Campus Currents

November 21, 2016

Plaza de España, Spain (Photo by Christina Lambropoulos)

Fund Your Study Abroad Experience - Information Session Today

Join us for a special information session focused on funding study abroad experiences on Monday, Nov. 21st, at 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Inclusive Excellence.

Are you worried about the cost associated with studying abroad? Come learn about scholarships and financial aid opportunities that can help you fund your next trip!


Launch of Hope in Action

Do you feel empowered to have an impact on your community and on the world, even at times when ominous developments seem too powerful to overcome? If you are a student, you have every reason to feel empowered! Time and again in modern history, across countries and cultures, students as well as people in their late teens and early twenties have been the visionaries, the leaders, and the activists that have driven change.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world," and enlist the expertise and support of Framingham State faculty and staff by forming teams with them to take Hope In Action. Come to the launch of FSU Hope-In-Action, on Monday, Nov. 28, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the McCarthy Forum. Be ready to advance unity and understanding on campus. Be ready to help define a need you want met in our community and our world. Be ready to join a team with other students, faculty, and staff to understand the nature of the challenge and develop strategies and specific actions.

-Professor Patricia Sánchez-Connally, Sociology Department

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.

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.

SILD 10th Annual Family Fun Day

Do you Believe in Magic?
Save the date for SILD’s 10th Annual Family Fun Day!
February 26, 2017 ~   noon – 3 p.m.
(Snow date, March 5, 2017)

Games, Crafts, Magic Show, and more.
For more information contact:

Art Sale to Benefit Art Club

A special art sale to benefit the student Art Club will take place in the McCarthy Center Forum on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The sale will include work created by students, alumni and faculty and will be a great opportunity to get some handmade/unique gifts for the holidays!

Emerging Leaders 2017

Dear Framingham State University Community Members:

The Office of Student Involvement requests your insight into potential students for the 2017 Emerging Leaders program. Your nomination is a critical step in identifying students for this program.

Qualifications of an Emerging Leader nominee:
-First or second year student;
-Demonstrate a desire to gain new skills;
-Enjoy working with others, and;
-Have potential as FSU student leaders.

How to nominate a student:
Nominations may be submitted electronically through CollegiateLink OR nominations may be emailed to

-The CollegiateLink form has capability for you to submit a single nomination OR to upload a Word or Excel document with multiple nominations.
-By nominating a student for the program, you assist the student in getting started on his/her leadership journey.

Once nominated, the student is informed of the nomination and is asked to complete an application for the program. The program consists of 7 classes during the spring semester which includes group activities and special presentations.

-Deadline to nominate: Monday, December 5th.

For further information you may call me at 508-626-4615, email, or stop by my office, McCarthy Center-Room 510. Thank you for your time and assistance in making this a successful program.


Claire Ostrander Director, Student Involvement and Leadership Development

Upcoming Events Sponsored by CIE

National Native American Heritage Month- Traditional Dance, Drumming and Native American Heritage Education
McCarthy Center Forum, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 6:30 p.m.

Hope In Action Event: Launch Event
McCarthy Center Forum, Monday, Nov. 28, 1:30 p.m.

Hope In Action Event: Rethinking Legality and the Immigrant Experience with Dr. Joanna Dreby
Center for Inclusive Excellence, Friday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.

CIE Community Conversation: Brave Space Series, LGBT+ 101 Workshop
Center for Inclusive Excellence, Monday, Dec. 5, 1:30 p.m.

CIE Community Conversation: Financial Aid Workshop with the College Planning Center
Center for Inclusive Excellence, Monday, Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m.

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 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

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

Manisha Sinha, The Slave's Cause: A New History of Abolition

Monday, November 20, 2017

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Heineman Ecumenical Center

Organized by: Arts & Ideas

Suit Jacket Posse November Show

Monday, November 20, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

Organized by: Hilltop Players Club

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