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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 1


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 and click on “News.”  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews to discuss the 2012 presidential race and the impact of the Occupy movement.

Professors Perform the Music of Cambodian-American Composer 

When:          Thursday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
What:           For “East Meets West: The Music of Chinary Ung,” the latest in the Music on the Merrimack series, UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College performance faculty members will give a free concert of works by Cambodian-American composer Chinary Ung. Ung – the first American composer to win the international Grawemeyer Award, referred to as the Nobel Prize for music composition – often uses western instruments to convey traditional elements in Cambodian music. The series showcases musicians from Lowell whose work reflects the area’s various cultural communities and traditions. The series is presented by the UMass Lowell Music Department and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  
Where: Durgin Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Tribute to Nurses Recognizes Alumni 

When:         Saturday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m.
What:          UMass Lowell will hold a Tribute to Nurses for alumni of the Department of Nursing at the River Hawks ice hockey game against the Boston University Terriers. The event includes a reception for alumni of the Department of Nursing and their guests, who can purchase tickets on game night for $12. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by the hockey game at 7 p.m. For details, e-mail or call 978-934-4538.
Where: Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

  Chancellor Meehan Moderates Discussion on 2012 Presidential Primaries

When:         Monday, Nov. 7, noon to 1:30 p.m.
What:          Political experts with their fingers on the pulse of the race for the Oval Office will discuss the topics, trends and strategies of the candidates vying for their party’s nomination in the 2012 presidential primaries. Panelists will include Charlie Baker, Massachusetts politician and businessman; Joe Battenfeld, political writer and contributor to the Boston Herald, NECN and WRKO; Jennifer Myers, reporter, The Sun; Glen Johnson, politics editor for and political writer for the Boston Globe; and Prof. Frank Talty, director of the new UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion, which recently co-sponsored the debate between Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate and a related political poll. This event will be moderated by UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, who served the Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007. The program is part of UMass Lowell’s Lunchtime Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact the Center for Arts & Ideas at 978-934-3107.
Where:        UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell 

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Centers for Learning Celebrates 25 Years of Assisting Students 

When:         Monday, Nov. 7, 4:30 p.m.
What:          UMass Lowell’s Centers for Learning will celebrate 25 years of helping students tackle academic challenges. The center, which operates four sites across UMass Lowell, has grown since 1986 to provide a comprehensive peer tutoring program that is certified by the New England Peer Tutor Association, online tutoring and academic advising. It also supports specialized services, such as the Goler Program for first-generation college students, the Study Abroad program and the Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The event will include remarks by the founder, Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney. 
Where:        Southwick Hall, Room 240, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Program Looks at Experiences, Opinions of ‘Occupy’ Movement 
When:         Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12:30 p.m.
What:          The “Occupy” movement has grown from the Occupy Wall Street protest to public encampments around the United States and the world. A panel of UMass Lowell experts will discuss the movement, its goals and impact, and public opinion of the effort with students. Speakers will include two UMass Lowell student veterans who have participated in Occupy Boston and Jenifer Whitten-Woodring, an assistant professor of political science whose work focuses on protest, repression and media freedom. Chancellor Marty Meehan will moderate the discussion.
Where:        O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

‘Astronaut’ Exhibit Touches Down at University Gallery  

When:         Opening artist talk, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 3 to 5 p.m. Exhibit runs through Friday, Dec. 2. The University Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday by appointment.
What:          Boston-based artist Scott Listfield’s paintings feature a lone astronaut lost in a landscape filled with pop-culture icons, corporate logos and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references, inspired by the futuristic cartoons and movies of his youth. But as this thought-provoking exhibit illustrates, “the future” hasn’t turned out exactly as he expected it would. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Where: Artist talk – O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. Exhibit – University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Michele Gagnon, gallery coordinator, 978-934-3491, or Christine Gillette, Office of Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 

Veterans Events Honor Military Service of Students, Local Residents 

When:         Wednesday, Nov. 9 – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., flag-raising ceremony and military jet flyover; 12:30 to 2 p.m., veterans panel
What:          UMass Lowell’s Veterans Day observance and flag-raising ceremony will pay tribute to the university’s student veterans, Veterans Hall of Fame inductees and local veterans for their service to the country. The event will feature a flyover by F-15 jets and keynote speakers Col. Gregory Boyle (ret.), former commander of the Marine Wounded Warrior Regiment and UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. A panel of featuring student veterans and other locals who have served will discuss their military service.
Where:     Cumnock Hall, UML North, 31 University Ave., Lowell. 

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944