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Friday, May 14
WHAT: The University of Massachusetts Lowell will dedicate Unity, a commemorative artwork in remembrance of those from the University community who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The circular memorial adjacent to the Merrimack River was designed by senior art students Rebekah Hermans and Gail Milligan of Lowell and Janet Wittlinger of Boxford to be a place for meditation and remembrance.
WHERE: Along the Riverwalk, beside Leitch Hall, 111 Pawtucket St.
(Parking for the media will be available in the circular driveway in front of the Campus Recreation Center.)
WHY: Chancellor William T. Hogan, U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan, State Sen. Steven Panagiotakos, State Sen. Steven Baddour and Mayor Armand P. Mercier will join with state representatives, student leaders, family and friends of those being remembered and members of the University community for the dedication ceremony. The commemorative site features seating around a sculpted stone disc representing the months of the year, with a special indication of September. It is inscribed with the names of those lost.
Among those remembered are Douglas A. Gowell, '71, Methuen; Robert J. Hayes, '86, Amesbury; Brian K. Kinney, '95, Lowell; John Ogonowski, '72, Dracut; Patrick Quigley IV, husband of Patricia Quigley, '86, Wellsley; Jessica Leigh Sachs, former student and daughter of alumni Stephen R. and Karen D. Sachs, both '69, Billerica; and Christopher Zarba, Hopkinton, who studied at Lowell in the 1970s.
The design was selected last year from six proposals developed by students of Prof. Jim Coates. It was funded by the University and the Student Government Association.