Healthy Campus Project Goes Vertical with Stairwell Mural

09/24/2008
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

Teens from The Revolving Museum Paint Mural to Encourage Use of Stairs

LOWELL, Mass. ߝ The Teen Arts Group of The Revolving Museum came to the UMass Lowell campus for two weeks this summer, wielding paintbrushes and rollers with the mission to create a mural in the O’Leary Library stairwell.

The project, part of the campus-wide Healthy Campus initiative funded by a dean’s signature grant of the School of Health and Environment, is now complete ߝ all six floors. About two dozen students from Lowell High School participated in the painting project.

“We hope it will increase stairwell use and stimulate awareness of the benefits of physical activity,” says Deirdra Murphy, assistant professor of physical therapy and director of the Healthy Campus campaign.

“After a couple of trips to see the artwork, people may find themselves using the stairs more often because it makes them feel good in spite of the challenge,” adds Diana Coluntino, youth arts program director for the museum. “The students thoroughly enjoyed this project.”

A bike-borrowing program, another part of the Healthy Campus initiative, is already breaking usage records on campus. Students, faculty and staff can take a bike, complete with helmet and lock, for a day’s travel around campus and the city. A student-led survey on accessibility for walking and biking on campus has also been completed.
“The city and campus are very conducive to walking and biking, with just a few exceptions, and we have great bus service,” says Tom Miliano, director of the Office of Facilities, which is a partner in the Healthy Campus initiative. “With the University Avenue bridge closed, it’s a good reminder to leave the car parked and get around campus by other means.”

UMass Lowell, with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 12,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education. www.uml.edu.

###