News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 21

11/22/2011


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  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 the retail and consumer forecast surrounding “Black Friday” and the holiday shopping season, the issues facing the congressional “super-committee” on deficit reduction and the psychological impact of the alleged assaults by a former Penn State football coach.


Student Music Ensembles Present Free Concerts

What:          UMass Lowell music students will demonstrate their talents during several upcoming free concerts for the public:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles:  Directed by Prof. David Martins, students will perform pieces featuring brass quintets, saxophone and trombone quartets, piano, voice and a clarinet trio. Monday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Fisher Recital Hall, Durgin Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • University Orchestra, “Winter Dreams”: Directed by Prof. Kay George Roberts, the orchestra will perform selections from classical composers including Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Monday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • Percussion Ensemble: Directed by Prof. Jeff Fischer, the UMass Lowell Percussion Ensemble will perform diverse selections. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • Concert Band: Prof. Daniel Lutz will direct UMass Lowell’s 90-piece ensemble in traditional and modern wind band music. Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • Opera Workshop: Vocalists will perform scenes from opera and American theater under the direction of Prof. Janice Giampa. Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Faculty Researcher Discusses Battle Against Human Trafficking 

When:         Tuesday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m.

What:          Kyung Seok Choo, a UMass Lowell assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology, will discuss the issue of  human trafficking of North Korean women for sexual exploitation and forced marriage in China during this presentation on global health issues entitled “Human Rights Approach in Refugee Health: A Case of North Korea Refugees in China.” Choo’s research includes issues surrounding human trafficking and identity fraud. His dissertation included his 2007 book, “Gangs and Immigrant Youth.” 

Where:        Weed Hall, Lecture Hall 2, UML South, 3 Solomont Way, Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

U.S. Competition in Global Economy is Program’s Focus 

When:          Monday, Nov. 28, noon

What:          Christian Weller, a UMass Boston faculty member and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a public-policy research and advocacy group, will present “Leveling Uneven Ground: U.S. Competitiveness, Corporate Governance and Productivity Growth.” The presentation is part of UMass Lowell’s Fall 2011 seminar series “Instability, Fragility and Sustainable Recovery: Global to Local” and is sponsored by the university’s Economics Department, the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Economic and Social Development of Regions program and the Center for Industrial Competitiveness. 

Where:        O’Leary Library, Fifth Floor, Room 500M, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Special Agent, Alumnus Discusses Work at NCIS, Defense Security Service

When:         Thursday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m.

What:          Retired Special Agent Stephen Smith, a UMass Lowell alumnus, will share job-hunting and career advice while recounting his own experiences, including stints with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Defense Security Service. Smith has performed assignments around the world involving security and counter-intelligence activities. A question-and-answer period will follow his presentation, part of UMass Lowell’s Criminal Justice Alumni Speaker Series.

Where:         Weed Hall, Lecture Hall 1, UML South, 3 Solomont Way, Lowell 

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Craft Fair Celebrates Creativity of UMass Lowell Women

When:         Thursday, Dec. 1, 2 to 7 p.m.

What:          Come get your holiday shopping done at “Women’s Works: A Celebration of the Creativity of Women.” Jewelry, photography, knitted items, handmade centerpieces, stained glass pieces and other crafts produced by UMass Lowell students, faculty, staff, alumnae and other regional artists will be for sale during this free, public event. Baked goods, gift-wrapping, a children’s craft corner, face-painting, music performances, silent auction and raffle items will all be part of the fun. Proceeds raised during the fair will benefit the university’s Center for Women & Work. 

Where:        UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Polymer, Solar Cell Experts to Speak at 2011 Tripathy Symposium

When:         Friday, Dec. 2, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What:          New England experts in polymers, silk proteins and solar cells will discuss the latest developments in advanced-materials science during UMass Lowell’s 2011 Sukant Tripathy Annual Memorial Symposium. Tripathy, a UMass Lowell chemistry professor and founder of the university’s Center for Advanced Materials was recognized as a world leader in research in polymers in electronics and optics. He also served as a university provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs from 1994 to 1996.
 
Where:        UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 55 Warren St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Fans Celebrate Stanley Cup Night at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
 
When:         Friday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

What:          New England sports fans will get acquainted with the NHL’s Stanley Cup at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell prior to the River Hawks’ game against Hockey East rivals the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. Known as hockey’s Holy Grail, the cup, captured by the Boston Bruins this year, will visit the arena thanks to event sponsor Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. Managed by the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, the cup is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America and enjoyed a whirlwind summer, touring the globe with Bruins players. River Hawks fans will get their chance to view and take photos of the cup which will be visible from the arena’s main concourse throughout the game. All River Hawk season ticket holders and Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union members who have a valid game ticket will be allowed early entry for photos, beginning at 3 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., doors will open to the public. The game will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased via www.TsongasCenter.com or by calling 866-722-8780.

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

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Winter Holiday Celebration Unites Musical Groups for Performance

When:         Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.

What:          The new UMass Lowell World Music Ensemble will join with the university’s choir, Chamber Singers and Choral Union for a special winter concert of the “Missa Luba,” sung in Latin with Congolese drumming and arranged by Fr. Guido Haazen, and the “Missa Criolla,” by Ariel Ramirez, performed in Spanish with Argentinean and Latin American influences. Choir director Murray Kidd will conduct, joined by soloist Samuel Martinborough and Christina Figueroa, as well as choreographer Betsi Graves. The performance will introduce Thomas Malone in his debut season as director of the Choral Union and new UMass Lowell World Music Ensemble.

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

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Curtain Rises on Off-Broadway Players 

When:         Thursday, Dec. 8 through Saturday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.
                  Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m.

What:          UMass Lowell’s student theater group, the Off-Broadway Players, will perform one-act plays, including Anton Bucher’s “The Bible in Thirty Minutes … Or Less,” and David LeMaster’s “Washington BC.” Advance tickets are available at the Student Information Center, McGaurvan Hall, or by calling 978-934-5001. For more information, contact umloffboradwayplayers@gmail.com.

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

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944