New Vets Center Opens on Campus and More

09/12/2011


Sept. 12, 2011: UMass Lowell resumes classes this week and is also hosting a series of programs for new and returning students. Below, please find information on 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  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on nuclear power plant operations and safety, climate change and the potential effects of international debt crises on the U.S. economy.

New Center, Office for Student Veterans Open with Celebration 
Music on the Merrimack Kicks Off With West African Drumming, Dance
Common Text Film Series Presents ‘Persepolis’ 
Incubator for Medical Device Start-Up Companies Opens
Exhibit Celebrates Life of Respected Art Professor 


New Center, Office for Student Veterans Open with Celebration 

When:         Wednesday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.

What:          UMass Lowell will open a new drop-in center and Student Veterans Office designed to serve the more than 600 student veterans who attend the university with a program featuring Chancellor Marty Meehan and Christian Elwood, president of the campus Student Veterans Organization, and Janine Wert, the new director of veterans services, along with Dean of Students Laurence Siegel and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Charlotte Mandell. The office and center provide student veterans with a place to meet and discuss the unique challenges they face as they return to civilian life from active service, as well as study space, help with G.I. benefits and access to information and counseling as needed. UMass Lowell has been designated as a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine for its work to help veterans earn college degrees. 

Where: McGauvran Student Center, Room 353, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu.

Music on the Merrimack Kicks Off With West African Drumming, Dance

When:         Thursday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.

What:          West African musician Sidi Mohamed “Joh” Camara began his training in traditional dance and drumming at age 5 and since coming to the United States in 1995, has taught in settings including Boston public schools and universities around the nation. This performance, which is free and open to the public, kicks off this year’s Music on the Merrimack concert series. Presented by the UMass Lowell Music Department and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the series features musicians from Lowell and around the region reflective of the area’s cultural communities and traditions. It also includes master classes and demonstrations for UMass Lowell students. For more, visit www.uml.edu/college/arts_sciences/music.  

Where:        Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu.

Common Text Film Series Presents ‘Persepolis’ 

When:         Monday, Sept. 19, 5 to 8 p.m.

What:          This fall, UMass Lowell’s first-year students will read “Persepolis,” Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel about life in Iran during and after the 1979 Revolution, as part of the Common Text Program. Each year, the university community reads one book in common and holds events related to that book throughout the academic year, including a series of related films. The screening of the critically acclaimed book’s companion film, which was nominated for an Oscar and captured several international awards, is free and open to the public. 

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 Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu.

Incubator for Medical Device Start-Up Companies Opens

When:         Thursday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to noon

What:          The $4 million Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) business incubator opens officially at this event. The 16,000-square-foot facility is nearly fully occupied by start-up ventures in offices, collaborative work space and wet labs, all of which are located in an historic Lowell mill, which is the setting for the dedication ceremony. The program will include remarks from Massachusetts Administration and Finance Secretary Jay Gonzalez, UMass President Robert Caret, UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, MassMEDIC President Thomas Sommer, M2D2 Co-Directors Prof. Stephen McCarthy of UMass Lowell and UMass Worcester Director of Clinical Research Operations Sheila Noone, and other officials. Several of the start-up companies using the incubator and other M2D2-affiliated entrepreneurs will be on hand to talk about their new product ideas following the speaking program. The event is free and open to the public. M2D2 is a joint initiative of the UMass Lowell and Worcester campuses aimed at helping new medical-device entrepreneurs bridge the gap from invention to production. For more information, go to www.uml.edu/M2D2.

Where:        Wannalancit Mills, Second Floor, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, renae_lias@uml.edu