Campus Currents

November 14, 2016

(L to R): Brandon Bledsoe, Tiffany Santiago and Kyle Hicks in costume. Photo: Bob Alter

FSU Theatre Program Presents: OUR TOWN

Framingham State University’s new Theatre Program in the Department of Communication Arts presents OUR TOWN, by Thornton Wilder, winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Performances are scheduled for November 17th, 18th, and 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center. Tickets are free for students, faculty and staff and $15 for the general public. Reserve your seat at

Playwright Edward Albee hailed OUR TOWN as “the finest play ever written by an American.”

A beautiful play about the simple things that enrich our lives and make it meaningful, OUR TOWN explores the very universal themes of love, family, friends, loss and community.  When experienced, audiences are often surprised at how timely the play is and always will be.  It has to do with human beings struggling in the massive chaotic context of the universe – is there anything more timely than that?   If you think this brilliantly crafted play is merely one that feels comfortable, “like home,” and non-threatening you will be surprised to find that it can be, at times, unsettling and ironic. Wilder is dealing with humankind’s larger questions and the feeling that every living person has that – once we reach adulthood - life is going by too fast and we don’t have time to open our eyes , see it and experience it.

Young George Gibbs (Kyle Hicks) and Emily Webb (Tiffany Santiago) are full of dreams and desires.  They fall in love, marry and live out their lives in a small New England town - Grover’s Corner, NH - a microcosm of the magnificence of everyday life.  The audience is welcomed into the lives of George and Emily and the diverse people of Grover’s Corners by an omniscient Stage Manager (Brandon Bledsoe) who warmly guides them on a complex journey of discovery.

Director Kate Caffrey says “it is a very timeless play about the things in life that matter the most.  Mindfulness is a term that permeates contemporary society. Some think of mindfulness as a new concept, something that we are becoming more aware of – and yearn for – today because our lives are so full, busy and seemingly overloaded with tasks and digital information.  In OUR TOWN, Wilder explores the concept of mindfulness and one of the constant struggles that people have always faced - being present ‘in the moment.’  This seemingly simple play written almost eighty years ago is actually quite deep and rich. It has been fun for the students at Framingham State to explore and discover the many layers in the play.  Like all great plays, the message touches the human heart. The struggles the characters face are so universal that everyone can find some of their own experience in the production. “

Cast and crew includes: Brandon Bledsoe (MARLBOROUGH), Ben McNally (LANCASTERr), Gina Iacoviello (NORTH ANDOVER), Kyle Bunker, Dani Umanita (ROWLEY), Marielle Sciore (NATICK), Kyle Hicks (BOSTON), Madison Nannery (MARLBOROUGH), Tiffany Santiago (WEST SPRINGFIELD), Ashley Herbert (BOSTON), Michael Terra (SEEKONK), Anthony Gabrielle (Wilbraham), Tori Riley (FRAMINGHAM), Brittany Yates (MEDWAY), Bethany Norman (DEDHAM), Brittany Caswell (PEPPERELL),  Tim McDonnell (ABINGTON), Victor Palencia (MARLBOROUGH), Elaria Loia (UXBRIDGE), Kate Caffrey (BELMONT), Erik Fox (SOMERVILLE)

Yours for Humanity: ABBY - TODAY!

Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Meet Massachusetts' radical abolitionist, human and women's rights activist, Abby Kelley Foster. Travel back to 1854 and enter her world—a tumultuous time when social and political differences divided our country. Hear Abby’s emotionally powerful orations against slavery and prejudice, which changed the hearts and minds of many. See how one person can effect extraordinary changes in society by sheer determination, perseverance and hard work. A Q&A will follow.

Lynne McKenney Lydick as Abby Kelley Foster - A program of the Worcester Women’s History Project.

This Arts & Ideas event is part of the Change the Conversation, Change the World series.

CELTSS Distinguished Faculty

Join the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS) in honoring our four 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award recipients on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. in the Forum.  Each award winner will give a presentation on his or her career trajectory and achievements.

They are:
Dr. Bridgette Sheridan (Teaching)
Dr. Virginia Rutter (Scholarship/Creative Work)
Professor Rebecca Taylor (Advising/Mentoring)
Dr. Cynthia Bechtel (Professional Service)


Scholars on the Hill

We’re delighted to invite you to this year’s second Scholars on the Hill event on Friday, November 18th at 2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room.  Faculty who received CELTSS funding in AY 2015-2016 will share their scholarly and creative work.  Light refreshments will be served.

Poster presentations will begin at 2:30 from:

Seunghye Cho, Fashion Design & Retailing
Chinese Students in Context: Strategies for a Globalized Campus
Steve Dinkelacker, Biology
Development and Assessment of Unmanned Aerial System (Drone) Surveys to Survey, Monitor, and Capture American Alligators
Bridgett Galvin, Psychology & Philosophy
Dishonesty in a Digital World: Discrepancies Based on Communication and Relationship Type
Mary Grassetti, Education
Advancing Next-Generation Teacher Education through Digital Tools and Applications
Pamela Ludemann, Psychology & Philosophy
Guatemala Service Trips
Pamela Ludemann, Psychology & Philosophy
Why College Students Choose to Participate in Service Activities: Personal Factors and Perceptions
Ruth Remington, Nursing
Systematic and Integrative Reviews in Nursing
Michael Wong-Russell, World Languages
A Conversation with Leopoldo Lugones: Reading Quiroga’s The Artificial Man

Oral presentations will begin at 2:50 p.m. from:
Andrew Byrne, World Languages
Revisiting ASL Literature in the Context of Literacy
Sandy Hartwiger, English
Reading Others: World Literature and Globally Networked Learning
Juliana Luna Freire, World Languages
Book Project -- “Voces Gitanas” and other Media: Issues of Identity and Self-Representation
Judith Otto, Geography
Remembering the Solidarity movement in Polish, European, and global contexts
Jeffrey White, Biology
Opposing Responses of Strongly Interacting Species to Elevated Temperatures Suppress the Harmful Phytoplankter Microcystis

Planetarium Show: Back to Moon for Good

Back to Moon for Good
Friday November 18th, 5:30 p.m. (family show) & 6:30 p.m., O'Connor Hall, back entrance

For the first time ever, a private company has permission to land on the Moon. As we speak, Florida-based Moon Express is ironing out plans to launch, land, and operate a rover on the Moon in the hopes of claiming the $30 million Google Lunar X-Prize. They still have a few competing teams at their heels, however. Who will come out on top? This month, get the whole story behind this global competition in Back to the Moon for Good. This visually striking fulldome film tells a story that begins with Apollo 11 and ends with an open question: which team will claim the prize?

Pre-Registration is required.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 12-20, 2016. Please take a moment to read through the many events that are taking place on campus during this time, and please visit the following website for more information:

* SGA and the FSU Student Veterans Association are sponsoring a clothing drive to benefit Voices Against Violence. Please drop off gently used or new clothing in the labeled donation bins around campus from November 1-December 1.

* The FSU Coat Share will return on November 14 in the Athletic Center outside of the gym. This program allows members of the FSU community to donate gently used or new coats, and it also allows anyone who is in need of a coat to feel free to take one. This program will continue throughout the winter months.

* Kappa Delta Pi is collecting donations for Thanksgiving baskets for local Head Start families. To donate, please drop off items in bins located in the Education Department Office in O’Connor Hall (126) and the Information Desk in the McCarthy Center Lobby by Monday, November 14.

* SGA and the FSU Student Veterans Association will be in the McCarthy Center lobby on November 16 from 11:30am-2:00pm to educate the FSU community about homelessness and hunger on college campuses.

* Dining Services is hosting the Stop Hunger Soup Kitchen on November 17 from 11:00am-2:30pm.

* Dining Services and SUAB are sponsoring a Turkey donation event during dinner in the Dining Commons on November 17. Play Cornhole to win turkeys for local families!

* The FSU Food and Housing Survey is open to all students, and it will be available until November 21. Check your email for the survey link from Dean Stoops. For each completed survey, a donation of $2 (up to $1000) will be made to support FSU students. This is sponsored by the Task Force for Supporting Students with Food and Housing Needs.

* Dining Services is hosting a table on November 22 from 11:00am-2:00pm to sell Stop Hunger Hearts and Ending Hunger bracelets.

* Dining Services is sponsoring a food drive to benefit Pearl Street Cupboard and Café and A Place to Turn, and is selling Stop Hunger Hearts until November 30. Please visit the following website to donate online:

SILD Giving Tree Program

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development (SILD) invites all members of the campus community to participate in our Third Annual Giving Tree program.  The Giving Tree program is a special service collaboration between SILD and the United Way of Tri-County, which provides gifts to children in need during the holiday season.  Last year, Framingham State collectively donated 141 gifts to 47 children in need. This year, SILD's goal is to collect 150 gifts for 50 children in need.

To learn how you can purchase a gift for a child in need, email Erin Mansfield at Help ensure every child has a happy holiday season.

Help Identify RA Candidates

Resident Assistant Selection Underway: Help Identify Potential RA Candidates

The 2017-2018 Resident Assistant Selection Process is gearing up.  Sometimes a student, who may be a good candidate, needs a little extra encouragement to apply.  In this spirit, Residence Life sends letters to students recommended by colleagues to provide some of that encouragement.   Residence Life would appreciate it if you would recommend potential candidates by emailing with the names of students you think could be a good RA candidate.  Residence Life will then generate a letter that informs the student that an FSU staff/faculty member recommended that he/she should apply to be an RA.  This letter will then be hand delivered to the student by his/her RA.   More information about the RA Selection Process can be found here.

Reframing Illegality: Legal Status Inequalities in Children’s Lives

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Dr. Joanna Dreby will describe the ways in which legal status creates concrete differences in features of children’s daily lives, in the types of work they do at home and in their activities outside the home. These everyday effects ultimately impact children’s prospects over time. She outlines how being “legal” or “illegal” may have long-term consequences over the life course.

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

PDLS: N.D.B. Connolly

The Caribbean History of an American City: Greater Miami and the History of the Rest of Us
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
4:30 p.m., McCarthy Center, Forum

Drawing on his award-winning book, A World More Concrete, N. D. B. Connolly, Professor of History at John Hopkins University, explores the workings of capital in the urban Atlantic World. Through a history of Greater Miami, he argues for understanding racial segregation as a process of colonial extraction. He also asks us to  consider the development of American politics as a consequence of land deals and rent-seeking practices that were at once transnational, regional, and interpersonal.

This Arts & Ideas Event is part of the President's Distinguished Lecture Series.

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 6 p.m.: The Enterprise Holdings Company

9 a.m. to Noon: Prudential Advisors
Noon to 3 p.m.: Kforce & Mass Sports Leahe 
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Walker Cares & CarMax

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: CVS

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Staples

Business Etiquette Dinner
Thursday, December 1, 5:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m., MC Forum
Bread plate, dinner plate, water glass...what are all of these do I use them and when? Come find out at the new Etiquette Dinner.  Enjoy a great meal and learn the proper etiquette for business dining. Space is limited. Must sign up in the CSER office.  Seniors will be given first preference.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

CHOICE Internship Drop In Hours
Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., MC 412
Drop in hours are for students to ask quick questions about the Choice Program: monetary funding for internships.

November 17

Vault into the Career of Your Dreams Career Conference
Wednesday, November 30, 1:00p.m.- 4:00 p.m., MC Forum

1:30 -2:15PM Unlock “The Vault”

Gain insight into how to navigate The Vault: information on top employers, internships, career advice, job listings, and career guides to individual industries

2:30-3:15 PM Soft Skills Savvy

Learn the “how to’s” for gaining critical soft skills: leadership, professionalism, problem solving and more

3:30- 4:00 PM Career Spots Videos

Brand New: Career Spots brings you a 24/7 library of career development tools

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

SAVE THE DATE: Spring Job and Internship Fair
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 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 will be featured. Bring your resume. Dress professionally. Log onto your RamTrack account to view a full list of organizations!

SAVE THE DATE: Reverse Career Fair
Friday, April 7, 2017, 12:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m., MC Forum
The “Reverse Career Fair” is intended for EMPLOYERS to view course work from many majors/concentrations including graphic and web design seminar classes and computer science, marketing, management and business technology majors.

SAVE THE DATE: MERC Education Fair
Thursday, April 20, 2017 , 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.,
Boston University, Boston

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:

Upcoming events

Thanksgiving Recess (Begins @ 4:30pm on Wed, Nov 22)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

8:30 am - 10:00 pm

Campus Wide - No Location

Organized by: University Registrar

Marijuana: Then and Now

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

Organized by: Wellness Education

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