Framingham State University

@ Framingham State

February 2012

Winter Festival and Commencement Ceremony!

Framingham State University is organizing its first ever Winter Festival to coincide with this year’s Winter Commencement activities.

Students at Framingham State University

“The new Winter Festival is a great opportunity for the campus to come together as a community and celebrate the season,” President Timothy Flanagan said. “Having it coincide with Winter Commencement is a
natural fit.”

The Festival will take place the weekend of February 3-5. Events will include ice skating, a ski trip, a snow sculpture contest, a faculty versus students basketball game, movie showings and more.

The Winter Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday morning. Graduate and undergraduate students who completed their degree requirements during the summer and fall will officially receive their diplomas. This year’s commencement speaker is Professor Emeritus Thomas Koshy. Dr. Koshy has taught mathematics at Framingham State for more than 40 years and has developed several courses within the department. Among the many honors Dr. Koshy has received over the years are the 2007 Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award, the Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance in 1988, and the Distinguished Service Award
in 1984.

The Winter Festival will kick off on Friday, February 3, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Honors House at 22 Adams Road. The house will serve as the dedicated location for FSU’s growing Honors Program, which is now a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program. Click here for a complete list of events.

February Lecture Series

The Framingham Public Library has teamed up with Framingham State University’s Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) to present a free academic lecture series this season, including four events
in February.

No registration is required. All lectures last for approximately 90 minutes.

  1. Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m.: “The Miller and the Wife of Bath: Two of Chaucer’s Pilgrims Tell Their Tales,” – Lecture by Dr. Helen Heineman, president emerita at FSU. McCarthy Center Room 415.
  2. Thursday, February 9, 7 p.m.: “Getting ‘Lost in Shangri-La’: The True Story Behind a True Story of World War II” – Lecture by Mitchell Zuckoff, professor of journalism at Boston University. Framingham Public Library.
  3. Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m.: “Adolf Hitler in Power: A Re-Examination of the Third Reich, Part 1” – Lecture by Dr. John Heineman, professor emeritus, Boston College. Framingham
    Public Library.
  4. Saturday, February 18, 10 a.m.: “Language, Theater and National Identity: Brian Friel’s Translations” – Lecture by Dr. Kelly Matthews, assistant professor of English, FSU. McCarthy Center Room 415.

New Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Framingham State University is pleased to announce the hiring of Eric P. Gustafson as the executive director of Development and Alumni Relations. In that role, Gustafson will oversee all of the University’s fundraising activities, as well as alumni relations and events.

“Eric has the experience, knowledge, attitude, and motivation to be successful in leading FSU’s fundraising efforts,” President Timothy J. Flanagan said. “We’re excited to have him on board.”

Gustafson, who will begin on February 6, comes to Framingham State from Anna Maria College, in Paxton, MA, where he had been serving as the Director of Advancement since 2008. At Anna Maria, he successfully increased alumni engagement in the college and rebuilt the advancement program from the ground up. Prior to joining Anna Maria, Gustafson served as the director of the Annual Fund at Muskingum College in Ohio.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Marietta College, a master’s degree in Political Science from UMass Amherst and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College.

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is pleased to announce
@ Framingham State, our e-newsletter to keep alumni and friends of Framingham State better connected to the University. Each e-newsletter will feature information about upcoming events on campus. The University will continue to mail the biannual alumni magazine, as well as individual e-mails about specific events throughout the year. We hope you find this newsletter helpful and engaging.

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Upcoming Events:

Honors House Ribbon Cutting

Friday, February 3, 2 p.m.
22 Adams Road

Winter Commencement

(Ticket required)
Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center

Naomi Tutu Lecture

“Ubuntu: Our Shared Humanity”
Wednesday, February 8, 7 p.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center
Register Here

Career Conference

Networking Opportunity for
Students and Alumni
Friday, February 10, 1 to 5 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

Midday Performance

Monday, February 13, 1:30 to 2:20 p.m.
Ecumenical Center

Boston Bruins vs.
New York Rangers

Alumni and Friends Game
Tuesday, February 14, 7 p.m.
TD Garden, Boston

Save the Date:

Florida Alumni Regional Activities

March 13-17
Registration Required

Boston Red Sox vs.
Baltimore Orioles

Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m.
Fenway Park, Boston
Limited seating available

Boston Red Sox vs.
Los Angeles Angels

Tuesday, August 21, 7 p.m.
Fenway Park, Boston
Limited seating available

Check Out Framingham
Athletics Here

FSU Development and Alumni
Relations Team

Eric Gustafson
Executive Director

Maria Quiray
Director of Annual Giving

Robert Walmsley
Assistant Director of
Alumni Relations

Mark Veligor
Major Gifts Officer

Amy Luoto
Advancement Services Specialist

Nina Ricci
Administrative Assistant

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FSU Communications Team

Daniel J. Magazu
External Relations Coordinator

Luis Rodriguez
Graphic Designer

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