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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Sept. 24, 2012

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists


Sept. 24, 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 political experts can discuss the key issues in the U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, the Sept. 19 UMass Lowell-Boston Herald poll that shows Brown with a narrow lead in the race and next week’s debate at the Tsongas Center between the candidates. 


What:         UMass Lowell Music Prof. Mark Berger of Marlborough is a semi-finalist in the nationwide Rapido! Composition Contest, which challenges composers from all 50 states to write a short chamber work in 14 days. More than 350 composers entered this year’s competition, which offers more than $20,000 in prizes and a commission from a major symphony orchestra for the grand-prize winner. Boston Musica Viva, a professional contemporary music ensemble, will perform Berger’s entry “Dream Dances” as part of its concert. Berger, a violinist and violist who has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops among others, has been honored by the League of Composers. His previous works have been performed by ensembles worldwide. For tickets to the Boston Musica Viva performance and more information, visit

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.