This was an award-winning year at UMass Lowell. Celebrate with us as we look back at significant student, faculty and staff accomplishments, University achievements and the distinct moments that shaped 2013.

Manning School of Business students studied international business in Barcelona on a two-week study abroad program. More
Men's basketball team volunteered at the Lowell Transitional Center, serving meals, busing tables and conversing with guests. More
The Department of Physics and Applied Physics added master’s degree and Ph.D. programs in radiological sciences with a medical physics option. More
Vice Chancellor for Principal Gifts John Davis received the CASE District I Quarter Century Circle Award recognizing his 25 years of service. He has raised more than $100 million in philanthropic support. More
Renowned musician Jordan Rudess gave a master classes and performed live on campus. More
All River Hawks sports soared to Division I. More
New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation Center (NERVE) state-of-the-art robotics testing center opened for use by industry. NERVE Center will be the most advanced robotics testing facility in the United States. More
The University collaborated with U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center to form HEROES (Harnessing Emerging Research Opportunities to Empower Soldiers) partnership, an effort which aims to enhance military members’ survivability, sustainability, mobility, combat effectiveness and quality of life in the field. More
Nursing students embarked on a global health experience in Chile. More
UMass Lowell Alumni magazine received platinum and gold Hermes awards.
UMass Lowell was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. More
James H. Nehring, associate professor in the Graduate School of Education, was selected as the 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar for Northern Ireland Governance and Public Policy. More
Computer science prof. and NERVE Center director, Holly Yanco nominated in Mass High Tech’s Women to Watch.
Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture established. More
River Hawks defeated Boston University to win 2013 Hockey East Tournament Championship played at Boston’s TD Garden. More
Boston Globe journalists Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy visited campus to meet with journalism and writing students and discuss their book “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice.” More
“Lowell by the Numbers,” an ad campaign for the city designed by a team of students, was featured in the Burlington Mall, buses in Somerville, Burlington and Cambridge, outside the Alewife T station and in WGBH Magazine. More
UMass Lowell hosted a debate between Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch for the Mass. Senate Special Election. More
$40 million Health & Social Sciences Building opened, the first new construction on South Campus in more than 30 years. More
River Hawks won the NCAA Regional Hockey Championship to advance to the Frozen Four. More
Campus celebrated sustainability during Earth Week. Chancellor Meehan and students planted a Briotii red horse chestnut tree dedicated to Boston Marathon Bombing Victims. More
PayScale Inc. ranked UMass Lowell 10th nationally for return on investment among all institutions in the U.S. More
Vladimir Saldana ‘13 accepted the “29 Who Shine” award from Gov. Deval Patrick at the Massachusetts State House. More
Nearly $725,000 was raised for student scholarships through the Commencement Eve Celebration, the most ever at this annual event. More
UMass Lowell graduates 3,169 students, its largest class ever at the 2013 Commencement Ceremony. More
UMass Lowell was named the “Most Underrated College in U.S.” by Business Insider. More
Rover Hawks team of robotics students won first place in NASA RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops Competition. More
A Topping Off Ceremony for University Crossing, a new student-engagement center, was celebrated by campus and community leaders. More
Over 1,500 students and alumni virtually signed the final beam for the University Crossing Topping Off Ceremony through an app developed by the Web Services team. More
UMass Lowell student researchers won the prestigious “P3” — People, Prosperity and the Planet —award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, receiving $90,000 in funding. More
Civil engineering students placed sixth in the national concrete canoe competition. More
Greater Lowell Music Theatre founders ’73, Leon Grande ’76, '89 and Phyllis George staged an all-time favorite, Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls,” at Durgin Hall. More
Laura Punnett, professor of ergonomics and epidemiology and a world leader in the public-health field, named Distinguished University Professor. More
The School of Health and Environment became the College of Health Sciences. More
The Department of Nursing became the School of Nursing. More
The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology became the School of Criminology and Justice Studies. More
A team of undergraduates were awarded top honor during the first-ever Dept. of Defense mobile app “hackathon” with a mobile app that enables soldiers to better understand and manage combat nutrition requirements. More
Two Co-op Scholars earned second place at the Music Education Hack event in New York City, a 24-hour competition to improve the city's music classrooms with technology. More
Forbes Magazine named UMass Lowell one of the best buys in higher education in the nation, as part of its “America’s Top Colleges” survey. More
The field hockey field received a facelift, when blue turf was laid and a new name, “Wicked Blue” following a month-long social media contest. More
A new parking garage opened on South Campus. More
UMass Lowell climbed a dozen spots since last year in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of institutions of higher education, making it in the top tier of universities in the nation for the fourth consecutive time. More
A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiled the $54 million University Suites residence hall, the sixth building to open on campus in the last year. More
Meryl Streep announced as the next speaker in the Chancellor’s Speaker Series. There’s still time to get tickets for her Feb 9 visit to campus! More
The University welcomed 2,750 new students to campus. Political and social activist and Canadian Olympian, Waneek Horn-Miller encouraged students “dream big and work hard” at Convocation. More
Johnny Earle, founder of Johnny Cupcakes spoke to students about entrepreneurship at the annual DifferenceMaker event. More
UMass Lowell opened its Haverhill satellite campus at Northern Essex Community College with the plan of moving it to downtown Haverhill in the future. More
The Center for Terrorism and Security Studies opened on campus, formed to combat domestic terrorism by studying those behind it and develop solutions. More
Haiti Development Studies Center (HDSC) opened in the port city of Les Cayes, to engage faculty and students from Haiti and UMass Lowell in philanthropic research to solving life-threatening issues faced by citizens in the world’s poorest nations. More
More than 150 recruiters attended the University’s largest career fair to date. More
Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, spoke at a Lunchtime Lecture Series event, covering his 20-year career leading Boston and the often-forgotten human element of politics. More
The third annual Celebration of Philanthropy honored the University’s most generous benefactors and celebrated $19.3 million in gifts and pledges. More
UMass Lowell commemorated the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination by releasing a series of photos from a 1958 visit to the city, as well as a concert celebrating his life and legacy. More
Professor Arno Rafael Minkkinen was selected as the Lucie Foundation’s 2013 honoree for achievement in fine arts. More
A flag-raising ceremony paid tribute to UMass Lowell’s more than 1,450 student veterans, 2013 Veterans Alumni Hall of Fame inductees and veterans throughout the region. More
Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo praised the "unbelievable things" going on at UMass Lowell during a visit to Saab Center.
The Fox 25 College Tour broadcast live from the Campus Recreation Center lawn, highlighting all of the exciting things happening on campus.
Students volunteered at Habitat for Humanity to help put the finishing touches on four new homes for families in Lowell. More
“Dickens in Lowell” exhibit, co-curated by Assoc. Prof. Diana Archibald, won a “Leadership in History” award from the American Association for State and Local History. More
Men’s and Women’s basketball celebrate their inaugural Division I season with five home games played at the Tsongas Center. More
Energy and sustainability manager, Paul Piraino honored by state’s Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs with a Leading by Example Award for his conservation efforts. More