News from UMass Lowell for the Week of April 25, 2011

04/25/2011
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April 25, 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 “UML in the 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  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 evolving political situation in the Middle East, the economic impact of gasoline prices and National Poetry Month. 


Student Cooks Face Off in Iron Chef Finals
When:        Tuesday, April 26, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

What:         Three teams of students will be vying for top honors in the final round of the Second Annual UMass Lowell Iron Chef Competition. Each team will be given a basket with four secret ingredients and will have to prepare a three-course meal in 90 minutes.
 
Where:       UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell 

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu


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2011 Pulitzer Winner Kay Ryan to Read Poetry on Campus
When:         Tuesday, April 26; reception at 6 p.m. and reading at 7 p.m.

What:          Kay Ryan, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for poetry and former U.S. poet laureate, will read from her work at a free event that is open to the public. Ryan has published several books of poetry and her poems have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and the Paris Review. This event is presented as part of the university’s National Poetry Month programs, which also include a reading on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. by alumnus Michael Casey and Nicholas Samaras that is co-sponsored by the Hellenic Culture and Heritage Society of Lowell, UMass Lowell Hellenic Studies Center and UMass Lowell Center for Arts & Ideas. 

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 Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Free Concerts Feature Choral, Instrumental, A Capella Music
When:        Tuesday, April 26, Wednesday, April 27, and Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.

What:          Student musicians will perform in a series of concerts that are free and open to the public.  The schedule includes:

Tuesday, April 26 - The University Choir and Choral Union Spring Concert, led by Prof. Murray Kidd, will feature music from countries around the world, including Serbia, South Africa and India, and will also include jazz and pop music. 
Wednesday, April 27 - UMass Lowell’s 90-piece Concert Band will perform traditional and modern compositions. 
Friday, April 29 - Hawkapella, UMass Lowell’s student vocal group, is hosting a night of a capella music. In addition to Hawkapella, performers will include Mount Holyoke’s Diversions and UMass Lowell’s Soulfege
Where:       Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St. Lowell 

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Students to Help with Merrimack River Clean-Up
When:          Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m.

What:          UMass Lowell’s Day of Service will focus efforts on cleaning up the Merrimack River. Student volunteers will be partnering with the Clean River Project, a local non-profit organization, and spend the day clearing debris from the banks of the Merrimack. 

Where:        UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse, 500 Pawtucket Blvd., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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‘East Meets West’ Showcases Music and Dance
When:         Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m.

What:          A unique mix of musicians and dancers will come together for “Dancing in Concert: East Meets West,” a free performance open to the public. Featured performers include the Angkor Dance Troupe, members of the New England Orchestra, the Lowell Youth Orchestra and faculty from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Middlesex Community College. Central to the performance is the music of award-winning, Cambodian-born composer Chinary Ung. Kay George Roberts, a professor in UMass Lowell’s Department of Music, will conduct. Roberts is the founder and director of the Lowell Youth Orchestra and the New England Orchestra, Lowell’s only professional chamber music orchestra. The evening will also feature solo performances by renowned musicians Mark Berger on violin and Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta on piano.

Where:       Eliot Church, 273 Summer St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu


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Anti-Racism Activist Speaks at ‘Conversations at the Crossroads’
When:        Tuesday, May 3, 5 p.m.

What:         Tim Wise, a noted anti-racism writer and speaker, will be featured in the May 3 installment of “Conversations at the Crossroads,” a dialogue series presented by UMass Lowell’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. The event is open to the public but seating is limited and should be reserved by calling 978-934-4336.

Where:       Cumnock Hall Auditorium, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Air Force ROTC Celebrates 60 Years on Campus
When:        Thursday, May 5, 4 to 4:45 p.m.

What:         UMass Lowell’s Detachment 345, the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit established in 1951, was in the very first cohort of college-based programs in the United States. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of continuous Air Force ROTC on campus, the corps of cadets and honor guard will perform a flag retreat ceremony for the public at the Cumnock Hall flag pole, followed by a reception in Alumni Hall for detachment alumni, university administrators and the ROTC cadets. Keynote speaker will be retired Air Force Col. Richard W. Lombardi, a UMass Lowell ROTC alumnus who is executive director of the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base.

Where:       Cumnock Hall front lawn, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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