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University of Mass. Lowell

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (also known as UMass Lowell or UML) is an urban public research university in Lowell, Massachusetts, United States, and part of the University of Massachusetts system. With more than 1,100 faculty members and nearly 17,000 students, it is the largest university in the Merrimack Valley and the second-largest public institution in the state behind UMass Amherst.



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The University of Massachusetts Lowell owes its origins to two institutions founded in the 1890s: the Lowell State College on the south side of the Merrimack River and Lowell Textile School on the north side. Each would follow its own path of expansion through the 20th century. Lowell Normal School The Lowell Normal School was chartered in 1894 as a teacher training institution for women. The tenth and final normal school to be established in Massachusetts, it opened in 1898 with 108 students and five faculty members. The original classroom building opened the next year at the corner of Broadway and Wilder Streets, and quickly became a landmark in the city. Designed by local firm Stickney & Austin, it reflects the fashion of the time: high-style Beaux Arts with classical symmetry, arches, cast-iron lampposts and yellow brick. Its design was influenced in part by Lowell High School, which was also designed by Lowell native Frederick W. Stickney. Frank Coburn, for whom the hall was later named, served as the school's first principal until 1908. After being threatened with closure during the Great Depression, school administrators rallied local support to help keep it open. A delegation of prominent individuals representing Lowell's powerful interest groups traveled to Boston and convinced state officials of the school's importance. The result was that the school not only survived but continued to grow and expand. In 1950, Dr. Daniel O'Leary assumed the presidency and initiated an ambitious building program. The physical plant of the campus expanded during post-war era from a single structure to a multi-building complex, forming an area now known as UMass Lowell's South Campus. As the demand for more qualified teachers grew, the legislature reorganized the Normal School into Lowell State College in 1960 with a curriculum that expanded beyond education to include baccalaureate degrees in other fields as well, including nursing and music. Beginning in 1967, the college was authorized to confer two more degrees: Master of Education and Master of Music Education. Lowell Textile School Southwick Hall in 1903 World War I era photo of Southwick and Kitson Hall In 1895, the Lowell Technological Institute to train technicians and managers for work in Lowell�s booming textile industry. Modeled after the now-defunct Polytechnic College of Pennsylvania, Lowell Textile was the combined effort of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and corporations eager to form a school dedicated to textile education. Under the guidance of founder James T. Smith, Lowell Textile opened its doors in February 1897 in the upper floors of a downtown commercial block located on Middle Street. The school offered three-year training programs in cotton or wool manufacture, design, textile chemistry and dyeing. In 1903, the school moved from downtown to its permanent location just northwest of the Merrimack River. The yellow brick mill-like Southwick Hall was dedicated to Royal and Dierexa Southwick. Grandparents of the wealthy businessman Frederick Ayer, the Southwicks were Quakers and abolitionists who came to Lowell in the 1820s to help establish the Lowell Carpet Company. Ten years later, the school granted its first bachelor degrees in textile dyeing and textile engineering. In 1953, President Martin Lydon expanded the curriculum to include programs in plastics, leather, paper, and electronics technology, increased the liberal arts, and renamed the school the Lowell Technological Institute. He moved the Institute decisively toward general engineering, setting up a bachelor�s program in 1956. The textile program was closed in 1971, reflecting the closure of most of the mills in the city. A new university In 1972, a feasibility study was conducted on merging the school with the nearby Lowell State College. The schools merged in 1975 to form the University of Lowell, a comprehensive institution. In 1991, the campus became part of the University of Massachusetts system in 1991 and was renamed the University of Massachusetts Lowell. . Under Chapter 142, the UMass system was restructured to combine the Amherst, Boston, and Worcester campuses with the University of Lowell and Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass Dartmouth).

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The University of Massachusetts System's mission is to provide an affordable and accessible education of high quality and to conduct programs of research and public service that advance knowledge and improve the lives of the people of the Commonwealth, the nation and the world. In accord with the UMass System's mission, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a public research university committed to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement. The University is dedicated to transformational education that fosters student success, lifelong learning and global awareness. UMass Lowell offers affordable, experience-based undergraduate and graduate academic programs taught by internationally recognized faculty who conduct research to expand the horizons of knowledge. The programs span and interconnect the disciplines of business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. The University continues to build on its founding tradition of innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships with industry and the community to address challenges facing the region and the world.



William Blake, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cray The Supercomputer Company Bonnie Comley, Broadway and film producer Jerry Bergonzi, jazz musician Michael Casey, poet Craig Charron, former professional ice hockey player Christopher J. Coyne, Auxiliary Bishop of Indianapolis Roger W. Cressey Former U.S. National Security Council staff, president of Good Harbor Consulting Group Edson deCastro, President and founder, Data General Corporation Jeff Daw Former NHL player with the Colorado Avalanche Stephen Potter De Mallie Decorated U.S. Navy officer and respected textile researcher Tim DiFrancesco Physical therapist, strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Lakers Mark Eshbaugh, Artist, author, musician and former professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Scott Fankhouser Former NHL player with the Atlanta Thrashers Sean Garballey, (B.A.), member of the Mass. House of Representatives (served 2008-present) Ron Hainsey, NHL player with the Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets, Atlanta Thrashers and the Winnipeg Jets Harish Hande, Social entrepreneur who is expanding solar energy across India Ben Holmstrom NHL hockey player with the Philadelphia Flyers Dean Jenkins Former NHL hockey player with the Los Angeles Kings Greg Koehler Former NHL hockey player with the Carolina Hurricanes Mark Kumpel Member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Hockey team and former NHL player with the Quebec Nordiques and the Winnipeg Jets Mike LaValliere Former Major League Baseball catcher Bernie Lynch Lowell city manager, 2006�2014 Craig MacTavish, Former NHL player with Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers and former coach of the Edmonton Oilers, where he serves as senior vice president. Marty Meehan, Former congressman (served 1993 - 2007) and UMass Lowell chancellor, 2007�present Rich Miner, Creator of Wildfire, co-founder of Android Inc., and investment partner on the Google Ventures team Jon Morris Former NHL player with the New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins John Ogonowski, Pilot of American Airlines Flight 11 on 9/11/2001 John Pinette, comedian Dwayne Roloson, NHL player with the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers Robert Silvers, Photomosaic artist Bob Squires, guitarist Thelma Todd, movie actress John Traphagan, Former director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and professor of Religious Studies Ben Walter Former NHL player with the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils Scott Waugh Physical therapist with the Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox and director at the Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Physical Therapy Service Jack Weinstein, U.S. Air Force Major General Shelagh Donohoe, Olympic Silver Medalist in Women's Rowing



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