Published 10/28/16

Bryant honors alumni and parents as Champions for Philanthropy

At a moment in Bryant’s history where the fruits of philanthropy are evident in breathtaking campus facilities and dramatically increased opportunities for students, the University paused to recognize several outstanding alumni and parents as Champions for Philanthropy.

At an annual gala dinner held recently in the new Academic Innovation Center, the late Richard A. “Dick” Capobianco ’53 and his wife, Geraldine, were honored with the 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award. They were donors to Bryant’s first capital campaign as well as the historic Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future.  In 1991, the couple established the Richard and Geraldine Capobianco Scholarship Fund, an endowed scholarship that provides aid to academically strong Connecticut students with financial need. Their lifelong philanthropy and support for Bryant is recognized with a named classroom in the George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology.

Dick served on Bryant’s Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2015, a critical time of growth and expansion for the University. He was a former president of Bryant’s National Alumni Council and an active member of the Regional Alumni Network in the New Haven area. He was a valued member of the University’s Leadership Council of Donors and Capital Campaign Leadership Committee.

Jeffrey Fryer ’91 and Kimberly (Roy) Fryer ’92 were recognized with the 2016 Outstanding Parents Award.  

In the dual roles of alumni and parents – son Ryan is a member of the class of 2019 – the Fryers are dedicated members of the Bryant community. Their shared commitment to preparing students for success has been expressed in multiple gifts that have significantly advanced the University’s growth. They have supported new classrooms and flexible breakout spaces in the Academic Innovation Center – reflecting their belief that today’s students must be immersed in a dynamic and technology-rich teaching-learning environment.

As co-chairs of the Bryant University Parents Council, the Fryers are modeling how parents can actively contribute to the community where their children will be transformed by the college experience.

Since 2009, Bryant has honored some of its most generous benefactors as Champions for Philanthropy. Their gifts have enabled the University to advance its mission and ascend to new levels of excellence and national prominence.