UMass Lowell Food Pantry

As we approach the holiday season and a time of giving, the Office of Student & Family Support Services welcomes any donations to the UML Food Pantry.  You may either make a monetary donation and/or order off the Amazon Wish List.  We strongly recommend ordering from the Amazon Wish List.  Items that are ordered from it automatically get sent to campus.  A list of top items that are always in need for the food pantry has also been included. 

Amazon Wish List:

Top Needs for the Food Pantry:

  • Snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks, protein bars,etc.)
  • Canned Tuna
  • Pancake Mix
  • Soup
    • Tomato
    • Vegetable Soup
    • Variety of soups
  • Personal Care
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Body Wash

You can still add items from Amazon, if they are not on the Wish List, but you just need to make sure the shipping address is the following:

UML Food Pantry

University Crossing, Suite 200

220 Pawtucket Street

Lowell, MA 01854

If you would like to make a monetary contribution, the link has been provided:

Halloween Letter to Students

October 29, 2021

Dear Students,

We hope you are doing well during this busy time of year.  With Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner, we hope you are able to find some time to relax and have fun.  We encourage you to be safe and thoughtful about your choices during Halloween.  If you choose to dress up for Halloween, please think about how your choices affect other people.  As UMass Lowell River Hawks, we pride ourselves in being a community that cares for one another.  In a shared effort of mutual respect, we invite you to actively participate and look out for one another. 

If you see a friend dressed in a costume that is disrespectful to someone’s culture, consider saying something to them.  If you see someone that needs medical attention, please call for help.  If you engage in sexual behavior, do so with consent and mutual respect.  We hope that Halloween is a time where our community can have fun and participate in many wonderful fall activities.  It should not be a time when our community is harmed.

Safety reminders:

–        Do not include toy or fake weapons as part of your costume.  Toy and fake weapons can easily be confused for real weapons.

–        Wear something that you can move in easily and does not impair your vision.

–        Follow campus and off-campus rules and make safety a priority.

–        Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know or leave your drink unattended.

–        Binge drinking is dangerous and can lead to much bigger problems than waking up with a hangover.

–        Never drink and drive and never accept a ride from someone that has been drinking.

–        Make plans with friends to arrive and leave parties, events and programs together.

–        Be sure your phone is fully charged before going out.

–        Have the number to campus police (978-934-2398) in your phone.  For emergencies, dial 978-934-4911.

–        Keep cash on you for transportation or emergencies.

–        Trust your instincts.  On Halloween, or any other night, if something doesn’t feel right, trust your gut.  Leave the party, don’t take the drink, or say no to whatever is making you uncomfortable.  Your safety is more important than upsetting a friend.

Stay safe and have fun!

-Division of Academic and Student Affairs

Encourage Your Student to Lead where they Live!

Residence Life Leadership Opportunities

Is your student ready to lead where they live? There are many ways your student can get involved in the residence halls! This post offers an overview about applying to be a Resident Advisor and about opportunities to join the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)!

Resident Advisor Position:

The Office of Residence Life is excited to announce that it will be launching the application process for the Resident Advisor (RA) position for the 2022-2023 Academic Year in the month of October. Resident Advisors are leaders on the campus and are responsible for building community in their assigned residence hall. The Resident Advisor position is one of the best leadership positions on campus, and provides an opportunity for students to help their fellow River Hawks learn, change and grow as they live on campus.

Information about the application process, and dates for information sessions held in late October and early November to learn more about the position will be updated on our Resident Advisor website soon.

Resident Advisors are required to have attended UMass Lowell for a year (first year students are eligible to apply in this process for the position for next year). RAs are required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA. RAs also move back to campus about 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester for Residential Advisor Leadership Development. RAs may not participate in a time-intensive program such as an internship, co-op or student teaching in their first semester in the role.

Benefits of the position include a variety of leadership experience that can be shown on a resume such as event planning, crisis management, confrontation and mediation. In exchange for the Resident Advisor responsibilities, students receive a housing waiver for a single bedroom (can be in a suite or apartment with other residents) and a meal plan.  

If you have any questions about the Resident Advisor position, please contact Jonathan Bragg

What is RHA?

UML’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student run, on-campus residence hall governing body. Each residence hall has a hall council made up of representatives from the residents living in the hall. The hall council gives residents a chance to make a difference in their community. Each hall council also gains feedback from residents about ways they wish to see their halls improve. Members within RHA will gain valuable leadership skills, problem-solving skills, time management skills, project management skills, and learn how to better advocate for themselves and others on a variety of on-campus issues that affect the residential student experience. Also, did you know that as a resident living on-campus, you’re automatically a member?!

Want to learn more about creating positive change in the residence halls? Please email us at

What is NRHH?

The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is the premiere honorary supported by the leading international organization advocating for the interests and welfare of residence hall students, while also providing opportunities for their personal growth and development. NRHH strives to provide recognition for individuals who have contributed to the advancement of college and university housing.

Here at UML, we are named the Mill City Chapter of NRHH and we focus on recognition and service. NRHH members meet weekly in the residence halls to facilitate recognition projects to honor and thank the hard-working members of our campus community. Like our sister organization, RHA, we support the vision of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Incorporated (NACURH), the largest student-led international organization to date who support a network of RHAs and NRHHs around the world!

Want to learn more about joining our Mill City Chapter? Please email is at

Cooperative Education Program (Co-Op)

About Co-op:

The Professional Cooperative Education Program at UML provides full-time undergraduate students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge by applying what they have learned to real-world work experience. Students participate in paid full-time work experience while maintaining their status as a full-time student and don’t pay tuition, since they are not taking classes during this time. The program structure includes three phases: Professional Development Seminar, Co-op Experience and Assessment. The Professional Development Seminar is a graded one credit course that prepares the student for the co-op search and experience. Upon successful completion of the seminar, the student is eligible to go participate in a 6 or 3 month paid experience. Once the student returns to campus, they complete a graded assessment class to fulfill the program requirements. Some students will take advantage of doing a second co-op as long as they can complete program requirements prior to graduating. 

Program Eligibility:

Students eligible for co-op are full-time, undergraduate, sophomores and above in the Colleges of Engineering, Sciences and Business. Students must also be in good academic standing and submit an application the semester before they wish to begin the program. Application information can be found on our website and the application is open for the Spring ’22 program.

Partnerships with Employers:

Our relationship with employer partners continues to grow each year. Each semester, new positions are posted on Handshake, our job board for students and alumni. Co-op positions are only available to students in the co-op program and the majority of students will participate in a 6 month experience. Some of our premier partners include Raytheon, UKG, MFS, Pfizer, P&G and Dell.

Academic Credit:

Students earn 1 credit in the Professional Development Seminar Course and anywhere from 1 to 3 credits in the Assessment Course depending on the length of the co-op experience and their academic program. Credits are applied differently based on the student’s major. Consult with the Cooperative Education department to determine how the credits will be applied in your student’s respective college.

What can your student do to learn more?

Encourage your Riverhawk to learn more about the Co-op Program by attending an upcoming information session, join a daily “Drop-In” session or make an appointment with a co-op advisor. All of which can be found on our website: Professional Cooperative Education | Student Affairs & University Events | UMass Lowell (

Student Testimonials:

“My co-op experience really helped me learn and understand what it takes to work in a professional laboratory. My co-op took place at a small startup, which means I got the opportunity to work closely with professional engineers and scientists on advanced projects using equipment I didn’t even know existed. If it weren’t for the co-op program, I don’t think I would have found this small company, nor would I have been able to learn as much as I did in a 6-month period. Overall, my experience was great, and I was even offered extended employment after my 6-month period was finished!”

-Derek Lovejoy, Junior, Chemical Engineering

“Thanks to my experiences in the co-op program, my career path has never been more clear. I have obtained and refined skills in the finance and marketing fields that I didn’t think was possible at this stage of my academic career. I highly recommend the co-op program to anyone looking to enhance their skills and better prepare themselves for life post college.” 

-Mark Maloomian, Senior, Finance Concentration: Business

“I believe the co-op experience was the most important part of my journey at UMass Lowell. I was able to work at a great company, like Bose Corporation, to gain real working experience.”

-Anonymous, Computer Science student

Health Services & Counseling

Health Services Updates:

First a big thank you for your work as families to get your students vaccinated against COVID-19.  Vaccinations and for the time being continued use of requiring face coverings has been instrumental to having our campus return to the vibrant place we all want to have it be.

We are pleased to once again offer on campus flu clinics through the month of October into early November so your student can get protected against the flu.  You can find information on the dates/times for at this link.  Students will need to bring their UML ID, and insurance card to the clinic and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. 

This is also a good time to make sure your student is well stocked with over the counter medications and supplies just in case they get sick while away from home.  These include:

Antacid (TUMS)

Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin)

Anti-diarrheal (Pepto Bismol, Immodium AD)

Antihistamine (Benadryl, Loratadine/Claritin)

Anti-inflammatory/pain reliever (Ibuprofen, Aleve)

Anti-itch (Calamine or Sarna lotion)

Cough suppressant (Delsym)/ expectorant (Mucinex)

Decongestant (Sudafed, Phenylephrine)

Hydrocortisone cream 1%

Non-aspirin pain/fever reliever (Acetaminophen)

Saline nasal spray

Throat lozenges

Ace bandage / Assorted bandaids

Ice Pack (gel reusable)


In addition there are many short term common illnesses that don’t require a visit to any provider where self-care is the first step towards getting better.  Here’s a guide to self care for common illnesses that might be handy for you and your student

Counseling Services:

Remind your students that it is all too common to feel less than yourself when you’re an emerging adult, and that seeking help is important.  Information about promoting positive mental health can be found at the UMatter2 link, With the access to teletherapy greatly increased, please encourage your student to continue their ongoing relationship with a provider if they see one at home so that they don’t have interruption to care but do remember that students can call Counseling Services if they want to talked to a licensed therapist from our staff.

Families are reminded that students in need of in the moment mental health crisis counseling always have access to the on call clinician by calling 855-890-2879.