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News From UMass Lowell for Week of Dec. 12


  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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 on the university researchers’ national findings about sexting by teens, the outlook for what is being called online retailers’ “Green Monday” and how to handle holiday stress at work and home. 

Grammy Nominee J. Cole to Perform at Tsongas Center 

When:         Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. Concert is Friday, March 30

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, 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.

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


Entrepreneurs’ Use of Social Networks Topic of Program 

When:         Tuesday, Dec. 13, 12:30 p.m.

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.

Where:        Southwick Hall, Room 240, UML North, 11 University Ave., Lowell      

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


$40M Academic Building Reaches Construction Milestone 

When:         Thursday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m.

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.

Where:        O’Leary Library Learning Commons, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell  

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


Presidential Candidate’s Children Share Campaign Trail Stories, Lessons  

When:         Monday, Dec. 19, noon

What:         Hear from the daughters of GOP presidential candidate and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman about what it’s like to help their father run for president. The young women — Liddy, Abby and Mary Anne — have become popular on YouTube as they stump for Huntsman in New Hampshire for the first-in-the-nation primary. ( UMass Lowell has extended an invitation to the children of all of the Republican presidential hopefuls to join in this event, which will include an audience question-and-answer session. This special student forum, hosted by UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion and the Boston Herald, is open to the public. 

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

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