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Student Services

  • University Name

"From 1948 to 1968 the development of the student services functions at Ryerson was directed by two men: Howard Keer and David Crombie. Kerr adopted the philosophy that the Institute had a responsibility for overseeing the general welfare of the student body. He was convinced that certain non-academic services -- an athletic program, health services, residences, placement services, student loans, an alumni service and a student union building -- were part and parcel of student life, especially at the post-secondary level. The Department of Education expressed the view that these services were not essential to the effective teaching of the curricula, and consequently rejected Kerr's proposal that they be funded by the Institute. Therefore, Kerr adopted the university system of adding a student fee to the regular tuition costs to finance these student services, and turned to the American model of the College Union for a mechanism to manage the funds thus collected. The Ryerson Institute of Technology Students's Union Corporation, patterned on the College Union, was used by Kerr to provide student services from 1957 to the mid-sixties. Prior to 1957, the main services provided were financial aid, an athletic program and a health service. After Kerr's resignation in 1966, Crombie provided the leadership to bring these functions under the umbrella of one administrative unit -- a Student Services Department. Like Kerr, he turned to the United States for direction on an organizational framework. It was also during Crombie's tenure that the "Regulations Regarding Conduct, Discipline and Attendance" were amended. By 1968, the concept of 'in loco parentis' seemed outdated and the Board accepted Crombie's proposal that a student be subject to the same legal process as any other citizen living in "the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario and Canada". By 1968, the Student Services Department was firmly constituted as a divisional unit at the Institute, with its Director reporting to the President."--p. 31. Source: The History of the Student Services Department at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, 1948-1968. T.G. Sosa, June 30, 1977. Collection Record: 10-50.


  • University Name

G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education

  • University Name
  • 1948-

Continuing Education has been at Ryerson since the school was opened in 1948. Below is a rough timeline of significant events in the School's history:
1948: Extension Classes at The Evening School Program

1964: Bert Parsons, Director of Extension
Correspondence course in public administration – extension of night school course for civil servants

1971: Began receiving funding from the provincial government
Ben Celliers, Director of Extension

1972: Management Development Institute created.

1974: Ryerson integrating evening and day education under one academic umbrella
Name change from Extension Department to Evening Studies Department

1975: Report on part-time studies recommended that Evening Studies division replace the Evening Studies Department and that an Evening
Studies Council be created

1976: Ken MacKeracher, Dean of Evening Studies
Academic Council approved bylaws for creation of Evening Studies Divisional Council
Evening classes academic terms aligned with day terms

1977: Evening Studies Division moved to Jorgenson Hall/Learning Centre complex
Evening Studies became Continuing Education Division (headed by a Dean)
Continuing Education Division moved to lower ground floor of Learning Resources Centre from East Kerr Hall
First mention of Continuing Education administering Management Development Institute (which was established in 1972)
The first Dean of Continuing Education was Ken MacKeracher
First graduate in the Continuing Education division

1978: Continuing Education students able to appeal grades for non-credit courses
Occupational Health and Safety is first certificate program proposal in Continuing Ed to be presented to Academic Council
Continuing Education students’ caucus proposed and approved by Board of Governors
The Night Student News newsletter started

1979: Continuing Education Student Association referendum approved by CE students
Academic Council approved interdisciplinary certificate program in gerontology (offered through CED)
Academic Council approved policies/procedures for development of future part-time diploma/degree programs

1980: CE Division gained equal representation with day education on Academic Council

1981: CE certificate status disputed for certificate programs not sanctioned by Academic Council
1982: CE and promotion departments merged

1983: Milton Orris, Dean of Continuing Education

1987: 50 certificate programs offered by CE

1989: CE office moved from 111 Gerrard St. to 252 Victoria St
Ryerson CE Division, Durham College, York University, Trent University partner to allow students to transfer between schools

1994: CE moving from 21 Dundas Square to 415 Yonge

1995: Photo ID available to CED students
Marilynn Booth, Dean of CE

1996: Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning opened
Ryerson ends its partnership with Durham College

1998: CE advertised on television for first time

2000: CE moves to Heaslip House - 297 Victoria Street.

2003: G. Raymond Chang gave $5 million for new CE building; rename: G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education (GRCSCE)

2004: GRCSCE gets new logo

2007: Distance education program in nursing partnership between University of the West Indies and GRCSCE

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • University Name

1995: Computer Engineering is offered as an option within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program. 2002: In the Fall, Computer Enginnering is offered as a separate program.

Planning and Priorities Advisory Committee

  • University Name

PPAC is the acronym for Planning and Priorities Advisory Committee. An ad hoc committee, the Priorities Committee to Advise the President, was established in 1972 to make recommendations in the area of programs and resources allocation (human, financial, physical) with the purpose of restoring the Institute's financial stability and maintaining its educational integrity and effectiveness. Dr. George Korey, Vice-President Administration, was Chairman. It is probable that later in the 1970s, this Committee became the Planning and Budgeting Review Committee (PBRC). The PBRC, in turn, became the Planning and Priorities Advisory Committee (PPAC) in the late 1980s. Until new information becomes available on the official links (if any) between the Priorities Committee to Advise the President and the PBRC/PPAC, all records pertaining to these committees will be arranged under this group, i.e. PPAC or Group 39.

Admissions/Liaison and Advising Department

  • University Name

In April 1993, the Registrariat made some organizational changes with four units amalgamating into two: Academic Advising/Evaluations with Admissions/Liaison and Timetabling joining with Records and Registration Services. The Group name Admissions/Liaison has been changed to include Curriculum Advising.

Ryerson Circle K Club

  • University Name

Circle K International was a collegiate service organization involved in community, student, environmental and health concerns. A Circle K Club operated on the Ryerson Campus from the early 1960s to January, 1986. Its materials and records were transferred to the offices of the Student Union and ultimately turned over to the Archives.

Office of the Learning Resource Centre Director

  • University Name

The Learning Resources Centre arrangement consists of four groups: (i) ARCHIVES; (ii) LRC: DIRECTOR'S OFF. (69); (iii) LIBRARY DEPT. (5); (iv) MEDIA CENTRE (76).

Management Development Institute

  • University Name

--Formed in 1972 under the jurisdiction of the Business Division --A program of adult education tailored to the professional development of practising managers in business and government --Dr. Donald Gyallay, appointed Director --Responsibility transferred to the Continuing Education Division in 1977

Committee on Appointments in the Academic Administration

  • University Name

This Committee was struck in 1976 as a joint body of Academic Council and the Board of Governors and was chaired by Board member, Peter Meincke. The Committee produced a report generally known as the Meincke Report (1976-1977) which established policies and procedures for academic appointments and made recommendations on basic questions of academic structure and the role and compensation of academic administrators. In January 1984, the Board of Governors independently set up a Review Committee of this Committee, chaired by Board member, Eric Wright, to create an appointment of Associate Vice-President Academic, as there were no terms of reference for such an appointment in the Meincke Report. The Review Committee was also requested to review the Meincke Report and make recommendations for any upgrading. A subsequent report was produced by the Review Committee (E. Wright Report) recommending three significant changes to the Meincke Report Part I. The Board of Governors approved adoption of Part I/Wright Report as Institute policy, superseding Part I/Meincke Report, at the June 25, l984 meeting. Part II/Wright Report was approved for adoption as Institute policy, superseding Part II/Meincke Report, at the September 23, l985 Board of Governors meeting.

Financial Services Department

  • University Name

1968: the Administrative Services Department becomes the Finance Department (RYERSONIAN 10Sep68). 1994: around this date (first reference in 1994-1995 Internal Directory), the Purchasing Department or function becomes affiliated with the Finance Department instead of Ancillary Services. Because of the informal transfer of the Purchasing function to Finance and because Purchasing traditionally worked closely with the Finance Department, it was decided not to establish a new, revised archival record group for the Finance activity. 1996 (Fall): the Finance Department undergoes an internal reorganization and changes its name to Financial Services. The departmental sections are as follows: Payroll; Procurement and Payment; Student Fees, Accounts Receivable and Cashiers; Department Services; Budget and Training; Accounting and Treasury; Insurance. [collection record 37-32]

Promotion Planning Group

  • University Name

Full name of the group is Promotion Planning Group. The Group was set up at the request of Ryerson President Brian Segal in 1986 to report on ways to meet increased competition for a declining pool of students with effective promotion strategies and appropriate allocation of funds. The Group was chaired by Tim Reid, Dean of Business and co-ordinated by Gail Scott, Executive Co-ordinator, Community Relations. Other members included: Jennifer Brunzell, Registrar; Gene Logel, Assistant Registrar - Admissions; Arnice Cadieux, Director of Promotion Services; Marvyn Novick, Dean of Community Services; Paul Nowack, Dean of Applied Arts; Nick Siller, Dean of Arts; Ted Wisz, Dean of Technology; Ron Swirsky, Director of Planning and Research; Ron Taber, Director of Student Services; and Ray Young, Associate Director - Marketing of the School of Business.

Office of Employment and Educational Equity

  • University Name

1994 (July): Employment and Educational Equity officially becomes a unit of the newly-formed Department of Equity, Harassment and Safety Services. 1998: The Employment Equity Policy is revised. Responsibility for the activity of Employment Equity is transferred from Discrimination and Harassment Services to Human Resources (background provided to the BOG Employee Relations and Pensions Committee 16Jun03)). Primary records pertaining to the Employment Equity Unit of Human Resources will now be arranged under the Human Resources Group. Educational Equity will continue under Group 126, for the time-being. 2001: The internal Ryerson Telephone Directory lists the unit of Educational Equity. 2002: The internal Ryerson Telephone Directory places the Educational Unit under Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services, with Tony Conte as Educational Equity Advisor. 2003 (October): A Student Services newsletter indicates that Tony Conte has moved to this department. The Internal Telephone Directory lists the position of Educational Equity Advisor as being vacant. N.B. The future status of Record Group 126 is undecided due to the above vacancy. The Archives shall monitor future organizational information in order to determine if this group should be closed. The shortened name 'Equity Office' has been allocated to the group to encompass past and present designations. Subject headings in both the Cross-Reference Subject File and the Documentation Files Collection are designated as "Equity Offices/Issues" and will contain information from both of the abovementioned areas.

Department of Politics and Public Administration

  • University Name

1957: Social Sciences 1970: Arts Division 1976: Reorganized Arts Division into 7 Depts., Jean Golden, Politics Chair 1984 (Sep): A degree in Public Administration was first offered.

The Ryerson Rambler

  • University Name

1962: June -- first issue of "The Ryerson Rambler" 1972: Last issue 1978: February -- publication resurrected. (See Issue 1 for more detailed information) 1997: Name changed to "The Ryerson Magazine". Arranged under the University Advancement Office Group (Coll Rec: 395-32)

Medical Centre

  • University Name

As of the beginning of the academic year 2009 (Tuesday 8 September 2009), the Health Centre changed their name officially to Medical Centre. Name of Record Group changed to reflect the title change.

CJRT Radio

  • University Name
  • 1949-2010

1949 - CJRT launches with limited broadcast to Toronto area, on frequency 88.3.
1950 - Frequency changes to 91.1 MHz, .CJRT-FM.
1954 - Used as training for RTA.
1964 - Licensee changes from RTA to the Board of Governors and run by professional staff with part-time student employees.
1965 - Disk jockey, Ted O'Reilly, begins popular jazz program.
1971 - First broadcast of new Open College with university level Sociology; a first in North America.
1973 - Ryerson announces plans to surrender licence.
1974 - November 29 - a non-profit company incorporates to acquire CJRT, which changes to CJRT-FM Inc.. However, Ryerson retains an affiliation with CJRT-FM with Copen College.
1981 - Antenna moved to the CN Tower.
1992 - 2000 - An increase in jazz program(s) and less of other music genres. 1996 - provincial government cancelled the radio's annual operating stipend of $1,300,00 [Jazz FM91 website]
2001 - Move to an all jazz format.
2006 - Move from Ryerson campus to Liberty Village.
2009 - Broadcasts on radio and online.Digital radio and licence as CJRT-DR-1.
2010 - CJRT obtains licence to become Jazz FM91.

Office of the Registrar

  • University Name

Morley Finley was appointed the first registrar at Ryerson at the School's founding in 1948. He also functioned as the executive assistant to Principal Howard Kerr. Finley resigned from the position in 1955, replaced by D. G. W. McRae (1956-1958). The Registrariat had three sections - Academic Advising/Evaluations; Records and Registration Services; and Timetabling. In 1990 they became responsible for the Office of Admissions/Liaison, which formerly had been organized under the Office of Community Relations. In 1993, the Registrar's office amalgamated its four units into two - Academic Advising/Evaluations with Admissions/Liaison; Timetabling with Records and Registration Services. In 2015 the Office of Student Awards and Scholarship moved under the umbrella of the Registrar's office, formerly residing in the Office of Convocation and Awards.

List of Ryerson's Registrars

Morley Finley 1948-1956
D. G. W. McRae 1956-1958
Alberindo Sauro 1958-1967
Al Wargo 1967-1972
Dorothy Rowles 1972-1973
Roy Horney 1973-1978
Jennifer Brunzell 1978-1988
Dennis Mock 1988-1989
Dawn Little (acting) 1989-1990
Keith C. Alnwick 1991-2013
Charmaine Hack 2013 - present

University Planning Office

  • University Name

1995: Academic Planning and Research Unit re-named University Planning Office. 2003 (July 1): Paul Stenton is apponted to the newly created position of Associate Vice President, University Planning. "I am pleased to inform the community that Dr. Paul Stenton has been appointed to the newly created position of Associate Vice President, University Planning, effective July 1, 2003 reporting to the Provost and Vice President Academic. Dr. Stenton has served the University as the Director of University Planning since September, 1999, and as such has worked closely with the senior management and academic administrators in the development of plans and policies on a wide range of strategic issues in order to guide the University's development and ensure the achievement of its mission. The change in title reflects the importance of this office in the Ryerson structure. During his time at Ryerson, Dr. Stenton has served as chair of the Council on University Planning and Analysis (CUPA), an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities, and as the chair of the Operating Revenue and Budget Committee of CUPA. He has served as co-chair of the Ryerson Backfill Committee and has helped develop the double cohort plan for enrolment growth and academic resourcing at Ryerson. Dr. Stenton has a BSc in Economics from Trent University , an MA in Economics from McMaster University and a EdD in Higher Education from the University of Toronto (OISE). He came to Ryerson from his position as Manager of the Finance Unit in the Universities Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Prior to that he led the research and policy division of the Ontario Council on University Affairs for a number of years. While at OCUA, he played a lead role in reviewing and overhauling the Ontario university operating grants allocation system that resulted in the introduction of the "corridor funding system" that has been in place for over fifteen years. Dr. Stenton also served as Director of Policy and Research for the Advisory Panel on Future Directions for Postsecondary Education (the Smith Panel) which made policy recommendations to the Government of Ontario on the structure and policies of the Ontario university and college systems. He has a thorough knowledge of operating grants, policies and forecasting in the University sector. I am very pleased that Dr. Stenton will be continuing to serve Ryerson in this new position, and will continue to bring his extensive expertise to the area of University Planning." (Errol Aspevig, Provost and Vice President Academic, to Infoline, 4Sep03)

Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services

  • University Name
  • 1990 - 2011
  • 1989 (March) : President Terry Grier announces a proposal to establish an assault and harassment centre.
  • 1990 (December) : The new department, established as Harassment Prevention Services, has Carolyn Macleod appointed as the first Co-ordinator. Organizationally, it is within Campus Safety and Security.
  • 1991 (July) : Carolyn Macleod resigns from her position.
  • 1991 (November) : Wendy Roberts is hired as Co-ordinator, Harassment Prevention Services.
  • 1994 (July) : Janet Mays becomes Director of the umbrella office, Campus Safety and Security and changes its name to Equity, Harassment and Safety Services (later Campus Equity, Harassment and Safety Services). See RG 675 [Campus] Equity, Harassment and Safety Services.
  • 1997 : Harassment Prevention Services is changed to Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services. (Ryerson 1997-1998 internal Telephone Directory).
  • 2001 (Summer) : After the resignation of Janet Mays, Director of the above umbrella office, Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services becomes its own entity, reporting directly to the Vice President Administration and Student Affairs, as per an e-mail from V.P. Administration (L. Grayson) to the Archivist (C. Doucet), 23Jul02.
  • 2012 : Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services is moved to the newly formed V.P. Office of Equity and Community Inclusion with the new name, Human Rights unit. Archival record group 294 is considered closed as of 2011.

School of Nutrition

  • University Name

Ryerson's School of Food Technology started in 1948 with a two year course in Commercial Cooking and Commercial Baking. In 1950 Home Economics was offered. In 1953 the school changed its name to Institution and Home Management. In 1961 a three Home Economics program was offered with three options - Food Administration, Fashion, and Pre-School Education. In 1967 the Teachers College option was added. In 1970 the school changed its name to the Home Economics Department. In 1972-73 they offered diploma and degree programs in Food and Nutrition. Department changed its name again in 1987 to Department of Food, Nutrition, Consumer and Family Studies, and changed again in 1997 to School of Nutrition with the program becoming Food and Nutrition.

Health and Wellness Committee

  • University Name
  • 1988-

The Health and Wellness Committee at Ryerson was established by the President's Advisory Committee on Student Life (PACOSL) in the Fall of 1988. It was created to review the possible future of the Health Centre and investigate the feasibility of developing an on-campus health and wellness centre. The Committee included representation from SURPI (Student Council), the former Health Education Study group, The Health and Safety Committee, Health Services, Student Services, Human Resources, and The Faculty of Community Services.
The Committee's mission statement was - To enable members of the Ryerson Community to achieve and maintain their optimum health and well-being potential.

Department of Psychology

  • University Name

In 1999 a part-time, degree-completion program in Justice Studies was created and administered by the Dept. of Psychology and School of Justice Studies. In 2003 the School of Justice Studies became independent of the Psychology Dept. and acquired a Chair, Dr. Colin Mooers.

Ryer's Inn

  • University Name

On February 28th, 1981, the first ever Ryer's Inn was held in Jorgenson Hall. Organized by the students of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program, it was modeled on a similar event held every year at Cornell University. A gala evening of dining and dancing to which top people in the hospitality industry were invited, was conceived, organized and run by students, volunteering their time, with faculty advisors providing guidance throughout the project. Ryer's Inn became an annual event at Ryerson until its cancellation in 1987. It was decided that the program wasn't giving a positive image to guests in the industry. The event was put on hold for re-assessment.

School of Institution and Home Management

  • University Name

The School was comprised of courses developed by the Director, Gladys A. Dobson, in Home Economics, Hotel, Resort And Restaurant Administration and Baking Administration. Gladys Dobson also helped in the development of the School's Childhood Management course.

Access Centre

  • University Name

The Access Centre provides students with disabilities accommodation services and supports needed to achieve academic success and access to the university within the provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Physical Plant and Operations

  • University Name

June 1/1990: the Department of Physical Resources is divided into two departments: Campus Planning and Construction under Director George Hume and Physical Plant Operations under Director Ron MacLean. John Ezyk resigns from his position as Director of Physical Resources but agrees to return in January 1991 to take up a 25% workload on special projects while reporting to the Vice-President Finance and Administration. In a memorandum to the Ryerson Community, it is announced that Ian Hamilton is appointed Director of the Department of Campus Planning and Facilities, effective April 20, 1998. Both the areas of Campus Planning and Construction and Physical Plant Operations are once again reunited under one department (see: 1999 Ryerson Internal Directory). See: group history under PHYSICAL RESOURCES for further information.

Ryerson Housing Comm

  • University Name

January 1972 - March 1973 Alderman David Crombie (former Director of Student Services and faculty member) chairs special committee, developed by Student Services, on Ryerson's housing problems. The committee studied and prepared documentation on requirements, based on student needs, for the construction of a student residence.

Athletic Task Force

  • University Name
  • 1973-1974

In the Winter term 1973, Vice President Academic, H. Yates, established a Task Force to consider Ryerson's philosophy on athletics, the nature and responsibility of athletic programming and the administration of athletic programming at Ryerson.

Student Housing

  • University Name
  • 1974-

Student housing consists of the various housing options offered by Ryerson University including Off-Campus Housing and Summer Housing.

Information acquired from: (Last accessed July 2017)

Ryerson Commission on Polytechnic Education

  • University Name

Report Of The Ryerson Commission On Polytechnic Education Preface: "The Commission was appointed on 25 October 1980, under the authority of the Board of Governors by Dr. Brian Segal, President of Ryerson Polytechnical Institutue and asked: - to provide, through the Board of Governors, Ryerson's response to the "Green Paper" on Polytechnic Education in Ontario to the Minister of Colleges and Universities; and - to outline general and specific policy recommendations and directions for the government and its ministries for polytechnic education in Ontario. The Commission was composed of 16 members, representing both Ryerson and the external community. We believe that this combination of internal and external expertise has enabled us to respond to the Green Paper in a manner reflecting our polytechnic style of education, which incorporates the private and public sectors on advisory committees in all programs as a means of maintaing our relevance. Our objective was to assess the future of polytechical education in a provincial and national context, rather than from a narrow, institutional point of view, because we perceive this kind of education as vital to the creation of a manpower infrastructure which will strengthen our economy in the years ahead. The Commission was asked to complete its work in a brief period and it decided to establish four separate internal study groups which were asked to do research and to report on four specific issues: societal need and its impact on polytechnic education; the characteristics of polytechnic education; government support for polytechnic education; and the impact of new technologies on polytechnic education."

Rogers Communication Centre

  • University Name

The Rogers Communications Centre was built over a two-year period (1989-1991). A ceremony was held on December 11, 1991 to mark the completion of the Centre's construction.

Administrative Information Technology Committee

  • University Name

"The Administrative Information Technology (AIT) Committee was launched to identify and define strategic directions for administrative information systems at Ryerson. The development and definition of such directions will build and expand upon the work of the Transitional Funding Committee." (Coll.Rec. 736-2 ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY REPORT, October 1996) See also: Group 602 - Transitional Funding Committee.

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

  • University Name

2003, May 6 : Academic Council approved the restructuring of the Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Department to form two separate departments :

  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  • Department of Aerospace Engineering

Ryerson Student Nutrition Action Committee

  • University Name

Ryerson Student Nutrition Action Committee A collaborative effort exists between the School of Nutrition and Ryerson Food Services to create nutrition awareness on campus. RSNAC (Ryerson Student Nutrition Awareness Committee) was formed. Third and fourth year students are hired to carry out project initiatives which include nutrition analysis, a newsletter, nutrition awareness week at Ryerson, and nutrition information for the Food Services website. Action - In 2006 called, Ryerson Nutrition Action Committee which changed to Ryerson Student Nutrition Action Committee by March 2007.

Ryerson Taskforce on Anti-Racism

  • University Name

"In the context of a number of racist incidents on campus in the past year [2007/2008], an Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) has come together at Ryerson. These incidents include defacing doors of racialized faculty; intimidation tactics of white students towards racialized faculty and students in the classroom; the undermining of racialized employees in leadership positions, with little or no repercussions for such behaviour; and death threats. Furthermore, there have been instances of anti-Semitism on campus, while incidents of Islamophobia and threats toward Muslim students and students who are allies in the anti-racism struggle have continued. The ARC is composed of employees and students concerned about racist incidents on campus and structural racism in its institutional and individual forms.After considerable discussion and two public meetings, ARC proposedthe formation of a Task Force to investigate, document and make recommendations to address these serious issues. This document presents both the context and terms of reference for the Task Force. We believe that with the steps recommended below, Ryerson can once again become a leader in diversity in one of the most diverse cities on earth." copyright 2009

Student Information and Advisement Centre

  • University Name

Department created in 2008 and consists of the Student Information and Advising Centre (SIAC). The Centre is located near the main entrance to Jorgenson Hall, room POD 144.

First Year Common Engineering Office

  • University Name

The First-Year and Common Engineering Office (FYCEO) is an independent administrative unit, within the Facutly of Engineering, Architecture, and Science, which handles the academic administrative responsibilities related to all first-year engineering student affairs. The FYCEO was created to help make students' transitions from high school to university smooth, pleasant, and successful. We invite students to visit us whenever they have questions, concerns, or comments of any sort. To answer questions and deal with concerns, we have assembled a highly experienced team of professionals, including a First-Year Academic Advisor, a Counselor, an Administrative Coordinator, and an Administrative Assistant.

Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association

  • University Name
  • 1979-

The RJAA is one of Ryerson University’s longest running alumni groups. The association, founded in 1989, annually inducts “Headliners”, recognizing exemplary journalism grads. The RJAA also organizes networking events and presents an annual student bursary.

Ceremonials Office

  • University Name
  • 2015-

In November 2015 the office split forming the new Ceremonials Office and the awards section moving under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Registrar and renamed Student Awards and Scholarship. Please see the Office of the Registrar fonds for records pertaining to this new office as of November 2016.
The newly re-organized Ceremonials office is responsible for convocation; Presidential and Chancellor installations; Employee awards - teaching and education, scholarly, research and creative activity, and service and leadership; and service milestones - 25 year club.

School of Disability Studies

  • University Name
  • 1999-

Ryerson University’s School of Disability Studies, established in 1999, is the first in Canada to offer a degree education that is strongly rooted in a disability studies perspective.

The School of Disability Studies provides part-time university education to adults with a college diploma in the disability field or other related post-secondary academic credentials and work experience in a diverse range of fields. At the end of the equivalent of approximately two years of full time study, students will receive a Bachelor of Arts, (Disability Studies) from Ryerson University.

Information acquired from: (Last accessed July 2017) (Last accessed July 2017)

Office of Equity and Community Inclusion

  • University Name
  • 2012

Based on a recommendation of the 2010 Final Report of the "Taskforce on Anti-Racism at Ryerson", Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) was established in 2012 within the Office of Provost and Vice President, Academic and under the direction of Denise O'Neil Green as its first Assistant Vice President/Vice Provost.

In April 2017, EDI became its own vice presidency office, renamed to Equity and Community Inclusion with Ms. O'Neil Green being its first Vice President.

Office of Information Services

  • University Name
  • 1969-1986

The department was founded in 1969 with David Brennan was the director of Information Services. Terry O'Conner appointed the director in 1979. In 1986 Information Services joined with Promotion Services to form the Department of Community Relations.

Digital Media Zone

  • University Name

The DMZ at Ryerson University is a business incubator and co-working space for entrepreneurs with a mandate to help startups succeed by connecting them with customers, advisors, influencers and other entrepreneurs. The Zone was established in 2010 with offices in the Dundas Square building. The Zone is run by students and open to both students and non-students to apply with business ideas and prototypes. Accepted startups receive four months of free co-working space and services (after which they can pay a membership fee to stay on), and access to seed funding and an accelerator program through Ryerson Futures Inc. (RFI), a for-profit business associated with Ryerson. The DMZ also offers an "Innovation-for-Hire" program that laccesses expertise associated with the DMZ and Ryerson University to solve real business problems for industry partners as well as an intrapreneur program.

The DMZ was the first of an network of other "zones" at the University, each specializing in growth sectors to support new entrepreneurs. Zone Learning administers to the entrepreneurial centres or zones mentoring students to create their own businesses. Digital Medial Zone (DMZ) was the first and with its success, other schools established their own zones.

The zones, include :

Biomedical Zone
Fashion Zone
Design Fabrication Zone
Digital Media Zone (DMZ), April 2010
iBoost Zone
Innovation Centre for Urban Energy (iCUE)
Legal Innovation Zone
Science Discovery Zone
SocialVentures Zone
Transmedia Zone

Information from: "About DMZ: Welcome to the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University", Digital Media Zone.

School of Distance Education

  • University Name
  • [ca. 1965 -]

Very little historical information has been written on the distance education function at Ryerson University. What is known is that distance education was a unit within the Continuing Education Division and has remained so to this day. Based on the dates of the series of distance education calendars in the Archives, it would appear that the distance education program may have been started in the mid-1960s. Also, judging by the lack of records in the Distance Education archival records group for the 1980s and 1990s, the extent of this program's activity at Ryerson during that period is unclear; it is possible that distance education was mainly the domain of Open College (see Records Group No. 7).

Chinese Students' Association

  • University Name
  • 1973-

The Ryerson University Chinese Students' Association (RUCSA) is the first established major Chinese association at the said university. With over 700 members, CSA@RU is one of the largest student associations at Ryerson University. Their main objective is to promote and encourage students to learn more about the Chinese culture.

Vision Task Group

  • University Name
  • 1996-1997

In May, 1996, President Lajeunesse called for a "visioning" process for Ryerson to answer the question: what is our collective vision of what Ryerson's academic landscape should look like five years hence? The goal of the task group was to articulate a broadly based vision of the University's academic landscape by recommending strategic directions and paths of development that the university would follow. The task group also worked to identify practical short term steps to be taken to set Ryerson on course for the achievement of that vision and to recommend broad academic priorities.

The Vision Task Group consisted of one chair appointed by the president, four appointees of the Board of Governors, six appointees of Academic Council, and three appointees of the Executive Group.

Campus Photographic Service

  • University Name
  • 1952-

The Campus Photographic Service was made up of students in the Journalism and Photographic Arts programs. They were responsible for providing photographs for the Ryersonian Newspaper, the course calendars, and the yearbook - including graduate portraits.

Women in Engineering Committee

  • University Name
  • 1990 -

In 1988 the Council of Ontario Universities released a report regarding the under representation of women in science and technology programs. In response to this, Ryerson set up a committee to look into this issue and in 1990 the Women in Engineering Committee was established with representation from staff, faculty, and students. Peter Hiscocks, professor of Electrical Engineering, was the first committee chair.
The first "Discover Engineering" camp, aimed at grade 11, was held in the summer of 1991. In its second year there were four week long camp sessions. The camp continued, eventually including girls in grades 12 and OAC. The Women in Engineering program evolved, branching out from the camps in to include support programs for women enrolled in Ryerson Engineering programs, Discover Engineering one day high school workshops, and a Discover Engineering "Go ENG Girl!" one day conference for girls in grades 7-10 and their families to participate in.
In 2001 the Women in Engineering program won the Women in Engineering Program Award from the Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (WEPAN). It was the first time the award had ever been bestowed out of the U. S. A.
The Women in Engineering Program at Ryerson, under the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science currently (2018) offers the "Go ENG Girl" one day conference for boys and girls in grades 7-10; "Go CODE Girl" one day conference for grades 7-11; the Girl Guides Engineering badge day, and the "Eureka!" summer day camp. For current female Ryerson students in Engineering they provide support that includes career prep workshops and social events. Ryerson is also part of the WEMADEIT partnership with Hydro One, Motorola solutions, and the Universities of Waterloo, Western, and UOIT. They offer events such as Youth Think Tanks, and the Feats of Engineering day long workshops.

Ryerson University Library Special Collections

  • University Name
  • 2005-

Special Collections was established in the Library in 2005 with the donation of the Kodak Canada company archives when company closed its Canadian production. The donation was made possible by Image Arts professor Robert Burley. The department was officially created in 2006 with Susan Patrick as the first Special Collections and Archives librarian.

Dean, Engineering, Architecture, and Science

  • University Name

1969-1977 Charles R. Worsley, Dean of Technology

1977-1987 - Ted Wisz, Dean of Technology

1987-1997 Dr. William E. White, Dean, Faculty of Technology

1997-2002 Derek Northwood, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

2002-2007 Dr. Stalin Boctor, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, and Applied Science.

2007- Dr. Stalin Boctor, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, and Science

Development Communication Group

  • University Name
  • 1993-

The Development Communication Group (DCG) was founded at Ryerson Polytechnic University in 1993. It was a joint venture of the Rogers Communication Centre and Ryerson International. The interdisciplinary organization was made up of representatives from its founding bodies as well as Open College, The Faculties of Applied Arts, Community Services, and Arts, University Administration, government agencies, and NGOs.

CKLN Radio

  • University Name
  • 1983-2011

From 1983 to 2011, CKLN Radio Inc. was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission as a campus-community FM radio station affiliated with Ryerson University, and broadcast at 88.1 MHz on the FM dial with the call sign CKLN-FM. It ceased FM broadcasting on April 15, 2011 after its licence was revoked on January 28, 2011

The Transitional Funding Committee

  • University Name

The Transitional Funding Committee was established in the 1992-1993 academic year to coordinate and implement a one-time adjustment fund of $22 million from the Government of Ontario to the Province's colleges and universities. This money was made available for the restructuring of information systems, the training of staff and ultimately, the provision of downsized, more streamlined administrations. Ryerson's share of the fund was $890,000 and was used to cover the up-front costs of implementing major changes in its computerized administrative information systems. Specific objectives included the establishment of better, faster and more flexible data formats; a base for more powerful information services; and increased on-line information access for the entire Ryerson Community. Projections were that Ryerson would spend $3 million over 3-5 years to implement the changes and that it would take the project 7 years to reach a steady financial state. Once that state was reached, on-going annual savings would amount to $1 million. The membership of the Transitional Funding Committee generally represented areas affected by the new systems and included at one time or another the following individuals: Janice Winton, Committee Chair (Finance); Keith Alnwick (Registrariat); Viggo Jensen (Institute Services); Bob Kurys (Faculty of Business); Larissa Allen (Human Resources); Morven Wilson (Computing and Communications Services); Arnice Cadieux (Development, Alumni and Community Relations); Scott Clarke (Internal Audit); and Richard Malinski, Project Co-ordinator (Library). On January 2, 1996, John Harkness, a 1970 Ryerson Business graduate, succeeded Richard Malinski as Project Co-ordinator and assumed the overall day-to-day direction of the Transitional Funding Project. Many of the files and records in this collection were maintained by Richard Malinski in his capacity as Project Co-ordinator and date from 1992 to 1995. They were deposited in the Archives in 1995-1996 (A.1995-004, A.1996-019). The material was received in relatively good order, although some items were reorganized and in some cases, re-arranged in chronological order. Most of the sub-series in this record group have a restricted access condition because of the sensitive and recent nature of the information. This status will be subject to re-evaluation in future years. The physical extent of this collection is 55 cm.

Department of Aerospace Engineering

  • University Name

In 1956 the Department of Aeronautical Technology was created with its first class graduated in 1959. In 1970 the name changed to Aerospace Technology. In 1974 a degree in the program was proposed. In 2003 Academic Council approves the restructuring of the Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Department to form two separate departments: the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

School of Industrial Engineering

  • University Name

1968: The initial course in Industrial Engineering Technology will be offered to third semester students in the Fall semester in September 1968. The Industrial Engineering Technology course will replace the Production Technology course (was a third year option of the Mechanical Technology course). [Program Brochure, 1968...Collection Record 652-1] On May 6, 2003, Academic Council approved the restructuring of the Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Department to form two separate departments: the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Department of Aerospace Engineering. No changes are recommended at this time to the existing arrangement of separate archival groups for these three areas. 2006: A decision was made to create a new group for the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (Mech/Industrial), closing off the two separate groups Mechanical Engineering (Group 98) and Industrial Engineering (Group 652).

International Student Support

  • University Name

International Student Services, which is now called International Student Support and was previously called International Services for Students, is a unit of Student Life, a part of Student Affairs at Ryerson University. The ISS office assists international students through a mentorship program, cultural programming, professional development, and advisory services related to immigration.

Information acquired from: (Last accessed August 2017)

Office of the Vice Principal Technology Division

  • University Name

J.W. Hazelton held the position of Vice-Principal, Technology Division from 1959 to 1964. There is no listing of the position in the RIT calendars from 1964/65 to 1968. A Dean of Technology position held by C.R. Worsley appears in the 1969 calendar.

Ryerson Faculty Union

  • University Name

The Faculty Union was an organization providing social, recreational and sports facilities for its members. Instructors and administrative staff of the Institute belonged to it, along with a few outsiders who are called "Associate Members". The Union seems to have been organized in 1950 and continued activities until about 1968 when the Ryerson Faculty Club was organized for faculty social activities. Social activities for Ryerson administrative staff were in part provided by the Ryerson Staff Association for the period 1973-1984.

Office of the Director of Faculty Affairs

  • University Name

This position was created in 1964 and first held by W.B.S. Trimble who is listed as Director of Faculty Affairs in the 1965/66 calendar. The 1966-67 and 1967-68 calendars list C.S. Temple as Director and the position is no longer listed in the R.P.I. calendars from 1969 onwards. The responsibilites of this position may have been absorbed by the V.P. Academic's area.

Rho Alpha Kappa

  • University Name
  • 1958-1972

Rho Alpha Kappa (Rho) was one of the fraternities at Ryerson that was active from 1958 to 1972. At its peak the fraternity had 168 members. Rho was Canada's only professional communications fraternity.

In 1983 the Rho Alpha Kappa Alumni Association was formed. The association holds events and activities for its members and funds an annual award for the RTA School of Media students.

Information acquired from: (Last accessed August 2017) (Last accessed August 2017)

Drama at Ryerson

  • University Name

This group was created after reviewing the documentation files "Drama" and "Drama Council". It is evident that Ryerson has produced numerous drama productions since the early 1950s, but insufficiant and conflicting information provided at this time make it difficult to determine under whose jurisdiction some of the material contained in these files should be arranged. It was therefore decided to create an umbrella group and arrange the 'Drama Council' file and the 'Drama' file materials, not already arranged under the existing groups ROW, RIOT and Theatre School, under this new group. As more information is obtained, the files will be reviewed accordingly.

Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management

  • University Name
  • 1999-

1948 Ryerson Institute of Technology offers a certificate in Business Machines.

1949-1950 certificate changes to a Diploma. Last year this course is offered

1951-1952 Secretarial Science offered for first time as a diploma

1967-1968 Business Administration offers a Business Computer Systems option

1972-1973 Secretarial Science offered as a Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA) for first time. Still option to get diploma.

1979-1980 Computer Business Systems option changes to Computer Business Information systems option. Secretarial Science changes to Secretarial and Administrative Studies (BAA).

1985-1986 Secretarial and Administrative Studies changes name to Office and Administrative Studies (BAA)

1989-1990 Office and Administrative Studies changes name to (AIM) Administration and Information Management (BAA)

1996-1997 Co-operative Education option available for AIM

1998 Proposal to restructure the curricula for the Business Administration Business Information System option and the School of Administration and Information Management into a combined School of Information Management Systems. To be debated by Curriculum Committee on 18th November.

January 1999 Academic Council approves degree in Information Technology Management, and merger of AIM and BIS into School of Information Technology. Degree approved as a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm). Kenneth Grant is appointed the first director of the School. and in March of 1999 the AIM program ended.

2000-2001Information Technology Management (ITM) listed for first time in school calendar. School has 2 options (majors) - Systems Development and Implementation, and Telecommunications Management.

2001-2002 Co-operative education program offered for first time.

January 2002 Academic Council approves a degree completion program in ITM for graduates of three-year college diplomas in business administration. Two streams- Systems Development and Implementation and Telecommunications Management are completed in 2 year, 22 course program.

2002-2003 CAAT Business Administration diploma graduate program is first offered with same options/majors as ITM.

2003-2004 new options available for ITM and CAAT students - Applications Development, Digital Media Solutions, Enterprise Systems and Organization, Knowledge and Database Management, and Telecommunications and Networks.

2004 - James Norrie appointed director of school

2006-2007 Telecommunications and Networks options changes to Telecommunications and Infrastructure Management

2008-2009 Faculty of Business renamed the Ted Rogers School of Management and subsequently ITM - The Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management. Options no longer listed for degree.

2010-2011 Senate approves change in name from Information Technology Management to Business Technology Management. The Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management retains its name. Graduates will earn a Bachelor of Commerce (Business Technology Management.)

Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services

  • University Name
  • 1993-

Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services - also known by its acronym R.A.S.S. - provides a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serves as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture.
R.A.S.S started in 1993 with the purpose of offering peer support, tutoring, cultural, events and many other services geared to develop an Aboriginal presence on campus.

The role of the office is to provide specialized services for Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit students on campus and to develop a mutually productive relationship between Ryerson and the Aboriginal Community.

The Cultural and Traditional Teachings program compliments, and supports existing services and programs.

The service provides Aboriginal students with the opportunity to spend time with Elders, to receive traditional counselling and support cultural teachings not reflected in the school curriculum. In 1998, Ryerson was home to the first traditional Pow-Pow held on a Toronto University campus. The event was part of the Aboriginal Services’ mandate to promote traditional teaching and access to aboriginal cultural events for the Ryerson Community.

R.A.S.S. invites Traditional Teachers from the Aboriginal community, to share indigenous knowledge and traditions, to teach Aboriginal history, culture and protocols. R.A.S.S. also promotes Ryerson at Aboriginal job fairs, on reserves such as the Grand River Six Nations, and at the Canadian Aboriginal Festival.

Centre for Quality Service Research

  • University Name

The purpose of the Centre for Quality Service Research was to provide research, data analysis and advisory services to business, education, and government organizations in health care, manufacturing, service industries, and tourism. The director was Judith Waalen.

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