News from UMass Lowell for Week of Dec. 3, 2012

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

12/04/2012


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.” In case of inclement weather, call UMass Lowell’s weather hotline at 978-934-2121; if the university is closed, all events are canceled. Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell’s education experts can offer opinions on Massachusetts’ plan to extend the school day for some students. The university’s economics experts can discuss potential solutions to the nation’s fiscal cliff dilemma. 


Cultural Impact of Latin American Poetry Examined

When:          Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m.
What:           UMass Lowell celebrates the cultural impact of Latin American authors with “Beyond the Nation” when foreign languages expert Michele Davila Goncalves will provide analysis of contemporary Puerto Rican poetry. The event is presented by UMass Lowell’s Department of Cultural Studies and the Spanish Club.

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

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

Former Apple Executive Meets with Business Students

When:          Tuesday, Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m.    
What:           Ken Ratcliffe ’71, a financial officer at Apple Computer from 1987 to 1993, will share his insights into career in finance with UMass Lowell Manning Business School students and others during this Manning Speaker Series event. An early backer of Mediaflex.com, Radcliffe left Apple and became Mediaflex’s chief financial officer. Prior to working for Apple, he worked for Data General in Paris where he was responsible for managing the corporation’s financial operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is the author of the novel “Manhook,” which draws on his business experience and offers a glimpse into the world of venture capitalists. Ratcliffe earned a bachelor of science in business administration with distinction in economics from Lowell Technological Institute, one of UMass Lowell’s predecessor institutions.  

Where:        Falmouth Hall, Room 313, North Campus, 201 Riverside St., Lowell

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

‘Townie’ Inspires Student Creativity at Events 

What:           UMass Lowell’s Common Text Book and Film Series invites first-year English students and members of the community to read the same book and watch films with complementary themes. This semester’s book is “Townie” by Andre Dubus III, a best-selling author and a UMass Lowell English professor. “Townie” tells the story of Dubus’ rough-and-tumble formative years in Haverhill. The series wraps up for the Fall 2012 semester with two free, public events:
* “Townie” Fall Forum, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6 to 8 p.m. – UMass Lowell students will share their artwork, essays and videos inspired by the themes in “Townie.” O’Leary Library Learning Commons, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
* Screening of “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” Monday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. –  This 2006 film, based on the memoir of the same name by writer-director Dito Montiel, offers flashbacks to Montiel’s adolescence in Queens, N.Y., in the 1980s. In the film, Dito, played by Robert Downey Jr., has become a writer and has left behind his neighborhood friends who are embroiled in gang-related violence. 

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

Music Students, Faculty Perform at Free Holiday Concerts

When:          Thursday, Dec. 6 through Friday, Dec. 14
What:           Performing in a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles, UMass Lowell music students and faculty will share their talents during free public, holiday concerts. Performances include: 
  • Concert Band, Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. – Directed by UMass Lowell Director of University Bands Dan Lutz, the 90-piece ensemble performs traditional and modern wind band literature and orchestral transcriptions. Durgin Concert Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell;
  • Opera Workshop, Friday, Dec. 7 and Monday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. – Directed by Janice Giampa, workshop members will perform scenes and acts from their opera and American musical theater repertoire. Fisher Recital Hall, Durgin Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell;
  • Contemporary Electronic Ensemble, Sunday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. – The evening will begin with a brief talk about electronic music followed by a concert by the ensemble that explores electronic production and manipulation of music in a live setting. Sound synthesis, signal processing, sampling and various instruments are used in original student works and arrangements. Durgin Concert Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell;
  • Hawkapella, Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. – The student a cappella group will perform selections under the direction of fellow student James Ham. Fisher Recital Hall, Durgin Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu
     
Symposium Advances Cutting-Edge Scientific Research

When:          Friday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
What:           UMass Lowell’s 12th annual Sukant Tripathy Memorial Symposium will feature presentations by a variety of experts and researchers in fields such as molecular imaging, polymer physics, drug-delivery applications and more. The day will include a talk by Ken Geiser, a UMass Lowell professor of work environment and director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. A co-author of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act, Geiser is a former director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute, based at UMass Lowell. The symposium is an annual tribute to the late Sukant Tripathy, a renowned researcher and former director of UMass Lowell’s Center for Advanced Materials, university provost and vice chancellor. The event is sponsored by Flexcon.

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

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu
     
Stephen King Shares Views on Craft, Career with Students and Public

When:          Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
What:           Legendary author Stephen King will speak to more than 3,000 UMass Lowell students, faculty and members of the public in a rare appearance. At “A Conversation with Stephen King” the writer will talk with fellow bestselling author Andre Dubus III, a UMass Lowell English professor, about his craft and career and will offer advice to fledgling writers. King will read from his work and answer questions from the audience. The event marks the debut of the new UMass Lowell Chancellor’s Speaker Series. Ticket proceeds will go to a new scholarship fund for UMass Lowell students being endowed by King and his wife, Tabitha. At the end of the program, the two armchairs in which King and Dubus will sit during their conversation will be autographed by King and raffled off to raise additional funds for scholarships. The program is co-sponsored by the English Department. In addition to the evening event, King will present a special master class for UMass Lowell creative writing majors earlier in the day. Media interested in covering these events should contact UMass Lowell media relations for details.      

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

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu
     
UMass Lowell Vocal Groups Perform to Benefit Food Bank

When:          Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
What:           The UMass Lowell University Choir, Chamber Singers and Freshmen Chorus will present a concert of holiday and seasonal music to benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. The concert will include selections from Bach, Victoria, the folk band Fleet Foxes and traditional favorites. The concert is free but the public is encouraged to donate nonperishable food items for distribution at a later date. The Merrimack Valley Food Bank distributes food through 120 emergency feeding programs throughout the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, Worcester area and southern New Hampshire.  

Where:        Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth Road, Lowell

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