Ryerson News: September 14-18

We’re back! After a relaxing summer, class is in full swing for our students. We’ve hit the road to meet students across Ontario, Canada and the world! Each week we’ll be sharing the latest news from across campus, and giving you the inside scoop on the most recent happenings at Ryerson. Let’s get to it!

Drake surprises Ryerson fans with help from Norm Kelly
The Toronto Star

(Source: Twitter)

(Source: Twitter)

Ryerson’s Week of Welcome closed-off in the most unexpected (but highly anticipated) way possible. Students were surprised with an unannounced appearance from Toronto rapper, Drake, during their concert. And who better than social media-loving City Councillor Norm Kelly to introduce him?

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National scholarship brings first-year changemaker to campus
Ryerson Today News & Events

(Source: Ryerson Today)

(Source: Ryerson Today)

Ryerson welcomes its first Loran Scholar, Annaliese Loeppky, since joining the university consortium in 2012. Loeppky, a first-year student from Manitoba, will pursue her dream to act as she enters the Performance Acting program in the Ryerson Theatre School (RTS).

The Loran Scholars Foundation grants scholarships to students entering post-secondary studies based on exemplary character, commitment to service and leadership potential. Thirty phenomenal high school students are selected across the country from more than 3,800 applicants. Each awarded scholar receives a renewable undergraduate award valued at up to $100,000, including mentorship, access to a funded summer program and annual forums and retreats. (Ryerson Today)

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Ryerson Rises 
Canadian Architect

(Source: Doublespace Photography via Canadian Architect)

(Source: Doublespace Photography via Canadian Architect)

The Student Learning Centre is Ryerson’s newest building, and opened earlier this year. It has gained recognition from around the world, and is a popular spot for our students to get work done. Find out more about this building in Canadian Architect’s story!

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Passage to India
Ryerson Today News & Events

(Source: Ryerson Today)

(Source: Ryerson Today)

In an interconnected world, another continent can quickly feel like home. That’s what four Ryerson Faculty of Community Services (FCS) students (Kimberley Slimming, Brandon Arkinson, Sharla Everd and Heather Norris) discovered this summer when they went to Kerala, India for a four-week international learning experience.

The experience was part of the Live-in Lab program at South India’s Amrita University, which exposes international students to issues in rural Indian communities, and reflects the FCS’s social innovation initiatives. The Ryerson students lived in a village environment to study problems (water, health, education, etc.) and devise solutions firsthand. They also taught math, English, tablet-based learning, and alcohol/substance awareness education to Indian schoolchildren. Though they worked through a translator, the international barriers faded away. (Ryerson Today)

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Partnership with Innovation Birmingham creates bridge to Europe
Ryerson Today News & Events

(Source: Ryerson Today)

(Source: Ryerson Today)

A new partnership with an incubator in Birmingham, U.K., will expand global opportunities for young entrepreneurs at the DMZ at Ryerson University, the top-ranked university-based incubator in Canada and fifth in the world. This week, President Sheldon Levy and Michael Chan, the Ontario Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, visited the Innovation Birmingham Campus to sign a memorandum of understanding. (Ryerson Today)

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University doubles Syrian refugee sponsorship goal as support surges
Ryerson Today

Ryerson University’s Lifeline Syria Challenge announced this week that it is more than doubling its target for bringing Syrian refugees to Canada. Its initial goal, announced July 20, 2015, was to sponsor 11 families or 44 refugees. The new target is 25 families or 100 people. This represents 10 per cent of the target established by the citizen-led Lifeline Syria which seeks to arrange private sponsorship of 1,000 people in the GTA over the next two years. (Ryerson Today)

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