News from UMass Lowell for the Week of May 2, 2011

05/02/2011
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May 2, 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  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 national security and the potential impact of Osama bin Laden’s death; extreme weather; and preventing the epidemic of childhood asthma. 



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

What:         Tim Wise, a noted anti-racism educator and writer, 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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Wind Ensemble to Perform World Premiere of Composition 

When:        Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.

What:         UMass Lowell’s New England Senior Youth Wind Ensemble will perform the world premiere of a brand-new concert band work titled “Three New England Caricatures” based on old New England folk songs. Renowned composer James Curnow, who has created such works as the “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” was commissioned by Debra-Nicole Huber, UMass Lowell’s associate director of bands and director of instrumental music outreach.  Huber commissioned new compositions with the Zuckerberg Prize she received for leadership. 

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

What:         UMass Lowell’s Detachment 345 of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit, established in 1951, was in the very first group 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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Free Concerts: Jazz Lab, Opera Workshop, Contemporary Electronic  
When:        Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.

What:         UMass Lowell students will perform a series of free concerts that are open to the public. The schedule includes:

Wednesday, May 4 - the Jazz Lab will perform under the direction of Charles Gabriel. 
Thursday, May 6 - Opera Workshop students will perform opera scenes in full costume, with staging. Janice Giampa is the stage director and Bonnie Anderson, musical director and pianist. 
Sunday, May 8 – The Contemporary Electronic Ensemble will perform under the direction of Michael Testa.  
Where:        Durgin 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 Document Veterans’ Experiences
 
When:         Monday, May 9, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
 
What:          Students enrolled in the course “Making a Historical Documentary” with Prof. Chad Montrie will be screening short videos they made detailing the experiences of American veterans. The students interviewed veterans of a variety of wars and conflicts, including Vietnam, to document their stories. The screening is free and open to the public.
 
Where:       O’Leary Library, Room 327, 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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For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224