News from UMass Lowell for Week of Dec. 5

12/05/2011


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 “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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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

When:         Tuesday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.

What:          Which products and services will shape the economy of the future in a more sustainable, safety-conscious and ecologically friendly marketplace? Come find out when UMass Lowell students share their ideas during this fair. This showcase of their work is the outgrowth of the “Designing the Future World” course, part of the Economic and Social Development of Regions program, which encourages students to hone their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to prepare them for future careers in the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors. For more information, contact Prof. Sarah_Kuhn@uml.edu.

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

When:         Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.

What:          The public is invited to a screening of “Waltz with Bashir,” Ari Folman’s 2008 animated film that explores his experiences during the 1982 Lebanon War. The film is featured as part of UMass Lowell’s Common Text Book and Film Series. Through the Common Text program, members of the community and students read the same book and share their experience with it, as well as attending film screenings and other programs based on similar themes. This semester, the university’s first-year students are reading Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel, “Persepolis,” about life in Iran during and after the 1979 Revolution. The film showing is free and open to the public. 

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

Student Music Ensembles Present Free Concerts

What:          UMass Lowell music students will demonstrate their talents during several free concerts for the public:
  • Percussion Ensemble: Directed by Prof. Jeff Fischer, the UMass Lowell Percussion Ensemble will perform diverse selections. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • Concert Band: Prof. Daniel Lutz will direct UMass Lowell’s 90-piece ensemble in traditional and modern wind band music. Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • Opera Workshop: Vocalists will perform scenes from opera and American theater under the direction of Prof. Janice Giampa. Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.

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

Peace and Conflict Studies Program Hosts Open House

When:         Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4:30 p.m.

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 Seth_Izen@uml.edu.

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

When:         Thursday, Dec. 8, 5 p.m.

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.

Where:      UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell   

Contacts for media:  Emil Kuruvilla, 949-294-3125 or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209

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

When:         Friday, Dec. 9, 12:15 p.m.

What:          UMass Lowell and the Middlesex County District Attorney Gerard Leone will launch an innovative partnership for research and community engagement. The memorandum of understanding to be signed at the event lays out steps to establish prevention and school-based initiatives such as mentoring programs that build on the university’s expertise and relationships with local public schools. Joint, grant-funded research to support evidence-driven policies, improve data management systems, and engage UMass Lowell students in service learning, internships and research are some of the collaboration’s goals. A steering group will review and guide activities. UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Leone are slated to speak. 

Where:        UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

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

Sexting Research Findings to be Unveiled at School Safety Conference
 
When:         Friday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m.
 
What:          The first findings from a national research project on teen sexting in schools will be presented by UMass Lowell faculty members – Andrew Harris of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and Judith Davidson of the Graduate School of Education – who are directing the research. Focus groups consisting of students, parents and educators have been conducted in nine communities in three states. The emerging themes and patterns have implications for educational policy and practice. The findings will be announced at a conference held by the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, a nonprofit organization working to foster collaboration among community leaders, public safety agencies and educators. 

Where:        UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

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

Curtain Rises on Off-Broadway Players’ Production 

When:          Friday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.
                   Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m.

What:          UMass Lowell’s student theater group, the Off-Broadway Players, will perform “What Not to Say A Night of One-Act Plays,” to include Anton Bucher’s “The Bible in Thirty Minutes … Or Less,” and David LeMaster’s “Washington BC.” Advance tickets are available at the Student Information Center in McGauvran Student Center on UMass Lowell’s South Campus or by calling 978-934-5001. For more information, contact umloffboradwayplayers@gmail.com.

Where:        Comley-Lane Theater, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell

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

Gospel Groups Lift Voices to Usher in Holidays

When:          Saturday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.

What:          The UMass Lowell Gospel Choir, joined by other campus gospel groups and gospel choirs and artists from the community, will perform a free holiday concert that will embrace gospel traditions and share messages of love, hope and peace. Selections performed will include “High Praise” by Judith Christie McAllister and “More,” by Lawrence Flowers, which the UMass Lowell Gospel Choir performed at the inauguration of UMass President Robert Caret. The event is co-sponsored by the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership.

Where:        Durgin Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell  

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

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 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, 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.

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