Framingham State University

@Framingham State

June 2012

FSU Celebrates Commencement and
Reunion Weekend

Perfect weather greeted friends, families, alumni and graduates during a beautiful Commencement and Reunion Weekend in May.

Students at Framingham State University

Festivities kicked off on Saturday, May 19, with the Alumni General Assembly and celebration of the Golden Anniversary Class of 1962. President Timothy J. Flanagan used the occasion to announce a $500,000 pledge from the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA), in support of scholarships and other special projects.

Students at Framingham State University

“We are extremely grateful for this generous commitment from IAFSA,” Framingham State President Timothy Flanagan said. “We are genuinely excited about this collaboration that will advance our common goal of supporting Framingham State’s students and faculty.”

Students at Framingham State University

Alumni Achievement Awards were also presented during the General Assembly to Edward Carr `96, `06G, Dr. Irene Foster `87, `88G, Susanne McIvor `62, `69G, and Kathleen Roberts `37.

On Sunday, May 20, thousands of people came to campus to celebrate the 2012 Commencement ceremonies. The theme of this year’s Commencement was “Food, Hunger and Nutrition.” Several of the state’s leaders in the fight to end hunger and improve adolescent nutrition urged Framingham State’s Class of 2012 to use their talents to help others.

“Do for others in whatever way fits you best,” said undergraduate commencement speaker Catherine D’Amato, the president and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank. “Give your time, give your money, give your talent. No gift is too small.”

D’Amato, whose organization provides more than 31 million pounds of food each year to local pantries, said she was inspired to become a food banker by her immigrant parents, who owned a restaurant when she was young and never turned away beggars.

“Food is a common language,” said D’Amato, who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University during commencement. “It offers comfort and safety. It brings people together. It provides fuel for our body and it powers our mind.”

While commencement was primarily about celebrating the next generation of highly educated young people who will drive the Massachusetts economy, the two loudest cheers of the day came in recognition of the accomplishments of a pair of older residents. During the graduate ceremony, Ralph Pfeiffer received a standing ovation as he accepted his Master of Education in History at the age of 90. Pfeiffer also received his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Framingham State in 2006, at the age of 84.

“Mr. Pfeiffer is truly a model for lifelong learning,” said Scott Greenberg, the associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education.

The other deafening cheer of the day came during the undergraduate ceremony, when Framingham State President Timothy J. Flanagan presented a special service award to Edith Brown, who works as a cashier in Framingham State’s dining commons. This year, Brown celebrated her 25th anniversary working at Framingham State, as well as her 90th birthday.

Other special guests included graduate commencement speaker Dr. Patricia Luoto `76G, professor of Food & Nutrition and director of the FSU John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition; Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree; and 2012 Citizen Laureate award recipients Paul Mina, president and CPO of the United Way of Tri County; and Katie Millett `78, executive director of the Office of Nutrition, Health and Safety Programs at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Massachusetts Honors Framingham State Student

Framingham State graduating senior Sarah Ferguson was among 29 public higher education students from around the state honored by Governor Deval Patrick in May for their outstanding achievements in the classroom.

“Sarah’s story reminds us all of the power of education to transform lives,” Governor Patrick said during a ceremony at the State House. “Investing in our students is exactly how we invent a brighter future for Massachusetts.”

Around 250 people gathered at the State House on May 10 for the 2nd annual 29 Who Shine awards honoring 29 outstanding graduates of Massachusetts’ 29 public college and university campuses.

Ferguson, a member of the Framingham State Honors Program, is a Biology major with a pre-medical concentration and a minor in Biochemistry. She has excelled in the science lab during her time at Framingham State, mastering complex techniques in several different areas including DNA extraction and purification, cloning, enzyme isolation, molecular modeling, ultraviolet spectrophotometry and analytical biotechnology. During her junior year, Ferguson performed an Independent Study in Cancer Biology on the topic of “Treatment for Resistant Cancers.” She recently completed her Honors Thesis on “The Role of Medical Examiners in Today’s Society.”

“Sarah’s work in the science labs at Framingham State is a perfect example of the level of innovation and research going on between our students and faculty,” President Timothy Flanagan said. “She is hardworking, thoughtful and driven – qualities we look for in all of our students.”

Outside the classroom, Ferguson serves as a Supplemental Instruction Leader at Framingham State’s Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA). In this role, she creates study sessions for a class of 70 students to help them achieve academic success in introductory level Chemistry courses. She is also a Student Admissions Representative, a Biology Subject Tutor and a Peer Mentor.

Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland said the 29 Who Shine demonstrate the high caliber of students in the state’s public higher education system.

“As we recognize the achievements of 29 outstanding students, we also draw attention to the quality of our 29 public college and university campuses, which are united by a common vision of our most fundamental educational role: to provide Massachusetts with the best educated citizenry and workforce in the nation,” Freeland said.

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is pleased to publish
@ Framingham State, our e-newsletter to keep alumni and friends of Framingham State connected to the University. Each e-newsletter features 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 e-newsletter helpful and engaging.

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Upcoming Events:

Alumni Red Sox Outing

Thursday, June 7, 2012
5 p.m. Pre-game Reception at Jillian's, Boston
7 p.m. Boston Red Sox v.
Baltimore Orioles
Limited seating available
Call 508-626-4687 for ticket details

Rams 2012 Booster Club Golf Tournament

Monday, June 18, 2012
10 a.m. shotgun start
Highfields Golf
& Country Club
Grafton, MA
Please contact Robert Walmsley in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at
(508) 626-4687
or Carey Eggen in the Office of Athletics at
(508) 626-4565

Save the Date:

Alumni Lobster Roll Cruise
on Cape Cod

Friday, July 27, 2012
Lobster Roll sunset dinner cruise departs Sesuit Habor.
Boarding begins at 6:00 p.m.
Cruise begins at approximately
6:30 p.m.
$55 per person
Register by calling the Office of
Alumni Relations
508-626-4687 or

Annual Alumni Trip to Tanglewood

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Bus departs FSU campus at
10:00 a.m. sharp
Show begins at 2:30 p.m.
Section 4 seating: $85.00
Section 11 seating: $45.00
Event pricing includes picnic lunch, luxury motor coach transportation, concert admission and a $10.00 donation toward student scholarships.
Register by calling the Office of
Alumni Relations
508-626-4687 or

Alumni Red Sox Outing

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
5 p.m. Pre-game Reception at Jillian's, Boston
7 p.m. Boston Red Sox v.
LA Angels of Anaheim
Limited seating available
Call 508-626-4687 for ticket details

Now Is The Time

June 30 is fast approaching. Now is the time to make your gift to Framingham State. There are three easy ways to give:

Online: Make your gift securely online at:

By Phone: You can give with a credit card by calling 508-626-4012.

By Mail: Use the pre-addressed reply envelope from the March Annual Fund mailing, or send your check to:
FSU Office of Development
and Alumni Relations

100 State St.
P.O. Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701

Alumni E-Survey

All FSU alumni are invited to complete an e-survey, to provide feedback and advice as Framingham State prepares to undertake its first-ever comprehensive campaign.
Click on the following link, to go to the e-survey:
FSU Alumni E-Survey
Please complete the survey by Friday June 15, 2012.

Any questions about the e-survey may be addressed to Eric Gustafson at
508-626-4668 or

FSU Development and Alumni
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Executive Director

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Alumni Relations

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Major Gifts Officer

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