Campus Currents

May 7, 2018

2018 MERC Conference

26th Annual MERC Conference

Don't miss the 26th Annual MetroWest Economic Research Center Conference:

High Stakes Housing: How Today’s Decisions are Shaping Tomorrow’s Greater MetroWest

Friday, May 11, 2018
Verve Crowne Plaza, 1360 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760
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Jay Ash serves as the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Secretary Ash is responsible for directing and executing Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. Secretary Ash previously served as the city manager in his native Chelsea, a position he held from 2000 to 2014.


Moderator: R.D. Sahl, Senior Advisor, Denterlein

Michael Goodman, PhD, Executive Director of the Public Policy Center and Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Aaron Gornstein, President and CEO, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc.
Meredith Harris, Executive Director, Marlborough Economic Development Corporation
Mary Ellen Kelley, Chief Financial Officer, City of Framingham
Michael Resteghini, Account Executive, F.H. Perry Builder

A Day in May

The Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS) Presents:

A Day in May
Wednesday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

Faculty who receive CELTSS funding share their research at A Day in May.  The keynote speaker will be Paula M. Krebs, who is Executive Director of the Modern Language Association, a professional association with over 24,000 members in 100 countries. Her keynote presentation "Why the Humanities? Careers, Community, and Critical Consciousness," will take place after lunch. Krebs previously served as the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University; a special assistant to the president for external relations at Wheaton College; American Council on Education Fellow in the president’s office of the University of Massachusetts; and professor of English and department chair at Wheaton. Her work focuses on the value of studying the humanities, interdisciplinary collaboration, and partnerships between the campus and the community.

Late Night Skies at the FSU Planetarium

Friday, May 18, 2018, 6 p.m.
FSU Planetarium, O'Connor Hall
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How to Hold a Dead Star in Your Hands
Astronomy is a bit different from other sciences. Scientists in most other fields can take their subjects into labs and study them up close. But because objects in space are very far away, it is usually impossible for astronomers to get their hands on them. But now, thanks to data from some of our favorite observatories, anyone can hold a dead star in their hand…and even, walk (virtually) among the remains of a star that exploded a long time ago. Join us in the planetarium for a live, multimedia presentation with Kimberly Kowal Arcand, who will show us how light and information can travel millions of miles across the universe, and end up in the palm of our hands.

Kimberly Kowal Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kim describes herself as a science data “story teller,” who transforms data into meaning through a variety of media, including 3D visualizations, exhibits and experiences, non-fiction books and more.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services


SAVE THE DATE: Employment & Engagement Day Fair
Monday, September 17, 2018, 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. Representatives from 100 local businesses will be looking for YOU!

SAVE THE DATE: Suitable Solutions Career Professionalism Program Kick Off Event
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 1:30 p.m.— 2:30 p.m., MC Forum
Learn the professional skills that employers want—program overview.

SAVE THE DATE: Career Advice Roundtables (CARS) Networking Event
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 3:30 p.m.— 5:30 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.

SAVE THE DATE: The 13th Annual Major/Minor Fair
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 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.

SAVE THE DATE: Human Services Fair
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 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.

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Lori Gemeiner Bihler, Professor of History, recently had her book, Cities of Refuge: German Jews in London and New York, 1935-1945, published by Suny Press. The book contrasts the experiences of German Jewish refugees from the Holocaust who fled to London and New York City.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

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Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

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Monday, April 12, 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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