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February 6, 2017

Know Your Rights in Police Encounters

Know Your Rights in Police Encounters

Join us for a special presentation by the ACLU:

Know Your Rights in Police Encounters - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 4:30 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

Join students, staff, faculty and community members as we learn about constitutional rights when interacting with police; how police powers increase as they move from a hunch, to reasonable suspicion, to probably cause; and what to do if your rights are violated. Learn more about how to become an active bystander.

This event is part of the Change the Conversation, Change the World Series and is part of the Hope in Action initiative co-sponsored by the Arts & Ideas Committee and the Council on Diversity and Inclusion.

Screening of Concussion: FSU Planetarium

In advance of the public lecture by Concussion author Jeanne Marie Laskas on Feb. 15th, join us for a screening of the feature film Concussion, staring Will Smith. Part of the "Science in the Movies" film series.

Framingham State Planetarium, McAuliffe Center
Wednesday, Feb 8
6 p.m.

An Evening with Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of Concussion

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

Get your free ticket here:

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.

Midday Performance Series: Nashoba Valley Chamber Ensemble

Monday, Feb. 13, 1:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Join us for L’Histoire du Soldat by Igor Stravinsky performed by Nashoba Valley Chamber Ensemble. Still as fresh as ever, this 1918 work for clarinet, violin, double-bass, bassoon, trombone, cornet, and percussion tells the story of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in exchange for riches. Stravinsky’s knack for parody and recent discovery of American jazz resonate in his characterizations and storytelling style. The Nashoba Valley Chamber Ensemble is made up of musicians who perform throughout the New England area.

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.

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

IAFSA Scholarship Notice

Scholarship and Interest-free Student Loan Application Deadlines Approaching

Information and application forms for scholarships and no-interest Ellen Hyde Loans* are available at the office of the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni at Alumni House located at 42 Adams Road, the FSU Financial Aid Office, or from Dept. Heads.  Undergraduate students, who have completed the equivalent of one year's study, maintained a minimum QPA of 2.75, and demonstrated financial need, are eligible to apply.

You only need to fill out one application to be considered for about 25 scholarships.  Last year about 90 students received an award.  Educational loans are made without interest and are repaid at a minimum rate of $50.00 per month on completion or termination of studies at Framingham State University.

The DEADLINE to apply for scholarships and loans for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is March15th.  Please call 508.872.9770 or email with any questions.

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
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

Open Forum on Immigration Restriction, 2/6, 4:30 p.m. in the MC Forum. Students Cynthia Nelson and Jace Williams have organized an opportunity for you to share your thoughts! All members of the FSU community are welcomed and encouraged to attend this event.

MISS Presents: Balancing Act in collaboration with the South Middlesex County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the FSU Counseling Center.
Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:30pm in the Center for Inclusive Excellence
Join us for a panel discussion about balancing work, life and academics.

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

Hope-In-Action: Know Your Rights/Active Bystander, 2/8, 4:30pm-6pm in the MC Alumni Room – Discussion Led by ACLU sponsored by Professor Patricia Sanchez-Connally, Arts and Ideas, and the Council on Diversity and Inclusion.

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.

Notable Accomplishments

-Physics and Earth Science Professor Vandana Singh is scheduled to present at the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) Professional Development Seminar Series. The title of her talk is "Communicating About Climate Change: An Interdisciplinary Challenge."

-Former English Department Chair and Professor Emeritus Dr. Alan Feldman is the winner of the 2017 Four Lakes Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press for his poetry collection The Golden Coin, which will be published by the press in 2018.  Dr. Feldman was a previous recipient of the Four Lakes Prize in 2015 for his book Immortality, which also won the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry. 

Upcoming events

Classes Resume

Monday, March 25, 2019

8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Campus Wide - No Location

Organized by: University Registrar

New Inca Son

Monday, March 25, 2019

11:30 am - 2:30 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

Organized by: Midday Series

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