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UML Fund-raiser Doubles Goal


Campus Event Raises $117,000 for Honors Program

LOWELL ߝ UMass Lowell more than doubled its goal of $50,000 at an Honors Fellows fund-raiser last night, where more than 200 guests gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of students and to honor faculty and staff. 

Organizers raised $117,000 ߝ the largest amount ever by the University at a single event. The donations will go toward the Honors Fellows Endowment fund for student scholarships and the Honors Program.

“We are re-establishing a tradition that must be a part of our character as a University,” said Chancellor Marty Meehan, who took the helm of UMass Lowell in July. “Tonight, we honor scholars and scholarship. We must nurture those with potential for excellence and recognize those whose performance has been excellent.”

The event honored eight retired faculty and staff members who have made significant contributions to the legacy of undergraduate scholarship.   They are:

  • Ellen Duggan, a 32-year UMass Lowell leader in student affairs.  She finished her career as dean of Students, retiring in 2002.  She is a resident of Maynard.
  • Mary Blewett, a 37-year UMass Lowell history professor during which time she accrued numerous honors for women in the field, as well as historians in general, in her areas of expertise.  She is a resident of Lowell. 
  • Peter Blewett, served the University for 36 years as a history professor who was deeply involved in faculty affairs and served as dean of Liberal Arts.  He is a resident of Lowell. 
  • Robert Gower, a UMass Lowell education professor for 15 years and master teacher whose work impacted K-12 students throughout the region.  He is a resident of Lexington.
  • Goang-Tzer (George) Liaw, a 23-year UMass Lowell management professor who played a key role in the growth of the undergraduate program as well as the development of courses in Management Information Systems (MIS) and the integration of technology in the classroom.  He is a resident of Chelmsford.
  • Janice Stecchi, a 32-year UMass Lowell nursing professor who capped her career as dean of the College of Health Professions.  She served as the first female president of the Board of Saints Memorial Hospital.  She is a resident of Dracut.
  • Arthur Watterson, a UMass Lowell chemistry professor for 40 years where he served as chair of the department. He held leadership positions in his field of research and was awarded two patents.  He also accrued honors for his teaching.  He is a resident of Nashua, NH.
  • Thomas Vasilos, a UMass Lowell chemical engineering professor for 17 years.  With research interests in ceramic dental material and polymer prostheses, he is the author of more than 50 published papers and the holder of several patents.  He is a resident of Winthrop.

“Students in the Honors Program come from all majors and all walks of life,” said Doreen Arcus, director of the Honors Program.  “What binds them together is their desire to challenge themselves to take the best that Massachusetts public higher education has to offer to the next level.  The tremendous support this event will allow us to provide more merit-based scholarships for truly deserving students and to enrich the UMass Lowell honors experience.  It is also great testament to the spirit of the University community and our celebration of excellence.”

Also acknowledged at the event, were the students who received scholarships from the Honors Fellows Endowment fund this year.  They are:

  • Jennifer Fernandes, English major, of Hudson, 
  • Sarah Fisher, Nursing major, of Hamilton
  • Curran Kelleher, Computer Science major, of Paxton
  • Paul Litchfield, Accounting & Finance major, of Burlington
  • Scott Walfield, Plastics Engineering major, of Peabody
  • Timothy Watts, History major, of Watertown

Since 1994, the UMass Lowell Honors Program has offered enriched academic opportunities to meet the educational needs of exceptionally talented students and foster the pursuit of scholarly excellence in undergraduate higher education. The program promotes the development and professional growth of motivated students by engaging them in activities designed to enhance their critical, cognitive and creative potential and by fostering interactions with committed faculty. Undergraduates from all colleges and divisions of the University are enrolled in the Honors Program. The event was held at the UMass Lowell’s recently renovated Allen House on UML South.

UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education.

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