News from UMass Lowell for Week of May 3, 2010

05/04/2010
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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:

New UMass Lowell Police Chief is Sworn In
Auschwitz Survivor Talks About Meaning of Life
Graduate Programs Featured in Open House
'Performamatics' Presents Equipment to School
Concert Features Renowned Composer's Work
Off-Broadway Players Present ‘Footloose’
Awards Presented to Outstanding Student Athletes


New UMass Lowell Police Chief is Sworn In   

When:   Tuesday, May 4, 8:30 a.m.

What:    UMass Lowell and the regional law-enforcement community will officially welcome Randy Brashears, the university’s new police chief and director of public safety, at a swearing-in ceremony on the front steps of the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell (rain location is the center’s lobby). Brashears will be sworn in by Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone. The program will also feature a bagpiper, members of the UMass Lowell ROTC Color Guard and the National Anthem will be performed by a UMass Lowell student. Chancellor Marty Meehan will offer remarks. Those expected to attend include representatives of the Massachusetts State Police; Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department; and police departments from Lowell, Dracut, Chelmsford, UMass Amherst, UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth.

Where:   Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, 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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Auschwitz Survivor Talks About Meaning of Life   

When:      Wednesday, May 5, 4 to 5:15 p.m.

What:       Can meaning be found for our lives in the face of suffering and evil? Are we deprived of all freedoms or do we have reason to hope? Is it all a matter of how we look at life? Responses to these questions and more will be considered from the perspective of Auschwitz survivor Dr. Victor Frankl, author of “The Meaning of Life.” Join the discussion with Philosophy Department Profs. Whitley Kaufman, Amelia Freedman and John Kaag.

Where:    Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., 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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Graduate Programs Featured in Open House   

When:     Wednesday, May 5, 4 to 7 p.m.

What:      At an open house, UMass Lowell will showcase its graduate certificate, master’s and doctoral programs in education, engineering, health, management and social and applied sciences.  Faculty and program coordinators will be on hand to discuss program specifics. The most recent addition to the offerings is Professional Science Master’s degrees, non-thesis programs that combine science and math courses with studies in business, communication and leadership skills and an internship. These programs, developed in conjunction with industry advisory boards, are specifically designed to enhance career possibilities.

Where:      UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren 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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'Performamatics' Presents Equipment to School   

When:     Thursday, May 6, 8:30 a.m.

What:      UMass Lowell faculty members from the Performamatics program will present teachers and students at Parker Middle School in Chelmsford with digital recording equipment to support their studies of the intersection of music and science. UMass Lowell Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney and Chelmsford Superintendent of Schools Donald Yeoman are also scheduled to participate in the event. The professors ߝ from fields including computer science, sound recording technology and music ߝ work with students and teachers in local schools through Performamatics, a National Science Foundation-supported program. At Parker Middle School, professors are collaborating with music and technology teachers on how they can record rehearsals and post those recordings online and convert them to MP3s for students to use while practicing.

Where:        Parker Middle School, 75 Graniteville Road, Chelmsford

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


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Concert Features Reknowned Composer's Work   

When:      Thursday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.

What:       UMass Lowell Conductor Deb Huber, recipient of the Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize, chose to use her financial award to commission new instrumental works for students to perform. One is by composer James L. Hosay, a retired staff arranger for the U.S. Army and composer for many well-known recording artists, including Patti LaBelle, Amy Grant, Reba McEntire and Lee Greenwood. The New England Senior Youth Wind Ensemble, under the baton of Huber, will perform “All Creatures Great and Small: A Celebration of the Earth.” The concert is free and open to the public.

Where:     Durgin Concert 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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Off-Broadway Players Present ‘Footloose’   

When:     Thursday, May 6, through Sunday, May 9; performances at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

What:       UMass Lowell’s Off Broadway Players present the well-known musical “Footloose.” This popular 80’s movie-turned-musical offers upbeat tempos, fast-paced dance numbers and a talented cast and crew of UMass Lowell students. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for all others and available at the box office.

Where:     Mahoney Hall, Comley-Lane Theater, UML South, 870 Broadway 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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Awards Go to Outstanding Student Athletes

When:       Tuesday, May 11, 6:15 p.m.

What:       The UMass Lowell Department of Athletics will celebrate the academic year with the 2010 Excellence Awards Night that includes a reception. Tickets for parents, family members and friends can be purchased for $25 from the Athletics, 978-934-2310.

Where:       Costello Athletic Center, UML North, 31 University Ave., Lowell

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


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