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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Dec. 3, 2012

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists


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 and click on “News.” In case of inclement weather, call UMass Lowell’s weather hotline at 978-934-2121; if the university is closed, all events are canceled. Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell’s education experts can offer opinions on Massachusetts’ plan to extend the school day for some students. The university’s economics experts can discuss potential solutions to the nation’s fiscal cliff dilemma. 

What:           Ken Ratcliffe ’71, a financial officer at Apple Computer from 1987 to 1993, will share his insights into career in finance with UMass Lowell Manning Business School students and others during this Manning Speaker Series event. An early backer of, Radcliffe left Apple and became Mediaflex’s chief financial officer. Prior to working for Apple, he worked for Data General in Paris where he was responsible for managing the corporation’s financial operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is the author of the novel “Manhook,” which draws on his business experience and offers a glimpse into the world of venture capitalists. Ratcliffe earned a bachelor of science in business administration with distinction in economics from Lowell Technological Institute, one of UMass Lowell’s predecessor institutions.  

Stephen King Shares Views on Craft, Career with Students and Public

When:          Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
What:           Legendary author Stephen King will speak to more than 3,000 UMass Lowell students, faculty and members of the public in a rare appearance. At “A Conversation with Stephen King” the writer will talk with fellow bestselling author Andre Dubus III, a UMass Lowell English professor, about his craft and career and will offer advice to fledgling writers. King will read from his work and answer questions from the audience. The event marks the debut of the new UMass Lowell Chancellor’s Speaker Series. Ticket proceeds will go to a new scholarship fund for UMass Lowell students being endowed by King and his wife, Tabitha. At the end of the program, the two armchairs in which King and Dubus will sit during their conversation will be autographed by King and raffled off to raise additional funds for scholarships. The program is co-sponsored by the English Department. In addition to the evening event, King will present a special master class for UMass Lowell creative writing majors earlier in the day. Media interested in covering these events should contact UMass Lowell media relations for details.      

Where:         Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,
UMass Lowell Vocal Groups Perform to Benefit Food Bank

When:          Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
What:           The UMass Lowell University Choir, Chamber Singers and Freshmen Chorus will present a concert of holiday and seasonal music to benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. The concert will include selections from Bach, Victoria, the folk band Fleet Foxes and traditional favorites. The concert is free but the public is encouraged to donate nonperishable food items for distribution at a later date. The Merrimack Valley Food Bank distributes food through 120 emergency feeding programs throughout the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, Worcester area and southern New Hampshire.  

Where:        Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth Road, Lowell

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