▲ President Cowan received a ceremonial key to the Boston & Maine depot from local, state and federal officials. “Our faculty has dedicated their lives to helping these students. They’re passionate about it, they’re great at what they do, and they truly care about the growth, development and future of our student population,” said Sisson. “I really believe that Middlesex offers our students a world-class learning experience, and at the end of the day, I’m proud of how many lives our faculty makes a dramatic impact upon.” W H AT ’ S N E X T ? As always, Middlesex continues to look forward. With the events and celebrations of the college’s 40th year in the rear-view mirror, college leaders have already set their sights on the continuing evolution of both campuses. That includes continuing expansion. Study and design is currently underway on the college’s newest property, the Boston & Maine building, a historic former railroad depot on Central Street in Lowell the college acquired in the same manner it secured the Federal Building in Kearney Square, through the General Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Education. The property was built in 1876, and served as the Boston & Maine Railroad’s Central Street depot for decades. Portions of the building were also used as a cotton and wool storehouse. In 1913, the railroad company leased out part of the building for use as a theater, which was named the Rialto Theater a few years later. In the 1960s, the building was converted into a bowling alley and a billiards parlor. Other occupants of offices in the building included music teachers, barbers, florists, real estate agents and a paint- supply store. 111