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UMass Lowell this Week: Travis Roy Shares Story, Exhibit Salutes Greek Community

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The free, public exhibit "Acropolis of America: The Greek Community of Lowell, 1874 to 2020," will open at University Crossing on Thursday, Nov. 7.


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

This is a notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell. In case of inclement weather, call UMass Lowell’s weather hotline at 978-934-2121; if the university is closed, all on-campus events are canceled. For more, visit

Sources of the week 
UMass Lowell faculty experts are available to discuss: 
  • Veterans Day and how U.S. Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers – the first woman from Massachusetts elected to Congress and a Lowellian – championed the G.I. Bill;
  • The potential for snow this week and the weather outlook for the coming winter.
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

UMass Lowell Recognizes First-Generation College Students 

When and where: Monday, Nov. 4 through Friday, Nov. 8. Various locations around campus. Contact UMass Lowell media relations for details.

What: UMass Lowell First Gen Week will bring together first-generation college students with university faculty and staff who were also the first in their families to attend college through a series of events presented by UMass Lowell’s nationally recognized River Hawk Scholars Academy. The campus celebration is in conjunction with the Center for First-Generation Student’s national event Friday, Nov. 8. UMass Lowell’s events this week include sessions where students will interact with faculty across the university, get help with filing for financial aid and more. The River Hawk Scholars Academy provides a range of resources to first-year students who are also first-generation, which total more than 400 this year.

Impact of Central American Migration Explored at Free Program

When and where: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 12:30 p.m. O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

What: “The Migrant Passage: Clandestine Journeys from Central America” will be presented by international relations expert Noelle Brigden. Based on her award-winning book, the talk will examine how people fleeing parts of the region have fought to survive and how their move northward is reshaping the social landscape of Mexico. Open to the campus and the public, the event is the latest in the UMass Lowell speaker series named for F. Bradford Morse, the former U.S. congressman and United Nations administrator who began his career in Lowell. Members of the public who would like more information should contact

Travis Roy to Share His Inspirational Story 

When and where: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m. University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell

What: “The Challenge: Some We Choose. Others Choose Us” will be presented by Travis Roy at a free event for the public and campus. Roy overcame a catastrophic hockey injury 24 years ago that left him paralyzed from the neck down to go on to build a career as a motivational speaker, author and philanthropist. At the event, he’ll share how he’s fought through adversity and flourished. Roy’s book, “Eleven Seconds: A Story of Tragedy, Courage and Triumph,” will be available. Members of the public who would like to attend should email

Angel Investor to Speak on Entrepreneurship

When and where: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m. University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell

What: Angel investor Diane Hessan will share her insights into the region’s tech ecosystem at her presentation “The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Lessons from the Front Line.” Hessan is CEO of Salient Ventures, an investment and consulting company, and chairman of C Space, a Boston-based market research firm. The free event for the campus and public is presented by the Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship of UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business. Members of the public who would like to attend should register at

New Exhibit, Talk Spotlight Lowell’s Greek Community 

When and where: Thursday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell. The exhibit will be on display until Friday, Dec. 13. 

What: The exhibit “Acropolis of America: The Greek Community of Lowell, 1874 to 2020” will spotlight the culture and contributions of Greek Americans living in the city. UMass Lowell Distinguished University Prof. Robert Forrant, a U.S. history expert who curated the show, will offer remarks to open the event, which is free to the campus and community. The display is dedicated in memory of Charles Nikitopoulos, the UMass Lowell professor emeritus who helped establish the Hellenic Culture and Heritage Society of Lowell. Members of the public should register to attend at or for more information, contact

UMass Lowell Researchers Share Trailblazing Work at Event  

When and where: Thursday, Nov. 7, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Keynote addresses from 6 to 6:30 p.m. UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

What: Cutting-edge work being conducted by UMass Lowell researchers across the institution will take center stage at the annual Faculty Symposium, an event for the university community. College of Education Prof. James Nehring, an expert on what it takes to lead outstanding K-12 schools, and Chemical Engineering Assistant Prof. Gulden Camci-Unal, whose pioneering research looks at creating new materials to repair the heart and growing bone from eggshells, will be the keynote speakers. 

Free Performance by University, Community Choirs 

When and where: Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Durgin Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

What: UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff in the University Choir and Chamber Singers will combine with vocalists from the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, the Nashoba Valley Chorale and Nashua North High School’s Music Department to perform Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9,” composer John Adams’ “Harmonium” and Joan Tower’s “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1” in a free concert for the campus and public. Free parking is available in the nearby Wilder lot. Members of the public who would like more information should contact