Campus Currents

December 7, 2015

Willie J. Laws

Let's Fill DPAC Today for Willie J. Laws Performance!

Framingham State favorite Willie J. Laws is coming to the University for a special Midday Performance in DPAC on Monday, Dec. 7th at 1:30 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

A gifted singer and guitarist - the last prophet of the funky Texas Blues - Laws will be in the house with his quartet featuring our own Bruce Mattson on organ. Blues with all the safety settings disabled! It’s slow cooked mesquite barbecue good.

Speaking of slow cooked mesquite barbecue, Sodexo is planning a special menu at the Rams Den Grille to coincide with the show!  It will feature mouthwatering barbecue sandwiches, including a smoked beef brisket and gouda burger, a Carolina BBQ pulled pork burger, a Cajun shredded chicken sandwich and the three little pigs sandwich piled with pulled pork, bacon and ham. All burgers are only $8.99 and come with waffle fries, sweet potato fries, cole slaw and potato salad.

Grab yourself some delicious food for lunch and then help us fill DPAC for a great free blues performance!

FSU Winter Chorus Concert

The Framingham State University Winter Chorus Concert under the direction of Dr. Paul Cienniwa is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15th, at 7 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center.

The title of the performance, which is free and open to the public, is “A Baroque Christmas,” and will include performances of 17th-Century Christmas carols.

Featured student soloists include Inessa Burnell ’19, Samuel McGuire ’17, Cynthia Nelson ’17, and Jesse Sannicandro ’16. Alexandra Lutkevich is the collaborative pianist.

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.

Neo-Lynching: The Unjust Killing of Black Men

Join intern Avarie Cook for a discussion on the history of lynching and how it relates to current sociological theory of Neo-Lynching.

Monday, Dec. 7th, at 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Inclusive Excellence.

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


Relieve the finals stress by taking a PAUSE 4 PAWS on Monday, Dec. 7th, and Wednesday, Dec. 9th, from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Stop by and play with dogs, grab a snack, get a free massage, stress kit and take a break! Stress relieving fun for everyone. Sponsored by SEALS and Sodexo. Questions: contact the Health Center at 508-626-4900.

Notable Accomplishments

-Paula Hogard, Director of Continuing Professional Education and Workforce Development, was elected President of the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE), a national organization “dedicated to promoting lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education.”

-Dr. Virginia Rutter from the Sociology Department was recently interviewed as part of an article in the Portland Press Herald on a drop in teen birth rates in Maine. The article can be found here.

-Dr. Bartholomew Brinkman delivered a paper, "The Imagist Revolution in the Modern Magazines," at the Modernist Studies Association conference two weekends ago in Boston.   Dr. Brinkman used computational approaches to examine the common characteristics of the Imagist poem (such as words in common) and then to consider the extent to which such characteristics were evident in other poetry of the time.

-Dr. Rachel Trousdale delivered a paper, “Get Yourself Some Teeth: Laughter and Empathy in The Waste Land,” at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Boston two weekends ago.  Dr. Trousdale also presented a position paper, “Laughter and the Affect of Democracy,” at a seminar on Modernist Affect and Revolution.

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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