Campus Currents

February 14, 2017

Jeanne Marie Laskas

An Evening with Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of Concussion

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7 PM, Dwight Performing Arts Center

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Award-winning writer Jeanne Marie Laskas has been called “a reporting and writing powerhouse” (Rebecca Skloot).  Laskas proves it once again in the bestselling Concussion, based on her groundbreaking 2009 GQ article about the NFL concussion scandal, which became the inspiration for the feature film starring Will Smith.  Her long form journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Allure, and many others.  Laskas is the Director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

An Evening with Dr. John Carlos, Olympian and activist

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM, Dwight Performing Arts Center

Dr. John Carlos is a famous Olympic medalist from the 1968 games.  He is also well known for his humanitarian efforts.  He is the founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights and pushes for more representation for people of color in the Olympic Games.  He will demonstrate how athletes can use their recognition to accomplish real social change. This lecture will talk about human rights issues (especially during the 1960s when Dr. John Carlos won his medal) in conjunction with athleticism.

FSU students and Faculty Learn Their Rights in Police Encounters

By Publications Intern Sarah Sousa

As a part of Hope-in-Action, public defender and Massachusetts American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) board member, Charu Verma spoke at the “Know Your Rights” discussion on Feb. 8.

Verma presented to students and faculty and answered questions about what their rights are and how to conduct themselves during police encounters.

Verma emphasized under the First Amendment, their freedom of speech also contains the right to not speak. Throughout her presentation, she advised attendees to exercise their right to not speak in certain situations.

“You have the right to remain silent, so I want you to use that,” said Verma.

She said protesting in a public place such as on sidewalks, open forums and parks does not require a permit . A permit must be obtained from the city hall or the police if a protest is going to occur in the street or block traffic.

Verma said people protesting should prepare themselves and their family members to take care of things at home before going to a protest because there is a chance they may be arrested.

Verma said, police are not allowed to question a person about their immigration status, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can. Immigration papers must be shown if asked for by an immigration agent, however if they are not on your person, you should remain silent.  Although not required by law, she encouraged those who are naturalized citizens to carry copies of their naturalization papers.

Verma stressed the importance of not allowing police to enter your home unless they have a warrant that explicitly states the areas of the home that will be searched.

The information Verma gave are the legal rights a person has, however her “recommendation is that you do whatever you feel is best in that situation,” said Verma.

Verma said in police encounters to write down everything you can so it can be used to help you later on.

“Just know what your rights are. I’m not going to get mad at you or track you down if you don’t utilize the rights that I’ve just given to you. … It’s ultimately your choice and every situation is different,” said Verma.

Frances Moore Lappé: Food, Democracy and Justice - Why What We Eat Matters

Thursday, February 23, 2017,  4:30 p.m., McCarthy Center, Forum

From her 1971 book Diet for a Small Planet to her most recent work World Hunger: 10 Myths in 2015, Frances Moore Lappé has exposed the root causes of hunger. Focusing on solutions, Lappé will highlight stories from around the world where people are creating what she calls “living democracies” in which people gain power over their lives. She will tie our daily food choices - reflecting U.S. public policies - to vast waste and injustice, while stressing the power we each have to contribute to solutions.

GenerationOne Week

During the week of Monday, February 13 through Thursday, February 16, the affinity group on campus, GenerationOne, will be hosting a G1 Week. This week-long event will be a time for our campus community to learn more about what it means to be a first-generation college student at FSU as well as to celebrate the many community members – including students, faculty and staff – who identify as first-generation at FSU.

Schedule of Events:

Monday, February 13:
G1 Kick-Off event, 1:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Alumni Room
G1 Film Screening & panel discussion, 4:30 p.m., Dwight Performing Arts Center (DPAC)

Tuesday, February 14:
Faculty/Staff Discussion, noon, Center for Inclusive Excellence
Scholarships 101, 4:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum

Wednesday, February 15:
Graduate School Panel, 4:30 p.m., Center for Inclusive Excellence
Career Services Roundtables, 4:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum **prior sign-up required, email mmcgonagle1@framingham.eduto sign-up**

Thursday, February 16:
G1 Ice Cream Social, 1 p.m., Forum
Generation One Relay for Life Team Prep, 4 p.m., Paul T. Murphy Club Room

CASA • Center for Inclusive Excellence •M.I.S.S •First Year Programs •CELTSS • Financial Aid Office •Development & Alumni Relations •The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni •Career Services & Employer Relations •Student Government Association • Office of Graduate Admissions

Upcoming Career Services Events

Generation 1 Employer Networking Roundtable Event
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., MC Forum

This program is designed to provide a dialogue between professionals and Gen 1 students seeking real answers to their career related questions. Each employer will moderate one table while students rotate from table to table seeking advice from all participating professionals. Pre-registration is suggested.
Curiosity Unleashed STEM Career Event
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 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 diverse employers 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.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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 full organizations list.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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., at Boston University

Come to the largest education fair in New England -  Over 100 school systems and agencies attend!  This annual recruiting event brings together teaching candidates and school systems across the country for networking and job opportunities in public /private schools.  Must register at:
Employer Showcase Series: (See dates and times below)
9:00AM to 6:00PM every Wednesday in the McCarthy Center Lobby

9:00 AM - Noon: New York Life Insurance

Noon to 3 p.m.: Beacon ABA Services
Alumni Advisors
One-on-one conversations and drop ins with FSU alumni to get real advice on your career related questions  —
Most Tuesdays from 1 pm—4 pm in the CSER Interview Room, MC 514 beginning February 2017.
1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.: PG Calc-Jen Bergstrom
1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.: Amp Agency -Serena Springstead

Upcoming Events Sponsored by CIE

(New Club) Latinos Unidos N’ Accion L.U.N.A.  
Meets every Wednesday at 7pm. Contact LUNA at for more information.

Brave Space Series: LGBT+ 101 Workshop Wednesday, 2/15, 1:30pm-2:20pm, Center for Inclusive Excellence – Discussion led by Jace Williams. Sponsored by CIE.

Self-Defense Class, Wednesday, 2/15, 7pm-8:30pm in the Forum- Please Register by contacting Sgt. Nicholas at Sponsored by University Police.

Unafraid: A Discussion on race, Immigration, and LGBTQ Equality, Thursday, 2/23, 6:30-8pm, Ecumenical Center - Through storytelling Julián Cancino will discuss the intersections of racial justice and LGTQ equality. Sponsored by Professor Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz.

Self-Defense Class, Wednesday, 3/1, 7pm-8:30pm in the Forum- Please Register by contacting Sgt. Nicholas at Sponsored by University Police.

Brave Space Series: LGBT+ 101 Workshop Wednesday, 3/8, 1:30pm-2:20pm, Center for Inclusive Excellence – Discussion led by Jace Williams. Sponsored by CIE.

Hope-in-Action: Becoming an Active Bystander, Thursday 3/9, 4:30pm-6pm in the MC Alumni Room- Discussion led by Muslim Justice League. Sponsored by Professor Patricia Sanchez-Connally, Arts and Ideas and the Council on Diversity and Inclusion.

Being a Good Sport: Educators’ Roles in Promoting Safe Athletic Environments for LGBTQ Youth, Monday, 3/20, 1:30 - 2:30 PM, Center for Inclusive Excellence- Discussion led by Scott Greenspan, M.S., Doctoral Student in School Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Sponsor by Professor James Cressey.

Brave Space Series: LGBT+ 101 Workshop Wednesday, 4/12, 1:30pm-2:20pm, Center for Inclusive Excellence – Discussion led by Jace Williams. Sponsored by CIE.

Want to be a Foundations Facilitator?

The Foundations program consists of an 8 week, common syllabus seminar in the fall semester only. In total, Facilitators work approximately 4 hours per week for their Foundations seminar and receive a stipend at the end of the semester. Each facilitator is also assigned a peer mentor to assist in the planning and implementation of course material. Interested parties please complete the following interest form Foundations Facilitator Interest Sheet and return to Jill Gardosik no later than 2/24/17.

Come Play in the Learning Management System Sandbox

As you are aware, Framingham State University is in the process of reviewing Learning Management Systems (LMS) for use in supporting faculty in their teaching and providing an online environment to enrich the educational experience at FSU for the next three to five years.  As part of this process we are extending an invitation to play in our vendor sandbox in HH107 and share your feedback during the hours of: Monday, February 13 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 pm, Tuesday, February 15 between 2:00 and 5:00 pm and Wednesday, February 15 between 2:30 and 4:30 pm. Students are encouraged to attend as well.

Notable Accomplishments

-Dean Melinda Stoops has received a national award from NASPA, the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Dean Stoops received the AVP/Senior Level Student Affairs Professional Award from the organization for outstanding commitment to the profession, including development of programs that address the needs of students, creation of a campus environment that promotes student learning and development, and support of and active engagement in NASPA. She will be honored in March at the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

-Art History Professor Erika Schneider presented "Marble, Ivory, and Braided Hair: Remembering The Wreck of the Rose in Bloom" at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association conference on Memory and Commemoration in Charleston, SC.

-WBUR recently ran a piece on the work of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, one of the world’s leading centers of research on genomics. Several FSU alumni work at the Broad Institute, including Jes Barbagallo, who is pictured in the article.

Upcoming events

Habitat Earth Screening for Young Learners with Dr. Margaret Carroll

Monday, April 12, 2021

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

The Unraveling of the World: What Climate Change Has to Teach Us by Dr. Vandana Singh

Monday, April 12, 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C, Dept of Physics & Earth Science

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