UMass Lowell’s First Annual Chili Cook Off


Marketing Club

The UMass Lowell Marketing Club participated in UMass Lowell’s First Annual Chili Cook Off yesterday, Saturday, February 15th.

The Chili Cook Off took place during the women’s and men’s basketball double header against StonyBrook at the Tsongas Center. Competitors included UMass Lowell clubs, faculty, departments, student groups, and Lowell based businesses/organizations. Attendees were given the opportunity to try all of the chili recipes and vote on their top three favorites. At the end of the basketball game, five judges voted on the texture, flavor, consistency, spice, taste, aroma, and color.

The team who received the highest score from the judges, which was the Hawk’s Nest on South Campus, was named “Chili Cook Off Champion”. The team who earned the highest score from the attendees received “People’s Choice” which was the Inn and Conference Center. Although the Marketing Club didn’t win either of those awards, their chili recipe will be served as a special at Hawk’s Nest South because the judges still enjoyed it.

Six teams participated in the Cook Off, and the Marketing Club was the solo student group. Next year, your club can be the winner of the Second Annual Chili Cook Off! Keep your eye out for opportunities for you clubs.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Marketing Club, feel free to contact them through email at: If you want to learn more about student events and activities, contact Student Activities here:

How to Make This Semester Your Best

Lisa Armstrong is the Coordinator of Student Success at the Manning School of Business. Her position is new this year and is meant to provide an individual person solely to help in the advising process for first-year students. After completing her first semester in the position, Lisa has some advice for everyone.


Hi, all.

I hope that the spring semester is off to a great start for all of you!

I thought I’d share some tips to hopefully make for a successful semester:

ADVISOR. Get to know your advisor.  I care and want to see you succeed at UML! Stop by and see me in Pasteur 305 anytime.  You do not have to wait for the advising period to meet with me.

FACULTY. Try to get to know at least one new faculty member this semester. Faculty at UML are very approachable.  This can be very helpful if you should need some assistance with the course.  Take advantage of their office hours.

GET INVOLVED. Participate in a club activity or sport. This is a great way to meet new people and have some fun participating in your favorite activity, or learn a new one! Visit for a list of the clubs and organizations.

HELP! Don’t wait to get it if you need it.  They semester will fly by.  If you are struggling early in the semester visit the Centers for Learning or check out the tutoring schedule:

SLEEP. I know you are laughing right now, but try to avoid the all-nighters!  Get plenty of sleep.

STUDY BUDDY. Find a few friends to study with. The thought is you would be able to help each other fill the knowledge gaps.

TIME MANAGEMENT. Plan your time. Schedule study time. Keep a calendar of all your assignment deadlines and exams.  If time management is a problem for you, visit the Centers for Learning.  They offer study skill workshops in Time Management that prove to be very helpful.

UPCOMING DATES. The advising period for the Fall 2014 semester begins on April 7th through April 22nd.  Please do not feel like you need to wait until then to talk about any concerns, issues or plan for your fall courses.

Another date to keep in the back of your mind is April 9th.  This is the last day for you to withdraw from courses with a grade of “W”.

Lastly, if you are interested in a Co-Op you should plan to attend an information session.  There are (3) being offered: March 10th 12:00 – 1:00pm and 5:00-6:00pm.  March 27th 5:00-6:00pm and April 4th 12:00-1:00pm.  Location is TBD.  Pre-registration is recommended.

Again, have a great semester and I look forward to see you all during the advising period, if not sooner.



Women Don’t Study Business

Disclaimer: Anything written in this blog represents the opinions of the author, and no one else. Each blog is written lightly, and is not intended to offend any of the mentioned businesses, locations, students, or staff.


It’s true. The number of women enrolled in the Manning School of Business has lowered over the past couple of years to under 50%. UMass Lowell is a male dominated campus, but there is no reason that it has to be that way.

What are we doing wrong? Why don’t women want to study Business? Is it that they lean toward jobs with more security such as nursing or teaching? Or, do they pursue business as a career with an educational background in something else?

With the Marketing Club, I am exploring these questions. I am asking business professors and professionals their opinions on this topic and I would love to know what your opinion is, too.

Why are you studying business? Or, why aren’t you?