Campus Currents

April 22, 2019

The artwork of Professor Laura Kane

Celebrating Nature through Apparel Design: A Tribute to the Oregon Coast

Exhibit dates: April 22-May 10, 2019
Artist talk on April 22 at 1:30 p.m., reception at 4:30 p.m.
Henry Whittemore Library

A Tribute to the Oregon Coast is a series of original garments created by FSU professor Laura Kane. The series focuses on utilizing innovative material applications, exploring emergent digital technologies, and implementing non-traditional apparel patternmaking techniques to celebrate unique natural phenomena found on the Oregon Coast.

Science on State Street

Saturday, April 27
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Challenge your perceptions, Explore the world around you, and Discover something amazing!

This year’s festival will feature more science-based, curiosity-fueled fun than ever before, including more than 50 interactive exhibits, and lots of free shows in the FSU Planetarium.

Be sure to join us for the keynote presentation, a fascinating topic just in time for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing:

Moon Race: The U.S.-Soviet Competition to Put a Human on the Moon
Dr. Jonathan McDowell, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum, Framingham State University

In 1957, the first Sputnik propelled the USSR to leadership in space. Shocked, America mobilized to demonstrate its technology surpassed Russia’s – a furious, decade-long race ensued. But, it wasn’t obvious until the finish line that Neil Armstrong, and not Alexei Leonov, would be first to walk on another world. Join Dr. McDowell in an exciting review of the events that marked a pivotal moment in history.

Learn more at:

An Exploration of African Art: Student Organized Exhibition

Opening on Tuesday, April 23 at 4:30 PM in the Whittemore Library Foyer

I am pleased to announce the student organized exhibition "An Exploration of African Art." Libby Goodreau and Aemilia Ohop, two students from the Art Department, researched and curated this exhibition based on a collection of African Art that was recently donated to the university by Dr. Thomas Carroll. As a collaboration between Art History and Illustration major students, this exhibition illuminates the value and meaning of these objects.

An Exploration of African Art demonstrates the visual richness and cultural diversity of the African continent with wooden masks, still provocatively conveying the movements of ceremony dancers, a mother and child sculpture, presenting a notion of gender roles in society, head rests, depicting the status of a social leader, heddle pulleys, showing how West Coast Africans value textile manufacture, and reliquary figures, expressing veneration toward ancestors. Please visit the Whittemore Library Foyer and enjoy how students have articulated the complicated and diverse visual languages of Africa in broadly accessible ways for a public audience. An Exploration of African Art opens on Tuesday, April 23 at 4:30 PM.

-Professor Yumi Park Huntington, Art and Music Department

FSU Food Study Science Symposium

Join us 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.
Register here:  

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

17th Annual Preskenis Dinner

The 17th Annual NES/MAA Dinner Meeting in Memory of Kenneth J. Preskenis will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Dr. Susan Loepp, Williams College, will give the 2019 Preskenis Lecture, "What Hat are You Wearing? An Introduction to the Hat Game."

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner
Support for the 2019 Preskenis Dinner provided by Sodexho
Faculty/Staff Dining Room, 3rd Floor, D. Justin McCarthy Center

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dr. Susan Loepp, Williams College
Forum, 2nd Floor, D. Justin McCarthy Center

8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Reception
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs
Forum, 2nd Floor, D. Justin McCarthy Center

Learn more here:

Midday Performances - Hinge Ensemble

April 29, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Hinge is a contemporary music ensemble based in Boston comprised of saxophonist Philipp Stäudlin, percussionist Matt Sharrock, pianist Keith Kirchoff, and electric guitarist Dan VanHassel. Lying somewhere between a chamber ensemble and a band, Hinge presents cutting-edge programs combining uncompromising contemporary music, seamless multimedia integration, and arrangements of rock and pop songs.

Student Academic Essay Awards Ceremony

Heineman Ecumenical Center
Wednesday, May 1, 4:30 p.m.

Come support your fellow students, and hear them read from their essays. Free and open to the public. Friends and family are encouraged to attend.

-The Richard Chartier Award for the Best Essay on American Literature

-The Elaine V. Beilin Book Award for the Best Essay on British Literature

-The Helen Heineman Book Award for the Best Seminar in Literature Essay

-The Colleen Kelly Film Studies Award for the Outstanding Essay in Film Studies

This event is sponsored by the English Department. For more information, please contact Patricia Horvath at or Sam Witt at

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:

April 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

Pause 4 Paws

Unwind and relax with therapy dogs, massage, snacks and more.

Monday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 8
McCarthy Center Forum
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the SEALS Peer Health Educators and Health & Wellness.

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 a.m. to Noon: Booster & The Primrose School
Noon – 3:00 p.m.: The Leap School & Camp Cody
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Micro Tech Staff Group & Bright Horizons

9:00 a.m.—12: Social Security Administration & North Hill
12—3:00 p.m.: Culbert Health & Next Generation Children’s Center
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: The Latino Health Insurance Company & Acton Boxborough Regional School District

9:00 a.m. – Noon: The Vector Marketing Company & TowerWall
Noon – 3:00 p.m.: The Davis Companies & Horse SenseAbility

On-Campus Interviews Week, May 6—May 10, 2019

Coca-Cola On Campus Interviews, Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.: Coca– Cola Marketing & Sales Summer Internships - Pre-Registration is required for all interviews through the CSER Office. Call 508-626-4625 for more information.

MutualOne Bank On Campus Interviews, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—Noon: MutualOne Credit Analyst - Pre-Registration is required for all interviews through the CSER Office. Call 508-626-4625 for more information.

Notable Accomplishments

-History Professor Joseph Adelman had a piece published on April 19th in the Made by History column at the Washington Post. April 19th is the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, which started the fighting of the American Revolution. Within weeks, an army of American colonists amassed outside Boston to take on the British forces. In the essay, Dr. Adelman talks about how the communications networks anti-imperial leaders and printers had built over the previous decade made that army’s rapid formation possible. The piece draws on research from his book, Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763-1789, which will officially be released in early May from Johns Hopkins University Press.

Here’s the link:

-Earlier this semester, Professor Karen Druffel from the Management and Business & Information Technology Department and Dr. Lynn Parker from the English Department presented a paper, “A 21st Century Response to a 19th Century Problem: Social Networks and Sweatshops,” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Journal of Business Law’s annual symposium. The focus of this year’s symposium was “Harmonizing Business Law.” The presentation examined corporate social responsibility in the apparel industry such as anti-sweatshop efforts, which are connected to the ethics of Victorian textile mills. The presentation contrasted the Victorian model of corporate social responsibility through “captains of industry” to modern-day philanthrocapitalism and systems of crowd-sourced and financial performance-based ethics, comparing the lack of substitutes for law and government in achieving those ethical goals.