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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Sept. 17, 2012

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists



Sept. 17, 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 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 foreign policy experts can discuss the political unrest throughout the Middle East. The university’s political science experts can share their views on several unfolding political campaigns including the presidential race. A new climate-change educational program is engaging kindergarten through college-age students across the Commonwealth. The UMass Lowell expert behind the effort can introduce the aims of Cool Science

  University, Partners Bring Diversity to Nursing

When:        Tuesday, Sept. 18, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  

What:         Career training programs for Lowell and Lawrence residents interested in nursing will expand this year under UMass Lowell’s Bring Diversity to Nursing program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the initiative looks to train individuals from diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds for nursing careers, filling the need for nurses who understand the health beliefs, religious practices and cultural and linguistic needs of diverse patients. This partnership meeting will bring together officials from UMass Lowell’s Nursing Department, the Lowell and Lawrence school systems, Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical High School and the Merrimack Valley YMCA to talk about the program’s progress and goals. UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal is among the scheduled speakers.
Where:       Allen House, South Campus, 2 Solomont Way, Lowell

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

  Dickens’ Descendant to Perform Author’s Work

When:        Thursday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.

What:         Gerald Dickens – an actor, producer and the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens – will perform “Doctor Marigold,” a one-man show based on an original public reading Charles Dickens gave during his 1867 tour of America, which stopped in Lowell. A favorite with the author’s Victorian audiences, “Doctor Marigold” tells the heartwarming story of a traveling salesman who adopts a young deaf girl. The performance will be simultaneously interpreted into American Sign Language. Presented by UMass Lowell and the Perkins School for the Blind, the performance is part of Dickens in Lowell, a seven-month celebration of the author’s life, work and his travels in Lowell and throughout America. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for all others at the door or through Gerald Dickens will autograph books after the show. For more, visit

Where:       O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell 

Contacts for media: Beth Brosnan, 603-202-4344 or
or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,

  Winning Ad Campaign Designed by Students to be Presented

When:        Reception – Tuesday, Sept. 25, 3 to 4:40 p.m. The exhibit runs from Monday, Sept. 24 through Thursday, Oct. 11. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., evenings and Fridays by appointment. 

What:         “The Lowell Experience” will showcase the winning advertising campaign – now seen in public spaces throughout the region – that was created by UMass Lowell advertising design students this past spring on behalf of the city of Lowell. Lowell officials have been invited to attend the exhibit’s gallery reception on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Students produced the campaign under the direction of UMass Lowell Art Prof. Karen Roehr. The project was made possible by the University of Massachusetts President’s Office Creative Economy Initiatives Fund established in 2007 to support faculty initiatives in the arts, humanities and social sciences.     

Where:      Dugan Gallery, 883 Broadway St., South Campus, Lowell 

Contacts for media: Michele Gagnon, 978-934-3491 or or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, 

  Author Discusses How Rust Belt Cities Can Go Green

When:        Monday, Sept. 24, 11:45 a.m.  

What:         With her presentation “Small, Gritty, and Green” – based on her book of the same name – journalist and historian Catherine Tumber argues America’s small-to-mid-size Rust Belt cities can play a central role in a greener, low-carbon, re-localized future. Her talk kicks off the Lunchtime Lectures series, co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas and the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures, with support from Prof. Bill Mass of the UMass Lowell Center for Industrial Competitiveness and Middlesex Community College. Free and open to the public, the program includes a buffet lunch. Reservations, which are required, may be made by contacting
Where:       UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

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

  1970s Classic ‘Billy Jack’ Screened in Common Text Series

When:        Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m.
What:         The public is invited to a screening of “Billy Jack,” the 1971 film that became a surprise hit when released theatrically. The movie is featured as part of UMass Lowell’s Common Text Book and Film Series, in which first-year English students and members of the community read the same book to share their experiences with it and watch films with complementary themes. This semester’s book is “Townie,” by author Andre Dubus III, who is an English professor at UMass Lowell. “Townie” tells the story of Dubus’ rough-and-tumble formative years in Haverhill. Dubus was a young fan of “Billy Jack,” as noted in his memoir. A discussion of the movie will follow the screening. The program is free and handicapped-accessible.    

Where:       O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell.     

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

  Local Companies Visit UMass Lowell to Recruit Students

When:        Thursday, Sept. 27, 4 to 6 p.m.         

What:         Accounting professionals looking to recruit skilled employees from UMass Lowell’s student body will be on campus for the first Accounting Recruiting and Networking Fair. More than 15 companies will be represented, as well as the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. The university’s Career Services and Cooperative Education Center is hosting the event. While the event is not open to the public, members of the media are welcome.  

Where:       Cumnock Hall, North Campus, 31 University Ave., Lowell

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

  Awards to Honor Fallen Coach, Student Athletes, Hall of Fame Inductees

When:        Saturday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.

What:         UMass Lowell’s second annual “Dream of Perfect Games Celebration of Sport” will honor athletic excellence and individuals who use the power and appeal of sports to improve lives and strengthen communities. This year’s awards ceremony will include the presentation of scholarships to students, the induction of four individuals into the UMass Lowell Athletic Hall of Fame and the presentation of the James T. Smith Award for distinguished life achievement. The Smith Award will be given posthumously to Gary Mucica, the university’s former golf coach and director of management graduate programs who lost his battle with cancer in July. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at or by calling 978-934-2310. All proceeds will support the UMass Lowell Athletic Scholarship Fund. 

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

Contacts for media: Christopher O’Donnell, 978-934-2306, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,  

  Brown, Warren Square Off in U.S. Senate Debate

When:        Monday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.

What:         Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren will participate in a debate sponsored by UMass Lowell and the Boston Herald. Moderated by David Gregory, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the one-hour debate will feature questions from UMass Lowell students and others, along with questions from Gregory. Follow the debate live on Twitter with the hashtag #masendebate. Broadcast live by WHDH-TV and other media outlets, the debate is presented through UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion, which holds events and independent, nonpartisan public opinion polls on political and social issues and sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Division of Online and Continuing Education. Media interested in covering this debate should contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs no later than Friday, Sept. 28 to obtain credentials. 

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,