Framingham State University

@Framingham State

September 2012

Dozens of Alumni Attend Tanglewood and Red Sox Events in August.

The annual alumni trip to Tanglewood was another huge success, several alumni and friends took part in the unique outdoor concert put on by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Alumni enjoyed a picnic and wine on the lawn prior to the start of the show.

Students at Framingham State University

On August 21, a group of alumni gathered at Fenway Park to see the Boston Red Sox take on the Anaheim Angels. While the results of the game didn’t turn out as hoped, alumni were treated to a pre-game tribute to Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky. Prior to the game, alumni gathered at Jillian’s outside the park for a pint and bite to eat.

Students at Framingham State University

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Students Are Back!

There is a buzz in the air as FSU students return to campus this month. We’re excited to welcome an excellent incoming class of freshmen and transfer students, as well as the return of our upperclassmen. It should be a great semester!

Students return following a busy summer on campus. Among the many projects accomplished was the conversion of the University’s Power Plant from number six fuel oil to natural gas. The project will save the University thousands of dollars in annual energy costs and reduces our carbon footprint by 30 percent.

Construction is also currently underway on a new planetarium at the McAuliffe Challenger Center. The planetarium will feature a new state-of-the-art projector that offers much higher resolution graphics and makes full use of the dome, according to Director Mary Liscombe.

The University has also opened a full-time Veterans Resource Office. The office is run by our new Coordinator of Veterans Services Kevin Fields. Fields spent nearly seven years in the Army primarily operating as a mechanized infantry squad leader, and later as a section leader.

Fields has master’s degrees in Public Administration and Political Science from Suffolk University in Boston. His primary role will be helping student veterans understand and take advantage of the benefits they are afforded through the VA Education System.

FSU’s Online Master in Education Degree Ranked Among the Most Affordable Nationally

Framingham State University’s online Master of Education degrees rank 18th nationwide in affordability out of 367 programs surveyed by The site also ranks the University’s Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instructional Technology as the 9th most affordable in the United States.

Dr. Scott Greenberg, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at FSU, says the rankings demonstrate the University’s commitment to accessibility.

“The value of a Framingham State University degree is among the highest in the country, when you factor in the high quality of education with the affordable costs,” Greenberg says. “Our excellent master’s degree in Curriculum & Instructional Technology is one of several affordable online programs we offer in 18 subject areas.” is a consumer group founded in 1989 that publishes online college rankings and online university ratings based on affordability and credibility. The ranking Web site found that the average cost of an online Master of Education degree nationwide is $16,731. Framingham State’s online degree costs under $10,000, placing it as a “Best Buy” for teachers and educators seeking an affordable online education degree.

“Framingham State is a nationally ranked leader in the field of online learning. Its efforts to offer a high-quality college education to the public through the innovative use of technology are exemplary,” says Vicky Phillips, founder of “In a time when college costs have reached astronomical levels, Framingham State is a role model for how educational technology coupled with wise administrative policies can help solve the cost crises that is crippling higher education.”

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:

40th Anniversary of Rams Football Celebration

Saturday, September 15, 2012
1:00 p.m. game at Bowditch Athletic and Cultural Complex in Framingham.
Immediately Followed by a reception in the athletic center gym on campus.
Casual dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m.
$50 per person
You may register on-line by visiting

Or call Mark Veligor at 508-626-4609

Homecoming and Family Weekend

“Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”
Friday, September 28, 2012 –
Saturday, September 29, 2012
visit for more details.

Save the Date:

Midday Performance

Capoeira Angola
Monday, September 17, 2012
1:30 p.m.
Ecumenical Center

A discussion with Marion Stoddart

Grassroots Advocate Who Cleaned up the Nashua River
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
4:00 p.m.
Alumni Room, D. Justin McCarthy Center

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

International Film Series

The Salt of Life
October 25, 2012
(Gianni e le donne; Italy, 2011).
89 minutes.

Children’s Literature Festival

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

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


Have you taken a new job? Been promoted? Moved? Gotten married? Welcomed a new baby or grandchild? Participated in a gathering with fellow FSU alumni? Share those and other stories through class notes in an issue of the Framingham State magazine.
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

Eric Gustafson
Executive Director

Robert Walmsley
Assistant Director of
Alumni Relations

Mark Veligor
Major Gifts Officer

Margot Early
Director of Annual Giving

Erin Ryder
Campaign Director

Amy Luoto
Advancement Services Specialist

Nina Ricci
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