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Message From the Chair

I am pleased to announce the re-introduction of RTA Spotlight, and the timing couldn't be better given the busy year we've had so far! Last fall we welcomed seven new inductees into our Alumni Wall of Fame, distributed over $90,000 in scholarships at our annual RTA Awards ceremony, broadcasted over 75 games through our Rams Live initiative, and held events and happenings including New Media Day and the third Annual RTA Winter Gala. Now, four weeks into the Winter term, it's hard to believe that Practicum submissions are just around the corner. RTA has many exciting events coming up including the 39th annual TARA awards show and the annual New Media Exhibit - META. Each day I am amazed at the boundless talents and creativity of our students, faculty and alumni. All it takes is one glance at this newsletter to appreciate the range of skills, innovations and accomplishments of the RTA community. I couldn't be prouder to represent you as Chair, and I look forward to seeing and supporting your endeavours this semester.

Michael Coutanche 
Chair, RTA School of Media 


Dana Lee Wins Prestigious Teaching Awards

Dana Lee has been awarded the 2017 Ryerson University President's Award for Teaching Excellence for demonstrating outstanding teaching efforts and contributing to teaching and learning advancements at Ryerson. This award closely follows Dana's recognition as one of Ontario's most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) in September.

RTA Wall of Fame 2016

RTA’s fifth annual Wall of Fame event took place on October 1st during Alumni Weekend. Inductees included Ted Darling (RTA ‘58) [Posthumous], Jessica Holmes (RTA ‘98), Jennifer Lynn (RTA ‘81), Mark Milliere (RTA ‘88), Matt Bishop (RTA ‘02), J.J. Johnson (RTA ‘02), and Blair Powers (RTA ‘02). Congratulations to all of our highly accomplished alumni!

Enter to Win 1 Year Adobe Subscription

Global Campus Network is hosting a Video Contest. Showcase your creativity and share your global perspectives by February 28th for a chance to win a 1-year Adobe Creative Cloud Membership!

Exclusive Coverage of 2017 CIS Women's Volleyball Championship

Rams Live will be the exclusive producer of all live broadcasts of the 2017 U SPORTS Women's Volleyball Championship. The event will be hosted by Ryerson at the MAC from March 17-19.


Before the winter break, CURTAS helped us get into the holiday spirit with a number of events including the Ugly Holiday Sweater Party on November 24th and the third annual Winter Gala on December 3rd. For updates on upcoming events visit or follow @RTACurtas on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Rams Live on Rogers TV
(Cable 10/63)
Sat Feb 4 from 2pm to 10pm
Basketball & Volleyball
(Men's and Women's)

The TAKEOVER Returns
(All female live volleyball broadcast)
Sat Feb 18 @ 4pm

GCN Video Contest Deadline
Tues Feb 28 @ 11:59pm
Contest Entry

Vision Media Conference
Sat Mar 4 (All Day)
Event Website

2017 U SPORTS Women's Volleyball Championship
Fri Mar 17 - Sun Mar 19 @ MAC
Get Tickets

The 39th Annual TARA Awards
Thurs Apr 13
Event Website


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Mikael Melo (3rd Year) brought 22 FCAD students together to create Patience - The Story of a Broken Heart.

Karin Kazakevich (3rd Year) and six other Media Production students will launch Vision Media Conference in March.
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Lulu Tanenbaum (4th Year) has been appointed to the role of Art Director for META.

Mackenzie Willis and Spencer Houghton (3rd Year) will showcase a new installation for the Allan Slaight Radio Institute in the coming weeks.
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Hung Le (2nd Year) created #model4camh in November to raise money and awareness for CAMH. 

Jaime Hills (2nd Year) has been recognized by the RAMS Live staff for her excellent analysis and colour commentary work.

* Read more about the above stories here


Rams Live: Growth & What's Next
Fall 2016

New Media Day: Success & Community
November 26, 2016

RTA Awards: Winners & More
November 21, 2016

Transmedia Zone: A Semester in Review
Fall 2016

Global Campus Network: Live Show Discusses the U.S. Election
November 4, 2016

RTA Visits the Beaverton
November 1, 2016


Dr. Laurie Petrou was awarded the inaugural Half the World Global Literati Award for her novel, Sister of Mine, in July. The prestigious international award recognizes an unpublished work that reflects the complexity of women’s lives, has at its heart a central female protagonist, and comes with a prize of $50,000 USD.

Joe Recupero’s documentary, A Dark Room, which deals with the topics of concussions in hockey and the mental health effects that can result from these injuries, was purchased by the National Film Board of Canada and aired on the CBC’s Documentary channel in November. 


RJ Lackie (RTA '13) created Inhuman Condition, which has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (CSA) for Best Original Series for Digital Media - Fiction.

Faustine Pelipel (RTA '15) is nominated for a CSA for Best Sound in a Non-Fictin Program for Real Vikings: Age of Invasion.

Bailey Parnell (RTA ‘15) was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network.

Evie Yannakidis (RTA '15) has been nominated for a Shorty Award in the Younower of the Year category.

Anthony Suen (RTA ‘14) received the first Youth Media Alliance (YMA) Andra Sheffer Scholarship.

Melissa Scicluna and Mary Gyulay (RTA ‘16) premiered their short film, VIABLE, at the Orlando Film Festival.

Talia Schlanger (RTA ‘13) joined World Cafe at WXPN in Philadelphia as Contributing Host and Radio Producer.

Kevin Shaw (RTA '03 and RTA MA '10) created and launched TellMe TV, a Netflix-like service for people who are visually impaired.

* Read more about the above stories here
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