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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Jan. 30

01/30/2012

This is 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication. In case of inclement weather, call 978-934-2121 to learn whether the UMass Lowell campus is closed.



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What:          Twenty-five entrepreneurs from the region will join UMass Lowell professors David Lewis and Ashwin Mehta of the Manning School of Business for a discussion about how to use business principles to advance philanthropic enterprises in the community. The seminar, “Innovative Ways to Transition to a Social Enterprise,” will feature an address by Robert Harris, chief executive officer and president of CLASS (Citizens League for Adult Special Services) of Lawrence, which provides employment and independent living services to individuals with disabilities. The event is presented by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Initiative, which is supported by the Deshpande Foundation and operated out of the Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell. Sandbox projects promote entrepreneurship, leadership and business ventures in Lowell and Lawrence that enrich these cities and the region.    

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What:          Boston Bruins and Stanley Cup winners Shawn Thornton and Rich Peverley will greet fans at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Friday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 10 when both will participate in ceremonial puck-drops and sign autographs. Thornton will be on hand on Friday, Feb. 3 as UMass Lowell battles the University of Vermont. Peverley will be at the Tsongas Center on Friday, Feb. 10 as the River Hawks take on Merrimack College. Youth hockey teams that purchase 30 or more tickets for either game will be entered in a drawing to win the chance to meet either Thornton or Peverley in a private session. Fans who purchase tickets to these games in person while wearing a Bruins logo will receive $3 off box-office ticket prices. A “Two for $20” pack offers admission to both games for $10 each. The appearances are presented by LowellBank. To enter the youth hockey raffle, call 978-934-5751. River Hawk hockey home game tickets are available by calling 866-722-8780 or at www.tsongascenter.com.

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What:          Feb. 7 marks the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens (1812-1870), one of the world’s best-known and best-loved authors. Organizers of “Dickens in Lowell” are hosting a media preview and birthday party for organizers and invited guests (because of space limitations the event is not open to the general public) where they will unveil seven months of events that explore the author’s travels in America, including his 1842 visit to Lowell. Coming events will run from March 30 to Oct. 20 and will include performances, speakers, family and community programs, and the exhibition “Dickens in Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation.” The festival is the brainchild of UMass Lowell English Prof. Diana Archibald, in collaboration with others at UMass Lowell, Lowell National Historical Park, the Charles Dickens Museum of London, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Tsongas Industrial History Center and Lowell’s leading civic and cultural organizations. Should UMass Lowell be closed due to inclement weather, this event likely will go on as scheduled. For weather-related information regarding this event, members of the media should call 978-934-2209.

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Professor and Wife Exhibit Artwork Rooted in Walden, Merrimack Valley

When:         Exhibit runs through Friday, Feb. 24. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What:          Michael Jones, an artist, athlete, judge and a legal studies professor at UMass Lowell, and his wife, poet Christine Jones, have mounted an exhibit that combines his oil paintings with her verse. “Sustenance” explores their love of the Walden Pond’s natural landscape and other Merrimack Valley landmarks. Admission is $5 for adults, seniors and students, $4.

Where:        Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell 

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu