Campus Currents

March 9, 2020

LL 2020

Lyceum Lecture Series: Rethinking the Global Citizen at FSU

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - Alumni Room, 5-7pm

Toward the end of Framingham State’s Mission Statement, there is a significant but underexamined phrase, “global citizen.” FSU purports to cultivate “thoughtful, responsible local and global citizens,” but what does that mean in practice? Professor Sandy Hartwiger will take up this question in the first half of his Lyceum talk in order to engage with the concept of global citizenship within the context of higher education, particularly at FSU, before moving into a discussion of the ways in which contemporary world literature pushes the boundaries of the idea of global citizenship to reimagine the concept outside of the context of neoliberal globalization.

Grieves combines disability activism and “passion for fashion” with Girls Chronically Rock

By Thomas Maye, Publications Intern

FSU alumna Keisha Grieves has become a major advocate for disability awareness.

She’s a Massachusetts State Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, assists in fundraising events, and has worked with Gov. Charlie Baker to make September 30 officially named Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day.

But not long ago, she told an audience in the forum last Wednesday, she wasn’t able to admit to herself she had a chronic illness in the first place.

‘I was in total denial for years,” she said. “There were some people that were close to me who didn’t even know I had muscular dystrophy - that’s how shut down I was.”

Grieves has since come a long way in her journey to self-acceptance, and in 2017, she founded Girls Chronically Rock to spread positivity to other people with chronic illnesses. No longer would she live in shame - instead, the line would encourage customers to wear their diagnosis with pride.

Emblazoned with phrases like “Trust your dopeness” and “Hello, my name is Chronically Ill Badass,” the line’s fun, fierce fashions are designed with the needs of disabled wearers in mind, allowing them to get dressed without needing as much assistance from caretakers. The shirts she sells, for instance, are made with lightweight fabrics and wider neck openings to make them easier for people with limited mobility to change into.

Grieves hopes to expand the collection to major retail sellers like Tommy Hilfiger and Target and continue to “build her empire.”

Last year, she enlisted the help of students at the FSU Fashion Department to make accessible clothes of their own, incorporating elements such as velcro fasteners and magnetic zippers, which are easier to pull up.

Featuring a pink Marilyn Monroe-inspired dress and feisty animal print fabrics, Grieves said she looks forward to using the prototypes, unveiled for the first time on stage, as inspiration for future designs.

Student Charity Mariño, who helped present some of the designs, said, “I have three cousins who all have some form of disability that makes it difficult for them to experience day-to-day life. Attending Girls Chronically Rock not only put things into perspective for me as a designer, but also made me realize the lack of recognition these people face.”

Despite the struggles faced, Patricia Bryan, Grieves’ mother, said Grieves refuses to let her disability define her. “She’s a very determined person. She doesn’t let it get her down. I’ve never seen her say, ‘Why me?’”

The Linda Vaden-Goad Authors and Artists Series, Spring 2020

March 12, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

The Life and Thought of Filaret Drozdov, 1782–1867: The Thorny Path to Sainthood by Dr. Nicholas Racheotes (Professor Emeritus, History) is an intellectual biography of the foremost historical figure in the religious world of nineteenth-century Russia. The product of decades of archival research, most of which was in the Russian language, this is the first book-length study of St. Filaret in English.

Drawing on interviews and written accounts from transgender survivors of intimate partner violence, Dr. Guadalupe-Diaz from the Sociology Department sheds much-needed light on the dynamics of abuse that entrap trans partners in violent relationships in his recently published book, Transgressed.

Miriam Levine Reading: Author Grace Talusan

March 24, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Author Grace Talusan will read from her memoir The Body Papers. A searing account of childhood sexual abuse, the book also delves into Talusan's background as a Filipino immigrant and a cancer survivor and the ways in which these experiences are linked by vulnerability and personal strength. Recipient of the 2017 Restless Book Prize for New Immigrant Writing, she teaches in the Boston area.

The Stellar Nursery: Morning, Noon, and Night

Friday, March 20, 2020; Showtimes: 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Framingham State University Planetarium

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Pre-Schoolers, this one’s for you! The Stellar Nursery is back with another night of stories and stars. First, we’ll host a read-aloud from the classic children’s book Morning, Noon, and Night. In this beautifully-illustrated book, lyrical prose from Newbery-medalist Jean Craighead George, and vibrant paintings by Wendell Minor invite the reader to greet each part of the day as the Earth turns toward, and away, from the Sun. On each page, we'll also meet different animals that are active during different parts of the day. After the book, our young guests will get a chance to participate in a short planetarium program that's just right for them.

Campus Creative - Saturday, March 28

Campus Creative - A Festival of the Arts and Humanities at Framingham State University

Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum for check-in and activities

  • Art and Fashion exhibitions and demonstrations
  • Creative exercises and hands-on activities
  • Food available for purchase and plenty of free parking
  • Alumni ComicCon
  • Poetry readings
  • Fun for kids, teens and adults
  • Interactive History demos

For more information, contact Dean Marc Cote at

Reyne Grande Shares her U.S./Mexico Border Story with FSU

April 2, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Dwight Performing Arts Center

Born in Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. When Reyna was nine, she made her own journey north, entering the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, and later becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college. Join us as critically acclaimed author Reyna Grande shares her powerful story!

This event is part of the 2020 Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture Series.

Black and Gold Beginnings - Call for Programs

Black and Gold Beginnings 2020

Call for programs! We are currently receiving program proposals for the 2020 Black and Gold Beginnings program. Black and Gold Beginnings is our annual welcome program for new students at the University. This year our program runs August 29 through September 1, 2020.

Whether you wish to have an open house, an information table, or host an event, please complete this proposal form:

Questions? Email Rachel Lucking,

IAFSA Coffee and Conversations: Kathryn Tomasetti ‘70

42 Adams Road, Tuesday, March 17, 9:30 a.m.
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The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA) located at 42 Adams Road, Framingham is hosting a series of Coffee and Conversations. The series will continue March 17th with Kathryn Tomasetti ‘70, discussing her Grandmother Kathryn (Cassie) Harrington Jordan, a graduate of Framingham Normal School, class of 1910, and her involvement with WWI.

During the Centennial Celebration of World War I, the Framingham History Center honored seven residents who made a difference during The Great War in the exhibit “An American Town in World Wat I” Cassie was chosen for her work with The Military Girls Club that she helped organize with her sisters and friends. During weekly meetings, the woman made and sent comfort boxes to the soldiers in training in the U.S. and to those serving on active duty overseas. In addition, the club members held fundraisers, plays and dances to raise funds for the Red Cross.

Request Sam the Ram for Your Event

A reminder to everyone that you can request Sam the Ram through RamLink for your Office, Club, or Athletic events!

The link to the Request Form is:

If anyone has any questions regarding requesting Sam, they should email SILD Club Coordinator Brendan Fraser at or give him a call at 508-215-5031.

FSU Women's Affinity Group: Challenges, Balance, Community

Wednesday, April 1, 11:45 a.m. in the Alumni Room.

For our Spring discussion group, Dr. Constanza Cabello, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, will share her story of being young, being a person of color, being an immigrant, and being in a position of leadership. She is a proud Chilena, a child of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate.

After sharing her story, she will open it up to the group to talk about how we balance the demands on our time and energy, our work vs. family, and the importance of community both on campus and off to support us in our lives.

We will provide a light lunch of soup, salad, bread, fruit, dessert, coffee and tea.
The hour promises to be uplifting and enlightening!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the group members: Peg Charbonnier, Meghan Maxfield, Deborah Hogan, Jennifer Hyde, and Nina Ricci.

Sigma Delta Pi: Cafe Culto (Cultured Coffee)

Come to Red Barn Cafe and chat with members of Sigma Delta Pi. Meet new people and practice Spanish with a cup of coffee!

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on 3/25, 4/1, 4/29, and 5/13.

WDJM 50th Birthday Bash!

WDJM is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the students of the station will be hosting a week of events April 6-10. There will be a “through the decades” theme of events.

April 6th-
70’s outdoor music fun
North Hall Lawn 11:30am-2:30pm (new gym rain location)
Tie dye, food, relax and listen to music

April 7th-
80’s movie night
Forum 8pm-10pm
Watch Footloose, food and fun 80’s photo ops

April 8th-
90’s Trivia
Dining Annex 7pm-9:30pm

April 9th-
2000’s Karaoke and costumes
Forum 7pm-9pm

April 10th-
50th Birthday Bash
Forum 4pm-6pm
Interactive activities, meet station alumni, and of course cake!

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 6:00PM:
Employers showcase their organization every Wednesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the Welcome Desk. Their goal is to network with FSU students and recruit students for full time or internship opportunities. Stop by their table in order to learn more!

Mar 10 10am-1:30pm: MetroWest YMCA Career Day

Mar 11 9am-12pm: The Massachusetts State Police & Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
12pm-3pm: Cloud International & Farrington Nature Linc

Mar 25 9am-12pm: McAdam Financially Advanced & The Primrose School of Natick
12pm-3pm: RCS Learning Center & UNIQLO
3pm-6pm: US Census 2020

Apr 1 9am-12pm: Ashland Public Schools & Southborough Youth and Family Services
12pm-3pm: Wayland Public Schools & Little Flippers Swim School

Apr 8 12pm-3pm: College Nannies, Sitters, and Tutors & Primrose School of Mansfield

Apr 15 12pm-3pm: Mini Miracles Early Education Center & the Springfield Public Schools

Apr 22 12pm-3pm: Booster Enterprises

Apr 29 12pm-3pm: Housing Management Resources

Majors Going Mobile, Every Tuesday, through May 6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., MC Lobby
The Career Services office showcases different majors and minors every Tuesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the Welcome Desk. The goal is to be available to FSU students who may have questions about their major and/or would like to have more information about which careers and internships might be available to them in their major. Stop by the table in order to learn more.

YMCA Career Day, Tuesday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Lobby
Learn about the many job and internship opportunities with the MetroWest YMCA. Meet with Y recruiters and have all your questions answered.

How to Find an Internship Workshops, Wednesdays, 3/11, 4/8 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., MC Alumni Room
This is an interactive workshop where students gain insight into the process of internship search strategies including: self-inventory, preparation process, resume reviews, professional attire, mock interviewing, professional references, the search process, HANDSHAKE, CSER events, networking, and how to apply.

Connection Employer Site Visit, Friday, March 13, 10:30 a.m., 293 Boston Post Road, Marlborough
All majors welcome. Limited transportation provided. Call CSER for more information and to pre-register at 508-626-4625.

CHOICE Internship Info Table, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 12 p.m.—2:00 p.m., MC Lobby

Prepare for the Fair, Monday, March 23, 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Foster Hall, Room 102
Are you looking for something professional to wear to the TWO Spring Job & Internship Fairs? Come to “The Closet”, free clothing event, where free, gently used clothing and accessories await you. There will also be networking guides, resources folders and how to dress tips.

NEW: TWO DATES for the Spring Job and Internship Fairs:

Wednesday, March 25, 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m., MC Forum
Come to this great networking event! Full-time and Internship positions available. Over 30 employers from the business, retail, insurance, staffing, banking, finance, STEM, health & wellness fields will be featured. Bring your resume. Dress professionally. Log onto your HANDSHAKE account to view full list of organizations.

Thursday, March 26, 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m., MC Forum
Come to this great networking event! Full-time and Internship positions available. Over 25 employers from the education, human services, non-profit, and community fields will be featured. Bring your resume. Dress professionally. Log onto your HANDSHAKE account to view full list of organizations.

Suitable Solutions Mock Interview and Networking Day, Thursday, April 9, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., MC Forum
*Must be enrolled in the Suitable Solutions Professionalism Program. Students practice interviewing and receive feedback from professionals!

Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Networking Event & Graduation, Tuesday, April 14, 5:15-7:00 p.m., MC Forum
Network with over 50 employer partners while learning about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying food and “mock” tails!
Open to all students and all majors! Must pre-register through Handshake. Contact the CSER Office for more information at 508-626-4625.

MERC Education Fair, Thursday, April 23, 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., at Boston University
Come to the largest education fair in New England - Over 100 school systems and agencies attend! Save the date for this annual recruiting event that brings together teaching candidates and school systems across the country for networking and job opportunities in public/private schools. Must register at: Limited transportation will be provided. Must pre-register for the van by calling the CSER Office at 508-626-4625.

Notable Accomplishments

-Professor Joseph Adelman's book, Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789, has been awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2019 St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize in American Bibliography, which is awarded by the Bibliographical Society of America.

Upcoming events

Habitat Earth Screening for Young Learners with Dr. Margaret Carroll

Monday, April 12, 2021

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

The Unraveling of the World: What Climate Change Has to Teach Us by Dr. Vandana Singh

Monday, April 12, 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C, Dept of Physics & Earth Science

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