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November 2, 2015

Swiacki Children's Literature Festival

30th Annual Swiacki Children's Literature Festival Featuring Jane Yolen

It's not too late to register for the 30th Annual Swiacki Children's Literature Festival scheduled for this Thursday, Nov. 5th, featuring acclaimed children's author Jane Yolen. The event includes book signings, lectures and workshops on the latest developments in the craft.

This year's event includes:

-The Mary Burns Memorial Workshop, "What's New in Children's Literature?" with Pat Keogh

-A buffet dinner with Jane Yolen and featuring an address from Paul Yalowitz, an illustrator of 12 children's books and member of the FSU faculty whose courses include Children's Book Illustration. 

-The feature presentation with Jane Yolan, author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature. Her books and stories have won many awards, including the Caldecott Medal and Christopher Award.

Click here to view the Children's Literature Festival Brochure

The Reconstruction Roots of Today's Politics

Don't miss the second annual Phi Alpha Theta Lecture, "The Reconstruction Roots of Today's Politics" with Boston College Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, at 4:30 p.m. in the North Hall Commons Room. There will also be a special brown bag discussion on "The Politics of Reconstruction" at 12:30 p.m. in the Center for Inclusive Excellence on Nov. 3rd.

Sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta and the Council on Diversity and Inclusion. For more information please contact Dr. Joseph Adelman at

Native Wisdom: Facing the Crisis of Climate Change

The first event in the President's Distinguished Lecture Series is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room.

Native American leaders will join FSU professors to share collective wisdom and explain how and why the contributions of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) to modern science are becoming a guiding force in national climate change policies. They will explain how the historical denial of civil and land-use rights of Native Americans contributed to the global crisis of climate change and how, through native wisdom, a path can be found that will help improve the human and natural relationships upon which a healthy world depends.


-Chairman Cedric Cromwell (Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe)
-Aja DeCoteau (Yakama/Turtle Mountain Chippewa)
-Chairman Tobias Vanderhoop (Wampanoag Tribe at Gay Head, Aquinnah)
-Dr. Vandana Singh
-Dr. Carl Hakansson

Aja DeCoteau: Community Education Speaker Series

Aja DeCoteau (Yakama/Turtle Mountain Chippewa) will be speaking in the Community Education Center (Jonathan Maynard Building) on Tuesday, Nov. 10th, at 7:30 p.m. The title of her talk is “Modern Life and Culture of Native Americans.”

Ms. DeCoteau will focus on her own life growing up on the Yakama Indian Nation reservation, the carrying out of traditional practices as a daily part of life, educational opportunities, history and modern governments in Indian Country, and a look to her predictions for Native Americans in the future. She will also talk a bit about the impacts of Climate Change on her people.

Brand/Identitiy: Prints by Willie Cole

Tuesday, Nov. 10,
6-7 p.m., Mazmanian Gallery Reception
7 p.m. Lecture, McCarthy Center Forum

Willie Cole is an internationally recognized fine artist working primarily in sculpture and printmaking. His two-day stay will include an exhibition of his printmaking in the Mazmanian Gallery, a targeted art workshop for building identity through experimental printmaking, and a lecture about his work in the Forum. Cole’s work deals with the recontextualization of common household objects to create visual metaphors for his African-American identity.


Alpha Upsilon Alpha Speaker Dr. Nell Duke

Framingham State’s Alpha Pi Chapter of Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the Honor Society of the International Literacy Association, will host Dr. Nell Duke on Tuesday, Nov. 10, for a special lecture entitled “The Engagement Imperative: Why Literacy Engagement is More Important Than Ever and What We Can Do About It.”

The event will take place in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center from 7 to 9 p.m.

Dr. Duke is a professor of literacy, language and culture at the University of Michigan’s School of Education. She is the recipient of the 2014 P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award given by the Literacy Research Association. She also received Michigan State University’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. Dr. Duke is author and co-author of many books including, Inside Information: Developing Powerful Readers and Writers of Information Text Through Project-Based Instruction; Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K-8 Classrooms; and Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills from Birth to 5.

Please RSVP to Dr. Diane Lowe at

FSU Hosts Tuskegee Airmen

By Scott Calzolaio ’16, publications intern

The famous Tuskegee Airmen faced struggles beyond the horrors of war, as they realized even their allies were not their friends.

Tuskegee veterans Lt. Col. George Hardy and Lt. Col. Enoch Woodhouse told a crowded DPAC their war stories of hardship, racism, war and fighter planes, during a special event sponsored by the Office of Veterans Services and the Dean of Students Office.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first group of all-African-American pilots in history to fly for the United States Air Force. Though for these men, who dealt with Jim Crow era racism with a “life is hard, get over it,” kind of attitude, racism was just another obstacle, said Woodhouse.

Hardy, 90, was a Framingham resident for 30 years, living on Juniper Lane, before moving to Florida in 2003 with his second wife.

Hardy explained what is was like to watch the military go from racial segregation to assimilation over his career with the Air Force. He witnessed this change occur over the course of a more than 20 year career, during which he served in three separate wars - World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He explained his own struggle with adversity by telling one story about a racist superior officer that took Hardy from his cockpit and did not allow him to fly because he was scheduled to accompany an all-white crew.
"I remember thinking, 'that's my crew and I'm not there with them,'" he said. "He would not let me fly. But in my good fortune he was transferred 10 days later and the new squadron commander put me back on squadron status and I was able to fly my missions in Korea."

Hardy explained that by the time he flew in Vietnam he was a Lieutenant Colonel, and all of his inferiors were white. This overall change was something of monumental importance to the Tuskegee airmen, and to the Civil Rights Movement in general.

“Just have so much respect for the Air Force,” said Hardy discussing the opportunities he had despite his race. “I just feel great that I was able to participate in everything, and to survive. Someone was looking out for me.”

State Wide College Access Conference

Saturday, Nov. 7th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MassBay Community College. Hot Lunch served.

The MetroWest College Planning Center invites all students, faculty, staff, families and friends to take part in a State Wide College Access Conference this Saturday, at MassBay Community College. Contribute to an important discussion that impacts all of us. Let your voice be heard.

For transportation, e-mail:

Midday Performance - Trevor Babb

Monday, Nov. 2, at 1:30 p.m. in Heineman Ecumenical Center

American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and composer, Trevor Babb, has performed and competed throughout the US. After receiving a Fulbright award in 2012, he won consecutive prizes in the Denver Classical Guitar Competition. His versatility keeps audiences delighted and engaged.

The Color of Wealth

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Greater Framingham Community Church
44 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA 01702

Please join us for a special presentation of the report produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston entitled “The Color of Wealth in Boston.”  This report reveals a staggering disparity between the net worth of whites as compared with nonwhites in the greater Boston area.

Findings from the report will be presented by Ana Patricia Munoz, Community Development Research Director with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by State Rep. Chris Walsh.  This event is being hosted by Framingham State University in collaboration with the Greater Framingham Community Church.  (Attached please find the event poster, and a copy of the official report).

Event panelists include:
Reverend J. Anthony Lloyd, Senior Pastor, Greater Framingham Community Church
State Sen. Jamie Eldridge
Yves Salomon-Fernandez, Interim President MassBay Community College
Marc Jacobs, CEO Jewish Family Service of MetroWest
Paul Mina, President & CEO United Way of Tri-County
Renee Harper, Asst. Vice President and Controller Liberty Mutual
Lori Anderson, Representative from MetroWest Economic Research Center

Senior Dietitian Students Nutrition Fair

The next Nutrition Fair put on by our Senior Dietitian Students in the Coordinated Program is Tuesday, November 10th.  This Fall's theme is:   "Fall" into Nutrition on a College Budget.

The students will have healthy recipes/ideas and information to get you through breakfast (especially on the "go"), lunch/dinner and snacks!   All recipes are easy to prepare, not many ingredients and inexpensive! There will be raffles and foods to sample!  

The fair will take place in the McCarthy Center Dining Commons and Marketplace from 11:30-1:30 p.m.  The event is sponsored by FSU Dining Services and the Food and Nutrition Department.  Any questions please email Karen White:

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Ben Alberti (Sociology) was invited to present at a workshop at NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World on Friday. The four-person panel on "Religion, Ontology, and Early China" included colleagues from Columbia University, Berkeley, and NYU.

-Iron Maiden, a brass-studded walnut vessel (shown last year at the Mazmanian Gallery) by Derrick Te Paske, Communication Arts Department, received the Peoples Choice award for 3D work at the recent Belmont Gallery of Art exhibition. Also, his faux ancient cast iron piece JUE was selected for exhibition at the Arnold Arboretum's "Turning Wood: The Art of the Woodturner" from Oct 9-Nov 8. Additionally, six of his pieces will be included in the annual School of the Museum of Fine Arts Sale, from November 17-22. 

-In May the Nursing Department received notification that they had been awarded full 10-year accreditation of both the RN-BSN and the MSN programs from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

-Dr. Cynthia Bechtel of the Nursing Department was selected for the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Outstanding Teaching Award at the master’s level.  The Teaching Awards are designed to recognize excellence and creativity in teaching of graduate students at the master's and doctoral program levels. Members of the NAGS Executive Committee believed that Dr. Bechtel was an extraordinarily gifted teacher, scholar, leader, and mentor.

-Dr. Susan Conrad of the Nursing Department received the 2015 Loyal Service Award from ANA-Massachusetts. She is a founding member of MARN/ANA Massachusetts and was the last Vice President of MARN, (2011-2012). Now she is the chair of the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee.  Dr. Conrad helped to frame and organize the Career Connections program to connect novice nurses with nursing professionals. The program has been and continues to be a great success due to the solid framework she helped to develop. It is for these and many other contributions to ANA Massachusetts that Susan Conrad was honored with the Loyal Service Award.

-Dr. Susan Mullaney of the Nursing Department received the Massachusetts Rhode Island League for Nursing (MARILN) faculty award designed to recognize a faculty member who exemplifies and promotes role excellence as a nurse educator by:
o    Providing leadership in nurse educator role,
o    Demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning, and
o    Participating in professional nursing associations

-Dr. Ruth Remington of the Nursing Department has a new publication from her research on Alzheimer’s. The research team included two other investigators from the nursing department: Dr. Cynthia Bechtel and Dr. Annmarie Samar. Remington, Ruth et al. “A Nutritional Formulation for Cognitive Performance in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Placebo-Controlled Trial with an Open-Label Extension.” Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 48:3 (2015): doi: 10.3233/JAD-150057.

-Dr. Annmarie Samar of the Nursing Department presented at the Association for Community Health Nurse Educators annual conference in Denver in June.  The title of her presentation was, "What Should RN-BSN Students Be Taught in a Nursing Informatics Course?"

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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