On June 8, RTA celebrated its 2015 graduating class with a convocation ceremony in the Ryerson Theatre. One graduate, Max Cotter, is particularly deserving of a special mention. Max took home the Ryerson Gold Medal, the most prestigious faculty-wide award offered to graduating students. Recipients are selected based on outstanding academic achievement and participation in co-curricular and extracurricular activities within Ryerson and/or the community.
Max, who has been on the Dean's List every year since admission to RTA's media production program, has been recognized by numerous awards. A gifted media producer, he won a TARA award for best production practicum, for which he was the director/writer/editor, and was the recipient of the Matt Jesson Award, The Ernest O. Swan memorial Scholarship, the Ross Video Scholarship, and the Sony of Canada Charitable Foundation Scholarship, to name a few. During his time at RTA, Max has worked as a teaching assistant for various courses, a research assistant to Dr. Greg Elmer for one semester and for two years with Dr. Michael Murphy; with whom he continues to work at the AccessFabrik Lab. He has also presented a major research paper under Ryerson University's name in Berlin, Germany, at the prestigious 136th Audio Engineering Society conference, volunteered with RTA's SpiritLive radio station, for which he was awarded the best Spirit show for two consecutive years, and helped launch Ryerson's new AM radio station, The Scope.
Outside of Ryerson, Max has spent the past year constructing and renovating his own recording studio, Coach House Sound, with fellow RTA students. Here, he continues to record local independent bands and develop non-profit educational workshops in audio. Max continues to make important contributions to Ryerson University and the community at large, and as one of RTA's most accomplished students, we wish him every success.