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News from UMass Lowell for Week of March 6, 2017

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

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The UMass Lowell men's ice hockey team will host the Hockey East tournament quarterfinals beginning on Friday, March 10.


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, events are canceled. For more news about UMass Lowell, visit Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week

UMass Lowell faculty experts are available to discuss: 
  • The “Day Without a Woman” strike planned for International Women’s Day on Wednesday and its aims to raise awareness about the gender wage gap and other work equity issues;   
  • With March Madness around the corner, how the attention paid to the tournament at the office actually improves productivity and morale; 
  • Why the country’s roads, bridges, tunnels and streetlights need an overhaul, as proposed in President Trump’s $1 trillion renovation plan.
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.


International Teachers to Help Lead Classes at Chelmsford High School

When:     Tuesday, March 7, 11:15 a.m.

What:      Twenty-one high school teachers from around the world participating in the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) hosted by UMass Lowell will be paired with teachers from Chelmsford High School to learn about the U.S. educational system, enhance their skills and gain opportunities in the field. Media are invited to cover a math class led by Sam Asimbong, a teacher from Cameroon, and Chelmsford High teacher Jennifer Dussault to learn more about their experience. The six-week cultural exchange, which wraps up this week, is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State secured by faculty in UMass Lowell’s Graduate School of Education. 

Where:    Chelmsford High School, 200 Richardson Road, Chelmsford

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

‘Meet Lucy Stone’ Underscores Work of Tsongas Industrial History Center

When:     Tuesday, March 7, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

What:      Actress Judith Black will present “Meet Lucy Stone,” the story of the Massachusetts feminist who was a leader of the 19th century’s anti-slavery and women’s rights movements. The event is part of the 25th anniversary of the Tsongas Industrial History Center, a unique partnership between UMass Lowell’s Graduate School of Education and the Lowell National Historical Park that educates thousands of schoolchildren and teachers annually about the American Industrial Revolution. Members of the public who would like to attend the free performance can RSVP by calling 978-970-5080 or e-mailing

Where:    Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell

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

Priceless Books, Acclaimed Memoir They Inspired Are Centerpiece of Event
When:     Thursday, March 9, 4 to 6 p.m. Rescheduled from Feb. 9.
What:      A cache of priceless books, the memoir they inspired and how they transformed UMass Lowell Philosophy Prof. John Kaag’s life will be the centerpiece of a free event for the public and university community. Winning raves from the New York Times, National Public Radio and others, Kaag’s “American Philosophy: A Love Story” recounts his discovery of the Hocking Collection – rare editions of works penned by history’s greatest philosophers – and how his efforts led to UMass Lowell becoming the permanent home to more than 100 of the texts. The program will include a reading and book-signing by Kaag, a discussion of the extraordinary volumes in the Hocking Collection and a chance to see some of them, along with a question-and-answer session and reception. 
Where:    Allen House, South Campus, 2 Solomont Ave., Lowell
Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,

River Hawks Skate into Hockey East Tournament for Sixth Straight Season
When:     Friday, March 10, 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m.; and, if needed, Sunday, March 12, 4 p.m.

What:      The UMass Lowell men’s ice hockey team will host the Hockey East championship quarterfinals for the sixth straight season when the league’s top-seeded River Hawks – who are ranked fourth in the country – face off against the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. The best-of-three game series takes place as River Hawks fans and the home team celebrate the 50th anniversary season of the sport at UMass Lowell. Tickets are available at the Tsongas Center box office,, and by calling 866-722-8780 or 978-934-5738. 
Where:    Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

Contacts for media: Pete Souris, Athletics, 978-934-3771, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, 

Granite to Glass to Perform Selections from Group’s Debut CD 
When:     Friday, March 10, 8 p.m.     

What:      Granite to Glass, an ensemble of UMass Lowell musicians that plays original pop songs with classical instruments, will perform selections from the group’s first CD at a free concert for the public. Performers are students Jon Kohen of Haverhill, Lily Innella of Arlington, Drew Cunningham of Whitinsville and Natalia McDermott of Billerica, along with alumna Nikki Billiri, also of Billerica. Copies of their CD, “For When You Need This,” will be available for purchase at the venue.

Where:    Durgin Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

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

Graphic Artist to Share Inspiration Behind His Fine Art, Commercial Work
When:     Tuesday, March 21, 3:30 p.m.     

What:      Drawing his inspiration from California’s punk rock and skateboarding scenes, graphic artist Russ Pope – who has led marketing efforts for VANS apparel and contributed designs to other retailers – will talk about the creative process behind his portraits and doodles of faces in his fine art and commercial work. His presentation, “Who’s Who,” is free and open to all.
Where:    O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Deborah Santoro, gallery coordinator, 978-934-3491, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,