Campus Currents

November 18, 2019


Comm Arts Theatre Production: Godspell

Don't miss the Communication Arts Fall Theatre Production: Godspell

November 21,22, 23
7:30 p.m., DPAC

General admission: $10
FSU Students, faculty and staff: free with ID

Tickets at door: cash only.

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden); and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, Day by Day, Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord, Learn Your Lessons Well, All for the Best, All Good Gifts, Turn Back, O Man and By My Side. A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. Boasting a score with chart-topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak) and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences. Because of its small technical demands and minimal cast size, it has become a staple of theatre companies, large and small.

Transgressed: Q and A with Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz on Transgender Intimate Partner Violence

Monday, Nov. 18, 4:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

Dr. Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz's original research is the focal point of his Transgressed, new from NYU Press. In observation of Transgender Day of Remembrance on 11/20/2019, join us for a brief author's talk and an interview with Dr. Beth Whalley.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Information: Contact Virginia Rutter

Hosted by Sociology / Criminology and History.


Transgender people face some of the highest rates of violence in the US and around the world, particularly within romantic relationships. In Transgressed, Xavier L. Guadalupe-Diaz offers a ground-breaking examination of intimate partner violence in the lives of transgender people.

Drawing on interviews and written accounts from transgender survivors of intimate partner violence, he sheds much-needed light on the dynamics of abuse that entrap trans partners in violent relationships. Transgressed shows how rigidly gendered discussions of violence have served to marginalize and silence stories of abuse. Ultimately, these stories of survival follow their unique journeys as they navigate—and break free—from the cycle of abuse, providing us with a better understanding of their experiences.

An emotionally compelling read, Transgressed offers new ways of understanding the complexities of intimate partner violence through the eyes of transgender survivors.

Native American History Month

There are two events on tap this week in honor of Native American History Month:

Film Discussion
Two Spirits - This film explores the subject of gender diversity in the Native American culture.
Facilitator : Kim Dexter
Date: 11/19/2019
Time 4.30pm
Venue CIE

Building a First Nations Counter Narrative Through Contributions – presentation from Claudia Fox Tree
Developing a counter narrative to missing information and misinformation about the First Nations people of North and South America begins with un-erasing indigenous voices.
Date: 11/21/19
Venue: CIE

CELTSS Distinguished Faculty

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 Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 5 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum. The honorees are:

Dr. Catherine Dignam, Chemistry and Food Science, Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Erika Schneider, Art and Music, Excellence in Scholarship or Creative Work

Dr. Suzanne Neubauer, Food and Nutrition, Excellence in Advising/Mentoring

Dr. Robert Donohue, Psychology and Philosophy, Excellence in Professional Service

Culture, Healthcare & Nursing: Journey to Peru

Monday, November 18, 2019
Hemenway Hall Room 312
6:30 PM – 8:00PM
Presented by:

Donna Gladney, DNP, ANP-BC
Adult Nurse Practitioner
Adjunct Professor, RN-BSN Program
Nursing Department, FSU
Cynthia Francis Bechtel, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Professor/ Coordinator MSN Program
Framingham State University

Program Outcomes
At the end of this educational program, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss nursing model of practice—e.g., the Roy Adaptation Model.
2. Compare nursing education and scope of practice in Peru with USA nursing education.
3. Describe the Peruvian health care delivery system, including complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as well as ancient healing techniques.

Two Contact Hours provided for RNs who Complete the Program and Evaluation
Please sign up by email

The Story of Kevin Flike

By Mackenzie Berube, publications intern

Framingham State University showcased the short film Wounded by War on November 5, made by FSU alum Mike Neilan, and Champlain College alum Mike McDonough. The movie follows the story of Kevin Flike, a veteran of the U.S. army, and his courageous story of overcoming a major wound he suffered in battle.

Flike always had a “strong desire to serve” his country, especially with the tragedy of 9/11 occurring during his senior year of high school. He joined the army’s boot camp, passionate about becoming a Green Beret. The training was extensive and a “culture shock” as he was meeting people from “all walks of life.”

“I lost about 30 pounds that month,” said Flike, but the effort was worth it.

With a twelve-man team, he was deployed first to the Philippians, and eventually to Afghanistan.
On September 25, 2011, during a ten-hour fight with the Taliban, Flike was shot in lower abdomen. He was carried for 45 minutes to a helicopter to be air-lifted to the hospital.

“I thought I was going to die,” said Flike. He ended up with 40 inches of scars, lost 20 percent of colon, and couldn’t walk.

After months and months of physical therapy, he still struggled, needing an experimental surgery from the Mayo Clinic. While the surgery was a risk, he decided he had nothing to lose and needed to have done everything to make himself feel better.

After the surgery, he spent every day working on his recovery. Finally, able to walk again, Flike pushed forward, attending the Harvard Business school and MIT. With determination, he completed his studies, getting his master’s degree and marrying his childhood sweetheart.

Neilan, McDonough and Flike concluded the showing with a Q and A from the audience, touching topics of addiction, overcoming feelings of depression, and pushing through hard times.

“There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Flike.

Two Study Abroad Events

There are two events this week for those interested in studying abroad:

Study Abroad Scholarship Info Session
Learn how to fund your study abroad experience! 
1839 Room
Monday, Nov. 18
1:30 p.m.

Study Abroad as a Student of Color
Meet with past students who have studied abroad and learn about their experiences, and contexts outside of the U.S.
Center for Inclusive Excellence
Monday, Nov. 18
7 p.m.

Contemplating Mistress: Sally Hemings and the Literary Imagination

November 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Heineman Ecumenical Center

Chet'la Sebree will read from her debut poetry collection Mistress, which investigates black female representation and experiences through the voices of a contemporary speaker and Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman with whom Thomas Jefferson had children. Throughout Sebree’s reading, she’ll discuss her research and the complexities of integrating it into poetry.

Dr. Susan M. Schneider on the Behavioral Roots of a Projected Route Forward in the Climate Crisis

December 4, 2019 at 7 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

The technology to solve the climate crisis has been available for years. Can the behavioral sciences help motivate the required societal and lifestyle changes? This talk by Professor Susan M. Schneider focuses on the role of behavior principles like the science behind positive reinforcement.

Sustainable Space, Sustainable Earth - From Ideas to Action, Symposium

Sustainable Space, Sustainable Earth: From Ideas to Action
Friday, December 6, 2019 from 8:30AM to 4:00PM
Framingham State University, McCarthy Center Forum

Register at:

Whether you are concerned about Earth sustainability or you are galvanized by the prospective technological and economic advancements from space exploration, you should care about space sustainability. Consider how we can maximize the effectiveness of using space for addressing global challenges!

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Danielle Wood, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and the Space Enabled Research Group


Dr. Matthew Hersch, History of Science, Harvard University
Dr. David Burbach, Space Policy, U.S. Naval War College
Dr. David Kendall, Space Policy, 2016-2017 Chair of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
Dr. Alissa Haddaji, Space Law and Policy, Harvard University
Dr. Andrea Vicini, Bioethics, Boston College
Cleary Vaughan-Lee, Global Education, Global Oneness Project
Dr. Vandana Singh, Physics and Science Fiction, Framingham State University

Save the Dates: Chris Walsh Center for Educators and Families of MetroWest

Save the Dates for two important events regarding the new Chris Walsh Center for Educators and Families of MetroWest:

Informational Open House
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020
1:30 p.m.
Location TBD

Opening Celebration Event
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
7 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

The Center's mission is to provide information for families and educators about the continuum of educational supports available to students with disabilities, students who are gifted, and students with unmet needs. The center will offer support, workshops and other programming for families, educators, student support professionals, administrators, and advocates in the MetroWest area. The center also will engage in scholarly research, educator preparation, and professional development.

Happening at Danforth Art


Highlights from the Permanent Collection
July 2019 - May 2020

The Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller Collection
Permanently on view


Prints From Campus: Selections from Faculty Teaching in New England
October 26 - December 15, 2019

In conjunction with the North American Print Biennial and the 11th Boston Printmakers Student Print Exhibition, the Danforth Art Museum is excited to host an exhibition of work by printmaking faculty across New England. Founded in 1947, the mission of the Boston Printmakers is to promote public knowledge of printmaking, encourage and support artists working in printmaking, and promote excellence and innovation within the field of printmaking.

The Student Print Exhibition
November 17 - December 13

At The Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University. For more information on the Boston Printmakers and events surrounding this exhibition, please visit

August 31-December 29, 2019

To be dressed is to cover, adorn, or envelop the body in the guise we present to the outside world. To be dressed can be an exercise in simplicity, or an elaborate over-the-top performance. This exhibition presents the work of six contemporary artists working in a range of media whose works reference the intricacies of covering the body, the meaning held in garments, and the gendering of handwork. Broadly addressing materials, imagery, iconography, and memory, each artist experiments with the fluidity of form while acknowledging gendered constrictions placed on the body. Exhibiting artists include Catherine Bertulli, Jodi Colella, Merill Comeau, Mia Cross, Nancy Grace Horton, and Marky Kauffmann.


Family Circle
January 18 - May 10, 2020

Liz Albert: Family Fictions
January 11-April 5, 2020


"A Conversation: Teaching Printmaking," with Rhoda Rosenberg
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m.

The talk is free and open to the public.

To learn more, visit

Spanish Language Table

An informal meeting during dinnertime to practice Spanish, meet special guests, and try different flavors. Presented by the Department of World Languages and Dining Services.

November 21, and December 5
McCarthy Center, Dining Commons
5:30-6:30 p .m.

IAFSA Coffee and Conversation Series: Kathy Hursen ’88

The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA) located at 42 Adams Road, Framingham will be hosting a series of Coffee and Conversations. This series will continues on November 19th, at 9:30 a.m. when public health nurse, Kathy Hursen’88 will join us to discuss the Flu Epidemic of 1918 and the College’s response to help the larger community. Join us to engage in this interesting discussion touching on local and world history, and crisis response.

More information available through or

RSVP 508-872-9770 or
Coffee/tea and refreshments will be provided.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 5:45PM:
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. Stop by their table in order to learn about new internships and job opportunities!

Nov 20
9am-12pm: Mass State Police
12pm-3pm: Brandon School & Residential Treatment Center

Dec 4
12pm-3pm: The Learning Center For The Deaf & Primrose School of Natick

Dec 11
12pm-3pm: Mass. Department of Corrections

Avidia Bank Polished Professionals Workshop with MindsetGo, Tuesday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. — 12:20 p.m., MC Forum
Participants will enhance their abilities to grow their professional network, be able to acquire more business opportunities, and build their personal brand. Attendees will get the tools to develop a personal elevator pitch. Pre-registration is required via HANDSHAKE.

Avidia Bank Site Visit and Career Day, Tuesday, November 19, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Framingham Branch.
All majors welcome. Pre-registration is required via HANDSHAKE. Limited Transportation is available. Call the CSER Office at 508-626-4625 for details.

How To Find An Internship Workshop, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 p.m.— 2:30 p.m., MC 1839
This is an interactive workshop. Students will gain insight into the process of an internship search including: self-inventory, preparation process, resume reviews, professional attire, mock interviewing, professional references, the search process, Handshake, CSER events, networking, and how to apply.

Networking & Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Graduation Event, Thursday, December 5, 5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m., MC Forum
Network with employer partners, learn about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying food and “mock” tails! Pre-registration is required via HANDSHAKE. Contact the CSER office at 508-626-4625 for more information.

On Campus Interviews Week, TBA, 12/9—12/13, Foster Hall 102
Diverse employers come to campus to interview for job openings

SAVE THE DATES for Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Suitable Solutions Program Kickoff, Thursday, January 30, 2020, 1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m., Foster Hall 102
All majors invited to attend to learn about this professionalism initiative, meet key employer partners and register for the program.

How to Find an Internship Workshop, Wednesday 2/12, 3/11, 4/8 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., MC Alumni Room
This is an interactive workshop where students gain insight into the process of internship search strategies including: self-inventory, preparation process, resume reviews, professional attire, mock interviewing, professional references, the search process, HANDSHAKE,CSER events, networking, and how to apply.

Curiosity Unleashed STEM Career Event, Thursday, February 20, 2020, 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.

MathWorks Career Day, Wednesday, February 26, 2020
1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m. Career Day Presentation, MC Alumni Room
2:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m. Discussion & Questions, MC Alumni Room
Hear about the many opportunities at MathWorks. All majors are welcome! Please call the CSER office to find out more information at 508-626-4625.

CHOICE Internship Info Table, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30 12 p.m.—2:00 p.m., MC Lobby

Spring Job and Internship Fair, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 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. Log onto your HANDSHAKE account to view full list of organizations.

MERC Education Fair, Thursday, April 23, 2020, 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., at Boston University
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: Limited transportation will be provided. Must pre-register for the van by calling the CSER Office at 508-626-4625.

Notable Accomplishments

-Last week, Teen Vogue published a chapter from Professor Jennifer De Leon’s forthcoming YA novel, Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, along with the book cover and a link to Professor De Leon’s website. Teen Vogue, a digital publication, draws 11.6 million unique U.S. visitors. Here’s a link:

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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