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Jeneene Chatowsky, SDSU's videographer. Jeneene Chatowsky, SDSU's videographer.

Top Videos of 2015

SDSU's videographer puts the spotlight on her favorite video projects from 2015.
By Jeneene Chatowsky

As the official campus video producer I get to interact with a wide array of faculty, staff, and students. I literally learn something new every day, and this year has been especially full of exciting transformation and creative energy on campus. Lucky for me I get to capture many stories on video to share with the masses.

So, it is that time of year again to remember all the amazing projects, learning opportunities, people and events I’ve witnessed behind the lens. Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the Top 5 videos of 2015.

Year of the Phage

This was a great interdisciplinary event held on campus in January. Biologists and virologists from all over the country came to discuss and celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Bacteriophage, a virus that attacks, or eats, bacteria.  Working with the campus arts initiative, Arts Alive, SDSU biologists Anca Segall and Forest Rohwer helped produce an amazing event incorporating art and music to help explain the importance of this tiny virus. Phage as it is also referred to, is considered by some the next evolution in medicine. Luckily for us, SDSU is on the forefront of this evolution and I can’t wait to see what happens next. 

Alice Uncovered!

One word … patience. That’s what painting conservator Gary Hulbert has in spades. The mural “Alice,” painted by SDSU alumnus Albert J. Lewis, was stumbled upon during a remodel in Hardy Tower. One of the many restoration projects taken on by Anthropology Professor Seth Mallios, this is a great piece of history to visit.

Hope Floats and Navigating Borders

Living so close to the border, we truly have an expansive classroom at our fingertips. From political science, to biology and literature, most every subject can gain from studying our U.S. – Mexico relations. There were two videos produced last year pertaining to the role we play, and interactions we have with our neighbors to the south. One followed political science professor David Carruthers, the other followed Trent Biggs, professor of geography. Both uniquely different in subject matter, but with a similar underlying message: we are all connected regardless of borders. 

Documenting the Desert

I’m a sucker for art, travel, and yes, the desert. It is so different from the tropical breezes of my Floridian upbringing. The desert is a magical and mysterious place full of beauty, sometimes taking a trained eye to discover. Kim Stringfellow, professor of multimedia in the School of Art and Design, shares her artwork and research on a place she calls home.

The 60 Seconds in the Red Chair series

This is just fun. It’s fun to film, it’s fun to edit and it’s fun to meet and learn about the people who make this university great. Thank you all for your time and bearing of souls. Trent Biggs, so far you win hands down (not many people sing opera for me). Thank you Greg Block for such great idea, and cheers to all of you who have, and all of you who will, participate.

Happy Holidays and New Year from the gal behind the lens.