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October 10, 2017

Jill Castle: Weighing the Evidence and Promise of a Healthy Diet

Duty and Disobedience Series: Jill Castle

Thursday, October 12, 5:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
Registration Required!

What to eat and what not to eat…that is the question for children with ADHD. The evidence for a healthy diet is growing and may help children with ADHD, particularly with focus and attention, behavior, and overall nutritional status. Nutritionist and dietitian Jill Castle explores the current evidence for nutrient adequacy, food sensitivity and behavior, and optimizing nutritional status and growth through feeding strategies.

Duty and Disobedience Series: LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Banquet

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 5 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, FSU has partnered with BayPath Elder Services to plan an evening of dinner, dialogue, and entertainment to celebrate the varied journeys, lived experiences, and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community across all living generations. Join us as we acknowledge the efforts and strides of each generation to promote equity, challenge structural and systemic barriers to equality, and to simply live truthful and authentic lives.

Complimentary advance tickets available in the FSU Game Room or through BayPath Elder Services by contacting or 508-573-7288.

Space Station Explorers Open House

You are invited to attend an open house at the Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning where you will have an opportunity to network and take part in the activities experienced by youth in the new Space Station Explorers for Out-of-School Time (SSE4OST) program. The Open House will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 17th, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. You can register here:

Activities include:

• Conduct simulated remote sensing operations aboard the ISS in the Challenger Learning Center

• Discover the connected world of our Habitat Earth in the FSU Planetarium

• Roam the International Space Station through the ISS: Virtual Tour interactive exhibit

• Learn how to grow food hydroponically

• Explore the McAuliffe Center’s space science exhibits

• Become familiar with many more Space Station Explorers education resources

Jeffrey Cramer Kicks Off Duty and Disobedience Series

By Kate Shane, Publication Intern

The first event in this year’s Duty and Disobedience Series took place on September 26, with a lecture by Jeffrey Cramer titled “Thoreau and the Duty of Civil Disobedience” in the Heineman Ecumenical Center.

Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience” created higher laws and moral standards and had a worldly effect, according to Cramer, who is one of the world’s leading Thoreau scholars.  It influenced how others acted including Tolstoy, Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Gandhi inspired by Thoreau said, “non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.”

First published in 1849, Thoreau argues in “Civil Disobedience” that individuals should not permit governments to overrule their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Cramer looked at contemporary acts of resistance that connect to the essay. Movements such as Black Lives Matter open our eyes and make darkness visible, he said.

Two additional events in the Duty and Disobedience Series are scheduled for this week. Pride Across Generations: LBGTQ+ Intergenerational Banquet will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the McCarthy Center Forum at 5 p.m. and ADHD: Promise of a Healthy Diet is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Forum.

For more information, visit

National Cyber Security Awareness Month Activities

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and ITS is offering on-campus information sessions and free online awareness training to all employees:

On-campus Information Sessions

Learn about FSU’s cybersecurity program, basic cybersecurity hygiene, the online training, and engage in a Q&A with our Director of Information Security. All attendees will receive an FSU-branded mousepad with a cybersecurity message. Please RSVP at for either date:

·         Monday, October 17th 11:30am-12:15pm

·         Tuesday, October18th 1:30-2:15pm

Web-based Cybersecurity Awareness Training (ongoing, self-paced, free):

·         Raise your awareness and reduce yours and FSU’s exposure to risks like ransomware and unauthorized disclosure. Duration: Approx. 1 hr. Request through the MyIT portal*

*The online training will be offered throughout the year, not just in the month of October.

Homecoming and Family Weekend

There are lots of great events scheduled for Homecoming and Family Weekend, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 20th and Saturday, Oct. 21st.

For a complete schedule of events and to register, visit

FSU Planetarium - The Night Sky: Yours to Discover

Friday October 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 pm.

Family Night at the Framingham State University Planetarium presents "The Night Sky: Yours to Discover." For more information and to pre-register visit:

Save the dates: Campus Professional Development Days

The Campus Professional Development Steering Committee is pleased to announce that the 6th Annual Campus Professional Development Days will be held on January 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2018.

The University wide goals of Academic Distinction and Student Success, Inclusive Excellence and Organizational Effectiveness, Reputation, Relationships, and Resources.

"Hail Caesar!" Film Screening

The English Department presents "Hail, Caesar!" featuring George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, and Tilda Swinton. The screening will be held in North Hall Commons on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and Professor Claudia Springer will lead a discussion about the Coen Brothers' zany view of Hollywood in the 1950s. Join the fun and come in costume.

FSU Women’s Affinity Group

November 1, 2017
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
O’Connor Hall CIE room 120A

Please join us for our Fall semester event:

Empowerment, Communication & Women

The Women’s Affinity Group* will be showing a TED talk, “Power Poses”, given by social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy.

Amy Cuddy studies nonverbal communication – for example, the way you stand, how you move your hands, or the way you furrow your eyebrows. Things we do that send signals to other people about what we're like in that very moment. But she also studies how those same signals affect the way we think about ourselves.  Discussion questions to follow the video. 

Bring your lunch, and we will provide dessert, coffee and tea.  The hour promises to be entertaining 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, Nina Ricci.

*An affinity group is a group of faculty and staff linked by a common purpose, ideology, or interest.  Affinity Groups play a vital role in ensuring an inclusive environment where all are valued, included, and empowered to succeed.  They can provide a collective voice for faculty and staff with common interests, and are affiliated with and receive funding support from the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE).

Upcoming Events Sponsored by CIE

National Coming Out Day - Pride Across Generations
An LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Banquet
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 5-8 p.m.
For ticket information contact, or 508-215-5859

CIE Community Conversation: LGBT Rights Movement Before Stonewall
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1:30-2:20 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence

Career Summit Featuring Massport
Thursday, Oct. 26, 7-9 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

Upcoming Career Services Events

Careers, Technology and You
Friday, October 13, 9:30 a.m., DPAC
Hear from MetroWest employers about technology opportunities.

Suitable Solutions Career Professionalism Initiative
Networking & Mock Interviews
Friday, October 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m., MC Forum
Suitable Solutions Program participants practice and receive feedback from professionals.

The 12th Annual Major/Minor Fair
Tuesday, October 24, 12:30-2:20 p.m., MC Forum
Having difficulty choosing a major or a minor? Learn about which careers would correlate to your choice. Visit academic tables, Career Services, and International Education (Study Abroad). Learn about classes and skills needed for the major/minor you are considering, and how grad school and internships play a role.

Human Services Fair
Tuesday, October 24, 6-7:30 p.m., MC Forum
Explore internship and full-time opportunities available in human
Services, government and non-profits. Dress professionally, bring your resume, and network with up to 30 employers. Event is for both graduate and undergraduate students.

TJX Corporation Career Day Visit, Tour & Luncheon
Friday, October 27, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., TJX World
Suitable Solutions Program participants and others get a rare behind the scenes look at a major corporation including career opportunities and lunch.
Transportation will be provided.

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Carolyn Maibor’s article, “Managing One’s Station: Robert Roberts and the Professionalizing of Domestic Service," has been accepted for publication by the American Studies Journal.

-Dr. Thomas Koshy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics has three articles published:

1) "Polynomial Extensions of the Lucas and Ginsburg Identities Revisited," The Fibonacci Quarterly, Vo. 55 (2017), 147--151.

2) "Combinatorial Models for Vieta Polynomials," Journal of the Indian Academy of Mathematics, Vol. 38 (2016), 171--182.

3) "Gibonacci Extensions of a Swamy Delight," The Mathematical Scientist, Vol. 42 (2017), 90--97.

In addition, he co-authored an article with Ralph P. Grimaldi of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; it is titled "Ternary Words and Jacobsthal Numbers," The Fibonacci Quarterly, Vo. 55 (2017), 129--136.

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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