NEWS FROM UMASS LOWELL

09/19/2003
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

September 19, 2003: A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications and Marketing Office, (978) 934-3224. For more stories on UMass Lowell, visit www.uml.edu and click on NEWS.

 

What's in this issue:

UMass Lowell Team To Row 24-Hours Straight for Special Olympics

Chomsky to Address "Democracy and the Politics of War"

Latin American Students Present "Tres Vidas"

Hildt Encourages Empowering Youth For Social Change

Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue at the World Trade Center

Calling All Voices for Choral Union

 

 

UMass Lowell Team To Row 24-Hours Straight for Special Olympics

 

When: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. to Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m.

 

Where:  UMass Lowell, South Campus Gazebo, 3 Solomont Way

 

What:

The UMass Lowell Crew teams next week will row continuously for 24 hours to raise money for the Special Olympics.  The fundraiser, which the group has been doing annually for a decade, will run from Tuesday at 9 a.m. to Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the gazebo of UMass Lowell's south campus off Solomont Way.

"We like to give back to the community.  It's our charitable donation that we like to do," said Jay Beaudet, co-captain of the Men's Crew team.

The team members, representing over three dozen men and women, will set up two rowing machines, one for warming up and one for use in the marathon.  Team members are soliciting donations prior to the event and also will be collecting money that day.  Anyone interested in contributing should contact Beaudet at 978-934-6325.

 

Contact:  Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238

 

 

Chomsky to Address "Democracy and the Politics of War"

 

When: Wednesday, September 24 at 2 p.m.

 

Where: O'Leary Auditorium, Room 222, UMass Lowell South, Wilder Street, Lowell

 

What:

M.I.T. Linguistics Prof. Noam Chomsky (photo available) will speak at UMass Lowell on "Democracy and the Politics of War," on Wednesday, September 24 at 2 p.m. in the O'Leary Library Audiitorium. The talk is presented by the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute, and the Political Science Department, Sociology Department, and the Library Speaker Series are co-sponsors.

 

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232

 

 

Latin American Students Present "Tres Vidas"

 

When: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.

 

Where: UMass Lowell, Mahoney Auditorium, 870 Broadway, Lowell

 

What:

The UMass Lowell Latin American Students Association will present "Tres Vidas," a musical chamber, on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. at UMass Lowell's Mahoney Hall, 879 Broadway. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

The musical event, which is part of Hispanic Heritage Month, is based on the lives of three legendary Latin American Women:  Mexican Painter Frida Kahlo Argentinean Poet Alfonsina Storni, and Salvadoran peasant-activist Rufina Amaya.

"Tres Vidas" is open to the public.

 

Contact:  Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238

 

 

Hildt Encourages Empowering Youth For Social Change

 

When: Thursday September 25, 12:30-1:45 p.m.

 

Where: 528 O'Leary Library, UMass Lowell South, Wilder Street, Lowell

 

What:

Barbara Hildt, an expert in violence prevention and youth development, will appear in UMass Lowell's O'Leary Library, Thursday, September 25 at 12:30 to discuss empowering youth for social change. A lunch will be served.

A life-time peace and justice activist, Barbara has also been an art teacher, a Peace Corps Volunteer, and a legislator in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In 2003 she founded Youth Empowerment Services to teach young people and adults, who work with youth, practical skills in cooperative leadership for peaceable social change.

This is the first in a series of lunchtime discussions entitled "Exploring Peace and Conflict: Curriculum and Practice." Financial support provided by Council for Diversity and Pluralism and cosponsors, the departments of Regional Economic & Social Development and Sociology, and the Peace & Conflict Studies Institute

For information, contact Prof. Joyce Taylor Gibson, at Joyce_Gibson@uml.edu or (978) 934-4618, or Prof. John MacDougall, at John_MacDougall@uml.edu, (978) 934-4303.

 

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232

 

 

Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue at the World Trade Center

 

When: Thursday, Sept. 25 from 3-4 p.m.

 

Where: Olsen Hall 311, UMass Lowell North, Riverside Street near University Avenue

 

What:

Mark Micire will speak on Thursday, Sept. 25, 3-4 p.m. in Olsen Hall 311, UMass Lowell North. He was a graduate student in the Perceptual Robotics Lab at the University of South Florida when the World Trade Center towers were struck. He spent the next 11 days in New York with a team that used search-and-rescue robots to find trapped victims, helping the fire department and other emergency response teams. The shape-shifting robots could enter spaces too small or dangerous for people or dogs.

Micire will describe the search and review the lessons learned in this first known robot-assisted search and rescue. Micire has since co-founded American Standard Robotics to manufacture robots specifically designed for the search and rescue community.

 

Contact: Sandra Seitz, University Communications, (978) 934-3225

 

 

Calling All Voices for Choral Union

 

When: Monday evenings, 7:30-9:20 p.m., throughout the semester

 

Where: Durgin Hall 113, UMass Lowell South, Wilder Street, Lowell

 

What:

The UML Choral Union is seeking new members for a series of concerts throughout the year including two December performances of selections from Handel's "Messiah."  Other works will be on the program for two separate concerts. Everyone from the University and the surrounding community is welcome. 

No auditions are required but ability to read music is needed. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings, 7:30 to 9:20 p.m., in Durgin Hall 113.

For information, please contact Dr. Christopher McGahan, Director of the UML Choral Program at 978/934-3880 or at <christophermcgahan@comcast.net.

 

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232