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September 17, 2018

Sunset Salsa at FSU!

Sunset Salsa at FSU

September 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Crocker Grove (rain location Dwight Performing Arts Center)

Join us for Sunset Salsa at FSU! Eguie Castrillo, a Grammy Award winning timbalero and his 11-piece salsa band will perform an outdoor concert on Crocker Grove. This world-class musician’s electrifying performance has entertained audiences from around the globe - in Europe, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the U.S.A.. His latest touring performance, entitled “Mambo Mania,” sold out at the prestigious Carnegie Hall for their Family Concert Series. This engaging showman will take you on a cultural journey into the history of salsa music. Don’t miss your chance to listen to this world-renowned percussionist first hand.

During this wonderful event, the Sabor Latino foodtruck will be on campus for you to purchase tasty Latino treats. FSU, no need to register! You can bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Be prepared to dance!

Moon Landing in Context - Kickoff Event!

The 15-month Moon Landing in Context project kicks off on September 27th with "The Moon Together: A Lost Opportunity" at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Frank White, author of Overview Effect, will discuss the little-known fact that President John F. Kennedy wanted Apollo to be a multi-national mission, not a “space race.” Think of the impact on history if the astronauts on Apollo 11 had been Russian and American. That was President Kennedy’s dream, cut short by his untimely death.

A Sound Mind in a Sound Body: Diet and Brain Health

September 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

Join the inaugural FSU Cooks event with alumna Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, who will present the latest research connecting a healthy diet and cognitive function. Learn about specific foods to help improve memory and encourage brain health as you age. Then register for an FSU Cooks Culinary Nutrition Workshop, to learn how to prepare these ‘brainy’ foods:

FSU Cooks: Culinary Nutrition Workshops

-It’s Raining Grains! October 5, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m.
-Greens with Envy! October 26, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m.
-Nothing Fishy about Fish! November 9, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m.
-Spice Up Your Cooking! December 7, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Involvement Fair 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Athletic Center Gym

Learn about the different ways to connect on and off-campus at the upgraded and revamped Involvement Fair!

A Panel Discussion About the First Amendment and Journalism

Join us for the following event as part of Constitution Week:

A Panel Discussion About the First Amendment and Journalism
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

The New England First Amendment Coalition ( is a broad-based organization whose programs advance the understanding of the First Amendment, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. FSU will host their Featured Speaker Program.

Panelists include:

Jonathan Albano, Deputy Managing Partner of Bingham McCutchen’s Boston Office
Jennifer Peter, Senior Editor for The Boston Globe
Prof. John Ambacher, Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department
Moderator: Anne Brennan, a long-time journalist and executive editor of the MetroWestDaily News

Rams Resource Center Grand Opening

Please join us for the grand opening of the Framingham State University Rams Resource Center (RRC) on Monday, September 24 from 11:30 a.m. to noon at West Hall room 106. In order to support an environment of inclusive excellence and care for our community at Framingham State University, the Rams Resource Center provides non-perishable food items, toiletries, and resource referral for current FSU students, faculty, and staff. This effort will provide critical nutrition and hygiene resources to ensure that all members of our community are able to thrive by supporting FSU’s commitment to promote equity, pursue social justice, and make excellence inclusive.

Donations of non-perishable foods, toiletries and school supplies will be gratefully accepted during the Open House. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the RRC during this time.

Midday Performances: Manège à Trois

Kick-Off Event: Manège à Trois
September 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

A French-American Affair: The sounds of Parisian streets mingle with New Orleans swing. Expect surprises like American jazz standards sung in French, blues-infused pop chanson, swinging waltzes… The sparkling musical cocktail is served by Susan Laurence on accordion, Mark Chenevert on clarinet, Bertrand Laurence on guitar and voice.

Family Night at the FSU Planetarium: Undiscovered Worlds

September 21, 2018, 5:30pm & 6:30pm
Undiscovered Worlds
Register at:

Humans have long imagined alien worlds beyond our solar system. However, in recent years, science fiction has become science fact. Join us for a presentation of Undiscovered Worlds, a fulldome film produced by the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science. Undiscovered Worlds reveals the ingenious methods used by astronomers to identify planets orbiting stars beyond the Sun, culminating in the historic Kepler mission, which has detected thousands of these “exoplanets” over the last few years. After the film, planetarium educator Mary MacDonald will bring you the latest news about Kepler’s successor: the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). TESS, launched in April 2018, is sure to reveal thousands of additional worlds, further changing the way we view our place among the stars.

Dr. Ira Silver: Hidden Stories Behind Social Problems

Join us for the CELTSS Fall Lyceum Lecture featuring Dr. Ira Silver:

Hidden Stories Behind Social Problems
Monday, Oct. 1, Alumni Room, 5 to 7 p.m.

Mass shootings. Gender violence. Police brutality. Cyberbullying. Drug Abuse. These and other social problems are familiar and personally relevant to many in the FSU community. This talk draws on recent examples in highlighting fascinating new ways to understand such significant and timely issues.

Trek to Mt. Everest Basecamp

Explore leadership through adventure and travel - join Framingham State's first Lead Forward program, with a trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Participants will complete four workshops during the spring 2019, with the culminating (and beautiful) lifetime adventure through Nepal's Himalayas.

Anticipated travel: May 20-June 6, 2019. Price contingent upon number of travelers, estimated $3800.

For requirements and pricing details contact Rachel Lucking, Assistant Dean for Campus Engagement,

Michael Dixon: African American Art after the Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

This exhibition of Michael Dixon’s current work illustrates recent developments in African-American art by focusing on transformations of racial and interracial identities. Audiences will see how Dixon’s work visually changes from the civil rights era of the Sixties, which emphasized African-American accomplishments and the establishment of rights, to later forms that address self-reflection and individual identity.

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

Coming Up at the Mazmanian Gallery

Closing Reception for Professor Ellie Krakow's exhibit Mirrored Back
Tuesday, Sept. 25 (Exhibit runs through Sept. 28)
4:30 p.m.

Opening Reception for Michael Dixon exhibit - The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
Mazmanian Gallery
Tuesday, Oct. 2 (Exhibit runs Oct. 1-26)
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

World Teachers' Day: Mayor Yvonne Spicer

World Teachers' Day with City of Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer
Wednesday, October 3, 1:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum

Join us for World Teachers' Day featuring Dr. Yvonne Spicer! Chosen to be the first Mayor of the City of Framingham during an historic election on November 7, 2017, Dr. Spicer is the first African American woman to be popularly elected Mayor in the history of Massachusetts.

A resident of Framingham for 32 years, and long-time educator, Mayor Spicer was previously the Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at Boston’s Museum of Science. While there, Mayor Spicer was known for building partnerships in STEM education with policymakers, school districts, municipalities, business and other non-profit organizations. Prior to that, she was an administrator in both the Framingham and Newton public schools, after beginning her career as a teacher in Framingham.

This event is sponsored by the Education Club. For more information, please contact Jennie O’Leary and Mariah Prosansky via email at

Dis/Ability Affinity Group Meeting

The Dis/Ability Affinity Group for all staff, faculty and administrators will have their first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 20 from 1:30-2:30pm in CIE (OC 120A).

We are excited to collaborate with the FSU community on addressing and increasing awareness about disability issues on campus. We invite everyone who is interested to join us as we get to know each other, and exchange thoughts about disability issues, experiences, and representations on campus. What has been your experience with disability on campus? What recommendations or suggestions do you have? What changes do you wish to see happen on this campus?

It is a great opportunity to meet and support each other as we work to make the FSU community the best it can be for all people. This week we will be setting the agenda for the semester, so come with ideas about topics you would like to have addressed/events you would like to have on Campus!

Hope to see you then! Please let us know if you are interested in joining the group but cannot make these meetings.

Sandra Dickie,

Holly Pearson,

Employees of Color Afinity Group - kickoff meeting

October 17, 2018, 1 to 3 p.m.
O'Connor Hall 120

The Employees of Color Affinity Group is a group which serves as a resource and community to FSU and its employees of color. The group promotes and celebrates cultural diversity through programming as a way to foster an environment where employees of color will feel welcome at FSU. The first meeting will focus on welcoming (and welcoming back) attendees, and discussing ideas for future activities and events. Lunch will be provided.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Engagement Day: Career, Community, Connection Fair
Monday, September 17, 2018, 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 26, 2018, 1:30 p.m.— 2:30 p.m., MC Forum

Multi-part professional career development series designed to prepare students for the internship & job search and the interview process. 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 26, 2018, 3:30 p.m.— 5:00 p.m., MC Forum

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 tables seeking advice from expert professionals.

Avidia Bank Polished Professional Networking Event and Site Tour
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 12:45PM—2:00PM, Avidia Bank, Framingham

All majors welcome. Pre-registration required. Transportation available. Call the CSER office at 508-626-4625 for details and to register.

Careers, Technology and You
Friday, October 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. , DPAC

Panel of industry professionals share what is happening in their fields.

Career Connections
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 2:30 p.m.—4:00 p.m., HH 312

Computer science networking event with elevator pitch and resume reviews.

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 internships play a role.

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.

On Campus Interviews TBA, 11/26-11/30, MC 514 Interview Room

Diverse employers come to campus to interview and recruit for job openings.

Networking & Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Graduation Event
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 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. Contact the CSER office at 508-626-4625.

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 6:00PM:

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. (Featuring up to six different employers weekly).


9:00AM—Noon: Citizens Bank &
Noon—3:00 PM: Mini Miracles & KBW Financial Staffing
3:00 PM—6:00 PM: Jos. A Banks & The Body Shop


9AM—Noon: US Army & Wayland Schools Community Program
Noon—3:00 PM: Amazing Things Art center & All Care Plus Pharmacy
3:00 PM—6:00 PM: Legal Sea Foods & V-Care Pharmacy


9:00 AM—Noon: Travelers Insurance
Noon—2:45 PM: US Marine Corps Officer Programs & The Key Program


9:00 AM—Noon: Yardi
Noon—2:45 PM: Wayside Youth & Family Support Network & Jack’s Abby
3:00 PM—6:00 PM: Definitive Healthcare


9:00 AM—Noon: Mass State Police
Noon—3:00 PM: Kaleidoscope Family Solutions &


Noon—3:00 PM: Scribe America & First Help Financial, LLC.


Noon—3:00 PM: Salmon Health Care and Retirement

Notable Accomplishments

-Joseph M. Adelman in the History Department will participate in “Historians on Hamilton,” a roundtable discussion at the Massachusetts Historical Society about the hit musical and its impact on both American culture today and how we think about the American founding era. The event takes place on Saturday, September 22 at 4 p.m. Tickets and more information are available here:

-Visiting Lecturer Eamon Cunningham’s essay, "Authentic Questioning as a Form of Inquiry: Writing in the Dialogic Classroom," published last year in the Journal of Teaching Writing (32.1), was selected for reprint in the anthology, The Best of Rhetoric and Composition 2018, published by Parlor Press. The articles selected for reprint in The Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition series are chosen because they “showcase the innovative and transformative work published in academic journals in the field of Rhetoric and Composition.” In addition, his textbook, Understanding Rhetoric: A Guide to Critical Reading and Argumentation (Brown-Walker Press), is scheduled to be available in print/e-book format in mid-October. I have attached a PDF of the book’s cover. Finally, Professor Cunningham’s article, “Rhetorical Listening: The Role of Silence in the Teaching of Writing,” has been accepted for publication in the annual research journal, The Primer (Massachusetts Reading Association).

-Visiting Lecturer Ani Gjika will be participating in the Boston University Translation Seminar Alumni Panel at the Translation Now: Conversations on the Art of Literary Translation conference. The conference is organized by the World Languages & Literatures Department at BU, and all panels are free and open to the public. Professor Gjika’s panel is on September 29th from 3:30-5:00 if you are interested in attending (see attached information).

-Alumna Neha Vinod ’15 described her current role at Dell Technologies and offered career advice to Business and Computer Science seniors in Professor Karen Druffel's Business 460 class.

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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