Framingham State University

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October 2012

Hundreds Turnout for Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012

Ram Pride was on full display on Saturday, September 28, during Homecoming and Family Weekend. Hundreds of students, parents, alumni and friends turned out to watch the FSU athletic teams. The football team didn’t disappoint, beating the Massachusetts Maritime Academy 35 to 28. Other sports action included Women’s Soccer, which beat the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 4 to 0. Framingham Mens's soccer posted a w with a goal in double overtime to beat the Massachusetts College of liberal Arts 1 to 0. In Field Hockey the Framingham women defeated Fitchburg State 2 to 1. On the Volleyball court the Framingham women took a 3 to 0 win over Curry and then went on to beat Wentworth 3 to 1. Last but not least the Women's Cross Country team took first place in St. Joseph's (Conn.) Blue Jay Invitational.

Alumni and fans at Framingham State University

The weekend was filled with activities for students, alumni, parents and neighbors including the Taste of the Southwest Event in the McCarthy Center, a performance by the Improv Asylum Troupe and the 9th Annual Framingham State Alumni Ice Hockey Game.

Students at Framingham State University

A Family Fun and Club Fair, which included a farm stand hosted by Arcadian Farms of Holliston, A Liberty Mutual sponsored finger printing station, a mobile video game theatre and dozens of FSU club sponsored activities took place during the football game; and an End Zone club and beer tent was set up for those over 21.

FSU Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Football Program Following a 30-0 Victory over UMass Dartmouth

Around 200 people attended a BBQ buffet and reception at Framingham State on September 15 celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the football program. The gathering took place following the Rams impressive 30-0 victory over UMass Dartmouth at the Bowditch Field Athletic and Cultural Complex, Framingham.

Attendees heard from President Flanagan, Head Coach Tom Kelley and current and former players. We were also privileged to be joined by Dr. Dennis Golden, president of Fontbonne University in suburban St. Louis, who was Dean of Students and founding head football coach at FSU in 1972.

After suffering through many losing seasons over the years, the football program is experiencing unprecedented success recently. The team is the defending New England Football Conference Bogan Division Champion and has a record of 20-7 dating back to the start of the 2010 season.

Special thanks to the Alumni Organizing Committee, chaired by Kevin Gosnell ’91.

Chance for Alumni to Travel to Oman!

Interested alumni have the opportunity to travel with a group of students and faculty to Oman this spring for a “Study Tour to the Middle East.” The trip is schedule for March 16-24, 2013.

Join Dr. Audrey Kali, Communication Arts Department, on an Intercultural Communication journey to a place that is known as the Jewel of the Middle East: The Sultanate of Oman. This Arab state in southwest Asia is on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

Oman is one of the most developed and stable countries in the Arab world, making this a prime location for American students to experience an Islamic country. Study Intercultural Communication on site with Dr. Kali and learn the nuances of difference in communication and negotiation styles.

Learn about the intersection of Omani law, Islamic Sharia law, the legal rights of women, and cultural tradition. We will visit the American Embassy, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Al Amana Center for religious tolerance, the Sultan Qaboos University, the Sidab Womenʼs Association, and more!

The total cost is $3,500 and includes airfare, accommodations, most meals, in-country travel, and excursions. A deposit of $250 is due by November 1. For more information, contact:
Dr. Audrey E. Kali - Communication Arts
Jane Decatur - Director of International Education

Framingham State Ranked in Top Tier of Best Regional Universities and Colleges by U.S. News and World Report

Framingham State University ranks in the top tier of Best Regional Universities in the North, according to U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges, 2013 Edition.

The rankings, which were released on Wednesday, are based on factors such as average freshman retention rate, average graduation rate, the percentage of classes with 20 or fewer students, and the student-to-faculty ratio. U.S. News also considers the SAT/ACT percentiles of new first-time, first-year students, the admissions acceptance rate, and the average alumni giving rate.

In nearly every one of these categories, FSU has seen solid improvement during the past few years.

“Framingham State continues to welcome record-breaking classes, both in terms of size and academic achievement,” President Timothy J. Flanagan said. “People are realizing you don’t have to sacrifice academic excellence to attend an affordable institution. The value gained by attending Framingham State has never been higher. It’s a credit to our outstanding faculty and staff.”

The North Region consists of all of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

FSU Opens New Community Education Center

Framingham State University is excited to announce the opening of its new Community Education Center in the historic Jonathan Maynard Building just a few-minute walk from campus.

The center will provide additional space for the University’s robust community education programs, including the English Language Program, which offers everything from language tutoring to intensive English study.

“The Maynard Building provides us with a beautiful space that allows us to expand our English Language Programs as well as our overall community education component,” says Dr. Scott Greenberg, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Continuing Education. “We also hope to use the space to offer new professional development workshops for teachers and the workforce.”

The building is located at 14 Vernon Street, across the footbridge over Route 9. Rebecca Hawk, Director of Community Education and English Language Programs, says the University will be working with the community to develop programs that meet the educational needs of the citizenry.

“We envision this as a way for members of the community to try out a program and work a class into their schedule, without having to fully enroll,” Hawk says. “The great thing about a community center is it brings people in who wouldn’t typically follow a path toward a University education.”

The English Language Programs are the largest component of the University’s community education efforts.

Intensive daytime courses offer instruction on everything from reading, writing, grammar and speaking to electives such as American Culture and Cinema. There are also community courses in the evenings and Saturday mornings, as well as specialized tutoring to meet specific needs.

Fall Alumni Magazine Hits Mailboxes in October!

The Fall 2012 Issue of Framingham State Magazine should arrive in mailboxes toward the middle of October. The feature story for the upcoming issue is on the growth and evolution of the University’s dynamic Department of Economics and Business Administration.

The magazine will also include stories on some recent efforts the University has made to Go Green, highlights from Commencement and Reunion Weekend and much, much more!

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:

Mazmanian Gallery Exhibit

Dynamic Media
October 8 - November 2, 2012
McCarthy Center

President’s Distinguished Lecture Series

John Amaechi, former NBA player and best-selling author speaks about the need for equality in athletics and in everday life.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
7 p.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center

Midday Performance

High Lonesome Bluegrass
Monday, October 15
1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical and Cultural Center

International Film Series

The Salt of Life
(Gianni e le donne; Italy, 2011).
89 minutes.
October 25, 2012
7 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
General Admission $5

Save the Date:

Children’s Literature Festival

Thursday, November 1, 2012
3 p.m.
Multiple Locations:
D. Justin McCarthy Center
Whittemore Library

President’s Distinguished Lecture Series

Isabel Wilkerson,
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Monday, November 5
7 p.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center

Framingham State University is proud to present the 2012-13 Arts & Ideas program

– a yearlong series of engaging speakers, performances, exhibitions and films on campus. The series is designed to stimulate the kind of thought-provoking conversations that represent co-curricular learning at its best. Most events are free and open to the public.

Arts and Ideas - Your guide to a yearlong series of engaging speakers, performances, exhibitions and films on campus.

Give Today!

Now is a great time to make your gift to Framingham State University. 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: Send your check to:
FSU Office of Development
and Alumni Relations

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

Matthew Deniece Scholarship

Matthew Deniece Scholarship

Sunday, October 14th
Begins at 11:00 am
PINZ in Milford, MA
Please join us for Justice for Matt: 2nd Annual Bike Run celebrating the life of Matthew Denice ’11. The day will include a buffet, a raffle, entertainment, and a bike run for those interested. All proceeds will support the Matthew Denice ’11 Memorial Scholarship at Framingham State. For more information on attending the event or supporting the scholarship please contact Mark Veligor in the Alumni Office or visit


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Stories, news and photos may be sent to:
Framingham State University
Office of Alumni Relations
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701-9101

FSU Development and
Alumni Relations Team

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Executive Director

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Assistant Director of
Alumni Relations

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Major Gifts Officer

Margot Early
Director of Annual Giving

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Campaign Director

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Advancement Services Specialist

Nina Ricci
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