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UMass Lowell History Alum Spotlight: Corey Nadeau ('21)

UMass Lowell Alum, Adjunct Professor and Lowell Firefighter Corey Nadeau sitting in front of a computer with a UML History Club sweatshirt on.

All his life, Corey Nadeau wanted to be a firefighter, but he also took interest in the possibility of teaching history. He is now doing both.

Before college, Corey served in the Air Force. After completing his contract with the military, he used his GI Bill benefits to study History at UMass Lowell. He excelled in his undergraduate program, graduating summa cum laude. He then went on to complete a master’s degree (2022) in Public Administration to prepare for work in the fire department. In February 2023, he became a full-time firefighter in Lowell.

But before becoming a firefighter, Corey was invited by the UMass Lowell History Department to teach, as an adjunct professor, one of the online courses he had formerly taken: “Western Civilization I.” When he took that class, he found it fascinating learning about Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and more. Now he is the one guiding students through the same material. Corey has been teaching "Western Civ" for three semesters.

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Sarah Elizabeth McDermott '22

Sarah Elizabeth McDermott is grateful for scholarships that are helping her to graduate debt-free, because in the future she won’t have to say “No” to any opportunities.

UMass Lowell is an affordable school, and it’s a great education.
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Olivia Hebert seated in front of a set of computers
Olivia Hebert '23
Finance and Marketing

Olivia Hebert discovered a passion for corporate real estate at UMass Lowell.

I was exposed to a lot more at UMass Lowell than I ever thought I would be. I grew up, matured and learned.
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Neil Oliveria pictured with his family after being inducted into history honors society, Phi Alpha Theta
Neil Oliveria '18, '19
History & Education

Neil Oliveria, already a grandfather, is pursuing degrees in history and education so he can embark on a new career as a teacher.

Coming to UMass Lowell is the best decision I’ve made in the past 20 years.
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Bradley Sherwood helps a child weave on a loom at summer camp at the Tsongas Industrial History Center
Bradley Sherwood '20

Bradley Sherwood explains history to school children and adults at the Tsongas Industrial History Center, an educational partnership between the university and Lowell National Historical Park.

The city appealed to me. There’s a lot to do here.
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Kady Phelps with Kim Cosgrove in front of an exhibit they recently completed about St. Joseph’s Hospital, which was located where University Crossing now stands
Kady Phelps '17, '18

Kady Phelps came to UMass Lowell to major in education, but history caught up with her. She earned her master’s degree in history and the Excellence in Students Cultural Heritage Award for her work on an exhibit about Portuguese immigration to Lowell.

I feel really blessed to be in Massachusetts and here in Lowell in particular, with all the history.
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