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 stulife@arts.ryerson.ca.

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: http://www.rsuonline.ca/index.php?section_id=110.

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!



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