Learn to Counter Cybersecurity Threats at Fitchburg State

Posted by Kimberly McCoy-Blauser on December 10, 2018 at 9:50 AM

Cybersecurity is a hot and fast growing field. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Computing Research Association (CRA) predicted that three areas of computer science were primed for exponential growth where the number of jobs available would vastly outnumber the number of qualified people to fill them. One of those areas, cybersecurity, has already hit that point.

As the market for cloud computing services is growing at a rapid speed, so is the demand for cybersecurity. Not only are the government and large enterprises facing this problem, but small businesses are now also facing a cybersecurity threat that they are ill-prepared to meet. In fact, as noted [1], small businesses are especially unprepared for the growing cybersecurity issues faced by small and medium businesses (SMB).

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Topics: Programs

CC What?

Posted by Shayne Koplowitz on April 23, 2018 at 11:20 AM

What is the CCAC?

Saturday will mark seven months since beginning my new journey as an academic and career coach at the Career Counseling and Advising Center (CCAC). Like many of the students I work with, I am getting used to a new campus. I am navigating various offices and I am fortunate enough to be working in a newly merged set of departments. The CCAC was created about a year and a half ago when the Career Counseling Center and Advising Center became one entity.

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How To Love Your Body

Posted by Autumn Battista on April 2, 2018 at 9:55 AM

It’s 2018 and at least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S. alone*. There are people in our own college community who suffer from eating disorders, and you may know someone who does even if you can’t tell by their behavior or weight. 

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Views from the Bay Area

Posted by Kylee Acevedo on March 26, 2018 at 10:30 AM

As a Communications Media student, I always kept internship on my mind from the get-go. The Internship Program serves as a capstone experience for all Communications Media students. Required for graduation, the 12-credit program typically takes place during a student’s final semester. Students first undergo a portfolio defense process, presenting work which best exhibits their respective talents and interests.

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Topics: Student Experience

Health Services: More Than Just Flu Shots

Posted by Matt Serafini on March 6, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Flu season may be ending but there are plenty of reasons to take advantage of Health Services on campus. 

Your physical health and well-being are the cornerstones of your success, and our professional staff can assist you in a number of ways to ensure quality, confidential medical care.

Health Services will also coordinate ongoing care with your primary care provider if needed. 

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Topics: Student Experience

Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education (FAVE)

Posted by Amanda Sapienza on February 20, 2018 at 11:58 AM

The Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education (FAVE) mission is to create a safe and respectful campus community for all, free from interpersonal and relationship violence, sexual assault, and stalking. FAVE does this by promoting healthy relationships through education and programming while empowering and supporting those affected by violence.

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Topics: Student Experience

Not Hearing Loss, Deaf Gain

Posted by Megan Socha on December 13, 2017 at 4:17 PM

Sometime bfore I enrolled here, someone named Jairo Hernandez started an American Sign Language (ASL) club on campus. It was an overnight success and they ended up having to meet multiple times a week because their group was so large. 

Professor Kelly Morgan in the Communications Media department began implementing ASL language courses and now we have an entire minor in deaf studies. And it’s thriving. The deaf studies minor includes six classes; four levels of ASL classes, which count as a foreign language requirement, and two classes in deaf studies.

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What They Don’t Tell You During Sorority Recruitment

Posted by Madison Laliberte on November 15, 2017 at 10:57 AM

Whether you’re an incoming freshman, a transfer, or an active student, joining a Greek organization on campus can be really intimidating. I was nervous meeting all the girls, even though I had gotten to know some of them over the last year. In the fall, recruitment is called “rush," which is basically two weeks of nonstop events and activities. This process helps you find the sorority that best suits you and your personality. The most common phrase I heard during rush was “trust the process,” which is so incredibly true. You might walk in thinking you want one sorority and then at the end of the two weeks go in a totally different direction. But don’t worry…trust the process.

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Topics: Student Experience

Why You Should Attend A Fitchburg State Open House

Posted by Matt Serafini on October 27, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Every fall we host Open House events for prospective students. These campus visits are the best way for you to experience what life at Fitchburg State is all about. 

It’s about finding the right fit

Everyone should feel a sense of belonging at their school of choice. The Open House is a great way to come to campus and see how Fitchburg State feels to you. 

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Self Care: Triggers and Support Systems

Posted by Amber Haney on October 18, 2017 at 2:26 PM

For some, the breaking point is obvious, like finding our fists lodged inside plaster walls. For others, it’s when we curl our bodies up with our hands on our foreheads, fingers trying to comb through the stress. It’s the moment you realize the whole notion of “finding yourself” in college can be filled with stress. The type of learning about yourself you need to do pushes you to be your very best, but might also push you to your mental breaking point. 

This is one reason I stopped telling my friends to “have fun” on the weekends, and to take care of themselves, instead.

For me, “finding myself” has happened in conjunction with my attempts to help others succeed. Being a Human Services major and leader of a student-run mental health club called Active Minds has opened my eyes to the importance of maintaining mental wellness. The more I learn about helping others deal with their mental health, the more I learn about my own. I have learned about the many elements that can be harmful, from stress to illness and everything in-between. Being in college creates a whole new world of risks, because this is when mental productivity is most demanding.

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