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Scene on Campus: The Last Lecture of Dr. Sherra Theisen

April 20, 2011

Dr. Sherra Theisen, a St. Mary’s University philosophy professor, reflects on her participation in this year’s “Last Lecture,” held on April 26, hosted by Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society. Theisen also shares her love for the natural world and her belief in educating students on their need to understand and experience its beauty.

Walking on water, Luis Jose Barajas reflects on his vocation

March 2, 2011

Soundslides Tutorial

February 21, 2011

Finding hidden talents in Market Square

February 17, 2011

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1. Hector Jimenez shines shoes at Market Square in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Jimenez has been shining shoes in the same location for the past 20 years.

2. A native of Oaxaca, Mexico, Mr. Jimenez emigrated to the U.S. when he was a child. He works daily at Market Square from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

3. Bill Olivas is a self-taught artist originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The father of seven boys, Olivas has been coming to create, display and sell his artwork at Market Square for the past four years. He has been commissioned to paint many murals, including one for the grand opening of the Casa Grande Vagabond Hotel in Los Banos, California.

4. “The Great Alberto” is a magician born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He started learning magic tricks at the age of seven, made his first stage appearance at age 11 and was touring the country by the age of 17.

5. Prior to his appearances at Market Square, “The Great Alberto” spent 20 years taking his magic tricks on the road with his wife and children. He used to cut his wife in half for one of his tricks, while his children held the backdrop!

Flautist, Annie Swenson, small but powerful!

February 11, 2011

Meet Annie Swenson, a talented flautist who won’t let her size fool you!

Taking the “blade” to my first audio project!

February 2, 2011

While editing my first audio project, I discovered a new love for the very convenient “blade” tool in Final Cut Pro. It made cutting out the “ums” and ensuring that my project flowed so much easier! If I could do this assignment over, I would definitely ask fewer and more specific questions during the interview to cut down on the editing time.

The most challenging part of this assignment was the interviewing process itself, considering I am not very familiar with interviewing. I overcame this by calling to mind times when I have been interviewed and remembering what the interviewer did and said that made me feel more comfortable. I also made use of the article “Interview Basics” by Adam Weiss, which we were required to read for class. It took me about two-and-a-half hours total to complete the project.

Veronica Luna on stealing the camera

January 28, 2011

Junior English-communication arts major Veronica Luna reflects on her love for photography and the arts.

Updated class photo

January 24, 2011

Here’s an updated photo with all of my classmates in EA 4360: Media Production 2. Bottom row (left to right): Jasmine GarciaDiana Garcia and Veronica Luna. Middle row: me, Cimen Soy, and Dania Pulido. Top row: Gerardo MendezSarah MillsAustin W. Newton, and Stephen Guzman.

My fellow classmates!

January 19, 2011

These are seven of my nine classmates in EA 4360: Media Production 2. Bottom row (left to right): Diana Garcia and Jasmine Garcia. Middle row: Jerry Mendez, Stephen Guzman, and Veronica Luna. Top row: me, Austin W. Newton, and Dania Pulido. Not pictured: Sarah Mills and Cimen Soy.

Running on Sunshine

January 19, 2011

Facing this semester, I feel very optimistic. I am ready to learn all there is to learn and am ready to jog, run, and sprint my way through any challenges to come. The two aspects I am most excited about for this course are learning how to use Soundslides and refreshing my knowledge of video production. Two of the challenges I believe I will face are the fact that I have not taken a print journalism course and thus have not studied interviewing and research techniques in depth; however, I plan to ask my fellow peers and professor when I need help in these areas, as most have taken the class and are familiar with the necessary concepts. This course relates to my aspirations for working in communication for a non-profit because there is a high likelihood that in such a position I will be required to oversee or run an organization’s outreach through social media and the internet. I feel very blessed to be here at St. Mary’s among so many passionate and loving peers and professors and look forward to what I hope will be my best semester yet! Spring 2011, here I come!