Winter Park, FL (PRWEB) September 1, 2007
Full Sail Real World Education (http://www.fullsail.com) is proud to announce that The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) has awarded Audiotronics Course Director, Hunter Menning, the 2007 "Instructor of the Year" and graduate, Samuel Aaron Hall, "Graduate of the Year."
Menning, who was also the recipient of the distinguished Top Gun Award in 2004, a Full Sail awards program that honors excellence in education, is a 17-year veteran of Full Sail. Mennings' courses repeatedly receive critique scores nearing a perfect 100, and numerous students as well as graduates have gone out of their way to express their appreciation for the role his course instruction has played in their professional endeavors. Menning is the first Full Sail Course Director to receive the "Instructor of the Year" honors.
The ACCSCT is Full Sail's national accreditation agency, and honors one educator per year as the culmination of a rigorous nomination and selection process. The award letter reflected Hunter's commitment to his students stating, "It is the Commission's intent to recognize your excellent teaching practices and the significant contributions that you have made towards the development of an innovative, unique and effective program which serves student needs in the best possible manner."
Full Sail graduate Hall, served as Salutatorian of his class with a 3.14 GPA on December 19, 2003 and achieved an Associate of Science Degree in Digital Media. He also went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Digital Arts & Design in 2007. The remarkable quality about Hall is that he entered the extremely challenging Full Sail degree program and later the industry, while also being profoundly deaf. Post graduation, Hall interned with One World Post as an Avid/Graphic Design Intern in California where he worked on television shows and movies such as MTV's "Pimp My Ride," VH1'S "Motormouth" and "Great Cars" featured on PBS.
After Hall's internship was completed, he relocated to Orlando, FL, and began working with Freeze Frame as a Graphic Artist, designing and developing graphic overlays for various events. Hall later served as a designer creating brochures, flyers, magazine ads, special promotions and 3-dimensional product models for client websites and print media for PRB Design firm.
Director of Student Affairs, Debbie Mills, said, "Aaron was the first profoundly deaf student we had enrolled at Full Sail. After consulting with a specialist who worked with Aaron throughout his life teaching sign language and lip reading skills, we elected to purchase special software for Aaron that would record each word the instructor said during lecture. Aaron's eagerness to learn allowed him to eventually bypass the software and he graduated with the second highest grade point average in the class."
Both Hall and Menning will be officially honored during the ACCSCT Professional Development Conference awards ceremony on October 4, 2007, in San Francisco, CA.
Garry Jones, President of Full Sail has further stated, "Everyone at Full Sail is proud of the work, the dedication, and the passion that both Hunter and Aaron exemplify each and every day. It is outstanding for their talents to be acknowledged and appreciated."
ACCSCT (Full Sail's national accreditation agency) is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency, is dedicated to ensuring a quality education for more than 220,000 students who annually pursue career education at more than 800 ACCSCT accredited institutions.
About Full Sail:
Since 1979, Full Sail Real World Education, a college outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry.
With over 25,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tour seven out of the last seven years. Full Sail's 178-acre campus proudly welcomes over 5,000 students from 50 states and 37 countries. Currently, Full Sail offers degrees in the following disciplines: Master of Science Degree in Entertainment Business; Bachelor of Science Degrees in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Film, Game Development and Music Business; Associate of Science Degrees in Graphic Design, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring.
Students experience a "real world" education with a professional class structure of 8-12 hours per day and a 24-hour around the clock schedule which earned Full Sail the "Most Innovative Program" Award by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The college has also been named: "The Harvard of Game Schools" by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three "New Media Schools" by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the "Best Music Programs" in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the "Best Music Business Departments" in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.
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