News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 14

11/14/2011


This 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 experts are available for interviews to discuss health-care reform and potential ramifications of the Supreme Court case challenging the president’s health-care plan; the issues facing the congressional “super-committee” on deficit reduction; and the impact of the alleged assaults by a former Penn State football coach.


Local Entrepreneurs Share Stories Behind Their Ventures

When:         Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

What:          Celebrating the American spirit of individualism and innovation, President Barack Obama has proclaimed November “National Entrepreneurship Month.” Putting those ideals in practice every day are the leaders of local start-ups and established businesses who will share their stories during the program “Life of an Entrepreneur.” Speakers scheduled to participate include Glynn Lloyd of City Fresh Foods, Frank Carvalho of Mill City Community Investments and Espresso Pizza, Jennifer Hashley of New Entry Sustainable Farming and Sam Antonaccio of Campus Catalyst and Gizmo. The event will be moderated by UMass Lowell Prof. Steven Tello, who teaches management and entrepreneurship, and is presented by the Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell.

Where:        Middlesex Community College, Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell

Contact for media: Emil Kuruvilla, 978-934-6620, Emil@MerrimackValleySandbox.org


International Education Week Teaches, Celebrates Diversity

What:          UMass Lowell will mark International Education Week with a series of programs that will teach students about diverse cultures as well as important international issues. The week is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. Events include open houses, multicultural celebrations and programs on issues, such as:

  • ‘International Human Rights: Fact or Fiction?’ – Human trafficking, ship-breaking in Bangledesh, the role of the United Nations and Internet restrictions in China are among the topics of this interactive presentation by UMass Lowell faculty. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m., O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • Spanish and Latin Dancing Celebration – The Department of Cultural Studies will show participants how to merengue as part of this exploration of Spanish and Latin cultures through dance. Friday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m., Coburn Hall, Room 205, UML South, 850 Broadway St., Lowell.
  • Third Annual Intercultural Festival: Colors of Culture – UMass Lowell celebrates with music, dance and food festivals based on Jonkunnu (Caribbean/West Indies), Holi (India), Lantern Festival (China), Mid-Autumn Festival (Vietnam), Kalabri (Nigeria) and Corpus Christi (Venezuela). Presented by the International Relations Club and the International Students and Scholars Office Friday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m., Cumnock Hall, UML North, 31 University Ave., Lowell.
  • Osibi Dancers – The troupe will perform dance inspired by West Africa and Ghana at this event sponsored by the Department of Cultural Studies. Saturday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m., Cumnock Hall, UML North, 31 University Ave., Lowell.

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Graduate Programs Hold Open House for Prospective Students

When:          Wednesday, Nov. 16, 3 to 7 p.m.

What:           UMass Lowell offers 15 doctoral and 33 master’s degrees as well as more than 70 graduate certificates. New graduates and seasoned professionals will have the opportunity to learn more about all of those programs and register for spring 2012 classes at the Graduate Open House. New graduate programs include a Ph.D in criminal justice and criminology, and new master’s degrees are available in peace and conflict studies, autism studies and innovation and technology entrepreneurship. More information is available at www.uml.edu/Grad/register/open-house.aspx.

Where:         UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
  
Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Experienced Attorneys Talk to Students About Law Careers

When:          Wednesday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m.

What:           Three experienced attorneys will talk to UMass Lowell students in a wide variety of majors at the Careers in the Law Forum. Panelists include an intellectual property lawyer, a law professor specializing in business law and Joshua Auriemma ’07, who graduated from UMass Lowell with honors and attended law school. He now leads the appellate division of a large law firm in Pennsylvania and is a leader in the use of technology in the legal profession. Presented by UMass Lowell Career Services, the event will feature a panel discussion and question-and-answer session, and Prof. Frank Talty, the university’s pre-law adviser and an attorney, will assist students with information on the law school application process. 

Where:         Lydon Library Multi-purpose Room, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell
  
Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

‘Shakescenes!’ Performance Shakes Up Campus

When:          Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

What:          “What are Friends For?” is the theme for “Shakescenes!,” a high-energy collection of staged readings of comic scenes from William Shakespeare’s works presented by UMass Lowell’s theater arts program. The event is open to the public and free, but reservations are required. For information or to RSVP, contact Nancy_Sellect@uml.edu. 

Where:         Comley-Lane Theater, Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell
  
Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Student Music Ensembles Present Free Concerts

What:          UMass Lowell music students will demonstrate their talents during several upcoming free concerts for the public:

  • University Wind Ensemble – Directed by Prof. David Martins, wind instrument students will perform selections by composers including Bernstein, Rouse and Rosner. Monday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., Fisher Recital Hall, Durgin Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles – Directed by Martins, chamber ensembles will perform pieces featuring brass quintets, saxophone and trombone quartets, piano, voice and a clarinet trio. Monday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Fisher Recital Hall, Durgin Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • University Orchestra,“Winter Dreams” – Directed by Prof. Kay George Roberts, the orchestra will perform selections from classical composers including Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Monday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • Percussion Ensemble – Directed by Prof. Jeff Fischer, the UMass Lowell Percussion Ensemble will perform diverse selections. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • Concert Band - Prof. Daniel Lutz will direct UMass Lowell’s 90-piece ensemble in traditional and modern wind band music. Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • Opera Workshop: Members will perform scenes from opera and American theater under the direction of Prof. Janice Giampa. Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
‘Astronaut’ Exhibit Touches Down at University Gallery 

When:         Exhibit runs through Friday, Dec. 2. The University Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday by appointment.

What:          Boston-based artist Scott Listfield’s paintings feature a lone astronaut lost in a landscape filled with pop-culture icons, corporate logos and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references, inspired by the futuristic cartoons and movies of his youth. But as this thought-provoking exhibit illustrates, “the future” hasn’t turned out exactly as he expected it would. The exhibit at the University Gallery is free and open to the public.
 
Where: Artist talk – O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. Exhibit – University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Michele Gagnon, gallery coordinator, 978-934-3491 or Christine Gillette, Office of Public Affairs, 978-934-2209