Blog Content

Dr. Spangler’s Play “The Kite Runner” Tours UK

August 24th, 2014 by Anne Marie

Dr. Spangler’s stage play based on Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner will have a three-month-long tour of the United Kingdom this fall.  It will play in Nottingham, Liverpool, Oxford, Birmingham, Salisbury, Malvern, Shrewsbury, Leeds, York, and Edinburgh.  Dr. Spangler will be speaking at the Oxford Playhouse on September 20 and Birmingham Repertory Theatre on September 22.

See the video!

Students Receive Awards at COMM Convocation

May 20th, 2014 by Anne Marie

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014! Nearly 150 seniors walked in the COMM Graduation Ceremony on May 17. The department presented awards to outstanding students. Kudos to the following COMM students for their exceptional achievements!

Emeritus Faculty Award

Given to the communication studies graduating senior with outstanding scholarly achievements.

Hillary Stangel

Marie Carr Award

Given to a continuing communication studies student (continuing as an undergraduate student or going on to graduate work in our program) based on scholarship.

Matthew Dalton

Nicole Dang

Arton Falahati

Amy Scoggins

Brittany Taormina

Juliette Todd 

Minnie Carr Award

Given to a communication studies junior or senior who is returning to the department as an undergraduate with service to the department and a high GPA.

Duncan Cook

Rigoberto Flores

Jason Hart

Monique Tran Ung

Communication Studies Excellence Award

Given to a communication studies student who has demonstrated excellent scholarly and/or creative achievements.

Daniel Hinojosa

Brandi Pena

Dr. Spangler in Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas

May 13th, 2014 by Anne Marie
On Friday, May 16, Dr. Matthew Spangler is hosting a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas after the Bay Area premiere of Vargas’s film DOCUMENTED, which chronicles his relationship with his mother and his experience as an undocumented immigration in the United States.

May 16: “Documented” 

Roxie Theater (Little Roxie) 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
- 7:00pm Screening
8:30pm Discussion on Culture, Storytelling and Immigration
- Matthew Spangler, Associate Professor of Performance Studies, San Jose State University

- Jose Antonio Vargas, Writer and Director, DOCUMENTED
More Details Here!

Dr. Andrew Wood Awarded Fulbright

April 29th, 2014 by Anne Marie

Congratulations to Dr. Andy Wood, who has been appointed as a US Fulbright Scholar in Teaching. Dr. Wood will be assigned to the Republic of Belarus and will be attached to the United States Embassy in Minsk, Belarus. Andy will be teaching at the Belarussian host institution, Belarus State University, where he will focus on educating students and faculty about public speaking and presentation skills, business communication, and business English. Many congratulations to Dr. Wood!

Dr. Spangler’s Play “Inja o Oonja: Stories of Iranian-American Life” Opens

April 4th, 2014 by Anne Marie

Dr. Matthew Spangler’s play based on three stories by Iranian/American authors about the Iranian immigrant experience in the US opens in San Jose. The play features a combination of students, professional actors, and members of the Iranian community. The show is Friday (April 11) at 7:00 pm at Le Petit Trianon Theatre in San Jose (72 N. 5th Street).  The performance is free and lasts about one hour fifteen minutes. The performance is part of the Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora conference held on campus April 11 & 12.


Congratulations Dr. Spangler!


Conference Poster #7