The Mikee Jones Memorial Scholarship

Presents:

Steph Catsoulis

Loyola New Orleans Senior

 

 

   Stephanie “Steph” Catsoulis, born and raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey, is currently a rising junior Music Industry major at Loyola University, New Orleans. She is 20 years old, and graduated in the top twenty percent of her high school class with the President's Award for Educational Excellence and the Harriet Saks Memorial Award for Humanities.

   She found her way to Loyola’s music industry program because of its innovative teachers and the eccentric charm of New Orleans. The program and her love of the city have led her to want to create and learn as much as possible. Her favorite classes are music theory and legal issues in the music industry because it has taught her essential knowledge for working in the industry: the fundamentals of music and how artists can successfully protect their work.

Steph wants to become a performer, actress, songwriter, and record producer. She likes to play guitar, piano, and even sings. This past year she created her first demo. She also designed a CD cover for Songwriters Anonymous, a club at Loyola (which can be viewed here: http://songwritersanon.bandcamp.com/album/songwriters-anonymous-spring-compilation-2013). Steph also loves acting and has been her high school productions of “Guys and Dolls” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” She aspires to audition for more parts. She also has giant love for fashion. This year she is planning to start up a small fashion magazine with her friend. Through the work study program with the Music Performance Facilities at Loyola, she learned how to set-up for university performances and gigs. She also likes to volunteer her time, and has worked to promote the Music Saves Lives program. This summer she is currently volunteering at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.


NOTE FROM STEPH:

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Jones,

        I want to thank you for giving me the honor of receiving the award that was named after your precious son. I was so excited when they called my name for it, that I nearly tripped down the stairs. But most importantly, I was just so happy to receive the award because it cemented the feeling that I belong. Just to be recognized by the music industry program really makes me feel appreciated. I don’t think I could have found a better music industry program than Loyola’s. The education I am receiving here is phenomenal and their teachers really care about the endeavors of their students. I believe that it will open doors. This award inspires me to have a stronger work ethic. It alleviates some of my financial burdens so that I can harness my energies to become an educated artist who can pursue her goals and make her dreams into reality.

         It is an honor to be given an award in the name of your son. Even though I didn’t know Mikee, I am in complete awe of your son. He seemed to have had such a vigor and vitality for music, people, and life. To have accomplished so much in so little time is astounding. He is an inspiration to all. Mikee makes me want to do as much as I can with my life and love of music. I want to be able to cultivate that kind of passion and utilize it. I will use the award as a stepping stone to become a more rounded artist who explores all different avenues of the music industry program. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for this honor and for your great kindness.

Sincerely,

Steph Catsoulis            


The Mikee Jones Memorial Scholarship

Presents:

William Hagan

Loyola New Orleans Senior

 

 

Left to Right: Don Boomgaarden, Dean; Will Hagan; John Snyder, Chair of Music Industry Program; and Jay Crutti, professor

William Hagan is a rising senior in the Music Industry Studies program at Loyola. He is from Westport, CT.  We are proud to have William as our 2012-2013 Mikee Jones Music Scholarship recipient.

 

NOTE FROM WILLIAM:

My goal in the music industry is to be a tour manager who can also work as a front of house sound engineer, guitar tech, driver, and any other job that the band might require of me. Basically, I want to provide a service to bands that need help touring where, when they hire me, they also get the same services as a driver, van rental service, amp. guitar tech, soundman, and tour manager. I live my life by my mantra which is help those who ask and look for those who don't. I like helping people, and I love music. My future plans in the music industry is to combine these two passions.
 
I applied to Loyola looking into the recording field of work, but fell in love with live shows, both performing in them and working at them. It was during the beginning of my junior year that I realized that being a tour manager would be the perfect job for me. But something that would make me stand out from all the others is my willingness to do any task that I feel I can accomplish. I think this comes from being a Boy Scout from the ages of 10-18. The experiences that I had from scouting have helped form my work ethic and overall outlook on problem solving. Being prepared is just one of many credos that I still apply to my work life, not to mention the many things from Scouting that I apply to my life as a whole.
 
My job in the Czech Republic is working as a backline technician for the Nomads of Prague. I spend my weekdays preparing backline for the band who are going on tour, and then on the weekends, I am sent to festivals as a backline tech to deliver and fix any problems with the amps and drums that occur. I have been working since June 11th and finish on august 12th or 13th. It has been a great experience working with people from another country, and I have greatly increased my knowledge of amplifiers and how to fix them when they eventually breakdown.

William

The Mikee Jones Memorial Scholarship

Presents:

Victor Harewood

Loyola New Orleans Senior

 

 

Victor Osym Harewood, III, is a rising senior in the Music Industry Studies program at Loyola. He is from Los Angeles, CA, and like Mikee, has an interest in composing music as well as digital filmmaking. In fact, one of class projects this spring was in Jim Gabour's class, where he basically created a music video for his own music. It is very appropriate that Victor is the first recipient of this scholarship. Victor is inventive, brilliant, and gets along well with others.

 

LETTER FROM VICTOR:

Dear Mrs. Jones,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous $1000 Mikee Jones scholarship. I am not only appreciative, but honored to be the first recipient of a scholarship that recognizes your son’s legacy.

As a Music Industry Studies senior at Loyola University New Orleans, I am heavily driven in the
fields of music production, film, and photography. About four years ago, I began at Loyola in hopes of monetizing my passion for art through the creation of an entertainment enterprise that catered to the needs of independent artists. Thanks to you, I have recently launched the first leg of this enterprise in the form of my music production company.

By awarding me with the Mikee Jones scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden, allowing me to focus more on achieving my goals. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day to be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have aided me with mine. Thank you so much.

Sincerely,

Victor Harewood
Music Industry Studies B.S., Senior Loyola University New Orleans

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