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A Toronto architectural gem officially re-opens as the Goldring Student Centre

September 18, 2013

TORONTO, ON – Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty, in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, cel­e­brates the offi­cial open­ing of the Goldring Stu­dent Cen­tre on Sep­tem­ber 25 at 6 p.m. A rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mo­ny and for­mal remarks will begin at 6:15 p.m., fol­lowed by a recep­tion and infor­mal tours.

Named in hon­our of Vic­to­ria Col­lege grad­u­ates and sib­lings Blake C. Goldring and Judy G. Goldring, the Goldring Stu­dent Cen­tre dou­bles the space of the for­mer Wymil­wood stu­dent union build­ing to 40,000 square feet. Rec­og­niz­ing the impor­tance of a wel­com­ing space for social­iz­ing and learn­ing beyond the class­room, the Goldrings con­tributed $4 mil­lion to help launch the ren­o­va­tion and con­struc­tion to cre­ate a space in which Vic stu­dents can thrive. Vic­to­ria Col­lege stu­dents com­mit­ted $7 mil­lion and alum­ni have con­tributed almost $9 mil­lion to this impor­tant project.

Toron­to-based archi­tec­tur­al firm Moriya­ma and Teshi­ma pre­served many of the icon­ic her­itage fea­tures of Wymil­wood with­in the new Goldring Stu­dent Cen­tre. Wymil­wood, built in 1952, is a his­tor­i­cal­ly list­ed build­ing. It is a rare exam­ple of a build­ing designed by notable archi­tect and for­mer dean of archi­tec­ture Eric Arthur. Arthur was one of the first to teach the Mod­ern move­ment in Cana­da. He is also known for encour­ag­ing the preser­va­tion move­ment of the 1960s and 1970s with his book Toron­to, No Mean City.  

Accord­ing to cur­rent Vic stu­dent, Nirusha Shan­mu­ganathan, “Before the Goldring Stu­dent Cen­tre, stu­dent clubs and groups were spread out all over cam­pus. Now that we are all shar­ing a space, we feel like a stronger com­mu­ni­ty. We are form­ing a crit­i­cal mass that is bound to increase stu­dent engage­ment.” Stu­dents are thrilled to be using the new space as it pro­vides a real incen­tive to stay on cam­pus to work and social­ize.

The Goldring Stu­dent Cen­tre pro­vides a much-need­ed space for stu­dent activ­i­ty on the Vic cam­pus, with space for meet­ing rooms, offices for stu­dent gov­ern­ment and more than 20 stu­dent clubs, a ren­o­vat­ed café, a two-storey lounge, an assem­bly space and the addi­tion of lock­ers for com­muter stu­dents. It will give stu­dents, espe­cial­ly those who don’t live on cam­pus, the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in extra-cur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties, join a stu­dent club, social­ize with friends, and engage in all the activ­i­ties that make for a well-round­ed stu­dent expe­ri­ence.

Who: Dr. Wendy M. Cecil, chan­cel­lor of Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty; Prof. Paul W. Gooch, pres­i­dent of Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty; Prof. David Nay­lor, pres­i­dent, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to; Blake Goldring and Judy Goldring

When: Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 25, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Where: 150 Charles Street West, Toron­to

Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty, found­ed in 1836 as Upper Cana­da Acad­e­my in Cobourg, Ont., fed­er­at­ed with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to in 1890. It com­pris­es Vic­to­ria Col­lege, an arts and sci­ence col­lege of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, and Emmanuel Col­lege, a the­o­log­i­cal col­lege of the Unit­ed Church of Cana­da. As one of the old­est uni­ver­si­ties in Cana­da, Vic­to­ria has earned a dis­tin­guished rep­u­ta­tion for excel­lence and cre­ativ­i­ty. It has grad­u­at­ed more than 40,000 stu­dents and counts among its alum­ni some of the country’s most rec­og­nized inno­va­tors, artists, aca­d­e­mics and polit­i­cal lead­ers: lit­er­ary crit­ic and schol­ar Northrop Frye, Nobel lau­re­ate and prime min­is­ter Lester B. Pear­son, pio­neer­ing doc­tor Augus­ta Stowe-Gullen, Nobel lau­re­ate and co-inven­tor of the laser Arthur Schawlow, authors Mar­garet Atwood, John Bem­rose, David Gilmour and Eliz­a­beth Hay, artist Robert Bate­man, poet Den­nis Lee, actor Don­ald Suther­land, the Hon­ourable Bill Blaikie, for­mer ambas­sador Ken­neth Tay­lor and film­mak­er Nor­man Jew­i­son.


For infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Jen­nifer Lit­tle
Office of Alum­ni Affairs and Uni­ver­si­ty Advance­ment
Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty
Tel: 416.585.4489