Final thoughts

Since there were only four student enrolled in the course, there was a lot of effective communication from Brother Dennis and ourselves. The class size helped him help us with any concerns or obstacles we had right away. Being a speech communication major, I enrolled in the class with the knowledge of communicating effectively in a one on one bases or group setting.

I have benefited from this class in various ways. It has helped strengthen my communication skills when working with the projects assigned throughout the semester. Speaking to someone is much different when you have to take the role of the interview and them the interviewee. As the interviewer, my main goal is for the interviewee to feel comfortable with answering my questions. The questions should also be tailored to get “juicy quotes” from the interviewee. Getting the “juicy quotes” didn’t come easy for me in the beginning of the semester, but after the first interview it gradually got easier.

Technology wise, I had little pervious knowledge on converting file formats. Creating a multimedia projects consists of a lot of minor steps.  I am the type of person who accidentally will skip a step and won’t realize it until something isn’t showing up how it is displayed in the instructions. A lot of trial and error occurred in this course. I’m happy to say that I now take the extra time to go step-by-step when it comes to project assignments.

Visually, this class has given me the chance to interact with different people on campus. After the first assignment, I realized that everyone has a story to tell. After conducting my interviews, I could visually see what actions I need to capture for my video so that I would have a better finished piece. The most exciting part is to capture and share the finished project with them and their peers.

Interpersonally, I have utilized most of my connections with individuals towards my projects. The stress and pressure of finishing a project by the deadline helped my punctuality. When scheduling appointments with interviewees and setting days to gather audio and video, it was imperative to follow through with these dates in order to meet the deadlines to finish the project.  For example, if an interview had to be rescheduled the timeline of the project would be pushed back because of it.


Scene on Campus: Alpha Sigma Tau Alumni Initiation



As graduation approaches, Hilary Sandoval will not only be leaving her friends and professors behind, but she will also be leaving the sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau. Sandoval talks about her experience in the sorority and how it has changed her undergraduate experience at St. Mary’s University.

Colombian Empanadas

Videography and Production by Daniela Lopez

Katherine Vasquez gets in touch with her Colombian roots by cooking up some Colombian Empanadas. These empanadas aren’t the traditionally filled with fruit, but rather they with meat, potato and vegetable fillings. Below are listed the ingredients along with the directions on how to make some of your own. Being a recent graduate, Vasquez now has the time and resources to cook some of her childhood memory dishes.


  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Lime and ají for serving
  • Dough or Masa
  • 1 ½ cups precooked yellow cornmeal (masarepa)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ tablespoon sazon Goya with azafran
  • ½ teaspoon Salt


  • 2 cups peeled and diced white potatoes
  • 1 chicken or vegetable bouillon tablet
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped white onions
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ pound ground pork and beef

To prepare the dough:Place the masarepa in a large bowl. Add the sazon Goya and salt and stir to mix well. Add the water and oil and mix to form dough. Pat the dough into a ball and knead for 2 minutes or until smooth. Cover with plastic and set aside for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, to make the filling, cook the potatoes in a pot with water and the bouillon tablet for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Drain and gently mash the potatoes. Set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy skillet. Add the onion and cook over medium-low heat stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, green onions, garlic, bell pepper, cilantro, salt and black pepper. Cook for about 15 minutes.
Add the ground pork and beef. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, for 10 to 15 minutes or until the mixture is fairly dry.
Transfer the meat mixture to the mashed potatoes bowl and mix well to combine.
Break small portions of the dough, about 1 ½ tablespoons each one, and form each portion into a ball by rolling between the palms of your hands.
Place the balls of dough between two pieces of plastic and roll each out very thinly to form a circle. Remove the top plastic and place 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of each.
Then using the plastic underneath, fold the dough over to enclose the filling, forming a half circle. Tightly seal the edges by crimping with the tines of a fork.
Fill a large pot with vegetable oil and heat over medium heat to 360° F.
Carefully place 3 or 4 empanadas at the time in the heated oil and fry for about 2 minutes until golden on all sides.
Using a slotted spoon transfer the empanadas to a plate lined with paper towels. Serve with ají and lime on the side.

Behind the music: Creating the sound



Loriann Martinez is a sophomore majoring in Psychology who has a passion for music. Loriann began helping her father DJ at events in the 7th grade until she gradually took over. If time allows, Martinez practices before the events; she believes that practice does make perfect.  Her favorite DJ is David Guetta who helped introduce this genre of music to the United States.

Learning Outcomes: Project 1

What I learned:

After this project, I have learned how to use final cut pro and convert audio files. I have always wanted to learn how to edit audio files and because of this project I am familiar with the software.

What I would do differently:  

Given the chance to do this project again, I would make a better first impression instead of having an awkward introduction because I am nervous. I would also prepare my question better and having more variety of questions at my disposal.


That was the most challenging part of this project was meeting with my interviewee and editing the audio. I was fortunate to have my interviewee give me a lot of “juicy” quotes throughout the interview, but that was also a challenge because I have to choose which ones to use.

 Total time:

It took me at the least 5 hours to finish the project.

Racing to the Finish Line

In the final stretch of my undergraduate career, I know that my stress levels will be tested in more ways than they have been in previous semesters. Along with taking 18 hours this semester, I have work-study, an internship, and continue to prepare for life after college. I would be lying if I said the thought of the future didn’t scare me but I have been in this same position almost exactly four years ago graduating from high school. Granted, high school and college offer different forms of knowledge and experiences, but the same emotions still surface. These emotions include of the feeling of relief by closing one chapter of my life and the fear of opening a new one.

Presently, I look forward to learning how to manage websites that feature multimedia content and producing a flash-based audio slideshow. An obstacle I can foresee is enjoying my last semester at St. Mary’s. Considering all that I am involved in this semester, it is easy for me to forget to have fun and just concentrate on school. To avoid this dilemma, I will set aside nights out to relieve the stress. Time management will be another tool I will utilize for a successful semester without having a total meltdown from the stress. Aspiring to have a job in marketing, I would like to utilize the skills learned in this course towards making this dream a possibility. I hope to build on the knowledge I have learned in Media Production I and create projects I never thought I could create before.