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May 6, 2019

Student Conference for Research and Creative Practice

8th Annual CELTSS Student Conference for Research and Creative Practice

Thursday, May 9, 2019 Noon - 6 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 2019 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
McCarthy Center, Forum

Come see the amazing scholarship, research, and creative work of students during the 8th Annual Student Conference for Research and Creative Practice. This event is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Fashion Design and Retailing.

For more information, please contact CELTSS at

Captivating the crowd with ‘Charisma’

By Lizzy Stocks, Publications Intern

Just hours before the FSU Fashion Club hosted its annual fashion show on April 26, titled “Charisma,” the runway was packed with models sporting T-shirts and sweatpants paired with the heels they’d be strutting in later, while designers were busy putting the finishing touches on their work.

As the show began, the gym bleachers filled up and the sea of folding chairs that were once empty, were occupied by an eager crowd.

This year, seniors Alexis Berlinguet, Kaitlyn Silva, Lauren Beaudoin, and Rebecca Parker showcased their unique designs as Silva presented her “Disease/Disability Collection” and Parker displayed 12 original outfits from her “Energy Collection.”

Juniors Santiago Lopez Caicedo, Calford Fraser, Savanna Gutierrez, Keighley Card, April Lemy, Kezia Miller, Stephanie Rodriguez, Gevon Samuels, Kara Swanson, Gina Vilayphone, Sammi Young, and Kevin Follis showcased their hard work.

Follis, the president of Fashion Club, presented three ball gown-inspired dresses as he challenged himself to focus on quality over quantity.

Vilayphone’s collection, titled “Unconventional Life Part I,” was dedicated to her daughter, Ava, who walked down the runway wearing a pink princess gown, to hug her mother after presenting.

Becka Henry modeled a dress for Card and said, “Keighley has worked her tail off and I’m really excited to showcase her work.”

Sophomores Steffi Doi, Hallie Livengood, Brittany Nyman, and Mariah Yoder displayed lively pieces from their collections. Livengood’s pieces were pastel and glittery, Nyman’s were bright and sparkly, and Yoder’s frilly and shimmery.

Freshmen Erick Lima and Elisabeth Tharp showcased original designs for the first time.

Liam Gambon, a junior, said he thought the show was “a great way for aspiring fashion designers and models to showcase themselves and make an advancement on their careers in a way that likely could not have been done otherwise.”

Gatepost Awards Reception

You are cordially invited to a reception celebrating The Gatepost’s eight 2018 Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. This is a full campus community celebration to acknowledge the great work of these students and the faculty and staff who support them in their educations and excellence.

Please join us on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Pause 4 Paws

Unwind and relax with therapy dogs, massage, snacks and more.

Monday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 8
McCarthy Center Forum
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the SEALS Peer Health Educators and Health & Wellness.

Hanbok: Korean Traditional Dress

Thursday, May 9th at 4:30 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence.

In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are proud to offer a scholarly talk on the fashion history of Hanbok.

Seunghye Cho, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Retailing Department, will present the fashion history of Korean customary dress, Hanbok, with focus on women’s headdress for modesty in Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910). This research aims to provide an example of the change in the fashion trend in the history of non-Western cultures and illustrates how the change of ideologies affects the dress of the era. Hanbok showed significant changes and plentiful variations in its style through its over 1,600 years of history. The changes of Hanbok, especially institutionalization and vanishing of women’s headdresses, will be discussed in the context of women’s social status which was ruled by the governing ideology of the era, Neo-Confucianism.

Mazmanian Gallery: Studio Art Senior Exhibitions

Studio Art (Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture)
Senior Exhibition Part Two
May 6 -10, 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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.

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

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 5:45PM:
Employers showcase their organization every Wednesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the
Welcome Desk. Their goal is to network with FSU students and recruit students for full time or internship opportunities. Stop by their table in order to learn about new internships and job opportunities!

9:00 a.m. – Noon: The Vector Marketing Company & TowerWall
Noon – 3:00 p.m.: The Davis Companies & Horse SenseAbility
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Roots Canada & Hometown Weekly Newspapers

On-Campus Interviews Week, May 6—May 10, 2019

Coca-Cola On Campus Interviews, Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.: Coca– Cola Marketing & Sales Summer Internships - Pre-Registration is required for all interviews through the CSER Office. Call 508-626-4625 for more information.

MutualOne Bank On Campus Interviews, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—Noon: MutualOne Credit Analyst - Pre-Registration is required for all interviews through the CSER Office. Call 508-626-4625 for more information.

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

-Professor Elizabeth Banks from the English Department received the 2019 Judith Vance Weld Brown Spirit of Journalism Award from the New England Society of News Editors (NESNE) on Thursday, May 2. The award recognizes “the accomplishments and pioneering spirit of an outstanding woman in journalism,” according to NESNE; it is the top honor for women journalists in New England. Professor Banks is being recognized for her 30-year career as a reporter and editor. She served as a Regional Editor for GateHouse Media from 2001 to 2012 and then as Managing Editor of The Milford Daily News until her retirement in January, 2015. She was a pioneer in reporting about AIDS during the 1980s, and received awards from the New England Consortium for AIDS Education and Beacon Communications for her work. During her career, she also received awards for editorial writing and for investigative reporting from the New England Press Association.

Professor Banks joined the English Department as a Visiting Lecturer in 1998. Since her retirement from The Milford Daily News, she has also served as the Assistant Advisor of our award-winning student newspaper, The Gatepost.

-Dr. Rachel Trousdale’s poem, “Notre Dame, Burning,” has been published on the website, “Poets Reading the News.” Here’s a link to her poem:

-Professor Jennifer De Leon will be serving as a Mary Miles Bibb Teaching Fellow during the 2019-20 academic year. This fellowship is named for Mary Miles Bibb, FSU Class of 1843, the University's first African American graduate and the first African American normal school graduate in the United States. After her graduation from FSU, she had a distinguished career as a teacher, journalist, activist, and abolitionist. Bibb Fellows are selected for their sustained and passionate commitments to diversity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship, and/or service. Professor De Leon joined the English Department in the fall of 2017. She has been teaching Expository Writing, Creative Writing, and a new course, Contemporary Latinx Literature.  

Professor De Leon has proposed a number of exciting projects for her Bibb Fellowship. She plans to develop a RAMS 101 Seminar on diverse literature. She will also offer presentations and readings at local schools and investigate the possibility of creating a Latinx Studies Center at FSU.

-The following undergraduate and graduate students in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, presented at the 14th annual “MNT-FYI.” Held Wednesday, April 24, this is a Framingham State University/Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics combined meeting held at FSU each year. The meeting provides 2 hours of continuing education for registered dietitian attendees. Students are able to share their research and network with attendees.

Tim Boykov: Low FODMAP diet as treatment for IBS
Shane Toman: MNT for diverticulosis and/or diverticulitis
Kiara Brown: Pre/probiotics to mediate the microbiome for weight management
Robby Guarino: Ketogenic diet/low carb diet in obesity treatment
Nicole Minelli: Omega 3 fatty acids for CVD
Marissa Silver: Sodium-restricted diets as evidence-based treatment for HF
Jennifer O’Brien: Prophylactic PEG placement in the treatment of head/neck cancer


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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