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March 21, 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
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Hot topics of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on radiation exposure, nuclear power, the political situation in the Middle East and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Student Moviemakers Screen Works at MovieFest
When: Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m.
What: Student moviemakers will showcase their talent at the second annual Campus MovieFest Red Carpet Finale. The top 16 movies created by UMass Lowell students will be screened and winners will be awarded prizes including Final Cut Pro editing software, iPods and an invitation to the 2011 International Grand Finale, the world’s largest student film festival, to be held in Hollywood in June. The event is free.
Where: Cumnock Hall, UML North, 31 University Ave., Lowell
University Marks 20th Anniversary of ADA
When: Monday, March 28, 10 to 11 a.m.
What: UMass Lowell will kick off a celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The first event will feature several speakers, including an official from the state commission for disabilities and a student. During the event, students will sign a large banner that reads “I Agree to Disable the Label,” which will be permanently displayed on campus. Throughout the week, members of the UMass Lowell community and representatives of organizations and agencies will host a variety of events to raise awareness about issues facing people who are challenged with disabilities. Events include a demonstration of technologies developed or adapted to help people with disabilities
Where: Kick-off event will be at Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell.
Lunchtime Lecture Examines Diversity in Health Care
When: Monday, March 28, noon to 1:30 p.m.
What: As demographics in the United States continue to shift, delivering health care that meets the needs of an increasingly diverse population is critical to eliminating health disparities, improving access to services and reducing the financial burden associated with care. Prof. Margaret Knight of UMass Lowell’s Department of Nursing will examine these issues and look at what needs to be done to recruit and retain diverse individuals in college and university health-related programs to ensure the health-care workforce represents the patient population. The talk is part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures, Middlesex Community College, Prof. Bill Mass and the UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas. The lecture is open to the public. To attend, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St. Lowell.
‘Big Jazz Night’ Concert Features Big Bands
When: Tuesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
What: The sound of Big Band music will fill the air at the “Big Jazz Night” concert. UMass Lowell’s 18-piece Studio Jazz Orchestra and the 22-piece Jazz Rock Big Band will open for the nationally acclaimed Compaq Big Band. The concert is free and open to the public.
Where: Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
Special Event Celebrates UMass Lowell’s Past and Future
When: Wednesday, March 30, 3 to 6 p.m.
: UMass Lowell’s future and past will come together with the ceremonial “topping off” of steel on the new Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC) and the opening of the Smith Hall time capsule. Students, faculty and staff and the members of the community are invited to come and sign their names to the steel beam, the final one to be added to the ETIC, an 84,000-square-foot building that will be home to experts in cutting-edge fields such as nanotechnology, plastics engineering and biomedicine. The time capsule was discovered during demolition of Smith Hall, a dormitory that was razed to make way for the ETIC. The celebration will include a reunion of former Smith Hall residents and the opening of the time capsule, which was assembled in 1947. A reception and an exhibit of historical photos will follow at Alumni Hall. Anyone interested in attending the reception should RSVP to Jacqueline_Ledoux@uml.edu
Where: Topping off of steel beam – behind Lydon Library, 84 University Ave., UML North, Lowell. Reception – Alumni Hall, 84 University Ave., UML North, Lowell.
Students to Learn Salary Negotiation Strategies
When: Monday, April 4, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
What: For graduating students, one of the trickiest parts of landing a first job is negotiating the salary. The Start Smart Wage Negotiation Workshop will provide students with hands-on practice in benchmarking salaries for the jobs they want and negotiating pay. The workshop will be conducted by the WAGE Project and facilitated by Evelyn Murphy, the organization’s president (and former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts). The event is sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Center for Women and Work. (Note: the workshop is open to students only. The media is invited to cover the event).
Where: Dugan Hall, 883 Broadway St., UML South, Lowell.