Editor’s note: A number of videos by students in UTEP’s English 1312 class are available for viewing on YouTube. Some of them can be found by following this link or by typing “English 1312′ into the search form.
University of Texas at El Paso
Thought-provoking videos created by students from The University of Texas at El Paso’s 1312 First-Year Composition course will be shown during the FYC Film Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Union Cinema on the first floor of Union Building East.
This year’s mini-documentary entries will include videos about the deforestation of the Amazon, discrimination-based hate crimes, domestic violence and entertainment’s influence on gender/sexuality. There also will be 30- to 50-second public service announcements created by the program’s 1311 classes and a special film about plagiarism from the teaching assistants in the Department of English.
The festival, which also will include recognition of the FYC’s Literature Review winners, has grown into a community event that includes collaborations with the Mission Early College High School, El Paso High School and programs from throughout campus.
“It truly has grown into something special,” said Steve Varela, an event organizer and English lecturer. He added that about 150 students, faculty and staff usually attend the activity.
The goal of the class is to get students to build on their existing communication skills in persuasion, rhetoric and research as well as their social media expertise to relate their ideas. Its growth in scope has inspired students and faculty to do their best work, Varela said.
The festival is one of the reasons UTEP’s First-Year Composition Program earned the prestigious Conference on College Composition and Communication Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. The certificate will be presented during the group’s annual conference March 23, 2012, in St. Louis, Mo.