Campus Currents

December 14, 2015

Stephen Ames and Leanna Gonzalez, Student Veterans Club

Student Veterans Sponsor Family

Leanna Gonzalez, a food and nutrition student and treasurer of the FSU Student Veterans Club, led an initiative to sponsor a family through the South Middlesex Opportunity Council’s (SMOC) Voices Against Violence Initiative.

Voices Against Violence is a program for battered women that provides support to families in transition from abusive relationships. The Student Veterans Club agreed to sponsor a family of four for the holidays. In partnership with the Natick Church of Christ, the club also raised over $500 to give as a cash donation, which will be used to provide other families with gifts and presents for the holidays. Two of FSU's students are deacons at the Natick Church of Christ, Brandon Bledsoe and Keith Travis, both of whom asked the Church to take up a special donation for the Voices Against Violence initiative.

Not only does this benefit the families, it is also good for the veterans, as it provides them with the comradery that they had in the military. The veterans used this as a kick-off event for the club's reestablishment.

Members include:
President: Will Jenkins
Vice: Hannah Harwood
Treasurer: Leanna Gonzalez
Secretary: Chelsea Steinbrecher-Hoffmann
Member: Alex Sanford
Member: James Henderson
Member: John Mahoney
Member: Isael "Izzy" Rodriguez
Member: Brandon Bledsoe
Member: Enjely "Angie" Mora
Member: Stephen Ames

FSU Winter Chorus Concert

Members of the community are invited to a special free concert performed by the Framingham State University Chorus on Tuesday, Dec. 15th, at 7 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center.

The theme of the concert is “A Baroque Christmas” and will feature the music of Dietrich Buxtehude, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and 17th-century Christmas carols. The chorus, under the direction of Dr. Paul Cienniwa, includes students and alumni from the university as well as area community members.

The centerpiece of the program, Charpentier’s Messe de minuit pour Noël, is a Latin Mass setting based on French carols from the composer’s 17th-century France.

“Even though many of Charpentier’s French carols are unknown today, they joyfully represent the spirit of the season,” says Cienniwa. “We will introduce the Mass movements with the carols that inspired their composition, making this a very festive concert!”

The program will also include Buxtehude’s In dulci jubilo, a German/Latin motet based on the well-known carol. The concert soloists include FSU students and alumni Patricia Berlandi, ‘70, G’85, Inessa Burnell, ‘19, Samuel McGuire, ‘17, Cynthia Nelson, ‘17, Jesse Sannicandro, ‘16; and community members Mary Collins, Doug Miller, Vanessa Pendexter, Edward Sawyer.

CELTSS: January Day

The Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS) will hold its annual January Day Faculty Development Program on Thursday, Jan. 7, in the McCarthy Center.

The day will kickoff with a continental breakfast in the Forum at 8:30 a.m. Sessions on a variety of professional development topics will run throughout the day.

Click here to register.

SILD Giving Tree

Last week, SILD’s Second Annual Giving Tree successfully donated 141 gifts for 47 children to the United Way of Tri-County Hope for the Holiday program!  This accomplishment is more than double what was achieved last year.  Thank you to all of the Framingham State University community members who donated to the Giving Tree.  Your support means the world to us and we truly could not have reached this number without your generosity. We wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to working with you again during next year’s Giving Tree!

"R" You Engaged

The Professional Development Steering Committee is pleased to announce the 4th annual Professional Development Series on January 5, 6 and 8. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at or 508-626-4530.

Entitled "R" You Engaged, it will focus on Recruitment, Responsiveness and Retention

Save the Date - 9th Annual Family Fun Day

The 9th annual Family Fun Day at Framingham State is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21st, 2016, from noon to 3 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum. The theme of the event is Wild Safari and will feature crafts, snacks, live animal shows and much more!

The event is sponsored by the Student Involvement and Leadership Development Office. Questions? E-mail

Faculty and Staff Winter Festival

Join us for the annual Faculty and Staff Winter Festival on Friday, Dec. 18th, at the McCarthy Center Dining Commons Annex (via the back ramp).

The event will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and will include the annual raffle drawing.

Notable Accomplishments

-English Professor Colleen Coyne’s poetry chapbook, Girls Mistaken for Ghosts, has just been published by Dancing Girl Press. 

-Business Professor Michael Harrison will present an employer survey during the annual conference of the 495/MetroWest Partnership on Tuesday, Dec. 15th, at 8 a.m. at the International Golf Club and Report in Bolton.

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

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Suit Jacket Posse November Show

Monday, November 20, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

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