Friday, April 29, 2011

SJSU Honors Convocation 2011

6pm, April 29, SJSU Event Center
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

BEAT: An Ethnographic Performance About CSU Budget Cuts

Wednesday April 20th 7:00 PM
231 Hugh Gillis Hall (The Black Box)
San Jose State University

Conceived, written and performed by Vincent Chandler
Directed by Amy K. Kilgard

A theatrical performance depicting how students, lecturers, staff and faculty are dealing with recent furlough, restructuring, and budget cuts within the 23-campus, California State University system. Composed verbatim from nearly 90 interviews Vincent conducted from each of the 23 CSUs in 2009-2010, BEAT offers a glimpse into the real-time effects of this budget crisis, as well as how individuals are making sense of what is happening in their world, and in California.

Free and open to the public ($5 donations appreciated but not expected).

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ways to San Jose

The final performance of Ways to San Jose was last night before an enthusiastic audience at the SJSU Theatre. Conceived and directed by Professor David Terry and written and performed by students in his COMM 125P class (Ensemble Performance), the engaging one-hour show provided a wealth of perspectives on the place we call San Jose. Students danced, sang, shouted, discoursed, and pondered the various ways people construct and deconstruct the 10th largest U.S. city. Mercury/Gold/Prune Capital of the World? Biggest Burb on the Bay? Capital of Silicon Valley? Man-José? With so many claims to fame and such a diverse population, how is it that so much of the city manages to feel generic to many visitors and residents? Why is it that, despite large influxes of investment capital, attempts to make San José a "cool" place to be have been met with such mixed reviews? The performers challenged the audience to consider these questions and many more. Congratulations to Prof. Terry and the students for an outstanding performance!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference

Saturday, April 16, 9:30am-5pm
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).

Monday, April 4, 2011

Classes Without Quizzes April 30

Leave your blue books and number 2 pencils at home!
The College of Social Sciences and the San José State University Alumni Association invite you to join us for a day of education and enrichment at the College of Social Sciences Classes Without Quizzes on Saturday, April 30, 9am - 1:30p.m. This free event will be located in Clark Hall. Lunch will be provided. 
Session 2, 11:15am-12:15pm features Communication Studies associate professor Matthew Spangler discussing "From Book to Screen to Play: Running with the Kite Runner." Other classes address topics such as reproductive health, the documentary film Losing Knowledge, immigration, healthy at any size, and Chicana/o literature.