John takes a moment, on his birthday, to contemplate the things he's learned, and what he really, truly, knows.
07 Apr 2016

Appreciating Life’s Lessons: 44 Things I Know

Today is my 44th birthday, and I’ve noticed that something unexpected has happened to me as I get older. I think more about stuff that

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Barack Obama gives the State of the Union.
22 Jan 2016

Four Questions for Higher Education from Obama’s Final State of the Union

I was a political science major in undergrad but, to be honest, I had no real clue why. I changed majors half-dozen times (it was

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As a new dawn rises over an old horizon, a half finished ship stands amidst its scaffolding, awaiting the future.
09 Nov 2015

Building the Ship in “Leadership”: Learning from Our SA Mentors

#RyersonSA proudly presents Building Ships, an article series written by several Senior Student Affairs Executives from Canada and the U.S., sharing their perspectives of the

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Be Good. Be Different.
23 Oct 2015

Good + Different

At the RyersonSA 2015 Fall Summit meeting, John Austin, Executive Director of Student Affairs, gave this speech as his wrap-up to the day, and as

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19 Jan 2015

6 Life Lessons I Learned From Dolly Parton

I love Dolly Parton. Like, I really love her. It started in my childhood in North Carolina in the late 70s and early 80s, when

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11 Sep 2014

Sept 2014 #RyersonSA Staff Update Announcement

As we embark on another academic year, we’re also wrapping up a busy 6 month period of hiring and organizational realignment in Student Affairs. I’m

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30 Jul 2014

New Creative Unit + Staff Announcements

From Executive Director, John Austin Hi #RyersonSA and friends – As you’re probably aware, we’ve continued with some hiring and reorganization this summer, and I’m

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03 Jul 2014

Exciting Times in #RyersonSA

Dear Student Affairs staff and friends, I hope you all had a lovely long Canada Day weekend and you’ve settled into your summer routine.  I’m

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