Campus Currents

March 5, 2019

Our Bodies, Ourselves

Judy Norsigian: Our Bodies, Ourselves

Judy Norsigian and Aziza Ahmed

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
7:00 PM 9:00 PM
McCarthy Center Forum

Begun in 1969, published in 1971, and named by the United States Library of Congress as one of 88 books that shaped America, Our Bodies, Ourselves grew out of the second wave Women’s Movement and brought new perspectives on women, health, and sexuality into mainstream discourse. This joint presentation by co-author of the original book, Judy Norsigian, and Aziza Ahmed, who is familiar with more recent editions of the book, will explore the book’s impact both then and now, as the book celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Sponsored by: Framingham State University Arts & Ideas Program.

For more information, contact Ilene Hofrenning at

Bill Raynor Discusses the Impact of the Black Athlete on Society

By Lizzy Stocks, Publications Intern

During his Black History Month discussion on the “Impact of Black Athletes on Society,” FSU Basketball Coach Bill Raynor said he “gravitated toward athletics” when his mother enrolled him in an Irish-Catholic high school where he was one of only four black students.

Raynor said it was a “culture shock,” but the experiences taught him “learning isn’t a one-way street - it’s a two-way street. It’s about whites learning from blacks, and blacks learning from whites.”

After attending Dartmouth College as one of 40 black students at a predominantly white university, Raynor became a basketball coach because “when you get an opportunity to do what you love, it doesn’t feel like working.”

He said athletics are “impactful” because, “I got white players, I got black players, I got foreign players - all of who get an opportunity to interact and learn from each other. … The most important aspect they learn is that the fundamental differences of color and religion are minute to the bond they find in learning from each other.”

Raynor discussed the impact black athletes have “not only on society, but on the world,” and recalled a time when the only positive images of black people on television were of athletes.

He said, “Whoever was watching TV would yell, and we would all come running over because you never saw a black person on TV.”

Raynor praised athletes such as Serena and Venus Williams for calling attention to the wage gap between men and women tennis players. He discussed Jason Collins, the first openly gay basketball player, and said Collins gave other gay athletes the opportunity to come out.

He said when he was growing up, he “never heard of a black man playing golf,” but Tiger Woods changed that by diversifying the sport.

When discussing Colin Kaepernick, Raynor said “the media hijacked the story to be about patriotism,” though Kaepernick was protesting unarmed black men being killed by police.

Raynor also discussed the impact prominent black figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela have had on athletics. This year, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, several athletes took to social media to show their gratitude for his contributions to civil rights.

He said, “Nelson Mandela was the first global leader to understand the power of sports, and what they can do to bring people together.” Raynor said while Mandela was imprisoned for treason, he observed other prisoners playing soccer, and realized there was “a way to unify” people on a playing field.

Raynor said, “The lessons that are learned through athletics are so fundamental to us as human beings.”

Undiscovered Worlds featuring Dr. Roland Vanderspek

Late Nite Skies Presents: Undiscovered Worlds featuring Dr. Roland Vanderspek

Friday, March 15, 7 p.m.
FSU Planetarium
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Humans have long imagined alien worlds beyond our solar system. However, in recent years, science fiction has become science fact. Join us for a presentation of Undiscovered Worlds, a fulldome film produced by the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science. Undiscovered Worlds reveals the ingenious methods used by astronomers to identify planets orbiting stars beyond the Sun, culminating in the historic Kepler mission, which has detected thousands of these “exoplanets” over the last few years.

After the film, join us for a discussion of the latest news from Kepler’s successor: the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). We’re thrilled to welcome Roland Vanderspek, Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Science, and deputy principal investigator for TESS. TESS, launched in April 2018, is sure to reveal thousands of additional worlds, further changing the way we view our place among the stars. Dr. Vanderspek will report on the results of TESS’s first few months of observations.

Spring Authors and Artists Event

March 13, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Professor Lori Gemeiner Bihler will discuss her recently published book, Cities of Refuge: German Jews in London and New York, 1935-1945. Ani Gjika willl talk about her poetry collection, Negative Space.

Free Citizenship Workshop

A Free Citizen Workshop will be held at Framingham State University on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m.

Call 617-694-5949 to schedule an appointment and get help with your citizenship application. This event is part of

Teach/Study Abroad Info Sessions

Two info sessions are scheduled on March 6th for anyone interested in teaching or studying abroad!

API Study Abroad Info Session
Wednesday, March 6, 1:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Room 415

Learn about your various options to study abroad through API!

Teach Abroad Info Sesion
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Alumni Room

Q&A Skype session with FSU alumna teaching in Thailand! Then information presented on opportunities to teach, work, or volunteer abroad.

Save the Date: FSU Food Study Science Symposium

Please save the date for a special science symposium where research performed by faculty and students in connection to the Framingham State Food Study will be presented to the community!

Thursday, April 25
4-6:30 p.m.

Presentations will include:

What Did We Learn from the Framingham State Food Study?
Cara B. Ebbeling, PhD, MS
Principal Investigator, Framingham State Food Study
Co-Director New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

Effects of a Low-Carbohydrate Diet on the Lipoprotein Insulin Resistance Index and Other Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease
Ann Johnson, PhD, MBA, RD, LD
Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition, Framingham State University

Effects of Diets Varying in Carbohydrate on Cognitive Performance
Ruth Remington, PhD, AGPCNP-BC
Professor, Nursing, Framingham State University
Susan M. Mullaney, EdD, RN, CNE
Professor/Chair, Nursing, Framingham State University
Cynthia Francis Bechtel, PhD, RN, CNE
Professor, Nursing, Framingham State University

Weight Diet Influences on Dietary Compliance and Stress
Andrea Gorman, PhD, MS, RD, LDN
Assistant Professor/Director, Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Food and Nutrition, Framingham State University
Charles J. Sachs, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychology and Philosophy, Framingham State University

The Academia/Industry Partnership
Ralph Eddy, Director Dining Services/Sodexo, Framingham State University
Julia Wong, PhD, RD, (FS)2 Associate Study Director
Megan Sandman, MS, RD, (FS)2 Clinical Nutrition Research Coordinator
Lauren Holmes, RD, (FS)2 Kitchen Production Leader
New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table is back! We are now meeting every other Thursday at the Dining Commons (McCarthy Center), 5:30-6:30pm. This semester we have new hosts, guests, delicious recipes (Gracias, Sodexo!), and a lot to learn together. All levels of Spanish are welcome. So, keep calm and practica Español!

Take a look at our schedule below and save the dates:

March 7, 21
April 11, 25

Spanish Language Table is possible thanks to the collaboration between the department of World Languages and Dining Services. For students, faculty and staff not on a meal plan, please RSVP contacting Everton Vargas da

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!

9:00 a.m.—Noon: College, Nannies, Sitters & Tutors, The United States Army
Noon to 3 p.m.: Express Employment Pros & Blackstone Valley Prep Charter School
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Camp Emerson & City of Framingham

Noon—3:00 p.m.: Mini Miracles Early Education & Camp Cody
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Corcoran Management & New England Paradigm

9:00 a.m.—12 Noon: Work Opportunities Unlimited
Noon—3:00 p.m.: Ashland Public Schools

9:00 – 3: 00 p.m.: Framingham Public Schools Career Day

9 a.m. to Noon: The Key Program
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: MetroWest YMCA

Noon – 3:00 p.m.: The Leap School

Spring Job and Internship Fair, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 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.

Framingham Public Schools Career Day and On-Campus Interviews, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., MC Lobby & Foster 102 (Interviews)
Hiring for Before and After School Team. Jobs and internships available this summer and fall. On the spot interviews. Bring resumes and dress professionally.

Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Networking Event & Graduation Apr 4, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., MC Forum
Network with employer partners while learning about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying food and “mock” tails! Pre-Registration required via Ramtrack. Please call the CSER Office for more information.

YMCA Career Day and On Campus Interviews, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., MC Lobby and Foster 102 (Interviews)
Paid internships and professional positions. On the spot and scheduled interviews. Pre-Registration is through the CSER Office. Call 508-626-4625 for more information and to register. Bring resumes and dress professionally.

MERC Education Fair, Thursday, April 18, 2019 , 9:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m., at B.U.
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:

On-Campus Interviews Week, May 6—May 10, 2019—Employers TBA
*Coca-Cola Summer Internship Program, Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Foster 102
Pre-Registration is required for all interviews through the CSER Office. Call 508-626-4625 for more information.

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Kristen Abbott Bennett will be presenting a paper, "Collaborative Bibliodigigogy: Teaching Bibliographical and Critical Digital Literacies," at the invitation of the "Teaching and Researching the Early Modern with Digital Tools" Roundtable organizers at the Renaissance Society of America conference in Toronto on March 20.

She has also been invited to give a talk, "Using Folger Digital Texts API to Conduct the Four Points of Character Analysis," at The Folger Shakespeare Library's workshop, "Digital Tools for the College Classroom," on April 17.

Finally, she is presenting a paper, “'The Lap[se?] of Error”': Reconsidering the title of Elizabeth I’s 'Golden Speech,'” at The Shakespeare Association of America’s annual meeting on April 19 in Washington, D.C.

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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