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UMass Lowell Hits the Road to Celebrate 'Our Legacy, Our Place'

Regional events planned for California, Cape Cod and Colorado

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Mark Cocozza ’71 (right) and his wife, Susan ’69 (second from right) joined Chancellor Jacquie Moloney ’75, ’92 and her husband, Ed, at the June 16 UMass Lowell celebration at the UMass Club in Boston.

By Beth Brosnan

Our Legacy, Our Place: The Campaign for UMass Lowell is going places, with a series of regional celebrations scheduled for this summer and fall.

The $125 million campaign, which had its public launch in April and continues until 2020, has already raised more than $84 million for student scholarships, faculty research, campus improvements and our Division I athletics program.

On June 16, more than 120 UMass Lowell alumni and friends packed the penthouse of the UMass Club in Boston to enjoy sunset views of the city and an exciting preview of the upcoming 50th-anniversary men’s hockey season, courtesy of head coach Norm Bazin.

Our Legacy, Our Place celebrates the proud legacy that UMass Lowell alumni share, and speaker Mark Cocozza ’71 offered his own Top 10 list of what his Lowell education meant to him. Cocozza, who is now chairman of the Highland Group and a member of the Campaign Cabinet, credited Lowell Tech with providing him with a “first-rate education that prepared me for life’s challenges and [laid] a foundation for my career.”

Like many UMass Lowell alumni, Cocozza was the first member of his family to attend college, and he called “making my parents proud” the single most important thing about earning his degree.

Upcoming Our Legacy, Our Place events are scheduled for California (July 30-31), Cape Cod (Aug. 13) and Colorado (Oct. 14-15).