Campus Currents

April 19, 2016

Science on State Street

Science on State Street

What do you call a Saturday full of fun, family, and learning? Framingham State University calls it the Science on State Street Festival, and we’re hoping you’ll join us on April 23rd.

Learners of all ages are invited to engage in exciting science and engineering activities stationed across the University’s green, leafy campus, including hands-on experiences in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics, and engineering, as well as stunning HD planetarium programs.

Featured presentations include a live sky planetarium presentation for children 5 and younger at 10 a.m., followed by shows for all ages throughout the day. As you walk the campus you’ll discover a do-it-yourself Rube Goldberg Machine facilitated by FSU students, opportunities to build a battery, to experience the colorful delights of chemistry, to interact with exotic insects, to program a robot, to meet the author of the new children’s book “The Secret Case of the Space Station Stowaways,” and much, much more!

And it all happens between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 along the FSU quad, the O’Connor parking lot, and the McAuliffe Center.

See you there!

The World in Flicks: Eternal Amazon

Don't miss the next film in the World in Flicks series called Eternal Amazon (Brazil 2012), which will be screened on Tuesday, April 19th (tonight!) in the McCarthy Center Forum at 7 p.m.

Eternal Amazon presents a critical analysis of how the world's largest tropical rainforest is understood and utilized. Exploring the Amazon's five million square kilometers - which are home to countless plant and animal species, and 20% of the world's freshwater reserves - the film asks if it is possible for humans to make sustainable use of the rainforest.

The Miriam Levine Reading: Mona Awad

The annual Miriam Levine Reading is scheduled for Thursday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center. All members for the Framingham State University community and the public are welcome.

Mona Awad received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University where she was awarded the Feldman Prize and the John Hawkes Prize for her writing. Her writing has appeared in Time Magazine, VICE, McSweeney’s, The Walrus, Joyland, Post Road, St. Petersburg Review, and elsewhere. She has also worked as a freelance journalist and a food columnist for the Montreal-based magazine Maisonneuve; her essay “The Shrinking Woman,” which appeared in that magazine, was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. Her debut novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, was published by Penguin Books.

For more information, please contact Sam Witt at

Discussion and reading with author Howard Axelrod

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 the New York Times, 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.

Student Literacy Award Ceremony

The Student Literary Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center.

The awards include:

-The Marjorie Sparrow Literary Awards for Poetry

-The Howard Hirt Literary Awards for Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction

-The Richard Chartier Award for the best essay on any topic in American Literature

Come support your fell student writers and hear them read their prize-winning works! Free and open to the public. Friends and family are encouraged to participate. Sponsored by the English Department. For more information e-mail Sam Witt at

The American DREAMer

Framingham State will host a special event entitled "The American DREAMer: From Undocumented to Wall Street to Immigration Advocate" featuring Julissa Arce on Monday, April 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Julissa Arce is a writer, immigrant rights advocate, and author. At the age of 11, Julissa immigrated to America from Mexico and was undocumented for almost 15 years. Prior to becoming an advocate, she built a successful career on Wall Street, and made national and international headlines when she revealed that she had achieved the American Dream of wealth and status while undocumented. Having seemingly achieved the American Dream at that time, yet was not legally defined as an American, Julissa now shares her story about what it was like climbing the corporate ladder as both a Hispanic woman and an undocumented American. Through Julissa’s personal stories, the audience will gain a perspective on what it means to achieve the “American dream.”

For more information, contact David Baldwin at

Celebrate Recovery and Learn about the Opiate Crisis

A special event on the current opiate crisis presented by the Rho Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (International Nursing Society) and Academic Affairs will take place on Monday, April 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in North Hall.

The program will include a discussion of how the crisis developed, what is currently happening, presentations by several people in recovery and a question and answer period.  There is no cost to attend. There are 2.4 nursing contact hours available to RNs at a cost of $10, or no charge for FSU students.

Please contact Annmarie Samar at with questions.

Studio Art Senior Exhibition

Don't miss the opening reception for the Studio Art (ceramics, painting printmaking, and sculpture) Senior Exhibition on Tuesday, April 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Come check out the amazing art work of our talented seniors!

Spring Chorus Concert

On Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m., the Framingham State University Chorus will perform “The Poet Sings,” a concert of music set to texts by some of the world’s most well-regarded poets. Each choral work will be preceded by a reading of the poem on which it is based. The Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Paul Cienniwa, 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 Cultural Center.

Featured poets include James Agee, Leonard Cohen, e. e. cummings, King David, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Emma Lazarus, and William Plomer. Featured composers include Samuel Barber, Jean Berger, Irving Berlin, Benjamin Britten, Leonard Cohen, Lee Dengler, Adolphus Hailstork, and Randall Thompson.

Of special note is “Bittersweet,” a poem written by Chorus member Mary Collins. Collins, a published poet and a composer, created her own musical setting of her evocative poem. This will be the concert premiere. Also on the program is a work by Mary Collins’ father, Dr. Leo Collins. Dr. Collins, retired chorus director at Wheelock College and founder of Boston’s Cantata Singers, wrote a setting of Emily Dickinson’s "Because I Could Not Stop for Death."

“This is a broad program, both musically and textually,” says Dr. Cienniwa, the Chorus director. “From a Psalm setting to poems of Robert Frost, the featured composers run the full gamut of musical expression. Adolphus Hailstork’s Emerson setting is very much in a Broadway style, while Samuel Barber’s Agee setting is more in line with traditional choral repertoire. There’s something on this program for everyone!”

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

2016 Preskenis Dinner

The Fourteenth Annual NES/MAA Dinner Meeting in Memory of Kenneth J. Preskenis will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.  Dr. Frank Morgan, Williams College, will give the 2016 Preskenis Lecture, "The Isoperimetric Problem with Density."
The cost for the dinner is $23.25 per person for faculty/staff and $10 per person for FSU students.
The 2016 Preskenis Lecture is open to the public.
More information about the Preskenis Dinner and Lecture and the registration form for the Dinner can be accessed at


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…

Free HIV/STI Testing

Free HIV/STI Testing will be availlable on Wednesday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Foster Hall in the Health Center. Walk-ins welcome.

Questions? Call 508-626-4900

Upcoming Career Services Events

Employer Showcase - McCarthy Center Lobby
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!
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

-April 14-16, Sociology professors Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz and Virginia Rutter spoke in several different panels at the Southern Sociological Society meeting in Atlanta, thanks to support from CELTSS. Xavier spoke about Scholarly Activism--including FSU's #BlackLivesMatter teach-in as well as research/activism on trans intimate partner violence--in a panel that was part of a mini-conference that Virginia organized on The Public Intellectual. Xavier and Virginia were invited panelists on an "Author Meets Critics" session where they commented in UMass economist Lee Badgett's new book The Public Professor. Virginia's edited book Families as They Really Are was among four books celebrated at a Norton books reception.

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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