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Texas/New Mexico 2017

Big Bend
Big Bend

Summer 2017:

The 2017 program ran May through June, and was the first version of this program that traveled for an extended amount of time.  Nine students and three faculty members traveled for fourteen days on a road trip through West Texas and New Mexico.  The group stayed in lodges, historic hotels and camped throughout the trip.  Student work from the trip has been featured by San Antonio Express-News, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Big Bend Conservatory.


Texas: Alpine, Marfa, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis, Balmorhea State Park.

New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Lincoln National Forest, White Sands National Monument.

Courses offered:

  • MC4356F - Feature Writing-Kym Fox
    • Students will hone their storytelling skills by developing feature stories on the area while also producing multimedia content to accompany the stories. Students will have the opportunity to submit their work for publication.
  • MC4382Y - Mobile Storytelling in the Park-Dale Blasingame
    • The purpose of this course is to introduce the concepts and practical usage of mobile storytelling using smart phones or similar devices. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the content types and skills needed to work for organizations like Texas Parks and Wildlife and the National Park Service.

For more information contact:
Nicole Hengst |  E-mail:

Big Bend Ranch State Park: Video shot, produced and edited by Nia Jaramillo

State Park Ambassador Program: Video shot, produced and edited by Chelsea Karrenbrock

Ojito Adentro at Big Bend Ranch State Park: Video shot, produced and edited by Zach Einatsch

Horseback riding at Lajitas Stables in Big Bend: Video shot, produced and edited by Haley Jenkins and Becca Stone