Campus Currents

April 23, 2018

Senior Investiture is Today in DPAC

Senior Investiture: Countdown to Commencement

Join us today for Senior Investiture at 1:30 p.m. in DPAC!

The Investiture Address will be given by Josiah Curtis, a member of the Class of 2009 and a senior associate at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. There will also be remarks from Millie Gonzalez, interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

It’s your time to celebrate! Wear your academic attire for the first time and join us in this annual tradition as we celebrate your academic achievement and upcoming graduation.

Reefer Sanity: Opposing Experts Face Off in Marijuana Debate

Join us for this interesting debate sponsored by the Health and Wellness Center:

Reefer Sanity: Opposing Experts Face Off in Marijuana Debate
Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m., DPAC

The debate will feature two nationally renowned guests. Aaron Houston (pro) is a Colorado industry expert. He has played a big role in the national movement to legalize marijuana and is known as an advocate often speaking about the benefits of marijuana legalization. He is a capitol hill lobbyist and is often featured on the news and at national legalization events.

On the other side will be Kevin Sabet (con) who served in the Obama Administration as the Senior Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). He has written books, and started an organization called "Smart Approaches to Marijuana." He has been instrumental in the anti-drug movement educating about the risks of marijuana - especially its impact on youth.

To learn more about our debaters, visit

Programs on Community Values and Standards

Hate Symbols on Campus
North Hall Commons Room
Tuesday, April 24
4:30 p.m.

Dan Levenson from the Anti-Defamation League will lead a discussion on hate symbols, looking at their origin, meaning, and use today. The purpose of this meeting is not only to educate people about these symbols so they can recognize them for what they are, but also to gain some understanding of the ideology behind these images. The second part of the conversation is on how communities can respond to acts of hate, emphasizing proactive relationship building, strengthening the community overall.

“Free Speech With Community Values” Forum
 Center for Inclusive Excellence, O’Connor Hall       
Wednesday, April 25
7 p.m.

Professor John Ambacher, Ann McDonald, Chief of Staff and General Counsel, and Cassidy Flynn, senior and President of the College Republicans will hold a forum on "Free Speech with Community Values." The event will include a brief overview of the law, a discussion of the difference between how a private and public university handles free speech, the effect of social media on community values, and the tension and impact on inclusivity.

Student Poster and Presentation Day

The Student Poster & Presentation Day is a celebration of student scholarly work and faculty support. There will be two opportunities for students to present at the next event: Thursday, May 3, 2018 from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday, May 4, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

26th Annual MERC Conference

Don't miss the 26th Annual MetroWest Economic Research Center Conference:

High Stakes Housing: How Today’s Decisions are Shaping Tomorrow’s Greater MetroWest

Friday, May 11, 2018
Verve Crowne Plaza, 1360 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760
Register at:


Jay Ash serves as the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Secretary Ash is responsible for directing and executing Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. Secretary Ash previously served as the city manager in his native Chelsea, a position he held from 2000 to 2014.


Moderator: R.D. Sahl, Senior Advisor, Denterlein

Michael Goodman, PhD, Executive Director of the Public Policy Center and Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Aaron Gornstein, President and CEO, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc.
Meredith Harris, Executive Director, Marlborough Economic Development Corporation
Mary Ellen Kelley, Chief Financial Officer, City of Framingham
Michael Resteghini, Account Executive, F.H. Perry Builder

A Day in May

The Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS) Presents:

A Day in May
Wednesday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

Faculty who receive CELTSS funding share their research at A Day in May.  The keynote speaker will be Paula M. Krebs, who is Executive Director of the Modern Language Association, a professional association with over 24,000 members in 100 countries. Her keynote presentation "Why the Humanities? Careers, Community, and Critical Consciousness," will take place after lunch. Krebs previously served as the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University; a special assistant to the president for external relations at Wheaton College; American Council on Education Fellow in the president’s office of the University of Massachusetts; and professor of English and department chair at Wheaton. Her work focuses on the value of studying the humanities, interdisciplinary collaboration, and partnerships between the campus and the community.

Pause 4 Paws

Come relax with therapy dogs, massage, and other stress relieving activities prior to finals.

April 30 and May 2 from 11:30-2:30 in the Forum (Dogs from noon-2).

Sponsored by Health, Wellness and the SEALS Peer Health Educators. Snacks donated by Dining Services. Questions? Contact

Gatepost Recognition

The following was submitted by Professor Desmond McCarthy:

I am delighted to announce that Framingham State University’s student newspaper, The Gatepost, has been named one of the four best college newspapers in New England by the New England Society of News Editors (NESNE) and the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA). The Gatepost was the second runner-up in the 2018 New England College Newspaper of the Year contest. Bowdoin College’s The Orient was named the 2018 New England College Newspaper of the Year, The Harvard Crimson was named first runner-up and University of Connecticut’s The Daily Campus was selected as the third runner-up in the annual contest. Editors from all of the award-winning newspapers were honored at the NESNE annual awards ceremony, which was held at The Boston Globe on April 19.

In an email to The Gatepost’s editorial board, NENPA representative Sydney Conway wrote, “The competition was stiff this year, but The Gatepost stood out to the judges. It is clear that in the past year you've produced great material, and that lots of hard work has been put in by the newspaper’s staff!”

Please join me in congratulating The Gatepost’s editors, reporters, photographers, artists, and designers, particularly the newspaper’s management team: Editor-in-Chief Cesareo Contreras and Associate Editors Bailey Morrison and Kayllan Olicio.

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: Santander
Noon– 6:00 p.m.: MetroWest YMCA Career Day


9 a.m. to noon: Ashland Public Schools and Piece by Piece Moving and Storage

Noon to 3 p.m.: Piece by Piece Moving & Storage and Citizens Bank

3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.: TaraVista Behavioral Health Center

On Campus Interviews Week Plus One 
April 23 through May 3, 2018, MC514

Monday, April 23: Walgreens 9:30 a.m.— 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24: Securitas 9:30 a.m.—12:30

Wednesday, April 25: Santander 12:30 p.m.—4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 26: Coca-Cola 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 27: Ashland Public Schools 9:30 a.m.— 2:30 p.m.

NEW* Thursday, May 3: The MathWorks 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Pre-Registration is required for all interviews through the CSER Office. Call 508-626-4625 for more information.

See Ramtrack for descriptions of these companies’ open opportunities.


Notable Accomplishments

-Joseph M. Adelman, an assistant professor in the history department, has an essay included in a new collection entitled Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past, edited by Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter (Rutgers University Press, 2018). Adelman’s piece, “Who Tells Your Story: Hamilton as a People’s History,” places Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work in the context of popular chroniclers of American history as diverse as Parson Weems, the biographer of Washington who invented the cherry tree story, Walt Disney, and Howard Zinn.


-Professor Emeritus Dr. Bernard Horn’s poem, “Cinderella,” is in the current issue of Dime Show Review at Another poem, “My Father Speaks,” is forthcoming this spring in an anthology from Blue Thread Press. His 1982 article, “Ahab and Ishmael at War: The Presence of Moby-Dick in The Naked and the Dead,” has been reprinted as a “Classical Interpretation” in The Mailer Review: Tenth Anniversary Issue.

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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