Brian Dano, Marketing, Finance
Hometown: Merrimack, N.H.
“UMass Lowell is like a family. I can talk to Chancellor Meehan, I can talk to Dean [Kathryn] Carter. At other schools this wouldn’t happen.”
Whether providing feedback on a new dormitory design, or discussing parking policies with University administrators, Brian Dano '13 felt his voice was heard.
As former president of UMass Lowell’s Student Government Association (SGA), Dano was involved in a variety of issues that impact the campus and surrounding community. His access to campus leadership assured him a platform for discussing his concerns. He was part of a group of student leaders who meet with Chancellor Marty Meehan
and other campus officials for lunch every month to share ideas.
Dano was drawn to UMass Lowell because of the business program. In addition, he thought the University offered the best educational value at a time of escalating tuition costs.
“I’m getting a great education here and it’s close to home,” said Dano, who grew up in Merrimack, N.H.
Dano was a member of the Alumni Ambassadors, a student leadership organization. In addition to his classes and activities, he worked part-time as a sales representative for Kraft Foods, servicing area supermarkets and neighborhood grocers. He’s held the job since high school and hopes to continue with the company post-graduation.
As a freshman, he ran for a seat on the student senate as a way to get more involved on campus. He was elected SGA president the following year and was re-elected to a second term. His involvement in student government and other organizations helped him sharpen his public speaking and organizational skills, and expand his network of professional contacts – all things that he believes are integral to a UMass Lowell education.
“The opportunities here are amazing,” he says.