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October 21, 2019

The Alan Feldman Week of Poetry Oct. 21-25, 2019

The Alan Feldman Week of Poetry

Poetry Reading with Martín Espada
October 22, 2019 at 7 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

The 2nd annual Alan Feldman Week of Poetry is headlined this year by Martín Espada, a professor of English at UMass-Amherst. As a poet, essayist, translator, editor, and attorney, Espada has dedicated much of his career to the pursuit of social justice, including fighting for human rights and reclaiming the historical record. His critically acclaimed collections of poetry celebrate—and lament—the working class experience.

Faculty Poetry Reading
October 24, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Heineman Ecumenical Center

Student Poetry Slam
October 25, 2019 at 7 p.m., Sandellas

Whittemore Library: 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Please Join Us As We Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of the Henry Whittemore Library at Framingham State University with two upcoming events:

Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 4 p.m., Library Entrance
Refreshments to follow

Presentation: Professor Robert Alter, “Henry Whittemore Library in the Context of Heroic Concrete Architecture”

Closing Remarks: Colleen Previte, Archivist

Cosplay Disco
Thursday, Oct. 31, 1-3 p.m.
Whittemore Library UM-14

Dress to impress in your 1970s inspired costume!

Music, crafts, games, photo booth, and refreshments. 

Mass STEM Week: McAuliffe Center Open House

Don't miss the McAuliffe Center Open House during Mass STEM Week (Oct. 21-25). This great family event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn Science Together: Engage in hands-on activities for youth - adults pairs

Explore the universe together: Participate in team discoveries in the FSU planetarium

Take selfies together: Strike a pose next to the life-size 3D replica of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.

For more information, visit and click on STEM Week.

Upcoming at Danforth Art Museum

A new exhibit will go on display at Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University this Friday, October 26th. Access to the museum is free to Framingham State University students, faculty, and staff.

Prints from Campus: Selections from Faculty Teaching in New England
A selection of work that reflects the diversity of printmaking in New England, this exhibition includes almost 60 pieces by faculty teaching in universities across New England. In affiliation with the Boston Printmakers and the North American Print Biennial, this exhibition will run in conjunction with an installation of prints by students in New England at Framingham State University’s Mazmanian Gallery.

On display from October 26th to December 15th.

Also currently on display at the museum:

Dressed (Through December 29th)

Six contemporary artists reference the intricacies of covering the body and the meaning held in items such as the familiar dress form. Work by Catherine Bertulli, Jodi Colella, Merill Comeau, Mia Cross, Nancy Grace Horton, and Marky Kauffmann.

Highlights from the Permanent Collection (Through 2019)

In the Studio: The Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller Collection (Permanent)

In addition to the exhibitions, a few upcoming events are planned:

Director Talk: The Story Behind “A Village Funeral in Brittany”
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m.

What do photography, closed window shutters, and the placement of a coffin have in common? Find out when Executive Director Debra Petke talks about one of the Museum's most beloved paintings by artist Charles Sprague Pearce. Following the lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to view the painting in the Museum.

Reception for “Prints from Campus”
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2:00 p.m. 

Join printmaking faculty and students from across New England to celebrate "Prints from Campus," The reception is free and open to the public.

"A Conversation: Teaching Printmaking," with Rhoda Rosenberg
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m.

The talk is free and open to the public.

To learn more, visit

Arthur Nolletti Jr. Film Series: Lion

October 28, 2019 at 7 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Lion (2016) explores the bonds linking us to our roots. A 5-year-old boy in India gets lost and travels thousands of miles to a new country and a new life. Twenty-five years later, he searches for his original home. Based on a true story.

Free Webinar: Preparing Teachers for Culturally Responsive SEL + PBIS

Free Webinar for Educators and Families: “Preparing Teachers to Implement Culturally Responsive Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS),” by Dr. James Cressey.

Tue, October 29, 2019, 3 p.m. Register Here.

Educators are often knowledgeable and skillful in the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) as an inclusive classroom practice for students with and without disabilities. Social-emotional learning (SEL) and culturally responsive teaching (CRT) are less likely to be addressed in teacher preparation. Even more rare are integrated models that illustrate how all three (PBIS, SEL, and CRT) can be integrated. However, in practice, teachers are often working in contexts where all three approaches are being implemented. How can we better prepare future teachers for the complex implementation challenge of using multiple approaches at once? This presentation will offer a theoretical framework, followed by case study examples from the work of educators and related professionals in PreK, elementary, middle, and high school settings.

Sponsored by: The Chris Walsh Center for Educators and Families of MetroWest, in the College of Education at Framingham State University.

Wounded by War: The Story of Kevin Flike

November 4, 2019 at 7 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

The moments of September 25, 2011 could never be forgotten by Kevin Flike, a Staff Sargent in the Green Berets. After being pinned down for 11 hours during a surprise attack on the Taliban, Flike was shot in the stomach. His team risked their lives to carry him through the warzone to safety – and thanks to a bodycam that his teammate had on – these harrowing and heroic events were all captured on film. The documentary, created by FSU alum Mike Neilan ’16, is a story of resilience and recovery – a look into a daring rescue, and a veteran’s battle with PTSD, addiction and the will to live. Join Neilan and Flike for this 30-minutes film screening and discussion.

LatinX Heritage Month Events

Week of Oct. 20th

Deaf Awareness and the LatinX community
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Location: Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE)
The nation's deaf Latino (or Hispanic) community is continuing to grow, with more conferences, organizations, and websites about deaf Latinos. A good portion of future growth in deaf and hard of hearing organization membership may come from the Latino community (retrieved from Join us as we share resources and best practices that are occurring around the US here at Framingham State University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Gallaudet University

Blind Spots
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE)
Challenges participants to examine their background, beliefs and biases while identifying areas where they can do the work and grow (
Dr. Raul Fernandez conduct his presentation on and share a bit about his professional journey.

LatinX Closing Ceremony
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5 p.m.
Location: DPAC
Family and Community Day: LatinX in the community and politics

Midday Performances: Four Corners

November 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
Workshop at 1:30 p.m. Forum, McCarthy Center

Four Corners is comprised of vocalist Zoë Krohne, pianist/vocalist Marlene del Rosario, bassist Doug Rich and alto saxophonist Willie Sordillo. Their music draws from a wide range of genres and influences including jazz, gospel, R&B, North American, Latin American, African American, and Filipino folk traditions, and includes both original compositions and unique interpretations of songs by other composers. The program aspires to uplift, heal, inspire growth and promote positive change.

The Swiacki Children's Literature Festival

Thursday, Nov. 7, McCarthy Center

Register at:

Join us at Framingham State University for our annual celebration of the authors and illustrators creating exceptional children’s books.

This year we are joined by Nikki Grimes, a bestselling author and a prolific artist. Nikki has written many award-winning books for children and young adults including the Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade; the Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings; and the popular Dyamonde Daniel chapter book series.

David Wiesner, is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards. Three of the picture books he both wrote and illustrated won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam, making him only the second person in the award's long history to have won three times.

2019 Schedule:

3 – 5 pm: Registration at the McCarthy Student Center
3 – 7 pm: Book Sales, 1839 Room, McCarthy Student Center
3 – 5 pm: Book Signings, Mazmanian Gallery, McCarthy Student Center
4:30 – 5:30 pm: The Pat Keogh Memorial Workshop, “What’s New in Children’s Literature?”, The Forum, McCarthy Student Center
5:45 – 6:45 pm: Buffet Dinner, Dining Annex, McCarthy Student Center
7 – 8:30 pm: The Mary Burns Memorial Lectures: Nikki Grimes and David Wiesner, Dining Annex, McCarthy Student Center

Spanish Language Table

An informal meeting during dinnertime to practice Spanish, meet special guests, and try different flavors. Presented by the Department of World Languages and Dining Services.

October 24, November 7, November 21, and December 5
McCarthy Center, Dining Commons
5:30-6:30 p .m.

Get Resources Full! Into Healthy Habits

Come Learn all the Ways to Wellness!

Wednesday, Oct. 30, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

Local community organizations, free message, pet a pet, giveaways, prizes, candy, and games.

Sponsored by Counseling, Health and Wellness, and the FSU SEALS.

Questions? Contact 508-626-4693.

Saturdays at the FSU Planetarium Presents: Destination Mars - The New Frontier

Destination Mars: the New Frontier

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Showtimes: 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM
Framingham State University Planetarium
Register Here

Destination Mars: The New Frontier gives you an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars!

Save the Date: Professional Development Days

Save the Date: Professional Development Days

Pre-Event BAKE-OFF, Wednesday, January 8, 2020 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Two Full days: Thursday, January 9 and Friday, January 10, 2020.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 5:45PM:
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. Stop by their table in order to learn about new internships and job opportunities!

Oct 23
9am – 12 pm: LYTX, Inc.
12pm-3pm: AAFCPA’s & The Moore Agencies

Oct 30
9am – 12pm: ABS Behavioral Health Services
12pm-3pm: First Help Financial & The Kennedy Day School

Nov 6
9am – 12pm: The Key Program
Noon-3 pm: City Year & Victoria’s Secret

Nov 13
12pm-3pm: Leap School

Dec 4
12pm-3pm: The Learning Center For The Deaf

Majors Going Mobile, Every Tuesday, through December 10, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., MC Lobby
The Career Services office showcases different majors and minors every Tuesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the Welcome Desk. The goal is to be available to FSU students who may have questions about their major and/or would like to have more information about which careers and internships might be available to them in their major. Stop by the table in order to learn about the many majors and minors available at FSU.

CHOICE Internship Info Table,  10/21, 10/28, 11/4 12 p.m.—2:00 p.m., MC Lobby

The 14th Annual Major/Minor Fair, October 22, 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 graduate school and internships play a role.

IGNITE Professionalism Program, Thursday, October 24, 1:30 p.m., CIE
This is an interactive workshop where students will gain insight into soft skills that employers say are important for emerging professionals. This program is sponsored by the IGNITE Club, and is open to all majors and all classes. (IGNITE is a chapter of college students who are ready and eager to support the next generation of female political leaders. IGNITE'S goal is to increase the political ambition, civic engagement and leadership skills of its members in order to build the next generation of women leaders).

Careers, Technology and You, Friday, October 25, 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. , DPAC
Panel of industry professionals share what is happening in their fields.

Suitable Solutions Mock Interview and Networking Day, Friday, October 25, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., MC Forum
Practice interviewing with MetroWest employer partners, and receive helpful feedback from professionals in a variety of fields. Open to a limited number of students. Pre-registration required by calling the CSER Office at 508-626-4625.

Polished Professionals Workshop with MindsetGo, Tuesday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., MC Forum
Participants will enhance their abilities to grow their professional network, acquire more business opportunities via referrals, and build their personal brand. During this workshop, attendees will get the tools to develop a personal elevator pitch. Please pre-register via HANDSHAKE.

Avidia Bank Site Visit and Career Day, Nov. 19, 12:30 p.m. –2:30 p.m., Framingham Branch
All majors welcome. Pre-registration required. Transportation to Avidia Bank available. Call the CSER office at 508-626-4625 for details and to register.

How to Find an Internship Workshop, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., MC 1839 Room
This is an interactive workshop where students gain insight into the process of internship search strategies including: self-inventory, preparation process, resume reviews, professional attire, mock interviewing, professional references, the search process, HANDSHAKE,CSER events, networking, and how to apply.

Networking and Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Graduation, December 5, 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. Register on HANDSHAKE. Contact the CSER office for more information at 508-626-4625.

On-Campus Interviews Week, December 9 – December 13, Foster 102, Employers and Times To Be Determined
Contact CSER at 508-626-4625 for more information.

Notable Accomplishments

-Professor Patricia Horvath’s short story, “Griswold,” will be published in the 2020 issue of the literary journal descant. According to the descant website, it is “one of the oldest continuously published small literary journals, featuring some of the country’s best writers.”

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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