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Dean Yohuru Williams Visits Media Production Students in OEC Multimedia Production Studio

Dean Yohuru Williams of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences visited the OEC Multimedia Production Studio on May 2 to observe TommieMedia staff producing two segments of their Locker Room sports report program.

TommieMedia production team with Dean Yohuru Williams

TommieMedia production team with CAS dean Yohuru Williams


During his visit, Dean Williams offered words of praise and encouragement to the students, saying how impressed he was with their level of commitment to their work and that their commitment shows in the quality of their recordings.


Mark Neuzil, Communication Journalism professor noted, “The student journalists were very appreciative of the visit by the dean. Many of them were in new roles for the broadcast, and they did their jobs well. And they didn’t seem too nervous with a celebrity in the control room.”


Inside the control room during production

“My favorite memory of his visit was when he joined me during my debriefing after the show.”, said Studio Producer MacKenzie Bailey.  “He shared his thoughts on how well our show ran in comparison with his prior experience in other high-level media productions. I’m glad we had the chance to show him part of what student media is capable of at the University of St. Thomas.”


Dean Williams is no stranger to high-level media production.

Chatting with students and staff after the day’s recording


Dan Lamatsch, STELAR video engineer and OEC studio manager noted, “It’s pretty neat to know that the dean of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences knows exactly what it takes to make high-quality media.  He’s been interviewed by many media outlets and has recorded several segments for CNN docuseries on broadcast television and on Netflix.”


STELAR supports the OEC Multimedia Production Studio in OEC.  TommieMedia is the university’s student-run multimedia news production organization.  It is an immersive on-campus employment option for students enrolled in a Communication Journalism (COJO) degree track including journalism, reporting, graphic design, public relations, media production, videography, photography, or advertising.


Watch “TommieMedia’s The Locker Room”


This post was written by Dan Lamatsch, Senior Engineer for AV Technologies for the St. Thomas E-Learning and Research (STELAR) Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. To learn more about this topic, please visit our website at www.stthomas.edu/stelar or email us at stelar@stthomas.edu.

Technology Tools

OEC Studio Updates Benefit Content Creators and St. Thomas Community

The HD Multimedia Studio located in OEC LL2 has recently been upgraded to include several new functions that are useful not only for original educational material/content creators but also for the broader St. Thomas community to produce content in a highly controlled professional media production environment.

In addition to the multi-camera HD production capabilities, recent updates to the OEC multimedia production studio include:

  • The most fully integrated high-end media production SMART board on campus
    • 75″ screen
    • Display content and allow for content markup
    • Multi-color markup and highlighting
    • Individual screen capture or integrated into multi-camera production switched content
    • Recorded or live to web broadcast functionality
  • Live “Zoom” meetings integrated into the high-end media production facility
    • Take advantage of a highly-controlled production facility with staff support
    • Hold live web meetings with multiple remote participants
    • Record remote presenters
    • Useful for experts or presenters that are not always able to be in-person on location
  • “Panopto” multi-session recording capabilities
    • Individually capture SMARTboard as one source and professional cameras as another source
    • Fully utilize Panopto’s capabilities in your course using the studio’s high-end production cameras and gear

You can even view a 360-degree tour of the OEC studio!

These additional features add a whole new dimension to your content creation possibilities!  Stop by any time to the OEC Multimedia Studio located at OEC LL2 or email us at itsstudio@stthomas.edu to reserve a time to get a demonstration of the facility or to schedule a time to meet with studio staff to discuss your next project.

We look forward to working with you!

This post was written by Dan Lamatsch, a Media Services Senior Engineer for the St. Thomas E-Learning and Research (STELAR) Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.  To learn more about this topic, please visit our website at www.stthomas.edu/stelar or email us at stelar@stthomas.edu.


Johnnie Bennie Media Visits STELAR Studios

TommieMedia and Johnnie Bennie Media teams discuss studio productions

Student leadership from St. John’s / St. Ben’s “Johnnie Bennie Media” and their staff advisor visited the OEC multi-camera studio facilities April 23.  St. Thomas TommieMedia production students Cory Spawn (Engineer), Natalie Koerbitz (Senior Producer), TommieMedia Director Noah Brown, COJO professor and TommieMedia faculty advisor Dr. Peter Gregg, and STELAR Engineer Dan Lamatsch were all on hand to share knowledge with the Johnnie Bennie Media team.

Johnnie Bennie Media is in its third year of production and is in a unique position to benefit from the shared knowledge that St. Thomas students, faculty, and staff have acquired over their years of supporting TommieMedia.  It was a great afternoon of collaborative efforts between the two teams!

Discussing finer points of media production