Impact of Giving

Published 03/31/17

The Comfort finds new life

Bryant alumni from the 1970s and 1980s fondly recall their informal work and play space on campus – the Comfort.

“Walking to the Comfort, scrambling to get to the coveted second floor before it was shut off, and laughing the night away while Supergiants were replenished are some of my fondest memories of Bryant,” says Greg Steiner ’85. “It was so much more than the campus bar. It was the place where we had many after-hours of interpersonal and financial management ‘training programs’ with the people who would become life-long friends.”

Steiner, co-owner of a third-generation family-run building and development company in Fairfield County, CT, was thrilled to hear plans were underway to revitalize the Comfort in a reimagined purpose.

“When I heard that the administration was talking about re-opening the Comfort, I didn’t hesitate to get involved. My life’s work in the construction business allowed me to see the ‘diamond in the rough’ of this building.”

INNOVATION SPACE

Steiner donated the lead gift toward this $500,000 renovation project. One of his classmates also donated to the project with a gift of $15,000.

“I hope the next generation of Bryant students can explore their dreams and aspirations in this building the way we all did.”

“I think that transforming the Comfort into a vibrant ‘makerspace’ is brilliant and exactly in line with the skills we members of BRYCOL developed there,” says Steiner. “The building would serve as a unique meeting place for students interested in launching their own innovative projects and products. It would include an area for concept development, a 3-D printer, and other resources to help students from all fields of study to design, build, and showcase their big ideas.”

If you haven’t been back to Bryant, you are encouraged by Steiner to see firsthand all the spectacular changes and world class facilities that have been added as part of Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future. This momentous $75 million fundraising effort, the largest in the University’s history, advances Bryant to the next level of excellence and global prominence, for the benefit of all students and alumni. “As an alum, I am so honored and proud to be part of this progress,” he said.

JOIN THE INITIATIVE

To bring this vision of an entrepreneurial ‘incubator’ to life, the University needs to raise $500,000. “I am asking all Bryant alums to join me in making a gift to this initiative,” says Steiner. “I’m proud to play a part in helping this building, which had such an impact on my Bryant experience, continue to thrive as part of our alma mater’s innovative landscape for current and future students. I hope the next generation of Bryant students can explore their dreams and aspirations in this building the way we all did.”

All gifts, large or small, make a difference and can be made over multiple years. Contact Susan Detri-Souve, Bryant’s Regional Development Manager, at 401-232-6173 or sdetri@bryant.edu, to make a gift or for more information. To give securely online, visit bryant.edu/giving