#VMThrowback: Founding staff member Adolfo Carlos Imperial talks about VMT (video, story)

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Broadcast specialist Carlos Imperial stands next to the entrance of the Audio-Video Production classroom.

The Magnet Tribune: Norma Garza

Broadcast specialist Carlos Imperial stands next to the entrance of the Audio-Video Production classroom.

Norma Garza, Staff Writer

Original VMT staff member Adolfo Carlos Imperial says Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts has become like a family to him.

Imperial was hired to work at VMT in Radio-Television classes in late August 1993. He said as a college student it meant he would gain independence and he would be able to be his own person, creating his own rules. But now, it means much more.

“It’s become like my second home here. I’ve spent more than half my life [working here],” he said.

Imperial said he really enjoys school and will soon miss the area VMT is currently located. It is unique and peaceful and quiet, he said. It allows Radio-Television students a variety of scenery whereas at the new VMT location, they will be limited to backgrounds.

Imperial also states RTV allows him to be a part of something creative like putting video productions together, which he really enjoys.

Imperial said that when the school first opened, there was a lot of uncertainty about whether the school would close or remain open. Classes would take place at Saint Peter’s Plaza, the LISD Boardroom or even the Laredo Civic Center. Imperial said departments have evolved while some have remained the same but there are certainly more departments.

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“We’re more established now or so it seems after twenty some years… All the changes that have happened have been for the benefit of the campus,” he said.

He also states the students have not changed. He goes on to explain how someone may enter VMT really shy but turns out to be talkative and outgoing or another student may not be enthusiastic in their department but end up being quite passionate. Personalities and qualities of students repeat every so often that it reminds him of past students.

“Overall, the students here at VMT remain pretty passionate about what they like,” he said.

Imperial added he enjoys seeing students grow, especially those who were not certain about what they wanted to gain from VMT. Students have gone into the field, not just locally but state-wide and further up. Some students have come back to ask for advice and even express their gratitude for the knowledge they gained from their time at RTV.

Imperial declares because of that VMT must be doing something right.

“Twenty plus years have come by really fast…I’ve seen myself grow here…it’s been positive overall.”