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December 12, 2016

2016-17 Chorus Series

FSU Chorus - Winter Concert

"A Cappella!" with the FSU Chorus

On Tuesday, December 13, at 7 p.m., the Framingham State University Chorus will perform “A Cappella!,” a concert of unaccompanied music from the Middle Ages through today. The program will conclude with seasonal music and an audience carol sing. The Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Paul Cienniwa, includes students and alumni from the university and area community members. The concert is free and open to the public and will take place in the Heineman Cultural Center.

“I’ve been with the FSU Chorus for nearly ten years, and I am happy to say that we now have a chorus that is able to sing an entire program without accompaniment,” says Dr. Cienniwa, the director. “We began the semester with simple rounds, and now the group is singing a Renaissance madrigal without any help from the piano. We’ve also incorporated some popular music, from a piece by Bobby McFerrin to a setting of “Down in the River to Pray,” from the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou.”

For some years, the Chorus has included a carol sing with their December programs, and this year will include a few more carols. Cienniwa continues, “We will invite the audience to join the Chorus in ‘Deck the Hall,’ ‘Angels We Have Heard on High,’ ‘Silent Night,’ and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas.’ The Chorus members have found this to be a fun way to end the semester, and we know that the audience enjoys participating!”

Midday Performance Series: Mamadou Diop

Drumming with Mamadou Diop: Monday, December 12th, Forum, McCarthy Center

1:30 p.m. - Hands-on Workshop
4:30 p.m. - Performance

Learn more about the high energy drumming of Mamadou Diop through a hands-on workshop. The fifty minute session will give participants a direct drumming experience with the talented band members of Mamadou. A winner of multiple awards, Mamadou Diop and his band Mamadou are known for their eclectic blend of exotic rhythms and powerful percussion jams that will set your feet and spirit dancing!

History Research Symposium

The History Research Symposium will take place from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. on Monday, December 12th in the Alumni Room.  Students in the history program's sophomore methods and senior capstone courses have created posters to share the research they have carried out over the course of the semester. Come engage our students in discussion of topics such as:

  • Patriot propaganda in the wake of the Boston Tea Party and the battles of Lexington and Concord
  • Civilians’ experience of the Siege of Boston in 1775-76
  • The debate that led to the inclusion of the three-fifths compromise in the U.S. Constitution
  • Americans’ views on the late-eighteenth-century movement for Irish independence from Great Britain
  • The cause of Boston’s twentieth-century reputation as “the most racist city in sports”
  • The impact of boarding schools on Native American children’s sense of identity
  • The interplay between the actions of the Black Panther Party, members’ self identification, and representations in the media
  • Tensions between abolitionists and members of the clergy

Light refreshments (cookies, brownies, and fruit) will be served.

Sociology Research Methods Poster Presentations

The Sociology Research Methods Poster Presentations will take place on Thursday, Dec. 15th, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum. Come see the results from a year-long research project!

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:

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.: Staples

3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.: Beginnings School

9 a.m. to noon: All Care Plus Pharmacy

*Coming soon in the Spring!*

Alumni Advisors
One-on-one conversations and drop ins with FSU alumni to get real advice on your career related questions  ——
Every Tuesday from 1 p.m.—4 p.m. in the CSER interview room MC 514 beginning January 2017.

STEM Career Event
Tuesday February 21, 2017 4:30 p.m.-5:30 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 individually with an employer 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.

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:

Notable Accomplishments

-On November, 30, Professor Leslie Starobin of the Communication Arts Department spoke at the event "We Were Neighbors: Remembering Middle Eastern and North African Jewish Communities," sponsored by the American Sephardi Federation at the Center for Jewish History in New York.  Her still-life montages from "The Last Address" will be on exhibit there through April 2017.


Upcoming events

"A Piece of My Heart" Show

Saturday, November 18, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dwight Hall Auditorium 206 (DPAC), Dwight Hall Foyer

Organized by: Dept of Communications Arts

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

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