Campus Currents

May 15, 2017

The MASCAC Champion Softball Team

Successful Spring for FSU Athletics

Framingham State's Athletic Department enjoyed a record-breaking spring season that was led by the MASCAC Tournament Champion Women's Softball team.

The team won a program-record 31 games, which included a thrilling 5-4 walk-off victory over Westfield State in the Tournament Championship game. That win earned them an automatic entry in the Division III NCAA Tournament, where they finished with one win and two losses, including a heartbreaking 1-0 loss against Babson College that officially ended their season.  

Four players were named to the All-MASCAC Team: Sophmore Pitcher Kelsi Gunarathne, who was also named MASCAC Pitcher of the Year; freshman outfielder Mycala Moody, who also earned MASCAC Rookie of the year;  junior outfielder Dayna Marchant; and senior first baseman Kylie Boyle.  Head coach Larry Miller was named the Champion's Choice MASCAC Softball Coach of the Year.    

The baseball and women's lacrosse team also enjoyed successful spring seasons. Baseball made it to the MASCAC Tournament Championship game, where they lost a 1-0 nail-biter to Westfield State. Three Rams were named to the All-MASCAC Team: Sophomore pitcher Kevin Connelly, who was also named MASCAC Pitcher of the Year; senior designated hitter Ryan Wardwell; and sophomore catcher Jordan Pallazola.

Women's Lacrosse won a program-record 12 games and placed five players on the All-MASCAC Team: Freshman attack Grace Gamache, who was also named Rookie of the Year; junior midfielder Kimmy Foley; freshman midfielder Nicole Pacheco; junior defender Mallory Fredericks; and sophomore goalie Indigo Fox Tree-McGrath.

Congratulations to our athletes and coaches!


National Accreditation for Business Department

The following is a press release issued by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE):

The Board of Commissioners of the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) is pleased to announce that, at its meeting in San Francisco, California, USA on 22-23 April 2017, Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts was granted first-time accreditation of the business and management programs offered through it Department of Business.

The Department of Business at Framingham State University has undertaken a rigorous self-evaluation; has undergone a comprehensive, independent peer review; and has demonstrated compliance with the following Accreditation Principles of the IACBE:

1. Outcome Assessment
2. Strategic Planning
3. Curriculum
4. Faculty
5. Scholarly and Professional Activities
6. Resources
7. Internal and External Relationships
8. International Business Education
9. Educational Innovation

In addition, the Department of Business has demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, excellence in business education, and advancing academic quality in its business programs and operations.

CELTSS: A Day in May

The Annual Day in May sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS) is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p..m in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Faculty who received CELTSS funding with share their research with colleagues.

Summer Technology Institute 2017

Sign up for the 2017 Summer Technology Institute: Pathways to Learning

Tuesday, June 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Faculty/Staff Dining Room, McCarthy Center

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Students learn best when we use multiple ways to actively engage them with the concepts. This might involve bridging a variety of their senses, like asking students to perform a skit to put what they learned into action, by asking them to observe and record data, or to draw related images in the margins of their notes.

The 2017 Summer Technology Institute will bring faculty and staff together to explore how we can use multiple means to represent information, offer options for students to engage, and allow learners to demonstrate what they know in different ways.

Come away with ideas for using multiple approaches to teach a concept. Explore technologies that can support or enhance student engagement.

People of Color in Criminal Justice Conference

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Framingham State University, invites you to the People of Color in Criminal Justice (POCCJ) Conference on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This conference, the first of its kind in New England, will provide a forum to address the unique perspectives and issues of professionals of color working in and studying all areas of the criminal justice system.

The goal of the POCCJ Conference is to promote the mentoring, leadership, and wellness of people of color working in criminal justice careers. The conference will examine the theoretical and practical aspects of criminal justice work through the lens of the experiences of people of color in the field.

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First-Year Advocate Award

Submitted by First-Year Programs

It is with great excitement that I announce the recipient of this year’s Robert A. Martin Outstanding First-Year Advocate Award.  The award recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of members of the Framingham State University community who have created positive change and/or developed programs designed to improve the transition to college for first-year students.
Please offer your congratulations to Ally Chisholm, Academic Success Coordinator in CASA.
Ally was nominated by senior Brittany Cormier who commented on Ally’s work in helping first-year students on multiple levels.  Ally manages the Academic Success Peer Tutors and helps them understand the needs of students, many of whom are first-years dealing with the challenges of transitioning to college.  She also serves as a Foundations Facilitator and helps her students through their first semester as a consistent and positive presence.  Lastly, as the nomination states “Ally’s contribution to student growth in regard to student engagement is encompassed by each of her roles here at Framingham State. She serves as an approachable and insightful individual that first-year students are able to make a connection with, whether they first meet Ally in CASA, in their Foundations Seminar, or on the Framingham State campus.” Her kindness, enthusiasm and understanding of first-year students is emblematic of the meaning of this award.
Please offer your congratulations to Ally Chisholm!  She will receive the award at Convocation on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
I would also like to congratulate Dr. Patricia Lynne, Professor, English department, who was also nominated for this year’s award.  Dr. Lynne has spent countless hours in many ways focusing on the needs of first-year students by teaching writing courses largely populated by first-year students, developing a writing placement test that places students in a class in which they are most likely to succeed and in general, has been a tremendous resource for first-years.  She is a valuable part of the first-year experience.
Thank you.
Ben Trapanick, on behalf of the Advocate Selection Group

Orientation Dates - 2017

Transfer Orientation: May 31st, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All Majors

First-Year Orientation I: June 19, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Food & Nutrition, Food Science, Mathematics, Pre-Engineering

First-Year Orientation II: June 20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Fashion Design & Retailing

First-Year Orientation III: June 22, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Art History, Art Studio, Communication Arts, English, Geography, History, Liberal Studies, Political Science, Spanish, Undeclared, World Languages, American Sign Language

First-Year Orientation IV: June 23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Accounting, Business Information Technology, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing

First-Year Orientation V: June 26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Criminology, Global Studies, Psychology, Sociology

First Year Orientation VI: June 27, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Transfer Student Orientation: June 28, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All Majors

First-Year Orientation: August 16, 8 a.m to 6 p.m.

All Majors

Transfer Student Orientation: August 17, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All Majors

Upcoming Career Services Events

SAVE THE DATE: Employment and Enjoyment Fair
Monday, September 11, 2017, 11:30 a.m.— 2:20 p.m., Athletic Center
Great opportunity to find an off-campus job with one of our many local retailers and restaurants or non-profits. This event is also a fantastic opportunity to learn more about clubs, community service, and getting involved both on and off campus. Over 100 representatives from 50 local businesses will be looking for YOU!

SAVE THE DATE: Suitable Solutions Professionalism Initiative Kick Off Event
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 1:30 p.m.— 2:30 p.m., MC Alumni Room
Learn the professional skills that employers want—program overview.

SAVE THE DATE:  Career Advice Roundtables (CARS) Networking Event
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 4:30 p.m.— 6:00 p.m.,
MC Alumni Room
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 while students rotate from table to table seeking advice from all participating professionals

SAVE THE DATE:  The 12th Annual Major/Minor Fair
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 12:30 p.m.— 2:20 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.

SAVE THE DATE:  Human Services Fair
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:00 p.m.— 7:30 p.m., MC Forum
Explore internship and full-time opportunities available in human
services and non-profits.  Dress professionally, bring your resume, and network with up to 30 employers. Event is for both graduate and
undergraduate students.

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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