Campus Currents

December 21, 2015

Brophy Elementary Visit

Students from Brophy Elementary Visit FSU

By Scott Calzolaio ’16, publications intern

The roles were reversed on December 10th when dozens of fifth grade students from Brophy Elementary in Framingham visited the school of their student-teachers, providing one example of the research-to-practice partnerships the Framingham State Education Department is engaged with.

The elementary students enjoyed a tour of campus, a planetarium show at the McAuliffe Center, lunch and an activity session with their familiar student teachers in the Forum. The theme of the activities – character education.

“It’s an approach to working with children and adolescents in schools to build their non-academic skills,” said James Cressey, Assistant Education Professor. “Their social skills, their emotional intelligence and their teamwork.”

The goal of the event, said Debbie Phillips, fifth grade teacher at Brophy Elementary, was to give her students “an opportunity to see a college campus and to have them start thinking at that young age, ‘I can see myself there someday.’”

Phillips said her students have been looking forward to visiting FSU for weeks, and she hopes that this sort of visit becomes an annual tradition.

“We are so grateful, the whole trip has been free for us. More than 50 percent of our school is on free and reduced lunch so it was a great opportunity that they didn’t have to pay for this field trip.”

To some, the trip to FSU was just a fun day out of the classroom, but to others it was a chance to see into their potential future.

 “Just showing them that their future is bright, and building communities between all different age groups is most important,” said Carissa Martorana, Senior Elementary Education Major and Student Teacher.

Annie Colamaria, a fifth grade SEI classroom teacher, and a 2013 Framingham State alumna said, “For some of these students, they might be the first in their families to go to college so it’s great for them to have this experience because they might not hear about college in their everyday life. Getting excited about college and seeing all of the fun things it offers instills a little seed for them.”

FSU Education Professor Kelly Kolodny volunteers at Brophy Elementary School one morning each week and helped coordinate the trip to Framingham State.

CELTSS: January Day

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.

"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

Notable Accomplishments

-Communication Arts Professor Audrey Kali's upcoming trip to Africa was recently featured in an article in the MetroWest Daily News. Dr. Kali received a Fulbright Award to teach at the University of Malawi from January to August 2016.

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