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University Advancement | December 2018  


Top stories of 2018

Collage of images of top stories of 2018


Double Anniversary

In 2018, Ryerson marked 70 years as a post-secondary education institution and 25 years as a university. We invited you to share your stories and memories with us and share you did! Your treasured memories were folded into a series of Ryerson Connection articles. The stories that really got your attention? “You’ve come a long way, baby,” a then and now pictorial that showcased the evolution of the campus and the “25 from 70” alumni profile series which featured 25 graduates from the past 70 years and the interesting things they’ve done with their Ryerson education.


A stroll down memory lane

We had you reminiscing when we said farewell to O’Keefe House — a beloved student residence on campus for generations of students. Former residents remember the house as a place where lifelong friendships were made, where strong pride of association drove volunteerism and social activism, and where everyone was welcome regardless of their field of study. In this video, original O’Keefers share what the house meant to them.


Trailblazing women

When alumnae are leading the way in their fields, our readers love to hear about it! Our stories about Robyn Doolittle, Journalism ’06, Toni Morgan, Arts and Contemporary Studies ’14, and three tech entrepreneurs Anowa Quarcoo, Journalism ’09, Carolyn Van, Business Management ’09, Avery Swartz, Theatre Performance (Production) ’03, all came out on top as some of your most-read stories.


Lotto winner gives youth a sporting chance

Who can forget the philanthropic Jason Rinaldi? He’s the Lotto 6/49 winner whose gift to Rams Care will make it possible for 500 kids from priority neighbourhoods to attend summer camps and after-school programming next year. Rams Care works with local schools in underserved communities to bring kids to campus for games, camps and special events, while providing Ryerson athletes with leadership and mentorship opportunities. This good news story really struck a chord with Ryerson Connection readers.


New lecture series

We also launched, to much success, our Intersections: Mind and Action on the Road series, bringing Ryerson’s top minds to your communities to speak on subjects that matter to you. Our story about Brad Poulos’ talk, Weed is legal: What does it mean for you?, was as much a hit with readers as the discussion was with the live audience at the event. Stay tuned for more Intersections events in the new year.  


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