News from UML for March 10, 2008

03/10/2008


March 10, 2008: 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 on UML, visit www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.” Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not intended to be published.

Click on the following links to learn more about what’s in this issue:

Grant to Fund New Housing Assistance Center
The 3D Show Features BFA Students’ Original Work
New Documentary Premieres on Kerouac’s Birthday
‘Ready, Set, Quit Lowell’ to Help Smokers Kick the Habit
Sculpture Show Explores Cultural Landscapes

Grant to Fund New Housing Assistance Center

When:         Wednesday, March 12, 9 a.m.

What:          The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation has awarded UMass Lowell a grant to establish the Technical Assistance and Research Center for Housing Sustainability to respond to community requests. The community steering committee for the new group ߝ led by Dave Turcotte of the Center for Family, Work and Community and professors Linda Silka and Robert Forrant ߝ will meet to announce the amount of the grant and discuss how it will be used. Steering committee members also include local officials, representatives of community agencies, and housing advocates.
             
Where:        Center for Family, Work, and Community, Conference Room, Wannalancit Building, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell
 
Contact for Media:  Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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The 3D Show Features BFA Students’ Original Work


When:           Pizza and root beer reception on Wednesday, March 12 from noon to 1 p.m. Exhibit runs through March 27. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment; by appointment only during Spring Break, March 17 through March 21.

What:           This exhibit, curated by Prof. Jim Coates, features the work of students enrolled in the book arts, ceramics and sculpture studios programs.
             
Where:         Dugan Art Studios, UML South, 883 Broadway St., Lowell
 
Contacts for Media:  Gallery Coordinator Michele Gagnon, 978-934-3491 or Michele_Gagnon@uml.edu, or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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New Documentary Premieres on Kerouac’s Birthday

When:           Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m.

What:           A new documentary on Lowell native and “On the Road” author Jack Kerouac is being premiered in honor of what would have been the beat poet’s 86th birthday.  Following the screening, a discussion, “Where Do We Go with Kerouac?” will be held. For more on the documentary, see www.millcitystudios.com.
             
Where:        O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 121 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contact for Media:  Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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‘Ready, Set, Quit Lowell’ to Help Smokers Kick the Habit

When:           Monday, March 24, 10 a.m.

What:            According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the smoking rate for adults in Lowell is 50 percent higher than the state overall. “Ready, Set, Quit Lowell” is a smoking-cessation campaign led by DPH and involving UML that offers qualified individuals who live and work in the Lowell area a free, two-week supply of nicotine patches. A kickoff event to launch this promotion, including outlining how the public can take part in the program, will be held today.
 
Where:          Lowell City Hall, 375 Merrimack St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:  Jennifer Hanson, Public Affairs, 978-934-3108, or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Sculpture Show Explores Cultural Landscapes

When:           Show runs until Thursday, April 3. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment; by appointment only during Spring Break, March 17 through March 21.

What:            The University Gallery will feature “flora + fauna,” an exhibit of sculpture by Michael C. McFalls. The artist uses a variety of materials in his work, beginning with a multicolored base of intensely pigmented plaster that has been extracted from geometric molds. That plaster base forms the foundation for McFalls’ sculptural landscapes, and metal rods are attached to provide a structural base for additional surfaces attached at different angles. So-called “flora and fauna” are attached to those surfaces to complete the artists’ exploration of beauty as it relates to the cultural landscape.
  
Where:          University Gallery, McGauvran Student Union, First Floor, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:  Gallery Coordinator Michele Gagnon, 978-934-3491 or Michele_Gagnon@uml.edu, or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224