Campus Currents

October 23, 2017

Dr. Louis Klarevas: Rampage Nation

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.

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).

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 (

Students Helping out in the Community

Student teams of seniors in Business and IT, and Computer Science, are continuing projects for the Greater Framingham Community Church. Last year, students implemented a cloud-based application for parking reservations, and recommended requirements for a student computer lab to serve Framingham middle school students. This semester, several teams are working with Reverend Lloyd to implement designs from last year’s teams, including a cloud-based room reservation system and a virtual tour of the building, as well as developing social media campaigns. Other student teams are working with the Entrepreneurship Innovation Center and its clients on several projects, such as website design.

Great job!

Jill Castle Gives Lecture on Benefits of a Healthy Diet for Kids with ADHD

By Kate Shane, publications intern

Recent science demonstrates that parents of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can improve their mood and attention through a well-balanced diet, according to nutritionist and dietician Jill Castle, who spoke at Framingham State University on October 12th. 

In her talk “ADHD: Weighing the Evidence and Promise of a Healthy Diet,” she said ADHD is often accompanied by another issue, such as depression, appetite, and nutrition problems. It is often overlooked that kids need to see a dietician. Castle strongly recommends that a parent who has a child with ADHD see a medical doctor, registered dietician, and registered nurse. 

The most important aspect of improving a child's diet involves making it a "whole-family" issue. This means sitting down as a complete family unit, Castle says. If the child is able to stray from the family, they tend to eat fatty foods like French fries. In general, the diet needs to include more fiber and folate-rich foods. Also, a good diet for a child diagnosed with ADHD needs to include iron, zinc, and magnesium. If the child is iron deficient, he or she can experience restless leg syndrome. Zinc deficiency can create inactivity. Castle strongly recommends monitoring a child’s growth and appetite every six months.

Castle is the author of several books, including Fearless Feeding and Eat Like a Champion. You can learn more about her work at

Parent & Caregivers Working Group Meet and Greet

Parents & Caregivers Working Group Meet and Greet

Our PCWG mission is to serve as a resource to FSU and its employees to positively influence the environment for and professional development of all employees who are caregivers.

Center for Inclusive Excellence (O'Connor 120A)
Thursday, October 26th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Study Abroad Photo Contest, Lily Packer and Erika Viens!

Lily's image was taken during the Women's March in London while she was studying in England during the Spring 2017 semester. 

Erika's image was taken during a weekend spent on the Amalfi Coast as part of her study abroad experience in Florence, Italy, Summer 2017. 

Both images were attached to this week's Campus Currents preview e-mail. 

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).

Students Tour Moakley Court House

Two groups of students studying business law viewed a federal courtroom from the perspectives of the judge’s bench, jury box, and witness stand at the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in Boston, as part of a Discovering Justice tour tailored for university students.

The tour emphasized the significance of public art in communicating the role of maritime law in our early history, as well as representing the states that make up the First Circuit. Below, students learn about the Artisan’s Wall, commemorating everyone who contributed to the building project, from major donors, such as Justice Steven Breyer, to the many skilled workers essential to its completion.

"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.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by CIE

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

Upcoming Career Services Events

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.

Suitable Solutions Career Professionalism Program Professional Attire Fittings at Marshalls
Wednesday, November 15 & Thursday, November 16, 3 :00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Marshalls, Framingham 
Students enrolled in the program will receive free professional interview attire through our partnership with The TJX Companies, Enterprise and MetroWest Chamber of Commerce.

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.
11/29/17: Mini Miracles
11/30/17: Santander Bank

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


9:00 a.m.— Noon:  Light House School & Massachusetts Army National Guard
Noon—3:00 p.m.: Bright Horizons & Whole Foods
3:00 p.m.—5:45 p.m.: Toys ‘R US & Work Opportunities Unlimited


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


9:00 a.m.—Noon: Wegmans
Noon—3:00 p.m.: The Learning Center for the Deaf & Shift Pros
3:00 p.m. —5:45 p.m.: HACU


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


Noon – 3:00p.m.: RCS Learning/Mini Miracles

Upcoming events

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

Suit Jacket Posse November Show

Monday, November 20, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

Organized by: Hilltop Players Club

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