The six graduates inducted into the Full Sail University Hall of Fame on April 20, 2009 were unanimously selected by a Full Sail committee based on their commitment to their profession and career in the industry for more than a decade, as well as the model they have set for the Full Sail community at large.
The inaugural group consists of Sebastian Krys, a multiple GRAMMY®-award winning producer and engineer; Cordy Rierson, an accomplished producer who has worked on major feature film and game releases; Gary Rizzo, an Oscar-winning re-recording mixer; Steve Switaj, a motion control camera operator who as worked on films like Coraline and The Matrix; Phil Tan, a two-time GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer; and Jayson Whitmore, an acclaimed digital artist who is currently the creative director of his own agency.
The six graduates were inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony that included a series of videos and speeches from the likes of GRAMMY®-winning recording artist Anthony Hamilton, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences President Neil Portnow, Chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures Thomas Tull, and filmmaker Kevin Smith.
The day following the ceremony, the Hall of Fame inductees spent time with current Full Sail students by participating in on-campus workshops and sharing their skills and insight within their respective fields. Rierson, Krys, Whitmore, and Switaj all met with students for Q&A sessions, while Tan demonstrated his session mixing techniques in Full Sail's Studio B and Rizzo offered advice on student film projects screened at the Dubbing Stage.