Campus Currents

November 13, 2018

Child and Family Studies students

Child and Family Studies Major Launches

A new interdisciplinary Child and Family Studies major that launched within the College if Education this fall places an emphasis on the collaborative role of schools, families and communities working together to support children.

Students in the inaugural course, CFST 209: Child, Family, School, and Community: Connections and Collaborations, put into practice some of the topics they have explored in the course at the on-campus Early Childhood Centers. For example, the university students read books about diverse families with the preschool children, and helped the preschoolers write their family autobiographies. Ms. Valerie Hytholt, director of the Centers for Early Childhood Education, received a grant from the Framingham State University Foundation, Inc. to support these activities. Ms. Hytholt believes, “this is a perfect opportunity for our university students to engage in meaningful experiences with children and families within the FSU community.”

Dr. Kelly Kolodny, faculty member who teaches CFST 209, shared that “it is exciting to work with students who are interested in the new Child and Family Studies major. It has been incredibly rewarding to learn how they plan to have a positive impact on their communities.”

To learn more about the Child and Family Studies major, visit:

Communication Arts Theatre Production: Mother's Bliss, Mother's Woe

Don't miss the annual Communication Arts Theatre Production in November! This year's show, Mother's Bliss, Mother's Woe, is a new play written and directed by FSU Professor Kate Caffrey.

WHEN: November 15, 16 and 17th at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Dwight Performing Arts Center
TICKETS: General Public - $15/Faculty/Staff/Students - $5

Purchase tickets at:

A drama with music set in 1871 about Peg and Mary Horan, young immigrants who create new lives in Buffalo, NY. When Mary is unexpectedly overcome by memories of her childhood and the Irish Famine, she must persuade her sister to help her explore a radical treatment that may save her life.

Framingham State Food Study: The Big Reveal!

All calories are not alike finds the Framingham State Food Study…

Join us for the “Big Reveal” as we learn the results of the groundbreaking three-year Framingham State Food Study!

“This is the largest and longest feeding study to test the ‘Carbohydrate-Insulin Model,’ which provides a new way to think about and treat obesity,” says David Ludwig, MD, PhD, who is co-principal investigator with Cara Ebbeling, PhD. (Ludwig and Ebbeling are co-directors of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center in Boston Children’s Division of Endocrinology.)

“Our study examines the belief that all calories are the same to the body,” says Ebbeling.

The feeding study was conducted on the FSU campus and in partnership with Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. The results have the potential to change the way we view dieting and weight loss maintenance.

Come and hear Dr. Ludwig and Dr. Ebbeling present the results of the study:

Friday, November 16
7:00 pm, The Forum
McCarthy Campus Center, Framingham State University

Alpha Upsilon Alpha Speaker: Dr. Laura Hudock

Alpha Upsilon Alpha, The Honor Society of the International Literacy Association, Alpha Pi Chapter, presents:

Dr. Laura Hudock: Unleashing Creative Meaning Potentials of Child Reader, Picturebook, and Environment

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Framingham State University
The Forum, McCarthy Center
7:00 – 8:30 PM

Dr. Hudock is an Assistant Professor & Elementary Literacy Specialist at Framingham State University who earned her PhD Pennsylvania State University, 2018. RSVP to Diane Lowe at

Late Nite Skies at the FSU Planetarium Presents: Undiscovered Worlds

FSU Planetarium, McAuliffe Center
November 16, 2018
7 p.m.
Register at:

Humans have long imagined alien worlds beyond our solar system. However, in recent years, science fiction has become science fact. Join us for a presentation of Undiscovered Worlds, a fulldome film produced by the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science. Undiscovered Worlds reveals the ingenious methods used by astronomers to identify planets orbiting stars beyond the Sun, culminating in the historic Kepler mission, which has detected thousands of these “exoplanets” over the last few years. After the film, we’ll discuss the latest news about Kepler’s successor: the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). TESS, launched in April 2018, is sure to reveal thousands of additional worlds, further changing the way we view our place among the stars.

Is Law School for You? Info Session

Do you have an interest in attending Law School? Learn about Framingham State University's 3+3 Programs with Suffolk University and UMass Dartmouth Law School during this special information session.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m., 1839 Room, McCarthy Center

Coming Up at the Mazmanian Gallery

Extravagantly Absurd: A Mixed Media Installation by B. Lynch
Mazmanian Gallery
November 12 - December 14, 2018
Opening Reception: November 13, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm

Talk with Staples Co-Founder Todd Krasnow

McCarthy Center Forum
Tuesday, Nov. 20
8:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

The Department of Marketing has invited Todd Krasnow, co-founder of Staples (and other exciting ventures!) to campus on Tuesday November 20 from 8:30-10:20 in the Forum. The community is welcome to attend this event, which is an exciting opportunity to hear his experience and ask him questions.

Kennedy speaks for activism at DPAC event

By Thom Duda, publications intern

On October 23, U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III expressed the need for citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to become active and personally engaged with the problems facing our society today.

Although the beginning of Kennedy’s visit was focused on the dangers of climate change and the United States’ stance of not “proactively preparing for the threat at our door,” Kennedy also
focused on other challenges citizens face.

Kennedy said the federal government is running counter to not only “the underlying values that Massachusetts holds dear,” but also the progress that has been worked towards for many years.
“On healthcare. Trying to take healthcare from 30 million people. On equality. Trying to erase the definition of members of our society by just saying the federal government is going to literally try to define you out of existence when it comes to the transgender community,” Kennedy said, continuing on with examples of other issues.

Despite this, Kennedy said there was an opportunity for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to “lean into” and start trying to tackle the numerous problems even without the backing of federal policy.

“I’m not so sure we can accept that as an excuse for inaction,” Kennedy said, noting that the difficulty of facing all these problems without the federal government’s help and instead putting the effort on the shoulders of the citizens of the Commonwealth. “We have this opportunity to show and demonstrate that our alternative vision of what a progressive society looks like actually is better for our people and our nation. The question’s gonna be whether we as a Commonwealth fight for that or not, and I’m sure that we will.”

Kennedy’s visit was part of the Moon Landing in Context series, which aims to contextualize the Moon Landing within the historical, social, and cultural framework of the Sixties. He began his talk by reflecting on his great uncle President John F. Kennedy’s famous exhortation, “We choose to go to the moon, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

The Moon Landing in Context was created in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution under the direction of Dr. Irene Porro, director of the Christa McAuliffe Center.

Midday Performances: Christian Gentry

November 26, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

drone_vox_jams is an improvised electronic music project composed, produced, and performed by Christian Gentry from the Arts & Music Department. It explores the real-time interactions between voice and real time synthesis with special emphasis on minimalistic techniques of repetition and slight coloristic changes.

1968 and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Race, Class and Disobedience

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
4:30 PM 6:30 PM
McCarthy Center Forum

Speaker: Alex Gourevitch, Brown University

Come hear Alex Gourevitch, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University, discuss the radicalism of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s civil disobedience. King was no moderate. Assassinated while supporting a major strike, King is best seen as part of the 1968 revival of a long tradition of mass law-breaking that we can trace backwards through a hundred years of labor radicalism.

This event is part of the Moon Landing in Context series.

Earthrise “The Image that Shared our World”

Thursday, November 29, 2018
7:00 PM 9:00 PM
McCarthy Center Forum

Earthrise, a documentary film by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, tells the story of the iconic image of the Earth taken from space in 1968 on Apollo 8. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space.

Taken 50 years ago, the Earthrise photograph had an everlasting impact on the astronauts and humanity, offering a powerful perspective that transcended national, political, and religious boundaries. The photograph helped kickstart the environmental movement and is one of the most iconic and widely reproduced and distributed images in history. The Earthrise photograph helped humanity to see our Earth as one ecosystem. Offering an opportunity to remember this shift, the photograph compels us to reflect on the Earth as a shared home at this unprecedented time in history.

This event is part of the Moon Landing in Context Series.

Focus on 1968

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Framingham State University Planetarium

Speakers: Dr. Lori Bihler, Dr. Martel Pipkins, Dr. Wardell Powel, Dr. Erika Schneider, and Dr. Bridgette Sheridan

Framingham State faculty will explore the 1968 events that had a major influence on shaping the historical, social, and cultural landscape of the decade 1962-1972, characterized the years of the Apollo program, and still have an impact on today's world. The conversation will focus on the Vietnam War, social movements, visual arts, and education reforms.

This event is part of the Moon Landing in Context Series.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

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.

11/29/18—The Danforth Art Museum 9:00 a.m.—Noon
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: Charlotte Russe & The Danforth Art Museum
Noon—3:00 PM: Salmon Health Care and Retirement & LUK Crisis Center


9:00 AM – Noon: The Danforth Art Museum
Noon — 3:00 PM: Stout Men’s Store
3:00pm — 6:00 PM: Insulet Corporation & Riverside Community Care


9:00 AM — Noon: The Key Program, Inc.
Noon—3:00 PM: Town of Littleton Park and Recreation Department & The Ashland Public Schools

Spring 2019 Save the Dates

Curiosity Unleashed STEM Career Event, Wednesday, February 21, 2019, 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., MC Forum
STEM Panel — Employers will speak about the work they do and the types of employment opportunities in their particular STEM fields.
Speed Networking — Students will meet diverse employers to discuss their STEM career interests.
Resume Critique — Employers will do a quick resume critique of
students’ resumes to help them understand how to best highlight their skills and experience in the highly competitive STEM job market.

The Math Works Career Day , Wednesday, February 27, 2019
1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m. Information Session, MC Alumni Room
2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m. (Q+A), MC Alumni Room
Hear about the many opportunities at Math Works. All majors
welcome! Please call the career services and employer relations
office to find out more information! Preregistration required.
Call the CSER office at 508-626-4625.

Spring Job and Internship Fair, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m., MC Forum
Come to this great networking event! Full-time and Internship
positions available. Over 55 employers from the business, human services,
non-profit, and STEM field’s will be featured. Bring your resume.
Dress professionally.

MERC Education Fair, Thursday, April 18, 2019 , 9:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m., at B.U.
Come to the largest education fair in New England - Over 100 school systems and agencies attend! Save the date for this annual recruiting event that brings together teaching candidates and school systems across the country for networking and job opportunities in public/private schools. Must register at:

Notable Accomplishments

-Jacki Wolf, Coordinator of Veteran’s Services at Framingham State University, was the guest speaker during the City of Framingham's Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11.

-Four sculptures by Dr. Derrick Te Paske, Communication Arts Department, are included in this year's annual School of the Museum of Fine Arts Sale, SMFA@Tuft - The Fenway, from November 15-18. Proceeds from the Sale support student financial aid and creative resources, and last year more than 4,000 patrons visited the sale. Te Paske is an Artist Member of the sponsoring Medici Society.

-The English Department hosted an alumni panel on careers in journalism and related fields on November 7. The talk, which was moderated by Dr. Desmond McCarthy, featured the following alumni:

Spencer Buell, Class of 2013
News Reporter, Boston Magazine

Lindsay Chase, Class of 2011
Assistant Director, TechTarget

Zachary Comeau
Staff Writer, New England Business Media

Lauren Finnegan, Class of 2011
Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC

Alexandra Gomes, Class of 2017
Reporter, The Sun Chronicle

Shanleigh Reardon, Class of 2018
Associate Product Marketing Manager, Technical Alliances
Carbon Black

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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