Campus Currents

January 22, 2018

Students ask questions to astronauts on the International Space Station

Christa McAuliffe's Lessons to be Taught in Space

Framingham State University hosted a downlink with astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Friday, January 19th.

NASA used the event to announce that Astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold over the next several months will be performing some of the lessons that beloved FSU alumna Christa McAuliffe '70 had planned to conduct during her time in space. McAuliffe, the first teacher in space, died tragically along with the entire Space Shuttle Challenger crew due to a malfunction shortly after takeoff. 

You can read more about the planned lessons at the link below:

Check back next week to learn about what FSU students asked the astronauts during the downlink event.

Spring Arts & Ideas Series

The Spring Arts & Ideas Series has added several new exciting events to its lineup!

Be sure to check out the Duty and Disobedience Series for a full list of events taking place this semester. Things kickoff next week:

Being Queer and Muslim in the Trump Era
January 30, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Faisal Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist, speaker, and writer of Pakistani descent as well as the founder of Al-Fatiha, an international organization for LGBTIQ Muslims and allies. Using his own life experience, and by exploring the complex history of the Islamic world, Faisal sheds light onto the lives of an often invisible community: queer Muslims. His work highlights many challenges facing sexual minorities within the Muslim world and the escalating Islamophobia in the United States.

Rewarding Disobedience: A Talk by Ethan Zuckerman
February 7, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

As Director of the Center for Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ethan Zuckerman helped create the Disobedience Award, a $250,000 cash prize awarded to a person or group who has made a positive difference through ethical disobedience. New ideas are often uncomfortable ideas, and the Disobedience Award rewards rebels, free thinkers, innovators, and disrupters for breaking established rules, speaking truth to power, and envisioning the unimaginable.

FSU Bakealong

You are invited to the first Bakealong at FSU sponsored by the Food and Nutrition Department.

The King Arthur Flour Company provides a bread recipe and instructions each month and encourages groups to bake together. We will take a photo to upload to their website.

 January’s recipe is Challah so braiders are welcome. Actually, no experience required; we will teach you how to make bread.

The first Bakealong will take place on January 26, 2:30-5:30 in Hemenway Hall 209. The event is free and open to students, staff, faculty and family members.

We can accommodate 20 bakers so respond quickly.  We will keep a waiting list in case of ‘overflow.’  To reserve a spot, email Dr. Catherine Wickham at

Accepted Student Receptions

This year's Accepted Student Receptions will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 & Saturday April 14, 2018.

Notable Accomplishments

-Photographs by Dr. Derrick Te Paske, Comm Arts Department, are included in the current exhibition at the Aldrich Heritage Gallery of Alternatives Unlimited in Whitinsville. The exhibition, "Bringing Light to the Darkness: Exploring Abandoned Asylums," includes TePaske's early-1970's images from the Fernald State School, and runs until February 23.

-Susan Siraco, ’17, a double major in English and Political Science with a minor in Biochemistry, has just been accepted to the St. Louis University School of Medicine.   She will begin medical school in the fall.