Campus Currents

May 8, 2017

Fashion Students Display Their Work During the CELTSS Student Poster and Presentation Day

Student Poster and Presentation Day

The Framingham State community got the opportunity to view the amazing work of our students during the annual Student Poster & Presentation Day sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS) on Friday, May 5.

The day featured an impressive collection of more than 200 undergraduate and graduate poster presentations, portfolio collections, abstracts and oral presentations in the McCarthy Center Forum and Alumni Room.

A special thanks to Jon Huibregtse, Imranul Islam, Phoebe Lin, Suzanne Meuiner, Annmarie Samar, Virginia Noon and our faculty who serve the University through CELTSS. Other sponsors of the event included Academic Affairs and the Fashion Design and Retailing Department.


25th Annual MERC Conference

The 25th Annual Conference for Framingham State's MetroWest Economic Research Center is scheduled for Friday, May 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

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The theme of the event is Celebrating 25 Years of MERC: Growth in Greater MetroWest

The keynote address will be given by Paul Willen, a Senior Economist and Policy Advisor in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank at Boston.  Paul does research on household financial management and has devoted much of his time since 2005 studying mortgage markets. Paul’s research on the financial crisis has garnered attention both among researchers and in the wider public. Paul’s papers have been the subject of front page stories in major newspapers including the Boston Globe and The Washington Post, and have been featured in articles in numerous outlets including The Economist, The New Yorker and Business Week.

There will also be a panel discussion on transportation in MetroWest moderated by Paul Joseph, the President and CEO of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce. Panelists include:

-Edward Carr, Administrator, MetroWest Regional Transit Authority

-Stephanie Hirshon, MetroWest/495 TMA


Softball Captures MASCAC Title

The Women's Softball Team won the 2017 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament with a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over Westfield State University on Sunday. The team finished with a program record 30 victories on the season and will head to the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore Kelsi Gunarathne earned Tournament MVP honors after going 3-0 in the tournament allowing just six runs, three earned, in 21 innings of work while earning the victory in the circle in the championship game.

A complete account on the amazing win can be found here.

Latinos and Baseball: A Community Collecting Initiative

Latinos and Baseball: A Community Collecting Initiative

Celebrate Framingham State University's status as a Smithsonian Affiliate and join us for this special event:

Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues
Saturday, May 13th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Athletic Center Gym

This is a multi-year collecting initiative to identify artifacts that reflect the social and cultural influence of the game in Latino communities. Framingham State University invites the Latino and wider community to share items related to their personal experiences, or of their favorite Latino baseball players. Examples include: photos, programs, cards, jerseys, baseballs and more!

Play Ball!

-Meet Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Luis Tiant!

-Share your own baseball-related memorabilia to be scanned or photographed. FSU will host it in an online collection!

-View historical Boston Red Sox memorabilia and learn about their history from the Red Sox curator, Sarah Coffin

-View Framingham State's own historical collections on Alumni Christa McAuliffe, the First Teacher in Space, and on our founding as the nation's first public college for the education of teachers!

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Celebrate FSU's Smithsonian Affiliation!

After attending our special Latinos and Baseball event in the gym, head over to the Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning for a special celebration of Framingham State's Smithsonian Affiliation.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Hear from Jennifer Brudage, the Smithsonian's National Outreach Manager for the Northeast, who will talk about what it means to be a Smithsonian Affiliate. There will also be talks on two of FSU's historical exhibits that helped earn us our Smithsonian Affiliation.

First Public Normal School - Collection Preview by Colleen Previte, FSU Archivist

Christa McAuliffe Archive - Collection Preview by Irene Porro, Director of the McAuliffe Center

Following the talks, everyone will have a chance to view the exhibits!


Students from the Gatepost Recognized for Awards

By Publications Intern Sarah Sousa

The Society of Professional Journalism awarded four Gatepost members Mark of Excellence Awards for their published articles and photos at the regional competition.

Desmond McCarthy said it is an honor to be recognized by The Society of Professional Journalism.

“They don’t care where you’re going to school” he said, “they’re looking at the quality.”

The Gatepost won awards in the same categories as schools with huge journalism programs such as Yale University, said McCarthy.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Vaden-Goad said it is an “important moment in time” and journalists “have a job to do.”

She said she is proud of the students’ work.

The Gatepost’s Editor in Chief Alexandra Gomes was a finalist for her feature story, “First generation students find their way.”

McCarthy said it is “astonishingly good work” and Gomes is currently working on a DACA series that is published in The Gatepost.

Phil McMullin won a first-place award for three opinion columns.

McCarthy said McMullin is a good writer because he “doesn’t usually take the expected path into a subject.”

Nicholas Murphy was a finalist for his column called “The Pawgress Report.” He chose to write a column every other week about the relationship between an FSU student and their dog.

McCarthy said Murphy’s column is interesting and original because he “tries to discover something about the personality of the dog.”

Amanda Martin won two first-place awards. One for feature photography and the other for breaking news photography. She was also a finalist for another feature photograph.

McCarthy said they are all well-framed shots that capture the story behind the article.

McCarthy thanked Liz Banks who he claims together, they “are the journalism program” at FSU,” as well as those who are responsive to students when writing articles who therefore give them the opportunities to be good journalists.

He also thanked the entire Gatepost staff for their hard work and diligence.

President F. Javier Cevallos said The Gatepost shows the University “in the best possible light.”

He added, “Every year you surprise me with the quality.”

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.

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.

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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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.

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Scott Greenberg, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Continuing Education, received the 2017 Contributor of the Year Award from the Framingham Cultural Council for bringing Lifelong Learning Lectures and Adventures Classes to the Framingham Community. Dr. Greenberg noted that more than 800 people have attended classes in the programs this year. He added that the programs are the result of a great partnership between two institutional gems: Framingham State University and the Framingham Public Library. He expressed his gratitude to the many FSU faculty, as well as faculty from other colleges in the region, who have shared their expertise.

-Director of Career Services and Employer Relations Dawn Ross is the recipient of the 2017 MetroWest ATHENA Leadership Award given out by the United Way of Tri-County and the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Women's Leadership Committee. Ross, who received the award during the organization's annual women's conference on May 5th, was recognized for her professional excellence, meaningful contribution to community service, and active assistance of other women as they work to attain professional and leadership skills.

-Two turned wood and cast bronze sculptures by Dr. Derrick Te Paske, Communication Arts Department, will be included in a juried exhibit at the historic Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from June 2-October 15. Sponsored by the New England Sculptors Association, the theme for the exhibition is Sea To Shore: Sculpture Inspired by New England’s Coast. Additionally, Te Paske is one of five chosen NESA artists who are profiled and interviewed in the current edition of Denver's ART/Beat magazine.

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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