UMass Lowell Biology Major from Haverhill Receives Chancellor’s Medal for Community Service

UMass President Marty Meehan, right, shares a thought with UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney in Haverhill. (WHAV News file photograph.)

A UMass Lowell biology major from Haverhill is one of 15 recipients of the university’s Chancellor’s Medals for Community Service, Student Service and Diversity and Inclusion.

Dorothy Nankanja is one of six graduating seniors to receive a community service medal and will be highlighted during a virtual commencement Friday at 5 p.m. Other recipients of the Chancellor’s Medal for Community Service are Michael Johnston of Dracut, master’s in mechanical engineering; Oritsegbemi Mene Ejegi of Lowell, master’s in public health; Andrea Patino Galindo of Chelmsford, business administration major; Nicole Haas of Nashua, N.H., master’s in public health; and Samuel Munnelly of Litchfield, N.H., mechanical engineering major.

A local winner of the Chancellor’s Medal for Student Service is Kellsie Howard of Georgetown, a business administration major in the university’s Manning School of Business.

“UMass Lowell provided me with a lot of mentors and gave me a really great platform to land co-op positions and other opportunities,” said Howard. She responded in kind, founding and serving as president of the Manning Women in Business, a student club that offers participants networking, internship and job opportunities. Howard has already made that leap, converting an internship into a full-time job as a product manager with WB Games, a video game and mobile app division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Besides Howard, Chancellor’s Medal for Student Service recipients include Hikma Abajorga of Lowell, plastics engineering major; Siddhant Iyer of Lowell, plastics engineering major; Surbhi Mavi of Lowell, biology major; David Morton of Boxford, business administration and political science major; and Sophia Samih of Tewksbury, nursing major.

The university also awarded Chancellor’s Medals for Diversity and Inclusion to three graduate students receiving degrees this week, including Fang Zhang of Chelmsford, who has earned his Ph.D. in chemistry; Nicole Cruz Merced of Lowell, master’s in community social psychology; and Diana Santana of Lowell, master’s in community social psychology.

UMass Lowell commencement will be streamed at and be available there for replay.

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