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NEWS FROM UML Oct. 3, 2006


A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications Office, 978-934-3224. For more stories on UML, visit and click on “UML in the News.” Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not intended to be published.

The Countdown Begins for the On the Road Scroll Roadshow
Kickoff Fundraiser Features Readings, Music and More

When:  Friday, Oct. 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

The evening will feature:
* Readings by two past UML Kerouac writers-in-residence, David Daniel and Major  Jackson
* Musical performance by singer/songwriter Frank Morey
* New details about next summer’s exhibit of the scroll, which Kerouac typed on sheets of taped-together tracing paper
* Refreshments and cash bar

    Tickets are $25 for the public and $15 for students. Visit COOL’s (Cultural Organization of Lowell’s) website for more information. 
Contact:   Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233 or

Authority on Service-Learning in Engineering Will Speak

When:               Tuesday, Oct. 10, 12 noon

Where:            Seminar Room 309, Kitson Hall, 1 University Ave., UML North

What:             Service-learning is a hot topic in engineering education, as colleges try to make mastery of skills in the classroom more relevant to solving real problems and working with clients. UML’s College of Engineering is at the forefront of this effort and will co-host an appearance by William Oakes, director of EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) at Purdue University. The presentation is followed by a question-and-answer period and discussion and is co-sponsored by the Regional Economic and Social Development Department.
Contact:    Sandra Seitz, 978-934-3225,

Zimbabwean Graphic Designer to Speak
Maviyane-Davies’s “The Conscious Eye” Will be on Exhibit

Thursday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m., Talk and Reception
           Exhibit runs Oct. 11 through Nov. 10

Where: Talk - O’Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder Street, UML South
           Exhibit - University Gallery, McGauvran Hall, 71 Wilder St., UML South

What:  Zimbabwean graphic designer Chaz Maviyane-Davies will discuss his design philosophy, as well as his experience in using design to promote social awareness. His workߞ;much of it in the form of 
        Maviyane-Davies was forced to temporarily leave the country due to the controversial and political nature of his art. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Maviyane-Davies’ design work has been published worldwide in numerous books, magazines, and newspapers. Signed artist posters designed especially for the exhibition will be available for sale, with proceeds to benefit UML student groups.
Contact: Michelle Gagnon, Gallery Coordinator, 978-934-3491,

Peter Guralnick Covers Music and Politics of the Civil Rights Movement

When:  Thursday, Oct. 12, 12:30-2 p.m.

Where:  O’Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder Street, UML South

What:    Peter Guralnick, the author of several books on soul, blues, country and R&B performers, will lecture and perform on “The Civil Rights Movement and R&B.” Guralnick has authored a definitive two-volume biography of Elvis and a recent biography of Sam Cooke. The performance is open to students, staff, faculty and the greater Lowell community. It is one of a series of performances and lectures offered in Prof. Jeffrey Gerson’s Politics and Music class.
Contact:   Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233 or

“El Shino y Aguakate” to Perform

Friday, Oct. 13, 9 p.m.

Cumnock Hall Auditorium, 1 University Ave., UML North

What:  The Latin American Student Association (LASA) presents “El Shino y Aguakate” as a grand finale to the group’s celebration of Latino Heritage Month. Attendees will dance the “meringue & perrico ripiao” to the band’s new production, “Crazyssimo.”  Tickets are available at South and North Student Information Center and online @ and are $10 for students; $15 for others.
Contact:   Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233 or

Community’s Role in Education Explored
First Annual Mary Bacigalupo Educational Forum Hosts Jeff Howard
When:  Saturday, Oct. 14, 8:15 a.m.

Where:  Kathryn P. Stoklosa Middle School, 506 Broadway St., Lowell, MA

What:    Jeff Howard, founder and president of the Efficacy Institute, is a trained social psychologist and has developed a comprehensive set of field-tested training programs, consulting services and materials for adults and youth. He is also the founder of J. Howard and Associates, a corporate training and consulting firm. Howard will speak on “The Community Role in Educational Excellence” as the keynote speaker for the first annual Mary Bacigalupo Educational Forum, named in honor of the late Lowell community leader and activist. Bacigalupo provided vital support to countless community groups in Lowell and worked for many years at UMass Lowell’s Graduate School of Education, which is sponsoring the event. The address will be followed by an Action Group planning session.
Contact:   Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233 or

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