News from UMass Lowell for Week of Sept. 24, 2012

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

09/25/2012


Sept. 24, 2012: This is 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 political experts can discuss the key issues in the U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, the Sept. 19 UMass Lowell-Boston Herald poll that shows Brown with a narrow lead in the race and next week’s debate at the Tsongas Center between the candidates. 



Winning Ad Campaign Designed by Students to be Presented

When:        Reception – Tuesday, Sept. 25, 3 to 4:40 p.m. The exhibit runs through Thursday, Oct. 11. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., evenings and Fridays by appointment. 

What:         “The Lowell Experience” will showcase the winning advertising campaign – now seen in public spaces throughout the region – that was created by UMass Lowell advertising design students this past spring on behalf of the city of Lowell. Lowell officials have been invited to attend the exhibit’s opening reception. Students produced the campaign under the direction of UMass Lowell Art Prof. Karen Roehr. The project was made possible by the University of Massachusetts President’s Office Creative Economy Initiatives Fund established in 2007 to support faculty projects in the arts, humanities and social sciences.     

Where:      Dugan Gallery, Dugan Hall, 883 Broadway St., South Campus, Lowell 

Contacts for media: Michele Gagnon, 978-934-3491 or Michele_Gagnon@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 


1970s Classic ‘Billy Jack’ Screened in Common Text Series

When:        Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m.
   
What:         The public is invited to a screening of “Billy Jack,” the 1971 film that became a surprise hit when released theatrically. The movie is featured as part of UMass Lowell’s Common Text Book and Film Series, in which first-year English students and members of the community read the same book to share their experiences with it and watch films with complementary themes. This semester’s book is “Townie,” by author Andre Dubus III, who is an English professor at UMass Lowell. “Townie” tells the story of Dubus’ rough-and-tumble formative years in Haverhill. Dubus was a young fan of “Billy Jack,” as noted in his memoir. A discussion of the movie will follow the screening. The program is free and handicapped-accessible.    

Where:       O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell.     

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu


Local Companies Visit UMass Lowell to Recruit Students

When:        Thursday, Sept. 27, 4 to 6 p.m.         

What:         Accounting professionals looking to recruit skilled employees from UMass Lowell’s student body will be on campus for the first Accounting Recruiting and Networking Fair. More than a dozen companies will be represented, as well as the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. The university’s Career Services and Cooperative Education Center is hosting the event. (Note: While the event is not open to the public, members of the media are welcome.)  

Where:       Cumnock Hall, North Campus, 31 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu
      

Music Professor a Semi-Finalist in Composition Contest

When:        Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.

What:         UMass Lowell Music Prof. Mark Berger of Marlborough is a semi-finalist in the nationwide Rapido! Composition Contest, which challenges composers from all 50 states to write a short chamber work in 14 days. More than 350 composers entered this year’s competition, which offers more than $20,000 in prizes and a commission from a major symphony orchestra for the grand-prize winner. Boston Musica Viva, a professional contemporary music ensemble, will perform Berger’s entry “Dream Dances” as part of its concert. Berger, a violinist and violist who has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops among others, has been honored by the League of Composers. His previous works have been performed by ensembles worldwide. For tickets to the Boston Musica Viva performance and more information, visit www.bmv.org.

Where:       Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu
      

Awards to Honor Hall of Fame Inductees, Student Athletes, Coach

When:        Saturday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.

What:         UMass Lowell’s second annual “Dream of Perfect Games Celebration of Sport” will honor athletic excellence and individuals who use the power and appeal of sports to improve lives and strengthen communities. This year’s awards ceremony will include the presentation of scholarships to students, the induction of four individuals into the UMass Lowell Athletic Hall of Fame and the presentation of the James T. Smith Award for distinguished life achievement. The Smith Award will be given posthumously to Gary Mucica, the university’s former golf coach and director of management graduate programs who lost his battle with cancer in July. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at www.goriverhawks.com or by calling 978-934-2310. All proceeds will support the UMass Lowell Athletic Scholarship Fund. 

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

Contacts for media: Christopher O’Donnell, 978-934-2306, Christopher_ODonnell@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu  
    

Brown, Warren Square Off in U.S. Senate Debate

When:        Monday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.

What:         Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren will participate in a debate sponsored by UMass Lowell and the Boston Herald. Moderated by David Gregory, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the one-hour debate will feature questions from Gregory and UMass Lowell students. Follow the debate live on Twitter with the hashtag #masendebate. The debate is presented through UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion, which holds events and independent, nonpartisan public opinion polls on political and social issues and sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Division of Online and Continuing Education. Media interested in covering this debate should contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs no later than Friday, Sept. 28 to obtain credentials. 

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

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu
      

Gift Manufacturer’s Eclectic Designs Focus of Art Exhibit

When:        Artist’s talk and reception – Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m. Exhibit runs from Monday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Oct. 26. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday by appointment.

What:         The eclectic designs of gift-product manufacturer Blue Q will be displayed in “Calculated Chaos: The Art of Blue Q – Two Decades of Product Design Madness” in this first-ever 20-year retrospective of the Pittsfield company’s wares. Company co-founder and art director Mitch Nash will discuss his work during an artist’s talk and reception that kicks off this exhibit, which will explore the company’s product development process and partnerships with some of the world’s most talented graphic designers and illustrators. The show’s curator is UMass Lowell Art Prof. Karen Roehr.

Where:       Artist’s talk and reception, O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. Exhibit at University Gallery, McGauvran Hall, South Campus, 71 Wilder St., Lowell 

Contacts for media: Michele Gagnon, 978-934-3491 or Michele_Gagnon@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu
      

Educators and Juvenile Justice Officials to Discuss Sexting Prevention, Policy

When:        Friday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
What:         U.S. Department of Justice officials, along with educators, youth guidance counselors, law enforcement and court officials from several states will gather to discuss sexting in order to develop guidelines that can inform legal and policy standards and responses to such incidents as well as prevention initiatives that involve youth, schools communities and families. The forum is part of a two-year project funded through the U.S. Department of Justice.  

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

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu