NoteWorthy – 10/20/19
AROUND THE VALLEY
UMass Lowell Celebrates 125th Anniversary
UMass Lowell celebrated its 125th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 17, with a gala event and the announcement that it has raised more $150 million through its “Our Legacy, Our Place” campaign, $25 million more than the original goal.
The anniversary celebration is among the largest being held throughout the academic year to celebrate UMass Lowell’s 125-year history, which dates back to the founding of Lowell Normal School and Lowell Textile School, each formed to meet the needs of a rapidly growing city during the American Industrial Revolution.
Since 1894, UMass Lowell has grown to more than 18,000 students who learn and live in more than 4.8 million square feet of academic, research and residential space across three campuses on either side of the Merrimack River. UMass Lowell is ranked number one in Massachusetts for sustainability by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. UMass Lowell is also nationally ranked for the quality of its academic programs, both online and on campus, along with graduates’ return on their investment.
To achieve all of this, UMass Lowell has taken an entrepreneurial approach, including launching “Our Legacy, Our Place,” the university’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising and alumni engagement campaign, three years ago with the ambitious goal of raising $125 million in time for the anniversary. Eighteen months early, UMass Lowell reached that goal, so the bar was raised: $150 million by June 2020.
At the 125th anniversary celebration, Chancellor Jacquie Moloney announced that UMass Lowell has met its $150 million goal, with more than 32,000 donations that will go to student scholarships, academic and research resources, and Division I athletics, as well as other priorities established in the university’s strategic plan.
Emmaus: Defeating Homelessness, Building Opportunity
Rebecca Fortado, vice president and market manager of Salem Five Bank, served as this year’s emcee for Emmaus’ 17th annual “Paving the Road Home” breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 10. Close to 200 people attended the free fundraising breakfast held at the Hartleb Technology Center at Northern Essex Community College and learned what Emmaus does to put compassion into action to rebuild the lives of the roughly 2,300 adults and children they help each year who are facing homelessness.
Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Essex Heritage Commission
Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation announced that the organization has granted $5,000 to Essex National Heritage Commission for sustainability initiatives out at Bakers Island Light Station.
Essex Heritage will use the grant to improve and enhance several off-the-grid aspects of life out at the light. This includes upgrading the solar power electrical system, developing a camping area, and creating amenities such as a water purification station and composting facilities.
NECC and MCC Presidents Speak at MV Chamber Education Conference
Lane Glenn of Northern Essex Community College and James Mabry of Middlesex Community College were the featured speakers at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Education Conference titled “A Conversation with the Presidents” which was held on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Andover.
Jim Carnevale of Raytheon, chair of the chamber’s education committee and moderator of the conversation, asked a series of questions about workforce development and the community college mission.
Dianne Anderson Steps Down as Lawrence General Hospital’s President and CEO
Lawrence General Hospital announced that president and CEO Dianne J. Anderson is stepping down effective Nov. 6, 2019, after leading the organization for 10 years. The board of trustees has designated Deb Wilson, Lawrence General Hospital’s executive vice president, as interim CEO.
During Anderson’s 10 years with Lawrence General Hospital, the organization has experienced unprecedented growth and development in a complex and ever-changing health care environment. Under Anderson’s leadership, Lawrence General Hospital has invested in more specialized acute services, improved and expanded hospital facilities, and added a larger array of outpatient services throughout the region. Most recently, Lawrence General Hospital received its best Joint Commission Survey report in memory, with the organization receiving high praise for its quality of care and expertise among its clinical and non-clinical staff, among other accolades.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Stay Work Play to Recognize Young Professionals & Cool Companies at Rising Stars Event
Stay Work Play, a nonprofit whose mission is to encourage young people to stay, work and play in New Hampshire, is hosting its 10th annual Rising Stars Awards to recognize the state’s emerging young leaders and organizations making a positive impact in their communities.
Stay Work Play announced the six young professional award winners, four of which are from the Merrimack Valley. Formal recognition will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.
Civic Leader of the Year: Nashua resident Cecilia Ulibarri, constituent services & cultural affairs coordinator of the City of Nashua, and president and co-founder of Positive Street Art.
College Student of the Year: Manchester resident Isabella Proia, senior at Southern New Hampshire University.
Intern of the Year: Bedford resident Allie Withee, intern with CCA Global Partners.
Young Professional of the Year: Nashua resident Dan Weeks, director of market development at ReVision Energy.
Michelle Dougherty Named New General Manager At Brookstone Events & Golf
Brookstone Events & Golf recently welcomed Michelle Dougherty, CCM, as the facility’s new general manager. Located just 40 minutes from Boston in Derry, New Hampshire, Brookstone includes a wedding and events center; a 9-hole, par-3 daily-fee golf course; a fully lit golf range and an 18-hole miniature golf course.
Dougherty has more than 17 years of managerial experience in the private club industry. Most recently, Dougherty served as the assistant general manager for The Quechee Club in Vermont. Prior to The Quechee Club, Dougherty spent 10 years at Nashua Country Club as the clubhouse manager. In this position, she was responsible for sales, planning, distribution and execution of all member and non-member events, golf tournaments, bonspiels, conferences and auctions, as well as developing, managing and maintaining all departmental operating and capital budgets.
Paint The Night Pink For Breast Cancer
Power of the Purse Plus
The Women Working Wonders Fund, a permanently endowed fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, presents the 2019 Power of the Purse Plus at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.
Lowell, Mass. | WomenWorkingWondersFund.com
Pennies’ Seventh Annual Music for Change Fundraiser
Starting at 6 p.m., the Music for Change Fundraiser will offer a selection of small plates catered by sponsor For the Love of Food and Drink. They are known for their fresh local menus and unique style. You can expect an enticing array of small plates, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Plus, they will cater a green event — all place settings will be composted after use.
Newburyport, Mass. | PenniesForPoverty.org
Second Annual All For Ang 5k
Last year was the first year, which exceeded the donation goal of over $15,000 to donate to Hunking Middle School Special Education Program, and the Leo Economic Opportunity. We open the 5k to walkers of all ages to include all the kids in the community Angela was so passionate about.
Bradford, Mass. | allforang.com
Glow Gala Annual Groundwork Lawrence Fundraiser
Funds raised from this event will be put back into the community to feed school children, support park cleanup and providing young adults with work.
Lawrence, Mass. | GroundworkLawrence.org