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October 19th, 2015

The Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center

New Planetarium Show: Undiscoverd Worlds

The community is invited to attend a Planetarium show new to the Christa McAuliffe Center’s library called “Undiscovered Worlds,” which explores areas of space with potential for alien life.

Humans have long imagined exotic and intriguing worlds beyond our solar system. However, in recent years, science fiction has become science reality. Undiscovered Worlds reveals the methods used by astronomers to identify these alien wanderers, and explores the idea of what it means to be in a habitable zone around a star.

The program will feature a tour of our seasonal night sky and a special talk by guest speaker Zachory K. Berta-Thompson, a researcher at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.

There will be two programs on Friday, Oct. 23rd. The first starts at 5:30 p.m. and is intended for families with children under 11 years of age. The second begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to general audiences. The program is free and open to the public, but you must register at visit

Authors and Artists Series: Fall 2015

Monday, October 19th, 1:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Dr. Emmanouil Apostolidis: Scientific Writing - From Lab to Manuscript

Dr. Apostolidis will discuss the scientific writing process starting from the identification of the appropriate research project, the execution of the research, the training of the student and finally the manuscript write-up and subsequent publication.

Christopher Bowen: Close Encounters of the Third Edition - One Author’s Experiences Managing the Evolution of Manuscripts

Professor Bowen will discuss the ins and outs and ups and downs of moving textbook manuscripts from one edition to the next. He is the author of two books, Grammar of the Shot and Grammar of the Edit.

Activist Naomi Tutu Comes to FSU

Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. DPAC

Human rights activist Nontombi Naomi Tutu returns to Framingham State for a special lecture entitled "Black Truths Matter: Lessons from South Africa's TRC for the U.S. Today."

Using South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as a starting place and model, race and gender justice activist, Naomi Tutu, argues that it takes courage to speak and hear the truth.  It is especially difficult to hear truths that challenge our image of ourselves as a community, and as a nation.  However, it is only in taking this first hard step, that healing becomes possible.

Tutu is the third child of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, and Brevard College in North Carolina. Tutu is a candidate for ordination in the Episcopal diocese of Tennessee.

The Color of Wealth

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Greater Framingham Community Church
44 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA 01702

Please join us for a special presentation of the report produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston entitled “The Color of Wealth in Boston.”  This report reveals a staggering disparity between the net worth of whites as compared with nonwhites in the greater Boston area.

Findings from the report will be presented by Ana Patricia Munoz, Community Development Research Director with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by State Rep. Chris Walsh.  This event is being hosted by Framingham State University in collaboration with the Greater Framingham Community Church.  (Attached please find the event poster, and a copy of the official report).

Event panelists include:
Reverend J. Anthony Lloyd, Senior Pastor, Greater Framingham Community Church
State Sen. Jamie Eldridge
Yves Salomon-Fernandez, Interim President MassBay Community College
Marc Jacobs, CEO Jewish Family Service of MetroWest
Paul Mina, President & CEO United Way of Tri-County
Renee Harper, Asst. Vice President and Controller Liberty Mutual
Lori Anderson, Representative from MetroWest Economic Research Center

Stamp Act Twitter Commemoration Project

This summer and fall marks the 250th anniversary of the protests against the Stamp Act. Passed in 1765, the Stamp Act was a tax on nearly all printed materials in order to raise money to support the operations of the British Empire. The protests against it—which effectively nullified it—were among the first major acts of resistance during the imperial crisis that resulted in the American Revolution. Students in Dr. Joseph M. Adelman’s American Revolution course are running a Twitter account (@KillingStamp) this semester to highlight the debates around the Stamp Act and learn how to present historical research to the public.

To develop their tweets, students conducted intensive research in newspapers and pamphlets from 1765 from the North American colonies and England. Each group of students took responsibility for a week’s worth of protests, beginning September 28 and continuing through the end of the semester. In the process, students are exploring the nature of political protest, the range of arguments for and against submitting to the imperial policy, and the challenges of crafting a historical narrative 140 characters at a time.

Interest-Free Student Loan Application

Information and application forms for no-interest Ellen Hyde Loans are available at the office of the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni at the Alumni House located at 42 Adams Road, the FSU Financial Aid Office, and online at  Undergraduate students who have completed the equivalent of one year's study, maintained a minimum QPA of 2.75, and demonstrated financial need, are eligible to apply.

Educational loans are made without interest and are repaid at a minimum rate of $50.00 per month on completion or termination of studies at Framingham State University. 

The DEADLINE to apply for loans for the Spring 2016 semester is November 15th.
Please call 508.872.9770 or email with any questions.

Giving Tree

SILD invites all members of the campus community to participate in our Second Annual Giving Tree program.  The Giving Tree program is a special service collaboration between SILD and the United Way of Tri-County, which provides gifts to children in need during the holiday season.  Last year, Framingham State collectively donated 66 gifts to 22 children in need. This year SILD's goal is to collect 150 gifts for 50 children in need.  To learn how you can purchase a gift for a child in need, email Colleen Schroth at Help ensure every child has a happy holiday season.

ASB Learning Partner Application

The ASB program is currently seeking staff and faculty members interested in serving as Learning Partner for the ASB 2016 trip to Pittsburgh, PA. This year our trip will be focused on youth development and education.  Learning Partners will offer guidance and support to the trip leaders and students, while participating in a once-in-a-lifetime service experience. Learning Partners must be full-time APA staff or faculty members.

If you are interested in joining our students for this incredible week of service, please fill out your application here. Applications are due 10/26 at 5pm.

Upcoming Wellness Events

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Speak About It
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Location: DPAC
Organized by:  First Year Programs, Health Center and Dean’s Office

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Alcohol Awareness Week
12 pm-2 :00 pm
McCarthy Center Lobby
Organized by: SEALS

Notable Accomplishments

-Deputy Chief of Police John Santoro was awarded the prestigious Trilogy Award on Friday, October 9th, from the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA). The Trilogy Award is given to law enforcement officers who have successfully completed FBI-LEEDA's Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Leadership Institute, and the Executive Leadership Institute, which culminates over 100 hours of training. The Supervisor Leadership Institute is a cutting edge program built especially for first-line supervisors and middle managers with the goal of enhancing their leadership competencies. Attendees are engaged in personality diagnostics, leadership case studies, mentoring, developing your people, performance management, risk management and credibility. This institute is student-centered and rich in facilitated dialogue and group work.

-President Emerita and former English Department Chair Dr. Helen Heineman has recently published two essays.  Last spring, her essay on Julia Budenz's poetry, "'I will choose the epic way': The Gardens of Flora Baum," was published in The Poetry Porch, an online journal (   Her essay, "David Copperfield and The Goldfinch: The Coming of Age Novel in Two Centuries," has just been published in the Autumn 2015 issue of The Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought (Volume LVII, No. 1).

-Dr. Thomas Koshy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, and Dr. Zhenguang Gao, Associate Professor of Computer Science, have co-authored an article titled "A Fibonacci Curiosity." It appeared in Mathematical Spectrum, Vol. 48 (2015), pp. 13-15. Dr. Koshy also has an article titled "Palindromic Pell Walks," published in the same issue; it appears on pp. 16-21.

-Since the publication of his most recent book of poems, Immortality, in March, English Professor Emeritus Dr. Alan Feldman has  published poems in Catamaran Literary Reader, Cimarron Review, Hanging Loose, Kenyon Review, and Salamander; additionally, he has work forthcoming in Antigonish Review (Canada), Miramar, and Southern Review.  His work has also appeared online in Cordite (Australia) and Across the Margin, and will appear in Valparaiso Poetry Journal.  

His poem, “The Terrible Memory,” has been selected as one of the eight poems to be published in the 2016 edition of Common Threads, Mass Poetry’s annual collection of poems by Massachusetts poets.  According to the Mass Poetry website, the organization also produces “a guide to reading and discussing the poems; a media package which includes videos of the poems being read (by the poets themselves when possible); readings at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and elsewhere; and outreach to libraries, senior centers, book clubs, and more, to facilitate ~350 poetry discussion groups throughout the state in an effort to broaden the audience for poetry."   Alan is in select company: the 2016 edition also includes poems by Denise Levertov and Seamus Heaney. 

Upcoming events

"A Piece of My Heart" Show

Saturday, November 18, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dwight Hall Auditorium 206 (DPAC), Dwight Hall Foyer

Organized by: Dept of Communications Arts

Manisha Sinha, The Slave's Cause: A New History of Abolition

Monday, November 20, 2017

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Heineman Ecumenical Center

Organized by: Arts & Ideas

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