News from UMass Lowell for Week of May 18, 2009

05/18/2009
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May 18, 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 what else is going on at UMass Lowell:

Student Artwork on Display at BFA Exhibition
M2D2 Company Showcase, Open House Caps Off Small Business Week
Professor Shares Rich History of City’s Parks
Program Explores Southeast Asian Culture in Lowell
Commencement Eve Event Celebrates Student Leaders, Honorees
Harold Ford Jr. to Address Record Number of Graduates

Student Artwork on Display at BFA Exhibition

When:             Exhibition runs Tuesday, May 19 through Thursday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closing reception is Thursday, May 21, 5 to 7 p.m.

What:              The UMass Lowell Art Department presents the Spring 2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, featuring graduating seniors’ projects from the art and design studios. The exhibition will close with a gala reception, which is free and open to the public. The artwork is on display at both the Dugan and the University galleries.

Where:            Dugan Gallery, Dugan Hall, UML South, 883 Broadway St., Lowell; University Gallery, McGauvran Student Union, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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M2D2 Company Showcase, Open House Caps Off Small Business Week

When:             Thursday, May 21, 3:30 to 8 p.m.

What:              The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), which helps start-up companies and entrepreneurs bridge the gap between the invention and commercial production of new medical devices, will hold a company showcase and open house. Chancellor Marty Meehan will open the event at 3:30 p.m. Information on two dozen potential new products will be on display and 12 will be pitched to potential private and public investors from 4 to 6 p.m. Networking and an open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. The event caps off the city of Lowell’s Small Business Week.

Where:            Wannalancit Mill Conference Room and M2D2 Headquarters, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

Contact for Media:    Renae Lias Claffey, Public Affairs, 978-934-3233 or Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Professor Shares Rich History of City’s Parks

When:             Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m.

What:              Marie Frank, professor of art and architectural history in the UMass Lowell Department of Cultural Studies, will present a history of Lowell’s city parks. More than a dozen sites in Lowell were designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, including Rogers Fort Hill, Shedd Park, Tyler Park and the landscaping around City Hall. Frank’s talk will emphasize the purpose of these parks going back to the 19th century and their characteristic design features. This event is presented by the College Club of Greater Lowell.

Where:            O’Leary Library, Room 327, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Seminar Explores Southeast Asian Culture in Lowell

When:             Tuesday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What:              UMass Lowell’s Tuyet-Lan Pho and Prof. Jeffrey Gerson will join Sylvia Cowan of Lesley University to host a series of presentations on Southeast Asian culture and history, including “Untold Stories: Factors Lao and Khmer High School Students Consider When Deciding to Stay or Leave School,” “Perspectives of Successful Cambodian-American Youth,” “Vietnamese Women and the War” and “Forced Returns and Displacement Again” of Cambodians. The program is sponsored by a grant from the Mogan Cultural Center in Lowell.

Where:            McGauvran Student Center, Room 410, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Commencement Eve Event Celebrates Student Leaders, Honorees

When:             Friday, May 29, event begins at 5 p.m.; program is at 6 p.m.

What:              UMass Lowell’s Commencement Eve Celebration will give the public a chance to meet this year’s speaker, Harold Ford Jr., chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council and former congressman from Tennessee, as well as honorary degree recipients, Distinguished Alumni Award winner and student leaders in community service and academic achievement. The gala event also serves as a fundraiser for student scholarships and features brief remarks from the honored guests and event chairman alumnus John Kennedy ’70.

Where:            Allen House, UML South, Two Solomont Way, Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Harold Ford Jr. to Address Record Number of Graduates

When:             Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.

What:              Harold Ford Jr. ߝ chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, MSNBC/NBC News analyst, former Tennessee Congressman, speaker at the 2000 Democratic Convention ߝ will address a record number of graduates at UMass Lowell’s commencement. About 2,200 students, the largest graduating class in university history, are expected to receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Following the ceremony at the Tsongas Arena, individual colleges will host receptions for graduates and their guests. The University will recognize four honorary degree recipients: Bernard Amadei, founder of Engineers Without Borders; George L. Duncan, founding chairman of Enterprise Bank and several local organizations; artist and humanitarian Chaz Maviyane-Davies; and Robert C. Pozen, chairman of MFS Investment Management, former top executive with Fidelity Investments and former state secretary of economic affairs. The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Kathleen Beaumont Allen, retired executive of Billerica-based Millipore Corp.

Where:            Paul E. Tsongas Arena, 300 Arcand Ave., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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