5th Annual Magazine Launch Party

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Chicago-style pizza, Oreo cheesecake cookies, pasta e fagioli and mature graphic design—the 5th annual Taste of StMU launch party provided plenty in which to indulge.

Over the course of the fall semester, students in Brother Dennis Bautista’s graphic design class donned the hat of Editor-in-Chief and scrambled to design, produce and publish their own cooking magazines for the Friday, Nov. 21 launch party in UC A.

Professional volunteer judges selected Mariajose Romero (see magazine) as the winner of the “Professionals’ Choice” award. Their respective “chefs” also received aprons imprinted with the Taste of StMU logo. The some 50 alumni, faculty, staff and Marianists who attended this unique event voted Kyra Littlejohn (see magazine) as the winner of the “People’s Choice” awards.

The magazine launch party gave graphic design students the opportunity to showcase what they have learned throughout the semester by editing and creating their own 20-page edition of Taste of StMU magazine, complete with ads, photographs and stories. The chefs featured in their magazines provided the food for attendees of the event to share.

On the menu were gateway tofu, chicago-style pizza, pasta e fagioli, Tex-Mex breakfast pizza, stir-fried chicken, margherita pizza, lemon pepper salmon, sopa de lima con pollo y elote, ombré swirl cake, crepes, Oreo cheesecake cookies and chocolate marble cake. See Flickr photo album.

4th Annual Magazine Launch Party

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For a pre-Thanksgiving feast, more than 60 students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, media communications professionals and guests gathered at the University Center Conference Room A for a Taste of StMU.

Now in its fourth year, the magazine launch party showcased 16 new layout designs and a bountiful buffet of main dishes and desserts.

The winner of the Professionals’ Choice award was Jessica Valles (see magazine), whose partner chef, Beatriz Quesada, made “Watermelon Cake.” The winner of the People’s Choice award was Michelle Kafie (see magazine), whose partner chef, Cindy Kafie, made “Vanilla Cake Pops.”

This year’s menu included tres leches, tiramisu cake, cheesecake, apple crumble, beer-roasted chicken with mashed sweet potatoes, meat and cheese lasagne, Reese’s Peanut Butter chocolate pie, German chocolate cake, monkey bread, rosemary chicken and lemon dressing salad, jambalaya, spaghetti and meatballs, vanilla cake pops, white cheese enchiladas, peanut butter blossoms cookies and watermelon cake.

The graphic design students thank All Events San Antonio, the sponsoring organization, as well as HI Cookery, the Marianist Province of the U.S., Aramark and UC staff, and the St. Mary’s Bookstore for their generosity in supporting this important educational and networking event. See Flickr photo album.

3rd Annual Magazine Launch Party

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The Taste of StMU magazine launch party expanded to a new location with a new sponsor, new donors, a new scholarship, a new university president and two new student design winners for the third annual event on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

St. Mary’s alumnus Jose Trevino of All Events San Antonio sponsored the launch party, establishing the Taste of StMU scholarship to honor the winner of the “Professionals’ Choice” award.

Rachel Grahmann (see magazine) won the scholarship and Professionals’ Choice award as determined by a committee of professional consultants who work in the fields of graphic design, marketing and food catering. New University President Tom Mengler presented her with a certificate along with a St. Mary’s University bookstore gift card. Her respective “chef,” Kristina Garcia, received a commemorative award plate imprinted with the Taste of StMU logo.

Over 70 alumni, faculty, staff and guests attended the event and voted Nick Canedo’s magazine as the winner of the “People’s Choice” award. He also received a bookstore gift card while his “chef,” Kirsten Acosta, received an apron imprinted with the Taste of StMU logo.

The magazine launch party gave graphic design students the opportunity to showcase what they have learned throughout the semester by editing and creating their own 20-page edition of Taste of StMU magazine, complete with ads, photographs and stories. The chefs featured in their magazines provided the food for the event.

On the menu were banana lumpia, red velvet cupcakes, chocolate chip muffins, chicken fettuccine alfredo, blueberry cheesecake, fideo, Hershey’s chocolate cake and bizcochuelo con durazno.

The event also featured a trio of live jazz musicians on piano, saxophone and bass, and a slideshow was displayed which showcased magazine covers and short videos produced by former students—a number of whom were in attendance.

The graphic design class thanks all those who supported the event. See Flickr photo album.

2nd Annual Magazine Launch Party

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The sweet smell of success came not only from the food being served in Treadaway Hall but also from two students who won awards for their graphic design final projects at the second annual Taste of StMU magazine launch on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.

Volunteer judges who work in the graphic design field selected Emily Scruggs (see magazine) as the winner of the “Professionals’ Choice” award. Her respective “chef” also received an apron imprinted with the Taste of StMU logo. Nearly 40 alumni, faculty and staff attended this event and voted Brissa Renteria as the winner of the “People’s Choice” award.

The magazine launch party gave graphic design students the opportunity to showcase what they have learned throughout the semester by editing and creating their own 20-page edition of Taste of StMU magazine, complete with ads, photographs and stories. The chefs featured in their magazines provided the food for the event.

On the menu were arroz con gandules, cheese enchiladas, Cuban lechon asado, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, flan, peanut butter chocolate chip brownies, no-bake strawberry frosted cheesecake, grey poupon steak with garlic mashed potatoes, gluten-free red velvet cake, seven layer dip, enchiladas, rojas, spinach and ricotta stuffed shells, steaming spaghetti with meat sauce, swedish meatballs and grilled chicken breast with mango salsa.

This project also was featured on the December 2011 issue of E-Talk from St. Mary’s University. See Flickr photo album.

1st Annual Magazine Launch Party

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The sweet smell of success came not only from the food being served in Treadaway Hall but also from four students who won awards for their graphic design final projects at the first annual Taste of StMU magazine launch on Dec. 1, 2010.

Volunteer judges who work in the graphic design field selected Denice Hernandez and Sarah Mills (see magazine) as the winners of the “Professionals’ Choice” awards. Their respective “chefs” also received aprons imprinted with the Taste of StMU logo. From among the 20 alumni, faculty, staff and Marianists who attended this unique event, they voted Oscar Maguregui and Megan Foster as winners of the “People’s Choice” awards.

The magazine launch party gave graphic design students the opportunity to showcase what they have learned throughout the semester by editing and creating their own 20-page edition of Taste of StMU magazine, complete with ads, photographs and stories. The chefs featured in their magazines provided the food for the event.

On the menu were rice, tropical pineapple cupcakes with citrus cream frosting, shrimp scampi, chicken salad, crusted baked chicken, pizza, arroz con pollo, honey barbecue chicken sandwich, eggrolls, lasagna, brisket, Spanish rice, tortilla soup, charro beans, oatmeal cookies, apple pie, fruit smoothies, chili and sushi.

See photos of the magazine launch on the Flickr album.