Scene on Campus: JTV Does it All


josepianoopt.jpgJose Tapia, a sophomore at St.Mary’s University is majoring in communication and minoring in music. In his spare time he enjoys singing, playing instruments, like the piano, dancing, composing choreography, managing his Youtube Channel ‘JTV Productions’ and making covers of songs.




In the link below Jose is seen in “Scene on Campus: JTV Does it All.”


Check out JTV Productions YouTube Channel Here!

Final Thoughts For the Semester


My communication skills have greatly improved because I had to actually talk to people and get the confidence to take pictures and videos of them. Technologically I learned a lot, at first it was frustrating because it was new to me but as soon as I got how to work on Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and on WordPress it was a breeze. I didn’t think that I would be able to work on something so smoothly and efficiently. Visually I learned what works best, I found my aesthetic. I was able to experiment in this class and I gained a great amount of insight from taking pictures and videos from different angles so that I could tell a story that is visually pleasing to others and myself. Interpersonally I found myself. I was able to learn what I like to do and what I don’t like. I love editing audio…video not so much. Most importantly I love talking to people and hearing their stories and getting to document what they say makes it very special because I get to share their story with others. I got to learn a lot about myself as well. I was able to develop amazing organization skills since I had specific deadlines that I had to meet. I couldn’t turn anything in late so I made sure to write everything down in my planner and on my to-do lists. This class helped me not procrastinate since I couldn’t leave everything for the last minute. Most importantly this class paved the way to many opportunities and opened a lot of doors for me. Thanks to everything that I learned throughout the semester I was able to talk to the main person from the Helotes Humane Society and I was given the opportunity to help them make their social media presence and photograph their pets at their adoption events. People will know who I am and I get to help out animals. It’s a win win situation and I am glad that I took this class and was able to gain knowledge.

Almond Bread


Almond Bread by Maximiliano Lerma

Videography and Production by Claudia Arredondo

Maximiliano Lerma, a sophomore at St.Mary’s University shares a part of his holiday tradition by showing us how to make almond bread. He demonstrates how to prepare the almond bread that he typically gives out between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.


  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat the eggs and sugar for about 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and beat for 2 minutes Heavily grease 2 8×4.5 pans. Coat the greased pans with sugar. Evenly distribute the batter into the greased and sugared pans. If there is extra batter grease and sugar 1 8 mini loaf pan, then evenly pour the extra batter into 4 of the loafs. If you would like to add an extra crunch, take some fresh almonds, crush them, lightly dust with flour and then sprinkle the crushed almonds on top of the batter. Bake mini loafs for 20-23 minutes and the big loafs for 1 hour. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes then remove bread from pans.

StMU Media Production Class Fall 2016



St. Mary’s University Media Production Class Fall 2016

From top left to right :

Hodge, Sydnee S. // Jauregui, Sara Y. // Adcock, Steal L. // Grohman, Troy A.  // Ortiz, Leslie // Gonzalez, Daniela // Arredondo, Claudia J. // Dahlquist-Bauer, Joseph R. 

From bottom left to right:

Morales Escudero, Carmen R. // Basaldu, Holly S.  // Zepeda, Alexis I. //

Wu, Chao Lan // Xu, Ye Lu (Paris) //

Vera, Isabel

I Jump Head-First Into my Future


This semester already feels different, it’s the first semester that I’m taking major and minor specific courses since I am no longer in the SET program. I hope that in this course I’ll be able to use what I learn in my assignments in an efficient matter. I’m really excited to go out and talk to people and really get a sense of how other people think here at St.Mary’s and I’m excited to learn how to and use new programs that I have never worked with before. I hope that this course will help me open up a bit more and become more confident, because if I’m being honest, for someone majoring in speech communication, I’m quite shy. I’m no longer that outgoing girl who wanted to become an engineer.

I’m very impatient, so patience is going to be something that I need to work on a lot in this class. I like to see things get done quickly and when they don’t I tend to get frustrated, so I really have to work on being a little more patient. I know that in the long run it’ll help me. I’ve also never done anything involving media production so I will be learning new things, I will have to dedicate a lot of time to get things how I want them to be. I am also a perfectionist so that is also a challenge sometimes since I tend to spend a significant amount of time trying to make things as close to perfect as possible. I will just have to focus on making sure my assignments are done ahead of time. This course relates to my career because visual communication design is one of my minors, I don’t know how I will use this course in my career but I know that I will be using it for personal use. I’m glad that I changed majors and that I am now in speech communication because it gives me a chance to do what I enjoy doing. I’m thankful for the opportunities that I have encountered here at St.Mary’s and I will take everything that I will learn in this class so I can make a positive impact.