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About this blog:

This blog showcases the work of Renée Padilla for Media Production I during the Fall 2019 semester.

Renée Padilla is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English-Communication Arts from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. She is a student-assistant at the Registrar’s Office where her attention to detail, organizational and communication skills are tested daily. She is also a staff writer for The Rattler, the award-winning student-run newspaper.

Last summer, Padilla worked as media coordinator for Camp Tecaboca in Mountain Home, Texas. There, she put her story-telling skills to good use as she relayed the days’ events in photos. As media coordinator, Padilla was responsible for all photography and managed the parents’ private Facebook page, in addition performing other duties related to being a camp counselor.

 Padilla also has worked with children for years as a volunteer Sunday school teacher and Vacation Bible School leader at Freedom Chapel, Lackland Air Force Base. She hopes to continue working with children to promote childhood literacy and nurture imagination.

Padilla’s academic achievements include being inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. Padilla has made the Dean’s List every semester she has attended St. Mary’s and has received the Hearst, John G. Rechtien and Smith English Scholarships. She is also a recipient of the Madeline Scholarship from St. Mary’s.

After graduating from St. Mary’s, Padilla intends to pursue a master’s degree in library science and publish her own poetry and short fiction.






  • End of Semester Reflection!

    December 9, 2019 by

    This course has taught me a lot about communication and storytelling with various mediums. First, in terms of technology, I learned some strategies when recording audio and video, how to edit on Final Cut Pro, and how to optimize photos on Photoshop. The first time I tried to record soundbites, the audio was barely audible… Read more

  • KSTM News Brief

    December 3, 2019 by

    Check out my KSTM News Brief In this project, I used Garage Band for the first time… It was a different experience from Final Cut Pro, especially when it came to layering sounds. This project was also a good way to practice annunciating words clearly and accurately but still emotive. I also learned how difficult… Read more

  • The St. John’s Bible and the Vulnerable in Society

    November 12, 2019 by

    On October 16, St. Mary’s University hosted The St. John’s Bible and the Vulnerable in Society, a presentation lead by associate professor of theology, Robert “Bob” O’Connor, Ph.D. O’Connor displayed the masterfully crafted volumes of the St. John’s Bible at St. Mary’s and demonstrated how the illuminated text reflects the modern world and the issues… Read more

  • Carne Guisada

    November 12, 2019 by

    Anna Padilla, a mother of a St. Mary’s student, demonstrates how to cook carne guisada, a classic Mexican dish. She also explains how she learned to cook from her mother and elder sister. Carne Guisada recipe: Ingredients: • 1 lbs cut up beef (either stew meat or pot roast meat) • 1 can tomato sauce… Read more

  • Sewing Sisters: Pass on the Love

    October 24, 2019 by

    Kathrine Johnson, instructor of costume design at St. Mary’s University, explains how sewing has impacted her daily life since she was a child. Now, she passes on her love of sewing to her students, or “sewing sisters.”

  • Slideshow Tutorial

    October 10, 2019 by

    Photos courtesy of St. Mary’s University. “The Bells of St. Mary’s” recorded by the St. Mary’s University Concert Band. Produced as a class tutorial on Final Cut Pro for Media Production.

  • San Antonio Family Relaxes on a Lazy Sunday

    October 3, 2019 by

    In these photos… Twelve-year-old 7th grader, M. Padilla, solves his Rubik’s Cube, one of his favorite pastimes, during a relaxing weekend. San Antonio native, Anna Padilla (née Calderón), parish coordinator and mother of three, irons her youngest son’s button-down shirts. In the middle of ironing, Anna Padilla refills her iron with water on a typical… Read more

  • Trombonist Masters the Art of Practice

    September 26, 2019 by

    Joshua Padilla, a Texas State alum, reflects on his lifelong journey playing trombone and how he realized the importance of consistent practice. He currently performs with his church choir.

  • Gone Fishing: A Student Introspective

    September 12, 2019 by

    A short interview with Paul Pruski, a senior criminology major at St. Mary’s University. Pruski reflects on his love of fishing and why he appreciates StMU’s small campus.

  • FA 19 Media Pro Class!

    September 3, 2019 by

    The Fall 2019 class of Media Production I students: Top row, left to right: Michaelangelo Betancourt , Alejandro Beltran Del Rio Second row from top, left to right: Jocelyn Alvarez , Sofia Ruescas, and Alyssa Vela Upper middle row, left to right: Brandon Villarreal, Jonier Gutierrez, and Maria Esquivel Lower middle row, left to right:… Read more

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