Campus Currents (remote learning edition)

May 11, 2020

Jessica Gray 1st Place Photo, Almafi Coast, Italy

Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners

Thanks to all who submitted images and voted in this year's Study Abroad Photo Contest. Below are descriptions of our three winners! Click on the hyperlinks to see the images.

1st Place
Jessica Gray - Almafi Coast, Italy
Jessica Gray, a junior criminology major, minoring in communication arts and diversity studies, studied abroad last fall semester on a multi-site program: 12 weeks in Berlin, Germany and six weeks in Rome, Italy. Congratulations, Jessica!

2nd Place
Isabella Linardi - Interlaken, Switzerland
Isabella, a senior psychology major with an art minor, studied abroad in Florence, Italy last fall semester. Congratulations, Isabella!

3rd Place
Gabrielle Cochrane - Cusco, Peru
Gabrielle studied abroad for a second time this past January break in Cusco Peru. Gabrielle is a biology major with a concentration in wildlife and a minor in anthropology. Congratulations, Gabby!

COVID-19 Collecting Project

The CoVid-19 Community Collecting Project is the library’s fourth community collecting project. The past few months have been immensely challenging for all of us as a result of the CoVid-19 pandemic. The community collecting project’s goal is to capture the experiences of the campus community during this life-changing time and somehow reflect upon its impact on our lives.

You can access information about the project and the submission form(s) via this link: We accept digital files and physical items.

In order to use the online form, you will need a Gmail address. If you would like to submit a digital file and do not have a Gmail address, please email Millie Gonzalez (  to arrange for another way of completing the online form.

The Latest on Social Media

-PBS American Masters, an Emmy-winning documentary series, recently aired this segment on Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller. FSU's Danforth Art Museum is proud to be the home of the largest collection of her works, most of which are on view in their galleries.

-After you check out the segment on Warrick Fuller, check out another video The Danforth put together on artist Lois Tarlow. When the museum reopened in April 2019, it was happy to show “Material Vocabulary," seven decades of Lois Tarlow’s work. A varied and exquisite use of materials across media is the thread that unites her rich body of work, which also reflects significant life moments.

-Check out this message from Maddie George, Class of 2020, reminding everyone that we are all in this together! 

-On the last day of classes, graduating senior Abby Saggio had a message of hope to share with all the members of our fRAMily, especially the Class of 2020.

-It's time for another installment of Living Room Chats with David & Rachel! Find out who David was an RA to, Rachel’s brushes with celebrity, and travel tales from our beloved Professor Lisa Eck.

-The latest installment of 4 Things to Know this Week!

SGA President Matty Bennet Reflects on Challenging Semester

By Thomas Maye, publications intern

A lot has changed for the Student Government Association over the past few months - but the organization’s commitment to student advocacy remains steadfast, club president and senior Matty Bennet said.

As he reflects upon his college experience in his final weeks as an undergraduate at FSU, Bennet said he holds immense pride for the accomplishments of the group he led for two years, from past endeavors to current initiatives.

“What I like about student advocacy is that we’re able to see, [from] start to finish, changes happen on campus,” Bennet said.

Despite campus being closed, the group continues to host weekly meetings virtually, with their final meeting recognizing and celebrating e-board and senior members set to occur tomorrow.

SGA has still been able to survey students on areas of improvement on campus, learning about an increased demand for funding blue lights, furniture in the Veterans Center, and Counseling Center staffing.

And with the lack of on-campus events for SGA to financially support, the group has a large amount of unallocated funds to support student initiatives, he said.

His feelings are bittersweet, of course. But though he looks upon his separation from campus during his last weeks of school with a heavy heart, Bennet’s hopeful the increased use of technology will make attending meetings more accessible for a broader population of students in the long run, such as commuters with busy schedules.

“We’re hoping the tech skills and capabilities will increase participation in student government,” he said. “I’m a commuter student, and I've always recognized when clubs are meeting on campus, it can be kind of a hurdle for students [to attend] … so I think all of us being thrown in this situation together has really changed how student government will work in the future.”

None of these efforts would be possible without his fellow SGA members, of course. He thanked them for their continued dedication to student advocacy, and for their ability to rise above enormous obstacles.

“I just want to say that it’s a very challenging and difficult time, but I want to commend them for all the work they’ve put in this year and this semester,” he said. “Even if a lot of people didn’t accomplish everything they wanted, including myself, we’ve all done a great job.”

He further extended gratitude for administrative leadership as SGA continues to represent student needs, saying, “I've noticed administration has been very responsive … Even though what we’re advocating for might look a little different, I think we’ve been able to keep a continuity of leadership in SGA. It’s definitely sad all of us seniors are missing a lot of the events we were looking forward to, but I’m happy to see the university hasn’t forgotten about students,” he adds.

In looking to the end of the finish line, he said he was particularly grateful for the university’s stated commitment to hosting an in-person commencement ceremony.

Though his time as a student is coming to a close, Bennet is excited for the future and said his work representing students at SGA only marks the beginning of his career working at universities.

Inspired by the positive changes the association was able to make on campus during his time in the organization, he hopes to eventually work as a higher education professional, where he can continue to champion improvements for student life.

“I love working with students, and I think Framingham State has shown me this is my calling,” he said.

Danforth from Home: Virtual Artist Talk

Danforth From Home: Virtual Artist Talk with the Photographers of Family Circle and Family Fictions
Sunday, May 17 / 3 p.m. -- Free and via Zoom

When we think about family histories and memories, “taking a picture” is one of the first things that comes to mind as a way to preserve and remember a moment. The photographers in “Family Fictions” and “Family Circle” all approach photography’s role in this process differently, and each will be talking about their work at this Sunday Spotlight talk. You can’t see the exhibitions in person right now, but you can hear from the artists!

Please join Liz Albert, Kristen Joy Emack, Lee Kilpatrick, and Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson via Zoom at 3 p.m. on May 17 for a discussion on photography and family circles at a time when family is taking on a whole new meaning. Please register and a link will be e-mailed to log-in. Questions for the artists can be submitted when you register.

Register here:

McAuliffe Center AstroNights

Join staff from the McAuliffe Center at 7 p.m. on select Fridays for a half-hour presentation exploring everyone’s favorite astronomy topics. From the colorful characters in our own solar system to the weird and wonderful things far beyond, each program is sure to contain something of interest to armchair astronomers of all ages.

The next scheduled event is Friday, May 15th!

FSU Holding a Blood Drive with American Red Cross

Framingham State is stepping up to help maintain the blood supply.

FSU is hosting a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross on Saturday, May 16th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center.

Those who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Anyone interested must make an appointment in advance to participate so that the Red Cross can ensure proper safety measures.

Career Services Virtual Events

The Office of Career Services and Employer Relations has organized several virtual events for students and employers, including drop in career counseling, career fairs, information on LinkedIn as a career tool, learning about etiquette in the virtual world and much more!

Visit their events page to learn more:

Notable Accomplishments

-Suzanne Neubauer, Professor Emerita and current Visiting Lecturer for the Department of Food and Nutrition, and Victoria Hartford, a recent graduate of the department's M.S. program, recently published a paper with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Pediatric Dietetic Practice Group. The title of the paper is "The Impact of Vitamin D on Food Allergy Development."

Upcoming events

Regenerative Agricultural Business Practices to Domestic Plants for Responsible Products with Mario Garcia Quesada

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Organized by: Dept of Biology, McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

Spanish: Regenerative Agricultural Business Practices to Domestic Plants for Responsible Products, Mario Garcia Quesada

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Organized by: Dept of Biology, McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

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