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April 11, 2016

Graphic Design and Illustration Senior Show

Graphic Design and Illustration Senior Show

Framingham State University's Art and Music Department presents the Graphic Design and Illustration Senior Show, from April 11-15 in the Mazmanian Gallery.

The title of the show is "Make Your Mark."

The opening reception will take place on Tuesday, April 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Susan Steinberg: The End of Free Love

Don't miss author Susan Steinberg at Framingham State on Tuesday, April 12th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center! Steinberg will also give a craft talk at 12:30 p.m. in the Center for Inclusive Excellence. All are welcome!

Susan Steinberg is the author of the fiction collections Spectacle, Hydroplane, and The End of Free Love. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, and The Massachusetts Review. She has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a National Magazine Award, and a United States Artists Fellowship.

She has held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the James Merrill House, the Civitella Ranieri Center, and NYU. She earned a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in English from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently professor of English at The University of San Francisco.

For more information, contact Sam Witt via email at

National Library Week

Come celebrate National Library Week at the Whittemore Library from April 13-15.

Schedule of Events:

Literary Cake Contest
Thursday, April 14th. Voting starts at 9 a.m.
Library Cafe

Faculty, Staff, & Students, and patrons are welcome to participate in our 6th annual “Book-themed” cake decorating contest.  All you need to do is bake a cake and decorate it to represent a scene or character from a favorite book, be it a beloved children’s book or your favorite adult book.

(Only one cake per person and no commercially decorated cakes allowed!)

The rules for the event are simple.  Register with Colleen Previte at or x4648, if you wish to participate in the contest.  Bring in your “Book-themed” cake to the Henry Whittemore Library by 9 a.m., Thursday, April 14th.  Please have your cake properly covered with clear plastic wrap.  This will be taken off when the judging commences.  Please do not put your name on your cake; you will be assigned a number for your cake submission.  

We are allowing anyone coming through the library to judge the cakes, and they will put a token in the box of the cake they find to be the best.  There will be bragging rights, a photo in our library blog, and ribbons for 1st-3rd place as well as notices for honorable mentions.

Judging will run from 9 a.m. to noon.  Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. or via phone/e-mail.  At that time we will cut into these delicious creations and offer them to patrons, unless told otherwise.

We hope you will consider participating in our Sixth Annual Literary Cake Decorating Contest!
Thanks - Henry Whittemore Library Staff

Scanning Your Personal Documents and Images
Friday, April 15th, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Archives Room

For more information about any of these events, please contact Sandra Rothenberg at

Discussion and reading with author Howard Axelrod * Rescheduled
Tuesday, April 26, from 2:30 p.m. Whittemore Library Archives Room

Howard Axelrod’s memoir, The Point of Vanishing, was named one of the best books of 2015 by Slate, the Chicago Tribune, and Entropy Magazine. In thes New York Time, Dwight Garner hailed him as “a unique presence on the page.” Axelrod’s work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Salon, VQR, Shambhala Sun, Harvard Magazine, and the Boston Globe. Axelrod has taught literature and writing at Harvard University, University of Arizona, and Grub Street. He was also a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department at Framingham State University.

Save the Date: Science on State Street April 23rd

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Science on State Street at Framingham State University on Saturday, April 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.!

Learners of all ages engage in exciting science and engineering explorations hosted on our beautiful campus.

Activities include hands-on experiences in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics and engineering, featured presentations by FSU faculty and invited scientists, conversations and performances that explore the interaction between science and the arts, and stunning HD planetarium programs.

Spring Lyceum Lecture: Dr. Evelyn Perry

Spring Lyceum Lecture: Dr. Evelyn Perry

Don't miss the Spring Lyceum Lecture on Thursday, April 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum featuring Dr. Evelyn Perry from the English Department.

A Poetry Reading from Johnny and Maggie

Dr. Perry has written a verse retelling of Hansel and Gretel, which she sets during the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of children from cities to the countryside during bombing raids in WWII Britain. Johnny and Maggie explores themes of mapping and identity; loss and displacement; and home and belonging. Visual, figurative, and direct references are made to historical events and archival materials.

SILD Diaper Drive

SILD has been proud of the work our community has done with various drives this year, from a coat drive to a Cradles to Crayons Drive. We hope to continue this success as we begin a Diaper Drive to support the Diaper Project at A Place to Turn in Natick.

A month of diapers for a single child can cost a family up to $75. This sometimes means that families have to sacrifice their child's hygiene in order to put food on the table and meet other priorities.  

Please consider supporting local families by purchasing diapers and dropping them off at the large purple box located in the McCarthy Center lobby. The drive will run from now until Friday, April 29th. If you have questions feel free to reach out to

Upcoming Wellness Events

Self Care Fair
Tuesday, April 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
Co-sponsored by SGA and SEALS

Treat yourself to a free massage, ice cream, henna tattoos, and more as you learn about the importance of self-care. Contact:

Pause 4 Paws
Monday, May 2 and Wednesday May 4
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
Co-sponsored by Sodexo and SEALS

Come join us and de-stress with the puppies, free massage, healthy snacks and more…

Upcoming Career Services Events

Employer Showcase - McCarthy Center Lobby

Wednesday, April 13
YMCA Careers Day
Sponsored by the CSER Office
Wednesday, April 20
12 Noon—2:45 PM: Eliot Community Human Services
Wednesday, April 27
12 Noon—2:45 PM: Renewal by Andersen and Alternatives

MERC Education Fair
Thursday, April 21, 2016 , 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.,
Northeastern University, Boston

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:

CHOICE Internship Program Drop-In Sessions
Have a quick question about a CHOICE internship? Drop-in hours in the Career Services office 412 McCarthy Center from 4-5 PM on all dates listed!
Monday, April 11: 4 - 5 PM
Tuesday, April 12: 4 - 5 PM
Wednesday, April 13: 4 - 5 PM
Tuesday, April 19: 4 - 5 PM
Wednesday, April 20: 4 - 5 PM
Thursday, April 21: 4 - 5 PM

Graduate School Information Session
April 20, 1:30 - 2:20 PM, Center for Inclusive Excellence
Join us for an interactive presentation that covers the unwritten rules to preparing for, applying to, and succeeding in graduate school. Session is led by the MIT Grad Catalyst program and is designed to provide information about graduate school to current students, with a focus on underrepresented minorities. Sponsored by the Center of Inclusive Excellence and Career Services and Employer Relations.

Notable Accomplishments

-Rabbi Rifat Sonsino's article on "Theists and Non Theists" appeared last week in the Reform Jewish Quarterly. Also, during spring break Rabbi Sonsino traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to dedicate a new sanctuary and give public lectures. Finally, last Friday Rabbi Sonsino's congregation Beth Shalom of Needham celebrated his 50th year in the rabbinate through a festive serve at the Rashi school in Dedham.

Upcoming events

Thanksgiving Recess (Begins @ 4:30pm on Wed, Nov 22)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

8:30 am - 10:00 pm

Campus Wide - No Location

Organized by: University Registrar

Marijuana: Then and Now

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

Organized by: Wellness Education

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