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Published 01/31/17

Expand your network, celebrate alumni success

Alumni, students, faculty, and friends are invited to join us on campus Friday, March 24, for a full day of educating and celebrating alumni. We begin with Alumni Engagement Day featuring alumni experts on panels covering a variety of topics and culminating with the Alumni Achievement Awards dinner and ceremony.

President Ronald K. Machtley will award the following Alumni Achievement Awards for 2017:

P. James Brady III '81., Distinguished Alumnus Award – Undergraduate

Daniel Shorr ’03 MBA, Distinguished Alumnus Award – Graduate School

Matt Wilson ’08, Young Alumni Leadership Award

David Gold ’71, Gulski Service Award

Sandra Enos, Ph.D., Distinguished Faculty Award

For more information and to register, go to bryant.edu/aaa.

Alumni Engagement Day, Friday, March 24

A full slate of alumni panels addressing a number of topics is scheduled for the 2017 Alumni Engagement Day, when alumni, students, and faculty connect to share ideas and tackle hot topics.

For finance students and alumni – or those interested in the topic – the 12th annual Financial Services Forum will feature keynote speaker and Bryant Trustee Bob Brown ’86, president of the global bond division at Fidelity Investments, who will share his perspective on fixed income markets.

Professor of Finance and Sarkisian Chair in Financial Services Peter Nigro, Ph.D., says there’s confidence that the U.S. economy is moving forward as noted by the Federal Reserve’s recent decision to raise rates.

Nigro, a leading authority on financial saving, credit risk, and fair lending issues, added that raising rates will “help savers and provide banks greater incentives to lend and will lead to higher net interest margins. He noted that “cheap money has driven up asset prices. The interest rate increase is one tool the Fed can use to make sure we don’t get another bubble.”

Alumni from the Archway Investment Fund and Bryant’s Wall Street Council will host panels on Pathways in Financial Services for students and on Market Trends for our alumni and other professionals.  A new panel, Women in Finance, has been added. Alumnae Lynn (Rapoza) Magnus ’99, CFO of the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, and Jane Sullivan-Klett ’07, financial advisor and partner at Sullivan Financial LLC, are among the panelists.

Afternoon panels bring leaders in the health care industry back to campus. This is especially important as Bryant establishes its graduate program in health care management as part of the School of Health Sciences.  The health care industry is experiencing the most dramatic growth of any sector in the U.S., and it isn’t slowing down. A recent report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that health care will add a total of 5.6 million jobs, and experience an annual growth rate of 3 percent, through 2020.

Recent support from The Warren Alpert Foundation recognizes that Bryant University is in a unique position to educate medical professionals, practitioners, and administrators and managers in the business of health care. Bryant alumni have been on board early, and a panel from this diverse field will be on campus to talk about “The Business of Health Care – Innovation and Opportunities” moderated by Sandra Coletta ’89, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Care New England.  

Also slated is a reprise of a panel on innovation and entrepreneurship recently held in Boston. Trustee Professor of Management Michael Roberto, DBA, will lead an energetic and enlightening conversation about innovation and the growing opportunities for entrepreneurs in today's business climate in the panel called “Start Up Solutions.”

For more information, the full list of panelists, or to register, go to bryant.edu/ALW.