Campus Currents

October 3rd, 2016

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg

Senate President Coming for World Teacher's Day

Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will visit Framingham State University on Wednesday, Oct. 5th, to join in the celebrations of World Teacher's Day. A formal program will take place in the McCarthy Center Forum from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m.

World Teachers' Day is an event promoted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and partners throughout the world. It represents a significant effort to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development across the globe.

Framingham State, founded in Lexington in 1839 as the nation’s first public teacher’s college, currently employs teachers at 20 international sites throughout the world, offering master’s degree programs in International Teaching and Teaching English as a Second Language. The event will feature posters with information on several of the teachers.

“We want to use World Teacher’s Day as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on teachers across the globe, particularly the members of our International Education Programs,” says FSU President F. Javier Cevallos. “We are honored that Senate President Rosenberg will join us on this very special occasion.”

Rosenberg has been a member of the Massachusetts Senate since 1991, and Senate President since 2015. Throughout his career in public service, he has remained steadfastly committed to Massachusetts values – like supporting working families, protecting our environment, increasing government transparency, and ensuring all students have the opportunity to succeed.


Welcome, Aleksandra Gosz, President of the Education Club

Dr. Yaser Najjar, Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Javier Cevallos, President

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Massachusetts State Senate

Poems from an Honest Ulsterman

Poems from an Honest Ulsterman: A Reading by Frank Ormsby
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at 1:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Frank Ormsby, an award-winning poet from Northern Ireland, has written five collections of poetry and has edited several anthologies. As editor of the literary journal, The Honest Ulsterman, from 1969 to 1989, Ormsby was a key figure in Northern Ireland's poetic renaissance. He was an English teacher from 1976 to 2010, eventually becoming Head of English at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. He will read from his latest book, Goat’s Milk: New and Selected Poems.

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

Hmong Story Cloths: Cultural Awareness and Understanding

Hmong Story Cloths: Cultural Awareness and Understanding
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, 4:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

The Hmong people of Laos originated as an oral culture. A special cohort of Hmong refugees created a new art form while confined in refugee camps. Meticulously embroidered scenes on cloth transcend time and language to speak on behalf of their creators to provide a first-hand account of their heritage, daily life, New Year festivities, folktales, and neighboring peoples. With the closure of the last refugee camp, this unique art form has become a dying art. Dr. Linda Gerdner, a renowned nurse researcher, will share images from her extensive collection of story cloths and discuss their cultural significance.

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

Lydia Brown: Redesign and Rebuild It

Lydia Brown: Redesign and Rebuild It - Disability Justice, Radical Access, and the Academy
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

From seclusion rooms to behavior plans, the schoolhouse is an emblem of power and control. Too often, disability is considered someone else's medical problem instead of a social justice imperative. We must examine how ableism centers the bodies and minds of those considered "normal" or "healthy," while others are "deviant" or "sick." Disability justice calls us to move beyond superficial inclusion toward transformative educational practices where multimodal access and participation become the norm.

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

Other People's Footage: Copyright and Fair Use

Other People's Footage: Copyright & Fair Use
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at 7 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Framingham State University’s own Robert Johnson, Jr. and his co-producer/co-director, Dr. Diane Carson, will screen their documentary, Other People’s Footage: Copyright & Fair Use, which explores the three questions crucial to determining fair use exemptions. The film presents illustrative examples from nonfiction, fiction, and experimental films that use footage, voice, music and sound from other individuals' creations—without permission or paying fees. Featuring 19 on-camera interviews with noteworthy filmmakers and legal experts, the film also clarifies legal issues regarding trademark, parody, shooting on location or in a controlled setting and reviews relevant court cases.

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

Two Events with Reginald Dwayne Betts

Prison, Poetry, and Justice: An Afternoon with Reginald Dwayne Betts
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, 2:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Award-winning poet Reginald Dwayne Betts explores a range of topics through his poetry, including abandonment (by both father figures and society at large), poverty, juvenile incarceration, solitary confinement, and prison culture. In this event, Betts will read from his two critically-acclaimed collections of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era and Shahid Reads His Own Palm, and will discuss the inspiration behind his work.

The Circumference of a Prison: Youth, Race, and the Failures of the American Justice System
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., Dwight Performing Arts Center

At age 16, Reginald Dwayne Betts participated in a carjacking. For this, he was sentenced as an adult, serving eight years in prison. Now a critically-acclaimed poet, justice advocate, and Yale University law student, Betts provides a window into the world of prison culture. In so doing, he shakes up the conversation concerning race, inequality, and power by asking us to confront structural powers and criminal justice practices as they stand in the United States.

These Arts & Ideas Events are part of the Change the Conversation, Change the World Series.

Careers, Technology and You!

Friday, Oct. 21st, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in DPAC

Come and hear industry experts share their take on current and future trends in technology in local and global industries! All are welcome! (IBM, Microsoft, BOSE, TJX, Mathworks,and more...)

Thanks for Voting - We Won!

Special thanks to those of you who voted - in some cases many times - for Framingham State's partnership with Special Olympics Massachusetts to be recognized by the NCAA with a $500 reward and spotlight. We are happy to report that Framingham State received the most votes (1,789) and won the award! Go Rams!

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 Noon: Riverside Community Care
Noon—3 p.m.: A. Duie Pyle & The Goddard School of Weston

Noon to 3 p.m.: Securitas Security Services & Chipotle

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 6
October 13
October 20
October 27

IBM Career Day Information Session
Monday, October 3, 1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m., MC Alumni Room
Come learn about career opportunities with IBM.

Latino American Networking & Leadership Summit
Wednesday, October 12, 6:00 p.m.— 7:30 p.m., MC Forum
This program recognizes Latino Americans in leadership positions and their contributions to the Metrowest. This is a networking event for students.

Bose Career Day Information Session
Monday, October 17, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.,  HA 423
Come learn about career opportunities with BOSE.

Diversity Virtual Career Fair
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Looking for a job, internship or co-op? Save valuable time and meet
recruiters live online! Diverse job seekers are invited to join this Virtual Event to meet top-notch employers recruiting sought after talent! Attend the fair from anywhere! Online access is needed.

Careers, Technology & You
Friday, October 21,  9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m., DPAC

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.

Notable Accomplishments

-Art and Music Professor John Anderson recently joined the 37 member roster of the Boston Sculptors Gallery. Selected through a highly competitive peer review process, Anderson is one of four new members. You can read about this honor in an online article here.

-President and Professor Emerita Dr. Helen Heineman’s article, “Mother and Son: The Writing Trollopes,” has been published in The Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought  (Summer 2016, Volume LVII, No. 4).

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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