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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Dec. 5


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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 research into sexting by teens, the season’s retail outlook and how to eat healthy despite the onslaught holiday party foods.

Budding Designers Display Next-Generation Products, Services

Where:        McGauvran Student Center, Second Floor, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

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

Lebanon War Is Focus of ‘Common Text’ Series Film

Student Music Ensembles Present Free Concerts

Peace and Conflict Studies Program Hosts Open House
What:          Stemming the causes of violence and learning methods to resolve violence and build peace are the aims of UMass Lowell’s Peace and Conflict Studies program. Prospective students and the public are welcome to attend this session to learn how the program combines theoretical and experiential education to prepare students for success. Undergraduates may enroll in either major or minor concentrations in the program. University juniors and seniors may apply for the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program, through which they can earn both degrees in five years. Graduate students may earn either a certificate or master of arts degree. Lowell High School students are expected to attend the open house, which will include student presentations and a musical performance. To attend, contact

Where:        O’Leary Library, Room 500, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

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

More Than 100 Student Entrepreneurs to Showcase Projects at Sandbox Event
What:          Find out how today’s ideas become tomorrow’s business ventures when more than 100 students display their prototypes and projects during the Campus Catalyst Showcase: “Growing the Entrepreneurial Spirit.” Hosted by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Initiative, the event will feature UMass Lowell, Northern Essex Community College, Middlesex Community College and Merrimack College students who will demonstrate projects in the assistive technology, human services and environment fields that have received start-up funds from the initiative. Guest speakers are scheduled to include UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan; Franky Descoteaux, owner of the Mambo Grill and Humanity in downtown Lowell and a Lowell city councilor; Dr. Leonide Saad, president and chief executive officer of Alkeus Pharmaceuticals of Cambridge and Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, chairman of Sycamore Networks of Chelmsford and A123 Systems of Waltham. Deshpande is cofounder of the Deshpande Foundation, which established the Sandbox initiative — one of three in the world —through the Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell. The initiative, a partnership between the four higher-education institutions, promotes social entrepreneurship and leadership in Lowell and Lawrence.

UMass Lowell, Middlesex County D.A. to Partner on Crime Prevention 

Sexting Research Findings to be Unveiled at School Safety Conference

Curtain Rises on Off-Broadway Players’ Production 

Gospel Groups Lift Voices to Usher in Holidays

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 Kalifa 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