Campus Currents

November 5, 2018

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Arthur Nolletti, Jr. Film Series: WALL-E

November 5, 2018 at 7 p.m.
North Hall Commons Room

WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008) is a Pixar Animation Studios masterpiece. A garbage-collecting robot dutifully cleans planet Earth after humans have abandoned it. When a reconnaissance robot named EVE arrives, WALL-E falls in love and follows her into space where the future of humanity hangs in the balance.

Scholars on the Hill

Mark your calendar for this fall's Scholars on the Hill event on Friday, November 9th at 2:30 p.m. in the 1839 Room. Faculty who received CELTSS funding in AY2017-18 will share their scholarly and creative work. Poster presentations will begin at 2:30pm from:

Steve Dinkelacker, Biology
Reproduction in American Alligators: hunting for the most elusive and vital data for management of a protected species.

Stephanie Grey, Art and Music
Changing Technology and its Influence on the Practice of Design

Vinay Mannam, Chemistry and Food Science
Studying Real-time Heat and Mass Transfer Rate during Baking using Thermal Imaging Camera and Modified Load Measuring Electric Oven

Timothy McDonald, Art and Music
Study Tour in Art & Architecture: Munich, Prague, Berlin

Brian Souza, Food and Nutrition
Investigating Collegiate Student-Athlete Well-being: A Qualitative Study

Oral presentations will being shortly before 3:00pm from:

Zeynep Gonen, Sociology
Prison/home: A cultural criminological approach

Wardell Powell, Education
Using Socioscientific Issues to Enhance Evidence-Based Reasoning Among Middle School Students

Lina Rincón, Sociology
How to Navigate Workplace Racism? To Internalize or to challenge? The case of Puerto Rican and Colombian IT workers in the Northeast.

Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

Study Abroad Showcase

The Study Abroad Showcase
Monday November 5th, Alumni Room (3rd floor MC)

Explore poster presentations made by study abroad participants! Vote on your favorite student photo during our Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest!

Questions? Email

FSU hosting entrepreneurs and investors at one-day conference

Framingham State University is hosting a one-day entrepreneur conference, Launch @ FSU, on Friday, November 9, 2018, for anyone interested in connecting with entrepreneurs and investors and gaining actionable strategies for launching their idea or business.

The conference, which will be held at Framingham State’s Warren Conference Center in Ashland includes a keynote by noted entrepreneur and investor Michael Powers, a member of FSU’s Class of 1987 and one of the founding team members at YouTube.

The conference will also include a networking lunch, and two hands-on workshops. During the event, participants will gain insight from local entrepreneurs, leave with a business plan outline, and have the opportunity to network with business leaders and investors.

Speaker and facilitators include:

-Michael Powers '87, Hon. D.Sc. '16
Michael is an expert in operational management of business units at startups and established companies. A former GM at CBSi, he was the second Product Manager at YouTube, first employee of and founder of two internet companies. Michael is an angel investor in several startups, including Insight Engines (AI Search), Turo (Car Sharing) and locally founded companies Taskrabbit and TurningArt.

-Derek Canton, CEO and Founder, PaerPay

-Laura DiBenedetto, Author, President and Founder, Vison Advertising

-Adam R. Goldberg, M.Ed., CEO & Founder, Torchlight

-Mark Hardie, Director, Entrepreneur & Innovation Center, Framingham State University

-Patricia Nolan-Brown, Author, Inventor and Serial Entrepreneur

-Robert Krim, Associate Professor and Founder, Entrepreneur & Innovation Center, Framingham State University

-Robert Power, Vice President of Embedded Software - Silicon Labs

-Kathryn Rose, Founder, wiseHer

“Launch @ FSU is a great opportunity for MetroWest entrepreneurs and innovators to learn from people who have started successful businesses in a unique format that encourages interaction and guarantees that participants will leave with collateral to help them take their next step,” said Jennifer DeFronzo, Director of Alumni Relations for Framingham State.

To register for this event or for more information, go to

Alpha Upsilon Alpha Speaker: Dr. Laura Hudock

Alpha Upsilon Alpha, The Honor Society of the International Literacy Association, Alpha Pi Chapter, presents:

Dr. Laura Hudock: Unleashing Creative Meaning Potentials of Child Reader, Picturebook, and Environment

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Framingham State University
The Forum, McCarthy Center
7:00 – 8:30 PM

Dr. Hudock is an Assistant Professor & Elementary Literacy Specialist at Framingham State University who earned her PhD Pennsylvania State University, 2018. RSVP to Diane Lowe at

Communication Arts Theatre Production: Mother's Bliss, Mother's Woe

Don't miss the annual Communication Arts Theatre Production in November! This year's show, Mother's Bliss, Mother's Woe, is a new play written and directed by FSU Professor Kate Caffrey.

WHEN: November 15, 16 and 17th at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Dwight Performing Arts Center
TICKETS: General Public - $15/Faculty/Staff/Students - $5

Purchase tickets at:

A drama with music set in 1871 about Peg and Mary Horan, young immigrants who create new lives in Buffalo, NY. When Mary is unexpectedly overcome by memories of her childhood and the Irish Famine, she must persuade her sister to help her explore a radical treatment that may save her life.

Framingham State Food Study: The Big Reveal!

As many of you are aware, from 2014-2017 Framingham State University played host to a groundbreaking food study led by scientists at Boston Children's Hospital. The results of that study are in and we invite you to join us and hear about how FSU has contributed to the understanding of diet and weight loss maintenance.

The presentation with Dr. David Ludwig, MD, PhD and Dr. Cara Ebbeling, PhD, will take place in the McCarthy Center Forum on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

For more information and to RSVP, visit

Late Nite Skies at the FSU Planetarium Presents: Undiscovered Worlds

FSU Planetarium, McAuliffe Center
November 16, 2018
7 p.m.

Humans have long imagined alien worlds beyond our solar system. However, in recent years, science fiction has become science fact. Join us for a presentation of Undiscovered Worlds, a fulldome film produced by the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science. Undiscovered Worlds reveals the ingenious methods used by astronomers to identify planets orbiting stars beyond the Sun, culminating in the historic Kepler mission, which has detected thousands of these “exoplanets” over the last few years. After the film, we’ll discuss the latest news about Kepler’s successor: the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). TESS, launched in April 2018, is sure to reveal thousands of additional worlds, further changing the way we view our place among the stars.

Is Law School for You? Info Session

Do you have an interest in attending Law School? Learn about Framingham State University's 3+3 Programs with Suffolk University and UMass Dartmouth Law School during this special information session.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m., 1839 Room, McCarthy Center

Coming Up at the Mazmanian Gallery

Extravagantly Absurd: A Mixed Media Installation by B. Lynch
Mazmanian Gallery
November 12 - December 14, 2018
Opening Reception: November 13, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm

Talk with Staples Co-Founder Todd Krasnow

McCarthy Center Forum
Tuesday, Nov. 20
8:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

The Department of Marketing has invited Todd Krasnow, co-founder of Staples (and other exciting ventures!) to campus on Tuesday November 20 from 8:30-10:20 in the Forum. The community is welcome to attend this event, which is an exciting opportunity to hear his experience and ask him questions.

7th Annual Professional Development Days

The Campus Professional Development Steering Committee is pleased to Announce that the 7th Annual Campus Professional Development Days will be held on Thursday, January 3rd, and Friday, January 4th, 2019.

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 508.626.4530 or

Midday Performances: Christian Gentry

November 26, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

drone_vox_jams is an improvised electronic music project composed, produced, and performed by Christian Gentry from the Arts & Music Department. It explores the real-time interactions between voice and real time synthesis with special emphasis on minimalistic techniques of repetition and slight coloristic changes.

1968 and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Race, Class and Disobedience

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
4:30 PM 6:30 PM
McCarthy Center Forum

Speaker: Alex Gourevitch, Brown University

Come hear Alex Gourevitch, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University, discuss the radicalism of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s civil disobedience. King was no moderate. Assassinated while supporting a major strike, King is best seen as part of the 1968 revival of a long tradition of mass law-breaking that we can trace backwards through a hundred years of labor radicalism.

This event is part of the Moon Landing in Context series.

Earthrise “The Image that Shared our World”

Thursday, November 29, 2018
7:00 PM 9:00 PM
McCarthy Center Forum

Earthrise, a documentary film by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, tells the story of the iconic image of the Earth taken from space in 1968 on Apollo 8. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space.

Taken 50 years ago, the Earthrise photograph had an everlasting impact on the astronauts and humanity, offering a powerful perspective that transcended national, political, and religious boundaries. The photograph helped kickstart the environmental movement and is one of the most iconic and widely reproduced and distributed images in history. The Earthrise photograph helped humanity to see our Earth as one ecosystem. Offering an opportunity to remember this shift, the photograph compels us to reflect on the Earth as a shared home at this unprecedented time in history.

This event is part of the Moon Landing in Context Series.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

On Campus Interviews TBA, 11/26-11/30, Foster Hall 102

Diverse employers come to campus to interview and recruit for job openings. Call the CSER Office 508-626-4625.

11/30/18—CJ Affiliates 2PM—4PM

Networking & Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Graduation Event
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m., MC Forum

Network with employer partners while learning about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying food and “mock” tails! Pre-registration is required. Contact the CSER office at 508-626-4625.

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 6:00PM:

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. (Featuring up to six different employers weekly).


Noon to 3 PM: Ambit Energy


Noon—3:00 PM: Salmon Health Care and Retirement


Noon to 3 PM: Town of Littleton Parks and Recreation Department

Notable Accomplishments

-An interview with Dr. Kristen Abbott Bennett about her Kit Marlowe Digital Project is featured on the website of The Council on Undergraduate Research, Arts & Humanities Division.

Additionally, Dr. Bennett’s ENGL 220 Shakespeare students will be contributing web exhibits focused on Marlowe and Shakespeare’s collaborative works to this evolving digital humanities site.

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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