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October 16, 2017

Homecoming & Family Weekend

Homecoming & Family Weekend

Don't miss out on all the activities taking place during Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 20-21st! Come learn what Ram Pride is all about!

Highlights include:

fRAMfest Celebration
Annual Moonlight Breakfast
Alumni of Color Network Event
Murder Mystery Dinner
FSU End Zone Club
Football vs. Westfield State
Men’s Soccer vs. Worcester State
Field Hockey vs. Western Connecticut

For a complete schedule of events, visit

FSU Poetry Week!

It's Poetry Week at FSU with three big events lined up:

Poetry reading by Steph Burt and Rachel Trousdale
October 17th at 7:30 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

Harvard University Professor Steph Burt will read from a new poetry collection, Advice From the Lights, a brilliant and candid exploration of gender and identity. This collection includes poems about Steph’s female self; poems on the poet’s early life; and versions of poems by
the Greek poet Callimachus, whose present-day incarnation worries about mortality, the favor of the gods, and the career of Taylor Swift. Professor Rachel Trousdale will read from her recent chapbook, Antiphonal Fugue for Marx Brothers, Elephant, and Slide Trombone. Her work—sometimes funny, sometimes moving, sometimes both—deals with the disjunctions and harmonies we find among our work, our bodies, and our desires.

Authors and Artists Series
October 18th at 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Bartholomew Brinkman: Poetic Modernism in the Culture of Mass Print

Dr. Brinkman will discuss his recently published book, Poetic Modernism in the Culture of Mass Print, focusing on the role of print artifacts in the making of modern poetry and of literary archives for the researching of that poetry.

Samuel Witt: Little Domesday Clock

Professor Witt will discuss his latest poetry collection, Little Domesday Clock, including the creative process he goes through when writing poetry. He will also give a reading from the book.

Student Poetry Slam
October 20th at 7:30 p.m., Sandella’s, North Hall

Midday Performance Series: New Inca Son

Join us for the second Midday Performance of the academic year:

New Inca Son
October 23, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

The splendor of Andean folklore comes alive with New Inca Son, "proud bearer of an indispensable cultural legacy." (Keith Lockhart, Boston Pops Conductor). The group has performed its ancient melodies and dances in such diverse places as Red Square in Moscow, historic Teatro dal Verme in Milan and the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Feel free to clap, sing, and dance if the spirit moves you.

Fall Lyceum Lecture: Lissa Bollettino

Lissa Bollettino, Fall Lyceum Speaker
McCarthy Center Forum
Monday, October 23
5 p.m.

“A Vassal to His Majesty”: Loyalty, Betrayal, and Slaves’ Pursuit of Freedom in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Jamaica

In keeping with their desire to honor enslaved people’s agency, scholars have tended to focus on those who rebelled. In this lecture, Dr. Bollettino will instead shed light on the choices of those often marginalized as “collaborators” as she analyzes the petitions of two enslaved men who won their freedom through alliance with the colonial order in Jamaica and explores the ambiguous consequences of their service to the British empire, both for their individual lives and for the institution of slavery in the British Atlantic. This lecture will provide insight into how historians work as Dr. Bollettino shares how she came to find these unique petitions in Britain’s National Archives and the progress she has made in reconstructing the petitioners’ lives and appreciating the meaning and significance of their appeals to their king.

Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Services (CELTSS).

Treating Mass Shootings for What They Really Are: Threats to American Security

October 26, 2017, 7 p.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center

Join us for this tragically timely event in the Dwight Performing Arts Center. Mass shootings now pose the single most credible threat to American security. And no place is immune. Why do people go on such deadly attacks? What makes these acts of violence a security threat? And what can be done to curb the carnage? Join us for an evening with Dr. Louis Klarevas, author of Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings, as he answers these pressing questions and offers a way forward.

What Should We Do with Confederate Monuments?

The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia in August have brought Confederate monuments onto the front pages of our newspapers and into our collective political and cultural consciousness. When - and why - did these monuments appear in town squares, university campuses, and cemeteries across the nation? This talk will answer these important questions before moving on to a discussion of three options for dealing with the Confederate memorials in our midst: retain them, remove them, or transform them into something else entirely.

Join us on Tuesday, October 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center for the 4th Annual Phi Alpha Theta Lecture by Megan Kate Nelson, a historian and writer based in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War. The event is co-sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, and the History Department. For more information, please contact the Phi Alpha Theta advisors, Dr. Joseph M. Adelman ( or Dr. Stefan Papaioannou (

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

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).

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:

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.

National Day on Writing

Friday, October 20th, is the National Day on Writing, and for the first time, FSU will participate in this nationwide project. We will have a six-word memoir post-it wall, whiteboards where participants can post pictures telling everyone #whyiwrite, and an exquisite corpse story. There will also be two writing contests and door prizes. These activities will be at the entrance to the McCarthy Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The English Department and CASA are sponsoring the event. Come join us!

"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.

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.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by CIE

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

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.

On-Campus Interviews Week
November 27—December 1, 2017— More Employers TBA
11/27/17: Wayside Youth &Family Support Network
11/28/17: Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Mocktail Mixer Networking Event & Graduation
Thursday, December 7, 2017,  5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., MC Forum

Network with employer partners while learning about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying appetizers and “mock” tails during the final event of the Suitable Solutions Professionalism Program. Pre-registration is required via Ramtrack.

Wednesday Employer Showcase, Campus Center Lobby, 9AM to 6PM

9 a.m.— Noon: Travelers Insurance & Home Instead Senior Care
Noon—3 p.m.: Ann Taylor & Wind River Environmental
3-6 p.m.: Gillette/The Kraft Group


Noon—3 p.m.: Bright Horizons


Noon-3 p.m.: Mass Life Sciences Career Day


Noon-3 p.m.: The Learning Center for the Deaf


9 a.m. – noon: US Army
Noon - 3 p.m. The Kraft Group/Gillette Stadium
3 – 6 p.m. Alku


Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Claudia Springer’s article, "Shadow Films: Picturing the Environmental Crisis," has been accepted for publication by Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media