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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday encouraged Troy University graduates to apply their knowledge and skill to make a difference in their communities.
Speaking to nearly 650 students taking part in Friday’s spring commencement ceremony in Trojan Arena, Gov. Bentley told graduates they were embarking on a “new journey.”
“This is a great accomplishment to receive your diploma after years of hard work,” he said. “Now, you enter the next phase of your life, the next challenge, the next opportunity. No matter where you go from here, you have the chance and you can make the choice to be what I like to call a servant leader.”
Gov. Bentley said true leadership includes remaining true to one’s values and core principles.
“In order to be a leader, you must be a follower,” he said. “Not a follower of other people, but rather a follower of principles. The most effective leaders adhere to a core set of values that shape every decision they make. Such values include keeping your word and the willingness to make difficult decisions, even if you know those decisions might be unpopular.”
Gov. Bentley told graduates that they emerge with their diplomas in some very challenging times.
“Our nation and our state face unique and difficult circumstances. We have the hope of a brighter future, but we know that some difficult times still lie ahead,” he said. “As you go forward from here, I want to encourage you to stand strong, to adhere to your values and to assume the role of a servant leader.”
The spring graduating class included some 915 students who filed intents to graduate, including some 825 from the Troy Campus alone. Students participating in Friday’s ceremony represented 27 states and 14 countries.
Following the awarding of diplomas, Gov. Bentley was presented with an honorary doctorate by TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. and Gerald O. Dial, President Pro Tem of the University’s Board of Trustees.
|Alabama Governor Robert Bentley addresses Troy University graduates on Friday during spring commencement ceremonies in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.|
|Gerald O. Dial, President Pro Tem of the Troy University Board of Trustees, and TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., present Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley with a honorary doctorate during Friday's spring commencement ceremony on the Troy Campus. Gov. Bentley encouraged graduates to take the knowledge and skills they have learned at TROY and become servant leaders who make a difference in their communities.|
TROY – Troy University and the Cannes Film Festival have something in common: a music industry major from Mobile.
Paul Melancon, who graduates with a bachelor’s degree from the John M. Long School of Music today, 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 a “pitch package” 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 un-paid internship. In addition to his composing, Vincent is an award-winning and internationally recognized conductor, performer, orchestrator, arranger and music producer – composing 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 “DragonAge2” and “Mass Effect 3” have made him a staple in video game trailer music.
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 after college.
“I have a foothold to return to L.A.,” he said, noting that’s his post-commencement plans after spending a few days with family and friends in Mobile.
“The Music Industry Program gave me the versatility I needed to be successful,” he said. “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.”
|Troy University graduate Paul Melancon, a music industry major from Mobile, earned official credits for music composition on an international independent feature film that will be screened later this month at the Cannes Film Festival in France. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)|
TROY – In an effort to make college more affordable and to encourage students to complete their academic programs quickly, Troy University is making 500 new scholarships available to new students.
Under the program, qualified students – 400 seeking bachelor’s degrees and 100 seeking graduate degrees – will receive a refund of the application fee and credits for tuition valued at approximately $3,000.
“The University is trying to help students stretch their money to make a college degree more affordable,” said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of Global Campus. “The scholarship will help our adult students to stay on track with their programs once they’ve begun.”
To be eligible, all students must enroll at either a Global Campus site, Dothan, Montgomery, Phenix City campus or online through eTROY between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013 and not receive any other University-funded scholarship during their time of attendance.
Incoming students may apply for scholarship online at www.troy.edu. Priority for awards will be based on the date application packages are completed and will be announced in August 2013. Recipients will be issued certificates indicating their awards and application fee refunds.
Additionally, for those seeking a bachelor’s degree, students must be unconditionally admitted and have a 2.5 high school grade point average, or, for transfer students, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or a GED score of at least 550. Bachelor’s degree students must successfully complete 18 semester credits per year, and complete their degree program no longer than five years from start. They must complete a minimum of 48 hours at TROY.
Those seeking graduate degrees must be unconditionally admitted to a graduate degree program, successfully complete 15 semester credits per year and complete their degree in two years.
Tuition for the final nine hours of the bachelor’s degree, or the final six hours of the graduate degree, will be covered by the University upon verification of eligibility by providing an official academic evaluation to the scholarship coordinator. This process must be completed prior to registration for the final credit hours.
Students seeking associate degrees or certificates are not eligible.
“This is a way to reward successful adult students who work hard and stay on track to complete their degree programs, as well as an opportunity to fill a void for financial assistance to those students who otherwise have no scholarship opportunities,” said Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
“We want to reward hard work and dedication to degree completion,” he said.
For more information regarding applying to TROY, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-414-5756, or visit online at www.troy.edu.
Access the form at: https://forms.troy.edu/forms/scholarship/admissions/horizonscholarship.html.