Campus Currents

February 3, 2020

A student tests out the Self-Care Station vending machine

New Self-Care Station Provides Students 24/7 Access to Free Healthcare Products

By Thomas Maye, publications intern

Until recently, the McCarthy Campus Center alcove by the third floor stairwell was only home to a soda and candy machine.

Now, students can find a 24/7 “Self-Care Station” complete with healthcare items such as flu medicine, contraceptives, and menstrual products - all offered free of charge.

The Health Center and SEALS Peer Health Educators unveiled the station to a huddled crowd of students, faculty, and administrators on Thursday, January 23 during a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Ilene Hofrenning, director of the Health Center, said the Self-Care Station was made in an effort to reduce barriers to student health access in a centralized, convenient location.

“The feedback we always get is [that] the health center should be open more hours,” she said. “We tried to come up with ways we could provide more outreach and services to students without breaking the bank, and that’s why we decided to do the Self-Care Station.”

Set up on a $2,000 budget, student leaders were involved in the process from the beginning, helping set up “kits” to put in the machine, getting information on student needs, and participating in committee meetings.

Senior Molly Roach, a member of SEALS for three years, said, “It took a long time to get this together, [and] there was a lot of people involved, but we’re really excited that we can finally share it with you and that everyone can use it.”

Students can find informational resources inside each kit, along with a QR code which links to a survey to provide feedback to the Health Center on how they can improve.

Pamela Lehmberg, coordinator of Wellness Education, said the health products in the vending machine were available on an as-needed basis. “You don’t have to take a whole lot - they’ll still be there tomorrow,” she said.

In addition, the Self-Care Station also features a MindKare Behavioral Health kiosk, which provides confidential assessment tools and information about mental illnesses.

Spirits were high as attendants to the event expressed positive views toward the program’s future.

“I’m hoping this will benefit a lot of students,” Olivia Beverlie, SEAL and student trustee, said.

CELTSS Lunchtime Discussion Series: Daughters of Destiny

FSU is committed to the development of ethical and engaged citizenship, so how should instructors go about creating an environment in which virtues like conscientiousness, accountability, and self-discipline are both expected and developed?

Please join Professors Ruirui Zhang and Joe D’Andrea on the dates below in a lunchtime discussion series about this question.

February 4, 2020 12:30-1:20pm and
February 11, 2020 12:30-1:20pm and
February 18, 2020 12:30-1:20pm and
February 25, 2020 12:30-1:20pm
CELTSS Room, Hemenway 208

Please view Episode One of the Netflix series "Daughters of Destiny" before attending the Feb. 4 discussion.

Interested in attending? Please RSVP to Joe D'Andrea at

Free Concert: A Celebration of Diversity

Join us for a free concert on Tuesday, February 4, at 7 p.m. in DPAC:

From Argentina: Lerner & Moguilevsky

The Michael B. Rukin Artist-In-Residency

Imagine that klezmer takes a trip to Buenos Aires and falls in love with tango, jazz, and Latin American folk music. That gives you some idea of the unique sound of Argentinian virtuosos, Cesar Lerner and Marcelo Moguilevsky. They have performed in concert halls and music festivals world-wide and in 2015, they accompanied fellow Argentinian, Pope Francis, on his visit to Israel. Naturals on a wide range of instruments from accordion to whistles to their own vocals, their concerts are irresistible celebrations of how new music can be shaped by so many diverse traditions.

Sponsored by: Framingham State University, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, JFS of MetroWest, Wayside Youth and Family Support Network.

Arts & Ideas: Spring 2020

Arts & Ideas is back for the spring semester, with several exciting events on tap! Some of the schedule has changed, with new events being added, and previously scheduled events being moved, so be sure to check out the very latest lineup!

Things kickoff in February with four exciting events:

Sugar and Slavery: An Interdisciplinary Panel
February 11, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

The routes by which sugar moved from production to consumption were the root of slavery from the 17th to the 19th century. A panel of FSU faculty will explore how history, geography and astronomy colluded to induce, re-inforce, and re-invent the bitter industry of slavery, all in pursuit of the sweetness of sugar.

Heads and Tails: A Documentary of Traveling Hair
February 12, 2020, at 5:00 p.m , Forum, McCarthy Center

Heads and Tails is a documentary film that chronicles the curious hair trade between Turkey and Israel. The directors of the film, AylinKuryel and Firat Yucel, will offer a talk and Q & A after the film screening.

Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture Series: Clint Smith, “History Reconsidered”
February 19, 2020, at 4:30 p.m., Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center

The United States is a country of great opportunity, but we must wrestle with how certain opportunities are contingent on different facets of one’s identity. The United States has provided economic mobility for millions of people, but we must wrestle with the history of violence and exploitation that helped to generate its economic foundation. The United States has freed millions around the world from despots and genocide, and we must wrestle with this same country’s pervasive history of barbarous imperialism. These are all parts of what make this country what it is. In this talk, combining poetry and history, Clint Smith pushes the audience to wrestle with the complicated truths about the country we live in and helps crystallize how this history has shaped the contemporary social, political, and cultural landscape of our world today.

Weight Stigma in American Society: Public Health Consequences and Structural Solutions
February 24, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Weight-based bullying, stigma, and discrimination are commonplace in our society. What impact does this have on children and adults, and what should we do about it? Dr. Rebecca Puhl will present research evidence highlighting the nature and health consequences of weight stigma, and discuss broad-level strategies to address this problem, including actions from parents, educators, health care providers, and policy-makers.

Black History Month Celebrations

Black History Month Celebrations

February is Black History Month and several events are being planned by the Division of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement to celebrate.

2/18: Black Faculty Panel Discussion: Rare or not rare? A question and answer session about the rarity of black tenured professors in higher education. The Center for Inclusive Excellence at 4:30 p.m.

2/19: The Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture Series: Clint Smith, "History Reconsidered." Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center at 4:30 p.m.

2/25: Black Professionals in Lead Roles: A panel discussion on diversity & inclusion compliance and diversifying the talent pipeline. McCarthy Center Forum at 4:30 p.m.

2/27: Film Discussion on the Intersection of Gender & Bias: Facilitated by Justice Resource Institute (JRI) GLASS Framingham. Center for Inclusive Excellence at 4:30 p.m.

2/29 Black Excellence in Achievement Panel & African Student Union Closing Gala: Awards, food, dance, and music to celebrate black culture. McCarthy Center Forum at 5 p.m.

Danforth Art School: Family and Children's Workshops

Below are some upcoming family and children's workshops available at the Danforth Art School. For more information, visit

Family Workshop

Paper Gardens
Saturday February 29 from 1-3 pm $25 per family

Inspired by the colorful ceramic sculptures by Mary Morazzi Henderson on display in the Danforth Art Museum, create your own “garden” of flowers! We will have lots of colorful papers and other fun supplies and we will show you some simple tricks to make paper flowers which will pop and burst with color on your own landscape. No experience required!

Bring the whole family or just a friend to this fun workshop. Limited to 30 participants. $25 includes up to 4 family members; additional members welcome for $5 each.

Kids’ Night Out

Back by popular demand! Choose one option or all three!

Parents, take advantage of a chance to go shopping or get a bite to eat without the kids! This is a night just for the children with us at the Danforth. We provide a fun art-making activity, a scavenger hunt, Pictionary and pizza & lemonade. Limited to 25 participants, Grades K-8.

Giant Initial Pictures
Friday, March 6, 6-9pm $25 per child

Inspired by the works on display in the museum by Jo Sandman, we will create fun effects with watercolors on paper, then cut and rip them up into HUGE letters to create our initials in a framed picture.

Crazy Collage
Friday, April 3, 6-9pm $25 per child

Have fun cutting out pictures of people in fun places and draw your own crazy scene to place them in! We will visit the photographs by Liz Albert in the museum for inspiration.

Sock Sculptures
Friday, May 1, 6-9pm $25 per child

Inspired by the fun sculptures by Lisa Barthelson in the museum, we will create our own designs using stockings, socks wire and other stuff!

New Exhibitions on Display at Danforth Art Museum

Two new exhibitions are on display at Framingham State University’s Danforth Art Museum, featuring the work of several exciting contemporary artists.

Liz Albert’s Family Fictions (On view through April 5, 2020) is a series of images obtained using old family slides to create narratives that define a specific social and cultural time and place with sharp visual cues. Her works point to a sliver of photographic time, when cameras were readily available, film easily developed, and the slide show was ubiquitous. Her pairings remind us of the lasting allure of the snapshot.

A second new exhibition, Family Circle (On view through May 10, 2020) explores the complications of family past and present and the lineage of family stories—what is forgotten, remembered, and reinterpreted. It features work by Lisa Barthelson, Jenny Carpenter, Jasmine Chen, Kristen Joy Emack, Lee Kilpatrick, Mary Morazzi-Henderson, and Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson.

In addition to the two new exhibitions, visitors to Danforth Art Museum can still see Highlights from the Permanent Collection (On view through May 2020), and The Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller Collection (Permanently on view).

For more information, visit

Midday Performance Series: Swaari Performance and Workshop

McCarthy Center Forum
Monday, Feb. 10
Workshop at 1:30 p.m.; Performance at 4:30 p.m.

Sawaari explores the nexus of Indian taals, Arabic maqams, and trance music from North Africa and Italy, fully encompassing the varied interests and backgrounds of its band members: Fabio Pirozzolo (vocals and percussion), Jussi Reijonen (oud), Mike Rivard (sintir and double bass), Andy Bergman (sax, clarinet) and Amit Kavthekar (tabla). With an emphasis on rhythm, the music they create together has a searching, exploratory quality that brings together the meditative with the energetic, taking the listener from sparse tranquility to complex syncopations in a moment. Named for a word that means "to ride" in Urdu, Sawaari invites audiences to be transported into a world of rhythm and sound that knows no borders, no limitations

Brazil Movie Series: Zuzu Angel

The Brazil Movie Series Presents: Zuzu Angel

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., North Hall Commons Room

Directed by Sergio Rezende, Zuzu Angel covers the last years of the famous Brazilian fashion designer in her doomed quest for justice in the case of her activist son Stuart's arrest, torture, murder and subsequent corpse disposal by the military forces in early 1970's Rio de Janeiro, during the darkest era of Brazilian military regime and media censorship.

Heloisa Galvão, Executive Director of the Brazilian Women's Group, will host a Q&A after the screening. Brazilian refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of World Languages and the Consulate-General of Brazil in Boston. For more information, contact Everton Vargas da Costa:

IAFSA Coffee and Conversation Series

The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA) located at 42 Adams Road, Framingham is hosting a series of Coffee and Conversations. The series will continue February 18th with Suzanne Higham, discussing her work as a landscape designer and her contributions to the Garden on the Hill. Register Here

Suzanne Higham is the owner/designer of Frog Hollow Landscapes. She is an award-winning landscape designer with more than 14 years of professional experience in the design, installation, and maintenance of residential and commercial landscapes. She created the plan for Garden on the Hill a project of the Class of 1964, transforming the side yard of Alumni House into a garden for remembrance and reflection. Attendees are encouraged to engage in conversations after her presentation.

Coffee/tea and refreshments will be provided.

Mark Your Calendars for FSU Cooks

FSU Cooks is back for the spring semester.

Friday, March 6th – Twist Things Up: Pretzels
Join us in the kitchen as we twist things up with salty or sweet pretzels. This classic yeast bread is amazingly simple but there’s a secret to its chewy crust…we’ll show and tell at the workshop!
• Where: HH209
• When: 2:30 – 5:30
Click here to sign up

Friday, April 10th Flat but Full of Flavor: Rustic Olive Flatbread (quick fougasse)
Join us in the kitchen for some flat out fun as we make a simple fougasse. This bread is the French cousin of focaccia, is full of flavor and olive your friends and family will be wanting more!

• Where: HH209
• When: 2:30 – 5:30
Click here to sign up

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 5:45PM:

Employers showcase their organization every Wednesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the Welcome Desk. Their goal is to network with FSU students and recruit students for full time or internship opportunities. Stop by their table in order to learn about new internships and job opportunities!

Feb 5
9am - 6 pm: US Census Bureau
12pm-3pm: Centria Autism Services

Feb 12
11am-1pm: New England Center for Children Career Day
1pm-4pm: Accept Education Collaborative

Feb 19
12pm-3pm: Department of Youth Services & T.S.A.

Feb 20 (Thursday Employer Showcase)
10am – 4pm: Davey Resource Group

Feb 26
9am– 2pm: Brown University Pre-college & Summer Programs Internship
12pm-3pm: The Key Program & BU Advising Corps.

March 4
9am - 12pm: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
12pm–3pm: Bank of America & The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Mar 11
12pm-3pm: Cloud International & Farrington Nature, Inc.

Mar 25
12pm-3pm: RCS Learning Center

Apr 1
9am-12pm: Ashland Public Schools
12pm-3pm: Wayland Public Schools

Apr 8
12pm-3pm: College Nannies, Sitters, and Tutors

Apr 15
12pm-3pm: Mini Miracles Early Education Center

Apr 22
12pm-3pm: Booster Enterprises

Apr 29
12pm-3pm: Housing Management Resources

Majors Going Mobile, Every Tuesday, through May 6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., MC Lobby

The Career Services office showcases different majors and minors every Tuesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the Welcome Desk. The goal is to be available to FSU students who may have questions about their major and/or would like to have more information about which careers and internships might be available to them in their major. Stop by the table in order to learn about the many majors and minors available at FSU.

The Washington Center Information Table, Thursday, February 6, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., MC Lobby

The Washington Center Information Session, February 26, 4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m., MC 1839

Learn about internships for all majors in the Washington, D.C. area.

How to Find an Internship Workshops, Wednesday 2/12, 3/11, 4/8 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., MC Alumni Room

This is an interactive workshop where students gain insight into the process of internship search strategies including: self-inventory, preparation process, resume reviews, professional attire, mock interviewing, professional references, the search process, HANDSHAKE, CSER events, networking, and how to apply.

New England Center For Children Information Session, Wednesday, February 12, 1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m., MC Room 417
Learn about the many job and internship opportunities at NECC.

STEM Career Event and Internship Fair, Thursday, February 20, 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., MC Forum

Career Fair—Students will explore internship and full time opportunities that meet their career goals.

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.

New England Center For Children Information Session, Wednesday, February 12, 1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m., MC Room 417
Learn about the many job and internship opportunities at NECC.

Connection Employer Site Visit, Friday, March 13, 10:30 a.m., 293 Boston Post Road, Marlborough
All majors welcome. Limited transportation provided. Call CSER for more information and to pre-register at 508-626-4625.

MathWorks Career Day, Wednesday, February 26

1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m. Career Day Presentation, MC Alumni Room

2:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m. Discussion & Questions, MC Alumni Room

Hear about the many opportunities at MathWorks. All majors are welcome! Please call the CSER office to find out more information at 508-626-4625.

CHOICE Internship Info Table, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 12 p.m.—2:00 p.m., MC Lobby

Spring Job and Internship Fair, Wednesday, March 25, 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 field’s will be featured. Bring your resume. Dress professionally. Log onto your HANDSHAKE account to view full list of organizations.

MERC Education Fair, Thursday, April 23, 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! Save the date for this annual recruiting event that brings together teaching candidates and school systems across the country for networking and job opportunities in public/private schools. Must register at: Limited transportation will be provided. Must pre-register for the van by calling the CSER Office at 508-626-4625.

Upcoming events

Regenerative Agricultural Business Practices to Domestic Plants for Responsible Products with Mario Garcia Quesada

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Organized by: Dept of Biology, McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

Spanish: Regenerative Agricultural Business Practices to Domestic Plants for Responsible Products, Mario Garcia Quesada

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Organized by: Dept of Biology, McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

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