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March 2012

Florida Alumni Regional Activities!

The Framingham State University Office of Alumni Relations will make its annual trip down to Florida this month during the week of March 13-17. Several fun-filled events are planned, including an evening of the arts at the Venice Theatre; a Red Sox spring training game at the brand new Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers; and a luncheon at the Boathouse Restaurant in South Naples following the Old Naple's St. Patricks Day Parade.

Students at Framingham State University

A full schedule of events can be viewed here. Registration is required. Register online at Alumni Events or call

See you in Florida!

The Gatepost 80th Anniversary Reception

Framingham State’s award-winning independent student newspaper, The Gatepost, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this spring. Join alumni and friends in the McCarthy Center Forum for a special reception on campus.

Friday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. Register online or by calling 508-626-4012.

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

FSU Opens New Center for Honors Program

A large group of students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered on campus recently to officially open the new FSU Honors Center at 22 Adams Road. The center will serve as home to Framingham State’s growing Honors Program, which was recently accepted into the Commonwealth Honors Program.

“I can’t think of any wiser investment a University can make than investing in its Honors Program, because the students give so much back to the University,” President Timothy J. Flanagan said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Framingham State University Honors Program is designed to provide academically talented students with the opportunity to enrich their educational experience with courses both within and outside of their major program of study. Courses bearing the "Honors" designation are drawn from a wide range of disciplines and are designed to be intensive and intellectually challenging. Honors courses draw upon students' analytical and creative talents.

Framingham State’s program grew by 40 percent between fall 2010 and
fall 2011.

“This fall we welcomed not only our largest, but our most accomplished and most talented class,” said English Professor Carolyn Maibor, director of the program. “We have already begun to expect great things from them.”

The new center, located next to North Hall, provides the program with more meeting and planning space.

“This home will help shape us into an even more dynamic program by allowing us to communicate more directly with students,” Maibor said.

Alumni Invited to Public Lecture by Dr. Pepper Schwartz

Framingham State University will host acclaimed sex researcher Dr. Pepper Schwartz on campus Monday, March 5, for a day of roundtables, lectures and presentations. The feature event will be a public talk at 7 p.m. entitled “From Hooking Up to Viagra: The Sexual Life Cycle,” in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center. The talk is open to alumni and will be followed by a book signing.

Dr. Schwartz, a sociologist at the University of Washington and author of books ranging from American Couples to Love Between Equals to Prime, is well known for her insightful and entertaining research-based examinations of sex, romance, and couplehood. She is coauthor, with Framingham State University professor Virginia Rutter, of the 2012 book, The Gender of Sexuality: Exploring Sexual Possibilities. Dr. Schwartz’s Web site is found here.

“Pepper Schwartz helps audiences of every age to be fearless about sex—as a topic for study and as a meaningful component of people’s lives at every age,” explains Dr. Rutter, who invited Dr. Schwartz to campus as part of FSU’s innovative Linked Learning Communities that develop interdisciplinary and extracurricular approaches to academic topics. FSU history professor Bridgette Sheridan and Dr. Rutter are working intensively with students and the FSU community on “The Making of Sexualities,” and Dr. Schwartz will be meeting with FSU students enrolled in their courses.

Dr. Schwartz has been an advice columnist for Glamour Magazine, and is currently AARP’s sex and relationship expert. As recently as January, Dr. Schwartz was featured in The Today Show and Huffington Post discussing results from a national AARP study of American’s sex lives over age 50. She has won multiple awards for her scholarship, books, and public service.

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is pleased to announce
@ Framingham State, our e-newsletter to keep alumni and friends of Framingham State better connected to the University. Each e-newsletter will feature information about upcoming events on campus. The University will continue to mail the biannual alumni magazine, as well as individual e-mails about specific events throughout the year. We hope you find this newsletter helpful and engaging.

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Upcoming Events:

Midday Performance

Celtic Traditions with the Stoneybatter Band
Monday, March 5, 1:30 p.m.
Heinemen Cultural & Ecumenical Center

Dr. Pepper Schwartz

"From Hooking Up to Viagra: The Sexual Life Cycle"
Monday, March 5, 7 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, Dwight Hall

Life Long Learning Series

"Adolf Hitler in Power:
A Re-Examination of the Third Reich - Part 2"
Dr. John Heinemen,
Professor Emeritus,
Boston College
Thursday, March 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Framingham Public Library, Costin Room

International Film Series

The Headless Women (La Mujer sin Cabeza, 2008)
Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m.
Heinemen Ecumenical Center

Alumni & Friends Reception

In Los Angeles, CA
Friday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.
The Palm Restaurant
Los Angeles-Downtown
1100 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Life Long Learning Series

"Agewise: Fighting the New Ageism in America"
Dr. Margaret Morganroth Gullette,
Resident Scholar
Brandeis University
Thursday, March 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
Framingham Public Library, Costin Room

The Gatepost 80th Anniversary Reception

Friday, March 23, 7 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

President's Distinguished Lecture Series

"The Nature Principle and Notes from the New Nature Movement"
Richard Louv
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Register Here

Life Long Learning Series

"Roman Holiday: Art in the Eternal City"
Dr. Erika Schneider,
Assistant Professor of Art History Framingham State University
Saturday, March 31
10-11:30 a.m.
Framingham Public Library, Costin Room

Save the Date:

President's Distinguished Lecture Series

"Policing America's Communities: Evolution and Innovation in Law Enforcement Practice"
Dr. Timothy J. Flanagan
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Register Here

Framingham Club of Cape Cod Alumni Annual Spring Meeting

"Tips and Tricks for Researching Your Family's Genealogy"
Kathryn (Barbieri) Tomasetti '70
Saturday, May 5, 11:30 a.m.
Old Yarmouth Inn
Route 6A
Yarmouthport, MA
For more information Contact:
Joan Colosi '75 at 508-394-4266

All-Alumni Reunion
& Commencement Weekend

Friday - Sunday
May 18 - 20, 2012
Entire weekend details will be available soon

Alumni MLB Outing

Thursday, June 7, 2012
5 p.m. Pre-game Reception at Jillian's, Boston
7 p.m. Boston Red Sox v. Baltimore Orioles
Limited seating available

Alumni MLB Outing

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
5 p.m. Pre-game Reception at Jillian's, Boston
7 p.m. Boston Red Sox v.
LA Angels of Anaheim
Limited seating available

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