News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 28

11/28/2011


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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 on “Cyber Monday” and the holiday retail and consumer forecast, Newt Gingrich’s sudden surge in the New Hampshire primary race and Egypt’s first democratic elections since the uprisings that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.
 

Special Agent, Alumnus Discusses Work at NCIS, Defense Security Service

When:         Thursday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m.

What:          Retired Special Agent Stephen Smith, a UMass Lowell alumnus, will share job-hunting and other career advice while recounting his own experiences, including stints with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Defense Security Service. Smith has performed assignments around the world involving security and counter-intelligence activities. A question-and-answer period will follow his presentation, part of UMass Lowell’s Criminal Justice Alumni Speaker Series.

Where:        Weed Hall, Lecture Hall 1, UML South, 3 Solomont Way, Lowell 

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

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Craft Fair Showcases Creativity of University Women

When:         Thursday, Dec. 1, 2 to 7 p.m.

What:          Come get your holiday shopping done at “Women’s Works: A Celebration of the Creativity of Women.” Jewelry, photography, knitted items, handmade centerpieces, stained glass pieces and other crafts produced by UMass Lowell students, faculty, staff, alumnae and other regional artists will be for sale during this free, public event. Baked goods, gift-wrapping, a children’s craft corner, face-painting, music performances, silent auction and raffle items will all be part of the fun. Proceeds raised during the fair will benefit the university’s Center for Women & Work. The event is co-sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Office of the Chancellor and Office of Student Affairs.

Where:        UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

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

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Singers Present Choral Concert to Benefit Food Pantry

When:         Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

What:          In the spirit of the season, UMass Lowell singers, under the direction of Thomas Malone, will present a concert to benefit the Open Pantry of Greater Lowell as part of the university’s new programs in choral music and community. The songs performed will date from the Colonial period (1770 to 1805) and will feature distinct harmonies common in the singing schools of 18th-century Boston and communities across the state, long before pianos were available. To better showcase the power of this music and in keeping with 18th-century practice, the singers will be seated around the balcony about the heads of audience members. Selections performed include songs by Massachusetts composers. Bruce Randall, a 1981 UMass Lowell alumnus and accomplished composer in the Old New England Harmony style, will be honored during the event. Concert proceeds will benefit the Open Pantry of Great Lowell. A $5 donation or non-perishable food item is suggested but the music is free and all are welcome. 

Where:        First United Baptist Church, 99 Church St., Lowell

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

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Polymer, Solar Cell Experts to Speak at Tripathy Symposium

When:         Friday, Dec. 2, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What:          New England experts in polymers, silk proteins and solar cells will discuss the latest developments in advanced-materials science during UMass Lowell’s 2011 Sukant Tripathy Annual Memorial Symposium. Tripathy, a UMass Lowell chemistry professor and founder of the university’s Center for Advanced Materials was recognized as a world leader in research in polymers in electronics and optics. He also served as a university provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs from 1994 to 1996.
 
Where:        UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 55 Warren St., Lowell

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

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Fans Celebrate Stanley Cup Night at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
 
When:         Friday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

What:          New England sports fans will get acquainted with the NHL’s Stanley Cup at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell prior to the River Hawks’ game against Hockey East rivals the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. Known as hockey’s Holy Grail, the cup, captured by the Boston Bruins this year, will visit the arena thanks to event sponsor Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. Managed by the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, the cup is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America and enjoyed a whirlwind summer, touring the globe with Bruins players. River Hawks fans will get their chance to view and take photos of the cup which will be visible from the arena’s main concourse throughout the game. All River Hawk season ticket holders and Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union members who have a valid game ticket will be allowed early entry for photos, beginning at 3 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., doors will open to the public. The game begins at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased via TsongasCenter.com or by calling 866-722-8780.

Where:        Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

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

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Winter Holiday Concert Unites Performance Groups

When:         Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.

What:          The new UMass Lowell World Music Ensemble will join with the university’s choir, Chamber Singers and Choral Union for a special winter concert of the “Missa Luba,” sung in Latin with Congolese drumming and arranged by Fr. Guido Haazen, and the “Missa Criolla,” by Ariel Ramirez, performed in Spanish with Argentinean and Latin American influences. Choir director Murray Kidd will conduct, joined by soloists Samuel Martinborough and Christina Figueroa, as well as choreographer Betsi Graves. The performance will introduce Thomas Malone in his debut season as director of the Choral Union and new UMass Lowell World Music Ensemble.

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

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

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Lucky Fan Could Win $10,000 at ‘Hoop Slam’ Basketball Double-Header 

When:         Saturday, Dec. 3, women’s game at 2 p.m., men’s game at 4 p.m.

What:          One lucky fan will shoot for $10,000 during this fast-paced afternoon of basketball as UMass Lowell’s River Hawks face the Merrimack College Warriors in a women’s and men’s double-header. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children and senior citizens, $3 for groups of 10 or more and free for UMass Lowell students. Tickets may be purchased at www.tsongascenter.com,  the Tsongas Center box office or by calling 866-722-8780. For more information, contact Scott Donnelly at Scott_Donnelly@uml.edu. 

Where:        Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

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

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Student Music Ensembles Present Free Concerts

What:          UMass Lowell music students will demonstrate their talents during several upcoming free concerts for the public:
  • 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: Vocalists 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.
Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

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Peace and Conflict Studies Program Hosts Open House

When:         Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4:30 p.m.

What:            Prospective students and the public are welcome to attend this session to learn more about UMass Lowell’s Peace and Conflict Studies program, which explores the causes of violence, the methods to resolve violence and practices to build peace. The program combines theoretical and experiential education to prepare students for success in their careers. Undergraduate students may enroll in either major or minor concentrations in the program. University juniors and seniors may apply for the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program, through which students earn both degrees in five years. Graduate students may earn either a graduate certificate or master of arts degree in the program. Lowell High School students are expected to attend the open house, which will include student presentations and a musical performance. To attend, contact Seth Izen at Seth_Izen@uml.edu.

Where:         O’Leary Library, Room 500, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

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

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Curtain Rises on Off-Broadway Players’ Production 

When:         Thursday, Dec. 8 through Saturday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.
                  Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m.

What:          UMass Lowell’s student theater group, the Off-Broadway Players, will perform one-act plays, including Anton Bucher’s “The Bible in Thirty Minutes … Or Less,” and David LeMaster’s “Washington BC.” Advance tickets are available at the Student Information Center, in McGauvran Student Center on UMass Lowell’s South Campus, or by calling 978-934-5001. For more information, contact umloffboradwayplayers@gmail.com.

Where:        Comley-Lane Theater, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell

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

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