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Friendship | The Real Reel

In this episode of The Real Reel, we asked UST students about friendship. They share what qualities they look for in a friend, how they make friends and how they maintain good friendships.

You'll also hear from Licensed Professional Counselor Ivan Navarro, Director of UST Counseling and Wellness Services, who shares some reflections on the value of quality friendships in college.

The Real Reel is an Instagram Reel series where UST students weigh in on various topics. We create a video mashup (like this) for YouTube. Visit MAX Studios on Instagram for all the reels, @maxstudiosust.

Links:

UST Counseling and Wellness Services

“The Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis

Around the Halo – Season 2: Episode 6

THIS episode! It's Around the Halo episode six and, although we're missing Jonathan "Bearded Blevins," we've got some great guests for you tonight!

Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

Hosted by Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure, guests include Joel Stepanek, father, Vice President of Parish Services for Life Teen International, author and speaker; Darnell Miller, Creative Director of MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston; Bobby Angel, father, Catholic writer, speaker and podcaster; and Dr. Alex Gotay, father of three, national teen and young adult speaker, author and youth minister at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Houston, Texas.

Here are the chapters:
2:05 Introductions
6:33 Bonus Chat: Daylight Savings Time
10:18 Rules of ATH
11:02 The Most Wonderful Time of Year
20:23 Unfriended
27:51 Wrong Place, Wrong Time
38:20 Wolves
50:46 I Want to be a Billionaire
56:25 A Winner is Named

Fake Names, Filipino Ceviche and Owning Your Culture

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In this episode of BOLD, we talk to Christel Vallagomesa, a UST psychology major who was originally born in the Philippines. Host Isabel Garcia asks about her experience moving from the Philippines to the U.S., embracing her culture in an American setting and saying her name correctly. They also talk about her experience at UST and how she continues to learn and grow as a person.

Takeaways

  1. 1. The importance of one's culture.
  2. Taking advantage of different opportunities.
  3. How our culture impacts who we are.

Reflections

  1. What are some ways that you can learn more about your own culture?
  2. Think of three opportunities that have been presented to you that you can take advantage of?
  3. Brainstorm some practical ways you can learn about another culture.

New Media, Technology & Young Adults – Interviews w/ Texas Bishops

How often do you get to ask your bishop questions about their diocese and young adults in the Church? In September 2022, University of St. Thomas-Houston hosted the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops for their annual General Assembly. We took the opportunity to ask a few Texas bishops and a couple of others a few questions:

  • “Describe your diocese in a few sentences.”
  • "What is an innovative initiative in your diocese?"
  • “What do you hear or what questions do you have for young adults?”

Here are the bishops who willingly stepped up the mic:

We also interviewed a couple of others:

We at MAX Studios were also pumped to give a presentation at the event on "Evangelization in the Digital World" focusing on how dioceses can utilize digital (primarily social) media to share the Gospel far and wide. Jonathan "Bearded Blevins" joined us for that presentation.

Broken People, Holy People

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This is an episode about Saints. Men and Women who lived ordinary and extraordinary lives filled with heroic virtue.

First we hear from Darnell, who tells the story of an altogether uneventful car accident and the one moment that he can't seem to shake.

Then we talk to Meg Hunter-Kilmer, an itinerant missionary who travels the world, living out of her car, talking about her love for Christ. She has also written the book on saints, two of them actually, and loves to connect people to those in heaven who are already praying for them.

She tells us about her life as a missionary and how she came to know and love the saints she does.

Then in Who’s That Saint, we are doing something a bit different, we let Meg tell the story of a saint whose story has been pulling on her heart, Venerable Alfonse Gallegos.

 

Links:
Meg Hunter Kilmer Website

Meg Hunter Kilmer Instagram
@mhunterkilmer

 

Protagonists of Change is a podcast that tells real stories from everyday people working to become Saints. Using music and sound effects to create vibrant soundscapes, this podcast is an immersive experience that draws the listener deeply into stories of joy, mercy and hope. 

Around the Halo – Season 2: Episode 5

Now onto episode 5 of Around the Halo! Our special guest might be the new fan favorite.

Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

In this episode, Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure is the host. Guests are Jonathan "Bearded Blevins," CEO of Little Flower Media, Bridget Richardson, Executive Producer of MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston, Joel Stepanek, Vice President of Parish Services for Life Teen International, author and speaker. Our is special guest Katie Ruvalcaba, better known as @MrsRuvi on Twitch. She's a Catholic, midwestern housewife and Twitch streamer.

Here are the chapters:
1:15 Intros
6:32 Canceled Contracts
13:08 You're (All) in the Army Now
21:55 Unlikely Appointment
36:00 Money Not Spent
46:33 European Expression or Oppression
57:06 A Winner Is Named

Bound for Success

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In this episode of BOLD, we talk to Gloria Bounds, a two-time UST alumna and Manager in Corporate Community Relations for Centerpoint Energy. At UST, she studied communications, international studies and received her MBA in Finance.

She shares her UST experience, learning about service and diversity, and tells us how it prepared her for the work she does today. She also talks about her involvement with Latin Women's Initiative, the importance of community and how it influences her whole life.

Gloria and her husband, Jesse, were honorary chairs for the 2022 Two Saints and A Taco Tasting, which is an alumni-sponsored event that raises money for student scholarships.

 

Takeaways

  1. Diversity and service, what she learned at UST, allows her to succeed in her job.
  2. Gratitude for your past experiences will serve you well in the future.
  3. UST prepared Gloria not only to be successful in her job but also in her personal life.

Reflections

  1. How can you instill service in your everyday life?
  2. If you are a student, think about reaching out to alumni for career questions.
  3. If you are a UST alumni, what are ways that you can give back to your alma mater?

 

Links:

Latin Women's Initiative 

UST Alumni Association

UST Cameron School of Business

UST Center for International Studies

UST Communication Department 

UST Campus Initiatives 

 

How Two Alumni Met, Got Married and Serve Their Community

Jesse and Gloria Bounds met after college at a University of St. Thomas-Houston alumni event. From there, they hit it off and started a wonderful relationship. In this video, they share how they met, what they love about each other, the challenges of parenthood and why they choose to serve the community together.

The Bounds were honorary chairs of the 2022 Two Saints and A Taco Tasting event that raises money for student scholarships.

 

Links:

Two Beloved Celt Couples Serve as Honorary Chairs of 2022 Two Saints and a Taco Tasting Event Set for Fall | UST News

UST Alumni

Around the Halo – S2: Episode 4

It's episode 4 of Around the Halo and it's a special one! The MAX Studios team is filming in Missouri, so the Stream Team invited two special guests - the voices of The Crunch Catholic Podcast.

Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

In this episode, Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure is the host. Guests are Jonathan "Bearded Blevins," CEO of Little Flower Media, and Ethan Stueve and Patrick Neve, hosts of The Crunch Catholic Podcast, the #1 comedy podcast for Catholic young adults in the United States.

Here are the chapters:
1:42 Intros
8:45 Rules of ATH
10:28 Hot Water, Not Pastors
18:26 Pass the Pardon
25:48 A Little Too Organic
33:21 The Spirit of Vatican II
42:05 So Crazy...It Might Work
51:43 A Winner Is Named

The Balance of Work and Play

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In this episode of BOLD, we talk to Margaret Edozie, a BioChem major who is SUPER INVOLVED! Isabel Garcia, Host, asks her about balancing extracurriculars and academics, and which is more important. Margaret goes into detail about her experience in the UST Honors Program and finding value in the truth. She shares about the balance of serving and being served, and what Margaret gets out of her extracurriculars. They also discuss three tenets for success: communicate, commit and be organized.

Links:

Biochemistry at UST

UST Honors Program

Clubs and Organizations at UST

 

Takeaways

  1. Being involved in school has huge benefits.
  2. It is important to find a balance between school and extracurricular activities.
  3. Academics and extracurriculars teach us how to be well-balanced people.

Reflection

  1. How do you find the balance between the different aspects of your life?
  2. Are you "giving" more than you are "receiving"?
  3. What is more important to you: academics or extracurriculars?

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