Exhibit, Film Shine Light on Prolific Artist Edward Gorey

The exhibit “E is for Elephant,” will delve into the world of renowned artist and writer Edward Gorey. Gorey – whose animation for the opening credits of PBS’ “Mystery!” series introduced his work to millions of television viewers – illustrated his books and those of authors such as Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett and John Updike in a sometimes macabre yet playful style.

The exhibit includes a sampling of Gorey’s etchings, original plates, memorabilia and other objects curated by Art Prof. James Edwards of UMass Dartmouth, who will discuss the collection before a reception highlighting the show. Both the exhibit and curator’s talk at UMass Lowell are free and open to the public.

Locations: Curator’s talk – O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. Reception and exhibit – University Gallery, Mahoney Hall, South Campus, 870 Broadway St., Lowell.

Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking with Middlesex Courses

Middlesex Community College’s new noncredit course, Take the Fear out of Public Speaking, will help you overcome your fear of public speaking. Classes start Sept. 10.

Public speaking is an important skill to have in the business world and your personal life. Whether you are speaking to a board of directors or toasting at a wedding, this course will provide you with the necessary tools and techniques to improve your speech-craft and reduce anxiety.

This 20-hour course covers techniques used by public speakers and actors alike. Topics include vocal and physical warm-ups, basic acting exercises, proper etiquette, verbal articulation and diction, body language and eye contact, formal and informal settings, audience connection, the use of visual aids, brevity, and improvisation. Please bring comfortable clothing for physical movements to class.

To learn more or to register for this course, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining or call 1-800-818-3434.

Azorean Government Donates Book Collection to UMass Lowell

More than 300 books, CDs and DVDs on Azorean literature, history and culture will be donated to UMass Lowell, where the works will available for loan and reference to researchers, students and the public. Paulo Teves, director for communities abroad for the Regional Government of the Azores – a group of islands off mainland Portugal – will present the collection to UMass Lowell Library Director George Hart and Prof. Frank Sousa, director of the university’s Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture and Research.

The donation will strengthen ties between the university and the Azores. In the early 20th century, many immigrants arrived in Lowell from the islands to seek work in the city’s booming industrial mills, giving rise to a thriving Portuguese-American community throughout the Merrimack Valley.

New Era Begins at Bigger, Better than Ever UMass Lowell

LOWELL, Mass. – UMass Lowell opens next week with more students than ever before – 17,500 – and a new chancellor who has big plans for the first 90 days of the new academic year.

Chancellor Jacquie Moloney’s First 90 initiative (#First90) will include a campus engagement tour featuring forums with faculty, staff and students, a variety of events involving the university and the introduction of a new micro-grant program to spur innovation and other advances designed to help UMass Lowell achieve its goals.

Beginning with Convocation on Monday, Aug. 31 and continuing through November, Moloney will participate in events across campus including forums with faculty, staff and students to talk about opportunities and challenges as she leads the university into the second phase of its 10-year strategic plan, “UMass Lowell 2020.”

“I am looking forward to the ideas that will emerge during the first 90 days of my first academic year as chancellor. We are in the midst of an exciting transformation and have set ambitious goals in our strategic plan. Our success continues to result from effective collaboration between our dedicated faculty, staff, students and alumni,” said Moloney, who played a critical role in developing and executing the strategic plan in the eight years she served as executive vice chancellor before being named chancellor on Aug. 3. Through “UMass Lowell 2020,” the university has seen unprecedented growth, including a 50 percent increase in enrollment, gains in student success and national rankings, and the addition of 10 new buildings on campus.

Moloney’s first 90 days will include awarding the Chancellor’s 2020 Challenge Grants – 20 micro-grants of up to $1,000 – to faculty, students, staff, alumni and members of the community who need funding for projects that advance the goals outlined in the strategic plan. A committee comprising representatives of each of those groups will identify recipients of the $1,000 grants on a rolling basis in response to applications that will be submitted online. Additional events and announcements related to the chancellor’s first 90 days will be announced in the coming weeks.

This week, UMass Lowell welcomes its largest-ever group of new students, more than 2,800 freshmen and transfers, who also boast the highest average SAT score (1172, up more than 100 points since fall 2008) and the highest average high-school GPA (3.54, up from 3.18 in fall 2008) in the university’s history.

Students begin arriving on Friday, Aug. 28 in preparation for the first day of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 1 and will be greeted by a variety of campus upgrades and events, including Convocation.

Convocation on Monday, Aug. 31 officially opens the academic year and kicks off the college experience for new students. The occasion marks the first major event Moloney will preside over as chancellor. Clancy Martin, an acclaimed writer and philosopher, will deliver a keynote speech encouraging students to embrace new ideas and develop a sound moral compass as they step into adulthood. Convocation will be held at 10 a.m. at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell.

UMass Lowell’s opening week programs are designed to introduce new students to each other and the campus, to welcome returning students back and to inspire all to pursue their passions through scholarship and civic and athletic engagement, both at the university and in the community. A festival exclusively for first-year students, an open-mic night, extreme dodgeball tournament, and hiking and surfing day trips are among the activities planned.

On Move-in Day on Friday, Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m., Moloney will greet some of the more than 1,300 resident first-year students who will participate in the university’s living-learning communities, including freshmen enrolled in UMass Lowell’s Honors College. Living-learning communities are located throughout university housing, allowing students with similar interests and goals to live together and take part in programs that enhance their educational experiences. Communities have a variety of themes, including the Honors College, as well as business innovation, academic and career exploration, the arts, and health and wellness, among others. A record number of UMass Lowell students – 4,300 – will live in university housing this fall.

Friday, Aug. 28 also features season openers for two of UMass Lowell’s 18 Division I sports teams. Women’s field hockey will face off against the Quinnipiac Bobcats at 1 p.m., followed by a men’s soccer match between the River Hawks and Monmouth University at 7 p.m. Both games will be held at UMass Lowell’s Cushing Field Complex, North Campus, 275 Riverside St., Lowell.

Students and parents coming to UMass Lowell will see infrastructure improvements at every turn. The entrance of Fox Hall, the university’s largest residence hall and home to its biggest dining hall, has been remodeled. The North Campus quad, which dates back to the university’s origins more than 100 years ago, is being converted back to green space after many years as a parking lot. Renovations continue at the McGauvran Student Center, which will boast 52,000 square feet of dining space, classrooms and a learning commons, and is slated to open on South Campus early next year. Across the Merrimack River, construction continues on the 54,000-square-foot Pulichino Tong Business Building – the future home of the Manning School of Business – which will include a four-story atrium, simulated trading room, 10 classrooms and 150 offices and collaboration spaces. The building is scheduled to open in 2017.

Middlesex Awarded Fulbright-Hays Cambodia Grant

Middlesex Community College has been awarded a 16-month, $81,588 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to conduct a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to Cambodia. Developed in partnership with Lowell Public Schools (LPS), the grant is designed to deepen and expand connections between Cambodian arts and cultural traditions within curricula at MCC and LPS.

Titled “Cambodia’s Cultural Heritage in the Modern World,” the grant will fund a four-week travel-study seminar to Cambodia in July 2016 for six MCC faculty and six LPS teachers. The project will enable participants to gain a fuller knowledge and understanding of Cambodian classical and folk art forms, which can then be used to design culturally sensitive educational activities for students at the elementary, secondary and college levels.

“We are honored to be awarded one of 16 national Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad grants,” said Dona Cady, MCC’s Dean of Global Education. “By engaging Middlesex and Lowell Public School faculty in authentic, classical artistic and cultural traditions, we hope to expand curriculum and the appreciation of this heritage to our students and the greater Lowell community.”

Additionally, the grant will support strategies for preserving and disseminating these traditions to a contemporary audience, and to provide Lowell’s Cambodian youth with a strong sense of cultural legacy. According to U.S. Census figures, Lowell has the second largest Cambodian population in the United States.

“This grant affords our educators the opportunity to deepen their cultural knowledge of Cambodia,” said Dr. Phala Chea, Coordinator of the English Language Education Program at LPS. “Sharing their own first-hand experiences in class will help instructors honor and promote cultural pride – making learning more meaningful and relevant for many of our students. These experiences will help improve our connections with local Cambodian families and the greater community.”

This project will build on a strong foundation of previous work by Middlesex to foster an appreciation of Cambodian classical and folk art forms among the general community. In 2010, MCC and LPS faculty took part in another Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to Cambodia.

As a result of the first grant, in 2012 MCC Art Professor Margaret Rack, with the assistance of Ceramics Instructor Yary Livan, spearheaded a project to build a traditional Cambodian ceramics kiln on the grounds of Lowell National Historical Park. Designed to help preserve the tradition of Cambodian ceramics, the kiln is now available for college and community use.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students and faculty engaged in a common endeavor.

To learn more about MCC’s Fulbright-Hays grant, contact Dona Cady at cadyd@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3678. To learn more about MCC’s Cambodian Kiln Project, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/cambodiankiln To learn more about Fulbright-Hays programs, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsgpa/index.html

Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate more than 13,000 students annually on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, and online. MCC offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses. At Middlesex, everyone teaches, everyone learns.

New Lowell marketing campaign to launch in September

LOWELL, Mass. – The city of Lowell, UMass Lowell and the Lowell Plan are joining forces on a new marketing campaign designed to highlight what makes the city a great place to live, work, study and play.

The campaign, “#Lowell: There’s a Lot to Like,” will feature colorful images depicting scenes from the city that illustrate that message. The awareness campaign is intended to draw new visitors, businesses, students and others to Lowell.

“Identifying joint marketing opportunities with institutions like the university and the Lowell Plan has been one of my top priorities,” said Lowell City Manager Kevin Murphy. “I believe this new campaign will showcase our city throughout the region and demonstrate what those of us who live here already know – there is a lot to like about Lowell.”

Through the campaign, Lowell’s cultural, recreational and other attractions will be highlighted in a series of advertisements and other messaging that will begin appearing in regional media in September.

“Promoting Lowell’s unique attributes and educating prospective students, visitors and businesses about what the city has to offer is a key component of our strategic initiative to advance Lowell’s image as a ‘college town,’” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney. “We are proud to partner with the city of Lowell and the Lowell Plan on this exciting campaign.”

A suite of print and digital ads will feature the line, “This is how we …” with a verb describing the action associated with the image and a link to a website that will provide more information about what Lowell has to offer. For example, one ad features a photo of the Lowell Folk Festival with the phrase “This how we jam” and another features a photo of a UMass Lowell hockey game with the phrase “This is how we chill.” Every ad will also feature the tagline, “#Lowell: There’s a Lot to Like.”

The Lowell Plan, a nonprofit economic development organization, is rallying the city’s business community to support the campaign.

“The Lowell Plan started the ‘There’s a lot to like about Lowell’ campaign in 1998, so we are pleased to be re-engaged in this effort,” said James Cook, executive director of the Lowell Plan. “Lowell has many reasons to draw and keep people here.”

The target audience for the effort are people who live in, work in and visit communities within a 30-minute drive to Lowell, an area that reaches Nashua, N.H. to the north, Groton to the west, Haverhill to the east and Burlington to the south, with some outreach in the Greater Boston area.

The campaign, funded initially by the three partners, will run over the next year. The majority of the funds will go to purchasing advertising in regional media outlets, as well as on billboards in highly visible locations and in movie theaters. Banners and social media will also be used to get the word out. UMass Lowell will provide in-kind creative and design services through its Office of University Relations.

Bryce Hoffman, UMass Lowell’s executive director of marketing, said the “#Lowell: There’s a Lot to Like” theme is “a twist on an old friend, as ‘There’s a lot to like about Lowell’ is still a phrase associated with the city.”

Reboot Your Career at Middlesex Community College

Reboot your career on YOUR schedule at Middlesex Community College. Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 9, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, and online. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

MCC offers a number of exciting certificate programs to help you get started on a new career. Programs include Biotechnology, Computer Forensics, Engineering Technology Computer Aided Design, Entrepreneurship, Medical Assisting, Paralegal Studies and more.

In addition to traditional courses, MCC makes it easy to enroll in online, hybrid and Flexible Studies courses. We offer 11 associate degree programs and six certificate programs that can be completed totally online, and hundreds of online course offerings.

At Middlesex you CAN fit education into your busy life. Reboot your career today. Learn more at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissions/reboot.aspx or call 1-800-818-3434.

New Degree in History, Politics and Global Studies Offered at MCC

This fall, Middlesex Community College is offering an associate degree program in History, Politics and Global Studies, which prepares students for transfer into bachelor’s degree programs in a number of social science disciplines. Enrollment is now open and financial aid is available for those who qualify. Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 9.

MCC’s History, Politics and Global Studies degree program is interdisciplinary in nature and examines social, economic, environmental and political issues from both current and historical perspectives. The program challenges students to critically evaluate the commonalities and differences within various cultural and social frameworks. It also looks at relationships between national and international systems that influence the world community.

Students will take at least one course in each major social science field and have the flexibility to take additional electives in one or more areas of interest. Upon completing the program, most students will continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree in history, political science, American studies, economics, sociology, public policy, education, global studies, or international business.

Graduates from the History, Politics and Global Studies program are prepared to enter careers in business, federal, state and local government, education, law or public service, as well as with organizations and international institutions involved with for-profit and nonprofit activities.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and UMass campuses.

For more information about MCC’s History, Politics and Global Studies, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-80-818-3434.

Merrifest2015: Good music, good food, and fun!

Come to Merrifest, Sat. Aug. 1st, 11-3, at the Greater Lawrence Community Boat House, 1 Eaton Street, Lawrence, MA. Enjoy great music from Los Sugar Kings, local food, games, kids’ arts and crafts, face painting, and kayak/canoe rentals. Register to win a door prize!

Merrifest is a celebration of the magnificent Merrimack River hosted by the Merrimack River Watershed Council! Funds from Merrifest support our work to protect and clean up the river.

It is going to a great day and we would love to have you there!

MCC Awarded Two Federal Grants for TRIO Student-Support Programs

Middlesex Community College has been awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Education to continue funding two highly successful TRIO student-support programs targeting low-income, first-generation-to-college, and disabled students.

The TRIO Student Success Program – which serves 200 students who are low income, first generation, and/or disabled – has been awarded a $311,00 grant for the 2015-16 academic year.

The TRIO Program for Student Achievement – which provides services to 100 students with documented disabilities, who may also be low-income and/or first generation – has been awarded $240,000 for the same period. It is anticipated both grants will continue for five years.

MCC’s collegiate TRIO programs provide comprehensive and coordinated support services, including individual tutoring, academic and career advising, and assistance with transfer and financial aid. Their shared objective is to enhance academic skills while increasing retention, graduation rates, and transfer to a bachelor’s degree.

“Our Student Success Program and Program for Student Achievement are model programs that have some of the best student-success outcomes – and serve our most at-risk students,” said Pamela Flaherty, Dean of Students. “These grants will enable us to continue to provide intensive services to under-prepared students to promote academic achievement, persistence, and to facilitate transfer and career services.”

“All students deserve a real opportunity to succeed in college, and that’s why academic-support programs like the ones offered by MCC are so important,” said U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “These federal grants will help Middlesex continue to provide key services and resources to the students who need them most.”

“Using federal funds to partner with local institutions to address the needs of the region is a key tool in ensuring all people have the opportunity to pursue higher education,” added Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell). “The significant return on these investments will have ongoing reverberations for many years to come, as more students are encouraged and able to complete their college careers and enter the workforce with the skills necessary to succeed.”

MCC alum Yerkely Gomez participated in the TRIO Student Success Program and graduated from Middlesex in May. Last spring, the college named him to 29 Who Shine – a statewide honor recognizing one top student from each of Massachusetts’ 29 public colleges and universities. “The Student Success Program has truly been a key element in my successful journey at Middlesex,” said Gomez, who plans to attend UMass Amherst in the fall.

“Through TRIO, I received help registering for classes every semester, went on college visits, and got extra help with the transfer process. The financial-aid workshops, career and personal advising, and many other services have provided me with the tools I need to be successful and thrive, no matter where I go,” he said.
Current student Jacqueline Krozy, who is enrolled in the Program for Student Achievement, has also benefitted from TRIO. “Participating in TRIO has helped me gain both personal and professional connections, and further develop my communication and professional skills,” said Krozy.

“TRIO has also helped prepare me for employment interviews, working in groups, and improved my self-advocacy and decision-making skills. All these services have aided in my academic success at Middlesex – and I’m sure will help me succeed at UMass Lowell, when I pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting.”

For more information about MCC’s collegiate TRIO programs, contact Pamela Flaherty, Dean of Students, at flahertyp@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3631.

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