Campus Currents

December 4, 2017

Members of the 2017 FSU Moot Court Team

FSU Moot Court 2017

On November 17, ten highly committed and enthusiastic students from Framingham State University participated in the Regional Moot Court Tournament that had 52 teams held at Fitchburg State University. The teams were from other colleges and universities. including Fitchburg State, Patrick Henry College, Holy Cross, Bentley, Bridgewater State, George Washington, St. Thomas University, Merrimack College, University of Connecticut, Wheaton, and Suffolk University.  The students who participated from Framingham were Domini Batista, Joe Bettinelli, Karl Bryan, Samantha Chandler, Joseph Frazer, Logan Hennessy, Michelle Poch, Adam Scanlon, Seth Signa, and Kevin Steward.  Their Advisor was Dr. Christopher McCarthy-Latimer who is the Chair of the Political Science Department.  All Framingham teams did very well at the three preliminary rounds and were able to present their arguments concerning the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the Eighth Amendment, while answering questions from the judges.  Framingham State University is very proud of our students who participated in the moot court.

Talking Back to Showing (work x family)

December 6, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

As the inaugural activity of FSU’s #ThisisHumanities, the community talks back to Showing (work x family) in several ways. Dr. Virginia Rutter hosts a panel of FSU faculty from science, humanities, and behavioral and social science, followed by a dialogue and town hall meeting. A poster session will share the work of students from over 40 classes and ten disciplines who participated in the FSU family diversity and change teach-in, occurred in November. The family diversity and change teach-in invited students and faculty to discover unique disciplinary connections to the topic. This built on FSU’s unique adaptation of the teach-in in recent years.

Featured Talks:

Babies, Brains, and Labor
Dr. Robert Donohue, Psychology Department

Doing Science While Doing Family
Dr. Ishara Mills-Henry, Chemistry Department

At Home/Away from Home: Economic Realities of Immigrants in the U.S.
Dr. Luis Rosero, Economics Department

Women and Work: Reflections from a Seventeenth-Century Midwife
Dr. Bridgette Sheridan, History Department

Midday Performances: A Joint Recital of Classical Music

December 4, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a beautiful performance of classical music by three noted musicians on the Boston music scene. This joint recital will feature mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, one of the finest vocal performers in the region; talented pianist, composer and conductor David Owens; and Anne Black, a violist who has toured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops.

SGA Week of Kindness - Dec. 4th to Dec. 9th

The Student Government's Week of Kindness is this week from December 4th to December 9th. Many events are being held on campus in the name of kindness and positivity toward others and ourselves. There is an event on Wednesday, December 6th from 11:30am - 2:00pm in the McCarthy Center Alumni room specifically for faculty/staff to participate, called "Campus Communi-Tea". We will be creating two walls of sticky notes - one for students to write the name of a faculty/staff member who has positively impacted them, and one for faculty & staff to write the name of a student who positively impacted them. Please feel free to come by, write some sticky notes, drink some tea, and share in kindness. Feel free to reach out to with any questions!

my.framingham 2.0 is coming

The University plans to launch a new and improved my.Framingham portal in 2018. Similar to the upgrade from Banner 8 to 9, the change to my.Framingham 2.0 will involve converting to a different underlying technology and user interface. In fact, Ellucian is the provider of Banner and the portal application software for my.Framingham.

Ellucian Portal simplifies information exchange for students, faculty, and staff by replacing handfuls of systems and sites with a single, virtual doorway.

-One account & password to remember for all your Framingham systems

-Access on any device – desktop, tablet or mobile

-Receive personalized content and information

For more information, visit:

A Taste of Framingham: A Benefit to Support Syrian Refugee Families

The city of Framingham and Framingham State University are in a unique position to help assist Syrian refugee families displaced by the Syrian Civil War. Since 2011, tens of thousands of civilians living in Syria have been killed or forcibly removed from their homes due to government unrest and guerrilla warfare, which has made many communities in Syria completely uninhabitable. According to a U.N. study published in 2014, there have been 191,369 deaths within the country; if this pattern of violence continues the Syrian Centre for Policy Research warns that the country is on track to meet or exceed 470,000 deaths by 2018. As of right now 11.5% of the entire Syrian population has either been wounded or killed in this Civil War.

Framingham State University History students in conjunction with Jewish Family Services of Metrowest, and the History Department are sponsoring an event on December 14, 2017, 6pm-8pm, in the Forum, McCarthy Center, to help displaced Syrian families that have found new homes in Framingham. The benefit, which is free to the public (monetary donations or donations of gently used clothing are highly encouraged) is an opportunity for the larger community of Framingham to highlight the city's cultural diversity as well as bring attention to a serious international problem. Participants are encouraged to create a dish unique to their cultural background to demonstrate that Framingham is made up of MANY people from MANY backgrounds and EVERYONE should feel welcome in the Metrowest area. All of the proceeds generated by this event will go directly to supporting the Syrian families.

The event, which is being organized by students in the History of Holocaust and Genocide Fall 2017 course, is also part of the #thisishumanities  Family Diversity Teach-In, with support from the College of Social Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities

FSU Planetarium - Holiday Skies

Family Night at the FSU Planetarium Presents: Holiday Skies

Friday, Dec. 15, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Register Here

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)!

Pause 4 Paws

Pause 4 Paws: Monday, 12/11 and Wednesday 12/13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Take a break from studying and play with dogs, get a massage, color and relax. Snack packs provided by Dining Services.

Event sponsored by the FSU SEALS and the Health and Wellness Center. Questions? Contact

6th Annual Personal and Professional Development Days

The Campus Professional Development Steering Committee is pleased to announce that the 6th Annual Campus Professional Development Days will be held on January 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2018.

The University wide goals of Academic Distinction and Student Success, Inclusive Excellence and Organizational Effectiveness, Reputation, Relationships, and Resources.

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

Sociology Research Poster Presentations

Thursday, Dec. 14, 12:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum

Please join our Research Methods students as they present results of their year-long projects.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Mocktail Mixer Networking Event & Graduation
Thursday, December 7, 2017,  5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., MC Forum

Network with employer partners while learning about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying appetizers and “mock” tails during the final event of the Suitable Solutions Professionalism Program. Pre-registration is required via Ramtrack.

Wednesday Employer Showcase, Campus Center Lobby, 9AM to 6PM


9:00 a.m.—Noon: Walgreens & Jordan’s Furniture
Noon— 3:00p.m: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass. & Work Opportunities Unlimited
3:00p.m—5:45p.m.: Scotts Miracle-Gro & Valet Park of America

Notable Accomplishments

-Professor Bob Alter of the Communication Arts Department gave a presentation to the Gateway Camera Club of Framingham, on Tuesday, November 28. The presentation focused on the photography by Professor Alter on his world travels.

-Dr. Thomas Koshy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Dr. Zhenguang Gao, Associate Professor of Computer Science, have co-authored an article, titled "Polynomial Extensions of Diminnie Delight Revisited: Part I." It appeared in The Fibonacci Quarterly, Volume 55 (2017), 320--326.

-Dr. Thomas Koshy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, has an article published in The Mathematical Scientist. It is titled, "A Digraph Model for the Jacobsthal Family," and appears in Volume 42 (2017), pp. 151--156. The same issue contains an article, titled "A Graph-theoretic Approach to Jacobsthal Polynomials," pp. 143-150; it is co-authored with Dr. Martin Griffiths of the University of Essex, United Kingdom.

-Professor Sam Witt has been invited to give a number of poetry readings in Portugal this month. Additionally, he will be a speaker on a panel about the collision of twenty-first century technology and literature at the Fundaceo de Cidade de Lisboa Cultural Center.  

Upcoming events

Crime Scene Analysis with Detective Lieutenant Steven Bennett

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Alumni Room

Organized by: CRIM

Semester Classes End

Friday, December 14, 2018

8:30 am - 10:00 pm

Campus Wide - No Location

Organized by: University Registrar

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