Full Sail University Announces 4th Annual Hall of Fame Celebration Week

WINTER PARK, FL, January 31, 2013 – Full Sail University is proud to announce the 4th Annual Hall of Fame celebration week featuring the induction ceremony of the 2012 class of the Full Sail University Hall of Fame on February 15, 2013 on Full Sail’s campus in Winter Park, Florida. The induction ceremony is the highlight of a series of campus-wide special events scheduled to take place from February 13-16, 2013.

Full Sail’s 4th Annual Hall of Fame Week is sponsored by Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America, with additional sponsors Adobe, Avid, CDW, ESPN, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, and WWE.

The university will welcome celebrity and industry friends of Full Sail and among those scheduled to appear at the February 15 induction ceremony and participate in Hall of Fame Week include: GRAMMY® award-winning audio engineer and music producer Bruce Swedien, Academy Award-winning visual effects artist and producer Ed Jones, ESPN’s Senior Vice President, Content and Information Technology Kevin Stolworthy, ESPN’s Vice President of Emerging Technology Anthony Bailey, former NARAS President and music attorney Al Schlesinger, Live Nation’s Senior Vice President of Global Operations Craig Evans, actor and television personality John O’Hurley, founding member of the GRAMMY®- nominated multi-platinum selling group 98 Degrees Jeff Timmons, former NFL Super Bowl winning running back Ricky Watters, GRAMMY®-nominated multi-platinum hip hop group the Nappy Roots, Senior Vice President of Special Events at WWE John Saboor, Meyer Sound’s Live Audio and Education Specialist Buford Jones (who has mixed on tour for Eric Clapton, Prince and Pink Floyd), Google’s Cherie Hannouche, People Magazine writer and New York Times best-selling author Steve Helling, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz, Charles Divins, Lisa Spooner, Lance Smith and Jessica Reyes, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated lifestyle show Life Love Shopping, Andrea Jackson and Michelle Yarn, Wilspro Management’s Debbie Wilson and Doug Shaw, and Orlando Predators Defensive End R-Kal Truluck.

The mission of the multi-day celebration is to acknowledge past Hall of Fame inductees, honor and induct the newest members (comprised of six Full Sail graduates), and to provide one-of-a-kind educational experiences showcasing entertainment and media industry leaders. Guest lectures and panel discussions will take place featuring many of the guests listed above, as well as all of the new Hall of Fame inductees and nine previous inductees. Portions of the week will be streamed live to the university’s online students.

In addition, a number of Hall of Fame week music-related events will be held on the university’s campus highlighted by a free public concert at 8pm EST on Thursday, February 14 by singer/songwriter and Vanguard Records artist, Marc Broussard (www.marcbroussard.com). The concert will be held in the university’s on-campus state-of-the-art performance venue, Full Sail Live.

“Hosting our annual Hall of Fame celebration week allows us to take time to reflect upon the vast and tremendous accomplishments of our alumni, while inspiring our university as a whole,” said Full Sail University President, Garry Jones. “It is my great pleasure to thank all of our students, staff, educators, guests, friends, industry leaders, inductees, and sponsors, both past and present, who will be celebrating with us throughout the 4th Annual Hall of Fame Week.”

For more information on this year’s Hall of Fame inductees and a full listing of their credits, please visit: http://www.fullsail.edu/about/press-room/full-release/2012-10-01-full-sail-announces-hall-of-fame-inductees

Additional information regarding events, special guests, and sponsors will be announced, as we get closer to Hall of Fame Week. Please visit our mobile-optimized site http://halloffame.fullsail.edu for more details, and follow @FullSail to join the #FullSailHOF conversation on Twitter.

About Full Sail University:

Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.

Full Sail offers on-campus and online Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree programs in areas related to animation, art, business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.



Laura Ascione