Monday Mission, 5/14/2012
Perhaps you’ve heard of the box office success of The Avengers. Perhaps you have not heard of the Samford connection. Thanks to Robin Snyder, assistant professor of art, for passing along our story for the week: “Jed Miller (son of Nancy Miller, associate registrar) had completed a computer engineering degree from another institution but decided to follow his passion of animation. He enrolled at Samford and received his BS in Art in the fall of 2002. As he was working through theSamford art degree requirements, Dr. Lowell Vann was instrumental in helping him refine his portfolio so that he could apply to film schools. Other art faculty were also important in his development. Upon receiving his degree from Samford, Jed was accepted into the Vancouver Film School. Since his graduation from Vancouver, Jed has worked with and been employed by George Lucas and other well-known directors and animators. Jed's film credits include Rango and The Avengers.
The world is better because Samford people are animated. (Give me a break; this is finals week.)
ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.