Things We’ll Be Looking Out For in 2011 or Top 5 for 2011

by julia.hanigsberg | January 2nd, 2011

As I’m reading and surfing in 2011 I’ll be looking out for ways to make Ryerson services and projects the best they can be, to inspire confidence in all we do and to support and enhance our incredible team. Here are 5 ideas I’ve got my eyes on.

  1. Communication. Collaboration. I’ll be looking at enhancing how we get information out on everything from our construction projects, technology alerts and University policies. Tell us how we can keep you better informed  about  what we’re up to and what you are interested in hearing about. How can we better work together and, to use a worn out phrase, break down silos to make everyone we work with look better and do better?
  2. Cloud Computing. U of Alberta has concluded an agreement with Google for email and calendaring. University of Toronto is also considering cloud computing for its email and calendaring needs. Some in the Ryerson community are looking at whether we should be considering these options. Stay tuned for a conference this winter sponsored by the Academic Computing Advisory Committee (ACAC), Computing and Communications Services (CCS) and the Law Research Centre.
  3. Innovation. Let’s focus on small changes that can make big improvements to our day to day lives.  What are the innovative solutions that are right under our noses? Over the years we’ve been working at ways to make services better at Ryerson. For example, if you see something that isn’t as clean as it should be or isn’t working, custodial or repair requests can be easily made online or by a quick call to ext 5091. What improvements can we continue to make? Here’s a quick read to jump start your creativity.
  4. Food. In a year when Chef Jamie Kennedy is made a member of the Order of Canada and our neighbor the MaRS Centre  hosts the Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit it seems like something is going on with food. What are the healthiest, most environmentally sustainable, economical and delicious alternatives. And when does Salad King reopen! (Follow them on Twitter like I do to make sure you keep up with their progress: @SaladKingTO).
  5. Ryerson Builds. And of course 2011 will bring more exciting developments to the look and feel of our campus. Stay tuned for a sneak peek at what our architectural team of Snohetta/Zeidler have come up with for the design of the Yonge/Gould Street development.  We’ll also see the opening of the Image Arts Building and Ryerson Gallery and the Maple Leaf Gardens Athletics Centre in the fall.

I’m always interested in hearing from you. Stay in touch: or @Hanigsberg

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