Campus Currents

December 19, 2016

The FS(2) Kitchen

FSU Food Study - Weight Loss Update

Who says you can't lose weight during the holidays? The 87 participants in cohort 3 of the Framingham State Food Study have collectively lost a total of 2,062 pounds!

This brings the total weight loss over all 3 cohorts of (FS)2 to a grand total of 3,985.6 pounds! To put that in perspective, the average compact SUV weighs 3,470 pounds and an adult male hippopotamus weighs between 3,300 and 4,000 pounds!

The research study ends in mid-May.  Results and conclusions of the data will be published in early 2018.

FSU Entrepreneur Innovation Center Receives 25K Grant

The Baker-Polito Administration awarded over $950,000 in grant funding to 23 organizations across Massachusetts on Thursday, Dec. 15th, including $25,000 to the Framingham State University Entrepreneur Innovation Center (EIC).

“Entrepreneurship is the engine that drives small business forward,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By giving entrepreneurs across Massachusetts the tools and support systems they need to grow their own businesses, these grants will advance job creation and new businesses in communities, while building stronger regional economies.”

The awards, managed by MassDevelopment, will build physical infrastructure to support the growth of new entrepreneurial ventures, while spurring innovation and job-creation at the local level. At Framingham State, the grant will go toward development and renovation costs to redesign the EIC’s new location at 860 Worcester Road.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected by MassDevelopment for a seed grant,” said Mark Hardie, the center’s director. “The award is a testament to the innovative approach FSU is taking to collaborative work spaces that are capable of serving both the needs of MetroWest entrepreneurs and the academic interests of the campus community.”

FSU Alums Wrap Up Experience on Project Runway

Framingham State University alums Cornelius Ortiz '15 and Nathalia JMag '16 have officially completed their experiences on Season 15 of the hit fashion reality show Project Runway. Both former Fashion majors at Framingham State outlasted more than half of the cast, which was drawn from around the country. Nathalia finished 7th, while Cornelius finished in the top 5 after receiving the famous Tim Gunn save.  

Taping for the show occurred over the summer, but neither could giveaway anything that happened until after their elimination episode aired. The two designers described the experience as exhausting, but well worth it, during a visit to campus in November.

“It shows that if you have a dream, no matter how big or how small, if you work for it you can achieve it," Nathalia said during the visit. "It wasn't overnight. I feel like I've been putting in a lot of work for the past four years and I felt like it wasn't getting anywhere and this happened."

5th Annual Campus Development Series

Save the Dates! January 4th, 5th and 6th, 2017

The Campus Professional Development Steering Committee is pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Campus Professional Development Days will be held on January 4th, 5th and 6th, 2017. The University-wide goals of Recruitment, Retention, and Responsiveness will be highlighted through a diverse offering of professional development workshops, team building exercises, and community involvement. Participation is open to all employees. More details will be available in the near future.

Registration is now open:

1.    Click the registration link found here
2.    Click “Log In” or “Sign Up” to access your Sched account to build your schedule
3.    Once logged in, click the box of a session you want to attend

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 508–626–4530 or via e-mail at

"5" Hundred Degrees of Baking

Are your desserts deserving of a “golden whisk”? Preheat your oven, fire up your competitive spirit, and show your baking prowess during the 2017 Campus Professional Days Bake-Off!

All interested contestants should pre-register by emailing or calling Steven Kenney at 508-626-4570 or 

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:

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:

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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