Campus Currents

November 7, 2016

Ben Franklin's World with Liz Covart

Podcasting the Past: A Conversation with Liz Covart - TODAY

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

Ben Franklin's World is one of the most popular podcasts focused on history, with nearly one million downloads since its launch in 2014. Its host, Dr. Liz Covart, has become a pioneering figure at the intersection of history and social media. Join us for a conversation about how we communicate about the past, how to connect academic and public audiences, and how to start a business online.

This Arts & Ideas Event is part of the Change the Conversation, Change the World series.

Meet Award-Winning Film Director Kyoko Gasha - TODAY

Don't miss out on a unique opportunity to meet the Award Winning Documentary Film Director Kyoko Gasha on Monday, November 7, in the Heineman Ecumenical Center at 12:30 p.m.

Gasha is director of the documentary Mothers' Way, Daughter's Choice.

Film Description: Why would successful women from the world’s second largest economic power choose to start their lives over in New York City? Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice explores how several Japanese women struggle to reconcile their traditional upbringing with their desire to create independent lives.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development in partnership with Showa University Boston. For more information, contact Maureen Cupoli at

Election Night Viewing - Tomorrow

Join members of the Political Science, History and Sociology departments in the McCarthy Center Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 8th, as results of the Presidential Election come in starting at 7 p.m. Pizza and soda will be served.

Sponsored by the Political Science, History and Sociology departments, as well as the Student Government Association.

Yours for Humanity - ABBY

Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Meet Massachusetts' radical abolitionist, human and women's rights activist, Abby Kelley Foster. Travel back to 1854 and enter her world—a tumultuous time when social and political differences divided our country. Hear Abby’s emotionally powerful orations against slavery and prejudice, which changed the hearts and minds of many. See how one person can effect extraordinary changes in society by sheer determination, perseverance and hard work. A Q&A will follow.

Lynne McKenney Lydick as Abby Kelley Foster - A program of the Worcester Women’s History Project.

This Arts & Ideas event is part of the Change the Conversation, Change the World series.

FSU Theatre Program Presents: OUR TOWN

Framingham State University’s new Theatre Program in the Department of Communication Arts presents OUR TOWN, by Thornton Wilder, winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Performances are scheduled for November 17th, 18th, and 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center. Tickets are free for students, faculty and staff and $15 for the general public. Reserve your seat at

Playwright Edward Albee hailed OUR TOWN as “the finest play ever written by an American.”

A beautiful play about the simple things that enrich our lives and make it meaningful, OUR TOWN explores the very universal themes of love, family, friends, loss and community.  When experienced, audiences are often surprised at how timely the play is and always will be.  It has to do with human beings struggling in the massive chaotic context of the universe – is there anything more timely than that?   If you think this brilliantly crafted play is merely one that feels comfortable, “like home,” and non-threatening you will be surprised to find that it can be, at times, unsettling and ironic. Wilder is dealing with humankind’s larger questions and the feeling that every living person has that – once we reach adulthood - life is going by too fast and we don’t have time to open our eyes , see it and experience it.

Young George Gibbs (Kyle Hicks) and Emily Webb (Tiffany Santiago) are full of dreams and desires.  They fall in love, marry and live out their lives in a small New England town - Grover’s Corner, NH - a microcosm of the magnificence of everyday life.  The audience is welcomed into the lives of George and Emily and the diverse people of Grover’s Corners by an omniscient Stage Manager (Brandon Bledsoe) who warmly guides them on a complex journey of discovery.

Director Kate Caffrey says “it is a very timeless play about the things in life that matter the most.  Mindfulness is a term that permeates contemporary society. Some think of mindfulness as a new concept, something that we are becoming more aware of – and yearn for – today because our lives are so full, busy and seemingly overloaded with tasks and digital information.  In OUR TOWN, Wilder explores the concept of mindfulness and one of the constant struggles that people have always faced - being present ‘in the moment.’  This seemingly simple play written almost eighty years ago is actually quite deep and rich. It has been fun for the students at Framingham State to explore and discover the many layers in the play.  Like all great plays, the message touches the human heart. The struggles the characters face are so universal that everyone can find some of their own experience in the production. “

Cast and crew includes: Brandon Bledsoe (MARLBOROUGH), Ben McNally (LANCASTERr), Gina Iacoviello (NORTH ANDOVER), Kyle Bunker, Dani Umanita (ROWLEY), Marielle Sciore (NATICK), Kyle Hicks (BOSTON), Madison Nannery (MARLBOROUGH), Tiffany Santiago (WEST SPRINGFIELD), Ashley Herbert (BOSTON), Michael Terra (SEEKONK), Anthony Gabrielle (Wilbraham), Tori Riley (FRAMINGHAM), Brittany Yates (MEDWAY), Bethany Norman (DEDHAM), Brittany Caswell (PEPPERELL),  Tim McDonnell (ABINGTON), Victor Palencia (MARLBOROUGH), Elaria Loia (UXBRIDGE), Kate Caffrey (BELMONT), Erik Fox (SOMERVILLE)

Library Awarded Prestigious Federal Grant

Framingham State's Whittemore Library has been awarded an important Library Services and Technology Act “Career Resources at Your Library” grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Library received the IMLS/LSTA grant in the amount of $6,288. Working in collaboration with the Career Services and Employer Relations Office, grant funding will be used to support programming in soft skills training and networking and to cover honorariums for associated speakers. The funds will also be used to add to the library’s growing collection of print and electronic career resources and will support several training sessions for students in the use of existing and newly added career resources accessible in the Library.

“This grant will help the Library support the University’s career assistance efforts by providing resources that address the information and research needs of students, by training students to successfully use library resources to develop life-long skills, and by exposing students to job-related networking opportunities,” says Library Director Bonnie Mitchel. 

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.

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 5 p.m.: Kforce Careers Information Day

9 a.m. to noon: Uniqlo & Swiss Imports
Noon to 3 p.m.: Transportation Security Administration; The Scott's Miracle Grow Company
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Justice Resource Institute

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: The Enterprise Holdings Company

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Prudential Advisors
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Walker Cares

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: CVS

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Staples

Business Etiquette Dinner
Thursday, December 1, 5:30 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.

CHOICE Internship Drop In Hours
Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., MC 412
Drop in hours are for students to ask quick questions about the Choice Program: monetary funding for internships.

November 10
November 17

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: 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:

Notable Accomplishments

-Communication Arts Professor Robert Johnson's new documentary, Other People's Footage: Copyright & Fair Use, just received the 2016 Dallas Video Festival's Meta Media Award for "Best Film on Film."

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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