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Dec. 4, 2007: 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 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.

Agencies Honor Chancellor Marty Meehan with Lamp of Liberty Award

When:  Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Stonehedge Inn, 160 Pawtucket Boulevard, Tyngsboro

What: The annual Lamp of Liberty Award honors a member of the Lowell community who has made an outstanding contribution to society by helping newcomers find their way. As the congressman representing the Fifth District from 1993 to 2007 before being named UMass Lowell’s chancellor, Meehan used his position on the House Judiciary Committee to fight for the rights of new immigrants, ensuring them access to necessities like education, employment, health care and social justice. The award was founded by the Lowell Community Health Center and International Institute of Lowell, and all proceeds from the event will go to benefit the agencies.

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or

Sustainability Is Focus of Student Showcase

When:          Thursday, Dec. 6, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Where:         Alumni Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

What: Organized by Prof. Sarah Kuhn of UML’s Department of Regional Economic and Social Development, the Student Sustainability Project Showcase will feature students’ work ߝ such as products, videos and posters ߝ from many departments that would help sustain society, the economy and the environment. The event is free and open to the public. Students and faculty will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments will be served.

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or

UML Hosts Forum on Diversity in the Workforce

When:  Tuesday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m.

Where: Alumni Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

What: “Diversity in Motion: The First Annual Forum for Workforce Diversity” will bring University representatives, including Chancellor Marty Meehan and UML’s faculty and staff diversity team, together with employment agencies, recruiters and other professionals who work with diverse job seekers. The event, organized by UML Equal Opportunity and Outreach, will include a reception, program and lunch.

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or

Chancellor Meehan to Speak to Political Science Classes

When:  Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 12:30 p.m.

Where: O’Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

What: Chancellor Marty Meehan, former Fifth District congressman, will speak to Prof. Fred Lewis’ political science classes and other students. Meehan, who is an alumnus of UMass Lowell’s Political Science program, will continue an annual tradition he started while serving in Congress, visiting Lewis’ classes to comment on developments in national politics as well as matters of interest to UMass Lowell students.

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or

‘Separate But Equal’ Authors to Discuss the Status of Women in Sports

When:  Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Campus Recreation Center, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell

What: Eileen McDonagh and Laura Pappano, authors of “Playing with the Boys: Why Separate is Not Equal in Sports,” will discuss their views of how women have been treated in sports participation. The event is sponsored by Politics and Sports, the UMass Lowell Athletic Department and the Student Government Association. Refreshments will be served.

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or

John Adams Innovation Grant to UML Center Will Aid Medical Device Companies

When:             Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m.

Where: Cumnock Hall, Trustees Room, One University Ave., UML North, Lowell

What: The medical device industry has been experiencing declining jobs in the state. UMass Lowell’s M2D2, the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center, aims to reverse that trend by helping entrepreneurs move their new medical device ideas from patent to production. The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s John Adams Innovation Institute will announce the awarding of a significant grant for M2D2 to support the Center’s work. The Innovation Center’s Director Patrick Larkin, UML Chancellor Marty Meehan, M2D2 co-director Prof. Stephen McCarthy and area legislators will be on hand for the presentation.

Contact for Media:  Renae Lias Claffey, Public Affairs, 978-934-3233 or

Rowdy’s Kids’ Night Out Entertains Local Children and Benefits Charity

When:  Saturday, Dec. 15, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Costello Gym, UML North, 261 Riverside St., Lowell

What: Parents who need an evening out can take their kids to a night out of their own. This low-cost event ($10 for the first child, $7 for each additional child from the same family) is an annual program of the UMass Lowell Athletic Department. Boys and girls ages 5 to 12 can join UML student athletes for fun activities like swimming, basketball, soccer, volleyball, kickball, crafts, movies and games, and refreshments will be sold at concession area. Proceeds from the event will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Pre-registration is not required but anyone who wishes to register their child or has questions can contact Joan Lehoullier at 978-934-2330.

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or

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