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News from UMass Lowell for Week of May 7, 2018

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

Harbor Place in downtown Haverhill
The UMass Lowell Innovation Hub in Haverhill will host a conference on the future of the energy industry on Thursday, May 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. For more news about UMass Lowell, visit Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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:
  • Why Nestle wants to pay $7 billion to sell Starbucks’ products and how the alliance will shift the beverage market;
  • “Prom-posal” pressure on teens and how parents and other adults can help them set appropriate boundaries for the big night;
  • The skills most in demand for college graduates entering the job market.
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

Energy Industry’s Future Explored at Event 

When and where: Thursday, May 10, 8 to 9:30 a.m. UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill

What: Business and homeowners interested in learning about advances in the energy industry will hear from Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Michael Beaton at an event that will feature representatives of utility companies, researchers and policymakers. Speakers will include UMass Lowell Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation Julie Chen and Mechanical Engineering Prof. Christopher Niezrecki, who directs the university’s Center for Wind Energy. The free event is organized by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.   

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

Art and Design Students to Exhibit Senior Projects 

When and where: Artists’ reception – Thursday, May 10, 5 p.m. Exhibit runs from Thursday, May 10 through Saturday, May 19 at Mahoney Hall – including in the University Gallery and Mahoney Gallery – located on South Campus at 870 Broadway St., Lowell 

What: UMass Lowell art and design students who will receive their degrees at Commencement on Saturday, May 19 will showcase their senior thesis projects at a free artists’ reception and exhibit for the campus and public. Works include paintings, photography, 3-D animation, mixed media, web design and interactive installation projects. Participating students are from Ashby, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Everett, Groton, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lunenburg, Lynn, Methuen, North Andover, Tewksbury, Townsend, Wellesley, Westford, Woburn and Worcester, along with Hampton and Salem, N.H., and Tobyhanna, Pa. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of the public who would like more information should contact

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

Commencement Eve Honors Best in Class of 2018, Alumni 

When and where: Friday, May 18, 5:30 p.m. University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell

What: UMass Lowell’s Commencement Eve Celebration will honor outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in academics and service to the campus and community, along with alumni and distinguished guests. The event, which is a fundraiser for student scholarships, features the presentation of top student awards for academics and service to the campus and community. The event also recognizes the recipients of honorary degrees and the Distinguished Alumni Award, who will participate in a question-and-answer session moderated by bestselling author and UMass Lowell English Prof. Andre Dubus III that is scheduled to include U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, who will be awarded a Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Service at the Commencement ceremony the next morning. Student award winners are from Chelmsford, Dracut, Fall River, Haverhill, Lowell, Medford, North Andover, Shirley and Tewksbury. The annual event has raised millions of dollars for student scholarships since 2008. 

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

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Legislator to Address Graduates 

When and where: Saturday, May 19, with ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell 

What: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham and U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas will address graduates of UMass Lowell’s Class of 2018 at Commencement ceremonies. In recognition of their outstanding achievements, Tsongas will be presented with the Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Service and Meacham will receive an honorary doctoral degree, along with alumnus James Dandeneau ’80, founder, president and CEO of Putnam Plastics, and Groton School Headmaster Temba Maqubela. Mark Russell ’83, Raytheon Co. vice president, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Meacham, a presidential historian, will address graduates during the morning ceremony, while Tsongas – who in 2007 became the first woman in 25 years to represent Massachusetts in Congress – will speak during the afternoon ceremony. Members of the media interested in covering this event should contact UMass Lowell media relations for credentials and other details. 

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

Meteorologist, Publishing Exec Headline Women’s Conference 

When and where: Tuesday, June 19. Keynote speakers at 8:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

What: Broadcast meteorologist and UMass Lowell graduate Danielle Niles and Linda Gadsby, vice president and deputy general counsel of publishing house Scholastic Inc., will deliver keynote remarks at UMass Lowell’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference. “The Power and Potential of Women” is a forum for professionals in business, education, government and the nonprofit sector to explore career and personal development topics and to connect with each other. Women leaders in medicine, financial services, marketing, professional and personal development, and higher education – including professors in UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business and the Center for Women and Work – will be featured panelists. Members of the public may register to attend and find more information about the event at

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