Campus Currents (remote learning edition)

May 4, 2020

Dr. Everton Vargas da Costa

FSU Works to Support Undocumented and Immigrant Students

The COVID-19 pandemic is a scary time for everyone, but particularly worrying for our undocumented, DACA and immigrant student populations.

Last week, Dr. Patricia Sanchez-Connally from the Sociology Department and Dr. Everton Vargas De Costa from the World Languages Department led a discussion on how the University can best support these students in our current environment. The event was hosted by the Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE) and was open to students.

Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement Dr. Constanza Cabello also took part in a webinar on the same subject. Resources from that event can be found at:

Student Conference for Research and Creative Practice

While we cannot hold our traditional Student Conference for Research and Creative Practice, on May 7th, CELTSS is planning to post student presentations to their website. More than 40 students will be participating by sharing posters they created, as well as some oral presentations. 

Be sure to check it out and see the wonderful research and creative work of our students!

The Latest on Social Media

-The Instagram Site for the Mazmanian Gallery has begun spotlighting the work of graduating artists at Framingham State University!

-Check in with 2023 Class President Malik Martin for some words of wisdom during this difficult time.

-Graduating senior and Framingham State University SGA President Matty Bennet shares thoughts on how our campus community can remain connected while we continue to learn remotely, as well as updates on the work SGA has continued to do to ensure our fRAMily returns to an even better campus.

-You have to see some fabulous original Cosplay designs from Fashion Design and Retailing Professor Laura Kane, along with her sister and mother. You can check them out on Instagram. The historical interpretations are based on Anastasia, Drizella, and Lady Tremaine from Disney’s Cinderella.

-Here are 4 Things You Need to Know This Week!

- Communications major Caroline lanni and her pup Brady share some “paws”itivity with the Framingham State community as we continue to learn & work remotely.

-Episode 3 of Living Room Chats with David and Rachel can be found here.

-Women's Soccer put together a great video of the team - check it out on Instagram.

-FSU World Languages is now on Instagram! (@fsuworldlanguages) You can follow the Department and learn all about the activities, programs, and events that students and faculty are doing.

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. 

World Languages Department Hosts Netflix Parties and Special Guests

Students in the World Languages' Spanish program have been hosting weekly, virtual Netflix parties on Fridays. Faculty and students have been watching Spanish comedies and discussing them together on the Netflix Party platform. It's been fun to meet and laugh while practicing Spanish!

Even though faculty are not on campus, the World Languages Department continues to offer students access to experts in the field of Hispanic languages and cultures. Following the shift to remote learning, they have had several scholars come as guest lecturers to their courses. Kate Good (PhD, UNC Chapel Hill) hosted a discussion with SPAN 302 and SPAN 420 about Cataluña, the Catalan language, and Catalan culture. María Esparza Rodríguez (University of Virginia) also visited SPAN 302 to talk about Latin American female artists, writers, and filmmakers.

FSU World Languages is now on Instagram! (@fsuworldlanguages) You can follow the Department and learn all about the activities, programs, and events that students and faculty are doing.

Math Club Holding Virtual Events

Join the Math Club and the Museum of Math for an online presentation by blogger, author, and Spelman College math professor Colm Mulcahy.

Wednesday, May 6th at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

You can register at for either time. Bring your own cards to learn some mathemagic- including a trick Mulcahy learned from the late mathematician John Conway. Be there or b²!

Adventures in Lifelong Learning Returning in Remote Format

The Adventures in Lifelong Learning program is relaunching in a remote format in order to provide those 60 and over who are stuck at home with a new outlet for intellectual, creative and social engagement.

A collaboration between Framingham State University and the Framingham Public Library, the program will offer courses remotely during May and June 2020, using the Zoom audio and video conferencing platform. The program will include courses in literature, political science, storytelling, and songwriting, free of charge.

For more information, including course descriptions, please go the Adventures in Lifelong Learning webpages: Framingham Public Library_Adventures and Framingham State University_Adventures

If you would like to view the schedule of courses and register, please open the following link:
Register Here!

CPC Sisters for Success

As many of you know, Framingham State University's Women Making History Now program was cancelled. Before it was cancelled, Colleen Coffey and an amazing group of women known as the CPC SISTERS FOR SUCCESS at the MetroWest College Planning Collaborative put together a short video featuring alumni and students from FSU and MassBay.

The link to view it is: 

The University is hoping to have it broadcast on cable access television stations throughout Massachusetts over the next several weeks. If you have an opportunity to view it, I am sure you will agree that the women in it are an amazing and inspiring group.

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

-History Professor Joseph M. Adelman was recently invited onto Wisconsin Public Radio to talk about the U.S. Postal Service (past, present, and maybe future). A link to the show can be found at:

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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