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Student Learning Centre renamed after former Ryerson president

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By Maggie Macintosh

The Student Learning Centre (SLC) has been renamed in honour of the former Ryerson University president who oversaw the construction project from start to finish, along with his wife.

The building’s new name—the Sheldon and Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre—was unveiled on Nov. 27.

“It is an honour that is hard to imagine and as long as the building remains the building that students love, then this honour will never go away,” Levy said.

Levy was Ryerson’s president and vice chancellor for 10 years—from 2005 to 2015, until current president Mohamed Lachemi assumed the position. He is currently the CEO of NEXT Canada, a non-profit that focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship.

The SLC was a project seven years in the making, Levy said. The futuristic, eight-storey building at the corner of Yonge and Gould streets opened in winter 2015.

After the renaming event, Lachemi told The Eye that the celebration was both about the SLC renaming and the university announcing it will occupy three floors of the 85-storey condo building slated to open at Yonge and Gerrard streets, just north of the SLC. The Yonge Street Living Residences building is expected to start accepting residents in the fall of 2023.

It’s currently too early to say what university programming will be held in the new building, Lachemi said.

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