Conversion of SPCH to COMM Courses
The Speech and Communication Studies Department has merged with the Communication Studies Department. Starting Summer 2016, Speech and Communication Studies (SPCH) Department courses are being taught in the Communication Studies (COMM) Department. Get more information, including a chart that explains the change of SPCH courses to the COMM Department.
The Communication Studies Department at Ohlone College is committed to the study of human communication in various culturally and socially diverse contexts from multiple perspectives. It is our belief that communication is the very fabric that connects us to each other and to the world in which we live, and through critical examination of our communication practices we can begin to understand our role in the construction of our social reality. Through Communication Studies, we reflect upon our identities, cultures, politics, experiences, and relationships, and we interpret the patterns of events that connect us with one another. There are four cornerstones that guide the philosophy of our department, in instruction, theory, and practice:
Diversity - We communicate to create community. We acknowledge and appreciate the influence of our values, beliefs, and perceptions upon our communication practices.
Praxis - Academic theory and philosophy has maximum potential when strongly tethered to the lived experience of us all.
Critical Thinking - Examining research and evidence to explore logical argumentation, both written and spoken, is crucial to the betterment of our communities.
Social Justice and Equality - It is imperative that we employ ethical and compassionate communication practices that are sensitive to differences in cultural privileges and power.
The Communication Studies Department offers a wide range of courses to advance every student's quest in finding their voice, through the practical application of a variety of communication theories. The Communication Studies courses we offer will satisfy student's goals for continuing education, will meet students' general education requirements for transfer to California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC), as well as earn Communication certificates and AA degrees from Ohlone College.
|1967-1972||College opened at Serra Center where Drama Instructor Craig Jackson taught the first section of Public Speaking.|
First Fulltime Speech Instructor Hired, Maggie Morrisson, Ph.D
Two classes offered: Public Speaking and Group Discussion
By the spring of 1976, Maggie Morrison was teaching five SPCH classes and had two, part time faculty in the evening. Course offered included:
|1976||In the Fall of 1976, Kay Harrison was hired half time to teach SPCH.|
|1982||Kay Harrison became fulltime in SPCH|
We offered eight courses:
|1995||SPCH Department offered 24 section of SPCH classes.|
|1996||Meg Laxier, Fulltime SPCH Faculty.|
|1998||First Annual Speech Night began and continues today .|
|1999||Kelly Hughes, Director of Forensics.|
|2000||Teresa Massimo became the Director of Forensics.|
|2000||WSCA Model Teaching Award given to Ohlone College’s Community College “Most impressive about this program are the breadth and depth of the curriculum and the programs ability to encourage and facilitate connections between the academy and the community” February 28, 2000.|
|2001||Wrote the SPCH 190 courses, Skills for Peer Consulting with Speech Communication Students.|
|2002||First SPCH COMM AA Degree (2002).|
|2005||Sigma Chi Eta students presented at NCA in San Francisco.|
|2005-2006||Submitted an instructional equipment request for the lab for cameras and computers for approx. $12,000.|
|2005-2006||Kay Harrison became Director of Forensics.|
|2006||Speech Communication Lab Hyman Hall, 216.|
|2010||Kay Harrison and Brenda Ahntholz each taught one section of Public Speaking with an International Negotiation Model, INMP and participated in four ninety minute negotiations with 18 other colleges. Harrison’s class was Vietnam and Ahntholz class was Egypt. This was sponsored Title VI Business and International Education Grant. This led to a study abroad trip to Egypt.|
|2010||NCA Sigma Chi Eta Charter of the Year, November.|
|2010||Kay Harrison retired and continued as adjunct until 2015.|
|2010||Brenda Ahntholz wrote Introduction to Communication Theory and Gender Communication.|
|2011||In January, Harrison and Ahntholz led 16 students on a business related study abroad trip to Egypt during the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt.|
|2013||Speech Speakers Series changed to the Communication Colloquium Series.|
|2015||Wrote Health Communication and Introduction to Performance Studies Spring 2015, our Communication Labs and tutor training program received NACC (National Association of Communication Centers).|
|2015||Communication Department along with Human Resources held a community-wide Dialogue on Race and Social Justice.|
|2016||White Privilege Communication Colloquium Series in combination with ODIAC (Ohlone Diversity and Inclusion Committee) (Brenda Ahntholz).|
|2016||Communication Colloquium Series in combination with ODIAC (Ohlone Diversity and Inclusion Committee) sponsor first Asian American Panel Discussion (Larissa Favela).|
|2016||Hired Shelly Spratt.|
|2016||Started the Social Justice Conference (Teresa Massimo).|
|2017||Ohlone College's first TedX Event Theme: “Embrace the Unknown” (Larissa Favela).|