2009 - Champions for Philanthropy
In 2009, Bryant honored a dedicated alumnus who created an endowed scholarship to support accounting and finance students, parents who continue to serve as University ambassadors more than a decade after their son graduated from Bryant, and a local company that is a longtime neighbor and friend of the University. The generosity of those recognized goes well beyond financial contributions. The entire Bryant community is indebted to these important supporters for their willingness to graciously give of their time and talents.
John H. Joyce '53
Champion for Philanthropy John H. Joyce '53 recently established a charitable gift annuity with Bryant that will endow a scholarship to benefit accounting or finance students. He never forgot the scholarship to Bryant he received that allowed him to enter a world that inspired and challenged him. Read full citation
Gordon and Ursula Riblet,
Gordon and Ursula Riblet, parents of Marc '97, have been devoted ambassadors and gracious supporters of Bryant for more than 15 years. Although their son graduated more than 10 years ago, the Riblets continue to advance the mission of the University through their roles as committed parent advocates who encourage other parents to help maintain the vibrant life of this dynamic institution. Read full citation
Bryant's longtime friend and neighbor, Fidelity Investments, was honored as "Friend of the University" for its many contributions in the areas of student involvement, educational initiatives, leadership, and philanthropic support. John Muggeridge, Vice President for Public Relations, accepted the award. Read full citation
Education was a mightily important force in John H. Joyce's family. His two grandfathers were principals and his mother and an aunt were teachers.
When it came time for Mr. Joyce to attend high school, his family faced the reality that educational opportunities for young black men in the south were limited. He came to live with an aunt and uncle in Providence.
Dr. E. Gardner Jacobs, son of then-Bryant President Harry Jacobs, who was a frequent customer at the local drug store where Mr. Joyce worked to help earn his keep in Providence, came to know him as a determined man with a sharp mind and a strong work ethic. He encouraged Mr. Joyce to think about Bryant, a school the young man had never considered.
To attend Bryant, however, cost money. Even working 46 hours a week at a fruit and vegetable store, Mr. Joyce did not earn enough to cover the cost of college. He won a small, partial scholarship that made all the difference.
At Bryant, Mr. Joyce entered a world that engaged and challenged him. He was inspired by experts - including Dean Nelson Gulski and professors John Renza, Walter Harris, Henry Lee, James Fogarty and Henry Cruikshank - who were so gifted at imparting what they knew. After graduating, Mr. Joyce went on to succeed as an accountant, a tax auditor, and later as the founder and operator of his own businesses in New York and New Jersey.
Through the years, John H. Joyce has demonstrated generous leadership support of Bryant helping the University he reveres to fulfill its mission of providing an education that challenges, inspires, and prepares students for success. Never having forgotten how much that scholarship meant to him all those years ago, Mr. Joyce recently established a charitable gift annuity with Bryant that will endow a scholarship to benefit accounting or finance students with significant financial need, who have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
And so, John H. Joyce, believer in opportunity and Champion for Philanthropy, has ensured opportunity for future students who have the talent and drive to do something with their lives but need some help along the way. John H. Joyce, son of Bryant, you continue to be inspired by all those educators who have deeply influenced your life. Indeed, you have done them proud. And, you have never forgotten how much a little help along the way meant in your life and now you have provided the same for future students.
John H. Joyce, Bryant University is honored to call you an alumnus and a Champion for Philanthropy.
Gordon and Ursula Riblet have been devoted ambassadors and gracious supporters of Bryant for more than a decade.
Beginning when their son, Marc, arrived on campus as a student, the Riblets -- like most parents dropping off a child here -- were delighted to find that Bryant was a good match for their son. And, over the years, they have been most generous with their kind words about us when reaching out to other parents on behalf of Bryant.
The Riblets have been signatories of Parent Appeal letters, because, as parents, they understand the significant role parents can play in maintaining the vibrant life of a dynamic institution. They did not just ask other parents for help through annual giving, however. These long time benefactors of the Bryant Annual Fund led by their magnificent example.
The Riblets were charter members of what was then the President's Leadership Council, now the Bryant Leadership Council. They chaired the Parents Fund in 1997, the year their son graduated.
Bryant is deeply grateful that the Riblets' involvement did not end at Commencement. They went on to assist as members of the Parents Committee for the Campaign for Bryant in 2000. The couple has been instrumental in planning and running the President's Cup Golf Tournament. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Riblet continue to support and attend many Bryant events, both on and off campus whenever they can.
This passion for philanthropy is a legacy the Riblets have passed on and their son, Marc, continues to support Bryant, as well.
Gordon and Ursula Riblet, through your meritorious commitment, you have helped the University advance its mission of providing an education that delivers the highest standards of academic excellence, character, and ethics, within a global, real-world context.
Bryant University is honored to call you Champions for Philanthropy.
Bryant University could not have asked for a better neighbor than Fidelity Investments, with which we've developed a vibrant corporate partnership highlighted by a shared commitment to innovation, quality, and integrity. From 1998, when Fidelity opened its Smithfield campus, to the present day, this relationship has grown and flourished, encompassing business, education, and community matters.
Among Bryant's students, Fidelity has found talented interns and employees. More than 300 of the University's graduates work for Fidelity. On the Bryant campus, Fidelity associates pursue graduate degrees and continuing education opportunities, in keeping with Fidelity's culture of continuous improvement. These same individuals and their colleagues, who volunteer 5,800 hours a year and serve on the boards of 50 different Rhode Island nonprofit organizations, have extended their outstanding leadership skills to Bryant by serving the University as advisors and as trustees.
Since Fidelity moved across the street, the firm has supported Bryant's Homecoming event, Career Fair, Series 7 Program, the Archway Fund, the Bryant Women's Summit, and the Financial Services Forum.
Beyond its considerable financial contributions, Fidelity has enriched Bryant's curriculum, campus programs, and student organizations by providing notable speakers. Fidelity's work with the University on curriculum has advanced our finance and financial services programs of study, ensuring that our graduates are well prepared to take on critical roles in financial fields.
Fidelity Investment's commitment to education, community, and philanthropy, enhances the Bryant experience which is rich and full, and allows the University to fulfill its mission of providing an education that challenges, inspires and prepares students for success.
For more than a decade, Fidelity Investments has exemplified the title "Champion of Philanthropy" by its demonstration of exceptional generosity and leadership. Bryant University is deeply appreciative of the many contributions of Fidelity Investments and its employees in the areas of student involvement, educational initiatives, leadership, and philanthropic support. We are honored to award Bryant University's first annual "Friend of the University" award to Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments, Bryant University is proud to call you a Champion for Philanthropy and Friend of the University.