UML News for the Week of March 25, 2008

03/25/2008
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

March 25 2008: This is a notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Office of Public Affairs, 978-934-3224. For more stories on UML, visit www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.” Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not intended to be published.

** Inauguration: The week of Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 4 features a variety of events celebrating the inauguration of UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. The week culminates with the inauguration ceremony, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as the keynote speaker and Gov. Deval Patrick as featured speaker. A full press release with details will follow. For more, check out www.uml.edu/inauguration. **

Click on the following links to learn what else is going on at UMass Lowell:

Exploring Kerouac’s Connection to Quebec and the French Language
Information Night on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Lowell Film Festival Turns Lens on Immigration and Globalization
Botball and Botfest: Annual Student Robotics Tournament and Exhibition

Exploring Kerouac’s Connection to Quebec and the French Language

When:             Thursday, March 27, 11 a.m.

What:              Author and journalist Gabriel Anctil explores the links that existed between the province of Quebec and Lowell’s Jack Kerouac, and focuses on Kerouac’s French writings, which were recently discovered in New York. The event is free and open to the public.

Where:           O’Leary Library, Room 222, 121 Wilder St., UML South, Lowell

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu.

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Information Night on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

When:            Thursday, March 27, 6 to 9 p.m.

What:            The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides rights for workers who need to take time away from their job to care for an ailing family member.  This workshop ߝ featuring Bob Schwartz, labor lawyer and author of several books ߝ will educate attendees about how FMLA works, as well as the lesser-known Massachusetts Small Necessities Leave Act.  Cost is $10 per person.  Materials and light refreshment will be provided. To RSVP, e-mail Susan_Damore@uml.edu.
 
Where:           Alumni Hall, 1 University Ave., UML North, Lowell

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu.

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Lowell Film Festival Turns Lens on Immigration and Globalization

When:            Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5

What:            The Lowell Film Festival will present a series of award-winning documentaries, as well as locally and student-produced short films on the subjects of immigration and globalization. The festival will explore these themes and how they relate to Lowell through films and discussions with filmmakers. “Sacco & Vanzetti,” which won the John E. O’Connor Film Award from the American Historical Association, will be screened Friday evening and producer and director Peter Miller will attend. Saturday evening’s presentation, “Bamako,” is set in Mali and was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival and has won several awards. A full schedule of films can be found at www.lowellfilms.org. Reservations are advised for Friday and Saturday evening screenings. Sponsors include the city of Lowell, Cultural Organization of Lowell, the Revolving Museum, Lowell National Historical Park, the Pollard Library, the Patrick Mogan Cultural Center and the University of Massachusetts President’s Office.

Where:           Venues at UMass Lowell and around downtown Lowell; see www.lowellfilms.org for details.

Contacts for Media:   Robert Forrant, 978-934-2094 or Robert_Forrant@uml.edu, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu.

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Botball and Botfest: Annual Student Robotics Tournament and Exhibition

When:             Saturday, April 5. Botball runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Botfest from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

What:              Twenty teams from Massachusetts and Connecticut will test their programming and engineering skills in the Botball. Robots race to outperform one another by saving crew members and supplies before a simulated solar flare. Botfest will feature the engineering and technology creations of 15 New England student groups. Teams include students from Lowell and Lawrence. Botfest offers lots of hands-on technology learning and exploration for children and enthusiasts of all ages. The UMass Lowell Computer Science Club will offer light refreshments as a fundraiser. Please come Children, families, friends and community members are welcome and admission to both events is free. For more, check out www.botfest.org and www.botball.org.


Where:          Costello Gym, Riverside Street, UML North, Lowell
Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu.

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