News from UMass Lowell for the Week of March 8, 2010

03/09/2010
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March 8, 2010: 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.

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Former White House Security Expert Speaks
New Composition by Alum in Free Concert
Tickets on Sale for Drake at Tsongas Center
Kerouac’s Birthday Celebrated at UMass Lowell
Students Serve Community Over Spring Break

Former White House Security Expert Speaks

When:  Monday, March 8, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

What:  John Piper, who worked for the U.S. Secret Service, will share best practices in security and personal anecdotes with students. Piper led the Forensic Sciences and Technical Security divisions in the federal law enforcement agency and also worked for the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Transportation. In the private sector, he managed global security engineering and risk management for ExxonMobil Corp. The event is sponsored by the UMass Lowell Criminal Justice and Criminology Department.

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

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

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New Composition by Alum in Free Concert

When:  Monday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.

What:  The UMass Lowell Wind Ensemble will perform a new, three-movement work titled “Suite Folkloristic” that combines musical influences from various cultures including Hebrew melodies, Negro spirituals and Neopolitan folk music. The concert composer, Pasquale Tassone ’72, has created more than 100 original musical compositions and hundreds of arrangements for ensembles, earning him worldwide recognition. Tassone earned first prize for composing “Laudate Dominum,” which was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The concert is free and open to the public.

Where:  Durgin Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

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

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Tickets on Sale for Drake at Tsongas Center

When:  Tuesday, March 9, 10 a.m.

What:   Drake, who was nominated for a Grammy even before his first full-length album was released, is performing at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Thursday, April 29. It’s the first stop on the “The Away from Home Tour” that is open to the public, as well as UMass Lowell students, and one of only two public shows in New England on this tour. The UMass Lowell show is the first major show for the Tsongas Center since it was acquired by the university last month.  Tickets for the show go on sale on Tuesday, March 9 and are $25 for the general public and $15 for UMass Lowell students; all seating is general admission. The public can purchase tickets at the Tsongas Center box office or via Ticketmaster. Discount tickets for UMass Lowell students are only available at the box office.

Where: Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

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

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Kerouac’s Birthday Celebrated at UMass Lowell

When: Thursday, March 11

What:  Record and film producer and Lowell native Jim Sampas will host a CD listening session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the soundtrack recording from his new documentary film, “One Fast Move or I’m Gone,” about Kerouac’s novel “Big Sur.” The soundtrack songs are by Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Jay Farrar of Son Volt. Sampas will give a behind-the-scenes account as executive producer of the CD. Documentary film director Curt Worden and co-producers Gloria Bailen and Jim Sampas will participate in a discussion at 3 p.m. following a showing of “One Fast Move or I’m Gone.” Contact Paul_Marion@uml.edu to reserve a seat. For a complete listing of Kerouac events throughout Lowell, visit www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org.

Where:  CD Listening Session ߝ Durgin Hall, Room 114, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell
Documentary ߝ O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

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

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Students Serve Community Over Spring Break
 
When:
  Monday, March 15 through Thursday, March 19
 
What:   Students who want to make a difference, can participate in Urban Immersion ߝ a week of community service projects in Lowell during Spring Break. Students will work with the Coalition for a Better Acre, Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell and The Revolving Museum. Most activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a few evening service opportunities. Urban Immersion is a project of UMass Lowell’s Center for Family, Work and Community.

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

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