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Giving student space a makeover

Student proposals wanted on how to improve common areas

Ryerson students with creative ideas on how to refresh tired looking student spaces could see their visions realized this year. All students are being invited to submit proposals on how they would design and improve an existing student space such as a student common area or club space.

"As most Ryerson students live off campus, we realize how important it is that students have a comfortable and attractive place to 'land' between classes and labs," said Alan Shepard, provost and vice president, academic. "Such informal space is essential to the student learning experience, and we want students to have functional places for group work, quiet reading, collaboration and social engagement."

Students are encouraged to get creative and collaborate with their peers on their submissions, including students from outside their own programs. Proposals should focus on cosmetic and design enhancements such as lighting, furniture, paint and equipment like microwaves, but no structural construction can be undertaken. To ensure success, interested students are encouraged to contact Student Life Programs staff who will put them in contact with university resources to help them develop their proposal.

Both Sanjid Anik, vice-president, programming and outreach, Continuing Education Students' Association of Ryerson, and Caitlin Smith, president, Ryerson Students' Union, say this initiative underscores how important space is for Ryerson students. For Anik, it is an "important step forward in helping to create a stronger sense of community," and for Smith, she is excited to see what students come up with. "We are strong advocates for accessible, student-friendly space on campus so hopefully this project will create more of these spaces."

All submissions will be reviewed and selected by students who currently sit on the Project Funding Allocation Committee for Students, what is known as P-FACS. Successful submissions will be announced in winter 2012 and the student recipients will see their ideas come to life during the winter semester. Funding for this initiative has been made available through the Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic, the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students and P-FACS.

The submission deadline is November 24. For detailed information and support on creating a proposal, visit here.


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