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October 28, 2019

Whittemore Library 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Cosplay Disco at the Whittemore Library

#WhittemoreGold presents COSPLAY DISCO!

Thursday, Oct. 31, UM-14, 1 to 3 p.m.

Dress to impress by wearing your 1970s inspired costumes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Whittemore Library.

Music, crafts, games, a photobooth and refreshments!

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.

What can you do with a History Major?

Are you interested in studying history? Are you curious what possibilities await after graduation? Do your parents want to know what you’ll do if you don’t become a teacher?

Then don't miss this special event on Monday, Oct. 28th, at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Center's 1839 Room. Refreshments will be served.

Featuring a career panel made up of FSU History alumni:

  • Chelsea Hathaway '17, Staff Assistant Specialist in Research & Prospect Management, Harvard University
  • Laura Stagliola Rankin '14, Assistant Director, Framingham History Center
  • Shauna Delaney '17, Government & Civics Teacher, Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School
  • Emilie-Noelle Provost, '93, writer, editor, & book author
  • Robert Hamilton '92, US Regional Sales Manager, SUSE
  • Andrew Turbesi, National Park Service

Sponsored by the FSU Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. For more information contact Dr. Joseph M. Adelman ( or Dr. Stefan Papaioannou ( 

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.

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

Comm Arts Theatre Production: Godspell

​Don't miss the Communication Arts Fall Theatre Production: Godspell

November 21,22, 23
7:30 p.m., DPAC

General admission: $15.00
Students: $10.00 (ID at the door)

Tickets at door: cash only.

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden); and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, Day by Day, Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord, Learn Your Lessons Well, All for the Best, All Good Gifts, Turn Back, O Man and By My Side. A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. Boasting a score with chart-topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak) and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences. Because of its small technical demands and minimal cast size, it has become a staple of theatre companies, large and small.

Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics Symposium

Framingham State University is hosting an Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Admission is free to this unique event, but those interested in attending must register in advance.

Keynote Speakers:
Patrice M. Milos, PhD, Co-Founder/President and CEO, Medley Genomics Inc.
Big Data and Robust Data Analytics to Advance Individualization of Cancer Care

Maria Wendt, PhD, Vice President, Head of Biologics Research USA, Sanofi
Realizing Digitally-Driven Biologics Drug Discovery and Development

Steven Moysey, PhD, Framingham State University
Evolution of Work: Automation, Artificial Intelligence and the New Industrial Age

Panel Discussion: Academic Curriculum for the New Frontier
Moderated by Sunny Tam, PhD
Patricia Thomas, PhD, Business Department, FSU
David Keil, PhD, Computer Science Department, FSU
Stephen Dinkelacker, PhD, Biology Department, FSU
Irene Porro, PhD, McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning, FSU

Register by November 8TH to or 508-626-4963

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.

Dr. Sarah Townsend: Multiculturalism and Irish Literature

November 14, 2019 at 12:30 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

Drawing on extensive archival research, University of New Mexico English Professor Sarah Townsend examines the hidden history of transnational white supremacy that undergirds contemporary Irish multiculturalism. Her talk will focus on literature by and about people who have recently migrated to Ireland from other countries.

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

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.

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.

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

Professors Adelman and Blair present during the Authors and Artists Series

By Mackenzie Berube, publications intern

Dr. Joseph Adelman, a Framingham state University history teacher, and Dr. David Blair, a visiting lecturer for the English department, read excerpts from their recent publications and discussed the writing process during the Dr. Linda Vaden-Goad Authors and Artists Series event on October 15th.

Adelman presented his work Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763-1789. His interest for the book came from thinking about how news traveled across different states, and countries, during the 1700s.

Research began during graduate school for Adelman, which turned into his dissertation. After 15 years of revising and editing, he had it published. The reason we have any knowledge about the Revolutionary War period is due to artisans and printers, that “built connections between people,” said Adelman.

Unlike today, news was not heard instantly via the internet. Newspapers needed to collect information from manuscripts, oral reports, letters, and other papers in order to write an accurate depiction of certain events. During audience questions, the idea of fake news during the 1700s was put into question.

Everyone “traveled on the same horse, the same ship,” said Adelman, so there was less room for false information. And, if there was something incorrect, they’d update the information in later articles. However, one person in particular attempted to stir fake news - Benjamin Franklin. Adelman said that the noted Founding Father had printed several fake Boston papers that spoke about British soldiers committing atrocities against Americans.

Dr. David Blair showcased his book Walk Around: Essays on Poetry and Place in the second half of the event. His work explores the relationship between walking and writing, particularly around Cambridge and Somerville.

Blair’s greatest inspiration comes from walking the streets and coming upon the sights and sounds of nature and people. An interesting element to his writing is that his primary mode of transportation was walking - up until his mid-30s, he had never driven a car. He enjoyed walking because not only did it provide a lot of variety, but also contained a beginning and an end.

To Blair, walking is “an act of consciousness.” The outer world and your head space can be almost harmonious, he said. A walk blends together, “the way we conceive a metaphor, or a simile.”

Besides walking, the best time for Blair to write is in the morning, when everything is fresh. However, if the morning doesn’t do the trick, a nice stroll around the block will.

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 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,10/28, 11/4 12 p.m.—2:00 p.m., MC Lobby

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

-Dr. Derrick Te Paske, Chair of the Communication Arts Department, has recently been elected as a Director at Large of the New England Sculptors Association (NESA). Also, during 2019 his work has been included in five exhibitions: Newbury Court (Concord) - March-September; Eustis Estate (Milton) - June/August; George Marshall Store Gallery (York, ME) - July/August; gallery twist (Concord) - September/October; and at the Arnold Arboretum (Boston) - October/November. He will also participate in the annual benefit Sale of the SMFA@Tufts in late November.

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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