News from UMass Lowell for Week of Jan. 30

01/30/2012


This is 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication. In case of inclement weather, call 978-934-2121 to learn whether the UMass Lowell campus is closed.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on the marketing strategy behind Super Bowl commercials, the race for GOP frontrunner status in the Florida primary, and the political upheaval in Syria. 


Black History Month Events Celebrate MLK’s Legacy

When:         Monday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 5

What:          Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work promoting social justice will be honored and advanced in a series of events that will unite UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff, and the public to help kick off Black History Month. Events presented by UMass Lowell’s Office of Multicultural Affairs include a student speech contest on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. at Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell, and an MLK Day of Service for students on Sunday, Feb. 5 at noon at the Campus Recreation Center, UML East, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell. Other events are:

  • Solidarity march - The public and members of the university community will walk from UMass Lowell’s East Campus to South Campus. The event is co-sponsored by student groups the Association of Students of African Origin (ASAO); Males Achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success (MALES); Sisters of Integrity Striving Towards Empowerment, Respect and Success (SISTERS); and the Latin American Student Association. Monday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. The march will begin at the Campus Recreation Center parking lot, UML East, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell and end with a discussion at the O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
  • “Real Talk, Real Time Conversations” - This forum, co-sponsored by the ASAO, will explore class, race, gender and sexual orientation issues and reflect on King’s fight toward equality and how people can work together to make a difference. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell.
  • MLK Celebration Dinner - This event, the centerpiece of the week, will include a keynote address by author, educator and social activist Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, host of the syndicated television show “Our world with Black Enterprise,” student performances including In Your Company and the UMass Lowell Gospel Choir, and the presentation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Service Awards. Award winners are UMass Lowell Prof. Paula Rayman, director of the university’s Peace and Conflict Studies program, for her work with Israeli and Palestinian women and dedication to nonviolent social action; UMass Lowell graduate student Janet Johnson, for her contributions to advancing the women’s peace movement in Liberia; and Gregg Croteau, the executive director of United Teen Equality Center in Lowell. Winners of the Kathryn Stoklosa P. Middle School contest will also will be recognized. Public registration for the program is closed but media may cover the event. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6 p.m., Cumnock Hall, UML North, 31 University Ave., Lowell.

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

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Community Groups, Faculty to Meet on Service Learning

When:         Thursday, Feb. 2, 8 a.m.

What:          UMass Lowell faculty and representatives from Greater Lowell’s community organizations will come together during this third annual Community Connections Breakfast to explore ways to create more service-learning opportunities for UMass Lowell students. This networking session will help university faculty shape future course work designed to provide experiential education for students in the community.

Where:        Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell

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

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UMass Lowell, Israeli University to Form Partnership

When:         Thursday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m.

What:          Cementing a partnership that began in 2009, officials from UMass Lowell and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel will sign a memorandum of understanding that creates research and educational exchange opportunities for students and faculty from both institutions. UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Ben-Gurion University Rector Zvi Hacohen will sign the agreement. Areas of possible research include climate-change issues and improved water quality in Israel. 

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

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

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Seminar Engages Entrepreneurs to Undertake Philanthropic Causes

When:         Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m. 

What:          Twenty-five entrepreneurs from the region will join UMass Lowell professors David Lewis and Ashwin Mehta of the Manning School of Business for a discussion about how to use business principles to advance philanthropic enterprises in the community. The seminar, “Innovative Ways to Transition to a Social Enterprise,” will feature an address by Robert Harris, chief executive officer and president of CLASS (Citizens League for Adult Special Services) of Lawrence, which provides employment and independent living services to individuals with disabilities. The event is presented by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Initiative, which is supported by the Deshpande Foundation and operated out of the Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell. Sandbox projects promote entrepreneurship, leadership and business ventures in Lowell and Lawrence that enrich these cities and the region.    

Where:        Wannalancit Mills, First Floor, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell 

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

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Fans to Meet NHL Champion Bruins at River Hawks Hockey Games 

When:         Friday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

What:          Boston Bruins and Stanley Cup winners Shawn Thornton and Rich Peverley will greet fans at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Friday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 10 when both will participate in ceremonial puck-drops and sign autographs. Thornton will be on hand on Friday, Feb. 3 as UMass Lowell battles the University of Vermont. Peverley will be at the Tsongas Center on Friday, Feb. 10 as the River Hawks take on Merrimack College. Youth hockey teams that purchase 30 or more tickets for either game will be entered in a drawing to win the chance to meet either Thornton or Peverley in a private session. Fans who purchase tickets to these games in person while wearing a Bruins logo will receive $3 off box-office ticket prices. A “Two for $20” pack offers admission to both games for $10 each. The appearances are presented by LowellBank. To enter the youth hockey raffle, call 978-934-5751. River Hawk hockey home game tickets are available by calling 866-722-8780 or at www.tsongascenter.com.
    
Where:        Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

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

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Art Students Unveil Their Work in 22nd Annual Juried Exhibit

When:         Exhibit runs from Monday, Feb. 6 through Friday, Feb. 24. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday by appointment.

What:          Known as “The BIG Student Show,” this exhibit showcases the multifaceted work of UMass Lowell’s fine arts students working from the university’s art and design studios. The juried show, now in its 22nd year, features works in various media.

Where:        Dugan Gallery, UML South, 883 Broadway St., Lowell   

Contacts for media:  Michele Gagnon, 978-934-3491 or Michele_Gagnon@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Birthday Party Previews Celebration of Charles Dickens’ Ties to Lowell, Legacy

When:         Tuesday, Feb. 7, 3 p.m.

What:          Feb. 7 marks the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens (1812-1870), one of the world’s best-known and best-loved authors. Organizers of “Dickens in Lowell” are hosting a media preview and birthday party for organizers and invited guests (because of space limitations the event is not open to the general public) where they will unveil seven months of events that explore the author’s travels in America, including his 1842 visit to Lowell. Coming events will run from March 30 to Oct. 20 and will include performances, speakers, family and community programs, and the exhibition “Dickens in Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation.” The festival is the brainchild of UMass Lowell English Prof. Diana Archibald, in collaboration with others at UMass Lowell, Lowell National Historical Park, the Charles Dickens Museum of London, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Tsongas Industrial History Center and Lowell’s leading civic and cultural organizations. Should UMass Lowell be closed due to inclement weather, this event likely will go on as scheduled. For weather-related information regarding this event, members of the media should call 978-934-2209.

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

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

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‘The Social Network’ Sparks Discussion on Internet’s Cultural Impact

When:         Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m.

What:          “The Social Network,” director David Fincher’s Academy Award-winning film about the birth of Facebook, is the first in the Common Text Film Series for the 2012 semester. The Common Text program calls first-year English students and others in the UMass Lowell community to read the same book as a springboard for discussion about current issues. This semester’s text is “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” by Nicholas Carr. The book was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in the general non-fiction category.

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

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

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Professor and Wife Exhibit Artwork Rooted in Walden, Merrimack Valley

When:         Exhibit runs through Friday, Feb. 24. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What:          Michael Jones, an artist, athlete, judge and a legal studies professor at UMass Lowell, and his wife, poet Christine Jones, have mounted an exhibit that combines his oil paintings with her verse. “Sustenance” explores their love of the Walden Pond’s natural landscape and other Merrimack Valley landmarks. Admission is $5 for adults, seniors and students, $4.

Where:        Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell 

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