Published 05/07/14

Michael Malenfant ’14: Finding the perfect balance

Major: Management
Minor: Legal Studies
Hometown: Lakeville, MA
Path: Higher education administration

As head student manager of the Fisher Student Center, Mike Malenfant oversees a team of seven students. During the building’s $10-million summer renovation in 2013, he provided a crucial student perspective. “It’s been extremely rewarding to see how much of a difference the renovation has meant to student life,” he says.

“Through this scholarship, I want to provide a future student with the amazing opportunities I had while at Bryant."

To strike a balance between academics and co-curricular activities, Malenfant chose areas of involvement that he was passionate about. His strategy yielded results when he was recognized with two top awards including the Penny Stone Emerging Leader Award and the Sophomore Developing Leader Award.

As co-chair of the Senior Class Gift Committee, he is helping to lead the senior class in providing a gift that will give back to future generations. “Through this scholarship, I want to provide a future student with the amazing opportunities I had while at Bryant,” he says.

Among those opportunities, Malenfant is quick to cite working with the University’s dynamic faculty, who engage their students in and out of the classroom. “Professor Mike Roberto grabs coffee or lunch with each of his students to better understand his or her goals,” he says. “I’ve had multiple conversations with Professor Jim Segovis that lasted 20 minutes or longer, sometimes as we happened to run into each other in the hallway. Both of these gentlemen are the type of mentors I aspire to be.”

Though Malenfant’s campus involvement is legendary, his work on behalf of students has just begun. This August, after interning at the Rhode Island School of Design, he will begin master's degree studies in higher education and student affairs at the University of Connecticut. HIs goal is to one day be vice president for student affairs in higher education.