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Nick Mendoza

Nick Mendoza is the creative services manager for Arts Production in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University.

In 2015, BYU Arts Creative was presented with the coveted Copper Ingot Award by AIGA for their 2014-2015 season brochure. Mendoza personally received the professional development scholarship for his work. He used the funds to attend the 2015 UCDA Conference in Orlando.

On February 26, 2016, BYU Arts Creative received a Grand Gold Award in Design and Photography for the Contemporary Dance Theatre poster created by Mendoza and Sam Reed and a Bronze Award of Excellence in poster design for the Jazz Showcase Poster designed by Nicolina Brown from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII.

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Jordan Kamalu

Jordan Kamalu recently graduated Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in commercial music.

Before college, Kamalu had already received two awards for composing music including the National PTA Reflections contest. Kamalu was accepted into Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. After a year of attendance, he transferred to BYU to finish his education.

Kamalu received an email that the BYU animation team was accepting composition submissions for their animation short, Papa. The animation team selected Kamalu’s score to finalize for Papa. Kamalu went on to use the BYU Chamber Orchestra to record the score and received a nomination for a student Emmy nomination.

He also worked with George Nelson to write and create the musical, Trailer Trash, later called Single Wide. This project was funded by a 2014 grant from the Laycock Center. The script was selected as a Next Link Project to be performed at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMTF). It is a tremendous honor, and Single Wide will receive a complete production at the festival with a budget, dramaturgy support and access to workshops and agents.

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George Nelson

George Nelson is presently a professor at BYU with a dual appointment in the David O. McKay School of Education and the College of Fine Arts and Communications. He currently advises Divine Comedy.

The curriculum he has created has been used internationally to help teachers and trainers better reach their dramatic learners. Nelson travels extensively giving workshops, lectures, and in-service training for teachers, professors, and administrators.

In 2013, Nelson directed BYU's Microbust Theatre Festival production, which consisted of seven ten-minute plays written by BYU students. The production was performed in February 2014 at the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) in Los Angeles, where it was recognized for distinguished achievements in Production of a New Work,

In 2015, Nelson directed BYU's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast with Mark Johnson as musical director and Becky Phillips as choreographer. Although the songs and scenes remained the same as the animated film, Nelson directed the play to focus more on the spiritual aspects of unconditional love and redemption than the movie throughout the play. The production focused more on humanistic changes and the beast inside of people rather than the outward expressions of magic and fantasy as portrayed in the animated film.

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1. To create a record of the organizational roots of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University and its departments, places, significant events, professors, students, alumni, friends, and benefactors – and how they have contributed over time toward fulfilling the mission of Brigham Young University.

2. To provide a forum in which college alumni can record their contributions and performances; their experiences with teaching and learning; the ways in which they were mentored and influenced as students in this college, and how they are using their acquired skills to further their careers.

3. To recognize all who have been associated with the college who have made significant, national and international contributions to their fields.

4. To allow those who have been associated with the college over the years to be co-authors and collaborators in writing the college history.

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