Today@UMass Lowell

Policies & Procedures

Today@UMass Lowell is a website and daily email reminder providing faculty/staff and students all the information and applications they need in one location.

From Today@UMass Lowell you can get:

  • Access to all the day’s events via the calendar
  • Mobile-friendly and streamlined email reminder at 9 a.m.
  • Twitter and Facebook feeds
  • Login buttons to pertinent applications (SiS, email, HR Direct, Blackboard)
  • Searchable archive of announcements
  • Latest enews stories featured 

Make Today@UMass Lowell your landing page on your desktop, laptop or mobile device to get up-to-date announcements, calendar listings and Twitter and Facebook feeds, as well as links to all the programs you need – SiS, email, HR Direct, Blackboard – and more. 

In addition, for departments with websites in Tridion, news specific to your department can be added to the front page of your website. Guest speakers, corporate donations and student successes can all be promoted on the front page of your departmental website. 

For more information about policies and procedures for Today@UMass Lowell, email To add Department News functionality to your website, email

What's What on Today

The NEW Icon

new-buttonThe NEW icon appears on announcements for 24 hours after they have been submitted making it easier to determine what's the latest news.

Today's Events

The calendar events featured on Today@UMass Lowell feed from the University's calendar. To have an event included in the calendar, you must use BookIt to reserve a space in 25Live, the campus space reservation system. Add information about your event into the Description field on the BookIt form. For calendar events that don’t take place in a particular location or are off campus, use Dates and Deadlines as an event category to get your information or deadline onto the calendar and displayed daily on Today@UMass Lowell. See all event booking policies on the Events website.

Submit to Today

Since all events for each day are included in the University calendar, announcements to be posted on Today@UMass Lowell should be those that are for a campus-wide audience and require a response from readers (RSVP, save the date, submissions or other actions). Items formerly categorized as Milestones, namely obituaries, can be submitted to Today, as they often appeal to a broader campus audience. Other Milestone, such as individual achievements, should follow the Department News guidelines (below).

Items formerly submitted as Department News should be submitted either to the calendar via BookIt (for events, dissertations, colloquia) or via Tridion (for non-event-based announcements, such as achievements) and tagged as Department News in the metadata so they feed to the landing page of your department’s website. Email for more information on Department News.

Announcements must be submitted by 5 p.m. for distribution at 9 a.m. the following weekday. Submit announcements using the form at by logging in with your or credentials. Email to suggest a story idea.