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September 16, 2019

Regie Gibson

Shakespeare to Hip Hop: A Performance by Regie Gibson

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

From HBO to FSU, don't miss the Arts & Ideas kickoff event "From Shakespeare to Hip Hop: A Performance" featuring Regie Gibson, a former National Poetry Slam Individual Champion and Chicago Tribune Artist of the Year.

Regularly featured on NPR, he has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. With a fresh, irreverent, and powerful message, he will now bring his poetic voice to FSU!

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Homecoming and Family Weekend is this Friday and Saturday with plenty of fun on tap for students, families, and FSU alumni.

Things kick off on Friday, Sept. 20th, with the Friends and Family Fest in the Maynard Parking lot at 4 p.m. featuring a pre-paid food truck menu for FSU students. At 7 p.m., everyone is invited to put on their dancing shoes and head over to Crocker Grove for Sunset Salsa, featuring Grammy Award-winning timbalero, Eguie Castrillo and his 11-piece salsa band.

Friday night concludes with the annual Moonlight Breakfast from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Dining Commons.

Highlights on Saturday, Sept. 21st, include the fRAMily Breakfast at 10:30 a.m. in the Dining Commons and the new Community Connections special interest programming taking place on and around campus. Make sure you visit the Homecoming & Family Weekend website for a complete list of events, details, and registration information.

Singer and Filmmaker Jeanie Bryson - At FSU Today!

Professor Robert Johnson Jr. will host jazz singer and filmmaker Jeanie Bryson, daughter of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, in his class for a film screening and Q&A on her award-winning documentary called Sing You A Brand New Song: The Words and Music of Coleman Mellett.

Monday, Sept. 16, 2:30 p.m.

There is limited seating for members of the FSU community and the general public to attend this special event, which will take place in Professor Johnson's Documentary Filmmaking class in Whittemore Library.

Sing You A Brand New Song: The Words and Music of Coleman Mellett, is a new documentary that tells the story of a remarkable life cut too short, about a great talent and an endless love, and the world-class musicians who came together to ensure that his music and spirit would live on. On the night of February 12, 2009, 34 year old guitarist Coleman Mellett was one of the 50 people who lost their lives when Continental Flight 3407 crashed just outside Buffalo, New York.

The documentary tells the story not only of what was lost on that night, but what was found. Mellett had been working in his home studio on a collection of original songs that showed another side to the musician and the man. His songwriting style, reminiscent of James Taylor and Michael Franks, came as a surprise to many who knew him only as an accomplished jazz guitarist. His words and music reflected his life and the people who meant the most to him, especially his wife, jazz vocalist Jeanie Bryson.

Sing You A Brand New Song was named Best Documentary Film at the New Jersey Film Festival. This is a special opportunity to hear directly from the filmmaker.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Communication Arts and the Arts & Music departments.

Engagement Day: Career. Community. Connection.

Wednesday, September, 18, 2019, 12:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Athletic Center & Crocker Grove

Over 100 on- and off-campus employer partners, student clubs, & campus offices will be recruiting for internships, part-time & full-time positions, and on-campus work-study opportunities. Come learn about engaging with student clubs, organizations, and on-campus departments.

Career Services and Employer Realtions co-hosts this event with the Student Involvement and Leadership Development (SILD) Club fair. Having two simultaneous events creates a dynamic atmosphere to drive student traffic and prospective employee candidates to the event.

Students and alumni may register through your Handshake account:

Please call 508-626-4625 for more information.

Late Nite Skies: Dynamic Earth Featuring Dr. Vandana Singh

Friday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., FSU Planetarium
Register Here

New to the FSU Planetarium's collection, Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere.

Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.

After the show, Dr. Vandana Singh, Associate Professor of Physics and Earth Science at Framingham State University, will expand upon some of the major concepts presented in the film

Midday Performances Kickoff Event: Porch Party Mamas

September 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Inspired by playing and singing one another's songs at their own "porch parties," these established Boston area musicians and singer/songwriters decided to combine their individual talents and create their own brand of Urban Folk, Country, and Blues. All are seasoned players, each with her own pervasive individual music persona and critical accolades. Among them, they have shared the stage with a distinguished litany of artists, including Willie Nelson, the Indigo Girls, and Lyle Lovett. Refreshments included!

Film Screening: One Day We Arrived in Japan

The Brazil Move Series Presents:

One Day We Arrived In Japan – A Documentary Film

Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

An intimate epic spanning 10 years and 10,000 miles, One Day We Arrived in Japan reveals how people’s dreams and expectations stand up to a grueling new reality on the other side of the world. Three Brazilian families leave their homeland in pursuit of a better life in Japan – what will happen to each of them? Over the past 25 years, hundreds of thousands of Brazilians of Japanese descent have gone to Japan. This unique documentary brings to light the gripping personal stories behind a major transnational phenomenon. Filmed in Brazil and Japan from 2006 to 2015. (USA). In Portuguese and Japanese, with English subtitles.

The directors Aaron Litvin and Ana Paula Hirano will host a Q&A after the screening. Brazilian refreshments will be served.

Study Abroad Fair

The annual Study Abroad Fair! Meet with study abroad program representatives, learn about faculty led tours, and financial aid to study abroad!

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum

Call for Volunteers at Annual Homecoming & Family Weekend Moonlight Breakfast

After you dance the night away at the salsa on Crocker Grover, join us for a volunteer experience which pays you in yummy food and good times!

A long-standing tradition at FSU, the Homecoming & Family Weekend Moonlight Breakfast Crew has faculty and staff from across campus serving our students during a late night breakfast. We are looking for you and your colleagues to join us in plating food, cleaning tables, and hanging out with students in the Dining Commons!

Friday, September 20 - report time is 8:30pm. Event runs 9-11pm.
Your 'shift' is over when the place is wiped down and clean!

Complete this volunteer form today! Due September 18.

More than "Just Uhura": Understanding Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, Civil Rights and Space History

Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum. Register Here.

Dr. Weitekamp invites us to explore the impact of Lt. Uhura on American culture and society. Introduced in Gene Roddenberry's original television program in 1966, Lt. Uhura is arguably the most historically significant character of the Star Trek franchise. As a woman of color depicted in popular culture, in a period of tremendous change for African Americans and women in the United States, she both evoked and played against the contemporary historical context.

This event is part of the Moon Landing in Context Series.

Hospitality & Tourism Speaker Series

Members of the FSU community are welcome to join students in Dr. John Palabiyik's Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism class during his guest speaker series days featuring professionals from across the industry.

The first event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 12:30 p.m. in Hemenway Annex 136.

Diane Mullahy, President, and Rosemarie Cacciatore, Senior Travel Consultant, from Travel Leaders Framingham, will discuss their experience and expertise as travel agents.

To learn more about the Guest Speaker Series, visit:!234837&ithint=onenote%2c&authkey=!AH3FsjSpwiDyESA

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!

Sept 18
9am-12pm: Autism Behavioral Center & ScribeAmerica
12pm-3pm: The Price Center & Housing Management Resources
3pm-6pm: The Edinburgh Center

Sept 25
9am-12pm: KBW Financial & Hipstitch
12pm-3pm: RCS Learning Center & US Navy
3pm-6pm: Cost Plus World Market & Petrucci's

Oct 2
9am-12 pm: LYTX, Inc. & Social Services Network
12pm-3pm: eXp Realty & College Nannies + Sitters +Tutors

Oct 9
9am-12pm: Kennedy-Donovan Center & Sierra Trading Co.
12pm-3pm: Staples & Mini Miracles Child Care
3pm-6pm: Wayside Youth and Family Support

Oct 16
9am-12pm: Essex County Sheriff’s Dept. & Centria Autism Services
12pm-3pm: EverQuote & Social Security Administration

Oct 23 1
2pm-3pm: AAFCPA’s

Nov 13
12pm-3pm: Leap School

Dec 4
12pm-3pm: The Learning Center For The Deaf

Majors Going Mobile, Every Tuesday, September 17 – December 10, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., MC Lobby
The Career Services office showcases different majors and minors every Tuesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the Welcome Desk. The goal is to be available to FSU students who may have questions about their major and/or would like to have more information about which careers and internships might be available to them in their major. Stop by the table in order to learn about the many majors and minors available at FSU.

Engagement Day: Career. Community. Connection. Fair, Wednesday, September 18, 12:00 p.m.— 2:15 p.m., Athletic Center
Great opportunity to join a club and find job with one of our many local retailers, restaurants, non-profits, or on-campus employers. This event is also a fantastic opportunity to learn more about clubs and getting engaged both on and off campus. Over 100 local businesses, organizations, and campus departments will be looking for YOU!

Suitable Solutions Career Professionalism Program Kick Off Event, Wednesday, September 25, 1:30 p.m.— 2:30 p.m., MC Forum
The Suitable Solutions Career Professionalism Program is designed to prepare students for the internship, job search, and interview process. Participants will learn 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, 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 Washington Center Internships Info Table, Tuesday, October 1, 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m., MC Lobby

The Washington Center Internships info Session, Tuesday, October 1, 4:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m., MC 1839 Room

How To Find An Internship Workshop, Wednesday, October 2, 1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m., FH 102
This is an interactive workshop. Students will gain insight into the process of internship search strategies including: self-inventory, preparation process: resume reviews, professional attire, mock interviewing, professional references, the search process, Handshake, CSER events, networking, and how to apply.

Staples On Campus Interviews– Product Specialist position, Tuesday, October 8, 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m., FH 102
Visit HANDSHAKE for job description and to schedule your 30 minute interview:

TJX Corporation Career Day and Tour, Friday, 10/18, 12:30 p.m.—3:00 p.m. ,TJX Corporate Headquarters- Pre-registration required—Call CSER at 508-626-46245

CHOICE Internship Info Table, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 12 p.m.—2:00 p.m., MC Lobby
IGNITE Professionalism Program, Monday, October 21, 7:30 p.m., MC Alumni Room
This is an interactive workshop where students will gain insight into soft skills that employers say are important for emerging professionals. This program is sponsored by the IGNITE Club, and is open to all majors and all classes. ( IGNITE is a chapter of college students who are ready and eager to support the next generation of female political leaders. IGNITE'S goal is to increase the political ambition, civic engagement and leadership skills of its members in order to build the next generation of women leaders).

The 14th Annual Major/Minor Fair, October 22, 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.

Networking and Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Graduation, December 5, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., MC Forum
Network with employer partners while learning about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying food and “mock” tails!
Pre-registration is required. Register on HANDSHAKE. Contact the CSER office for more information at 508-626-4625.

On-Campus Interviews Week, December 9 – December 13, Foster 102, Employers and Times To Be Determined
Contact CSER at 508-626-4625 for more information.

Notable Accomplishments

-Mary Miles Bibb Teaching Fellow and English Professor Jennifer De Leon’s commentary, “Finding Hope and Humanity at the Border,” was featured on WBUR’s Cognoscenti ideas and opinion page on Thursday, September 5. Here is a link to the site:

-Art Professor Emeritus John Anderson will have a newly commissioned sculpture on exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum. The show, Human Impact: Stories of the Opioid Epidemic, explores issues surrounding the Opioid crisis that has ravaged so many communities both here in New England and throughout the country. Each of the eleven artists selected by the museum met with individuals who are either in recovery or have lost someone close to them through opiates. What followed was a yearlong process creating a work of art that addressed the implicit and explicit issues surrounding this crisis. The work will be on exhibit from September 28, 2019 through May 3, 2020.

-English Professor Emerita Dr. Miriam Levine has just published her fifth book of poems. Here is a review of Saving Daylight published in The Boston Globe on August 25:

Poet Miriam Levine turned 80 in December, and her latest collection “Saving Daylight ” throbs with an engagement to living. Levine, a former poet laureate of Arlington who now splits her time between New Hampshire and Florida, writes with a vital sensuality – alert to touch, loss, myth, and natural rhythms. “Petals wheeled / from the hub’s soft button. / And there seemed no end of you.” Orpheus and Eurydice appear, as do Aphrodite and Emily Dickinson. She writes of witch hazel, asters, cattails, and bees; and she reminds us what beauty there is in the world, amidst changing seasons and stories told and re-told. “Better the far scene,” she writes, “the small spume, pink, breath-hush rosettes, pinwheels / spun to extinction . . . The long view saves my neck tonight.”

Dr. Levine was interviewed about Saving Daylight on New Hampshire Public Radio on August 2. Here is a link:

-The Folger Shakespeare Library recently published "The Four Points of Character Analysis," an in-class activity Dr. Kristen Abbott Bennett developed in her ENGL 220 Shakespeare class last fall. This activity complements both the Folger Digital Texts online platform and its application program interface features found here:

-Professor Colleen Coyne’s poems, "Some Remarks on the Great and Unusual Darkness" and "The Reluctant History of a Natural Suburb," have been published in Sou'wester (Spring 2019). Another poem, "Understory," originally published in TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, has been reprinted in Another Chicago Magazine (

Additionally, a pedagogical reflection, "'True to How the Real World Would Operate': Incorporating Narrative Practices into a Service-Learning-Based Professional Writing Course," has just been published in Watchung Review 3 (August 2019), the "Contemporary Humanities" issue.



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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