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Oculus Partners with FAMU SJGC to Support Virtual Reality Boot Camp

Knight Chair Speaker Series Workshop Will Allow Students to Create Immersive Films

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2019) – Florida A&M University students will get a crash course in creating immersive film projects at the Knight Chair Speaker Series Virtual Reality Boot Camp at the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) on February 28 to March 1. The boot camp will feature Alton Glass, an award-winning VR filmmaker and CEO of GRX Immersive, and Amanda Shelby, a producer of virtual and augmented reality, also of GRX Immersive. Oculus will provide Oculus Go VR headsets to students who attend the event.

“This is an amazing show of support for the SJGC. Oculus Go will allow students to experience immersive film and other content,” said Prof. Francine Huff, the Knight Chair for Student Achievement and organizer of the VR Boot Camp. “I’m hoping that as more students become familiar with VR and other innovative technologies, they will begin discovering new techniques for creating content and telling stories.”

The VR Boot Camp will also feature L.Michelle Salvant, a FAMU alumna and owner of Salvant, who proposed the VR Boot Camp concept to the school, is the creator of Culturally Relevant Stories of Faith and the African American Experience. Other speakers include Torance Jones, an award-winning virtual and augmented reality innovator; and Will Roberts, a director, VR artist and immersive designer.

For more information contact:

Francine Huff

Patrice Campbell

About the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication

As the first accredited program of its kind among the nation’s historically black colleges and universities, the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication sets the standard in journalism and graphic communication. Since its founding in 1982, SJGC consistently receives high marks for the quality of its graduates. Students have earned awards and honors for their work on multiple media platforms from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences College Awards, the Associate Press, CNN, the coveted William Randolph Hearst Medallion and numerous other entities. SJGC is composed of two divisions: journalism and graphic communication. The Division of Journalism offers instruction in digital broadcast and print journalism, and public relations The Division of Graphic Communication offers instruction in graphic design.