News from UMass Lowell for Week of Oct. 22, 2012

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

10/24/2012


Oct. 22, 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell political science experts can provide analysis of Monday night’s final debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Foreign policy experts can discuss the causes behind the unrest in the Middle East and the region’s hopes for the future.


Boston Police Commissioner Speaks to Criminal Justice Students
Sandbox Seeks Entrepreneurs, Mentors, Hosts Networking Night
UMass Lowell Forges Irish Partnership for Medical Device Development
Largest Career Fair in Seven Years Brings Out Top Recruiters, Students
Filmmaker Screens, Discusses Award-Winning AIDS Documentary
‘Townie’ Author Andre Dubus III to Talk About Memoir
Foreign Policy Experts Share Views on Middle East Unrest
Women’s Role Explored in Historic ‘Bread and Roses’ Mill Strike
University Orchestra Presents Fall Concert
Open House Gives Prospective Students, Families a Look at UMass Lowell
Marching Band Festival Features University Musicians
Local Children, Families Enjoy Halloween Fun on Campus


Boston Police Commissioner Speaks to Criminal Justice Students

When:        Monday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m. 
                    
What:         Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis will speak to undergraduate students in UMass Lowell’s Criminal Justice program. Davis will address students in the course “Issues in Police Administration,” which is taught by Lowell Police Department Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee.

 
Where:       Mahoney Hall, Room 101, South Campus, 870 Broadway St., Lowell

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

Sandbox Seeks Entrepreneurs, Mentors, Hosts Networking Night

When:        Monday, Oct. 22 – Accelerator Information Session, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
                   Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Social Innovator Mixer, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
 
What:           Two programs this week hosted by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Initiative - which works to develop entrepreneurs and startup ventures - will call upon business professionals to help empower people looking to market their product or services. On Oct. 22, entrepreneurs withe early-stage business ideas and professionals who wish to serve as their mentors will attend an information session about the Sandbox's 12-week Accelerator Program, which will lead to a business competition with $25,000 in cash prizes. On Oct. 24, a Social Innovator Mixer networking night will features the discussion "Drawing on Divesity to Unleash Innovaton" led by Ralph Jordan of UMass Lowell's Manning School of Business. Attendees will also learn about the Sandbox Leadership Institute, which proivdes leadership development for people who live, work or are interested in Lawrence and Lowell. The Sandbox was established by the Deshpande Foundation through the Merrimack Valley Center for Inovation and Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell and is one of three such initiatives in the world.

Where:       Accelerator Information Session – Lawrence CommunityWorks, 168 Newbury St., Lawrence; Social Innovator Mixer – Ahy Bar & Restaurant, Lowell, 26 Andover St., 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 Forges Irish Partnership for Medical Device Development

When:        Tuesday, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m. 
                    
What:         Officials from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and UMass Lowell will announce a new partnership designed to aid medical-device startup companies by researching best practices by successful companies in both countries to move new products from concept to marketplace as quickly as possible. Representatives of both institutions – including a delegation from the University of Ulster, UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and UMass Lowell Prof. Stephen McCarthy, co-director of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) – will participate in the announcement. Meehan and an official from the University of Ulster will sign memorandum of understanding officially establishing the international partnership. M2D2 leverages the strengths of UMass Lowell and UMass Worcester to assist entrepreneurs and operates a business incubator at UMass Lowell. The University of Ulster operates a similar center in Northern Ireland, the Multi-disciplinary Technological Centre for Healthcare (MATCH).

Where:       Massachusetts State House, Great Hall, Second Floor, 24 Beacon St., Boston

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

Largest Career Fair in Seven Years Brings Out Top Recruiters, Students

When:        Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1 to 4 p.m. 
 
What:         More than 145 employers looking to recruit UMass Lowell students and alumni for full-time and part-time positions, internships and cooperative education opportunities, will participate in the university’s 2012 Fall Career Fair – its largest career fair in seven years. More than 700 students are expected to attend. Employers including Keurig, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Prudential, Sterilite and UPS, offering jobs in the fields of business, the arts, engineering, science, technology, health care and more will be represented. The fair is hosted by UMass Lowell’s Career Services and Cooperative Education Center. Note: The fair is not open to the public but media members are encouraged to cover this event.

Where:       Campus Recreation Center, East Campus, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell

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

Filmmaker Screens, Discusses Award-Winning AIDS Documentary

When:        Wednesday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m.

What:         Award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker David Binder began photographing Gail Farrow in 1988 when she was a 27-year-old AIDS patient, wife and mother raising four sons. Binder photographed Farrow every day before her death in 1989 and since then, has periodically documented the lives of those who survived her – her husband and sons. “Calling My Children,” Binder’s acclaimed 2009 film, spans 20 years of the family coming to terms with Farrow’s death as they continue to explore her legacy while they forge their futures. A question-and-answer session with Binder will follow the film. Among those welcoming Binder to campus will be visiting photography professor Chehalis Hegner and her documentary image students.

Where:       O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 327, 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 
    

‘Townie’ Author Andre Dubus III to Talk About Memoir

When:        Wednesday, Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m.  

What:         Acclaimed author and UMass Lowell Prof. Andre Dubus III will discuss his memoir “Townie,” the English Department’s Fall 2012 book in its Common Text series, which encourages members of the university community to read the same book in order to share the experience. “Townie” a best-seller named on many top non-fiction book lists for 2011, chronicles the author’s youth. Dubus will talk about how he came to write the book and will explore its themes about writing, art, truth, beauty and violence. The event is free and open to the public.   

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 
    

Foreign Policy Experts Share Views on Middle East Unrest

When:        Thursday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. 
 
What:         “Middle East Confrontation: A Clash of Politics and Culture?” will explore the reasons behind the unrest in the region and the hopes for its future. Panelists will include UMass Lowell Political Science Prof. Deina Abdelkader, an expert on Egypt and the democratization of the Middle East, and Gregory Aftandililan, an associate with UMass Lowell’s Middle East Center, a senior fellow at the Center for National Policy and former adviser to Sen. Edward Kennedy. The talk will be moderated by Prof. Paula Rayman, director of UMass Lowell’s Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture. UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal and journalism and media studies Prof. Wael Kamal will introduce the discussion. 

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 
    

Women’s Role Explored in Historic ‘Bread and Roses’ Mill Strike

When:        Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m.  
 
What:         Ardis Cameron, author of “Radicals of the Worst Sort: Laboring Women in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1860-1912,” will discuss the important role women played in the historic American Woolen Co. mill strike of 1912, believed by many historians to have been the catalyst for modern-day U.S. and worldwide labor movements. Musical storytellers and political satirists Charlie King and Karen Brandow will share songs about the extraordinary actions of these ordinary people. Student exhibits portraying the strikers will be on display and a meal of bread and soup – food shared by the strikers 100 years ago – will also be held, along with a book-signing and sale. The event’s sponsors include UMass Lowell’s Center for Women & Work; Work, Labor and Society Program; Commonwealth Honors Program and Labor Extension Program.

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

 

University Orchestra Presents Fall Concert

When:        Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. 
 
What:         The University Orchestra’s Fall Concert will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia. The orchestra includes UMass Lowell students, music faculty, alumni and musicians from the Lowell community. Under the direction of music faculty member Mark Latham, the orchestra performs standard works of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as diverse, contemporary works. The performance is free and open to the public.

Where:       Durgin Concert 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 
    

Open House Gives Prospective Students, Families a Look at UMass Lowell

When:        Sunday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What:         The Open House is the largest on-campus information event for prospective freshmen, transfer and graduate students, and is designed to give a snapshot of life at the university. Packed with activities, the day places a special emphasis on undergraduate academic programs. The schedule is flexible so students can fit in as much as possible. Students and families will be able to meet with faculty, staff, students and alumni and tour UMass Lowell’s North, South and East campuses, including the recently renovated University Dining Commons. Check-in and exhibits – 9 to 11:30 a.m., tours and presentations at North, South and East campuses, 9:30 to 1p.m. Note: At 11:30 a.m., the doors to the Tsongas Center will close.

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 
    

Marching Band Festival Features University Musicians

When:        Sunday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
 
What:         The powerful and entertaining UMass Lowell Marching Band will be featured during the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association Marching Band Championship Festival. This family-friendly event, which showcases the state’s finest marching bands, is filled with pomp and pageantry. Admission is $10. The UMass Lowell March Band is scheduled to perform at 2:30 p.m.

Where:       Cawley Memorial Stadium, 587 Douglas Road, Lowell

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

Local Children, Families Enjoy Halloween Fun on Campus

When:        Tuesday, Oct. 30, 4 to 8 p.m. 
 
What:         Lowell children and families are invited to don their most creative costumes and head out to UMass Lowell for an evening of fright and fun. Last year, more than 1,000 people enjoyed this Halloween celebration, which includes a haunted house, activities and safe trick-or-treating throughout two of the university’s residence halls. Student volunteers participate in the annual community event.

Where:       Sheehy and Concordia residence halls, South Campus, 6 Solomont Way, Lowell

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