News from UMass Lowell for the Week of March 28, 2011

03/28/2011
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

March 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 “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  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 radiation exposure, nuclear power and Libya. 



‘Big Jazz Night’ Concert Features 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 Celebrates UMass Lowell’s Past and Future
When:     Wednesday, 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.  Anyone interested in attending the reception should RSVP to Jacqueline_Ledoux@uml.edu.

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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‘Day Without Violence’ Features Renowned Peace Activist
When:     Monday, April 4, 12:30 p.m.

What:      Leymah Gbowee, an acclaimed African peace activist who is the subject of the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” is UMass Lowell’s 2011 Greeley for Peace. Gbowee, who organized the movement that helped end a civil war in Liberia and founded an organization that brings together Christian and Muslim women to promote peace, will be the speaker for this year’s “Day Without Violence.” The day is held annually by the university’s Peace and Conflict Studies Institute and features the Greeley Scholar for Peace, an honor named for Rev. Dana McLean Greeley, a longtime Concord resident and internationally respected advocate for peace, human rights and civil rights. 

Where:    O’Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder St., UML South, 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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Poet Laureate, Lowell Native Holds Reading on Campus
When:     Monday, April 4, 3 p.m.

What:      Former poet laureate of Alaska Tom Sexton, a Lowell native and Lowell High School graduate, will read his work and talk about his writing process as a poet and his experiences as the longtime editor of the Alaska Quarterly Review.

Where:    Durgin Hall, Room 116, 35 Wilder St., UML South, 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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Students to Learn Salary Negotiation Strategies
When:     Monday, April 4, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

What:      For graduating students, one of the trickiest parts of landing a first job is negotiating the salary. The Start Smart Wage Negotiation Workshop will provide students with hands-on practice in benchmarking salaries for the jobs they want and negotiating pay. The workshop will be conducted by the WAGE Project and facilitated by Evelyn Murphy, the organization’s president (and former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts). The event is sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Center for Women and Work.  (Note: the workshop is open to students only. The media is invited to cover the event). 

Where:    Dugan Hall, 883 Broadway St., UML South, 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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Former White House Counterterrorism Official, Alum Speaks 
When:     Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. 

What:      Former National Security Council staff member Roger W. Cressey, a UMass Lowell alumnus, will present the 2011 F. Bradford Morse Distinguished Lecture on International Relations. On Sept. 11, 2001, Cressey was serving as the council’s director for transitional threats and was a key part of forming and carrying out White House counterterrorism policy. Cressey, who majored in political science at UMass Lowell, worked in the White House during the Clinton and Bush administrations, as well as in the Department of Defense, State Department and on United Nations peacekeeping missions. He serves as a regular on-air commentator for NBC News on issues including counterterrorism and security. The founder and former president of a cyber-security firm, he is a senior vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, a Virginia-based consulting firm and defense contractor. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, followed at 6:30 p.m. by dinner and the lecture. Tickets are $75 ($25 is tax-deductible and benefits the F. Bradford Morse Endowment); for ticket information, check out www.uml.edu/morse or call 978-934-2236. 

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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