Center for Faculty Scholarship - Faculty Book Talk

Posted by Andy Cunningham on April 20, 2023 at 8:45 AM

Recently, the Center for Faculty Scholarship hosted a celebration of recent faculty-authored publications in Miller Oval. The event celebrated six faculty members who recently published books, and one who released an album. Each faculty member  briefly discussed their work, with time for Q+A and discussion before the reception to honor them and their accomplishments

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Topics: Faculty, Our Faculty, Community

Young Falcons Academy Week - Days 1 & 2

Posted by Andy Cunningham on April 19, 2023 at 5:45 PM

It's been a busy two days, so far, for our Young Falcons Academy week, where students from Fitchburg and Leominster public middle schools partake in a week full of activities on campus. Yesterday and today, the Young Falcons met with current students to find out what college life was really like, make shadow puppets in Conlon Fine Arts with Professors Sally Moore and Andrea Olmstead, learn about therapy dogs meeting a Fitchburg State favorite Daisy the Therapy Dog, just to name a few. 

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Topics: Programs, Our Students, Our Faculty, information session, Community

Around Campus - Introduction to Graphic Design

Posted by Andy Cunningham on January 18, 2023 at 12:36 PM

Professor Donald Tarallo gave his Introduction to Graphic Design students a break from the Macs to tour the Graphic Design Analog space and give them a look into non-computer generated graphic design techniques.

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Topics: Student Experience, Our Students, Our Faculty, Communications/Media

Faculty Development Day

Posted by Andy Cunningham on January 12, 2023 at 4:45 PM

Between opening remarks from Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Patricia Marshall, to an Institutional Finances Listening Session and Discussion with Jay Bry, Vice President for Finance and Administration, faculty got the chance to reconnect before the semester and attend various breakout sessions including; Care and the Disappearing Student, Fostering Inclusivity through Diverse, Equitable and Accessible Course Materials, and After Text Selection: Student Engagement with Reading and Course Materials.

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Topics: Our Faculty, information session

Music Theory and Composition Independent Study

Posted by Caroline Lanni on December 22, 2022 at 11:00 AM
This past semester, Humanities Professor Amy McGlothlin assisted senior Ryan Gallagher with an independent study for his Music Theory and Composition minor.
According to McGlothlin, "The project was an album release.  Ryan has released several individual songs over the past few years, but never an entire album.  We worked on the concept for his album, which songs belonged on it, and which ones he should save for the next project. Then we picked a release date for the album. Ryan worked on mixing and mastering his music using skills he learned in my Introduction to Music Technology courses, as well as on his own. He created his own merchandise, and worked on getting his music into the distribution pipeline for the release date.  He organized people to help him with the show, including people to run the merchandise table where he sold T-shirts with his logo on them, arranging for catering to bring pizza for anyone who attended and arranging for someone to record the show on video. He designed the poster, and did the advertising. We met or talked about his project every couple of weeks to be sure he was on track and to give him some ideas.  I invited local music producer Young Coff33, who came to the show with his production company and talked to Ryan afterwards, giving him lots of praise for the quality of his work. It was pretty much a full house in the Falcon Hub that night, which goes to show that Ryan did a great job with spreading the word, and also shows what a great group of friends he has that came to support his presentation.
"The show lasted about 45 minutes. Ryan talked about each song before performing it. I assisted with running the sound for his background tracks, all of which he wrote the music for.  I'm really proud of Ryan and his work on this project which pulls together a number of skill sets that young musicians must now have to get started on a career."

Here is a link to his album "The Art of Self Defense" by Sly -   
Some images provided by social media ambassador, Armando Libier. 
Learn more about our Music Theory/Composition Minor
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Topics: Student Experience, Our Students, Our Faculty, Music Programs

Future Educator Academy - Badge Sessions

Posted by Andy Cunningham on December 5, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Recently, Lourdes Ramirez, coordinator of field placements, partnerships and recruitment for Fitchburg State’s School of Education welcomed a cohort of local high school students enrolled in The Future Educator Academy program to campus for a day of programming. Students completed a badge focused on Supporting Mental Wellness in the Classroom, Working with Students Who are Underserved, Traditionally Marginalized, and Disenfranchised, and a badge on performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to adults and infants.

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Topics: Preparing for College, Our Faculty, Admissions, vocational education, Community

5 Study Tips from Cognitive Science

Posted by Andy Cunningham on November 30, 2022 at 9:43 AM

Yesterday afternoon, Criminal Justice Professor Katherine Hazen, presented 5 Study Tips from Cognitive Science with students in Percival Hall. The thrust of the presentation was to give students the tools they need, based on cognitive science, that will help them study for their upcoming finals.

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Topics: Our Students, Our Faculty, Programs and Majors, Criminal Justice

Around Campus - Painting Class

Posted by Andy Cunningham on November 23, 2022 at 11:39 AM

Students in Professor Petri Flint's Introductory Painting work on projects in the Conlon Fine Arts. The course studies the basic problems of form, color, and texture as understood in oil. Consideration is also given to the nature and use of the oil painting materials. 

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Topics: Our Students, Our Faculty, Programs and Majors, Humanities

FYE - Science/Literature Art Project

Posted by Andy Cunningham on November 2, 2022 at 9:26 AM

Dr. Katharine Covino (English Studies) and Dr. Erin MacNeal Rehrig (Biology and Chemistry) have teamed up to teach a unique STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Art, and Math) where science and literature collide, using the book, Bloom  by  Kenneth Oppel as inspiration. Yesterday's assignment was an art project, wherein students chose a passage from the book, and painted their interpretation of  the scene.

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Topics: Student Experience, Our Faculty, Programs and Majors, Humanities, Health Sciences

Good Luck to Engineering Technology Students!

Posted by Andy Cunningham on October 1, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Good luck to Engineering Technology Professor Hong Yu and his students who will be competing this evening at MIT IEEE Undergraduate Research Technology Conference's Micromouse Competition. Yesterday afternoon they got together in Conlon to finalize their plans.

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Topics: Student Experience, Events, Our Students, Our Faculty, Programs and Majors

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