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News from UMass Lowell for Week of March 10, 2014

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. 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 are available for discuss:
  • What it would mean for former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown to run in New Hampshire’s 2014 race for U.S. Senate; 
  • The durability of bats and balls such as those used during Major League Baseball spring training; 
  • Filing for the 2014 tax season.
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

What:      UMass Lowell students graduating in May will be working to get a job offer to go along with their diplomas at the university’s Summer and Beyond Career Fair, which will bring them together with more than 140 top employers looking to fill full-time, internship and co-op positions. The quality and reputation of UMass Lowell students continue to draw employers to the 19th annual fair, which is filled to capacity again this year. More than 1,000 students are expected to attend to meet with representatives from a wide range of for-profit, nonprofit and government employers, including Fidelity Investments, Georgia-Pacific, IBM, iRobot, Sherwin-Williams, the U.S. Secret Service and more. The event is hosted by UMass Lowell’s Career Services and Cooperative Education Center. Note: The career fair is not open to the public but the media is invited to cover the event.

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 or

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

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



What:      Student-veterans at UMass Lowell are learning how to translate their military experience into job skills and potential new careers in the life-sciences industry through the Edge4Vets program. Participants who complete the program will earn a guaranteed interview for an internship from one of the program’s four sponsors: Covidien, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Fresenius Medical Care and Haemonetics. Mentors will help participants assess their strengths, develop confidence and make connections that will help them find career success after graduation. With a growing national reputation for success helping veterans land civilian jobs, Edge4Vets was developed by Tom Murphy of the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University. UMass Lowell is the first Massachusetts university to offer the national program. More than 1,450 student-veterans attend UMass Lowell, which is ranked among the most military-friendly schools in the nation by G.I. Jobs magazine.