Campus Currents

October 9, 2018

Pride Across Generations

Pride Across Generations Banquet

October 11, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

On National Coming Out Day, FSU and BayPath Elder Services will host the 2nd annual Pride Across Generations banquet, bringing together the LGBTQ+ community from all living generations. Join us for dinner, fellowship, and featured speakers. This year’s dialogue will center on the LGBTQ+ community in the workforce.

LGBT History Month

October is LGBT History Month and several events have been planned to celebrate, starting with Pride Week!

Tuesday, October 9th

Pride Week Midday Training: LGBTQ+ Safe Space
1:30pm, Ecumenical Center

"Reel in the Closet" Documentary Screening
7pm, McCarthy Center Forum

Wednesday, October 10th

Pride Week Midday Lecture: "Microaggressions in the LGBT Community" by Nicole Rossi and Phoebe Lin
1:30pm, HH 312

Thursday, October 11th

Pride Week Midday Lecture: "Life for LGBTQ Before Stonewall" by Bridgette Sheridan
1:30pm, Ecumenical Center

Pride Across Generations
7pm, McCarthy Center Forum

Friday, October 12th

Pride Week Midday Lecture: "Hanky Panky: The History and Cultural Impact of the Gay Hanky Code" by Raul Cornier
1:30pm, Ecumenical Center

Pride Alliance Tea Dance
2:30pm, North Hall Commons

Wednesday, October 24

"Gen Silent" Documentary Screening
4:30pm, McCarthy Center Alumni Room

Tuesday, October 30th

"Free Ourselves -Come Out Everywhere: The Radical Visions of the Gay Liberation Movement" by Michael Bronski
4:30pm, Ecumenical Center

Questions? Contact Kim Dexter at

Homecoming and Family Weekend!

Homecoming & Family Weekend kicks off on Friday, Oct. 12th. Dozens of events are planned for students, alumni and families.

To view a full schedule of events, be sure to check our Homecoming and Family Weekend website.

Highlights on Friday Include:

fRAMfest - Homecoming t-shirts, food, spirit building and activities. Registration required.

Pep Rally - Come cheer on the Rams as they prepare for their games on Saturday!

The Annual Moonlite Breakfast - Enjoy late-night breakfast with friends and family at this annual Homecoming and Family weekend tradition, featuring fun activities and music. Registration required.

Highlights on Saturday include:

Breakfast Tailgate with the Alumni Association - Enjoy a breakfast of champions (doughnuts and coffee!) with the members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors as they tailgate at Bowditch Field.

FSU Alumni End Zone Club - Join FSU alumni, family and friends at the Alumni End Zone steps from the game. Pick up your Homecoming 2018 giveaway, enjoy award-winning BBQ, live music, and family friendly activities.

FramVegas - Take a trip to FramVegas where the whole family can try their luck at the casino, take salsa lessons, get “married” at the chapel, stop by the music lounge, enjoy appetizers and dessert, and play games with FSU student clubs!

ADL: Hate Activity on Campuses

Daniel Levenson, ADL New England Associate Regional Director, will speak about white supremacist and hate activity on campuses.

Thursday, October 11, 4:30pm Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

Over the last year fliers and individuals espousing support for white supremacy, anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of hate have shown up on campuses across the country. Unfortunately, Massachusetts is not immune to this disturbing trend. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), has been working with communities and campuses across the country for over a century. As a civil rights and anti-hate organization ADL plays a pivotal role in educating community leaders, including educators and members of law enforcement about the activities of these extremist groups and movements.

RSVP, and parking pass information Millie Gonzalez,
Hate Activity on Campuses

Fall 2018 Authors and Artists Event

October 16, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Professor Pam Bretschneider will read from her book, The Esther M Wilkins Story, as Told by her Friends: An Authorized Biography. Professor Ellie Krakow will discuss her sculptural work, "Arm Armature."

College Readiness Weekend

In Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of our College Readiness for Parents Program, Framingham State is holding College Readiness Weekend, three days of events geared to helped whole families become college ready.

College Readiness for Parents
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
7-9 p.m.

Want to know how to better prepare your child academically for the freshman year, what difficulties students face as college freshmen, and what work habits college faculty expect from college freshmen?

In its 10th year, College Readiness for parents continues to focus on on helping parents understand the difficulties students have with the transition to college in order to help their children grades 7-12 build the habits needed to become successful. This event is open to the public.

First-Generation Friday
Friday, Oct. 19
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

What does it mean to be first-generation?

Students who are first in their family to attend college.
Students who have parents/guardians who did not graduate from college or who do not have a bachelors degree (even if your siblings have attended college before you, you are still considered a first generation college student).
Students whose social networks, including relatives and friends, did not graduate from college.

Do you wonder what you student actually does all day? Or how university life is different from high school life? Come join us for our first First-Generation Friday to find out. You will not only see campus in a different way, but also find out information that will help you help your student, including student panel discussions and classroom visits. This event is open to family members of current first-generation students at Framingham State.

Join the Herd - Junior Campus Day
Saturday, Oct. 20
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This is Framingham State's Open House for high school juniors and their families. Get information on the college admission process, hear from current students about their experiences, attend sample lectures, get information about how to apply for financial aid, and learn how to better prepare for the transition from high school to college.

Ron Jones: MLK and the Strength of Shared Dreams

October 17, 2018 from 4:30 TO 5:30 P.M.
McCarthy Center Forum

Through live character portrayal and video, Emmy Award winner Ron Jones, depicts how MLK’s “Poor Peoples Campaign” was a turning point in intersectional advocacy. A broad cross-section of cultural groups came together to fight against poverty. Had King lived to be the face of this young movement, it would have changed the way we look at race and social issues.

Screening of Student Produced Feature Film, Vagrant

Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30pm in the Forum -

Please join the Communication Arts Department as they celebrate the on-campus premiere screening of Vagrant (2018), an independently produced student feature film. "While struggling to navigate his way through an isolating collegiate world, a series of misadventures forces an aimless student to confront his own self destructive behavior." The filmmakers will be in attendance with a Q&A to follow the screening. Free and open to the greater Framingham community.

Campus Creative: A Celebration of the Arts at FSU

The community is encouraged to take part in Campus Creative: A Festival of the Arts and Humanities at Framingham State University!

Sunday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Activities will include:

Art and fashion exhibitions and demonstrations
Creative exercises and hands-on activities
Musical and theatrical performances
Poetry readings
Fun for kids, teens and adults
Information on our Danforth museum and school opening in Spring 2019
Food available for purchase and plenty of parking

For more information, please email Marc Cote at

The Alan Feldman Week of Poetry

Celebrate poets and poetry at Framingham State University during the Alan Feldman Week of Poetry!

October 22-26, 2018

• A poetry reading by Alan Feldman on October 23 at 7 p.m. in the North Hall Commons Room

• A poetry reading by English Department faculty on October 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center

• A student Poetry Slam on October 26 at 7 p.m. in Sandella’s

In Conversation with Joseph Kennedy III

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Dwight Performing Arts Center

As part of the Moon Landing in Context series, we invite Congressman Kennedy to offer a reflection on President John F. Kennedy’s exhortation “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

How can we channel this spirit to trigger in us an urgency to tackle the great challenges of our world today?

About Congressman Joseph Kennedy III:

Joseph Kennedy III has served as the U.S. Representative from Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district since 2013. Prior to being elected to Congress, Joe served the Commonwealth as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Middlesex County and Cape and Island’s District Attorneys’ Offices. Before that, he served as a member of the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. In January 2018, he delivered the Democratic response to the State of the Union address. Nationally, Joe has become a powerful voice for social justice, championing issues like transgender rights, marriage equality, pay equity and comprehensive immigration reform. He has been a vocal advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and vocational schools. As a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, he supports legislation that fosters economic growth today while protecting the climate for generations to come.

CELTSS: Distinguished Faculty Awards

The Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS) honors Framingham State University's Distinguished Faculty with an event held annually during the fall semester. The four faculty members honored are the recipients of the university's Distinguished Faculty Awards for excellence in scholarship/creative activity, excellence in teaching, excellence in advising/mentoring, and excellence in professional service. Each award winner gives a presentation on his or her career trajectory and achievements.

The Distinguished Faculty event will be held on Thursday, October 25, at 5 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

The 2018 receipients are:

Dr. Amanda Simons, Biology, Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz, Sociology, Excellence in Scholarship or Creative Work
Dr. Kelly Matthews, English, Excellence in Advising/Mentoring
Dr. Elaine Beilin, English, Excellence in Service

Lifelong Learning Series: President Emerita Helen Heineman – Leo and Sonya Tolstoy and the Mystery of Marriage

Dr. Helen Heineman,President Emerita, FSU
Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
Framingham Public Library, McAuliffe Branch Library

Lasting 48 years, the marriage of this famous novelist and his remarkable wife is documented in their diaries and notebooks. While their union is a story of a great love affair, it was rocked by extremes of happiness and pain and ended tragically in Tolstoy’s death, separated from his wife, in the train station at Yasnaya Polyana.

Careers, Technology and You

Careers, Technology and You
Friday, October 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. , DPAC

This annual event features a panel of industry professionals share what is happening in their fields.

Employees of Color Afinity Group - kickoff meeting

October 17, 2018, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence, O'Connor Hall

The Employees of Color Affinity Group (ECAG) will be having a welcome lunch on Wednesday, October 17th, 1-2:30 pm in the Center for Inclusive Excellence. This lunch will serve as a meet and greet for anyone interested in the ECAG. Food will be provided.

The mission of the ECAG is to serve as a resource and community to FSU and its employees of color. The affinity group participates in and creates programming to promote and celebrate cultural diversity and foster an environment where employees of color will feel welcomed at FSU.

If you are unable to make it, but would like to stay informed about the ECAG, please contact co-chairs Raul Cornier (; x4744) or Patricia Sanchez-Connally (

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Careers, Technology and You
Friday, October 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. , DPAC

Panel of industry professionals share what is happening in their fields.

Career Connections
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 2:30 p.m.—4:00 p.m., HH 312

Computer science networking event with elevator pitch and resume reviews.

The 13th Annual Major/Minor Fair
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 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 internships play a role.

Human Services Fair
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m.— 7:30 p.m., MC 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.

On Campus Interviews TBA, 11/26-11/30, Foster Hall 102

Diverse employers come to campus to interview and recruit for job openings. Call the CSER Office 508-626-4625.

11/30/18—CJ Affiliates 2PM—4PM

Networking & Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Graduation Event
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 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. Contact the CSER office at 508-626-4625.

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 6:00PM:

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. (Featuring up to six different employers weekly).


9:00 AM—Noon: Yardi & Dick’s Sporting Goods
Noon—2:45 PM: Wayside Youth & Family Support Network & Jack’s Abby
3:00 PM—6:00 PM: Definitive Healthcare & Precious Beginnings Preschool


9:00 AM—Noon: Mass State Police
Noon—3:00 PM: Kaleidoscope Family Solutions &
3:00PM – 6:00PM: ABS Behavioral Health Services


Noon—3:00 PM: Scribe America & First Help Financial, LLC.


Noon—3:00 PM: Salmon Health Care and Retirement

Notable Accomplishments

-Professor Emertus Bernard Horn's poem, "Try to Remember," was a finalist in Public Poetry's 2018 contest for poems on the theme of power. A second poem, "My Father Speaks," was a finalist for the 2018 Raynes Poetry Prize. A third poem, "Cinderella," was published online in Dime Show Review.

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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