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September 14, 2020

Raymond Santana

Raymond Santana Webinar: This Week!

September 17, 2020, 4:30 p.m., Webinar Session - Register Here.

Wrongfully accused and convicted of a heinous crime as a teenager, exonerated years later! Join Raymond Santana, a member of the "Exonerated Five" and a guest interviewer, to share his thoughts and insights on the US Justice System and a first-hand account of being betrayed by this system.

Fall Lyceum Lecture Series: Sandy Hartwiger

Rethinking the Global Citizen at FSU

Monday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m.

With the demands for global competencies increasing, especially in the private sector, universities have responded with calls for the cultivation of global citizens who possess global skill sets. Dr. Hartwiger's talk explores the implications of this rhetoric and examines the ethical underpinnings of global citizen education across higher education and at Framingham State. His talk concludes with a consideration of the role that world literature can play in developing responsible and thoughtful global citizens.

Register online by 4 p.m. on September 14th to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.

Remembering 9/11: A Virtual Tour

By Jared Graf, publications intern

When volunteer firefighter and equities trader Welles Crowther reported to the World Trade Center for work on Sept. 11, 2001, he never imagined he’d be carrying a woman to safety on his shoulders and guiding disoriented victims out of a collapsing tower hours later.

The 24-year-old was on the 104th floor of the south tower when Flight 175 struck, and he managed to save at least 18 lives before losing his own. His courageous story is one of hundreds you can learn about at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, which took 100 members of the FSU community on a live virtual tour on September 4th.

Sweeping views of a New York City skyline and newly rebuilt World Trade Center were on display as viewers learned about the meaning behind the 9/11 Memorial and listened to selfless accounts of first responders and victims. The virtual tour was led by Nyantee Asherman, a senior interpretive guide at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

Throughout the informative hour-long tour, Asherman recounted the unforgettable events of 9/11, when four passenger planes were hijacked by al-Qaida terrorists and flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, claiming nearly 3,000 lives, including 17 men and women with ties to the MetroWest area. The two planes that crashed into the twin towers - American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 - both departed from Logan International Airport in Boston that morning.

The virtual tour began with Asherman explaining how the new buildings at the World Trade Center were designed by multiple different architects and meant to reflect the original towers. “They lend a sense of peace and serenity to the site,” Asherman said.

A competition was held to select a design for the site’s memorial, and “Reflecting Absence” by architect Michael Arad was chosen. His design consists of two waterfall pools located in the same place the twin towers once stood.

The square pools have a 30-foot void with water running down all four sides, meant to drown out surrounding urban noise and give the site a sense of quietness so people can reflect. In the center of both pools is a second void which can’t be seen. Asherman said this was done intentionally to emphasize the void left behind that can never be filled.

Each pool is surrounded by more than 400 swamp white oak trees and 76 bronze panels containing the names of the 2,977 victims of the 9/11 attacks, as well as the six victims of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

The names are organized either by grouping (those in the buildings, first responders, etc.) or affiliation. Each name is cut out of the panels rather than being engraved or stamped into them to “emphasize the physical and emotional absence of each person from the space,” said Asherman.

Asherman said the most powerful story she’s heard was from a man who worked at a nearby hospital during the attacks. He described the fear of waiting to see injured people, realizing how many had died, and the difficulty of accepting that.

“That was probably one of the most powerful stories - it helped me understand what medical professionals go through during times like these,” said Asherman.

Other courageous stories included that of flight attendant Betty Ann Ong from Andover, who secretly called authorities and relayed updates when she realized a hijacking was taking place on Flight 11.

Much of the 8-acre Memorial & Museum is located 70 feet below street level in the foundations of the original twin towers in Lower Manhattan. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is currently closed to the public until Sept. 12.

To learn more about the memorial and view a complete list of names, click here.

LatinX Heritage Month: Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

First-generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school. But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). She is a GrubStreet board member and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University. Her website is:

Webinar session link:

This event is sponsored by the Center for Inclusive Excellence, L.U.N.A. (Latinos Unidos N’ Acción), and the English Department.

Food and Nutrition Virtual Speaker Series: Courtney Marshall

Live Webinar on September 21st, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Register Here

“Every Body’s Welcome: Size Diversity in Fitness and Wellness”

Courtney Marshall, PhD, creates affirming fitness spaces that center the experiences of fat people. She’s certified in many fitness programs including Spinning, Sliver Sneakers, AEA (aquatics), and Zumba and is currently writing a book Ain’t I An Athlete? which reads racialized stereotypes of Black women’s strength as integral to the development of American fitness culture. She used to be an English professor and has written a training guide which incorporates encouraging quotes from Black women’s literature.

Tuesday Talks: Arts & Design Lecture Series

Due to COVID-19, all Fall 2020 Mazmanian Gallery Exhibitions have been postponed.However, in its place, a special Art and Design Lecture Series has been arranged with several exciting artists.

The speakers include: Janine Antoni, Jessica Bellamy, Hernease Davis, Amy Khoshbin, Heidi Lau, and Tim McDonald. After each talk there will be an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the speaker.

These events will be held virtually. All talks are free and open to the public.

To learn more about all the speakers, and to register for the events, click here.

Virtual Study Abroad Fairs

The Office of International Education Presents: Study Abroad Fair







Register here for Zoom Links

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Career Services Virtual Events

Virtual Employer Showcase Series, every Wednesday, on Zoom, 12:30-2:30pm, 10/15 through 12/9

The CSER Office traditional Wednesday Employer Showcase is currently a “virtual networking” platform, for hosting our Showcases on Zoom, through the end of the fall 2020 semester. As we are socially distancing and staying home, networking has never been more important. The Virtual Showcase gives students an opportunity to informally network with local employers who are hiring for full-time and/or internship opportunities, and also provides insight into the spotlighted company, offering advice on the trends in their market and industry.

Suitable Solutions Career Professionalism Virtual Program Kickoff, Wednesday, 9/30, on Zoom, 1:30pm-2:15pm
Virtually attend this event to learn about this multi-part initiative, and register for program. Limited registrations available.

Zoom Link: - Required Zoom Password: FSUCSER

“College” Virtual PRE-Career Fair Tutorials/Presentations will be hosted by CSER Career Counselors and will address key components tailored to each FSU College/Career Community: Overview of CSER, Resume Writing Tips & Samples, Cover Letter Writing Tips & Samples, Interview Preparation & Industry Related Questions, & Internship & Job Search Strategies. Although it is tailored to specific “Colleges”, sessions are open to all majors. - Zoom Required Password: FSUCSER

• Education College Career Presentation, 9/24, on Zoom, 2:30pm- 3:30pm
• STEM College Career Presentation, 9/29, on Zoom, 2:30pm-3:30pm
• Business College Career Presentation, 9/30, on Zoom, 2:30pm-3:30pm
• Arts & Humanities College Career Presentation, 10/1, on Zoom, 2:30pm- 3:30pm
• Social Sciences College Career Presentation, 10/2, on Zoom, 2:30pm-3:30pm

“Affinity Groups Virtual PRE-Career Fair Preparation & Employer Showcase” – In collaboration with CIE, and in preparation for our College Virtual Fairs, the CSER Office will host five sessions sponsored by the Affinity Groups exclusively for its members. These sessions will feature one or two employer partners that align with the College Fairs who will provide key insight and advice to students about their background, industry, hiring and application process, including their company’s inclusion and diversity platforms, desired candidate attributes, and skills needed. - Zoom Required Password: FSUCSER

• Affinity Group Education College Pre-Fair Preparation & Employer Showcase, 9/24, on Zoom, 3:30pm-4:00pm
• Affinity Group STEM College Pre-Fair Preparation & Employer Showcase, 9/29, on Zoom, 3:30pm-4:00pm
• Affinity Group Business College Pre- Fair Preparation & Employer Showcase, 9/30, on Zoom, 3:30pm-4:00pm
• Affinity Group Arts & Humanities College Pre-Fair Preparation & Employer Showcase, 10/1, on Zoom, 3:30pm-2:30pm
• Affinity Group Social Sciences Pre-Fair Preparation Session & Employer Showcase, 10/2, on Zoom, 3:30pm-4:00pm

“College” Virtual PRE-Career Fair Employer Advice & Showcase – immediately following the Affinity Groups exclusive programs, the CSER Office will host five sessions with one or two employer partners from hiring organizations that align with the College Fairs who will provide key insight and advice to students about the state of their industry, hiring practices, skills needed, anticipated application and interview process and more. Open to all majors. - Zoom Required Password: FSUCSER

• Education College Employer Advice & Showcase, 9/24, on Zoom, 4:00pm- 4:30pm
• STEM College Employer Advice & Showcase, 9/29, on Zoom, 4:00pm- 4:30pm
• Business College Employer Advice & Showcase, 9/30, on Zoom, 4:00pm- 4:30pm
• Arts & Humanities College Employer Advice & Showcase, 10/1, on Zoom, 4:00pm-4:30pm
• Social Sciences College Employer Advice & Showcase, 10/2, on Zoom, 4:00pm-4:30pm

Virtual “College/Community” Job & Internship Fairs - October 5,6,7,8, & 9, from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Virtually on Handshake
Students will meet virtually with employers to discuss their career interests. Fairs are open to ALL MAJORS. Students will virtually explore internship, part-time, and full-time opportunities that meet their career goals, though video chats with multiple students and opportunities for one-on-one sessions.

Students must register on Handshake, and registered students can now sign up for and attend available 1:1 and group sessions through Handshake. Share this guide to registering for and attending virtual fairs with students
• STEM Virtual Job & Internship Fair, Monday, 10/5, on Handshake, 12:30pm-2:30pm
• Business Virtual Job & Internship Fair, Tuesday, 10/6, on Handshake, 12:30pm-2:30pm
• Arts & Humanities Virtual Job & Internship Fair, Wednesday, 10/7, on Handshake, 12:30pm-2:30pm
• Social Sciences Virtual Job & Internship Fair, Thursday, 10/8, on Handshake, 12:30pm-2:30pm
• Education Virtual Job & Internship Fair, Friday, 10/9, on Handshake, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Major/Minor Fair, Tuesday, 10/27, on Ramlink from 11:30am – 1:30pm
On Ramlink:
Undergraduate students are invited to explore the many majors and minors FSU offers. The Major Minor Fair provides all undecided, re-deciding, and exploring students the opportunity to speak with faculty and student representatives from all academic programs and campus resources and learn about specific requirements for majors, minors and career options.

Suitable Solutions Career Professionalism Virtual Program Mock Interviews, in October, with assigned mentors, on Zoom or by phone
Practice and receive feedback from professionals remotely. Zoom link provided by employer mentor.

Suitable Solutions Virtual Program Networking & Mocktail Mixer Graduation Ceremony, Thursday, 12/3, on Zoom, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Network virtually with employer partners while learning about proper networking techniques that help you stand out, from our Networking Navigator. Discover how to start and wrap up a conversation, or keep a conversation going, and more! - Zoom Required Password: FSUCSER

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