You might be wondering as you sit in your Exploring the Universe lecture “What am I going to do with a degree from UMass Lowell?”
Well I’m here to answer that question and give you a few names of people who have used that degree to go above and beyond. You might even recognize a few of these names. 🙂
- Jerry Bergonzi, jazz saxophonist and is the founder of Not Fat Records.
- Michael Casey, poet. His first collection, Obscenities, was chosen by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Other collections include Millrat (Adastra Press), The Million Dollar Hole (Orchises Press), Raiding a Whorehouse (Adastra), Permanent Party (March Street Press), Cindi’s Fur Coat (The Chuckwagon), and The Bopper (Kendra Steiner Editions).
- Craig Charron, Professional Ice Hockey Player
- Roger W. Cressey Former U.S. National Security Council Staff, President of Good Harbor Consulting Group
- Edson deCastro, President and Founder, Data General Corporation
- Brian S. Dempsey, (B.A.), member of the Mass. House of Representatives (served 1990 – present)
- Mark Eshbaugh, Artist, Author, Musician and former professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell
- Christopher G. Fallon, (M.S. 1978), member of the Mass. House of Representatives (served 1996 – present)
- Sean Garballey, (B.A.), member of the Mass. House of Representatives (served 2008 – present)
- Colleen M. Garry, (B.S.), member of the Mass. House of Representatives (served 1995 – present)
- Thomas A. Golden, Jr., (B.S.) and (MBA), member of the Mass. House of Representatives (served 1995 – present)
- Ron Hainsey, A professional ice hockey defenseman and an alternate captain of the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League.
- Craig MacTavish, Played centre for 19 NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues. MacTavish later coached the Oilers from 2000 to 2009.
- Marty Meehan, Congressman (served 1993 – 2007) and current chancellor
- John Pinette, Comedian
- Dwayne Roloson, Professional Ice Hockey Player currently playing for the New York Islanders in the NHL.
- Robert Silvers, Photo mosaic artist whose art portrays familiar images throughout history and contemporary culture, either portraits of well-known personalities, world currency or fascinating renditions of masterpiece paintings.
- Thelma Todd, movie actress who appeared in about 120 pictures between 1926 and 1935.
- John Traphagan, Former Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and professor of Religious Studies
- Boris Hirmas Rubio, noted Latin American entrepreneur, past Vice Chairman of Lan Chile
So many people with just one thing in common; they all have degrees from UMass Lowell! So work hard for that degree, it’s a BIG deal. Maybe one day you’ll end up on this list.