Music, Microservers, Marathons, and More: February Events Roundup

This February, the events calendar at Full Sail University dominated by our 8th annual Hall of Fame celebration, but, as usual, there was lots more happening on campus throughout the month. Here are a few of the month’s highlights:

  • Hall of Fame Week was held on campus from February 12-17, featuring a wide range of educational events and creative activities for students. The week kicked off with a Grammy celebration, and included a career and tech expo, interactive creative challenges, and lectures, workshops, and meet-and-greet sessions with dozens of successful grads industry experts. The week culminated in an induction ceremony, where we welcomed six new members into the Full Sail Hall of Fame. For more details and photos from the week, click here.
  • Film grad Stacy Rowe stopped by campus to speak as part of Full Sail’s Women in Film & Television January club meeting. Stacy talked about her experience working as a script supervisor for HBO, where she’s worked on shows like Girls, Divorce, Vinyl, and The Newsroom. A big part of her job involves keeping an eye out for potential continuity errors.
  • Greg Rollett, founder of multimedia branding agency Ambitious Media Group, visited campus to speak with students about creating opportunities by promoting themselves as a media brand. His experience in the entertainment industry recently helped him win an Emmy for producing Return to Esperanza with Dicks + Nanton Productions. Greg encouraged students to think of themselves as a brand and spend their time creating media.
  • Full Sail instructor Mike Fakir welcomed grad Carl Verna, Andre Mack, and Thomas Jenkins for a discussion about the evolution of hip hop as a part of the Black Student Union’s Black History Month Celebration. The group spoke to students about the creation of hip-hop for b-boys and b-girls, and how the genre created a cultural organization. Students were given an inside look at the group’s past through recounted stories about growing up with a new sound and the unification of opposing communities through music.
  • Hall of Fame inductee Leslie Brathwaite and Recording Arts grad Bianca Pernice spoke candidly with students about the future of the music industry as part of a guest lecture series for Black History Month. Leslie is a seasoned, award-winning mixer/engineer and 2015 graduate Bianca is still fairly new to the industry, so they were able to provide students with a range of perspectives.
  • James Shinault, Vice President of Festival Projects and Fan Experience at AC Entertainment, stopped by campus to speak to students about what it takes to draw and maintain crowds at festivals. As a student, Shinault built a rapport by volunteering for festivals like SXSW. In his current position, his day-to-day tasks include working with various teams to ensure that AC Entertainment’s events go off without a hitch.
  • Marcos Tamez Villarreal, the Senior Hispanic Market Consultant with Telemundo Orlando, visited campus to speak with students about the importance of a well-constructed sales pitch. He discussed combining and balancing ego and sympathy to create a dynamic sales pitch, as well as the difference between selling to a ‘suspect’ versus selling to a ‘prospect.’
  • Students and faculty got a crash course in the traditional Japanese art of shibori indigo dyeing as part of Digital Arts & Design’s “Fluid Fridays” workshop series. Indigo, a naturally occurring dye extracted from the woad plant, is used in many commercial applications, most notably to achieve the signature blue color in denim. Participants learned resist techniques like sewing, binding, and pole wrapping, resulting in vibrant textile creations.
  • Landon Owen, Senior Director of Ticket Sales & Operations at Bristol Motor Speedway, discussed his career and achievements in sales and marketing within the sports industry. Landon explained that 40 percent of all entry-level jobs in the sports industry are in ticket sales, and part of his job is to recruit for those positions. Landon continued to explain different aspects of the sales and marketing world of sports, from how they designate ticket reservations before they go on sale to reviewing the direct and indirect impacts of someone attending their events.
  • The co-owners of Track Shack, Betsy and Jon Hughes, visited Full Sail to share their story of success. The Hughes’ passion for running led to both of them working at and eventually owning Track Shack, and their current staff of 45 employees is split amongst their separate retail and event companies. Betsy and Jon still remain part of the day-to-day business at their store to maintain a personalized connection with their clients. “We have two main goals,” said Jon. “Keeping Central Florida fit, and giving back to the community.”
  • The Music Business program welcomed guest speaker Chip Schutzman, president and founder of music marketing company Miles High Productions. Since 2002, Miles High has worked with over 150 artists including Heart, Yellowcard, Coldplay, and more. Chip spoke about his journey in the industry and some of his recent projects, such as developing a VR experience for the Chainsmokers and destination travel experiences for the Dave Matthews Band.
  • Jason Powell, the Director of Technology at digital creative agency Purple Rock Scissors, visited campus to give a special presentation to students. He discussed the latest methods and deployment strategies as well as how modern deployment works for developers and clients with various requirements. Jason’s three keys to success in microservers are to document everything, automate tasks, and make the server portable.
  • To commemorate Dr. Seuss’ 113th birthday and World Book Day, Full Sail faculty and staff were invited to bring their children to the library for a celebration that included some classic Dr. Seuss books. Children of Full Sail employees gathered around to listen to The Cat in the Hat as an employee donned the main character’s signature suit. The library, which was promoting Read Across America, was decorated with Dr. Seuss banners, balloons, and provided small bites, beverages, and party favors for attendees.

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