Merrimack College: Recent Graduate

LoVerme_photoMike LoVerme

Recent Graduate
Computer Science

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Mike LoVerme graduated from Merrimack College in 2010 with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Digital Media.  He came to Merrimack College after graduating Merrimack High School in Merrimack, NH.  He choose Merrimack College because it is the only school that has a good program in both CS and Digital Media. So far, his favorite courses are Java and he looks forward to taking Data Communications next year. He has worked the past few summers for Tyco in Lowell, MA programming in Java. His hobbies include digital photography, Website design, video games, ultimate Frisbee, and riding motorcycles. He now works full time as a software engineer and is planning on getting a Masters in Computer Science part time.

Personable, tech wiz who died in Exit 8 crash recalled

By DEAN SHALHOUP, Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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MERRIMACK – After church one Sunday about two years ago, Kim Hartshorn and her boyfriend met several of Kim’s relatives at her ailing grandmother’s house for what they feared might be one of their last visits. It wasn’t long before the curly-haired tech wiz from Merrimack, whom Hartshorn had dated since their freshman year at Merrimack College in Andover, knew just what he wanted to do.

“My grandmother was very sick, and he knew how much she meant to me,” the young woman, now Kim Lo Verme, said Tuesday evening. She was standing next to her grandmother when Michael walked over and said, “I want to ask you something.”

Michael Lo Verme got the answer he’d hoped for, and the young couple was officially engaged.

Kim Lo Verme smiled through tears Tuesday at the Rivet Funeral Home as she recounted her late husband’s thoughtfulness, a trait Lo Verme’s family and friends say exemplified the 23-year-old academic and professional overachiever whose tragically brief life revolved around Kim and their 15-month-old daughter
Kaylee Maria.

Lo Verme died Friday afternoon after suffering severe injuries when the motorcycle he was operating crashed as he entered the F.E. Everett Turnpike from Exit 8. Police said Lo Verme’s cycle was struck by several vehicles; he was pronounced dead at a Nashua hospital.

The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Rivet Funeral Home, 425 Daniel Webster Highway. Burial will follow in Last Rest Cemetery.

Donations in Lo Verme’s memory can be made to an education fund for his daughter, at Kaylee Maria Lo Verme, c/o 23 Bates Road, Merrimack, NH 03054.

Eileen Lo Verme recalled her youngest son as an incredibly inquisitive, curious child who delighted in taking things apart just to see if he could put them back together.

“I always told him, ‘look with your eyes, not with your hands,’ ” she said as a parade of mourners entered the funeral home to pay their respects. But Clifford Lo Verme, an engineer who began his career at the former Sanders Associates, knew his wife’s directives were futile. “He loved opening things up to see what made them work,” he said, recalling his son tagging along when he and other Sanders employees got together at the old Garde Rochambeau Hall on Lock Street to repurpose computers for schools and organizations.

“He came every Wednesday for a year,” Lo Verme said. “I don’t know if it kindled his interest in computers, but he certainly loved going with me.”

Born in Brunswick, Maine, Michael Lo Verme was 8 when his parents and two brothers, Stephen, now 28, and David, 25, moved to Merrimack. At 14, he founded a cottage industry he called “Mike’s CAT 5,” selling so-called category 5 computer Internet cables after his dad taught him how to make them. A favorite family tale revolves around the little business, Cliff Lo Verme said.

“He went and got a UPS shipping account, figuring he’d soon be shipping cables all over the place,” Lo Verme recalled as his family smiled. “One day, we got a bill for an errant charge, we had no idea what it was about.”

Moments later, though, the Lo Vermes had the same thought: “Michael,” Cliff Lo Verme said. The youngster came clean. “I had to tell (UPS) they’d given an account to a 14-year-old,” Lo Verme said.

Another “most memorable moment” took place in Maine, when Michael was 4. Friday, Eileen Lo Verme said, was shopping day, and Michael wouldn’t miss it.

“He talked to everybody. One day, (an employee) asked him if he was going to work in a supermarket someday,” she said, already laughing at the punch line. “He said, ‘nope, I’m gonna own it.’ That was Michael.”

In school, Michael Lo Verme pressed himself to achieve, brother David recalled, but recently that changed. “We realized how much of his own person he’d become lately,” he said. “He once felt he had to live up to others. But now I feel like I have to live up to him.”

At 17, Michael Lo Verme became the youngest New Hampshire resident to become a Cisco certified network engineer, his father said. “He had to wait to get his certificate because you had to be 18 to be eligible,” he said.

At the time of his death, Michael Lo Verme had worked at Opnet Technologies in Nashua for just five days, his father said. Still, many co-workers contacted the family or turned out to pay their respects, which his family sees as a tribute to their late son’s personality.

Above all, though, Michael Lo Verme’s main daily mission for the past 15 months has been the same, his mother said. “Every day, it was ‘gotta get home from work to see Kim and Kaylee,’ ” she said. “That was his thing.”


Merrimack motorcycle crash victim, 23, was honor student, Nashua engineer, young father

Sunday, June 17, 2012

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MERRIMACK – The young man who died in a motorcycle crash Friday was an exceptional student, local engineer, and a recent father, according to several of his social media sites and profiles.

Michael LoVerme, 23, of Merrimack, was identified Friday night as the driver of the motorcycle that crashed around rush hour on the F.E. Everett Turnpike northbound near Exit 8 in Nashua.

A med-flight helicopter was called to the scene, but LoVerme was taken from the scene by ambulance to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

He grew up in Merrimack and was an honor roll student since Mastricola Middle School, as far back as The Telegraph records show. He graduated from Merrimack High School in 2006.

LoVerme was married to Kim Hartshorn LoVerme, 24, of Lynn, Mass., on October 16, 2010, according to Facebook. Both Michael and Kim LoVerme have smiling photos of their one-year-old daughter, Kaylee, set as their profile pictures.

In a recent post on LoVerme’s personal blog, dated March 9, 2012, he talked about his young daughter, Kaylee.

“My daughter’s first birthday is right around the corner and it seems like I lost one year of time when I think about it quickly,” LoVerme wrote. “However, when I actually think about it I have sooo many memories from the past year. I have photos of my family all around my workspace and I could write several pages for why each one was the best moment in my life.”

Later in the same post, he added: “I can’t even imagine what my life would be like without my wonderful wife or daughter,” and said “the joys of parenting will far exceed the pains of it.”

LoVerme was a software engineer at OPNET Technologies in Nashua, but held several technology jobs in the area before that, according to LoVerme’s profile on LinkedIn.

He was previously a system administrator at Dynamic Network Servies in Manchester; a software engineer at Harris RF Communications, a corporate company with multiple locations; and a Flash programmer at Forever Endeavor Software in Milford.

LoVerme graduated from Merrimack College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a double minor in electrical and computer engineering and mathematics.

He was also enrolled in the graduate program at University of Massachusetts in Lowell, where he was pursuing a master’s of science degree in computer science. On his LinkedIn page, he wrote that he expected to graduate in 2015.

Two of his former computer science professors at Merrimack College spoke highly of LoVerme, both personally and academically, in recommendations posted to LoVerme’s LinkedIn profile page.

“I cannot recommend Mike highly enough,” wrote professor David Toth. “The best way I can describe Mike is to say that he’s ‘the total package.’ Mike is extremely bright, hard-working, punctual, and has great people skills and a can-do attitude. He is intellectually curious, happy and able to learn independently, and loves a challenge.

“He is one of the best students I have had the pleasure to teach to this day.”

Vance Poteat, another of LoVerme’s computer science professors, said LoVerme posted a 3.975 grade-point average in computer science courses and a 3.84 G.P.A. overall.

“He is a natural leader,” professor Vance Poteat wrote, of LoVerme. “He is very pleasant and an extremely hard worker. He never hesitates to ask for help on those occasions that he needs it. He never gives up and is relentless in his pursuit to understand. A quality I wish all of my students had.”

LoVerme’s accident was the fourth fatal motorcycle accident in the state on Friday, just two days before Laconia Motorcycle Week was to close.

Police determined LoVerme was traveling on the Exit 8 on-ramp northbound to the turnpike, traveled across the median and entered the turnpike, where his motorcycle was hit by several vehicles, according to a state police press release.

State police accident reconstruction experts were investigating well into the evening Friday. Troopers were assisted at the scene by personnel from the Nashua police and fire departments and the state Department of Transportation.


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