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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Aug. 26, 2013

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 University Relations, 978-934-3224. For more stories about UMass Lowell, visit and click on “Media” at the top of the page. Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: 
  • Middle East experts can discuss the political underpinnings of the strife in Syria
  • Climate-change experts and meteorologists can share their insights on the upcoming hurricane season and Farmer’s Almanac prediction for a bitterly cold winter.  
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

What:      Two new residence halls await students moving in for the Fall 2013 semester. Riverview Suites and University Suites – the fifth and sixth new buildings opened by UMass Lowell in the past year – offer students new living choices and amenities. At the opening of Riverview Suites, the media can see the building and meet students in the university’s Diversity Peer Educator Program who will live there in a living-learning community. Living-learning communities, located throughout university housing, enable students with similar goals and interests to live together and participate in programming enhancing their educational experience. The Diversity Peer Educators program encourages students to become leaders in advancing positive social change. Riverview Suites will house 510 students in two- and three-bedroom apartments that include full kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms. Seminar rooms allow for gatherings and meetings, while a fitness center and game room will allow students to unwind and socialize. University Suites is also an all-suites building and will house approximately 470 students. 

What:      Entrepreneur “Johnny Cupcakes” – whose real name is Johnny Earle – will share his vision for success with students, faculty and staff as the keynote speaker at the university’s launch of the 2013 DifferenceMaker Program. Earle began his hip T-shirt and accessories empire in 2001 from the trunk of his car. Today the brand – which incorporates a bakery motif in bold, graphic designs – is sold around the world. The DifferenceMaker program, founded just a year ago, expands students’ understanding of how they can think like innovators and become entrepreneurs themselves. DifferenceMakers has already awarded $25,000 in seed money to student teams using fresh ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit to answer contemporary business and social challenges. One venture, Grab A Bite, is an online marketing platform for restaurants that was recently featured at Mass Innovation Nights, which highlights innovations by entrepreneurs.