News from UML for Week of Sept. 14, 2009

09/14/2009
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Sept. 14, 2009: 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 about UMass Lowell, 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.

Click on the following links to learn more about what’s in this issue:
Students to be Honored at Bring Diversity to Nursing Program
Constitution Day Forum: ‘The Impact of Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court’
Documentary on Social Class Kicks Off Common Text Film Series
Google Executive Shares Experiences, Career Advice at Alumni Showcase
National Expert Explores the ‘Plot Against Pensions’
Sept. 11 Remembrance:  ‘Asking the Right Questions about Homeland Security’

Students to Be Honored at Bring Diversity to Nursing Program

When:            Monday, Sept. 14, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

What:             The second annual Bring Diversity to Nursing Reception will honor 23 students that were accepted into the program as well as 18 returning students. The Department of Nursing received $1 million in federal and state grants to recruit, retain and graduate high-quality minority and economically disadvantaged nursing students at UMass Lowell. The students who passed the scrutiny of the enrollment committee will receive scholarships, equipment, support and mentoring to help them succeed in the nursing program. 

Where:           Weed Hall Lobby, UML South, 875 Broadway St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net.

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Constitution Day Forum: ‘The Impact of Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court’

When:            Tuesday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m.

What:             In observation of Constitution Day, Profs. Fred Lewis and Frank Talty will discuss “The Impact of Sonya Sotomayor on the U.S. Supreme Court.”  The event is sponsored by University of Massachusetts Lowell Enrollment and Student Success and the Political Science Department. 

Where:           Coburn Hall, Room 203, UML South, 850 Broadway St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net.

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Documentary on Social Class Kicks Off Common Text Film Series

When:            Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m.

What:             A PBS documentary that examines how Americans evaluate and perceive social class for themselves and others will be aired and followed by discussion. The film “People Like Us: Social Class in America” is the first in a series that relate to the book “Class Matters,” which is required reading for all freshmen as part of UMass Lowell’s Common Text Program. Filmmakers Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker traveled across the nation for four years, talking to people from the Hamptons to Western Kentucky about their views about class in America.

Where:           O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Google Executive Shares Experiences, Career Advice at Alumni Showcase

When:            Friday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m.

What:             Managing partner of Google Ventures Richard Miner will kick off the Power of Possibility Alumni Showcase, a speaker series highlighting successful alumni as they return to campus to share their wisdom and career stories. Miner, who received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from UMass Lowell, will talk about his 25 years of experience growing businesses with innovative communications and interface-intensive applications. Miner joined Google Ventures, the venture capital division of the Internet search giant, after Google acquired Android, a mobile platforms company that Miner co-founded.

Where:           Olsen Hall, Room 503, UML North, 198 Riverside St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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National Expert Explores the 'Plot Against Pensions'

When:            Monday, Sept. 21, noon

What:             How to restore the promise of retirement for all Americans? This question will be discussed during the seminar “The Plot Against Pensions, the Plan to Save Them, and Why It Matters for Everyone.”  The speaker ߞ; Teresa Ghilarducci, a professor of economics at the New School for Social Research ߞ; is a frequent media commentator on pensions and policy and has testified before Congress about the importance of pensions. The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Department of Regional Economic and Social Development’s Center for Industrial Competitiveness and Middlesex Community College. 

Where:           UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Sept. 11 Remembrance: ‘Asking the Right Questions About Homeland Security’

When:            Tuesday, Sept. 22, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

What:             Retired Air Force Col. Randall Larsen, executive director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, will speak about the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the road to 9-11 and the aftermath. Larsen served as the founding director of the Institute for Homeland Security, chairman of the Department of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College and as a research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. He is the author of “Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions About Security for You, Your Family, and America.” Larsen will also deliver a talk called "Bioterrorism: Myth or Reality at 11 a.m.

Where:           O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224