FROM THE DESK OF THE CHANCELLOR
It is one of my favorite axioms that we don’t
make widgets at Troy University, we shape minds
and in the process we shape value systems as well.
I am convinced that fewer and fewer of our peer
universities are paying attention to values education
and leadership development. That’s a shame, because
the benefits of a college experience should extend far
beyond the walls of the classroom.
The cover story of this issue of the Troy
University Magazine takes a look at many of our
signature value-based initiatives, including our new
faith-based residence hall. We also shine the light on
two of our newer student organizations, the 101 Elite
Men and the M.I.S.S. Elite society. These outstanding
young people are dedicated to modeling the very best
in personal behavior and academic excellence. They
are making a difference and I am so proud of all they
are doing. Representatives of these organizations
recently made a presentation to our Board of
Trustees, who were favorably impressed by both the
students and their ambitious program of work.
This issue also profiles the new president of our
Alumni Association, Mr. Jerry Williams, who has made
raising funds for the creation of new scholarships
for deserving students. I appreciate Mr. Williams’
dedication to providing opportunities for students to
gain the TROY experience and hope you will support
those valiant efforts.
This issue also profiles an alumnus who serves as
commanding officer of Marine Helicopter Squadron
One as well as an alumnus who has been named
the Secretary of Law Enforcement for the State of
Alabama. This issue also takes a look at an alumnus’
first visit to the Troy Campus.
On the international front, this issue includes
information about the success of our Confucius
Institute, which recently received a major award.
I also would like to congratulate Coach Bobby
Pierce and the baseball team on winning the Sun
Belt Conference regular season championship and
advancing to the championship round of NCAA
regional play. They provided some wonderful
moments for us all, including two wins over Alabama
in NCAA regional play. Some of the highlights of the
season, as well as some of the individual recognition
received by our players is covered in this issue.
You will also find inside information on our annual
homecoming celebration, which is scheduled to take
place the weekend of October 5-6. This promises to
be an exciting weekend, as the Trojans take on in-state
rival South Alabama in the Jaguars’ first visit to Veterans
Memorial Stadium. I look forward to seeing you there!
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.
Troy University and the Cannes Film Festival have something
in common: a music industry major from Mobile.
Paul Melancon, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s
degree from the John M. Long School of Music, has something
most freshly minted music majors don’t see for many years:
composing credits in a film being screened at Marche du Film
during the international film festival in France.
“It’s almost unheard of to have a student intern gaining official
composer credits in their internship,” he said. “It’s a rare thing
and a very special thing.”
That process started a semester ago, in Robert W. Smith’s music
industry senior practicum where the students had to develop “pitch
packages” on themselves and market themselves in order to secure
the semester-long internship needed for degree completion.
Jay Vincent, a television and film composer in Los Angeles,
Calif., was the target of one of Melancon’s pitches and agreed
to take him on in the unpaid internship. In addition to his
composing, Vincent is an award-winning and internationally
recognized conductor, performer, orchestrator, arranger and
music producer who composed the 2012 Golden Globe
Awards original music. His work on the top-rated television
series “LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu” and his close
collaboration with EA on “Dragon Age 2” on trailers for “Dragon
Age2” and “Mass Effect 3” have made him a staple in video game
Vincent has also amassed many feature film credits, among his
television and advertisement work.
It was his current scoring of “El Regreso de Elias Urquijo,”
a Spanish film by award-winning director Roque Madrid, that
landed Melancon, a 2006 Alma Bryant High School graduate, his
credits on the world independent movie stage. The film is still in
production, and as such, isn’t an official entry at Cannes.
“Initially, I was doing administrative work, until Jay saw my
skills in technical and musical areas and he started giving me
more responsibilities on the projects. That’s pretty unheard of in
an internship in music,” Melancon said.
That writing ended up in scenes that were scored by
Melancon. He had already earned Vincent’s trust in work with
EA and in “LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles,” where one
of his small pieces found its way into the Cartoon Network’s
miniseries. He also worked on editing the original music
composed by John Williams.
While “Elias” is still in production and won’t be submitted
to Cannes for adjudication until next year, Melancon said the
experience – and the ability to network with other professionals
in Hollywood – will give him a boost in finding work now that
he has graduated.
“I have a foothold to return to L.A.,” he said. “The music
industry program gave me the versatility I needed to be
successful. You have to be musically inclined, but you have
the skill set to work with – the technology, and the business
knowledge. You have the opportunity (in the program) to wear
multiple hats and you’re able to do multiple jobs.”