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News From UMass Lowell for Week of Dec. 12

12/12/2011


Grammy Nominee J. Cole to Perform at Tsongas Center
What:          Rapper J. Cole will perform for students and the public at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Cole is a 2011 Grammy nominee for Best New Artist, No. 5 on Vibe’s list of 30 Greatest Rappers Alive under 30, a 2011 Best New Artist nominee at the BET Awards and named Male Artist of the Year at the Underground Music Awards. J. Cole – who has recorded with Jay-Z, Drake, Wiz Khalifa and toured with Rihanna and other top acts – launched his rap career at the same time he was earning his college degree with honors. The show is organized by UMass Lowell’s student Campus Activities Planning Association. Tickets are $22 in advance (six-ticket limit) for the general public and $17 (four-ticket limit) for UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College students with valid ID. Discount student tickets are available only at the Tsongas Center box office. All others may purchase tickets at the box office, www.tsongascenter.com or 866-722-8780. The concert starts at 8 p.m.; doors open for the general admission show at 6:30 p.m. for student ticket-holders and 7 p.m. for the public.

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Entrepreneurs’ Use of Social Networks Topic of Program
What:          How do up-and-coming entrepreneurs use social media networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn to build their businesses? UMass Lowell faculty conducted a year-long study of the subject and will share their findings during this event. Over the course of the year, management professors Steve Tello and Yi Yang and Computer Science Asst. Prof. Guanling Chen conducted the project “Leveraging Online Social Networks to Support Creative Ventures,” which examined how early-stage entrepreneurs use social media to make important connections. The project enabled the faculty to interview, observe and track the progress of six medical device entrepreneurs as they accessed the resources and networks they needed. This is an Interdisciplinary Exchange and Advancement (IDEA) Communities event that promotes mentoring and support for innovative scholarly work by UMass Lowell faculty and other affiliated researchers from a variety of departments and colleges who share interests around a common topic.

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$40M Academic Building Reaches Construction Milestone
What:          UMass Lowell students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to witness history during a ceremony to mark the topping off of the university’s new, $40 million Health and Social Sciences Building. Come take a look and sign one of the building’s columns before the exterior walls on this 69,000-square-foot facility are built. The academic building will be home to three of the university’s most popular courses of study — criminal justice, nursing and psychology. The building, which is supporting more than 800 construction and related jobs, is the first new academic building built from the ground up on UMass Lowell’s South Campus in more than 30 years. The event will begin with a short program at the newly renovated O’Leary Learning Commons before a brief walk to the construction site.

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Presidential Candidate’s Children Share Campaign Trail Stories, Lessons 

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