Pi Sigma Alpha Inductees
Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas. Its members include both undergraduate and graduate students in chapters across the United States. Alpha Iota Mu is the Framingham State University chapter. The student inductees from left to right are Lauren Donnelly, Christine Duggan, Jennifer Ostojski, Michaela Lombardo and Austin Howie. The political science department is very proud of their accomplishments.
Renowned Philanthropist Doris Buffett Visits FSU
When Billionaire investor Warren Buffett looks to donate his money to benefit society, he counts on the guidance of his older sister, Doris, to ensure that his dollars are being put to good use.
One of the many ways that Doris Buffett has chosen to invest the $100 million she has given away over the past 20 years is by training the next generation of responsible philanthropists through the Learning by Giving Foundation.
“There is so much joy in giving people hope,” she told students in Dr. Ira Silver’s Non-Profit Giving Class during the group’s end-of-year ceremony on May 10th.
Students in the course are provided with $10,000 from the Learning by Giving Foundation to donate to a charity of their choice. They begin the semester by reading Dr. Silver’s book, Giving Hope: How You Can Restore the American Dream, which shows how philanthropy can enable Americans experiencing hard times to move their lives forward. Students then begin a comprehensive process that involves researching local non-profit organizations, creating an RFP (Request for Proposals), reviewing bids, and doing site visits before determining how to spend the money.
Stephanie Brown says she frequently found herself in the minority when it came to discussing each funding proposal, but her frustration faded as she learned more about each organization.
“As we moved along in the process, the optimism of the group became infectious,” Brown says. “And the joy and passion we saw from the organizations during the site visits was inspiring.”
This year’s class chose to donate the $10,000 to School on Wheels of Massachusetts, an organztion dedicated to providing support to homeless children struggling to stay on track in school.
Sociology major Will Carruthers knows first-hand the impact that School on Wheels can have on at-risk youth. Carruthers experienced homelessness throughout his childhood that he says could have led him down a dark path, if not for the help he received from the organization.
“School on Wheels is personal to me,” Carruthers said. “I wouldn’t be in college right now if it wasn’t for their assistance. To be in a position to help them receive $10,000 means so much to me.”
Carruthers presented the check to School on Wheels Operations Director Robin Gilbert.
“I’m speechless,” Gilbert said. “$10,000 is a lot of money for a small organization. We promise to put it to good use.”
This year’s class went above and beyond by raising more than $1,000 on their own to donate to their second choice charity, Bethany Hill Place in Framingham, which provides affordable housing and support to families experiencing homelessness. Buffett was so impressed by the effort and passion of the students, she pledged to match the money they personally raised up to $10,000.
“You are a great group and an inspiration to me,” she said. “You can’t begin to know how much good you are doing.”
Dr. Mulhall Adelman is First-Year Advocate Award Recipient
The Following is Sent from Ben Trapanick on behalf of the Advocate Selection Committee:
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 Dr. Sarah Mulhall Adelman, Assistant Professor, History.
Dr. Mulhall Adelman was nominated by her department for the work that she has done in a number of areas concerning first-year students. She has served as a faculty member in the Foundations program for several years, working with her paired facilitators to help students gain a better appreciation for history as well as understanding the new expectations that come with being a college student. She has worked hard to get a better understanding of first-year students and has regularly adapted her pedagogy to fit the needs of this population. In addition to her work for first-year students in the classroom, she has been an active member on the Foundations Steering Committee, helping to shape the program as it moves forward and offered appropriate thoughts on collecting data and how to use it appropriately to make the program better for all those involved, especially the students.
Please offer your congratulations to Dr. Mulhall Adelman! She will receive the award at Convocation on Thursday, September 1, 2016.
I would also like to congratulate Andrew Lipsky, Assistant Director of the Counseling Center. Andrew, a long time Foundations Facilitator, was nominated for his unsung work in helping students cope with the many challenges they face on a daily basis, along with his work in educating the FSU community on suicide prevention.