LOWELL - A variety of activities, from a family fair to reunion dinners, awaits visitors to this weekend's annual University of Massachusetts Lowell Fall Festival.
The annual homecoming weekend, running Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5, is expected to attract hundreds of UMass Lowell alumni, faculty, staff and friends.
The festivities include the Francis Cabot Lowell Awards Dinner on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Andover Hotel, where the accomplishments of alumni from each of the University's individual colleges, as well as faculty and staff, will be honored.
A highlight of the weekend promises to be a celebration for Prof. Dean Bergeron, who recently retired from the University after nearly 30 years of service and has agreed to be roasted and toasted to raise scholarship funds. The event is set for Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Brewery Exchange, 199 Cabot St.
The Family Day, which runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the South Campus Quad, features a craft fair, food festival, old-time photos, a caricature artist, pony rides and live performances. Sporting enthusiasts also will be able to choose from several intercollegiate events that day, including field hockey, volleyball, soccer, ice hockey and the traditional homecoming football game. Other weekend activities include reunion events for 25th, 40th and 50th anniversary classes, a homecoming luncheon and a Merrimack River canal tour.
The complete schedule and registration form for the weekend can be found on www.uml.edu/alumni by clicking on the Fall Festival banner. Pre-registration is required for most events. For further information, contact Alumni Relations Director Diane Earl at 978-934-4281.
UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is deeply committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that bring value to the region. Second largest of the UMass campuses, Lowell currently offers its more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students nearly 90 different degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Health Professions, and Management, as well as the Graduate School of Education.