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Alums, Educators, Community Members to be Recognized


UMass Lowell to Celebrate 7 at Gala to Benefit  University Honors Program

LOWELL, Mass. ߞ; University of Massachusetts Lowell graduates have gone off to accomplish great things, including becoming active members of the community and leaders in the business world. Educators from UMass Lowell have also had a positive impact on campus and beyond.

Seven of these success stories will be recognized for the pride they have brought the university through dedication, determination and perseverance at the Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Awards and Honors Fellows Gala on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

The awards are given each year to alumni, faculty and staff who honor the values of both the university and the city of Lowell. The Community Honors Fellow, which will be presented this year to filmmaker Henry Ferrini, is the only honoree not from UMass Lowell. This tradition began in 2008 to recognize the important connection between the university and the community. Ferrini’s film, “Lowell Blues,” will be screened prior to the awards event at 4 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business ߝ Gerald G. Colella ’78 of Seabrook, N.H., vice president and chief operating officer of MKS Instruments Inc. based in Andover;
  • Community Honors Fellow ߝ Henry Ferrini of Gloucester, independent filmmaker whose work includes “Lowell Blues,” which depicts the influence the city had on Beat Generation icon Jack Kerouac;
  • Francis Cabot Lowell Young Alumni Award ߝ Sean P. Garballey ’07 of Arlington, a Massachusetts state representative;
  • Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business ߝ Eamonn P. Hobbs ’80 of New York, president and CEO of New York-based Delcath Systems Inc.;
  • Honors Fellow for the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Services ߝ Anne Mulvey of Newburyport, UMass Lowell professor of psychology;
  • Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Award for Service to the University ߝ Susan Pasquale ’75 of Boylston, director of curriculum and faculty development in the Office of Medical Education at UMass Medical School;
  • Honors Fellow for the School of Health and Environment ߝ David Wegman of Auburndale, a professor emeritus who helped form the School of Health and Environment and previously served as its dean.

Tickets to the gala are $90 per person and include the reception and award ceremony. Proceeds from this event will benefit students in UMass Lowell’s Honors Program, which helps exceptional undergraduate students excel academically. For more information and to register, RSVP by Friday, Nov. 12 to or 978-934-2236.

UMass Lowell, 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. The university offers its 14,000 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. .

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224