Campus Currents

October 1, 2018

Michael Dixon Painting

Michael Dixon: African American Art after the Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Exhibit Opening Reception: 4:30 p.m., Mazmanian Gallery
Public Lecture: 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum

This exhibition of Michael Dixon’s current work illustrates recent developments in African-American art by focusing on transformations of racial and interracial identities. Audiences will see how Dixon’s work visually changes from the civil rights era of the Sixties, which emphasized African-American accomplishments and the establishment of rights, to later forms that address self-reflection and individual identity.

This event is part of the Moon Landing in Context series.

Dr. Ira Silver: Hidden Stories Behind Social Problems

Join us for the CELTSS Fall Lyceum Lecture featuring Dr. Ira Silver:

Hidden Stories Behind Social Problems
Monday, Oct. 1, Alumni Room, 5 to 7 p.m.

Mass shootings. Gender violence. Police brutality. Cyberbullying. Drug Abuse. These and other social problems are familiar and personally relevant to many in the FSU community. This talk draws on recent examples in highlighting fascinating new ways to understand such significant and timely issues.

World Teachers' Day: Mayor Yvonne Spicer

Wednesday, October 3, 1:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum

Join us for World Teachers' Day featuring Dr. Yvonne Spicer! Chosen to be the first Mayor of the City of Framingham during an historic election on November 7, 2017, Dr. Spicer is the first African American woman to be popularly elected Mayor in the history of Massachusetts.

A resident of Framingham for 32 years, and long-time educator, Mayor Spicer was previously the Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at Boston’s Museum of Science. While there, Mayor Spicer was known for building partnerships in STEM education with policymakers, school districts, municipalities, business and other non-profit organizations. Prior to that, she was an administrator in both the Framingham and Newton public schools, after beginning her career as a teacher in Framingham.

This event is sponsored by the Education Club. For more information, please contact Jennie O’Leary and Mariah Prosansky via email at

Pride Across Generations Banquet

October 11, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

On National Coming Out Day, FSU and BayPath Elder Services will host the 2nd annual Pride Across Generations banquet, bringing together the LGBTQ+ community from all living generations. Join us for dinner, fellowship, and featured speakers. This year’s dialogue will center on the LGBTQ+ community in the workforce.

Fall 2018 Authors and Artists Event

October 16, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Professor Pam Bretschneider will read from her book, The Esther M Wilkins Story, as Told by her Friends: An Authorized Biography. Professor Ellie Krakow will discuss her sculptural work, "Arm Armature."

Campus Creative: A Celebration of the Arts at FSU

The community is encouraged to take part in Campus Creative: A Festival of the Arts and Humanities at Framingham State University!

Sunday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Activities will include:

  • Art and fashion exhibitions and demonstrations
  • Creative exercises and hands-on activities
  • Musical and theatrical performances
  • Poetry readings
  • Fun for kids, teens and adults
  • Information on our Danforth museum and school opening in Spring 2019
  • Food available for purchase and plenty of parking

For more information, please email Marc Cote at

The Alan Feldman Week of Poetry

Celebrate poets and poetry at Framingham State University during the Alan Feldman Week of Poetry!

October 22-26, 2018

• A poetry reading by Alan Feldman on October 23 at 7 p.m. in the North Hall Commons Room

• A poetry reading by English Department faculty on October 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center

• A student Poetry Slam on October 26 at 7 p.m. in Sandella’s

In Conversation with Joseph Kennedy III

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Dwight Performing Arts Center

As part of the Moon Landing in Context series, we invite Congressman Kennedy to offer a reflection on President John F. Kennedy’s exhortation “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

How can we channel this spirit to trigger in us an urgency to tackle the great challenges of our world today?

About Congressman Joseph Kennedy III:

Joseph Kennedy III has served as the U.S. Representative from Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district since 2013. Prior to being elected to Congress, Joe served the Commonwealth as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Middlesex County and Cape and Island’s District Attorneys’ Offices. Before that, he served as a member of the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. In January 2018, he delivered the Democratic response to the State of the Union address. Nationally, Joe has become a powerful voice for social justice, championing issues like transgender rights, marriage equality, pay equity and comprehensive immigration reform. He has been a vocal advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and vocational schools. As a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, he supports legislation that fosters economic growth today while protecting the climate for generations to come.

CELTSS: Distinguished Faculty Awards

The Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS) honors Framingham State University's Distinguished Faculty with an event held annually during the fall semester. The four faculty members honored are the recipients of the university's Distinguished Faculty Awards for excellence in scholarship/creative activity, excellence in teaching, excellence in advising/mentoring, and excellence in professional service. Each award winner gives a presentation on his or her career trajectory and achievements.

The Distinguished Faculty event will be held on Thursday, October 25, at 5 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

The 2018 receipients are:

Dr. Amanda Simons, Biology, Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz, Sociology, Excellence in Scholarship or Creative Work
Dr. Kelly Matthews, English, Excellence in Advising/Mentoring
Dr. Elaine Beilin, English, Excellence in Service

Lifelong Learning Series: President Emerita Helen Heineman – Leo and Sonya Tolstoy and the Mystery of Marriage

Dr. Helen Heineman,President Emerita, FSU
Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
Framingham Public Library, McAuliffe Branch Library

Lasting 48 years, the marriage of this famous novelist and his remarkable wife is documented in their diaries and notebooks. While their union is a story of a great love affair, it was rocked by extremes of happiness and pain and ended tragically in Tolstoy’s death, separated from his wife, in the train station at Yasnaya Polyana.

Careers, Technology and You

Careers, Technology and You
Friday, October 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. , DPAC

This annual event features a panel of industry professionals share what is happening in their fields.

Food Drive for Victims of Gas Explosions

The following was submitted by Professor Patricia Sánchez-Connally:

My Latinxs in the U.S. class is organizing a drive to collect non-perishable canned goods and personal items (diapers sizes 1-5, wipes, feminine products, deodorant, shampoo, soap, etc). There is a box outside the Center for Inclusive Excellence (1st floor O'Connor) until 10/4.

Could you please help us spread the word to your students? Could you also help by bringing in whatever you can donate?

Screening of Student Produced Feature Film, Vagrant

Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30pm in the Forum -

Please join the Communication Arts Department as they celebrate the on-campus premiere screening of Vagrant (2018), an independently produced student feature film. "While struggling to navigate his way through an isolating collegiate world, a series of misadventures forces an aimless student to confront his own self destructive behavior." The filmmakers will be in attendance with a Q&A to follow the screening. Free and open to the greater Framingham community.

Employees of Color Afinity Group - kickoff meeting

October 17, 2018, 1 to 3 p.m.
O'Connor Hall 120

The Employees of Color Affinity Group is a group which serves as a resource and community to FSU and its employees of color. The group promotes and celebrates cultural diversity through programming as a way to foster an environment where employees of color will feel welcome at FSU. The first meeting will focus on welcoming (and welcoming back) attendees, and discussing ideas for future activities and events. Lunch will be provided.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Avidia Bank Polished Professional Networking Event and Site Tour
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 12:45PM—2:00PM, Avidia Bank, Framingham

All majors welcome. Pre-registration required. Transportation available. Call the CSER office at 508-626-4625 for details and to register.

Careers, Technology and You
Friday, October 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. , DPAC

Panel of industry professionals share what is happening in their fields.

Career Connections
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 2:30 p.m.—4:00 p.m., HH 312

Computer science networking event with elevator pitch and resume reviews.

The 13th Annual Major/Minor Fair
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 11:30 a.m.— 1:30 p.m., MC Forum

Having difficulty choosing a major or a minor? Learn more about which careers would correlate to your choice. Visit academic tables, Career Services, and International Education (Study Abroad). Ask questions about classes and skills needed for the major/minor you are considering, and how internships play a role.

Human Services Fair
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m.— 7:30 p.m., MC Forum

Explore internship and full-time opportunities available in human services and non-profits. Dress professionally, bring your resume, and network with up to 30 employers.

On Campus Interviews TBA, 11/26-11/30, Foster Hall 102

Diverse employers come to campus to interview and recruit for job openings. Call the CSER Office 508-626-4625.

11/30/18—CJ Affiliates 2PM—4PM

Networking & Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Graduation Event
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m., MC Forum

Network with employer partners while learning about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying food and “mock” tails! Pre-registration is required. Contact the CSER office at 508-626-4625.

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. (Featuring up to six different employers weekly).


9:00 AM—Noon: College Nannies and Sitters & Microsoft
Noon—2:45 PM: US Marine Corps Officer Programs & The Key Program
3 - 6 PM: Little Sprouts & Boston Casting


9:00 AM—Noon: Yardi & Dick’s Sporting Goods
Noon—2:45 PM: Wayside Youth & Family Support Network & Jack’s Abby
3:00 PM—6:00 PM: Definitive Healthcare & Precious Beginnings Preschool


9:00 AM—Noon: Mass State Police
Noon—3:00 PM: Kaleidoscope Family Solutions &
3:00PM – 6:00PM: ABS Behavioral Health Services


Noon—3:00 PM: Scribe America & First Help Financial, LLC.


Noon—3:00 PM: Salmon Health Care and Retirement

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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