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UMass Lowell this Week: Free Events Celebrate Portuguese, Khmer Cultures

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Emily Crespo, a mentor for the River Hawk Scholars Academy, loves the quiet study times in the Honors College at UMass Lowell. Photo by K. Webster
Individuals interested in pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree at UMass Lowell are invited to upcoming open houses that will provide them with all they need to know to soar as River Hawks.


Contact: 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. For more, visit

Sources of the week 
UMass Lowell faculty experts are available to discuss: 
  • The evolution of the war on terror as the U.S. marks the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks;
  • What’s next for AT&T’s customers, employees and the stock market as an activist shareholder moves to dramatically change the telecom giant’s focus. 
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

Exhibit Explores Portuguese Influence Around the World 

When and where: Opening reception, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m. Exhibit runs through Saturday, Sept. 28. O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Mezzanine, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell 

What: “Portuguese Heritage Around the World: Architecture and Urbanism,” a free exhibit open to the campus and public, will explore the influence of the Portuguese people on other cultures, particularly from the 15th to 17th centuries. Portuguese music expert Rui Vieira Nery will discuss the influence fado and other musical genres at the exhibit’s opening reception, which is also free and open to all. The exhibit is presented by UMass Lowell’s Saab Center for Portuguese Studies and the UMass Lowell Libraries. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Members of the public who would like more information should email

Startup Showcase Highlights New Products 

When and where: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m. UMass Lowell Innovation Hub Haverhill, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill 

What: The UMass Lowell Innovation Hub Haverhill kicks off its monthly Entrepreneurship Development Series with Mass Innovation Nights, a new product showcase highlighting early-stage companies. Four Haverhill-based startups will be featured: Microshare and IT Squared, both of which are based at the iHub business incubator, and Goodie Krunch and Spirit Box. Six other startups will also demonstrate their products. The free event is open to the public. To register for this event or for more information on the program, visit

Prospective River Hawks Invited to Open Houses

What: Individuals interested in pursuing a UMass Lowell bachelor’s or master’s degree are invited to open houses where they will learn about the university’s academic programs, which are nationally accredited and ranked for quality, return on investment and more. Events are:
  • Undergraduate open houses – Exhibits, presentations, a resource fair and campus tours will be offered. New programs include degrees in music composition for new media and nutrition with a concentration in dietetics. Graduates earn some of the highest starting and mid-career salaries in the nation. Visit for more information or to register to attend. The events will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Lowell.
  • Graduate open house – Participants will discover UMass Lowell’s more than 75 options for graduate degrees and more than 70 certificate programs. UMass Lowell will waive the application fee for individuals interested in enrolling who participate in a session on financial aid during the event. A professional photographer will be available to take free headshots of attendees for their LinkedIn profile or other use. For more information or to register, visit The open house is Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell.

Free Event Celebrates Cambodian Culture, Experience 

When and where: Monday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m. University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell

What: “Rekindling the Light of Khmer Arts,” a free event for the university community and public, will celebrate Cambodian culture with a reading from acclaimed author Alan Lightman – whose Harpswell Foundation works to empower the next generation of women in Southeast Asia – and a preview of a documentary about Cambodian dance by UMass Lowell student Chummeng Soun, an art and design major from Lowell. The Angkor Dance Troupe of Lowell will perform and copies of Lightman’s latest book, “Three Flames,” will be available. The event is presented by UMass Lowell, Middlesex Community College and the Independent University Alumni Association at Lowell. Members of the public who would like more information should contact