Campus Currents

November 13, 2017

A Piece of My Heart

FSU Theatre Performance: A Piece of My Heart

We hope that you will attend "A Piece of My Heart" on November 16, 17, and 18 at 7 p.m. in DPAC.

Written by Shirley Lauro, this play explores the true stories of six courageous women sent to Vietnam, and their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed both them and the nation that shunned them.

Some of the topics that this play tackles are war, feminism, addiction issues, PTSD, and recovery. The play is based on a book of oral histories compiled by Keith Walker. The issues addressed continue to be relevant today.

Tickets are $5 for students (must show ID); $15 for faculty, staff, and general admission. They can be purchased at or in cash at the door. Please feel free to email Dr. Sarah L. Cole at if you have any questions. See you at the show!

Campus Unity Workshop - today!

The University will be holding a Unity Workshop on Monday, Nov. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in HH136, to get input from students about ways in which our community can respond to the racist incidents on campus. Our goal is to empower our community to talk about concerns AND do something about it. Below is a list of 12 topics and every topic will have a group assigned to it. At the Unity Workshop, you will have the opportunity to join more than one group. If you cannot attend the workshop, that is okay – you can be part of this effort too. This workshop is the first of several CAMPUS UNIFYING initiatives to take back our campus.

FSU Pledge
Intercultural training
Neighborhood watch
Anti-bias training module for students
Club Unity Project
Black and Gold Beginnings
Cameras in the residence halls
Diversity minor and other course offerings
Unity Day
Using social media to respond and build community
Diversity practices in our hiring
What you would like new faculty to know

Thank you and we appreciate your participation!

Midday Performance Series: Grupo Fantasia

African Drumming Grupo Fantasia
November 13, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Afro-Cuban music has its roots deep in history and may seem mysterious to outsiders. Though deep in history, it was never written about but rather lived through traditions in religion, story, music, song, dance, family knowledge and dates back to the slave ships and before. You will hear the sweet sounds of this melodic music and be able to participate with Grupo Fantasia, a local musical group that will have you dancing in your seat.

Dr. Pamela Mason "One Family's Legacy"

Join us for a special lecture hosted by the Beta Pi Chapter of Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the honor society for the International Reading Association! 

Dr. Pamela Mason
Tuesday, Nov. 14, McCarthy Center Forum, 7 p.m.

Dr. Pamela Mason works at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she is Director the Master's Program in Language and Literacy as well as Director of the Jeanne Chall Reading Lab. Dr. Mason is a former elementary school principal and director of reading. The title of her talk is "One Family's Legacy."

Questions? E-mail Dr. Diane Lowe, faculty advisor to the Beta Pi Chapter of Alpha Upsilon Alpha, at

Late Night Skies at the FSU Planetarium

Late Nite Skies at the FSU Planetarium presents Back to the Moon for Good featuring Dr. Supriya Chakrabarti of UMASS Lowell.

Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

Join us for a screening of the fulldome film Back to the Moon for Good, which tells the story of the Google Lunar XPrize, a contest that has inspired a modern-day space race among teams of space enthusiasts from around the world. After the film, Dr. Supriya Chakrabarti of UMass Lowell will share insights on Team Indus and their quest to land a spacecraft on the Moon. Dr. Chakrabarti is a Professor of Physics and Director of the Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology (LoCSST) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His work focuses on instrumentation for both space and ground based observation of Earth’s forests, planetary atmospheres and extra-solar planets. Now, Dr. Chakrabarti’s team has been asked by Team Indus to help them develop an instrument for their Moon mission!

Native American Heritage Month

Take part in two upcoming events as we honor Native American Heritage Month.

Craft and Cultural Workshop – DIY Dreamcatchers
Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 1:30 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence, O'Connor Hall

Take part in a Craft and Cultural Workshop in the Center for Inclusive Excellence and learn about the significance of Dreamcatchers in Native American culture.

Native American Drumming Circle with Native American Activist (Arawark), Social Justice Educator and Artist Claudia A. Fox Tree
Thursday, Nov. 16, 6 to 8 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

Don't miss a drumming circle and talk with Native American Activist, Social Justice Educator and Artist Claudia A. Fox Tree, who also happens to be the parent of an FSU student! 

Links to Claudia’s work are listed here:

Sabbatical Presentation: Visiting French Academic Libraries in the University of Paris System

Please join Sandra Rothenberg of the Library for her Sabbatical Presentation: “Visiting French Academic Libraries in the University of Paris System.”

Sandra will talk about her visits to these libraries and her meetings with librarians to speak with them about what they are doing regarding library instruction. She also visited the French National Library School in Lyon, and also will talk about how one becomes a librarian in France.

When: Monday, November 13, 2017, 1:30-2:20 pm
Where: Room UM 14 in the Library

4th Annual Giving Tree

Although the weather may not tell you so, it’s time for the 4th Annual Giving Tree, sponsored by Student Involvement and Leadership Development. This holiday season SILD will again partner with the United Way of Tri-County to sponsor families who are unable to provide holiday gifts for their children. We have received the wish lists from local families that include at least three gifts for each child.

Last year the FSU Community came together and provided gifts for 50 children. This year we have upped our goal to 60 children! If you would like to sponsor a child, or purchase an individual gift from the wish list please email, by Monday, November 13, 2017. All gifts are due to SILD by 12/6/17.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

TJX Corporation Career Day Visit, Tour & Luncheon
Wednesday, November 15,  2017, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., TJX World Headquarters

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 only to Suitable Solutions participants.

First ever Amazon Career Day & On Campus Interviews
Monday, November 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., MC Forum

Interview with the opportunity to be hired on the spot. No preregistration necessary. Bring your resume and dress professionally.

On-Campus Interviews Week
November 27—December 1, 2017— More Employers TBA
11/27/17: Wayside Youth & Family Support Network 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. 
11/28/17: Enterprise Holdings, Inc. 9:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
11/29/17: Mini Miracles 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
11/30/17: Santander Bank 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

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


9:00 a.m.—Noon: Salmon Health & Retirement & Next Generation Children’s Center
Noon– 3:00p.m.: RCS Learning/Mini Miracles & Dunkin Donuts
3:00 p.m.—5:45 p.m.: Camp Danbee & Horizons for Homeless Children


9:00 a.m.—Noon: Walgreens & Jordan’s Furniture
Noon— 3:00p.m: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass. & Work Opportunities Unlimited
3:00p.m—5:45p.m.: Scotts Miracle-Gro & Valet Park of America

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Elaine Beilin’s entry on Anne Askew has just been published in the online Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy.

-Dr. Lucas Dietrich’s article, “’At the Dawning of the Twentieth Century’: W.E.B. Du Bois, A. C. McClurg & Co., and the Early Circulation of The Souls of Black Folk,” has just been published in Volume 20 of the journal Book History.

-Rachel Lucking, Assistant Dean for Campus Engagement, was awarded the Donald L. McCullough Award through the National Association for Campus Activities Northeast Region.  The Donald L. McCullough Award, NACA’s highest honor, is given to an individual who, over the years, has given of his/her time and talent in such a way as to contribute significantly to NACA Northeast and the field of Student Activities. The award is based on nominations from current and former students, employees, and colleagues and voted on by a selection committee from across the Northeast region.

-Robert Renaud, a senior English major, has been informed that Junto Magazine will be publishing his short story, “Birdsong.” He wrote the story in Professor Patricia Horvath’s ENGL 411 Seminar in Prose Writing class last spring.

Upcoming events

Sunset Salsa at FSU

Friday, September 21, 2018

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Dwight Hall Auditorium 206 (DPAC), Dwight Hall Foyer, Crocker Grove

Organized by: Arts & Ideas

Vineyard Metrowest Service

Sunday, September 23, 2018

10:00 am - 11:30 am

McCarthy Campus Center Alumni Room, McCarthy Campus Center 1839 Room, Heineman Ecumenical Center

Organized by: Outside Group / Campus Events

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