News from UMass Lowell for Week of Oct. 24

10/24/2011


This 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 “News.” Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on terrorism, including the trial of a Massachusetts man accused of planning a terrorist act; the dangers of the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA); and overcoming the upcoming time change’s effects on the body.

‘We Are Egypt:’ Documentary and Discussion Features Experts Roundtable
Acclaimed Cartoonist Lynda Barry Presents Two Free Events for Public
Businesses to Recruit UMass Lowell Students at Career Fair
Student Theater Program Presents ‘Top Girls’
Celebration of Philanthropy Recognizes Donors, Students
Children Celebrate Halloween with Safe Trick-or-Treat Event
UMass Lowell Ice Hockey Home Opener Ushers in New Era
Stories Uncovered of Child Laborers Photographed in 1900s
Professors Perform the Music of Cambodian-American Chinary Ung
Chancellor Meehan Moderates Discussion on 2012 Presidential Primaries
 

‘We Are Egypt:’ Documentary and Discussion Features Experts Roundtable

When: Tuesday, Oct. 25; film at 11 a.m., discussion at 12:15 p.m.

What: “We Are Egypt,” is a documentary about the struggle for democracy in Egypt that led to the historic uprising in early 2011. Filmed in Egypt over the preceding 14 months, the story is told through the eyes of Egypt’s youth activists, labor movements and political opposition figures. A panel discussion after the film will include UMass Lowell political science Prof. Deina Abdelkader, who has lived in Egypt and is the author on a book about Middle East democracy movements; Greg Aftandilian, former foreign policy adviser to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and an associate at UMass Lowell’s Center for Middle East Peace, Development and Culture; Paula Rayman, the center’s director, and Lillie Paquette, the film’s director.

Where:          Alumni Hall, UML North, 1 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine_Gillette@uml.edu, 978-934-2209,  or Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu, 978-934-4944 

Acclaimed Cartoonist Lynda Barry Presents Two Free Events for Public

When: Talk and book signing – Tuesday, Oct. 25, 3 to 5 p.m.
                Workshop – Wednesday, Oct. 26, 3:15 to 5:45 p.m.

What: Critically acclaimed cartoonist, author and painter Lynda Barry, the fall 2011 artist in residence for UMass Lowell’s Center for Arts and Ideas, will present a talk, book-signing and creative workshop to the campus community and public. Barry writes the nationally syndicated comic strip, “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” and has published several illustrated novels, such as award-winning “The Good Times are Killing Me” and the bestselling book, “What It Is,” which won the Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Graphic Novel. Come find out why cartoonist Matt Groening calls Barry “The Funk Queen of the Galaxy.” During Tuesday’s event, Barry will talk about her creative process and discuss her recent work. On Wednesday, a free public workshop will focus on storytelling through words and images. The session is limited to a maximum of 60 people. To reserve a space, contact Tiffany_Avilla@uml.edu

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

Contacts for media:   Christine_Gillette@uml.edu, 978-934-2209, or Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu, 978-934-4944

Businesses to Recruit UMass Lowell Students at Career Fair

When:         Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1 to 4 p.m.

What:          More than 80 companies will be on campus to recruit students for full-time employment, cooperative and internship positions during UMass Lowell’s Career Services and Cooperative Education Center Engineering and Technology Career Fair. The event’s sponsors include Airvana Inc., AptarCary, Bottomline Technologies, Enterasys Networks, Foliage Software Systems, Illinois Tool Works and SMC Ltd. (Note: While the media is invited to cover this event, it is not open to the general public.)

Where:        Campus Recreation Center, UML East, 290 Pawtucket St., Lowell

Contacts for media:   Christine_Gillette@uml.edu, 978-934-2209, or Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu, 978-934-4944

Student Theater Program Presents ‘Top Girls’

When:         Thursday, Oct. 27 through Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.

What:          Caryl Churchill’s play, “Top Girls” confronts the cultural politics of feminism and business. Directed by Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty member Anna Southwick, the performance is produced by the UMass Lowell Theater Arts Program. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults, and are available at the Student Information Center in McGauvran Hall, and at the box office one hour before each performance. For more information, call 978-934-5001 or contact Katherine_Conlon@uml.edu.

Where:         Comley-Lane Theatre, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell

Contacts for media:   Christine_Gillette@uml.edu, 978-934-2209, or Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu, 978-934-4944

Celebration of Philanthropy Recognizes Donors, Students

When:         Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28

What:          UMass Lowell will honor those who have made contributions to the university that enhance education and research every day, including funding student scholarships. The first-ever Celebration of Scholarship Luncheon will be held on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. to bring individuals who have established scholarships together with the students who have benefited from those funds. The newly renovated second floor of Lydon Library, now called the Katen Learning Commons, will be rededicated to honor Lowell Tech alumni Paul and Cheryl Katen, who made the largest gift ever to UMass Lowell’s libraries. 

Other events include:
• The Chancellor’s Leadership Society Reception on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., which will recognize those who have donated at least $1,000 annually and introduce the new Circle of Distinction for benefactors who have given more than $1 million to UMass Lowell.
• The Vision for Growth Campus Tour on Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m., highlighting the university’s expansion – the Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center; the Health and Social Sciences Building; University Crossing; the UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse and the future site of the College of Management building.

Where:        Locations across campus; contact the Office of Public Affairs for details

Contacts for media:   Christine_Gillette@uml.edu, 978-934-2209, or Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu, 978-934-4944

Children Celebrate Halloween with Safe Trick-or-Treat Event

When: Friday, Oct. 28, 5 to 7 p.m.
What:          Lowell families with children under 12 will enjoy at boo!-tiful, bounty-filled Safe Trick-or-Treat event at UMass Lowell’s Sheehy and Concordia residence halls. The evening will include games, food and a haunted house (beware!). Members of the university community will staff this event that unites UMass Lowell’s students with the city’s residents.          

Where:        Sheehy and Concordia halls, Solomont Way, UML South, Lowell

Contacts for media:   Christine_Gillette@uml.edu, 978-934-2209, or Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu, 978-934-4944
 
UMass Lowell Ice Hockey Home Opener Ushers in New Era

When:         Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

What:          Cheer on the River Hawks as the men’s hockey team kicks off its 2011-2012 season before the home crowd against the Boston College Eagles. First-year head coach Norm Bazin — a former River Hawk player from 1990 to 1994 and an assistant coach from 1996 to 2000 — will be calling the shots behind the bench along with new assistants Jason Lammers and Cam Ellsworth. Student-athletes returning to the team this year include a pair of 30-point scorers, senior David Vallorani and junior Riley Wetmore. New boards and new ice at the rink and new amenities throughout Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell are poised to enhance fans’ experience for years to come. For ticket information, visit www.goriverhawks.com/tickets/masl-tickets.html.

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

Contacts for media:   Christine_Gillette@uml.edu, 978-934-2209, or Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu, 978-934-4944

Stories Uncovered of Child Laborers Photographed in 1900s 

When: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

What:  Researcher Joe Manning will present “The Lewis Hine Project: Tracking down the Lives of Child Laborers.” In the early 1900s, Hine, a photojournalist, captured the everyday existence of child laborers in mills and factories across the country. His gritty and powerful portraits helped spur the creation of child labor laws in the United States. Captivated by Hine’s images, Manning wondered what happened to the children in front of the camera. Through his work, he has identified more than 5,000 of Hine’s subjects and interviewed their descendants, many of whom did not know such photographs of their parents and grandparents existed. During this free presentation, Manning will share the stories of the children and discuss his quest for their families. This presentation, part of the Parker Lecture series, is one in the 20th anniversary series of events of the Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership of Lowell National Historical Park and the UMass Lowell Graduate School of Education. The Parker Series is held in cooperation with the Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!, Lowell National Historical Park, the UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas and Middlesex Community College.

Where:        Lowell National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell 

Contacts for media:   Christine_Gillette@uml.edu, 978-934-2209, orNancy_Cicco@uml.edu, 978-934-4944

Professors Perform the Music of Cambodian-American Chinary Ung

When: Thursday, Nov. 3; performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
What:           For “East Meets West: The Music of Chinary Ung,” the latest in the Music on the Merrimack series, UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College performance faculty members will give a free concert celebrating the music of Cambodian-American composer Chinary Ung, whose work often uses western instruments to convey traditional elements in Cambodian music. Ung is the first American composer to win the international Grawemeyer Award, often referred to as the Nobel Prize for music composition. The music series showcases musicians from Lowell whose work reflects the area’s various cultural communities and traditions. Performers offer master classes and demonstrations for music students during the day. The series is presented by the UMass Lowell Music Department and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  

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

Contacts for media:   Christine_Gillette@uml.edu, 978-934-2209, or Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu, 978-934-4944

Chancellor Meehan Moderates Discussion on 2012 Presidential Primaries

When: Monday, Nov. 7, noon to 1:30 p.m.

What:        Media and politics experts with their finger on the pulse of the race for the Oval Office will discuss the topics, trends and strategies of the candidates vying for their party’s nomination in the 2012 presidential primaries. The event will be moderated by UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, who served the Fifth Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007. The event is part of UMass Lowell’s Lunchtime Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact the Center for Arts & Ideas at 978-934-3107.
Where:      UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell 

Contacts for media:   Christine_Gillette@uml.edu, 978-934-2209, or Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu, 978-934-4944