News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Dec. 6, 2010

12/06/2010
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Dec. 6, 2010: This 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 www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.”  To check if an event has been canceled, call the university’s weather hotline at 978-934-2121. Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 holiday depression and other seasonal issues, the economy and jobs outlook, and online security.

New Social Entrepreneurship Center Announced
Free Concert Pays Tribute to David Amram

Rock For Tots Concert Benefits Lowell Community
Former Gov. Dukakis to Visit New Co-op Center
Celebrate Field Hockey Team’s Perfect Season
River Hawks Host Holiday Hoop Slam

New Social Entrepreneurship Center Announced

When:      Thursday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.
 
What:   
    The Deshpande Foundation and UMass Lowell will announce the details of a new center for social entrepreneurship. The foundation will make a multimillion-dollar donation to support the center, which will be based at UMass Lowell and operated in collaboration with partners including Merrimack College, Middlesex Community College and Northern Essex Community College, as well as nonprofit organizations. The announcement will be made at the first-ever Merrimack Valley Dialogue, a daylong event that will bring together more than 200 people and feature speakers such as U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville, Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria and representatives of partners in the center.

Where:     UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Free Concert Pays Tribute to David Amram

When:     Thursday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.
 
What:      Orchestras and other musicians will celebrate composer and multi-instrumentalist David Amram’s 80th birthday with a concert conducted by UMass Lowell Prof. Kay George Roberts. The event will feature an eclectic mix of classical Bach, Ellington and Amram’s own music played by the University Orchestra, New England Orchestra, Lowell Youth Orchestra and special guests. Amram, who started playing music when he was 7 years old, has composed more than 100 musical works and written many scores for Broadway and films, including “Splendor in the Grass” and “The Manchurian Candidate.” Amram wrote the score for the 1959 documentary “Pull My Daisy,” narrated by Lowell’s Jack Kerouac. A contemporary of the Beat Generation icon, Amram has performed at many Kerouac events. The concert is free and open to the public.

Where:     Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Rock For Tots Concert Benefits Lowell Community

When:      Thursday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m.
 
What:       WUML 91.5 FM, UMass Lowell’s student-run radio station, presents its annual Rock for Tots fundraiser. Local bands will take the stage, including Pathogenic, Hetfield & Hetfield, Los Bungalitos, The Sinbusters and Ladderlegs. The show is for adults 18 and older. Tickets are $5 at the door. All proceeds benefit One Lowell, a local organization that strives improve the life, opportunities and involvement of culturally diverse people in the Lowell community.

Where:     Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Former Gov. Dukakis to Visit New Co-op Center

When:     Friday, Dec. 10, 1:15 p.m.
 
What:      Former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis will visit UMass Lowell’s new center for cooperative education to see the progress the university has made in advancing experiential learning. The center opened this semester and is designed to help students successfully transition from their academic career to their professional career. Dukakis, who has taught political science at universities in Massachusetts and California since leaving office, is a strong advocate for cooperative education. During the visit, he will meet with students who have participated in co-ops, the staff who help students find opportunities with employers and other university representatives. NOTE: While members of the media are welcome to cover this event, it is not open to the public.

Where:    Career Services & Cooperative Education Center, 328 Southwick Hall, UML North, 11 University Ave., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Celebrate Field Hockey Team’s Perfect Season

When:    Friday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m.
 
What: 
    For the first time ever, UMass Lowell women’s field hockey team went undefeated for the entire season, capping it off by beating Shippensburg University for the NCAA Division II championship. UMass Lowell will celebrate the team’s perfect 24-0 season with a rally at the Tsongas Center where players and coaches will be introduced and recognized for their achievement. The free event will also feature live music, T-shirt giveaways and video highlights of the season. Refreshments will be served.

Where:    Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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River Hawks Host Holiday Hoop Slam

When:    Saturday, Dec. 11, 1 to 9 p.m.
 
What:     UMass Lowell hosts a quadruple-header of basketball featuring the River Hawks, Lowell High School Red Raiders, Andover High School Golden Warriors and Merrimack College Warriors. This is the first of two major basketball events being held at the Tsongas Center this academic year, the second being the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament March 4 through 7.

The Holiday Hoop Slam schedule is:

  • Lowell High School girls vs. Andover High School, 1 p.m.;
  • Lowell High School boys vs. Andover High School, 3 p.m.;
  • UMass Lowell men vs. Merrimack College, 5 p.m.;
  • UMass Lowell women vs. Merrimack College, 7 p.m.

Tickets are free for UMass Lowell students with a valid ID, $3 for high school and non-UMass Lowell college students, $5 for kids 12 and under and $10 for adults. Tickets are general admission and are valid for all four games, and can be purchased at the Tsongas Center Box Office. For more information, go to www.tsongascenter.com.

Where:    Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Chris O’Donnell, 978-934-2306, Christopher_ODonnell@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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