Campus Currents

April 18, 2017

Family Science Day

Family Science Day!

A day before the national March for Science takes place across the country, Framingham State University will host Family Science Day, a series of interactive science presentations and exhibits on campus.

Friday, April 21st
Morning Programs for FSU Families Only: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Registration Required)
Open to General Public: 2:30 to 6 p.m.

Highlights of the festival include hands-on experiences in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics, and engineering, as well as stunning HD planetarium programs throughout the afternoon. Most presentations will be setup outside in the O'Connor Hall parking lot, weather permitting.

“Family Science Day is a great event for anyone with an interest in science, no matter your age,” says Dr. Irene Porro, Director of the McAuliffe Center. “We hope the community will come out and take advantage of this free program.”

This is the third year in a row the University is hosting a special science festival for members of the local community. Each of the past two years, the event has been held on a Saturday, but this year’s festival was moved to Friday to avoid a scheduling conflict with the national March for Science.

For announcements and updates regarding the festival, visit You may also e-mail with any questions.

Student Literary Awards

Tuesday, April 18, 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Come support your fellow student writers and hear them read their prize-winning works! Free and open to the public! Friends and family are encouraged to participate.

The Marjorie Sparrow Award for Poetry

The Howard Hirt Literary Awards for Fiction and Creative Nonfitction

The Richard Chartier Award for the Best Essay on Any Topic in American Literature

Sponsored by the English Department.

For more information, contact Professor Sam Witt at or Patricia Horvath at

The World in Flicks: Mustang

World in Flicks screening and discussion – Mustang (Turkish with English subtitles)
Wednesday, April 19 at 7 PM, Alumni Room, McCarthy Center
Nominated for 2015 Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.  It's the beginning of the summer. In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them.

Marketing Club: fRAMapalooza

The Marketing Club is hosting an social event on April 25th (April 28th rain date) from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Faculty, Students and guests will have the opportunity to play fun games, while enjoying music on North Hall Lawn. Food and drinks will be provided as well.

Kaleidoscope Fashion Show

The Framingham State University Fashion Club cordially invited you to attend its annual Fashion Show: Kaleidoscope.

Friday, April 28
7 p.m., Athletic Center

RSVP to Micaela Beando at

Spring Chorus Concert: Anniversaries

On Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m., the Framingham State University Chorus will present a concert titled “Anniversaries,” featuring the chorus’ repertoire from its past ten years under the direction of Dr. Paul Cienniwa. With well-known classics along with contemporary and popular music, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the program.

“When I set out to plan the concert, I was planning my own celebration of my ten years at Framingham State University,” says Dr. Cienniwa. “We’ve done great work together, from Handel’s Messiah, to the Fauré Requiem, to Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and the quality of the ensemble has grown exponentially. Little did I know when planning last fall that this would also be my final year at Framingham State, as I recently accepted a position as music director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, Florida.”

The FSU Chorus includes students and alumni from the university and area community members. The concert is free and open to the public and will take place in the Heineman Ecumenical Center.

Commemoration of U.S. Entry into WWI

By Sarah Sousa, publications intern

Food conservation propaganda during World War I was beneficial in minimizing consumption of wheat and meat as well as limiting food waste. To commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the U.S. entering into the first World War, an exhibit of food conservation posters from WWI was displayed in the library.

Food and Nutrition professor Janet Schwartz said WWI marked the first-time people were encouraged to eat local food. Typical trade routes across the Atlantic Ocean were blocked and the goods being traded overseas were limited, said Schwartz.

She said “fields turned to battlefields” and wheat and sugar had to be rationed.

Herbert Hoover became the head of the U.S. Food Administration, said Schwartz.

According to Schwartz, every household was encouraged to have a pledge card in their kitchen saying they would conserve food and waste nothing.

“Food was going to win the war,” said Schwartz. There was a “propaganda campaign to change the way people eat.”

Posters contained messages encouraging people to eat more potatoes and recipes to bake with corn syrup instead of sugar, said Schwartz.

She said people were given stamps when purchasing groceries so their consumption of certain items could be monitored.

The exhibit will remain up in the library through the first week of May.

The Gatepost Wins Six Mark of Excellence Awards

Submitted by Desmond McCarthy, Chair of the English Department

The Gatepost student newspaper received six Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists on Saturday, April 8th, at the organization’s “Region 1” conference hosted by John Jay College in New York City.  The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism.  Region 1 is comprised of the New England and mid-Atlantic states, and the awards recognized material published during the 2016 calendar year.   The Society of Professional Journalists, founded in 1909, is the “nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.”     
Photo Editor Amanda Martin won three awards: she was the winner of the Feature Photography category for “small” colleges and universities (enrolling fewer than 10,000 students) for “Water warriors duel on Larned Beach” (April 22, 2016) and was also one of two finalists for “Members of the Natyamani School of Dance performing at Framingham State” (April 1, 2016).  She also won the Breaking News Photography category for “Students march in a post-election protest” (November 11, 2016).   Opinions Editor Phil McMullin won the General Column Writing category for small universities for three op/eds: “Remaining hopeful during divisive times” (September 23, 2016); “Age of paranoia” (October 21, 2016), and “Provoked by flag burning, Trump threatens First Amendment” (December 9, 2016).  Staff writer Nick Murphy was one of two finalists in this category for his column, “The Pawgress Report.”  Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Gomes was a finalist in the Feature Writing category for small universities for “First-generation students find their way” (December 9, 2016).   As the winners of the Feature Photography, Breaking News Photography, and General Column Writing contests for Region 1, Amanda Martin’s and Phil McMullin’s work will be entered into a national contest with the award winners from other regions around the country.  A panel of judges will announce the results of that competition in May.  Here is a link to the press release announcing the awards:

Wellness Events

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

Latinos and Baseball: A Community Collecting Initiative

Celebrate Framingham State University's status as a Smithsonian Affiliate and join us for this special event:

Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues
Saturday, May 13th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Athletic Center Gym

This is a multi-year collecting initiative to identify artifacts that reflect the social and cultural influence of the game in Latino communities. Framingham State University invites the Latino and wider community to share items related to their personal experiences, or of their favorite Latino baseball players. Examples include: photos, programs, cards, jerseys, baseballs and more!

Play Ball!

-Meet Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Luis Tiant!

-Share your own baseball-related memorabilia to be scanned or photographed. FSU will host it in an online collection!

-View historical Boston Red Sox memorabilia and learn about their history from the Red Sox curator, Sarah Coffin

-View Framingham State's own historical collections on Alumni Christa McAuliffe, the First Teacher in Space, and on our founding as the nation's first public college for the education of teachers!

For more information, visit:

Upcoming Career Services Events

MathWorks On-Campus Summer Internship Interviews
Wednesday,  April 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.,
McCarthy Room 514

Meet a hiring manager and have one-on-one interviews for MathWorks  Summer Internship positions.  Space is limited. Interview spot pre-registration required.  Call the CSER Office to schedule your interview 508-626-4625.

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:

Beacon ABA Services  On-Campus Interviews
Friday, April 21, 2017 9:30 a.m. —4:30 p.m.
McCarthy Room 514
Meet hiring managers and have one-on-one interviews for Beacon ABA Services. Space is limited. Interview spot
pre-registration required.  Call the CSER Office to schedule your interview 508-626-4625.
First Light Bioscience Summer Internship On-Campus Interviews
Friday, April 21, 2017, 9 a.m.– Noon
CSER Offcie – McCarthy Room 412
Meet a hiring manager and have one-on-one interviews for First Light Bioscience Summer Internship positions for Software Engineers positions.  Space is limited. Interview spot pre-registration required.  Call the CSER Office to schedule your interview 508-626-4625.
W.B. Mason On-Campus Interviews
Wednesday May, 3, 2017, Noon—3:00 p.m.
McCarthy Room 514
Meet hiring managers and have one-on-one interviews for W.B. Mason’s full time Sales Management Position. Space is limited. Interview spot preregistration required.  Call the CSER Office to schedule your interview 508-626-4625.
Employer Showcase Series: (See dates and times below)
9:00AM to 6:00PM every Wednesday in the McCarthy Center Lobby

9 a.m. to noon - New York Life
Noon – 3:00 p.m.- Soccer Super Stars and Northeast Community Bank

9 a.m. to noon—Primrose School of Natick & Walmart
Noon – 3;00 p.m. - AnswerNet & Travelers
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.—Starbucks: (Hopkinton, Natick & Framingham) & Chick-fil-A

9 a.m. to Noon—Sherwin Williams & W.B. Mason
Noon—3:00 p.m.— Chipotle Mexican Grill & Salmon Health & Retirement
3:00p.m.—6:00 p.m.— Pet Supplies Plus & Blue Grace

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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