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Alumni Volunteer Rates Up by 60 Percent

‘Our Legacy, Our Place’ Seeks to Increase Alumni Engagement

Alumni volunteer Emmanuel Lamour ’05, ’16 with Heather Makrez, executive director of alumni relations
“I volunteer because I want everyone to know how special our university is,” says Emmanuel Lamour ’05, ’16 with Heather Makrez, executive director of alumni relations.


As president of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Danielle McFadden ’07 works the kind of long hours that come with leading a 600-member organization. Yet since 2009, she has also made time to volunteer regularly for UMass Lowell.

“My education has impacted my life in so many ways, it only seems natural to stay involved,” says McFadden, who serves on the advisory board of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and as a judge with Creative Ventures Competition. “Having a great education afforded me the confidence to apply for my job and the skill set to land the position. It’s important to give back so students have the same opportunities.”

Increasing alumni engagement is a priority for Our Legacy, Our Place, says Heather Makrez, executive director of alumni relations. That effort is already paying off: already this year, more than 900 alumni have volunteered in activities sponsored by the alumni office — a 60 percent increase in three years. 

Helping drive that growth is the wide range of volunteer opportunities, including reunions, homecoming, regional chapters, student recruitment and mentoring, social media ambassadors and affinity councils like multicultural alumni, Greek life and young alumni. 

The Young Alumni Council counts engineer Emmanuel Lamour ’05, ’16 among its most active volunteers. “As an undergraduate, I was very fortunate to have faculty who went above and beyond to get me ready for the workforce,” says Lamour, now a program manager at Raytheon. “I enjoy doing anything within my power to continue this legacy at the university.”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 978-934-3140 or visit