News from UMass Lowell for the Week of March 14, 2011

03/15/2011
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

March 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 “UML in the News.”  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Hot topics of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on nuclear power and tsunamis.



Alternative Spring Break: Students Pitch in to Help Community
When:      Monday, March 14 through Thursday, March 17 
 
What:       For many college students, spring break is an annual rite of the season, synonymous with relaxation and sun-soaked beaches. But for a group of eight UMass Lowell students, spring vacation this year will be spent volunteering at several local non-profits. The students will be participating in Lowell Immersion, an alternative spring break program that offers a unique opportunity to learn, experience and participate in the community through hands-on service projects.  Among the activities planned for the week: helping at a homeless shelter, assisting with renovations at a church and doing activities with children at a youth center. Throughout the week, the students will be staying together at Lowell’s Pawtucket Congregation Church.  

Where:    Various locations; please call the Office of Public Affairs for more information.

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

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Student Moviemakers Screen Their Work at MovieFest 

When:      Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m.

What:       Student moviemakers will be showcasing their talent at the second annual Campus MovieFest Red Carpet Finale. The top 16 movies created by UMass Lowell students will be screened and winners will be awarded prizes including Final Cut Pro editing software, iPods and an invitation to the 2011 International Grand Finale, the world’s largest student film festival, to be held in Hollywood in June. The event is free.

Where:     Cumnock Hall, UML North, 31 University Ave., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Lunchtime Lecture Series Examines Diversity in Health Care
When:      Monday, March 28, noon to 1:30 p.m.

What:       As demographics in the United States continue to shift, delivering health care that meets the needs of an increasingly diverse population is critical to eliminating health disparities, improving access to services and reducing the financial burden associated with care. Prof. Margaret Knight of UMass Lowell’s Department of Nursing will examine these issues and look at what needs to be done to recruit and retain diverse individuals in college and university health-related programs to ensure the health-care workforce represents the patient population.  The talk is part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures, Middlesex Community College, Prof. Bill Mass and the UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas. The lecture is open to the public. To attend, e-mail artsandideas@uml.edu.

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

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


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‘Big Jazz Night’ Concert Features Three Big Bands
When:      Tuesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.

What:       The sound of Big Band music will fill the air at the Big Jazz Night concert. UMass Lowell’s 18-piece Studio Jazz Orchestra and the 22-piece Jazz Rock Big Band will open for the nationally acclaimed Compaq Big Band. The concert is free and open to the public. 

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

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Special Event to Celebrate UMass Lowell’s Past and Future
When:      Thursday, March 30, 3 to 6 p.m.

What:       UMass Lowell’s future and past will come together with the ceremonial “topping off” of steel on the new Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC) and the opening of the Smith Hall time capsule. Students, faculty and staff and the members of the community are invited to come and sign their names to the steel beam, the final one to be added to the ETIC, an 84,000-square-foot building that will be home to experts in cutting-edge fields such as nanotechnology, plastics engineering and biomedicine. The time capsule was discovered during demolition of Smith Hall, a dormitory that was razed to make way for the ETIC. The celebration will include a reunion of former Smith Hall residents and the opening of the time capsule, which was assembled in 1947. A reception and an exhibit of historical photos will follow at Alumni Hall.  

Where:     Topping off of steel beam – behind Lydon Library, 84 University Ave., UML North, Lowell. Reception – Alumni Hall, 84 University Ave., UML North, Lowell.

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

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