lessen the strain on your wallet, have a lighter impact on the environment and ultimately be more meaningful.

Do you plan on participating in "Buy Nothing Christmas" in anyway? Do you ever make homemade gifts during the holidays?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday cards for a good cause

Sometimes I feel silly forking out all the money it costs to buy a greeting card but with the United Way Ryerson Holiday Cards you don't have to. These cards are available at the book store and all of the designs were created by Ryerson students. For $5 you will get a pack of six and all of the proceeds go to support the United Way.

Monday, December 6, 2010

How to survive holiday party season without gaining a pound

We all know that the holidays are a time when sweet treats and fatty foods are everywhere we turn. It can be difficult to retain any dedication to our health goals or even a sense of moderation when this temptation is constantly around us. Holistic nutritionist Meghan Telpner offers these tips for "Tempering Temptation" during the holiday season.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Important Dates in December

Friday December 3: Classes end for full- and part-time undergraduate programs.
Final date to pick up OSAP loan documents with a December year end.

Monday, December 6 to Saturday, December 18: Fall term undergraduate examination period, including Saturday, December 11.

Friday, December 10: Deadline for clearing any Fall 2010 and prior outstanding debt, library book/fine, or other borrowed property in excess of $10 to ensure that Fall 2010 grades are not withheld.

Week of December 13: The Chang School classes end.

Saturday, December 18: Official end of term for undergraduate programs.

Thursday, December 23 to Sunday, January 2: Mid-Year Break, the University will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22. The University will re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday January 3, 2011.

Saturday, December 25: Fall 2010 grades are posted on RAMSS.

Wednesday, December 29, 5:30 am : Enrollment Appointments for 4th year students commence via RAMSS
8:00 pm: Enrollment Appointments for 3rd year students commence via RAMSS

Thursday, December 30, 12:00 pm: Enrollment Appointments for 2nd year students commence via RAMSS

Friday, December 31, 12:00 pm: Enrollment Appointments for 1st year students commence via RAMSS

Exam Preparation Tips from the Learning Success Centre

After slogging through a long, busy semester it's often hard to muster the energy to effectively study for exams. The last day of classes comes around and all I want to do is revel in my newfound freedom far away from all of my books. Of course the results of proper studying is welll worth the effort but sometime's it's hard to know where to begin.

The Learning Success Centre has got your back! Their Exam Preparation site includes tips for studying for different types of exams (ie. multiple choice vs. essay exams), strategies for studying (ie. creating questions about your material and then seeing if you can answer them), as well as information about managing exam anxiety.

Take a few minutes to check out this web site because having the tools to study effectively will go a long ways to ensuring that you are able to adequately prepare for your exams.

Good luck!