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October 9, 2003: A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications and Marketing Office, (978) 934-3224. For more stories on UMass Lowell, visit and click on NEWS.

What's in this issue:

Lowell's Youth Programs: Can They Survive?

Forum to Explore Reducing Workplace Hazards for Teens

UMass Lowell Raises Funds for Disabled Student in Benefit Softball Game


Lowell's Youth Programs: Can They Survive?

When: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7:45-9 a.m.

Where: MIL Conference Center, Wannalancit, 600 Suffolk St.


Youth programs in Lowell have been faced with major budget cuts. What are the impacts on various programs and organizations? A team of young researchers from UMass Lowell's Center for Family, Work and Community spent the summer researching effects on youth programs. Their results form the basis of a discussion to be held October 14 at 7:45 a.m. in the Wannalancit Mills on Suffolk Street. The session will culminate in suggestions and strategies for what to do next.

Speakers will include:

Andy Chandonnet, YWCA youth director

            Greg Croteau, director, United Teams Equality Center (UTEC)

            Rep. Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

            Prof. Linda Silka, co-director, Center for Family, Work and Community

Contact: Sandra Seitz, 978/934-3225, or

 Forum to Explore Reducing Workplace Hazards for Teens

When: Wednesday, October 15, Noon

Where: 500M, O'Leary Library, UMass Lowell South, 61 Wilder Street, Lowell


David Wegman, dean of the UMass Lowell School of Health and Environment, and John Wooding, the University's provost, will join Joan Parker of Parkwood Consulting to discuss "Teens at Risk: Reducing Workplace Hazards," Wednesday, Oct 15 at noon. The three are being presented as part of the Fall Seminar series sponsored by the Center for Industrial Competitiveness.

Parker is an occupational health consultant, advising advocacy groups, public agencies, and law firms on workplace health and safety issues.  Until 2002, she was the Director of Workplace Safety and Child Labor for the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.  

Before becoming dean, Wegman served as chair of the Work Environment Department. Wooding recently became interim provost after serving as chair of the Regional Economic and Social Development Department. Both David and John have lengthy and extensive research and advocacy experience related to occupational health. All three speakers served on the Massachusetts Young Worker Initiative Task Force.

The seminar is being co-sponsored by the Work Environment Department. For schedule information, contact, or visit

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232

UMass Lowell Raises Funds for Disabled Student in Benefit Softball Game

When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m.

Where:  Joker's Lounge, 135 Stuart St., Dracut


            Staff and students from UMass Lowell next week will put down their pencils and books and pick up balls and gloves to help one of their own.

            UMass Lowell will sponsor a charity softball game between staff and residence life students on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Joker's Lounge, 135 Stuart St., Dracut to raise funds for a disabled student.  The event, which will feature a free barbeque and raffles in addition to the competition, is open to the public.  It is sponsored by several UMass Lowell departments, with support from Greater Lowell businesses, including ARAMARK, the University's food-service provider which is donating the food and paper goods.

            Tony Koumantzelis of Dracut, who runs the University's recycling program, decided to spearhead the event after learning of the financial challenges facing junior criminal justice major Rob Sampson of Randolph, who has been paralyzed from the chest down since sustaining a neck-breaking fall four years ago.  Sampson and his family are struggling to cover the cost of home modifications, special equipment, medical supplies and a modified vehicle to help him regain some of his independence.

Koumantzelis said anyone is welcome to watch or join in the fun.

            "We encourage anybody with a glove to show up.  The more the merrier," he said.  "If you've got a spot in your heart, come down and help."

            Such charitable efforts are not unusual for Koumantzelis, who has organized a University-wide drive for toys to distribute to needy children during the December holiday season for the past seven years.  Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring the softball teams or otherwise contributing to the event should contact Koumantzelis at 978-265-2664.

Contact:  Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238

  For more information, contact or 978-934-3224