News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Jan. 25, 2010

01/25/2010
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

Jan. 25, 2010: 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 “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:

UMass Lowell Experts Available for Interviews
Week of Events Honors Martin Luther King Jr.
‘Haiti: Help and Hope’ is Focus of Forum
Finance Speaker Series Features Vice Chancellor
Learn About Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Artist Reception for ‘Punkers’ Photography Show
Concert Series Kicks off with an Evening of Jazz

UMass Lowell Experts Available for Interviews 

If you’re looking for an expert who can speak about the following topics ߞ; rebuilding Haiti, weight loss and fitness, bullying in schools, domestic and dating violence, foreclosures and the economy ߞ; contact Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303, KarenAngelo@comcast.net.

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Week of Events Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

When: Monday, Jan. 25 to Friday, Jan. 29

What: The life, work and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be commemorated during a week of events at UMass Lowell for students as they return to campus. On Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., students will engage in community service and Prof. Robert Forrant will host a discussion on “MLK and Education and Access” at a community lunch at Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell.  On Thursday, Jan. 28, the university welcomes keynote speaker Kevin Powell, one of the stars of the first season of MTV’s “The Real World,” who has gone on to become an activist, author, entrepreneur and was a 2008 Congressional candidate in New York.  The event starts at 6 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell. Presented by UMass Lowell’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the inspirational talks and activities are free and open to the public. See the full listing of events online at “UMass Lowell Holds Week of Events in Honor of MLK.”

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303, KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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‘Haiti: Help and Hope’ is Focus of Forum

When: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

What: The city of Lowell along with UMass Lowell and community partners is hosting a community forum to support and honor the Haitian community, especially those who have been impacted by the recent earthquake. The award-winning documentary short “The Road to Fondwa” will be screened followed by a panel discussion that will explore Haiti’s culture, socio-political climate, current situation and hopes for the future. The event is free and open to the public with seating on a first come, first served basis.

Where: Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303, KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Finance Speaker Series Features Vice Chancellor
 
When:  Tuesday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m.
 
What:  Joanne Yestramski, UMass Lowell’s vice chancellor of administration, finance, facilities and technology and a 1976 graduate of the university, will discuss her career with students in the latest installment of the Manning Speaker Series. Named for Robert Manning, a UMass Lowell alum and chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees, the series showcases alumni who have gained success in the financial world. Yestramski’s lengthy career in finance and information technology includes high-level posts at the University of Maine, Bentley College, the Providence Journal, Museum of Science, BioTechnica International and KPMG Peat Marwick.
 
Where:    Falmouth Hall, Room 313, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303, KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Learn About Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

When: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What:  The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) hosts a presentation on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) to be conducted by the Boston Self-Help Center. MCS is a chronic health condition that involves adverse reactions to common products such as perfume, tobacco smoke, paint and natural gas. MCS can be debilitating, even life-threatening, but it is also preventable. 

Where:   Southwick Hall, Room 240, UML North, 11 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303, KarenAngelo@comcast.net.

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Artist Reception for ‘Punkers’ Photography Show

When:   Wednesday, Feb. 3, 3 p.m.

What: Meet photographer Zsuzsi Matolcsy at an artist reception for the exhibit “Lost in Pittsburgh” which documents a four-year journey by the artist into the lives of young adults who have chosen to live outside of the mainstream of society in the sub-cultural group often referred to as the “Punkers.” The show is curated by Prof. Arno Rafael Minkkinen of the Photography Department. The exhibition runs through Friday, Feb. 19 in the University Gallery at the McGauvern Student Union, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

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

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303, KarenAngelo@comcast.net.

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Concert Series Kicks Off With Evening of Jazz

When: Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

What: The first performance of the “Music on the Merrimack” Concert Series features “An Evening of Jazz” with John Wheatley on guitar, Billy Novick on saxophone and clarinet, and Dave Clark playing the double bass. The concert series features regional and national musicians who are at the heights of their careers as performers and teachers. They will perform jazz, chamber and classical music. For the concert calendar, visit www.uml.edu/artsandideas/calendar.
 
Where:  Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303, KarenAngelo@comcast.net.