Famous Drummer Speaks During Graduation

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Nossi College of Art’s 2019 commencement speaker, Greg Upchurch, studied music at the University of Central Oklahoma before starting a storied career as a drummer. He famously worked with Chris Cornell in the late 90s for Chris’ solo album and tour and Upchurch was the drumming backbone for other rock bands including Eleven, Puddle of Mudd and 3 Doors Down. The bands Upchurch has played with have sold over 20 million albums! He is currently part of 3 Doors Down, a multi-platinum group. They are currently touring across North America. Not only does 3 Doors Down tour the nation; they also put on a show for their community through their nonprofit, The Better Life Foundation. Established in 2004, this organization has a mission to make a positive change in the lives of children and young adults. “Greg Upchurch’s life experiences reflect perseverance and persistence,” said Dr. Byron Edwards, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nossi College of Art. “These are two attributes that always benefit the individual who exhibits them – especially an artist who can inspire our creative graduates with his experiences.” On Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Goodpasture Christian School in Madison, Nossi College of Art is graduating students in five degree programs including an Associate Degree in Commercial Photography and Bachelor Degrees in Digital Photography, Video & Film, Graphic Design Media and Commercial Illustration. In addition to the time dedicated to completing their degrees, Nossi College is proud of the number of honor students walking across the…

Mikal Barker Wins Illustration Scholarship Award

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

When Barbara Palacios and Lluvia Agustin contacted Nossi College of Art and encouraged students and alumni to submit ideas for her upcoming children’s book series, Nossi College had just one response, “Challenge Accepted!” Lluvia is the founder and owner of The Agustin Agency, a global literary agency connecting authors with audiences around the world. “I’m a firm believer in supporting young people with these types of programs,” said Lluvia Agustin. “When you win something, big or small it boosts your self-esteem.” Agustin, who spent twenty years in the publishing industry before launching her own agency, said she is passionate about helping young people advance in their field. “It’s a way of giving back,” she said. With a $1,000 scholarship award on the line, Nossi College hand-selected seven commercial illustrators based on their previous experiences and portfolio of work. Each illustrator focused on bringing Palacios’ dragonfly characters to life. From pencil sketches to digital concept to inked comps, these illustrators used videos to pitch their ideas and concepts to the Agustin Team in hopes of earning the top prize The quality of Barker’s work stood out to Palacios, who said she was drawn to Barker’s use of color and his portrayal of the characters. “When I saw Mikal Barker’s art, it brought tears to my eyes,” said Palacios. “I thought, ‘Yes, that’s it. They will fit my stories.’” In addition to the scholarship, Barker’s art will be included in Palacios’ book proposal, providing him a unique opportunity to have his work…

What you need to know about scholarships at Nossi?

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Hi! I’m Jeffrey and I’m a senior at Austin Peay State University studying studio art and marketing. I’m currently the marketing intern for Nossi College of Art! So over the next couple of months, you’ll get a chance to read some of my blogs for this wonderful institution.     What you need to know about scholarships at Nossi! If you’re like me and 85% of other college students financial aid is key to attending college*. Learning about all the scholarships and how to apply can seem daunting, but don’t worry! I’ve made it easier for you. At Nossi, Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Financial Aid programs include Federal Pell Grants, Direct Loan Programs, Social Security and United States Department of Veterans Affairs programs, Tennessee Student Assistant Awards and Federal Direct (Parent) PLUS loans. Even after reading this, you can get EVEN MORE help from our financial aid office site by scheduling a one on one meeting! Step 1: FAFSA The very first thing you have to do to receive any financial aid is to fill out a FAFSA. This is so both the government and the school know how much assistance you really need. It’s pretty easy to fill out. If you are a dependent of your parents you will need their tax information for the previous year (think their W2). You can access the FAFSA site here and when prompted, enter Nossi College’s code: 017347 After you submit the FAFSA, the school and the government will be notified…

Life After Service: Back to School Guide for Veterans

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Exclusively written for nossi.edu by Allie Cooper After an honorable discharge, many veterans decide to go to college or university to complete their advanced education. Not all skills learned in the military are transferrable to a career, so getting a higher education can make you more competitive and desirable in the civilian job market. Nossi College has a variety of degree programs, which are perfectly suited for real-world experiences. Veterans face a variety of challenges during their educational pursuit after the military, like finding the right school and staying afloat financially, all while working towards a degree with career potential. However,, there are numerous options for financial assistance, from the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, and a variety of other grants and scholarships. In a higher education feature for military veterans, Accredited Schools Online claim that over 1 million veterans have taken advantage of the Post-911 GI Bill. The bill allows veterans to have anything from 40% to 100% of their school expenses paid. While it may be a daunting task to select an institution and a specific degree, keep in mind that a practical degree with hands-on training can be more advantageous than a theoretical degree. Therefore, a degree in art & design, photography or graphic design might be good choices for finding sought after careers. Military personnel have experience handling advanced technology, which can be a smooth transition to degree programs offered at Nossi College utilizing advanced tech and software. Featured below are photos by Nossi Students…

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