Around Campus - Summer Orientation - Session 2

Posted by Andy Cunningham on June 16, 2022 at 1:17 PM

Our Summer Orientation 2022 Session 2 for for Incoming first year students began this morning with check-in, followed by welcome remarks from Associate Dean for Student Development Hank Parkinson, Vice President for Student Affairs Laura Bayless, and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Catherine Canney. Afterwards, groups of the newest Falcons groups went out to the quad for some ice breaker activities, then to a day full of information sessions and activities. Later in the morning, and impromptu game of "beach" volleyball broke out in Weston Auditorium.

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Topics: Student Experience, Events, Admissions, information session, Community, Campus

Summer Orientation - Session 1 - Family & Friends Send-off

Posted by Andy Cunningham on June 15, 2022 at 10:29 AM

Yesterday afternoon, our Summer Orientation 2022 Session 1 was capped off with our newest Falcons, the Class of 2026 along with their Family & Friends, treated to a  send-off celebration at the North Street Hammond Patio. All partook in information sessions, revolving around housing & parking, ice cream, music, Freddy the Falcon, and some Fitchburg State University swag!

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Topics: Preparing for College, Our Students, information session, Community, Campus

AXON Roadshow at Wallace Civic Center

Posted by Andy Cunningham on June 10, 2022 at 3:45 PM

Fitchburg Massachusetts' Mayor Stephen l. DiNatale and Chief of Police Ernest F. Martineau stopped by the Wallace Civic Center this morning for the AXON Roadshow to learn about cutting edge products in the field of protection. They, along with students in our Fitchburg State University Police Program's Recruit Officer Course (ROC) got a chance to try virtual reality training, fire off the latest in taser technology, drone piloting, and so much more.

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Topics: Student Experience, vocational educators, Programs and Majors, Community, Police Program

Orientation Leader Training - Tour of Fitchburg, MA

Posted by Andy Cunningham on June 9, 2022 at 10:15 AM

Our Office of Student Development Student Orientation Leaders, who are on campus preparing for orientation sessions for our newest Falcons, The Class of 2026, took a tour of Fitchburg, MA yesterday with Associate Director of Student DevelopmentCommuter and Volunteer Affairs Shane Franzen acting as Tour Guide. The trip included many points of interest including the Fitchburg Art Museum, Flat Rock Wildlife Sanctuary, Game On, Dean Hill Cemetery (The Rev), and Cogshall Park. Other points of interest like shopping, restaurants, and local landmarks were pointed out during the drive. The tour was capped of with ice cream at Country Pizza.

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Topics: Student Experience, Our Students, Admissions, information session, Community, Commuters

Point of Contact - Rebecca Hess '22

Posted by Matthew Bruun on June 8, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Rebecca Hess '22 is putting her customer service and political science skills to work.

"My political science simulations taught me communications and management skills. Even if I don’t agree with you, I can understand your position so we can try to meet in the middle."

As a newly-minted university graduate, Rebecca Hess ‘22 has already made a career out of constituent service.

The Leominster native enrolled at Fitchburg State University four years ago because she wanted to stay local while pursuing a college degree in political science, and planned to keep working part-time.

“As soon as I turned 16, I had a job,” said Hess, who counts Chuck E. Cheese and Barnes & Noble among her prior posts. 

Those jobs weren’t glamorous, but Hess learned a lot about customer service from the daily interactions with patrons. “I had years of interacting with so many different types of people,” she said. “What I’ve learned is you can’t be taught those skills without having that experience in customer service.”

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Topics: Student Experience, Programs and Majors, Community, Alumni

Caterpillar Lab at the McKay Arts Academy

Posted by Andy Cunningham on June 7, 2022 at 11:28 AM

Last week, The Caterpillar Lab of Marlborough, NH presented to third grade classes at McKay Arts Academy. The Caterpillar Lab fosters a greater appreciation and care for the complexity and beauty of our local natural history through live caterpillar educational programs, research initiatives, and photography and film projects. The Lab believes that an increased awareness of one’s local environment is the foundation on which healthy and responsible attitudes towards the broader natural systems of this world is built. 

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Topics: Student Experience, Community

Data & Student Success Conference - May 25, 2022

Posted by Andy Cunningham on May 25, 2022 at 5:30 PM

After a welcome from Assistant Dean for Student Success Jason Smith, and remarks from President Richard Lapidus, the inaugural Data & Student Success Conference,  began in Hammond Hall. The day-long conference featured experts from across  Fitchburg State: Academic Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment Management, IT, Registrar & Student Affairs. This conference served as an opportunity for staff to show each other how data, and data management platforms are used to better serve our students.

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Topics: Student Experience, information session, Staff, Community

Undergraduate Commencement, May 14, 2022

Posted by Andy Cunningham on May 16, 2022 at 12:15 PM

Saturday, May 14, 2022 was a perfect day for the 126th Annual Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at Fitchburg State University. A BIG THANK YOU to all of our graduates, their friends & families, administration, staff , alumni, and faculty who all made the day a success. As promised, here are the photos from Saturday's event; 

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Topics: Student Experience, Events, Our Students, Our Faculty, historical, Community, Campus

Preparing for Fitchburg State University Undergraduate Commencement 2022

Posted by Andy Cunningham on May 13, 2022 at 4:07 PM
Preparations are underway for Fitchburg State University Undergraduate Commencement 2022, May 14, 2022. We can't wait to see all of our graduates able to share this milestone in-person with family and friends begining at  at 10 a.m.!
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Topics: Student Experience, Events, Our Students, Community, Campus

Senior Brunch, May 13, 2022

Posted by Andy Cunningham on May 13, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Members of the Fitchburg State University Class of 2022 gathered in the Falcon Hub for Senior Brunch. They heard from Vice President for Student Affairs Laura Bayless, and  Director of Alumni and Family Relations, Tanya Hoos Crowley as they will soon be a member of the 49,000 strong Fitchburg State alumni. It gave the seniors one last chance to gather, plan for the future, get some photos, and take part in the senior toast.

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Topics: Student Experience, Events, Our Students, Community