May 14, 2015
With finals over and graduation upon us, it is appropriate to pause and reflect on the academic accomplishments of the past semester and to look ahead to a very promising future.
The Faculty Building Committee and its chair, Bob Shea, Ph.D., have done an outstanding job working with EYP Architecture and Engineering to design what will be a very special new academic facility. The Academic Innovation Center is a key element in Bryant Builds, the largest and most transformative facilities initiative in Bryant history, adding more than 250,000 square feet both at our Smithfield campus and in Zhuhai, China.
Individually, many of our faculty excelled and received special awards and recognition including:
- Professor Michael Bryant - AIDP Book of the Year Award
- Professor Allison Butler - Excellence in Service
- Professor Richard Glass - Federation Distinguished Faculty Award
- Professor Heather Lacey - Excellence in Teaching Award
- Professor Alan Olinsky - SAS Distinguished Professor Award
- Professor Alex Perullo - Fulbright Award to the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (first ever Fulbright awarded by that institution).
- Professors John Visich and Chris Roethlein of the Management Department - Best Teaching Case Study Award at the National Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference
- Professor Betty Yobaccio - Faculty Mentor of the Year (Faculty Development Committee)
- Professor Sukki Yoon - Faculty Excellence in Research
Many academic organizations and students also excelled, winning national recognition. Among the highlights:
- The University’s chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) was named the nation's best once again – the fifth time in seven years that Bryant claimed the coveted award. The team also won the organization’s 2014 Best Networking Award.
- For the second time in four years, Bryant’s xTAX team competed in the national finals of xTAX, a taxation case competition that is part of the annual xTREME Games sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
- A trio of Bryant students bested 80 teams to claim first prize in the 2014 national Financial Plan Competition, which attracts the best and brightest students from throughout the country. This is the second time in two years that the university has won this championship at the event sponsored by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants.
- Bryant University's DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Chapter achieved a new pinnacle of success with each of the 13 members who competed in the New England Regional DECA competition earning a medal, including six for first-place.
- Bryant Sales Team saw two of its members place in the top 10 at the National Collegiate Sales Competition, the largest and oldest sales role-play competition in existence.
- Seven students won prizes at the sixth annual Bryant University Public Speaking Colloquium sponsored by Hanover Insurance.
- Emily Socha ’16 was one of only eight students in the United States selected to receive the prestigious 2015 R. Gene Richter Scholarship award, granted by the Institute for Supply Management. It honors students of high academic achievement, demonstrated strong leadership ability, high ethical standards, and a commitment to pursuing a career in the field of supply chain management.
- Four of our students passed three Professional Society of Actuary exams; Stephen Lamontagne ‘16 is the first ever to pass a level C exam at Bryant.
- Several Arts and Sciences students published with faculty members in both books and peer-reviewed journals, and presented papers at conferences including the Association for Psychological Science, the Industrial Organizational Behavior, the New England Political Science Association Annual Conference, the Rhode Island National Science Foundation EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, and the Rhode Island INBRE (Idea Network for Excellence in Biomedical Research) Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.
These accomplishments would not have been possible without the dedication and expertise Bryant faculty and staff share with students, from mentoring them one-on-one to advising them in a wide variety of clubs and organizations. The many hours faculty and staff have worked with the Admission team also provided us with the strongest class of entering freshmen in the history of the school. When other schools are dealing with incoming classes that are below expectations in numbers and quality, we can take pride that all the hard work has paid off. A 10 percent increase in applications, despite the declining New England high school demographic, is proof that our brand is recognized for the exceptional quality of our faculty and our outstanding curriculum.
Ronald K. Machtley