UMass Lowell Remembers One-Year Anniversary of Marathon Tragedy

By Marty Meehan

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy, as we this week mark the one-year anniversary of that horrific event.

UMass Lowell, like so many other communities in New England, was touched by this senseless attack. Our alumni were among the injured, and many of our students, faculty, staff and friends witnessed the terrible events of that day.

Like so many others, UMass Lowell rallied to support the victims. We established the UMass Lowell Boston Marathon Scholarship Fund, which is available to support victims or their family members who wish to pursue an education at the university. We raised funds for the scholarship throughout the year, including at a River Hawk Strong hockey game, and we continue to collect donations.

On Tuesday, April 15, we will light the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center blue and yellow to commemorate the one-year anniversary. On Monday, April 21, we will be represented, along with the other UMass campuses, on the team running in the 2014 Boston Marathon to support the Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund to benefit students attending any of the five campuses. For the third consecutive year, UMass Lowell meteorology undergraduate and graduate students will provide live weather reports along the route of the 26.2-mile race. I expect that many other members of our community will be running, cheering from the sidelines or otherwise participating in memorial events and fundraisers.

Please be heartened by the incredible resiliency of citizens across New England who united over the last year to support their communities when it was most needed. I hope you will take a moment to reflect on the tragedy and remember those lost and injured.