Campus Currents

February 27, 2017

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito Meets with Students

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito tours FSU

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito stopped by Framingham State on Wednesday, Feb.22, to take a tour of campus with a few local elected officials.

Polito was greeted by President Javier Cevallos in Hemenway Laboratories, where Professors Richard Beckwitt and Catherine Dignam led her on a tour of a few active science labs. Polito spoke to the students about their research interests and plans following graduation.

Later she stopped into the Christa McAuliffe Center to view the Mars mission simulator.

“Both of my children have gone through this program,” Polito said. “Each one had such an incredible experience. It’s all about generating that spark at an early age.”

Midday Performance Series: Flutist Galen Razzaq

Monday, March 6th, 1:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Join Galen Razzaq a renowned flutist that has performed with recording artists such as Billy Taylor, Gwen Guthrie, Melba Moore, and Sun Ra. He will take you on a calm and relaxing musical journey. He has performed throughout the United States and around the world. You will not be disappointed by the end of his breathtaking performance.

Josée Vachon Cevallos with the FSU Chorus

On Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m., the Framingham State University Chorus will be joined by Franco-American folk singer Josée Vachon-Cevallos in a concert of music from Quebec and France. The program will feature Vachon-Cevallos in solo songs and in arrangements made for the FSU Chorus by its director, Dr. Paul Cienniwa.

Born in Québec and raised in Maine, Vachon-Cevallos has been sharing her Franco-American upbringing for over 25 years through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Québec and Acadia and through her own compositions. Most recently she was the featured artist for the 2016 Christmas Revels.

The FSU Chorus includes students and alumni from the university and area community members. The concert is free and open to the public and will take place in the Heineman Cultural Center.

The World in Flicks: Mountains May Depart

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 7 PM, Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

Mountains May Depart (2015, China) - In Mandarin Chinese with English Subtitles 
At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, This film is an intensely moving study of how China's economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love.

Presentation by the Muslin Justice League

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

This presentation with the Muslim Justice League will focus on sharing policy expertise on the “domestic war on terror” and different violations of human and civil rights.  The MJL will also discuss resistance strategies, which have been developed with the help of social services providers, attorneys and law students; and faith, community and student groups.  The first goal of these discussions is to learn about the struggle against racial, religious and political profiling. The second goal is to allow a space on our campus for those interested, to learn about strategies on how to be an active bystander.

Myths about Immigrants and Refugees Debunked

By Sarah Sousa, publications intern

The topic of immigration “is something that is impossible to ignore. It is everywhere. … There are so many issues, discussions, filled with emotion. Especially with emotions like anger, and rage and sadness,” said Sociology Professor Kaan Agartan.

Four FSU professors from various departments collaborated to form a panel and discuss and debunk myths and preconceived notions about immigrants and refugees in the U.S. moderated by Agartan on Feb. 22.

The panel consisted of History Professor Stefan Papainnou, Political Science Professor Joseph Coelho, Sociology Professor Lina Rincón and Economics Professor Luis Rosero.

Both Papainnou and Rincón weighed in on the first myth regarding the desire of refugees to make money and remain in the U.S. permanently. Papainnou argued refugees do not want to leave their homes and want to earn money while in the country, but return home as soon as they possibly can.

On the other hand, Rincón said migrating from a third world country to the U.S. is a sign of “prestige” or “social status.” She said, “Nations don’t matter as much” and they can consider themselves “global citizens.”

The second myth discussed was about geographical borders defining a country’s legitimacy. During the 17th and 18th centuries, borders did not define a state, said Papainnou. It was about the people that belonged to the state and the distribution of power. The third myth addressed was immigrants place a burden on the economy. Rosero said immigrants are willing to do the labor-intensive work most Americans do not want to do. This contributes to the prices of goods staying low. Rincón said some undocumented immigrants pay taxes by requesting an individual identification number from social security.

Another myth the panelists debunked was immigrants contribute to increased number of crimes. Undocumented immigrants may be using fake documents, said Rincón. Those people are going to try their hardest to stay out of trouble. Coelho said, refugees are in the U.S. because they are escaping terrorism.  They are not the terrorists.

The final myth discussed was undocumented immigrants easily could have gone through the proper steps to documentation like immigrants in the past. Papainnou said immigrants who came to Ellis Island were let in easily. European immigrants rarely had to jump through “hoops” and they just “went around them.” Rincón added the process of coming to the U.S. can take up to four years and the individual may be rejected. There is now a lengthy screening process.

Agartan said refuting myths about refugees and immigrants is not necessarily “a priority in our time” but the goal of bringing in the panelists was to make it one.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by CIE

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.

Upcoming Career Services Events

Fidelity Career Day
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Individual Interviews, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Crocker 201 and 202. For summer 2017 Fidelity internships and other career opportunities call Career Services and Employer Relations at 508-626-4625 to schedule your 30 minute interview.

Fidelity Information Table, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., McCarthy Lobby

Stop by and take advantage of your opportunity to learn more about Fidelity!

Fidelity Information Session, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Whittemore Library - Archives Room

Open to all majors! Learn about Fidelity internships and job opportunities.

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

Noon to 3 p.m.: Beacon ABA Services

9:00 a.m.– Noon: Match Education & Framingham Downtown Renaissance, Inc. (FDR)
Noon– 3:00 p.m.: Brine Group  Staffing Solutions

9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.: TD Bank

9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.: Santander

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.: Amp Agency -Serena Springstead, Boston, New York and L.A. Full Service Marketing Agency

Notable Accomplishments

-Four Framingham State University students interning with at the McAuliffe Center participated in the Family Science Days during a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Saturday, Feb. 18. The students are:

  • Devon Klos, Pre-Engineering Program, McAuliffe Center/NASA Intern
  • Danielle Duffett, Biology Major, McAuliffe Center/NASA Intern
  • Matthew Banks, Education Major, McAuliffe Center/work-study
  • Nicole Harvey, Education Major, McAuliffe Center/work-study

-Professor Robert Johnson, Jr. of the Communication Arts Department just completed a marathon of screenings and panels discussions about his new film, Other People’s Footage: Copyright & Fair Use, at the Stevens Institute of Technology, sponsored by the IEEE History Center in Hoboken, NJ, the “Bright Lights Film Series” at Emerson College’s Paramount Theater, the New England School of Law, sponsored by it’s IPLA, and at Harvard Law School, sponsored by Harvard Library’s Office of Scholarly Communications.  The panels included intellectual property lawyers and were presented in conjunction with Fair Use Week.

Upcoming events

Last Day to Add/Drop a Semester Course

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Campus Wide - No Location

Organized by: University Registrar

Being Queer and Muslim in the Trump Era

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Heineman Ecumenical Center

Organized by: Arts & Ideas

Full Events Calendar More Events