Monthly Archives: March 2013

Midterm JRN 101

IMPERIAL, Calif.- After playing 24 years of professional baseball for nine different teams and 13 major organizations and being a 2008 World Series Champion for the Philadelphia Phillies, Imperial Valley native Rudy Seanez has remained residing in the valley.

“I’ve always lived here. This is home. I grew up in Brawley. My family is here, so that was factor number one,” said Seanez.

Upon returning to the valley after his retirement, Seanez had a mission to expose baseball players to an official “spring training” baseball environment facility by helping them condition and improve their skills. He also had the idea to bring an overall fitness facility to the valley’s athletes and residents of all ages to work out at.

“When I retired I knew I wouldn’t be able to stay home and do nothing,” said Seanez. So Seanez thought if he had a sports academy, a gym, it would provide the optimal idea.

“I love to work out and being part of baseball for that long a time, it’s only natural that I would combine the two. So that’s what I did,” said Seanez.

The academy provides the best of both worlds for Seanez since he’s continuing to do both things he loves – working out and coaching.



Assignment #4 – Audio Slideshow

Imperial, Calif. – “Strings in general, even at schools, aren’t a big thing but we kinda need it if we’re going to have any future in the orchestral music,” said Dr. Matthew Busse, instructor for Beginning Strings Orchestra and Southwest High School Orchestra teacher.

Two years ago Dr. Busse started an orchestra program at Corfman Middle School in El Centro, but recently moving from El Centro to Imperial, he said his wife suggested that he start the program for orchestra lessons in Imperial, after she saw flyers about guitar lessons and other lessons that the City of Imperial has to offer.

Dr. Busse thought about it and decided to expand it to see what happens.

So far the turnout of students is fairly small with two students from Ballington Academy and a few from Imperial, but Dr. Busse wants to invite anyone who hasn’t had any kind of experience in orchestral music and students who don’t have the opportunity to perform in their schools orchestra to join the program.

He hopes the City of Imperial will continue the program in order to open it up to students from all over the Valley to create a Valley wide youth orchestra.