If you’re a new student at the university, it can all feel a bit overwhelming. New classes. New friends. New routines. New city. Was that class in Dugan Hall or Durgin Hall? What’s an “ICC”? Does the LRTA go to Mill No. 5?
If you’re a returning student, you know there’s always some new building or program popping up that you need to learn about. What’s the “River Hawk Village”? Where are these new Aiken Fields that keep showing up in Snap stories?
To help you get acclimated (or reacquainted) with the university, we’ve put together a glossary of terms and acronyms common on the UML campus. So if your roommate ever talks about the work she’s doing for PERC at ETIC, you’ll know what she’s saying.
Durgin vs. Dugan: Don’t worry, everyone has a hard time keeping these South Campus buildings straight. Durgin Hall is our 1,000-seat performance center, where you can catch a student concert. Dugan Hall is an academic building that features a new Media Fabrication Laboratory, complete with a 3-D printer and scanner for design and fine arts students.
Also known as the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, this high-tech building is impossible to miss on North Campus. Even if you’re not involved with the cutting-edge research
in nanotechnology, molecular biology, plastics engineering and optics going on inside, you can still relax on its gorgeous front lawn or catch up with friends over a Frappuccino from Starbucks.
You’re at Fox Hall and need to get to South Campus pronto. But the weather’s so nice and you don’t feel like catching a shuttle bus. Just check out a Free Wheelers
bicycle (it’s free, of course) and you’re on your way.
Did you know that our faculty and students work with the U.S. Army to develop state-of-the-art gear for soldiers on the battlefield? HEROES, or Harnessing Emerging Research Opportunities to Empower Soldiers
, is a collaborative research and development center with the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Howe Bridge: This is the mighty span over the Merrimack River that connects North Campus to the rest of the university. It’s also a great spot to get a gorgeous sunset photo for your Instagram.
This is what we call the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center
, a university-owned residence hall, hotel and meeting space in the heart of downtown Lowell. More than 400 students live at the ICC, where they enjoy their own dining hall, a Learning Commons and shuttle service to the rest of campus.
Short for the Innovation Hub
, this is a space for tech startups working to bring their ideas to life and products to market. Located in downtown Lowell, it includes the Medical Device Development Center
(M2D2), a business incubator on the fourth floor. Thanks to $11.3 million in recent state funding, the first and second floors are being converted into a cutting-edge research lab for creating next-generation smart fabrics.
MakerSpace: This is like a playground for engineering students: a big, open workshop with 3-D printers and workstations for electronics and machining.
Mill No. 5:
Live music, yoga, movies, coffee, vinyl records, an apothecary, a cheesemonger and even an occasional farmer’s market. Mill No. 5
, located in a renovated factory downtown, is a haven of hip.
Olsen vs. Olney:
This is another frequent source of confusion, compounded by the fact that these science buildings are located across the street from each other on North Campus. Olsen houses the Computer Science and Biology departments and various labs and classrooms. Olney is where you will find the Kennedy College of Sciences Dean’s office, classrooms, the meteorology lab and more.
Good name for a coffee shop, right? It’s actually something far cooler: the Printed Electronics Research Collaborative
. It’s where industry, academia and the government come together to develop the future of printed and flexible electronics.
River Hawk Village:
A new residence hall opening this fall on East Campus, River Hawk Village
offers loft and townhouse housing options for 780 students. Did we mention that every unit has a washer, dryer and kitchen?
The university’s mascot has gone through a few transformations
over the years, but Rowdy the River Hawk is now the big bird on campus. Be sure to give him a high-five at the next hockey or basketball game.
The Solution Center:
Adulting has never been so easy. You can register for a class, pay your bill or apply for financial aid – all in one convenient location
in the lobby of University Crossing.
Considered the “living room” of campus life, University Crossing
also goes by “UCrossing” and “UX.” It’s home to the River Hawk Shop, the Solution Center, Crossroads Café, student clubs, the Study Abroad office, Career Services and more.
If you live, learn or work at the university, then you’ll know the UCard, Access and Parking Services
office. They provide your UCard and manage parking on campus.
Western Avenue Studios:
Another funky find in the city, Western Avenue Studios
is the largest artist community on the Eastern Seaboard, home to more than 300 working painters, photographers, sculptors, weavers, woodworkers and more.
Home to our powerhouse field hockey team, Wicked Blue
is the nickname of the blue Cushing Field on North Campus.
OK, it’s not really an acronym, but rather the call letters for the student-run radio station,91.5 WUML
. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this fall (the station first aired on Nov. 26, 1967), WUML broadcasts from the basement of Lydon Library.