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UMass Lowell Honors Alumni for their Achievements

Leaders in Business, Technology, Government and Education Receive Awards

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Shown at the awards event are, from left, Chancellor Marty Meehan ’78; award recipients James Regan ’88, Robert LeFort ’83, Linda FitzPatrick ’68, Richard Miner ’86, ’89, ’97, Michael Jarvis ’06 and Steven DiNoto ’94, ‘97; and Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney '75, '92.


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LOWELL, Mass. – UMass Lowell honored alumni who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment in their fields at the 2012 University Alumni Awards ceremony.

Formerly known as the Francis Cabot Lowell Awards, the honors paid tribute to one graduate from each of the university’s seven schools and colleges and recognized a recent graduate. The event – attended by university leaders, alumni, students, faculty, staff and members of the community – served as a fundraiser for student scholarships. It was held April 19 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

“The University Alumni Awards celebrate the breadth and depth of talent evidenced in these distinguished individuals and recognize their contributions toward their communities,” said Chancellor Marty Meehan. “Their success underscores the university’s commitment to educating students who are ready to challenge themselves personally and professionally and to contribute to a diverse, evolving global economy. Through their innovation, dedication and compassion, these alumni are building a better future for each of us.”  

“These awards are a great opportunity for UMass Lowell graduates and friends to honor some of our most prominent alumni who have made a great impact on society,” said Heather Makrez, director of alumni relations and a fellow UMass Lowell graduate.

This year’s awardees include:
  • Rich Miner ’86, ’89, ’97, partner, Google Ventures. Ranked No. 10 in Boston Magazine’s “Boston’s 50 Most Powerful People” for 2012, Miner joined Google through the acquisition of Android, the mobile platforms company he co-founded. At Google, he helped lead the development of the Android platform and ecosystem. Consumers purchase more than 200,000 Android-based smartphones every day. Miner earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science at UMass Lowell.  
  • Steven DiNoto ’94, ’97, manager of Global Security Operations Center, Apple Inc. In 2011, DiNoto was recruited to Apple to protect the technology giant’s people, property and ideas worldwide. He has more than 15 years of experience in law enforcement administration, analysis, operations, investigations, technology and project management. He created and directed the crime control strategy and analysis units of the Lawrence, Lowell and Malden police departments. With the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, he assisted on serial violent and property crime task forces and regional high-technology crime investigations. He has also served as a faculty member in UMass Lowell’s criminal justice programs. DiNoto earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice at UMass Lowell.
  • Jim Regan ’88, president and chief executive officer, Digital Federal Credit Union. Regan, who leads the largest credit union in New England, says he has emulated his UMass Lowell professors’ open-door policy in his management style over his 23-year career. Regan joined DCU in 1992 as an internal auditor. He moved up through the ranks and was appointed chief executive officer in 2008. Once exclusively serving Digital Equipment Corp. employees, the credit union is a diversified institution with assets of more than $4 billion and 367,000 members in 50 states. Regan earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at UMass Lowell.
  • Alice Bonner ’89, director of the Division of Nursing Homes, Office for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A career nurse with more than 30 years of experience, Bonner is a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners who worked in intensive-care units and emergency rooms and as a geriatric nurse practitioner for more than 20 years. Today, she works to improve nursing home quality and patient safety in health-care organizations. Bonner earned her master’s degree in nursing at UMass Lowell.
  • Linda FitzPatrick ’68, retired senior vice president and national director, BNY Mellon. FitzPatrick’s career evolved from teaching elementary school and working with nonprofit agencies to tax and charitable trust work. At BNY Mellon, she was a manager in the Charitable Gift Services Group, drawing on her experience in planned giving, taxes, account administration and operations. A member of the UMass Lowell Chancellor’s External Advisory Board and the Graduate School of Education Advisory Board, she is the honorary chairwoman of the university’s Planned Giving Committee. Underscoring her commitment to the UMass Lowell, she established the FitzPatrick Family endowed Scholarship. FitzPatrick earned a dual bachelor’s degree in education and English, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting at UMass Lowell.
  • Bob LeFort ’83, chief executive officer, Ember. At Ember, LeFort has helped the company become a leader in the growing ZigBee chip industry. Ember’s wireless technologies enable devices such as lights, thermostats, security sensors, smart meters and in-home displays to create safer, more sustainable and comfortable living environments. He was previously the president of Infineon Technologies North America Corp, responsible for all headquarters business activity and key customers for the automotive and industrial electronics semiconductor manufacturer. LeFort earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at UMass Lowell.
  • Michael Jarvis ’06, teacher, Lowell Public Schools. Jarvis teaches algebra and science at the Lowell High School Freshman Academy to students who have learning disabilities. Born and raised in Lowell, he attended Lowell High School, where he was active in athletics and the U.S. Air Force’s Junior ROTC program, earning the rank of lieutenant colonel. Honorably discharged from the Air Force in 2002, Jarvis attended UMass Lowell on a full Air Force scholarship. As an undergraduate, he was active on campus, including as a resident adviser. He remains active with the university, serving as director of annual events such as the Christopher Sullivan Memorial Race to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. He also coaches the Lowell High School Air Force Junior ROTC Armed Exhibition Drill Team, which qualified for the national drill competition in March. He earned a dual bachelor’s degree in management and marketing at UMass Lowell. 
UMass Lowell is a comprehensive, national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 15,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, education, fine arts, health and environment, humanities, liberal arts, management, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers.