Campus Currents

May 13, 2019

Apollo 11 lunar retroreflectors

Testing Einstein with Lasers and the Moon: The APOLLO Project

Friday, May 17, 2019
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Framingham State University Planetarium

Dr. James Battat, Wellesley College

Dr. Battat will share updates on the precision tests of gravity with the Apache Point Observatory Lunar Laser-ranging Operation (APOLLO) project that uses Apollo-era mirrors left on the lunar surface. The talk is introduced and complemented by a full dome planetarium presentation by Mary MacDonald of the McAuliffe Center.

Sponsored by: McAuliffe Center and the MetroWest STEM Education Network. This event is part of the Moon Landing in Context Series.

Commencement 2019

Commencement is right around the corner!

Seniors, don't miss out on the events leading up to the big day, including rehearsal (mandatory), the senior class barbecue and the Senior Toast with President Cevallos.

Visit the link below, which has all the information on this year's ceremonies:

Annual MERC Conference

Join us for the MetroWest Economic Research Center's (MERC) Annual Conference: Securing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time: 7:30-8:00 am: Registration and Networking
8:00-10:30 am: Program
Location: Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
Cost: $25; includes 2019 Greater MetroWest Economic Profile
Registration: or 508-879-5600

Keynote Speaker
Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In her role as Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Secretary Acosta leverages her passion to make the world a better place for the next generation to ensure that workers, employers, and the unemployed have the tools and training needed to succeed in the Massachusetts economy.

Prior to joining the Baker-Polito Administration, Secretary Acosta spent over thirty years in the banking industry and is known for her ability to drive positive performance outcomes aligned with a company’s mission. She has been named one of Boston’s Most Influential Women from the Women of the Harvard Club, El Planeta’s Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in Massachusetts, and Get Konnected’s 100 Most Influential People of Color in Boston, to name a few.

Involved in many civic and community endeavors, Secretary Acosta is a recognized leader, public speaker and cultural ambassador on matters of diversity, motivating youth and Latino Leadership. The common strands that run through her life and career are leadership, mentorship, passion and success. Her work in her previous roles as Board member of The Boston Foundation, Board Overseer at Boston Children’s Hospital where she was a founding member of Milagros Para Niño’s, and Corporate Advisory Board member for the Boston Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) has touched the lives of many.
In addition to her non-profit work, Secretary Acosta was a Director and Planning Member of the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board and was appointed a Northern Essex Community College Trustee by Governor Baker.

Cassy Arsenault, NBC10 Boston Reporter

Mark Parker, Owner Chick-fil-A, Framingham
Jonathan Evans, Superintendent Director, Keefe Regional Technical School
Greg Bunn, Executive Director, MassHire Metro South/West Workforce Board
F. Javier Cevallos, President, Framingham State University

Sponsors: Framingham State University, Middlesex Savings Bank, EVERSOURCE, Coan Heating & Air Conditioning, Main Street Bank, MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce, Avidia Bank, NBC10 Boston, MetroWest Daily News

Black and Gold Beginnings 2019

Black and Gold Beginnings 2019

• The Black and Gold Beginnings planning team is now accepting proposals for programs and events to be held during the 2019 program (8/31 to 9/3). Proposals can be found in Ramlink. Complete a proposal in RamLink – found here.
• Submissions are due May 24.
• Share your talents, expertise, and resources with our new students! Whether you offer an information table or large scale event, join us in welcoming our new students to campus.
Questions? Contact Rachel Lucking.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

SAVE THE DATES - Fall 2019

Engagement Day: Career, Community, Connection Fair, Monday, September 18, 2019, 12:30 p.m.— 2:30 p.m., Athletic Center
Great opportunity to find an on or off-campus job with one of our many local retailers, restaurants or non-profits, or on campus! This event is also a fantastic opportunity to learn more about clubs, community service, and getting involved both on and off campus. Representatives from 100 local businesses will be
looking for YOU!

Suitable Solutions Career Professionalism Program Kick Off Event, Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 1:30 p.m.— 2:30 p.m., MC Forum
The Suitable Solutions Career Professionalism Program is a multi-part professional career development series designed to prepare students for the internship & job search and the interview process. Students are educated about career professionalism, soft skills, social awareness, professional dress, and networking techniques to enhance their career opportunities. Upon completion of the series students will be awarded a professional outfit ($100 limit) and graduation certificate of achievement. This initiative will benefit ALL students for all majors. Learn the professional skills that employers want—Program Overview.

Career Advice Roundtables (CARS) Networking Event, Wednesday, September 25, 2018, 3:30 p.m.— 5:00 p.m., MC Forum
The CARS Program is designed to provide a dialog between professionals (including many FSU alumni) and students seeking real answers to their career related questions. Each employer will moderate one table as students rotate from table to table seeking advice from participating professionals.

The 13th Annual Major/Minor Fair, Tuesday, October 22, 2019 11:30 a.m.— 1:30 p.m., MC Forum
Having difficulty choosing a major or a minor? Learn more about which careers would correlate to your choice. Visit academic tables, Career Services, and International Education (Study Abroad). Ask questions about classes and skills needed for the major/minor you are considering, and how graduate school and internships play a role.

Notable Accomplishments

-Sociology Professor Virginia Rutter, co-author of Families as They Really Are, is quoted in a recent USA Today article titled "What if motherhood didn't have to be so hard?" A link to the article is below:

-The Nobscot Reading Council honored Professor Emerita Diane Lowe during its spring dinner meeting by reading a proclamation that renamed a scholarship in her honor. The scholarship, which covers the cost of Framingham State students to attend the annual Swiacki Children's Literature Festival, will be known moving forward as the Diane Lowe Scholarship for the Swiacki Children's Literature Festival, in recognition of her many years of work in literacy. 

-Professor Christopher Bowen from the Communication Arts Department was honored by the Student Government Association with the Cindy Santomassimo Faculty Member of the Year Award for exception leadership and sincere dedication to the students of Framingham State University.

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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