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Convergent Media Showcase Spring 2015



When: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Time: 6:30 DJ and snacks, presentations start at 7pm
Where: Radius
106 Auditorium Cir #125
San Antonio, TX 78205 (map)
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The Convergent Media Showcase Spring 2015 is a celebration of the University of the Incarnate Word’s Convergent Media students senior projects. Last year was our first Showcase and we had over 100 people show up. We are looking forward to seeing the students show their works which range from narrative films to cutting edge ebook publishing, as well as projection mapping. So come join us for an event of convergent media and see some of the most cutting edge works being made in San Antonio, Tx.

The presenters are:

Jenn Adams HeadshotJennifer Adams




Title: Remembrance of things past

Description:  Over the past couple of years, I have had the misfortune of experiencing quite a few unpleasant events (one might even consider them to be traumatic.) One day I was thinking about how random and irrelevant things or occurrences can cause someone to flashback to traumatic events in their life. It dawned on me that I was most likely not alone in these thoughts. I also learned that in most cases, women who go through traumatic events are often seen as weaker because of it. In this project, I interviewed various women (from very different backgrounds) and discussed what they went through and how their lives have changed. I want this project to show that females, especially those who have experienced trying times, are stronger than the world and society give them credit for.

Bio:  Jennifer Adams is a graduating Convergent Media Senior at the University of the Incarnate Word. She is originally from Dallas, Texas but has grown to call San Antonio her home. Her passions include: film-making, live music and photography. She plans to work in the multi-modal media field post-graduation. She is inspired daily by the people around her, nature and the ingenuity of others. When she has time to herself, she enjoys concerts, art, and documenting her experiences. She is currently working with ArtPace, an artist-in-residence art gallery, as their external affairs intern.
IMG_7196Katherine Benavides




Title: Heels: An Accessory for Beauty and Power

Description: My capstone project will consist of an interactive magazine about the impacts of high heels on women, in society, as a beauty standard/power symbol, and in the workplace. There will be multiple aspects to the online magazine – aiming to build 5 pages that will include videos, Flash development, and graphic design.

Bio: Katherine Benavides is a graduate student at the University of the Incarnate Word. She is from Crystal City, TX. Katherine graduated from St. Mary’s University with a bachelor’s degree in English-Communication Arts, and has experience in video production/editing, graphic design, and journalism. During her undergrad, she served as the News Editor for the University’s paper. This May, she will be completing 4 years of work experience with Valero. Some hobbies include working out, country dancing, and volunteering.
1782096_10203239779576045_1788471580_nBrittany Deike




Title: Pain Unknown

Description: A game that takes the player through the pain and difficulty other creatures of earth face in order to teach the player the hardships within the lives of others.

Bio: Brittany Deike is a 20-year-old student at The University of the Incarnate Word majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in Convergent Media. Brittany is a member of the band Years Gone, and takes interest in social media promotion and ventures. She is an avid gamer, and believer of learning very valuable lessons through the gaming world. With this idea in mind Brittany has set out to create “Pain Unknown” a first person game in which the player must navigate through the hardships that others face on earth in order for the player to experience first hand what others go through on a daily basis. Through “Pain Unknown” Brittany hopes to help achieve a stronger understanding of humanity through the common struggles of all who inhabit the earth we share.

Rory Dew HeadsotRory Dew




Title: How To Not Starve: Basic Cooking Skills for College Students

Description: This project is an e-book designed to give college students a basic knowledge of kitchen skills so as they are able to cook for themselves. Through a series of recipes, written instructions and demonstration videos, consumers should be able to develop enough cooking skills to feed themselves with cheap, quick and healthy meals.

Bio: Rory is a senior at the University of the Incarnate Word. Since moving from Australia to the U.S in 2011, he has been consistently exploring the cultural differences between two deceptively similar cultures.

Mercedes Esquivel HeadshotMercedes Esquivel




Title: No Such Thing

Description: “No Such Thing” is a documentary that showcases children with (dis)abilities. However there is no such thing as a disability, only a bad attitude. This video was inspired by my sister who is currently working towards becoming an Occupational Therapist.

Bio: Mercedes is a sophomore at the University of the Incarnate Word majoring in Communication Arts with a minor in English and Speech and a concentration in Convergent Media. She was born in Dallas, Texas but has lived in San Antonio the majority of her life. Mercedes currently works as an Event Coordinator at the Rosenberg Sky Room. She loves traveling around the world and spending time with loved ones. After finishing school, Mercedes would like to pursue a career in Public Relations.

1888612_10203435136179746_5431938424913361712_nMegan Gaitan






Bio: Megan is completing her third year at University of the Incarnate Word majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in Convergent Media and is currently in the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program. She was born in Beeville, Texas, has studied abroad in Rome, Italy, and loves to travel. She enjoys

Ryan Headshot MaybeRyan Ibarra




Title of Project: CTRL

Description: CTRL explores the relationship between humans and technology in the digital age.

Bio: Currently a senior at the University of the Incarnate Word, Ryan Ibarra’s passion for media, technology, and storytelling is evident in his work. With experience ranging from audio production, video production, and various types of media, he continues to push boundaries in new and creative ways.

Aaron Mosmeyer HeadshotAaron Mosmeyer




Title of Project: The Hero

Description of Project:  What makes a hero; Fighting for one’s own ideals, or instead for what society deems righteous? I will be presenting a narrative short film that puts a superhero in this position and asks if he is indeed the hero, or is instead a villain.

Bio: I am a junior convergent media student at UIW. My passion is film-making and narrative storytelling. My hobbies include video gaming, watching various films and television shows, and cosplaying at local conventions.

BJNBrittany Nelson




Title of Project: Imagination Meets Reality

Description: Most days we go through life in our same mundane routine with the same boring outlook on life. For children every day is an adventure even when they are doing the same thing over and over again. As adults, we can learn so much from children and all we have to do is simply open our eyes.

Bio: Brittany is studying convergent media at Uiw and is currently a junior. She was born in Oklahoma but resides in Cibolo, Texas. She enjoys creating videos and crafting in her free time. Brittany loves to work with children and will be working for iD Tech in the summer, teaching children about technology and programing.

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Title of Project:  My Second Home/ Land of the Morning Calm (Both are working titles)

Description:  “My Second Home” plunges the audience into a intimate environment created with an array images and sound that shows how everything to city life to the life in the country can be.
By using projection mapping and sound,  “My Second Home” takes the audience on a trip to South Korea, a place that I know call my second home. Since coming back home, I have always been asked how Korea was, and I could never fully explain my experience through words, so with this project, I hope to present my feelings and love of the country.

Bio:  Born and raised in San Antonio, it was always a little strange to people that I have always have had a sense of adventure and leave home. I had always wanted to study abroad since I was in middle school and by the time I was a junior in high school, I was able to go to Japan for a semester. When college came around, I decided to spread my wings to South Korea as well and I spent a year and a half there. While I was there, I used my skills a as a communications major to help the university that I was attending. Now, I’m back home and trying to get readjusted to life in San Antonio.

SSStephanie Saenz




Title of Project: Sense

Description: Using projection mapping, Sense creates an immersive space that plunges you into an eye-candy wonderland. Your sense of space, balance, and sight will be tested as you surround yourself in auditory and visually stimulating projections.

Bio: I am Stephanie Saenz, I am a Convergent Media major with a minor in Fine Art. I have worked at SeaWorld San Antonio as a contractor with Kaman’s Art Shoppes for the past 3 years—I do caricatures; I am currently interning with the Corporate Communications Department at University Health Systems here in SA.

IMG_1488Robert Wilson




Title: EndingEndingEnding

Description: Visual projections accompanied by original music

Bio: Current student at the University of the Incarnate Word studying Music.