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125th Events

Fitchburg State University celebrating 125 years of changing livesThroughout the 2019-20 academic year, Fitchburg State will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a series of programs, performances and exhibitions that highlight the University's history and the vibrancy of its community. This page will be updated throughout the year.

NOTICE: Because of the coronavirus outbreak, many of the spring semester 125th anniversary events are canceled or postponed. 

Spring Semester Events
 

Ongoing Exhibit

Fitchburg State Archives Collection

Location: Sanders Administration Building
Description: An archival photographic display depicting scenes rom the university's earliest days.

Thursday, April 16

Human Services Alumni Networking Night

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Presidents' Hall, Mazzaferro Center
Description: Human Services Alumni are invited to join us for this networking event (rescheduled from December). Beyond catching up with friends and faculty, alumni are invited to meet with current students in a research methods class for small focus groups. Dinner is included. RSVP online by April 9.

Community Read Event: Streamed talk by Art Spiegelman

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: Maus author Art Spiegelman will be speaking at Mount Wachusett Community College as part of the Humanities Project Series. We will be streaming the talk in the Falcon Hub for those who cannot attend the event in person.

Friday, April 17

Community Read Event: Art Spiegelman Meets Students

Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Description: Maus author Art Spiegelman will visit campus and meet with a small group of students from Fitchburg State, Fitchburg High School and Mount Wachusett Community College. Space in this program is limited.

Thursday, May 14

Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Athletics and Recreation Center
Description: Our 124th commencement exercises, graduate spring ceremony, will feature the presentation of graduate degrees and certificates of advanced graduate study.

Saturday, May 16

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Main Quadrangle
Description: Our 124th commencement exercises, undergraduate spring ceremony, is the culminating celebration of the academic year.

Past Events

Tuesday, September 10th

Rock the Block

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Quadrangle and Highland Avenue
Description: The campus community gathers as Fitchburg State's clubs and organizations welcome incoming students to learn about their extracurricular options. There will also be a part-time job fair. Refreshments include a cookout on the quad.

Birthday Bash and Family Photo

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Main Quadrangle
Description: Get your 125th Anniversary T-shirt and assemble on the quad to celebrate Fitchburg State's "birthday" and pose for a family photo, then enjoy some celebratory cupcakes.

Tuesday, September 17th

Constitution Day: Antonelli v. Hammond

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Fifty years ago, the staff of Fitchburg State's student newspaper clashed with administration over the right to publish. The case went to federal court, where the students won what has become a landmark case in student journalism. The plaintiffs from Antonelli v. Hammond return to campus to recall their experiences.

Wednesday, September 25th

Panel Talk: When We Were Normal

Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Hall
Description: Hear from students and faculty who developed an augmented reality tour of historic campus buildings. Discover what happened in the tunnels between Hammond and Miller, what became of the demolished Palmer dormitory, the tools it took to build a practical arts program from scratch, and much more. Stories are located throughout the Anthony, Edgerly, Hammond, Miller, Percival, Sanders, and Thompson buildings. 

Thursday, September 26th

Community Read: Literary Perspectives of Maus

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Hall
Description: As part of our Community Read of the acclaimed graphic novel Maus, a panel of English Studies faculty will discuss the work from the Jewish literary, graphic novel, and pedagogic uses perspectives. Professor Lisa Gim will moderate the panel that will include Professors Michael Hoberman, Heather Urbanski and Katharine Covino.

Thursday, October 3rd

Trends Impacting the Future of Higher Education: A Conversation with Jeff Selingo

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is the author of three books, a contributing writer at the Washington Post and The Atlantic, and a professor of practice and special advisor at Arizona State University. He is also a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities. Reception and book signing to follow.

Sunday, October 6th

Carl Bernstein

Time: 10:00 a.m. brunch, 12:00 p.m. discussion
Location: Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley
Description: Legendary investigative journalist Carl Bernstein appears as part of the Bull Run Speakers Series. From uncovering the Watergate scandal to writing about national and international affairs for more than 40 years, Bernstein’s books, reporting and commentary have revealed the inner-workings of government and politics, and told the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders. Tickets may be purchased online.

Tuesday, October 8th

Community Read Book Discussion

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster
Description: Join an intergenerational book discussion of Art Spiegelman's acclaimed graphic novel Maus. The talk will be facilitated by Professor Rob Carr (Communications Media).

Tuesday, October 15th

Community Read Panel Talk: Nazi Symbolism & Propaganda, from Medieval Times to the Present

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Hall
Description: A panel including Professors Katherine Jewell, Ben Lieberman and Kisha Tracy will discuss the medieval origins of Nazi symbolism and propaganda, and its historical and contemporary uses from Nazi Germany to modern day Nazi Culture in the United States.

Thursday, October 17th

Community Read Book Discussion

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St.
Description: Join an intergenerational book discussion of Art Spiegelman's acclaimed graphic novel Maus. The talk will be facilitated by students from the English Honors Society.

Saturday, October 19th

Open House

Location: Hammond Hall
Description: There's no better way for prospective students to learn about all that Fitchburg State has to offer than by attending one of our fall open houses. Meet with faculty, staff and current students. Visit Each fall we host Open House events for prospective students. These campus visits are our premier visit opportunity for you to meet with faculty, staff and current students. Learn more and register on our Visit page.

Tuesday, October 22nd

Community Read Workshop: (Mis)Appropriation of the Middle Ages - Confronting Misuses of History in the Age of the Meme

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 101 (Library Instruction Lab), Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: Attendees of this hands-on workshop will analyze pre-selected artifacts that represent the misuse of history by the KKK, Nazis, and other groups to articulate their messages. Learn research techniques to fact check these memes.

Sixth Annual Science Symposium

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Lisciotti Pavilion, Antonucci Science Center
Description: Faculty members from the departments of Biology and Chemistry, Earth and Geographic Sciences, Exercise and Sports Science, Mathematics, and Psychological Science present posters describing their own research.

Thursday, October 24th

Phi Alpha Theta 50th Anniversary

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Hammond Hall, Room 314
Description: In this anniversary year for the institution, another milestone is being observed: the 50th anniversary of the founding of Fitchburg State's Xi Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. This reception will include Dr. Clayton J. Drees, President of Phi Alpha Theta, as well as alumni and current history students from the chapter. This observance highlights the University's enduring commitment to academic excellence by the faculty and students of the Fitchburg State History Program.

Faculty Recital

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Kent Recital Hall, Conlon Fine Arts Building
Description: This musical performance will feature the talents of Fitchburg State faculty members Robin Dinda, Jane Fiske, Jonathan Harvey, and Amy McGlothlin. The show is free and open to the public.

Friday, October 25th

Homecoming and Alumni Weekend

Description: Join us for celebration, nostalgia and fun. There will be a bonfire and pep rally to kick off the festivities. To learn more, visit the Homecoming Weekend page.

Saturday, October 26th

Gold Key Breakfast

Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: The Class of 1969 is inducted into our Gold Key Society at this celebration for all alumni who graduated 50 years ago or longer. Visit the Alumni page for more information.

Campus Tours

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: Join Library Archivist Asher Jackson for a guided tour of the campus, including highlights from Fitchburg State history.

Snacks in the Stacks

Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: Join the Fitchburg State deans for a reception including updates on the University's vision for the future. Explore archival exhibits.

Football: Falcons vs. Westfield State

Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Elliot Field
Description: Our Homecoming football game pits the Falcons against the Westfield State Owls in MASCAC action. Cheer on the green and gold and tailgate with food trucks at the big game.

Tuesday, October 29th

Community Read Book Discussion

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg.
Description: Join an intergenerational book discussion of Art Spiegelman's acclaimed graphic novel Maus. The talk will be facilitated by students from the English Honors Society.

Saturday, November 2nd

Open House

Location: Hammond Hall
Description: There's no better way for prospective students to learn about all that Fitchburg State has to offer than by attending one of our fall open houses. Meet with faculty, staff and current students. Visit Each fall we host Open House events for prospective students. These campus visits are our premier visit opportunity for you to meet with faculty, staff and current students. Learn more and register on our Visit page.

Thursday, November 7th

National First-Generation Celebration Day

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: We celebrate 30 years of history and success of first-generation college/TRiO students at Fitchburg State with this observance that will include a first-generation panel discussion, alumni video presentation, and light refreshments. There will be a cake and coffee reception at 5:30 p.m.

Community Read Book Discussion

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 210B, Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: Students from the English Honors Society will lead an informal book discussion of this year’s Community Read book, Maus by Art Spiegelman.

Tuesday, November 12th

Veterans Resource Fair and Appreciation

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Fitchburg State has a long and proud history of serving its student veterans. Our Military Friendly campus will host this event designed to show veterans the resources available to them on- and off-campus.

Community Read Book Discussion

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 210B, Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: Students from the English Honors Society will lead an informal book discussion of this year’s Community Read book, Maus by Art Spiegelman.

Saturday, November 16th

Open House

Location: Hammond Hall
Description: There's no better way for prospective students to learn about all that Fitchburg State has to offer than by attending one of our fall open houses. These campus visits are our premier visit opportunity for you to meet with faculty, staff and current students. Learn more and register on our Visit page.

Community Read Film Screening and Discussion

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster
Description: Take part in a film screening and discussion that explores themes in Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Kevin McCarthy (Communications Media).

Tuesday, November 19th

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Wallace Theatre for the Performing Arts, McKay Complex
Description: An evening of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Wednesday, November 20th

Community Read: Holocaust-Related Research Poster Conference

Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: As part of our Community Read of the celebrated graphic novel Maus, students from Professor Ben Lieberman's course on the Holocaust will share their research on Holocaust-related topics.

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Wallace Theatre for the Performing Arts, McKay Complex
Description: A series of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Thursday, November 21st

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Wallace Theatre for the Performing Arts, McKay Complex
Description: An evening of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Friday, November 22nd

Moot Court Regional Tournament

Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Hammond Hall
Description: The American Moot Court Association hosts its annual Eastern Regional Qualifying tournament at Fitchburg State. Teams of students from dozens of colleges and universities compete for spots in the national competition in January.

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Wallace Theatre for the Performing Arts, McKay Complex
Description: An evening of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Saturday, November 23rd

Moot Court Regional Tournament

Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Hammond Hall
Description: The American Moot Court Association hosts its annual Eastern Regional Qualifying tournament at Fitchburg State. Teams of students from dozens of colleges and universities compete for spots in the national competition in January.

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Wallace Theatre for the Performing Arts, McKay Complex
Description: A series of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Sunday, November 24th

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Wallace Theatre for the Performing Arts, McKay Complex
Description: A series of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Tuesday, December 5th

Human Services Alumni Reunion

RESCHEDULED TO SPRING SEMESTER, DATE/TIME TBD
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Recent Human Services graduates will meet with current students for dinner and focus groups to help ascertain how prepared our human services alumni were for the field. The results will be shared with human services faculty to help with future program development. By invitation only.

Monday, December 9th

Fitchburg State Choir Winter Performance

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Weston Auditorium
Description: The University Choir presents its winter show under the direction of Assistant Professor Jonathan Harvey.

Tuesday, December 10th

Concert Band and Community Orchestra Winter Concert 

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Weston Auditorium
Description: The University's Concert Band and Community Orchestra present their annual holiday show.

Thursday, Jan. 23

MLK Observance: Perseverance with Service

Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: We celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. A guest speaker will join us and a continental breakfast will be served as our Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness introduces a series of volunteer opportunities that will be available during the course of the semester.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Rock the Hall

Time: 11 a.m.
Location: G Lobby, Hammond Hall
Description: University clubs and organizations showcase the diversity of campus life at Fitchburg State.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Faculty Art Exhibition

Location: Fitchburg Art Museum
Description: An exhibition of work by members of the university's Art and Communications Media departments. The exhibit will be visible through Feb. 23.

Thursday, Jan. 30

Asian New Year

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Celebrate Asian New Year with food and performances sponsored by the Office of International Education; World Integrated Nations; the Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness; and Flock to the Weekend.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Winter Athletics Celebration

Women's Basketball vs. Framingham State

Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Athletics and Recreation Center

Men's Basketball vs. Framingham State

Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Athletics and Recreation Center

Alumni Women's Basketball Reunion and Reception

Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Athletics and Recreation Center

Alumni Ice Hockey Game and Reception

Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Wallace Civic Center

Alumni Men's Basketball Reunion and Reverse Raffle

Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall

Ice Hockey vs. UMass Darmouth

Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Wallace Civic Center

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Robert E. Cormier "Twisted Intimacy" Symposium

Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Students and faculty explore the treasures of the university's Robert E. Cormier archive with this annual symposium exploring themes in the legendary author's work. This year's event will include looks at gendered themes in Cormier's 1970s-era newspaper columns, along with faculty panel talks and a presentation by students about research into Cormier's novel The Chocolate War. The keynote speaker will be Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the acclaimed graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction

The following events were canceled or postponed because of regional concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Saturday, March 14

Women's History Month Performance: "We Did It For You"

Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Wallace Theatre for the Performing Arts, McKay Complex
Description: As part of our Women's History Month observances, we present a performance of "We Did It For You," about the woman's suffrage movement.

Monday, March 16

Community Read Event: Maus Book Discussion and Brunch

Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Lunenburg Senior Center, 25 Memorial Drive, Lunenburg
Description: RSVP to this brunch and discussion of Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus by calling 978.582.4166.

Sunday, March 22

Community Read Event: Screening and Discussion of Breaking the Silence

Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St., Fitchburg
Description: Breaking the Silence: The Generation after the Holocaust is an award-winning documentary which interviews adult children of Holocaust survivors, as they share their memories of growing up with parents who could not recount their years in Nazi camps. 

Saturday, March 28

Nursing Department Conference: Honoring Our Past, Envisioning Our Future

Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Hammond Hall
Description: This program will include panel talks and plenary addresses looking at the history of Fitchburg State's nursing program as well as trends that will impact the future of healthcare. By registration only.

Monday, March 30

Community Read Event: Rising Nationalism around the World

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Hall
Description: Professors, Eric Budd, Kate Jewell, Ben Lieberman and Ben Railton will discuss competing visions of the nation, and who belongs to the nation historically and today. The panelists will explore the political and socio-economic significance of rising nationalism and globalization, both at home and abroad.

Wednesday, April 1

Quasquicentennial Celebration

Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Athletics and Recreation Center
Description: Our campus community gathers to celebrate 125 years of changing lives.

Thursday, April 2

15th Annual Drag Show

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Athletics and Recreation Center
Description: This fun annual event raises awareness and scholarship support.

Wednesday, April 8

See Yourself and Your Town in the Movies: Fitchburg on Film in 1941 Screening and Presentation

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Hall
Description: Thanks to a film digitizing and restoration project organized by Professor Charles Roberts (Communications Media) and presented in collaboration with the Fitchburg Historical Society, a peculiar insight into a Fitchburg of the past returns to the big screen. This Amateur Service Productions film was shot in November of 1941 as a "slice of life" curiosity for local residents of the time, but it has survived as another sort of curiosity: a constructed document about a Fitchburg only barely within living memory. The presentation will include a curated selection of footage excerpts introduced by Professor Roberts and a brief discussion led by Fitchburg Historical Society Director Susan Navarre.

Thursday, April 23

11th Annual Undergraduate Conference for Research and Creative Practice

Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Hammond Hall
Description: This showcase of student research and creative work has something for everyone. Day classes are canceled so that all members of the campus community can participate in this distinctive showcase.

Spring Convocation

Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Weston Auditorium
Description: Our annual celebration of student excellence.