Campus Currents

December 10, 2018

Students look at stars in the FSU Planetarium

Family Night at the FSU Planetarium: Holiday Skies

Friday December 14, 2018 at 5:30pm & 6:30pm
FSU Planetarium, McAuliffe Center
More info and pre-registration at:

Family Night at the FSU Planetarium presents Holiday Skies:

Come celebrate the season of feasts, family, and goodwill with the Framingham State University Planetarium family! In this live, astronomical “variety show,” you’ll learn why the December solstice has inspired so many wonderful cultural traditions, with origins in all corners of the globe and throughout most of human history. The longest night of the year means plenty of time for stargazing, and we may even get a chance to travel to Earth’s North Pole (pending a quick check of the naughty and nice list)!

Understanding Crime Scenes with Detective Lt. Steven Bennett

WHAT: Understanding Crime Scene Analysis with Detective Lieutenant Steven Bennett, MSP
WHEN: Wednesday, December 12th, 5-6:30pm
WHERE: McCarthy Center Alumni Room

It’s been nearly 20 years since CBS launched CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Spin-off after spin-off captivated the public while generating broad interest in the work of forensic analysts. As part of the Careers in Crim series, on Wednesday, December 12th, the Criminology Program welcomes to campus Detective Lieutenant Steven Bennett, Commanding Officer of the Crime Scene Services Section of the Massachusetts State Police, to separate fact from fiction. The event is sure to be of interest for many, from casual fans of crime-drama TV to those considering careers in forensics! All are welcome to attend.

ABOUT THE EVENT: Detective Lieutenant Steven Bennett of the Massachusetts State Police, Commanding Officer of the Crime Scene Services Section, offers a talk on crime scene analysis. Drawing from more than 15 years of experience as a crime scene investigator and over 39 years as a police officer, Det. Lt. Bennett will provide an introduction to the basics of crime scene investigation; the responsibilities of crime analysts; and how students interested in the topic can prepare for a career in the field.

Launch of New Online Grammar Resource

Student-Library Collaboration Showcase and Reception

Stop by the library and see how students collaborated with English faculty and librarians to create a digital, open-source writing and grammar guide!

December 14, 2018
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Whittemore Library UM-14
Light refreshments will be served

Questions? Contact Hedda Monaghan, or Kristen Abbott Bennett,

Michael Fabbri ’80 Discusses His Career as a Judge

By Thom Duda, publications intern

Students interested in pursuing a law degree should hone their research skills and be prepared for an intensive first year of law school, according to District Court Judge Michael Fabbri, a member of Framingham State’s class of 1980.

Fabbri recently sat down with a group of FSU students and faculty to offer advice for those interested in law and his career as a judge. Fabbri described the way law school will be for students going into the field, where research skills will be important for students along with being able to advocate their position, while also understanding others.

Three years of legal and practical education would follow students going to law school, but Fabbri said it was important for students to acquire more skills and knowledge in a variety of fields such as economics, history, sociology, and psychology along with honing.

“Even entry level, the more experiences, the easier it will be,” Fabbri said.

In regard to the experience of working within the court system, Fabbri pointed out that “real court is nothing like court on T.V.,” as he explained how the court system in Massachusetts is set up between the trial and the appeals court. The Trial court is where litigation occurs, while the appeals, or appellate, court deals only with questions of law.

In contrasting the two, Fabbri noted how the appellate court was far more formal and “rigid,” whereas the trial court was bigger with “constant turnover, noise and shifting back from A to B.”

Fabbri said being a judge is not an easy job and that students going into the field “were going to have to make sacrifices,” citing how emotionally draining it can be during cases where the stakes are high. Fabbri also noted the financial difficulties new students would encounter, noting how all judges are paid the same in a an attempt to show that they are all equal in the field of justice, which unfortunately makes it difficult to take people from private practices into the Judicial system since the private pay rate is much higher.

Fabbri also warned the students about the dangers for judges to grow complacent on the bench, noting how there are cases where some judges would make different rulings depending on the time of day in the court room.

“It’s easy to slide into forgetting that human lives are at stake,” Fabbri said, cautioning students to remember that the decisions of judges ultimately effect people and that they had to remember that while they were doing their job.

Open Forums on Search for Executive Positions

You’re invited to attend an Open Forum for an opportunity to provide input as we prepare to hire our next Provost and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Open Forum for Entire Community
December 12, 2018
1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center (DPAC)

Open Forum for Students
December 12, 2018
4:30 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE), O’Connor Hall

No RSVP is required – your attendance is strongly encouraged! If you are unable to attend, there will be a follow‐up digital survey administered to gather input from the FSU community. FSU has engaged the search firm, Academic Search, to conduct these forums and assist with the search process.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

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).


9:00 a.m.—Noon: CarMax & Barry Price Rehabilitation Center
Noon—3:00 p.m.: American Girl & Insight Workforce Solutions
3:00 PM—6:00 PM: Sudbury Valley Trustees & Franciscan Children’s Organization

Spring 2019 Save the Dates

Enterprise Holding, Inc., Career Day—On-Campus Interviews, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 9:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m., Foster 102
Full- time career and summer internship positions available. Job descriptions are on Ramtrack. Pre-registration required. Call the CSER office at 508-626-4625 to schedule your 30 minute interview.

Curiosity Unleashed STEM Career Event, Thursday, February 21, 2019, 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., MC Forum
STEM Panel — Employers will speak about the work they do and the types of employment opportunities in their particular STEM fields.
Speed Networking — Students will meet diverse employers to discuss their STEM career interests.
Resume Critique — Employers will do a quick resume critique of
students’ resumes to help them understand how to best highlight their skills and experience in the highly competitive STEM job market.

The Math Works Career Day , Wednesday, February 27, 2019
1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m. Information Session, MC Alumni Room
2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m. (Q+A), MC Alumni Room
Hear about the many opportunities at Math Works. All majors
welcome! Please call the career services and employer relations
office to find out more information! Preregistration required.
Call the CSER office at 508-626-4625.

Spring Job and Internship Fair, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 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 field’s will be featured. Bring your resume.
Dress professionally.

MERC Education Fair, Thursday, April 18, 2019 , 9:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m., at B.U.
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

-The results of the annual regional employer survey conducted by Business Professor Michael Harrison were delivered to business leaders and politicians at the Warren Conference Center & Inn on Friday, Nov. 30. Harrison and MBA student Matt Brockett co-delivered the presentation, which was covered in the MetroWest Daily News and Worcester Business Journal.

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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