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News from UMass Lowell for Week of April 15, 2013

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Source of the week: A UMass Lowell terrorism and security expert can discuss the tragedy at the Boston Marathon and how such events affect the public.  

What:      UMass Lowell will honor alumni who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to their professions, communities and the university at the 2013 University Alumni Awards ceremony. The honors pay tribute to graduates from each of the university’s six colleges and schools and will recognize a recent graduate. This year’s honorees are nurse anesthetist Bruce Arakelian ’82; Jeffrey Cosiol ’67, a retired principal projects director with Kling Stubbins; Mark Forziati ’78, retired senior vice president and partner of Tudor Investments; Danielle Bergeron McFadden ’07, president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce; George Membrino ’52, owner and founder of GEM Consulting; Kimberly Sawyer ’89, deputy laboratories director and executive vice president of mission support of Sandia National Laboratories; and George Tsapatsaris ’77, retired superintendent of Lowell Public Schools. Tickets are $75 per person ($35 for young alumni from the Classes of 2002 through 2012). Proceeds from the event will go to student scholarships. 

What:     Dan Ellsey’s determination, humor and talent have inspired the many people who have worked with him or seen him perform. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, he is not able to walk or talk but he can make music through the use of computer software. He has recorded a CD and performed his work across the country. During this concert – part of UMass Lowell’s “Making Music, Building Bridges, Connecting Cultures” series – the UMass Lowell Youth Orchestra will perform one of Ellsey’s original compositions. The concert is free and open to the public and donations to the orchestra program will be accepted. The orchestra provides Lowell’s young musicians with performing experience. The concert series is supported by a grant from the UMass President’s Creative Economy Initiatives Fund and the event is presented by the UMass Lowell Disable the Label Club, the Disability Studies program and the Center for Arts and Ideas.