Campus Currents

September 18, 2017

Enjoy the last official week of summer on campus! Fall begins Sept. 22.

Constitution Day Celebration - Sept. 18

Join us as we celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 18th!

A table will be setup in McCarthy Center lobby where members of the community can pick up handheld copies of The Constitution of the United States; register to vote; test their knowledge of the Constitution; and tweet to be entered for a prize (#wethepeopleofFSU). There will also be a voting rights display up in the library foyer as well as an exhibit of FSU alumni who were active in the suffrage movement.

During the afternoon and evening, there will be interactive workshops taking place in the McCarthy Center. The following three workshop will be taking place at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. and are open to the entire community.

-"The Equal Protection of the Laws" (Professor Emeritus John Ambacher), 1839 Room

-"Freedom of the Press and American Society" (History Professor Joseph Adelman), Forum

-"The Embattled Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment" (Professors Lissa Bollettino and Bridgette Sheridan), SGA Conference Room, MC 404

Finally, at 6:30 p.m. in the Forum, join Carol Rose from the American Civil Liberties Union for a special discussion on the Constitution! 


Career Services Events

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9 a.m. -5:45 p.m.
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!

9:00 a.m.- 12 Noon: Collegiate Charter School of
Lowell, & Riverside Community Care
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Fair Shot for All & Verve Crown Plaza
3:00 p.m.—5:45 p.m.: Framingham Public Schools & Sierra Trading Post

9:00 a.m.– 12 Noon: Brandon School & Evolve Fitness
12—3:00 p.m.: Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Central MA/MetroWest & Bright Horizons
3:00 p.m.—5:45 p.m.: Advances Learning Center & The Walden Street School

10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.: Fidelity Career Day: one-on-one interviews. Pre-registration required. Call 508-626-4625.

Suitable Solutions Professionalism Initiative Kick Off Event
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 1:30 p.m.— 2:30 p.m.,
MC Alumni Room
The Framingham State University Suitable Solutions Career Professionalism Program is a multi-part professional career development series designed to prepare students for the internship & job search and the interview process. Students are educated about career professionalism, soft skills, dining etiquette, 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
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 4:30 p.m.— 6:00 p.m.,
MC Alumni Room
The CARS Program is designed to provide a dialogue 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: Fidelity Career Day
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
*Individual Interviews, 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. O’Connell
(Pre-registration required—call CSER at 508-626-4625.)
*Information Table, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. MC Lobby
*Info Session for all majors, 4:30 -6:00 p.m. Whittemore Library

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.

Duty and Disobedience: Arts & Ideas 2017-18

Framingham State University is pleased to announce its 2017-18 Arts & Ideas Program, which is focused on the theme of “Duty and Disobedience.”

We invite students, faculty, staff and the community at-large to join us for a number of stimulating, thought-provoking events that delve deeper into the definition of “duty”—to self, to gender identity, to family, to faith, and to race—and how a call to such duty many times clashes with the dictates of societal norms. How does one negotiate the difficult call to action?

The Main series kicks off on September 26 with a lecture from one of the world’s leading Thoreau scholars, Jeffrey S. Cramer, who will lead a discussion on Henry David Thoreau’s famous essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” It is considered the central text for all discussions that there are higher laws and moral principles to which every citizen of the world is obligated.

Other events will provide the community with an opportunity to meet the founder of an international organization for LGBTIQ Muslims as he discusses being queer and Muslim in the current political climate; hear from one of the creators of the Disobedience Award, which is given to rebels, free thinkers and disrupters for breaking established rules and speaking truth to power; and engage with a photography installation focused on the puzzle of work and family in the context of diversity and change.

The series will wrap up in April with the inaugural speaker in the Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture Series, Angie Thomas, bestselling author of The Hate U Give, which addresses political violence, racism and activism through the lens of a teenage girl. The book is in the works to be made into a movie.

Other series in the program include the Midday Performance Series; Mazmanian Gallery exhibits; the Lifelong Learning Series; Public Science Events; and the Authors and Artists Series.

Midday Performances: William Lang, Trombonist

Don't miss the first Midday Performance of the year with the talented trombonist William Lang!

Monday, Sept. 18, 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Originally from Long Island, trombonist William Lang is an active performer, composer, improviser, and teacher based in New York City. He can be found playing in all settings and styles, from the avant-garde and classical to Broadway and indie chamber pop. He is proud to teach at the Longy School of Music.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by CIE

CDI Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1:30 p.m., Center for Inclusive Excellence

Hispanic Heritage Month Event - Salsa Night
Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum

Hispanic Heritage Month Event - Hispanic American Leadership Panel
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum

CDI Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1:30 p.m., Center for Inclusive Excellence

Family Perspectives on Special Education: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 3rd, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Online (webinar) through Framingham State University
Register here:
Join an online panel discussion with parents/guardians of students with disabilities in the Metrowest area, including a range of age/grade levels, disability types, and languages spoken. Panelists will each respond to questions asked by the moderators. During the second half of the webinar, attendees will also be able to ask the panelists questions using the live online chat feature.

The webinar will be facilitated by Dr. James Cressey, Associate Professor of Special Education at Framingham State University, and Sheryl Goldstein, Co-Chair of the Framingham Special Education Parent Advisory Council and Activist for Decoding Dyslexia of MA. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of families with special education and related services and ask your own questions in an online chat.

Registration is FREE but required for participation. After registration, you will receive a link to join the webinar via Blackboard Connect on October 3rd. You can participate on any computer with Internet access. The webinar will be closed captioned and archived for later viewing.

Notable Accomplishments

- A profile of Communication Arts Department Chair Derrick Te Paske's work, relating to the McGowan Fine Art exhibition, has just been published by the online version of ARTBEAT magazine.

- Two Framingham State students, Shauna Delaney (History and Secondary Education, '17) and Carla Hauck (English and Early Childhood Education, '18) have recently been published in an issue of the Peabody Journal of Education (Vanderbilt), co-edited by Assistant Professor May Hara from the Education Department. Their piece can be found here (scroll to the bottom of the Teacher Commentaries):

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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