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Bill Boyce and Craige Leake in Israel filming a documentary

Bill Boyce and Craig Leake, associate professor in Communication, in Israel filming "Journey Through Israel," a television documentary for WMC-TV. In 1972, they spent nine days there visiting places such as Biblical Beersheba, Tel Aviv and a kibbutz to present a broad view of contemporary Israeli life.

Bill (BA ’72) and Rikki Boyce (BA ’74) empowered the dream in a unique way. Their gift to the historic Centennial Campaign established the first scholarship exclusively for Film and Video Production.

The Boyces’ gift is in honor of Bill’s mentor, former faculty member Bob Tucker. Best known for his music legacy as the leader of the Bill Black Combo for 30 years, guitarist Tucker taught students in both Journalism and Music Industry during his career at the University.

After a cinematography class one day in the summer of 1971, Tucker shared that he thought Bill might have a future in the field. Although it was a simple conversation, it was the first time Bill felt an instructor had taken a real interest in him. He was so impressed by Tucker’s attention that he changed his major and enlisted Tucker as his advisor.

Later that year, Tucker would recommend Bill to fellow faculty member, award winning documentary filmmaker Craig Leake who was seeking a student assistant. This provided Bill with the opportunity to work on two of Craig’s documentaries, Maxine and Journey Through Israel. It was the first of several introductions Tucker would make to start Bill on his successful professional career in broadcast television. As a tribute to Tucker the Boyces have named the scholarship the Mentor Scholarship for Film and Video. The Boyces encourage other alumni to give in honor of their mentors and inspire the next generation of students.

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