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News from UMass Lowell Week of Aug. 30, 2010


Aug. 30, 2010: The fall semester kicks off this week at UMass Lowell. Classes start Wednesday, Sept. 1. 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 about UMass Lowell, visit and click on “UML in the News.”  Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Hot topics of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on labor issues, stress at work, economic recovery, housing trends and healthy school lunches. Contact UMass Lowell Public Affairs for details on these and other experts.

Social Visionary Inspires Students at Convocation
IKEA as Art: Jieun Shin's Vision
UMass Lowell Remembers Sept. 11

Social Visionary Inspires Students at Convocation 

When:   Tuesday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m.

What:    First-year UMass Lowell students will be officially welcomed to the university community at Convocation with keynote speaker Bill Strickland, winner of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and more than 10 honorary degrees for his work to combine the arts, job training and culture to fuel positive social change. Strickland began his own personal transformation as an inner-city high school student more than 40 years ago when he saw a talented art teacher spin a mound of clay into a work of art on a potter’s wheel. Strickland, his creativity ignited, used art to inspire other youths from his Pittsburgh neighborhood through the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, an after-school program he founded while still a college student. Today, he leads the Manchester Bidwell Corp., a national model for education, culture and hope that works with both adults and youths to provide market-driven career education and training.

Where:   Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303,

IKEA as Art: Jieun Shin’s Vision 

When:  Tuesday, Sept. 7, 3 p.m.

What:   Artist Jieun Shin will discuss her work “Buoyance” watercolors that combines Korean motifs, especially patterns from historic textiles and embroidery, with pictographic assembly instructions from the global furniture retailer IKEA.  The exhibit will run Wednesday, Sept. 1 to Saturday, September 25 in the McGauvran Student Center.

Where:  Artist talk in O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell; reception in the University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, UML South, First Floor, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Michele Gagnon, 978-934-3491,, Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,

UMass Lowell Remembers Sept. 11 

When:  Friday, Sept. 17, noon

What:   The annual event “UMass Lowell Remembers 9/11” features speaker Andrew J. Bacevich, professor of International Relations and History at Boston University and author of the new book “Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War.” He will discuss what happened on 9/11, the road to 9/11 and the aftermath. The event also honors members of the UMass Lowell community lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

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

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303,

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224