Campus Currents

November 27, 2017

Students from Brophy Elementary with staff from the College Planning Center

Brophy Elementary Students Visit FSU

Students from Brophy Elementary, a high-needs school in Framingham, made their annual visit to Framingham State University last week to experience a college campus first hand.

The 5th grade students took part in a Planetarium Show at the McAuliffe Center, toured campus, met with staff from the MetroWest College Planning Center, and read books with FSU Education students.

The idea behind the visit is to enable the students to envision themselves attending college when they get older, according to Dr. Kelly Kolodny, who helps coordinate the effort each year.

CELTSS 10th Anniversary Celebration

McCarthy Center Forum
Tuesday, Nov. 28
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Celebrate ten years of CELTSS funding for faculty teaching, scholarship, advising, and service, as well as mentoring, book circles, workshops, January Days, and Days in May. Take a look back at faculty accomplishments and forward to new possibilities!

For more information, e-mail

Senior Nutrition Fair

Take part in the annual Nutrition Fair put on by senior dietitian students in the coordinated program!

McCarthy Center Dinning Commons
Tuesday, Nov. 28
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Getting back to the basics with Choose My Plate. Learn about the five food groups and how to improve your plate with them! The fair will feature food samples, raffles and other fun activities. It is sponsored by the Food and Nutrition Department and FSU Dining Services.

Questions? Contact Karen White at

Financial Literacy Workshop

Join the Business Department for a coaching session by industry experts that offers real, practical considerations for college students and new grads. Topics include loans, credit cards, banking, and saving for retirement. Light refreshments will be provided during the Q&A session.

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 4:30 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence, O'Connor Hall

Sponsored by the FSU Business Department and CFA Boston Financial Literacy Initiative.

Midday Performances: A Joint Recital of Classical Music

December 4, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a beautiful performance of classical music by three noted musicians on the Boston music scene. This joint recital will feature mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, one of the finest vocal performers in the region; talented pianist, composer and conductor David Owens; and Anne Black, a violist who has toured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops.

Talking Back to Showing (work x family)

December 6, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

As the inaugural activity of FSU’s #ThisisHumanities, the community talks back to Showing (work x family) in several ways. Dr. Virginia Rutter hosts a panel of FSU faculty from science, humanities, and behavioral and social science, followed by a dialogue and town hall meeting. A poster session will share the work of students from over 40 classes and ten disciplines who participated in the FSU family diversity and change teach-in, which will occur in November. The family diversity and change teach-in invites students and faculty to discover unique disciplinary connections to the topic. This builds on FSU’s unique adaptation of the teach-in in recent years.

my.framingham 2.0 is coming

The University plans to launch a new and improved my.Framingham portal in 2018. Similar to the upgrade from Banner 8 to 9, the change to my.Framingham 2.0 will involve converting to a different underlying technology and user interface. In fact, Ellucian is the provider of Banner and the portal application software for my.Framingham.

Ellucian Portal simplifies information exchange for students, faculty, and staff by replacing handfuls of systems and sites with a single, virtual doorway.

-One account & password to remember for all your Framingham systems

-Access on any device – desktop, tablet or mobile

-Receive personalized content and information

For more information, visit:

A Taste of Framingham: A Benefit to Support Syrian Refugee Families

The city of Framingham and Framingham State University are in a unique position to help assist Syrian refugee families displaced by the Syrian Civil War. Since 2011, tens of thousands of civilians living in Syria have been killed or forcibly removed from their homes due to government unrest and guerrilla warfare, which has made many communities in Syria completely uninhabitable. According to a U.N. study published in 2014, there have been 191,369 deaths within the country; if this pattern of violence continues the Syrian Centre for Policy Research warns that the country is on track to meet or exceed 470,000 deaths by 2018. As of right now 11.5% of the entire Syrian population has either been wounded or killed in this Civil War.

Framingham State University History students in conjunction with Jewish Family Services of Metrowest, and the History Department are sponsoring an event on December 14, 2017, 6pm-8pm, in the Forum, McCarthy Center, to help displaced Syrian families that have found new homes in Framingham. The benefit, which is free to the public (monetary donations or donations of gently used clothing are highly encouraged) is an opportunity for the larger community of Framingham to highlight the city's cultural diversity as well as bring attention to a serious international problem. Participants are encouraged to create a dish unique to their cultural background to demonstrate that Framingham is made up of MANY people from MANY backgrounds and EVERYONE should feel welcome in the Metrowest area. All of the proceeds generated by this event will go directly to supporting the Syrian families.

The event, which is being organized by students in the History of Holocaust and Genocide Fall 2017 course, is also part of the #thisishumanities  Family Diversity Teach-In, with support from the College of Social Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

On-Campus Interviews Week
November 27—December 1, 2017— More Employers TBA
11/27/17: Wayside Youth & Family Support Network 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. 
11/28/17: Enterprise Holdings, Inc. 9:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
11/29/17: Mini Miracles 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
11/30/17: Santander Bank 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Mocktail Mixer Networking Event & Graduation
Thursday, December 7, 2017,  5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., MC Forum

Network with employer partners while learning about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying appetizers and “mock” tails during the final event of the Suitable Solutions Professionalism Program. Pre-registration is required via Ramtrack.

Wednesday Employer Showcase, Campus Center Lobby, 9AM to 6PM


9:00 a.m.—Noon: Salmon Health & Retirement & Next Generation Children’s Center
Noon– 3:00p.m.: RCS Learning/Mini Miracles & Dunkin Donuts
3:00 p.m.—5:45 p.m.: Camp Danbee & Horizons for Homeless Children


9:00 a.m.—Noon: Walgreens & Jordan’s Furniture
Noon— 3:00p.m: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass. & Work Opportunities Unlimited
3:00p.m—5:45p.m.: Scotts Miracle-Gro & Valet Park of America

Notable Accomplishments

-Haley Alexson, a recent graduate of the Fashion Design and Retailing major concentrating in merchandising (class of 2017), won undergraduate first place in ESRAP (Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices) 2017 Student Merchandising Poster Competition. She was invited as one of 12 finalists (2 graduate and 10 undergraduate teams) to present her poster at the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, and awarded at the ceremony at ITAA. 

Haley developed a retail business titled Translucence as her independent study project and submitted her poster for this competition in May 2017 before she graduated. Her faculty advisor was Professor Haewon Ju.

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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