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Spring 2020 COMM Awards

 

Communication Studies Excellence Award (the Sproule Award)

San José State University Professor Emeritus J. Michael Sproule and Dr. Betty Sproule established the Department of Communication Studies Fund for Excellence to recognize outstanding student scholarly and creative activities. Each year, the Sproule Award is given to Communication Studies students who have demonstrated excellent scholarly and/or creative achievements. This year’s recipients are:


Jasmine Yuen

Jasmine is an undergraduate COMM major who has received two President’s Scholars awards and one Dean’s Award for maintaining a high GPA. Her memorable scholarly activities include engaging in service learning and serving as a speech coach and judge.


Tori Bowser

Tori is an undergraduate COMM major who has received a President’s Scholars awards and a Dean’s Award for maintaining a high GPA. She is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. Her most memorable scholarly activity is participating in the Communication Studies Honors program, for which she created an original performance piece titled "Divas That Just Won't Die: Exploring Las Vegas Residences as Dark Tourism Sites.”


Elaine Fung

Elaine is a COMM MA student. During her first year in the MA program, she produced an original literature review on diversity and inclusion in the workplace; planned and facilitated a dialogue on freedom of speech on college campuses; and created an art instillation influenced by the Asian American experience, all while maintaining a high GPA.

 

Marie Carr Award

The Marie Carr Award honors the memory of our department’s fourth chair, Dr. Marie Carr. Marie Carr received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San José State University. She loved our university so much that, after she received her PhD from Stanford, she returned here to teach. Dr. Carr also served as our department chair for 12 years. Each year, the Marie Carr Award is given to a continuing Communication Studies student based on their scholarship and need. This year’s award recipient is:


Raelynn Mae Caligan

Raelynn is a continuing COMM major with a double minor in Legal Studies and Business. She has been recognized as both a Presidential Scholar and a Dean’s Scholar for maintaining a high GPA. She is also a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

 

Minnie Carr Award

The Minnie Carr Award was established by the department’s fourth chair, Dr. Marie Carr, in honor of her mother, Minnie. Dr. Marie Carr received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Jose State University. She loved our university so much that, after she received her PhD from Stanford, she returned here to teach. Each year, the Minnie Carr Award is given to a continuing Communication Studies junior or senior who has performed significant service to our department and who has a high GPA. This year’s recipient is:


Dulce Hernandez

Dulce is an undergraduate Communication Studies Major who works in the Beethoven Center located at the MLK Library at SJSU, serves as a MUSE Ambassador and an intern at the Hammer Theatre. Dulce serves as a content creator for the COMM Central Network team. In this role, she writes original articles designed to increase student awareness about public events at the Hammer Theater.

 

Emeritus Faculty Award

The Communication Studies Emeritus Faculty Award was established to recognize an outstanding graduating Communication Studies senior.  This year’s recipient is:


Alanna Nguyen

Alanna is a graduating senior who has overcome extreme adversity to earn her Communication Studies while also maintaining a high GPA. She serves as an eligibility worker for Santa Clara County Social Services and looks forward to a career helping others.

 

Outstanding Graduate Student

The Outstanding Graduate Student Award recognizes students in the MA in Communication Studies who have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: research and creative activity, service to the department, and leadership in the field. Outstanding Graduate Students are recognized for academic achievement as well as good citizenship within the department. This year’s recipient is:

Courtney Burks

Courtney has an excellent academic record, and is currently working on her thesis. She is a Graduate Teaching Associate. Courtney received the Top Student Paper Award in Communication and Instruction at Western States Communication Association’s annual conference in February 2020.