Promote Upward Bound Program
Center for Teaching and Learning Gives First Generation
College-Bound Students Exposure to Advanced Computer Training
and Media Production.
August 20, 2004
MILWAUKEE – This summer, area high school students
have had an opportunity to see how filmmaking really works. The
students made five short documentaries at Marquette using top
of the line computer film technology, in a program designed to
prepare first generation, college-bound students for success after
As part of Marquette's Upward Bound program,
students attend internships within their field of interest. Due
to an increased level of interest in media careers like film and
journalism, the Upward Bound program added a practicum in Instructional
A local filmmaker, Renato Umali, was brought in to teach the
students media production, and supervise the making of the documentaries.
The class then went on to shoot, write, produce and edit five
short films, documenting the Upward Bound summer programs and
their fellow classmates.
The group worked out of the Center for Teaching and Learning
in the Raynor Library. “The chance to the use the Center for Teaching
and Learning at the Raynor Library was incredible, and truly impacted
the quality of our videos,” said Umali. “The editing environment
in the library was great, and most importantly, the computers
and software were fast and powerful. I have worked in many different
school environments and this is by far the best situation I've
"The students' experience was extremely positive. They were
given a giant responsibility, and were given the support to meet
that responsibility. There's nothing like presenting one's film
on the large screen in front of a huge crowd. To have solid films
to present and to experience such positive reactions from the
crowd must have been immensely gratifying.”
The films will now be used as recruitment videos for the Upward
Bound summer program.
"Research shows that first generation students face
many more hurdles on the path to a meaningful education and a
rewarding career,” said Gregory Frederick, Associate Director
of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). “The Center for
Teaching and Learning has provided an effective catalyst
for exposure to important computer training that will ensure all
students have a fair opportunity for a quality education."
Funding for the technology and equipment that made this project
possible was donated by the SBC Foundation. SBC donated $100,000
over four years for the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Students are available for media interviews and to
showcase their work. For more information contact Anne Broeker
in the Office of Public Affairs, 414-288-0286.