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October 15, 2018

Fall 2018 Authors and Artists Event

Fall 2018 Authors and Artists Event

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

Pam Bretschneider
The journey of biographical research: The Esther M. Wilkins Story, as Told by her Friends: An Authorized Biography

Professor Bretschneider’s presentation will relate to the trailblazing accomplishments
of the matriarch of the dental professions, Dr. Esther M. Wilkins, who passed away at
100 years of age, leaving behind a legacy of excellence. She will discuss how the book
became a reality, the journey of biographical research, as well as the challenges of
writing, editing, and publishing.

Ellie Krakow
Arm Armature

Professor Krakow will present her recent sculptural work, "Arm Armature." Participants
will be invited to join a conversation about her long-standing obsession with ancient
and contemporary forms of display. The discussion will reflect on how these systems
of display relate to gestures of support and mortality.

College Readiness Weekend

In Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of our College Readiness for Parents Program, Framingham State is holding College Readiness Weekend, three days of events geared to helped whole families become college ready.

College Readiness for Parents
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
7-9 p.m.

Want to know how to better prepare your child academically for the freshman year, what difficulties students face as college freshmen, and what work habits college faculty expect from college freshmen?

In its 10th year, College Readiness for parents continues to focus on on helping parents understand the difficulties students have with the transition to college in order to help their children grades 7-12 build the habits needed to become successful. This event is open to the public.

First-Generation Friday
Friday, Oct. 19
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

What does it mean to be first-generation?

Students who are first in their family to attend college.
Students who have parents/guardians who did not graduate from college or who do not have a bachelors degree (even if your siblings have attended college before you, you are still considered a first generation college student).
Students whose social networks, including relatives and friends, did not graduate from college.

Do you wonder what you student actually does all day? Or how university life is different from high school life? Come join us for our first First-Generation Friday to find out. You will not only see campus in a different way, but also find out information that will help you help your student, including student panel discussions and classroom visits. This event is open to family members of current first-generation students at Framingham State.

Join the Herd - Junior Campus Day
Saturday, Oct. 20
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This is Framingham State's Open House for high school juniors and their families. Get information on the college admission process, hear from current students about their experiences, attend sample lectures, get information about how to apply for financial aid, and learn how to better prepare for the transition from high school to college.

FSU Planetarium: International Observe the Moon Night

October 19, 2018 5:30pm & 6:30pm
International Observe the Moon Night
FSU Planetarium - Register Here:

The Moon has been a source of wonder and inspiration throughout human history. Over 400 years ago, Galileo pointed his telescope at the Moon, and discovered it to be a harsh world covered in mountains and craters. 50 years ago, humanity took its first steps on that world. October 20th is International Observe the Moon Night, and we are please to present a program (on October 19) designed to get you and your family looking up and exploring. In the planetarium, we will present the fulldome film Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope, which tells the story of the telescope’s role in scientific discovery, beginning with Galileo. We’ll also give you a quick tour of your night sky, including our beautiful Moon, to set you up for a night (and a lifetime) of exploring the sky.

After the show, if weather permits, we will lead some simple moon observations outside. We’ll have a few small telescopes, but feel free to bring your own – including binoculars (the best tool for observing the Moon)!

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
Be sure to register here:

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.

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.

Ties that Unite - Community Breakfast

Join us for the Ties That Unite Community Breakfast sponsored by Framingham State University, MassBay Community College and the MetroWest College Planning Collaborative.

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

St. Tarcicius Hall, 562 Waverley Street, Framingham.

A free breakfast and program are provided. RSVP to Colleen Coffey at

Employees of Color Afinity Group - kickoff meeting

October 17, 2018, 1 to 3 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence, O'Connor Hall

The Employees of Color Affinity Group (ECAG) will be having a welcome lunch on Wednesday, October 17th, 1-2:30 pm in the Center for Inclusive Excellence, O’Connor Hall, Room 120A. This lunch will serve as a meet and greet for anyone interested in the ECAG. Food will be provided.

The mission of the ECAG is to serve as a resource and community to FSU and its employees of color. The affinity group participates in and creates programming to promote and celebrate cultural diversity and foster an environment where employees of color will feel welcomed at FSU.

If you are unable to make it, but would like to stay informed about the ECAG, please contact co-chairs Raul Cornier (; x4744) or Patricia Sanchez-Connally (

LGBT History Month

Wednesday, October 24

"Gen Silent" Documentary Screening
4:30pm, McCarthy Center Alumni Room

Tuesday, October 30th

"Free Ourselves -Come Out Everywhere: The Radical Visions of the Gay Liberation Movement" by Michael Bronski
4:30pm, Ecumenical Center

1969: revolution was stirring around the world. In the United States, spurred on by the Anti-war, Women’s, and Black Power Movements, the Gay Liberation Movement was born. Half a century later, the LGBTQ Movement is very different. Come hear activist, author, and Harvard Professor Michael Bronski discuss the forgotten history of Gay Liberation and what it means for us today.

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

Questions? Contact Kim Dexter at

The Destruction of Memory: The War Against Culture, and the Battle to Save It

October 29, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe. This war against culture is not over - it's been steadily increasing. Based on the book by Robert Bevan, the film The Destruction of Memory tells the story of how heroic individuals have fought back, risking and losing their lives to protect not just other human beings, but our cultural identity – to save the record of who we are.

Midday Performances: Joseph Van Hassel

October 29, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

North Carolina percussionist Joseph Van Hassel performs a concert of cutting edge works for solo vibraphone and electronics, including the world premiere of Fractured Utopia by Boston composer Dan VanHassel. This program will also include world premieres of newly commissioned works by Ohio composer Mara Helmuth, and New York-based Drew Krause.

Swiacki Children's Literature Festival

November 1, 2018 at 3 p.m.
McCarthy Center

Celebrate children’s literature at our annual festival recognizing the best in children’s and young adult literature. This year we welcome Matt de la Peña and Wendell Minor. Matt de la Peña is the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Medal winning author of six young adult novels and four picture books. Celebrated artist, Wendell Minor, is nationally known for the artwork he has created as the cover artist and designer for more than two thousand books.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

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, Non-Profit and Government 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: Mass State Police
Noon—3:00 PM: Kaleidoscope Family Solutions &
3:00PM – 6:00PM: ABS Behavioral Health Services


9 AM - Noon: AFLAC & Calzadonia Group
Noon—3:00 PM: Scribe America & First Help Financial, LLC.


Noon to 3 PM: Cost Plus World Market


Noon to 3 PM: Ambit Energy


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


Noon to 3 PM: Town of Littleton Parks and Recreation Department

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Claudia Springer of the English Department was interviewed by the BBC World Service for the segment, “Cool: Sunglasses, Style, and American Counterculture,” on the radio program, “The Forum.” It was broadcast worldwide on October 6 and it’s now available on the BBC’s “The Forum” website. Here is a link to her interview:

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

1) Gibonacci Extensions of Taguiri’s Identity with Dividends, Journal of the Indian Academy of Mathematics, Vol. 39 (2017), 223-236.
2) Polynomial Extensions of the Lucas and Ginsburg Identities Revisited: Additional Dividends I, The Fibonacci Quarterly, Vol. 56 (2018),106-112.
3) Gibonacci Extensions of a Swamy Delight Revisited, Journal of the Indian Academy of Mathematics, Vol. 40 (2018).
4) Polynomial Extensions of the Lucas and Ginsburg Identities Revisited: Additional Dividends II,
Journal of the Indian Academy of Mathematics, Vol. 40 (2018.
5) Differences of Gibonacci Polynomial Products of Orders 2, 3, and 4, The Fibonacci Quarterly, Vol. 56 (2018), 212-220.

In addition, he has co-authored an article with Dr. Martin Griffiths of the University of Essex, United Kingdom. It is titled "Some Gibonacci Convolutions with Dividends," The Fibonacci Quarterly, Vo. 56 (2018), 237-245.

Upcoming events

Regenerative Agricultural Business Practices to Domestic Plants for Responsible Products with Mario Garcia Quesada

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Organized by: Dept of Biology, McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

Spanish: Regenerative Agricultural Business Practices to Domestic Plants for Responsible Products, Mario Garcia Quesada

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Organized by: Dept of Biology, McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

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