News from UML for Week of May 19, 2008

05/19/2008
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

May 19, 2008: 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 www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.” Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not intended to be published.

Click on the following links to learn what else is going on at UMass Lowell:

Spring 2008 BFA Candidates’ Work Goes on Exhibit
Women in Science and Engineering Holds Career Day for Middle-Schoolers
Sen. John Kerry, Honorary Degree Recipients Headline Commencement
Opening the Door to College Sports


Spring 2008 BFA Candidates’ Works Go on Exhibit

When:  
         Reception is Thursday, May 22, 4 to 8 p.m.; exhibit runs through Saturday, May 31

What:            UMass Lowell’s Art Department and the Fine Arts Division of the College of Arts and Sciences presents this exhibition of senior projects from the Art and Design studios, featuring a variety of media including advertising campaigns, animation, painting, photography, product design, sculpture and more.

Where:          Dugan Gallery, Dugan Hall, UML South, 883 Broadway St., Lowell and University Gallery, McGauvran Student Union, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media: Gallery coordinator Michele Gagnon, 978-934-3491 or Michele_Gagnon@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Women in Science and Engineering Holds Career Day for Middle-Schoolers

When:  
         Friday, May 23

What:            More than 400 students are expected to attend this daylong event presented  by Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) that focuses on introducing middle school girls to careers in science and engineering, and help them understand the value of taking math and science courses in high school to prepare themselves for a broad range of professions that require solid backgrounds in those areas. The daylong event will include 26 hands-on workshops led by women professionals who have forged successful careers in science and engineering. Helen Greiner, a mechanical engineer and computer scientist who is the cofounder and chairman of the board of Burlington-based iRobot Corp., which makes robots for consumers (including the Roomba vacuum) and the military. Students from Andover, Ashby, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dunstable, Groton, Lowell, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperell, Reading, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough and Westford are expected to participate.

Where:         Various locations on UML North, University Avenue, Lowell

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Sen. John Kerry, Honorary Degree Recipients Headline Commencement

When:  
         Commencement - Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m.
                      Scholarship Fundraising Dinner ߝ Friday, May 30, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

What:           U.S. Sen. John Kerry will deliver the commencement address, where nearly 2,000 UMass Lowell graduates are expected to receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The University is also honoring five outstanding individuals with honorary doctoral degrees: Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, co-founder and chairman of Sycamore Networks Inc.; Charlayne Hunter-Gault, award-winning journalist and special correspondent for National Public Radio;  Mary Jo Leahey, ’37, founding benefactor and inspiration for the Mary Jo Leahey High School Summer Band Camp; Gerald Martone, ’79, director of Humanitarian Affairs at the International Rescue Committee; and Edward O. Wilson, professor emeritus at Harvard University and Pulitzer Prize winning author. Thomas O’Connor, ’77 and ’80, will receive the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. A scholarship fundraising dinner will be hosted by Chancellor Marty Meehan the night before commencement where the honorary degree recipients and student award winners will be recognized. For more, check out www.uml.edu/commencement.

Where:         Commencement ߝ Tsongas Arena, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell 
                    Pre-Commencement Scholarship Fundraising Dinner ߝ Allen House, 2 Solomont Way, UML South, Lowell

Contacts for Media: Jennifer Hanson, Public Affairs, 978-934-3108 or Jennifer_Hanson@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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Opening the Door to College Sports

When:    
       Thursday, June 5, 7 p.m.

What:            UMass Lowell Athletics’ mission is “Reaching Beyond the Games,” and as part of that, the department is inviting members of the high school athletics community ߝ players, coaches, administrators and parents ߝ for a seminar designed to aid high school student athletes with their journey toward intercollegiate athletic participation. For information or to register for the program, call 978-934-GOAL (4625) or check out www.goriverhawks.com.

Where:          Campus Recreation Center, UML East, 1 Pawtucket St., Lowell

Contacts for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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