NEWS FROM UMASS LOWELL, December 4

12/04/2003
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NEWS FROM UMASS LOWELL

December 4, 2003: A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications and Marketing Office, (978) 934-3224. For more stories on UMass Lowell, visit www.uml.edu and click on NEWS.

 

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NIH Official Discusses Why We Must Embrace Complexity

Congressman Meehan to Speak to UMass Lowell Students

UMass Lowell Plans Casino Night to Benefit Disabled Student

Mexican Official To Speak On 'Inequality And The Political Process In Mexico'

Combined Choruses Host Three Free Holiday Concerts

UMass Lowell Offers Two-Week Winter Semester Courses Beginning Jan. 5

 

 

NIH Official Discusses Why We Must Embrace Complexity

 

When: Monday, Dec. 8, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

 

Where: Work Environment Dept., Kitson Hall, Room 208 UMass Lowell North, University Ave

 

What:

Dr. Larry Fine, medical advisor to the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health, will speak on campus Monday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 in Kitson Hall on UMass Lowell North.

Fine has served as Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Director of the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program. He is a nationally recognized authority on ocupational health surveillance and ergonomics.

He is presented by the Work Environment Dept.

 

Contact: Sandra Seitz, University Communications, (978) 934-3225 or Sandra_seitz@uml.edu

 

 

Congressman Meehan to Speak to UMass Lowell Students

 

When:  Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 12:30 p.m.

 

Where:  Coburn Hall, 850 Broadway St., Room 205

 

What: 

            U.S. Rep Marty Meehan, a UMass Lowell graduate, will speak to political science students and other members of the University community on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 12:30 p.m. in Coburn Hall, Room 205.  Meehan is expected to discuss several current topics, including his recent visit to Iraq, the constitutional challenge facing the Shays-Meehan campaign finance reform legislation, the 2004 Presidential elections and the state of the economy.

            Meehan, a member of the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees, has represented the Massachusetts 5th Congressional District since 1993.  He annually speaks to the class of Fred Lewis, one of his former UMass Lowell professors.  The talk is open to the public.

 

Contact:  Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238

UMass Lowell Plans Casino Night to Benefit Disabled Student

 

When: Thursday, Dec. 11, 7 to 11 p.m.

 

Where:  UMass Lowell Cumnock Hall, 1 University Ave., Lowell

 

What:

            After the UMass Lowell community pulled together to raise funds for a disabled student through a charity softball game in October, organizers decided their work was not over.  The University is planning a Casino Night on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Cumnock Hall, 1 University Ave., Lowell to benefit Robert Sampson.

Sampson, a junior criminal justice major, has been paralyzed from the chest down since sustaining a neck-breaking fall four years ago.  He and his family are struggling to cover the cost of home modifications, special equipment, medical supplies and a modified vehicle to help him regain some of his independence.

Several student organizations and UMass Lowell departments are spearheading the fundraising efforts, under the direction of Tony Koumantzelis of Dracut, who runs the University's recycling program.  Such charitable efforts are typical for Koumantzelis, who has organized a University-wide drive for toys to distribute to needy children during the December holiday season for the past seven years.

Businesses or individuals interested in contributing to Sampson can send a check in his name to UMass Lowell, c/o Office of Student Life, One University Ave., Lowell, MA  01854.  For more information, contact Koumantzelis at 978-265-2664.

 

Contact:  Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238

 

Mexican Official To Speak On 'Inequality And The Political Process In Mexico'

 

When: Thursday, Dec. 11, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

 

Where: O'Leary Library, Room 500, UMass Lowell South, Wilder Street

 

What:

Maria de los Angeles Moreno Uriega, a distinguished Mexican official, will speak on "Inequality and the Political Process in Mexico," Thursday, Dec. 11 at 1:30 in the O'Leary Library, Room 500 at UMass Lowell.

Maria de los Angeles has had a long and interesting political career in Mexico. She has served in the federal House of Representatives and Senate, has been Minister of Fisheries, and currently is a Representative in the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City. It is rumored that she will be the Institutional Revolutionary Party's (PRI's) candidate for Governor of Mexico City in the next election.

For information, contact Chris Tilly, (978) 934-2796,  or chris_tilly@uml.edu

 

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232 or rick_sherburne@uml.edu

 

Combined Choruses Host Three Free Holiday Concerts

 

When: Dec. 5, 6 and 12, all shows at 7:30 p.m.

 

Where: See below

 

What:

 

Friday, Dec. 5 - The Choral Union will be accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Kay George Roberts, music professor, in a recital of Handel's 'Messiah' and other Holiday Music.  Concert begins at 7:30 p.m., at the Smith-Baker Center in downtown Lowell. Also featured will be selections by the Youth String Arts Project.

 

Saturday, Dec. 6 - The Choral Union and Chamber Orchestra will encore the Messiah and other Holiday Music at St. Mary's Church, Worthen St., Chelmsford, also at 7:30pm.

 

Friday, Dec. 12 - The Gentlemen's Concord, Siren Voices, The Chamber Singers, The University Choir and the Choral Union all under the direction of Dr. Christopher McGahan, will perform a variety of light Holiday pieces.  This event begins at 7:30pm at Durgin Hall on South Campus.  This special event will also feature two large youth choirs! The one from the Lowell Special Arts program will be under the direction of Jay Murphy.  The other, comprised of students from the Dracut School system will be under the direction of UML student Michael Green.  There will be several interesting surprises at this one!

 

For further information contact Dr. Christopher McGahan, (978) 934-3880, or Dick Kenney, (978) 934-2329.

 

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232 or rick_sherburne@uml.edu

 

UMass Lowell Offers Two-Week Winter Semester Courses Beginning Jan. 5

 

When: Jan. 5-21

 

What:

From French Cinema to Java Programming, UMass Lowell's Winter Intersession offers more than two-dozen courses on a wide variety of topics in an intensive, two-week format.

            Winter Intersession is perfect for students looking to graduate early or make up coursework in a short amount of time. It is also good for professionals looking to get a taste of a particular topic or a quick refresher.

Classes will be held Jan. 5 through 21. Registration continues through Dec. 22. For a full list of courses offered, visit continuinged.uml.edu/winter or call 978-934-2480.