Campus Currents

April 25, 2016

The Warren Center

Framingham State University Gains Access to Beautiful 65-Acre Property

Framingham State University’s faculty and students will soon have access to a beautiful 65-acre property in Ashland that will be utilized for recreational and academic programs.

The Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA) officially acquired the Warren Conference Center and Inn in Ashland on behalf of Framingham State University (FSU) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on Wednesday, April 13th.

The property, which had been owned by Northeastern University, will be utilized by FSU to support new athletic programs, current academic offerings, and to explore development of a new hospitality major.

“This is a beautiful property that has the potential to greatly benefit our students,” said FSU President F. Javier Cevallos. “Not only will it allow us to enhance current offerings, but it will provide us with space to explore new programs. We are very grateful to State Senator Karen Spilka for advocating for this purchase and to the entire state legislature for supporting the proposal.”

The Conference Center & Inn is managed by Flik Hotels & Conference Centers and hosts corporate events and social gatherings throughout the year. The site also includes hotel accommodations and several conference rooms. The University will continue to operate the facility as a conference center.

The land has the potential to benefit several current academic programs on campus, including Environmental Science, Biology, Food & Nutrition, and Marketing and Management. The development of a hospitality major would be the first of its kind for the State University System.

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

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

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.

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!”

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…

Upcoming Career Services Events

Employer Showcase - McCarthy Center Lobby
Wednesday, April 27
12 Noon—2:45 PM: Renewal by Andersen and Alternatives

Notable Accomplishments

-Professor Patricia Sánchez-Connally and four students attended the National Student Leadership Conference in Chicago last weekend with hundreds of other college student leaders from all over the country. The students - Miguel Arias, Kevin Pena, Dafany Pimentel, and Genesis Guerrero - are leaders of SILD and Brother2Brother.


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Marijuana: Then and Now

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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