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News from UMass Lowell - Sept. 9, 2004


Sept. 9, 2004: 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 "UML in the News."

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UMass Lowell Author to Address Parker Lecture Tonight

EPA to Announce Environmental Grant to UMass Lowell and Partners

Students Return to Campus; Welcoming Activities include X-Fest

Pinardi Exhibits Love and Loss at University Gallery

UMass Lowell Author to Address Parker Lecture Tonight

When:Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

Where:Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St., Lowell


UMass Lowell Author Geoffrey Douglas and Lowell native Stephen Croke ("The Busker") will share their experiences in filmmaking in "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Film" at tonight's Parker Lecture Series at Pollard Memorial Library.Douglas' book, "The Game of their Lives," about the 1950s U.S. World Cup soccer team is currently being made into a feature film.

The discussion is free and open to the public.

Contact:Paul Marion, University Communications, 978-934-3107 or

EPA to Announce Environmental Grant to UMass Lowell and Partners

When:Monday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.

Where:Mayor's Reception Room, Lowell City Hall, 375 Merrimack St.


EPA New England will announce an environmental justice grant to UMass Lowell's Center for Family, Work and Community; the Coalition for a Better Acre; and the Lowell Community Health Center.

Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA New England, will announce the award to the partnership that is expected to result in significant public health and environmental benefits for the community.

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

Students Return to Campus; Welcoming Activities include X-Fest

When: Thursday, Sept. 16, 2 to 8 p.m. (X-Fest)

Where: UMass Lowell Campus Recreation Center


Classes resumed this week for the 12,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students at UMass Lowell.The academic credentials for the 1,021 incoming have gone up again this year, continuing a five-year trend. Freshmen have an average combined SAT score of 1105 and an average high school grade point average of 3.15.

But not all of September's events take place in the classroom. The Office of Student Activities' Welcome Week '04 activities include concerts, an on-campus drive-in movie, a giant bingo championship and open air broadcast of the opening Patriot's football game on Sept. 9. On Thursday, Sept. 16, Student Activities will host X-Fest at the Campus Recreation Center, which will feature a ride that simulates sky diving, a cookout, a DJ and volleyball.

Contact: Elizabeth James, University Communications, 978-934-3226 or

Pinardi Exhibits Love and Loss at University Gallery

When: Through Oct. 1

Where: University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, UMass Lowell South


The UMass Lowell University Gallery opens its season with an exhibit of the works of Professor Emeritus Brenda Atwood Pinardi, showcasing her paintings, drawings and latest exploration of retablo-style constructions, now through Oct. 1. An opening reception with an artist gallery talk will be Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. at the gallery in the McGauvran Student Center, UMass Lowell South on Wilder Street.

Pinardi's narrative references Greek myth and a recurring theme of love and loss through the use of aquatic imagery. In her most recent compositions, she incorporates mixed media and found objects, which are reminiscent of Mexican religious shrines.

Other exhibits at the University Gallery include a sculpture and video installation by Alison Stafford, Oct. 6 to Nov.5; the paintings and prints of Kathleen Cammarata, Nov.10 to Dec17; 'Mixed Media Installation,' by Meagan Shein, Jan. 26 to Feb. 23; a gelatin silver print exhibit "One Cycle of my Journey," by Abigail Cohen, March 2 to April 6; and a sculpture exhibit by Eugenie Lewalski Berg, "The Cubic Series," April 13 to May 13.

The University Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 3 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Richard Sherburne, University Communications, 978-934-3232 or

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