Photo of Students at the UMass Lowell commencement

Lifelong Relationships with Our Alumni

Successful alumni, effecting positive change in the Commonwealth and across the globe, create the power behind a degree from the University of Massachusetts

Above right: Students at the UMass Lowell commencement

Photo of Martin T. Meehan, J.D. Chancellor, UMass Lowell

“As a UMass Lowell alumnus, I know that the education I received, and the possibilities it opened for me, have shaped everything in my professional life. The same can be said of all of our alumni, and we are proud of everything they have accomplished.”

Martin T. Meehan, J.D.
Chancellor, UMass Lowell

Strong alumni support allows us to provide scholarships to the state’s brightest and most deserving young people who continue to fuel the spirit of innovation, a cornerstone of a UMass education.

Alumni experts invest in business students’ success

As a senior at UMass Lowell, Amy Osgood never dreamed she would have the chance to invest $25,000 in the stock market. Nor did she think that, at age 21, she would garner investment advice from such industry giants as former Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman Roy Zuckerberg, Ironwood Capital Management President Warren Isabelle, and Eastern Investment Advisors Chief Investment Officer John Kattar. This all changed when she and her team entered the annual University of Massachusetts Student Managed Fund contest.

The competition challenges business students from the UMass system to earn the highest return on a $25,000 seed fund through real stock market investing.

Each team started in January 2008 with $25,000 from the UMass Foundation. Although the students decide which stocks to buy, actual trades are handled by the UMass Foundation. Students benefit, academically and professionally, from collaborating with successful alumni who work in the financial sector.

“We had the perfect formula: outstanding faculty and alumni advisors, simple but solid investment principles, and most importantly, the opportunity,” Osgood said. “Looking back at the Student Managed Fund, I am forever grateful for the opportunity the University of Massachusetts generously presented us with. There are certain topics in life that have more impact when they don’t come from the pages of a text book and this is one of them.”

The UMass Lowell team won the contest for the second consecutive year. During the 2008–09 academic year, Lowell’s fund generated a -4.25 percent return and overperformed the S&P 500 fund by 23.44 percent.

Assistant Professor Ravi Jain served as the team’s faculty advisor. UMass Lowell alumni Zuckerberg, Isabelle, and Kattar, all of whom are members of the UMass Foundation Investment Committee, also advised the students throughout the competition. Alumni Investment Committee members from each campus advised each student team.

“We are extremely proud of all of our students who participated in this year’s competition,” said UMass President Jack M. Wilson. “Our alumni advisors, with their wealth of knowledge, are training the future leaders of finance and will continue the University’s legacy of producing highly trained business professionals and excellent Investment Committee members.”

With a student body of more than 60,000, the five-campus University of Massachusetts system educates more state citizens than any other institution in the Commonwealth. Nearly nine out of 10 UMass students are Massachusetts residents, and more than 60 percent of our almost 400,000 alumni remain in the state after graduation.

More than ever, UMass alumni—business leaders, health care professionals, scientists, artists, educators, and experts in a host of industries—are connecting through networking, attending reunions and alumni events, and NetworkUMass, the online alumni community. Opportunities after graduation include accredited online courses, one-day learning programs, professional development experiences, and social networking. We recognize our alumni as our most ardent advocates and recruiters, and we hope that by providing unique experiences, we can foster a lifelong relationship.

Photo of (back row) Scott Wilson, Michael Krieger, John Kattar, Roy J. Zuckerberg, Professor Ravi Jain, President Jack M. Wilson, Warren Isabelle, Bryan Ratliff.  Front row (seated): Courtney Stepien, Amy Osgood, Jonathan Pedi, and Patrick Livermore

Above: Standing (L-R): Scott Wilson, Michael Krieger, John Kattar, Roy J. Zuckerberg, Professor Ravi Jain, President Jack M. Wilson, Warren Isabelle, Bryan Ratliff. Seated (L-R): Courtney Stepien, Amy Osgood, Jonathan Pedi, and Patrick Livermore

Many alumni have made the University of Massachusetts a philanthropic priority. These alumni acknowledge that an investment in UMass is an investment in the future of our society. Strong alumni support allows us to provide scholarships to the state’s brightest and most deserving young people who continue to fuel the spirit of innovation, a cornerstone of a UMass education. Overall, the University’s endowment has more than doubled during the past eight years, from $151 million in 2002 to more than $367 million at the end of 2009. The greatest resource available to UMass students and alumni is the thriving community of talented graduates.

UMass Comes To You!
The University has launched UMass Comes To You!, a new series covering topics from health to current events, clean energy to literature. The series gives alumni the opportunity to go back to school for an entire day. Become a member of your campus’s online alumni community to stay informed on this and many other events.

Photo of UMass Dartmouth alumni Claire T. Carney ('73, H '90) and Joyce LeBlanc (’89)

Above: (L-R): UMass Dartmouth alumni Claire T. Carney (’73, H ’90) and Joyce LeBlanc (’89)

NetworkUMass
Connect with the powerful network of 220,000 University alumni by joining NetworkUMass, the online alumni community. Build a profile, search and post job listings, and look for fellow classmates. Visit www.NetworkUMass.com

UMassOnline
Earn your accredited online degree or certificate from one of the nation’s top-ranked universities through UMassOnline, which allows you to attend the same high-quality programs and learn from the same world-class faculty as students at the University of Massachusetts’ Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, or Worcester campuses. For more information, visit www.umassonline.net