Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Bettina collaborated with seven SJSU students with disabilities to create the book that provides insights and with it a better understanding about what it means to be a student with a disability in higher education. The book challenges the readers to explore their own attitudes/beliefs toward disability, invites them to contribute to the conversation, and provides tips on how students and instructors can work together to create a more inclusive academic environment.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
For those of us interested in interpersonal communication in the workplace, here’s a recently published article from the Wall Street Journal titled Workplace Deals, Sealed With a Kiss? The article explores changes in traditional rules for handshaking and hugging due to shifts in culture, diversity, age, etc.
Notable, the article mentions how “Generation Y often sees greetings as a chance to establish a distinct identity.”
Finally, I found the section on Silicon Valley businesses particularly interesting. Do you perceive a similar shift in greetings within the SJSU community?
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Just got this into the Merc today, can't believe they printed the whole thing, they usually hack out the good parts. They did omit two words at the end for some reason...
Faculty has borne the brunt of budget woes
The one-day job action by CSU faculty and staff set for Nov. 17 is not about the few dollars we stand to gain from a modest 3 percent pay raise over several years. The main issue is equity and fairness. Faculty and staff have borne the brunt of CSU budget woes via furloughs, tightened resources and increased workloads caused by reduced or deferred hiring.
Our students have suffered radically increased tuition and reduced course offerings. I see the effects every day as students struggle to balance school and work. Often, the result is exhaustion and poor performance. Trying to help struggling students further increases demands on faculty and staff already stretched to the breaking point.
During all this, CSU executives have enjoyed yearly pay increases to their already generous salaries and perks such as "housing allowances." There appears to be enough money to fatten executive pay and maintain a bloated top-level bureaucracy, but not to fulfill obligations to faculty, staff and students. Our pay raise was negotiated in good faith. Independent fact-finders have supported our raises -- twice. Chancellor Charles Reed needs to spend less time fighting workers over a few dollars and more time improving quality [and access]* to higher education.
Ted M. Coopman
Lecturer Department of Communication Studies
San Jose State University
* omitted in published letter
Our campus needs your help to attain federal grant funds!
San Jose State University wants to become eligible to apply for up to 15 million dollars in grant money from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund student services, programs, and resources.
In order to be able to attain these federal grant funds, we need students to declare your race and ethnicity in your MYSJSU account by doing the following steps:
1. Login to your MySJSU account (go to the following link): http://my.sjsu.edu
2. Scroll down to "Personal Information" and click on the "Race and Ethnicity" link in the "Race and Ethnicity" box.
3. Go to Question 1a and answer "Yes" or "No" to the question: "With regards to your ethnicity, do you consider yourself Hispanic or Latino?"
4. If you answered "Yes", go to Question 1b and select one category that best describes your Hispanic or Latino background.
5. If applicable, go to Question 2 and select one or more ethnic groups in which you consider yourself to be a member.
This request for you to declare your race and ethnicity is completely voluntary, but if you declare your race and ethnicity per the instructions above, that will help our objective to attain much needed funding to SJSU for services and resources for YOU and all students!
If faculty, staff, or students feels strongly about SJSU and its future, then please discuss this important advocacy option in class or forward this message widely. Questions? Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
- Semi-finalist in Open Extemporaneous Speaking: Katrina Swanson
- Semi-finalist in Open Prose Interpretation: Katrina Swanson
- Finalist in Open Impromptu Speaking: Katrina Swanson
- 4th place Novice Prose Interpretation: Kendall Ward
- 4th place in Open Extemporaneous Speaking: David Khedry
- 4th place Novice Dramatic Interpretation: Paulina Henderson
- 3rd place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking: Avesta Sabetian
- 3rd place Open Communication Analysis: Matt Zweier
- 2nd place Novice Poetry Interpretation: Kendall Ward
- 2nd place Novice Prose Interpretation: Victoria Lopez
- 2nd place Novice Dramatic Interpretation: Victoria Lopez
- 1st place Novice Poetry Interpretation: David Miles III
- 1st place Open Duo Interpretation: Matt Zweier & Aaron Correll
- 3rd place overall individual sweepstakes award: Katrina Swanson (out of 394 entries!)
- 20th place speaker (out of 56) in Junior Division Parliamentary Debate: Matt Zweier
- 18th place speaker (out of 56) in Junior Division Parliamentary Debate: Katrina Swanson
- Quarterfinalist in Junior Division Parliamentary Debate: Matt Zweier & Katrina Swanson
As both Paul Winters and Mustang Invitationals happened the same weekend, the combined awards from both tournaments resulted in a 4th place combined 4-year school sweepstake award! We are all so proud of all the competitors and how well they represented San Jose State and the COMM department!
Matt & Katrina advanced to the quarterfinal round and are furiously preparing to debate the Opposition position on the resolution: The United States Federal Government should enact the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011. Go Spartans!
- 8th place in Open Impromptu Speaking: David Khedry
- 7th place in Open Impromptu Speaking: Katrina Swanson
- 5th place in Open Extemporaneous Speaking: Katrina Swanson
- 4th place in Novice Prose Interpretation: Kendall Ward
- 4th place in Novice Dramatic Interpretation: Paulina Henderson
- 3rd place in Open Communication Analysis: Matt Zweier
- 2nd place in Novice Dramatic Interpretation: Victoria Lopez
- 1st place in Novice Poetry Interpretation: David Miles III
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Golden Gate Season Opener Part 1, Friday-Saturday, September 23-24:
- Quarterfinalists in Parliamentary Debate: Avesta Sabatian/Ryan Gallagher and Ashley Love/Aaron Correll *Out of 27 teams
- Top speakers in Parliamentary Debate: Avesta Sabatian (10th place) and Aaron Correll (5th place) *Out of 54 debaters
- Novice Poetry Interpretation: Kendall Ward Finalist (4th place)
- Novice Prose Interpretation: Victoria Lopez Finalist (4th place), Aaron Correll 1st place
- Novice Duo Interpretation: Aaron Correll and Matt Zweier 1st place
Golden Gate Season Opener Part 2, Sunday, September 25:
- Novice Prose Interpretation: Katrina Swanson Finalist (5th place)
- Novice Duo Interpretation: Aaron Correll and Matt Zweier 1st place
- Novice Extemporaneous Speaking: Ryan Gallagher Finalist (6th place), Ashley Love Finalist (4th place)
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Many thanks to SJSU Forensics students Ryan Luc, Matt Zweier, Kevin Collins, Riley Knight, Ashley Love, Joe Tran, Mitchell Colbert, David Khedry, Aaron Correll, Andy Tokarek, Katrina Swanson, Jeremiah Navarrette, and Ryan Lantrip, and the SJSU Forensics coaching staff, Genelle Austin-Lett, Tina Lim, Marjorie Hazeltine, and Bettina Brockmann, for contributing to the success of SJSU's Earth Day!
Friday, April 29, 2011
This year's Honors Convocation will recognize 7 President's Scholars and 48 Dean's Scholars from Communication Studies, including featured student and graduating senior Patrick McElearney. In addition to Patrick, COMM President's Scholars include Susana Barcelos, Shanna Dietz, Karla Flores, Daniel Murphy, Jeremiah Navarrette, and Nicolas Reyes. President's Scholars have earned a 4.0 GPA and Dean's Scholars a 3.65 GPA at SJSU in at least two contiguous semesters of the three semesters prior to the Honors Convocation. Join us in congratulating our top students!
Monday, April 18, 2011
231 Hugh Gillis Hall (The Black Box)
San Jose State University
Conceived, written and performed by Vincent Chandler
Directed by Amy K. Kilgard
Free and open to the public ($5 donations appreciated but not expected).
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
SJSU Campus, MLK Library 225/229
Fourteen SJSU Communication Studies students will present nine papers, along with student presenters from San Francisco State, Santa Clara U, U of San Francisco, Humboldt State, USC, U of the Pacific, and CSU-Long Beach. Support your colleagues and attend this event! Free and open to the public. View the conference program (pdf).
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Here's the official notification of the honor:
"On behalf of Associated Students, please accept my congratulations on your recent selection to become a member of our very privileged group of influential A.S. 55 recipients. Your name was submitted to our selection committee and it was determined that your contribution to San Jose State community are ones that should be recognized.
"Every year, Associated Students acknowledge that there are many students who contribute to the betterment of the San Jose State University community and who have a continuous interest in providing their skills to be utilized in doing so. We are happy to have received your name and I wanted to encourage you to continue to use your strengths to make this University and its surroundings a better place."