News From UML for Week of May 4, 2009

05/04/2009
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May 4, 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:

New Spanish Club Sponsors Cinco de Mayo Celebration
‘Understanding Katrina’: Film, Discussion with New Orleans Volunteers
Third Annual Foster Care Awareness Day Focuses on Importance of Play
Inaugural Culture Show Features Music, Fashion, Dance and More
University Hall of Fame Inducts Former Coach, Hockey, Softball, Shot Put Alumni
‘Storytelling in Lowell’ with University Faculty and Students, Revolving Museum
String Concert by Local Students Celebrates World Music

New Spanish Club Sponsors Cinco de Mayo Celebration

When:             Tuesday, May 5, 10 a.m.

What:              UMass Lowell’s newly created Spanish Club is sponsoring a celebration of Cinco de Mayo.  The club will offer free food, music, information on Spanish culture and traditions and a piñata. The Spanish Club was created for students interested in Spanish culture and sharing this interest with others.


Where:            South Campus Quad, 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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‘Understanding Katrina’: Film, Discussion with New Orleans Volunteers

When:             Tuesday, May 5, 8:30 p.m.

What:              Students from UMass Lowell’s community service organization Alternative Spring Break (ASB) will give a presentation on the current situation in greater New Orleans, addressing questions such as why it is a human disaster and not a natural disaster, what efforts are being made to help the people of Louisiana and how Massachusetts residents can help. A screening of the award-winning documentary “Trouble the Water” will be held. ASB holds community service events throughout the year, culminating in a large-scale service project over spring break. ASB students recently returned from their second volunteer trip to Louisiana where they assisted in rebuilding efforts. 

Where:            O’Leary Library, Room 222, 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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Third Annual Foster Care Awareness Day Focuses on Importance of Play

When:             Thursday, May 7, 1 to 5 p.m.

What:              The third annual Foster Care Awareness Day at UMass Lowell will focus on the importance of playtime in the development of foster children. Along with this keynote presentation, there will be information on display, perspectives from alumni, parents and child welfare representatives. The event ends with the “Shoe Show,” a presentation of shoes that have been donated for foster children. Last year’s “Shoe Show” collected more than 100 pairs of shoes, with the ultimate goal of raising at least 8,000 pairs of shoes ߞ; one pair per foster child in the state. For a full schedule of speakers and information on where to donate, visit http://faculty.uml.edu/darcus/FCAD.

Where:            O’Leary Library, Room 222, 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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Inaugural Culture Show Features Music, Fashion, Dance and More

When:             Friday, May 8, 7 p.m.

What:              Dance performances from around the world, spoken word, rapping, singing, a fashion show ߞ; the first annual Culture Show sponsored by the Association of Students of African Origin has it all. Local ethnic restaurants will provide a variety of food.

Where:            Comley-Lane Theater, Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 Broadway 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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University Hall of Fame Inducts Former Coach, Hockey, Softball, Shot Put Alumni

When:             Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.

What:              George Davis, who served as head coach of the cross country and track and field programs at UMass Lowell for 33 years, is among four individuals who will be inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame at the 2009 Awards Banquet. Davis joins former hockey standout Shane Henry ’94, softball standout Kristine Botto Drust ’01 and shot putter Heather Oldham ’04, as part of the 2009 induction class. Davis started the men’s cross country/track and field program in 1970 at Lowell Technological Institute and took over the women’s program in 1990. He guided the men’s cross country team to the 1991 NCAA Championship and was named the NCAA New England/Northeast Division II Coach of the Year 19 times before retiring in 2002.

Where:            Costello Athletic Center, UML North, 275 Riverside 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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‘Storytelling in Lowell’ with University Faculty and Students, Revolving Museum

When:             Thursday, May 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

What:              UMass Lowell professors and graduate students will discuss gathering oral histories of immigration, culture and community changes in Lowell. The results are part of a larger project in collaboration with the Lowell National Historical Park on immigration in the city. Members of the community are invited to participate and share their own personal stories of living and growing up in Lowell. 

Where:            Revolving Museum, 22 Shattuck 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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String Concert by Local Students Celebrates World Music

When:             Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m.

What:              The UMass Lowell String Project, featuring local public school students and master teacher Susan Turcotte Gavriel, will perform “One String at a Time.” Guest conductor Bryan Brash will introduce the Lowell Youth Orchestra with a whirlwind tour of dance music from Europe to Africa to South America. Guest violinist Jesus Florido, founding member of Venezuela’s famous “El Sistema” program, will perform his own compositions with the young musicians. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door.

Where:            Durgin Concert Hall, Durgin Hall, UML South, 35 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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