News From UMass Lowell 9-26-11


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 “UML in the News.”  Please note that contact names are for the media and are not for publication.

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297,

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on 2012 political contests, the latest national debt discussions and the impact of No Child Left Behind waivers.

‘Dream of Perfect Games’ Kicks Off Fall Festival 

When:         Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2

What:          UMass Lowell kicks off its annual Fall Festival on Friday, Sept. 30 with its first-ever “Dream of Perfect Games” celebration at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will honor athletic excellence as well as individuals and groups that use sports to strengthen their communities, including author and sports commentator Jackie MacMullan and Kids in Disability Sports, and there will be a special tribute, “Father, Sons & Baseball,” in memory of Adam Keenan, the UMass Lowell student-athlete who passed away in June. Other honorees include 2011 Athletics Hall of Fame nominees and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. All proceeds will go to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at or by calling 978-934-2345. Other Fall Festival events include:
• Jennifer’s 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Jennifer D’Amour Scholarship Fund, 8:30 a.m. (registration) and 10 a.m. (race) Saturday at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell,;
• Alumni athletic events on Saturday at 10 a.m., including baseball (LeLacheur Park), softball (Riverview Field), volleyball (Costello Gym) and women’s soccer (Cushing Field Complex);
• Wild, Wild West Family Day – Athletic Fan Fest, Saturday from 10:30 to 2 p.m. on the back lawn of the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, featuring live music, a barbecue, performance by the UMass Lowell Marching Band and activities for all ages.

Where:        More on all locations and full details on all Fall Festival events are available at

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297,


‘Housing Market and the Macro Economy’ Opens Lecture Series

When:          Monday, Oct. 3, noon to 1:30 p.m.

What:          Karl Case, expert on the national housing market and professor emeritus of economics at Wellesley College, will deliver a talk on the relationship between housing prices and the economy. Case, the co-author of the Case-Shiller Index, a leading measure for the U.S. residential housing market, will speak as part of UMass Lowell’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public; to reserve a seat, e-mail

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

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297,


All 7 Democratic Senate Candidates to Participate in Debate

When: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.

What: The seven candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts will participate in the first debate among the Democrats who hope to challenge Republican Scott Brown in 2012. Participating will be candidates Elizabeth Warren; Tom Conroy; Marisa DeFranco; Alan Khazei; Bob Massie; Herb Robinson, and Setti Warren. The debate is being presented through a new initiative of the university’s Center for Public Opinion and the Boston Herald that also includes polling on how Massachusetts voters feel about candidates and critical issues facing the Commonwealth. The UMass Lowell Political Science Club is co-sponsoring the debate which will feature questions by a panel of UMass Lowell student leaders, a university focus group and Twitter followers. UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, who represented Massachusetts’ Fifth District in Congress for 14 years, will serve as the moderator. The debate is free and open to the public. The program will be streamed live by the Boston Herald at and UMass Lowell at The public can participate via Twitter with the hashtag, “#UMLdebate.”

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

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297,


Birdsong at Morning Performs in ‘Music on the Merrimack’ Series

When: Thursday, Oct. 6; performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

What:           Acclaimed chamber-pop group Birdsong at Morning — led by UMass Lowell faculty member Alan Williams, with Darleen Wilson and Greg Porter — brings the group’s music to the Durgin Concert Hall in this free concert, part of the “Music on the Merrimack: Global Echoes” series. Birdsong at Morning’s latest release, “Annals of My Glass House,” met with critical acclaim for its songs’ luxurious arrangements and production. The series celebrates musicians from Lowell and Greater Boston whose work reflects the area’s cultural communities and traditions. Performers offer master classes and demonstrations — many of which are open to the public — for music students during the day. 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 Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297,


Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Features UMass Lowell Professor  

When:         Saturday, Oct. 8, 1:30 p.m. 

What:         “Kerouac Today: A Reflection on Nature and Technology,” a talk by UMass Lowell Prof. Todd Tietchen, will highlight the four-day Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Festival. Tietchen is a Beat literature and Jack Kerouac scholar. Now in its 26th year, the city-wide festival celebrates writer and native son Jack Kerouac, exploring his legacy and influence on American culture. The 2011 event will run from Thursday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 9 and includes readings by writers and poets and musical performances. All events are open to the public and most are free. For more, visit 

Where: Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297,


‘Art Law’ Workshops Teach Artists How to Protect Their Work

When:         Tuesday, Oct. 11 and Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

What:         Great works of art are made greater when they reach their audience and maintain the integrity of their creator. Ensuring an artist’s ownership over his or her work is all the more difficult in the Internet-driven world of communication. Visual artists throughout the region who wish to learn more about contracts, copyrights, reproduction rights, trademarks, gallery commissions and museum lending will benefit from these two Art Law workshops hosted by UMass Lowell Prof. Michael Jones and his students. Jones, a professor of legal studies, attained his law degree at the University of Miami. A part-time district court judge, he is an expert in the fields of entertainment, Internet, art, sports and intellectual property law.  

Where: Western Avenue Studios conference room, 122 Western Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297,