Campus Currents

March 27, 2017

ASB Students in New Orleans

Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans

Submitted by Will Reddy, Program Coordinator, Student Involvement and Leadership Development

Over Spring Break, 30 FSU students and staff spent a week volunteering with the United Saints Recovery Project in New Orleans, LA, as part of Alternative Spring Break. During their week of service the volunteers focused on a variety of construction projects throughout the region assisting in various forms of recovery from natural disasters.

They helped install and repair a roof in East New Orleans that was torn off by a tornado in early February. They installed hundreds of square feet of dry wall at a home in the Gentilly neighborhood, where the resident had been waiting for repairs for 12 years since Hurricane Katrina.  And finally, they assisted with painting and repairs at a home in Baton Rouge that was severely damaged by the severe flooding of last summer.

The group embodied the spirit of servant leadership insisting in taking no days off and spending each work day on site volunteering. In their limited off time, the volunteers spent time exploring the Crescent City and learning about the vibrant culture and history of the region. Students will provide a presentation to the campus community in the next few weeks so please keep an eye out for more information.

Spring Authors and Artists Series

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 1:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Daisy Ball: Asian/Americans and Crime - An Historical Overview of Asian/Americans’ Criminal Justice Involvement
Asian/Americans in the U.S. are both the victims of crime, and the perpetrators of crime; however, their characterization as the “model minority” often masks their criminal justice involvement. In this talk, Sociology Professor Daisy Ball reviews Asian/Americans’ present-day model minority status alongside what is known about their criminal justice involvement, beginning from the early-19th century and continuing to the 21st century.

Ke Li: Anonymous Victims and Invisible Communities - U.S. Media Portrayals of Chinese International Students Involved in Homicide
This project employs content analysis to examine U.S. news media coverage of homicides committed by Chinese nationals enrolled at American colleges and universities. Sociology Professor Ke Li’s findings add new depth to our understanding of the news media’s role in portraying foreign nationals in an era of globalization in which transnational movements of humans, products, and ideas have become the new norm.

Nutrition Fair: Consume a Tune

The Spring Nutrition Fair will be on Tuesday, April 4th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m in the McCarthy Center Commons and Market Place

This Semester's theme:  Consume a Tune. It will feature seven music bands with lots of nutrition information, raffles, games and Food!

Presented by the Senior Nutrition Students in the Coordinated Program. Sponsored by The Food and Nutrition Department and Dining Services.

Questions?  Please contact:  Karen White

15th Annual Preskenis Dinner and Lecture

The 15th Annual NES/MAA Dinner Meeting in Memory of Kenneth J. Preskenis (the 2017 Preskenis Dinner) will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017; the registration deadline for the Dinner is Monday, April 3, 2017.

The lecture, titled "Who is really in charge? Connecting Graph Theory to Social Network Analysis," will be given by Dr. Donna Beers, Simmons College.  Dr. Beers is the 2015 winner of the NES/MAA Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching; the 2012 winner of the Toby Sloane Award for Student-Centeredness in Teaching at Simmons College; and the 2007 winner of The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Certificate for Meritorious Service for her service to the MAA and her commitment to the advancement of mathematics.  She is co-author of the MAA Guidelines for Undertaking a Self-Study in the Mathematical Sciences as well as the author of numerous articles in the areas of group theory and group algebras of infinite abelian groups, teacher education and preparation, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Abstract for Dr. Beers's Presentation:

Have you ever wondered who is really in charge? Who is at the center of whatever is trending? Who influences policy decisions? Who motivates groups that bring about change?

Leaders, whether in business, government, or education, are interested in who is at the heart of all that is happening, whether those individuals be trendsetters, revolutionaries or superspreaders of a contagious disease.

In this talk, we provide a brief introduction to network analysis and to the graph theory tools and techniques for detecting the key actors within a social network. With these tools, we will show how to find out who was really in charge among the revolutionaries prior to the American Revolution as well as among the individuals behind 9/11. We will offer examples of projects where students may discover who is in charge by applying graph theory and computational tools to analyze social networks.

The Dinner, supported by Sodexo, will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room on the 3rd Floor of the D. Justin McCarty Center, and the Preskenis Lecture will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical and Cultural Center.  The Reception, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, follows the Preskenis Lecture, 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Heineman Ecumenical and Cultural Center.

Additional information about the Annual Preskenis Dinner and Lecture can be accessed at, and information about the annual NES/MAA Dinner Meeting in Memory of Kenneth J. Preskenis, in general as well as past dinners, can be accessed at   The cost for the Dinner is $23.25 per person for faculty/staff and $10 per person for FSU students, and reservations for the Dinner must be made by Monday, April 3, 2017; the registration form for the Dinner can be accessed at

The Preskenis Lecture and Reception are free and open to all; reservations are not required for the Preskenis Lecture or Reception.

Wellness Events

Below are events sponsored by the Wellness Education Office:

Wednesday, 3/29, noon to 2 p.m., McCarthy Center Lobby:  Marijuana Education Table

Thursday, 4/6, 4:30-6:30 p.m., CIE: Gender Revolution documentary showing with food

Wednesday, 4/12, 4:30-6:30 p.m., CIE: The Mask You Live In documentary showing with food
    **This is a time and location change from a previously scheduled showing of the film.

Monday, 5/1, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Forum: Pause 4 Paws

Wednesday, 5/3, noon to 2 p.m., Crocker Grove (Rain Room: Forum): Fresh Check Day

Upcoming Career Services Events

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.

What Can You Do with a History Major?  

Monday, April 3, 7:00 p.m. May Hall 318

Are you interested in studying history?
Are you curious what possibilities await after graduation?
Do your parents want to know what you’ll do if you don’t become a teacher?
Come to our careers panel to learn more!

Jennifer Hyde ’13
Office of International Education
Framingham State University

Michael Medeiros ’14
Dedham High School

Laura Stagliola ’14
Framingham History Center

Refreshments will be served!
Sponsored by the FSU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Stefan Papaioannou ( or
Dr. Joseph M. Adelman (

Santander Career Day
Thursday, April  6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m., McCarthy  514

Meet hiring managers and have on-the-spot interviews for many career
opportunities at Santander!

Coca Cola On-Campus Summer Internship Interviews

Coming in April — Contact the CSER Office for more info. 

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.

Presenting students please reserve your showcase table today:
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 a.m.—3:00 p.m.: Santander

9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.—New York Life

Noon—3:00 p.m.—Mystic valley Regional Charter School

Noon – 3:00 p.m.- Soccer Super Stars

Noon – 3;00 p.m. - AnswerNet

9:00 a.m.—Noon—Sherwin Williams


Notable Accomplishments

-Glenn Cochran, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life, successfully defended his dissertation earlier this month and has earned his PhD in Higher Education.

-LaDonna Bridges, Associate Dean of Academic Success and Director of the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA), successfully defended her dissertation and earned her PhD in Higher Education.

-A lathe-turned and brass-studded Elm Vessel by Dr. Derrick Te Paske, Chair of the Communication Arts Department, is included in the upcoming anniversary exhibition Twenty Years of a Singular Vision at McGowan Fine Art in Concord, NH, from March 28–April 28, 2017.

Additionally, on March 17 and 18, Professor Te Paske served as a judge for the seventh annual "One Act Play Festival on the Mumford" at the Singh Performance Center of the social service agency Alternatives Unlimited, in Whitinsville, MA.

-Anna Keaney, Communication Arts major, won the logo contest for the Framingham State Alumni House Centennial Celebration. Second place went to Communication Arts student Renata Katz. Both students created the logos for a project in Professor Jennifer Dowling's "Design for Integrated Media" course last fall.



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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