Friday, March 25, 2011

A Quick Recap

This has been one of the busiest and most exciting semesters in the Faculty of Arts. I hope you've had a chance to take advantage of the amazing events and opportunities that have been offered thus far. But if you've been too busy slogging through countless readings and churning out essays, here's a recap of what you've missed:



On February 5th first and second year Faculty of Arts students participated in "Oh the Places You'll Go!" the first annual Faculty of Arts Student Leadership Conference. Attendees had the opportunity to explore different leadership types, learn about the ins and outs of planning a successful event, discover their own leadership style and skills and network with groups from across campus to learn about how they can get more involved with student life. As a special treat, a special guest and future Ryerson student performed a traditional opening and closing as part of the festivities. If you missed out this year, be sure to sign up when the time comes around next year.

March 4th marked the fourth annual Arteries Undergraduate Research Conference at Ryerson. This special event is hosted by the Faculty of Arts and gives undergraduate students to share their research with their peers, faculty and other . This is a unique opportunity that allows students to gain experience at an academic conference as part of their undergraduate studies. This year 13 students presented their papers after being selected by a blind panel composed of three upper-level students and three faculty members. Congratulations to all of the presenters and a big thank you to the organizing committee for their tireless efforts in putting on this event!

The second annual Faculty of Arts Live Library took place on March 14 organized by Faculty of Arts Career Counsellor, Sonny Wong. This event gives the students to check out live "books" who are professionals working in industries of interest to Arts students. During their 20 minute session with the book, students have the opportunity to find out more about what they must do achieve the careers they desire or even just to get a better understanding of what fields might be a good fit for them. This is an incredibly unique opportunity and is a must-attend event for any Arts student who is unsure about their career path or just isn't quite sure how to get there (and I think that's pretty much all of us, right?)


On March 15 the inaugural iMade My Mark Expo recognized Faculty of Arts students who are making their mark at Ryerson, in local Toronto communities or internationally through the volunteer initiatives they are involved with. A joint effort between the Tri-Mentoring Program and Faculty of Arts Student Experience Centre this event demonstrated the profound impact that students can have when they take the knowledge they have learned in the classroom and apply it to making the world a better place. Congratulations to all of the students who were recognized and thank you for all of the hard work you do.

On March 17 Discover Ryerson hosted thousands of high school students who have applied to start . Faculty of Arts representatives helped welcome these students to campus, answered questions about student life and their respective programs and helped them find their way around. It was so energizing to feel all of their excitement and remember our own early days as prospective university students. Thank you so much to all of our wonderful volunteers, you truly made a lasting impression on the students you talked to; you will always be a part of their educational journey.

With only a few weeks left of classes things are as busy as ever so stay tuned for info on all of the exciting events that are yet to come!