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October 24, 2016

Jimmy Tingle for President

Comedian Jimmy Tingle Comes to FSU!

Jimmy Tingle for President: Humor for Humanity - Register Here
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Dwight Performing Arts Center

As the election draws near, it’s time to hear from Jimmy Tingle, the founder of Humor for Humanity, in his 2016 bid for presidency of the United States. On every issue confronting the next president, Tingle provides both comedic and serious solutions. Whether it’s money in politics, free speech, climate change, immigration, gun safety, or technology, Jimmy Tingle has the matter under control in his hilarious thought-provoking show.

Learn more about Jimmy Tingle at

This Arts & Ideas Event is part of the Change the Conversation, Change the World Series.

Fall Lyceum Lecture: Dr. Kelly Matthews Today!

The Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS) is proud to present the Fall Lyceum Lecture: "How Radio Made Brian Friel a Playwright." Come here this fascinating lecture by English Professor Kelly Matthews.

Monday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m., in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Irish playwright Brian Friel won the 1992 Tony award for best play with Dancing at Lughnasa.  As a founding member of the Field Day theatre company, with more than two dozen plays to his name, he has been called Ireland's greatest contemporary playwright.  But long before breaking onto Broadway, Friel wrote radio plays for BBC Northern Ireland and shared his writerly struggles with his producer, Ronald Mason.  FSU English professor Kelly Matthews uncovered Friel's letters to Mason on her sabbatical in the BBC archives.  Her Lyceum lecture will reveal some of her new findings, and will shed light on what humanities researchers do behind the closed doors of archive collections.

Midday Performance Series: Pianist Jihye Chang - Today!

Don't miss the second event in this year's Midday Performance Series: Pianist Jihye Chang

Monday, Oct. 24, at 1:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center.

Pianist Jihye Chang has appeared as soloist and collaborative artist in venues throughout the United States, Canada, Korea, France, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Honduras. Her performances and recordings have been broadcast on KBS TV and KBS FM Radio Korea, PBC TV Korea, Yedang TV Korea, and Costa Rica Classical Radio, and she has appeared as a soloist with ensembles all over the world.

Authors and Artists: Paul Yalowitz and Kate Caffrey

The Fall Authors and Artists Event will feature talks from Framingham State Professors Paul Yalowitz and Kate Caffrey. Come learn about their writing process and the inspiration for their books. Refreshments will be served.

Wed, Oct. 26, 2016, 1:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Paul Yalowitz: The Admiral and the Penguin
Art and Music Professor Paul Yalowitz will discuss the creative process behind his new self-published picture book, The Admiral and the Penguin. Yalowitz is the author and illustrator of the book.

Kate Caffrey: Celebrating Live Theatre
Communication Arts Professor Kate Caffrey will talk about her textbook Celebrating Live Theatre, including what prompted her to write it, the process, and a short reading.

Literacy Honor Society Hosts Pam Allyn

Framingham State's Alphi Pi Chapter of Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the Honor Society of the International Literacy Association, will host Pam Allyn for a special event on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Allyn is the Founding Director of LitWorld, a global literacy initiative serving children across the United States and in more than 60 countries. She is also the Executive Director and Founder of LitLife, a consulting group working with schools to enrich best practice teaching methods and building curriculum for reading and writing. Allyn is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow working with a team of people to explore and develop methods for promoting racial harmony in the United States.

For questions or to RSVP, e-mail Dr. Diane Lowe at

Meet Award-Winning Film Director Kyoko Gasha

Don't miss out on a unique opportunity to meet the Award Winning Documentary Film Director Kyoko Gasha on Monday, November 7, in the Heineman Ecumenical Center at 12:30 p.m.

The University will be screening her film, Mothers' Way, Daughers' Choice, on four occasions prior to her visit. Each screening will take place at 7 p.m. in Dwight 307:

-Monday, Oct. 24
-Thursday, Oct. 27
-Wednesday, Nov. 2
-Thursday, Nov. 3

Film Description: Why would successful women from the world’s second largest economic power choose to start their lives over in New York City? Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice explores how several Japanese women struggle to reconcile their traditional upbringing with their desire to create independent lives.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development in partnership with Showa University Boston. For more information, contact Maureen Cupoli at

3rd Annual Phi Alpha Theta Lecture

Join us for the 3rd Annual Phi Alpha Theta Lecture:

Magnus Bernhardsson: "What is ISIS? And What Does it Want? A Historical Perspective"

Wednesday, October 26, 4:30 p.m.
North Hall Commons

Prof. Bernhardsson will offer a historical perspective on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS - sometimes also called ISIL or DAESH): their historical background, their level of operations, and the underpinnings of their ideology. The lecture will highlight how they are driven by a commitment to purify their lands of undesirable elements, especially how they have destroyed and plundered historical sites, art, and artifacts and how they thrive in anarchic, war-like conditions.

Magnus T. Bernhardsson is Professor of History and Faculty Affiliate in Leadership Studies and Religion at Williams College. He is the author of Reclaiming a Plundered Past: Archaeology and Nationalism in Modern Iraq. His research is concerned with modern Iraqi history, U.S.-Iraqi relations 1900-2000, archaeology, and nationalism in the modern Middle East.

Swiacki Children's Literature Festival

Swiacki Children’s Literature Festival
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, 4 p.m., McCarthy Center

This year’s Children’s Literature Festival features award-winning authors Steve Sheinkin and Jason Chin. Sheinkin is well known for his suspenseful history books for young readers. Chin is best known for his picture books about science and nature. There will also be a dinner talk by journalist Matt Carroll, one of the Boston Globe reporters featured in the movie Spotlight.

Click here to Register

Study Abroad Alumni Panel

How do you make your dream of Studying Abroad a reality? Come hear from an alumni panel about their experiences!

This special event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Center for Inclusive Excellence in the Whittemore Library. #RamsAbroad

Questions? Contact Jen Hyde at

Election Night Viewing

Join members of the Political Science, History and Sociology departments in the McCarthy Center Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 8th, as results of the Presidential Election come in starting at 7 p.m. Pizza and soda will be served.

Sponsored by the Political Science, History and Sociology departments, as well as the Student Government Association.

Upcoming Career Services Events

Employer Showcase Series:
See dates and times below:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday in the McCarthy Center Lobby:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: MetroWest YMCA Career Day

Noon to 3 p.m.: Federal Bureau of Prisons

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Kforce Careers Information Day

Noon to 3 p.m.: Transportation Security Administration

CHOICE Internship Program  DROP IN-HOURS

The CSER Office will host drop in hours for students to ask questions about the CHOICE Internship program: monetary funding for internships.  Drop in to the CSER Office, 412 McCarthy Campus Center, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the following Thursdays:
October 27

Human Services and Non Profit Fair
Wednesday, October 26, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., McCarthy Center 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. Event is for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Career Advice Roundtables (CARS) Networking Event
Wednesday, October 26, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., MC Alumni Room
The CARS Program is designed to provide a dialog between professionals (including many FSU alumni) and students seeking real answers to their career related questions. Each employer will moderate one table while students rotate from table to table seeking advice from all participating professionals.

COMMCREATIVE  Career Day & Tour
Thursday, October 27, 12:30 p.m.—2:00 p.m.,  Framingham
Operations overview, tour and Q & A. Dress professionally—networking opportunity. Preregistration is required. Transportation provided.

TJX Corporation Career Day & Tour
Friday, October 28, 12:30 p.m.—3:00 p.m. , TJX Headquarters
Operations overview, learn recruitment perspectives in their hiring, lunch & networking. Preregistration is required. Transportation provided.
The 11th Annual Major/Minor Fair
Tuesday, November 1, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 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.

Business Etiquette Dinner
Thursday, December 1, 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m., MC Forum
Bread plate, dinner plate, water glass...what are all of these do I use them and when? Come find out at the new Etiquette Dinner.  Enjoy a great meal and learn the proper etiquette for business dining. Space is limited. Must sign up in the CSER office.  Seniors will be given first preference.

SAVE THE DATE - Professional Development Days

The Professional Development Steering Committee is pleased to announce the 5th annual Professional Development Series: January 4, 5, & 6th.

Notable Accomplishments

-FSU’s new Catholic campus minister, Kristelle Angelli, has recently self-published a novel on Amazon about the Rosary. She hopes it will be one of many more books to come. It is called Agnes’ Gift and here is a description of the book: Sometimes God seems nowhere to be found. Then, in an instant, the thin veil that separates Heaven and Earth is peeled back, and we see that He is closer than we ever imagined.

Upcoming events

Thanksgiving Recess (Begins @ 4:30pm on Wed, Nov 22)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

8:30 am - 10:00 pm

Campus Wide - No Location

Organized by: University Registrar

Marijuana: Then and Now

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

Organized by: Wellness Education

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