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Cause for Celebration: ‘Our Legacy, Our Place' Campaign Surpasses $150 Million

Thousands of River Hawks Flock Back to Campus for 125th Anniversary Gala and Homecoming Events

Indian family smiles holding up 125 photo frame


On Oct. 17, when more than 450 people filled UML’s Inn & Conference Center to overflowing to officially mark the university’s 125th anniversary, Chancellor Jacquie Moloney ’75, ’92 gave the crowd one more reason to celebrate.
“On this historic night, I am so proud to announce that, thanks to the people in this room and 32,000 other supporters, we have raised more than $150 million for Our Legacy, Our Place,” Moloney told the audience of alumni, faculty, staff, students and community partners.
UML publicly launched its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign in 2016 to raise $125 million to support student scholarships, faculty research, campus improvements and Division I athletics. The chancellor recognized three donors—campaign chair John Pulichino ’67, ’14 (H) and his wife, Joy Tong ’14 (H), as well as Lowell philanthropist Nancy Donahue ’13 (H)—for pushing the campaign over the $150 million mark with anniversary gifts of $125,000 each.
Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and John Pulichino toast to 150 Million reached
The UML Community turned out in force to celebrate the university’s 125th anniversary at Homecoming and the Oct. 17 gala, where Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and Campaign Chair John Pulichino toasted the occasion.
“Not only have we surpassed our original goal by $25 million, we did so eight months ahead of the campaign’s conclusion,” said Moloney. She challenged the audience to continue its strong support for the campaign through June 2020 by contributing to scholarships and the renovations of Coburn Hall and Costello Athletic Center.
The 125th Anniversary Gala showcased the university’s history, growth and impact since the 1894-95 founding of Lowell Normal and Lowell Textile schools. The ICC was filled with historic photographs and memorabilia, as well as recreations of the front entrances of Coburn and Southwick halls, the university’s two original buildings, and of Fox Hall’s popular student pub, the Rathskeller.
The event also included the annual University Alumni Awards and Celebration of Philanthropy, and speakers including UMass President Marty Meehan ’78 and UMass Board Chair Rob Manning ’84, ’11 (H) honored more than two dozen distinguished alumni and donors. Guests were serenaded by both the UMass Lowell Marching Band and the Chamber Singers.
Five students decked out in River Hawk gear smile at camera
That spirit of celebration continued throughout Homecoming weekend, which brought thousands of members of the UML community onto campus. Highlights included the dedications of Perry Hall Plaza on North Campus and the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy’s urban agriculture greenhouse on East Campus; home soccer, ice hockey and field hockey games; a reunion of the 1979 national champion ice hockey team; and a jam-packed River Hawk Way Festival.
Alumni, students and friends also participated in Community Service Day, fanning out across Lowell to volunteer at nonprofit organizations such as House of Hope and the Wish Project. The 5-kilometer Jennifer’s Run, named in memory of UMass Lowell graduate Jennifer D’Amour ’98, raised scholarship funds for the women’s crosscountry and track and field teams.
For more information about UML’s 125th anniversary, including future events, visit