Shamauri Brown-Young ’20 hopes his film ultimately breaks down barriers.
While on a border immersion trip in spring of 2017, the Saint Mary’s University student videoed the compelling stories of students who must cross the international border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on a daily basis.
Brown-Young, a computer science major and communications minor, said he had no idea what to expect when he and 11 other Saint Mary’s students experienced a closer look at the divided border region.
By debuting his film “Conversations Near the Border” Feb. 11 during this year’s Frozen River Film Festival, the Chicago native was able to share what he learned with a broader audience.
Angie (Pieper) Bissen ’07 describes herself as “practical.” When she was choosing a major, she thought about the type of career she could envision herself in, as well as what job opportunities would be available. At the time, accounting jobs were in high demand. As she loved numbers, an accounting major seemed … practical. Her sophomore year, she added a second major in human resources, thinking the unique pairing could be beneficial. Currently the HR programs supervisor at Hormel Foods Corporation, Bissen’s instincts were spot-on. “Businesses need to make a profit, so being able to understand the numbers and have a grasp on general business practices is extremely important, no matter what aspect of business you’re interested in,” she said.