Published 03/25/18

Bryant University is Making News

Bryant's innovative education and world-class faculty continue to attract the attention of regional and national media. Here are the latest highlights: 

Bryant President, Provost, and Faculty Experts Sought by National Media 

  • U.S. News & World Report, March 16, 2018 – "4 Retirement Distribution Strategies That Will Make Your Money Last," featuring Professor Mara Derderian. Read more>>>
  • U.S. News & World Report, March 15, 2018 – "How to Prepare for 5 Unexpected Costs of Retirement," featuring comments from Professor Dave Louton. Read More>>>
  • Supply Chain Management Review, March 9, 2018 – "Global Supply Chains Depend on People," by Professor Michael Gravier. Read more>>>
  • Chicago Tribune Retire Ahead Newsletter, March, 2018 – "Suddenly disabled. Why a financial backup plan isn’t just for seniors," featuring comments from Professor Maura Dowling. Read More>>>
  • U.S. News & World Report, February 26, 2018 – "Emerging Markets Bonds Draw Investors," featuring Professor Kevin Maloney. Read more>>>
  • U.S. News & World Report, February 20, 2018  – "The Best Guide to Mutual Funds," featuring Professor Jack Trifts. Read more>>> 
  • U.S. News & World Report, February 8, 2018 – "Look for MBA Courses on Artificial Intelligence," featuring Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn Sulmasy Read more>>>
  • U.S. News & World Report, March 3, 2018 – "Find MBA Programs That Teach Prediction Skills," featuring comments by Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley. Read more>>>
  • U.S. News & World Report, January 4, 2018 – "Will We Say Goodbye to Cash in 2018?" with comments from Professor Peter Nigro. Read more>>>

Women’s Summit hosts 1,000, names N.E. Businesswoman

March 23, 2018 – Providence Business News reports on the 2018 Women's Summit®. "The 21st Bryant University Women’s Summit was once again a sold-out event, as the program designed to empower women in their careers as well as in their lives welcomed more than 1,000 women to the college campus for a day of seminars and lectures." Read more>>>

Providence Business News: Young named Bryant’s data science executive in residence

March 16, 2018 – Providence Business News reports on Bryant's new Executive in Residence John Young. “I’m excited to move into this unique role at Bryant,” said Young in a statement. “Helping to train the next generation of data scientists is very appealing and a great way to continue to contribute to a field that is increasingly important to the global economy. There’s a huge gap in supply and demand for qualified analysts and data scientists, and Bryant is taking steps to help address this marketplace need.” Read more>>>

Rhode Island Monthly: 12 Empowering Quotes from the 2018 Women's Summit

March 16, 2018 – RI Monthly Reporter Casey Nilsson writes: "There’s nothing quite like walking into an auditorium filled with hundreds and hundreds of women. Bryant University’s annual Women’s Summit, a sold-out conference for professional women in New England held on Friday, was rife with nuggets of wisdom from regional and national leaders — from the governor of Rhode Island to the co-founder of Rent the Runway to Telemundo’s first Latina CEO. Here are some gems that will motivate us to reach for success, even in the face of failure:">>>

Providence Journal: At Bryant Women’s Summit, media mogul Nely Galan preaches value of fear and failure

March 16, 2018 – Providence Journal reporter G. Wayne Miller covered Women's Summit® 2018: Rise to the Challenge & Reach New Heights. "Bestselling author, businesswoman and media mogul Nely Galan brought a message of empowerment Friday to a sellout crowd of about 1,000 attending Bryant University’s annual Women’s Summit®." Read more>>>

Dan Yorke Show: Bryant U. President talks contract extension, university strategic plan on "State of Mind"

March 8, 2018 – Bryant University President Ronald Machtley joined Dan Yorke just a week after the university announced his contract extension through 2022. President Machtley discussed the administration’s plan to continue to make Bryant competitive in a digital age. The former Congressman also shared his view on Trump-era politics after openly supporting Ohio Governor John Kasich in the presidential primary. Watch here>>>

U.S. News & World Report: Bryant University Extends President's Term Through 2022

March 3, 2018 – U.S. News & World Report and a number of national media outlets, including SF Gate, the Washington Times, and Houston Chronicle, picked up the news about President Machtley's term extension. The Providence Business News also reported the story. In an interview with the region's top business news publication, President Machtely said, "We must find solutions for the cost and the educational aspects of what we’re doing and how we’re going to deal with what I believe is the fourth industrial revolution in artificial intelligence and big data." Read more>>>

Providence Business News: Steve Forbes to speak at Bryant entrepreneurship conference

February 27, 2018 – In a Providence Business News story announcing Steve Forbes' appearance at Bryant's BUNEEC event, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn Sulmasy said, “Having Steve Forbes here at Bryant University as the keynote speaker for this major conference is yet another example of the incredible efforts of our students and faculty.” 

U.S. News & World Report: Look for MBA Courses on Artificial Intelligence

February 8, 2018 – In an article in U.S. News & World Report, Provost and Chief Academic Officer was asked, "Does the curriculum address ethical dilemmas related to AI?"  He said, "Some inventors of AI technologies have had "builder's remorse" and regretted the impact their inventions have had on society.He says it's important for MBA students to learn about engineers who have expressed concern that the AI technology they created may be so addictive that it is psychologically harmful." Read more>>>

Providence Business News: Bryant IDEA program allows students to work with local businesses

January 26, 2018 – Providence Business News writes about IDEA and it's tie-in with local businesses. "Now in its sixth year, Bryant University’s three-day design-thinking boot camp, known as Innovation and Design Experience for All, or IDEA, saw students develop and apply innovative solutions to problems put forward by local businesses." Read more>>>

PBN also ran a feature on titled "Bryant’s Innovation Center is transforming teaching, learning" last September 22. Read more>>>

U.S. News & World Report: Find MBA Programs That Teach Prediction Skills

January 18, 2018 – In U.S. News & World Report, Ronald K. Machtley, president of Bryant University, says the present-day tech revolution that is transforming many U.S. industries is just as disruptive as the historic Industrial Revolution. He recommends every MBA student take courses that provide guidance on how to adjust to rapid innovation.Find MBA Programs That Teach Prediction Skill, said President Machtley. Read more>>>

U.S. News & World Report: Will We Say Goodbye to Cash in 2018? 

January 4, 2018 – Peter Nigro was sought out by U.S. News and World Report Money for his expertise on currency and the economy. Many people appreciate the convenience these systems offer. "I like using my phone and not taking out cash," says Peter Nigro, professor and chair of the finance department at Bryant University. Read more>>>

Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Briefing Newsletter: Can Design Thinking Redesign Higher Education 

November 2, 2017 – During a visit this week to The Chronicle's offices, Ronald K. Machtley, president of Bryant University for 22 years, discussed how design thinking has shaped the Rhode Island institution. Freshmen are required to take a three-day design-thinking boot camp, to try to solve community problems. Design thinking has also shaped a redesign of the university’s curriculum, to focus on instilling innovation skills in students, and a continuing effort to rethink teaching itself.

Valley Breeze: College leaders: We must do a better job preparing workforce

October 24, 2017 – Innovation is a critically important skill for the future, and one businesses and academic institutions champion, said Bryant University President Ronald Machtley. In response to his own question “How do you teach innovation?” he said Bryant has identified five key traits of innovation, which the university has incorporated into learning: curiosity, creativity, collaboration, integrative thinking and grit, which includes perseverance and the ability to overcome failure, he said. >>>

Dunhuang Exhibition Attracts Media Attention

September 28 to October 6, 2017 – Bryant's Dunhuang Exhibition of Ancient Silk Road Treasures attracted media attention around the region. Here are the highlights: 

  • WJAR NBC 10: Take a trip to China at Bryant University through modern technology
  • RI NPR: Loca Residents Experience A Piece of Ancient China Through Traveling Art Exhibit. 
  • Providence Journal: A new exhibit at Bryant University provides a glimpse into a 6th-century Chinese cave known for its collection of Buddhist artwork.
  • SinoVision: The perfect fusion of culture and science and technology show the first large-scale Dunhuang Art North America

USA Today/College Factual: Bryant Rises in USA Today/College Factual Rankings 

August 30, 2017 – USA Today/College Factual. Bryant’s innovative education continues to climb in national rankings, and the University has most recently been ranked in the top 10 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities in the 2018 USA Today /College Factual  rankings. Bryant’s prestigious programs in Business, International Business, and Marketing are each ranked at no. 3, with Accounting at no. 4. in the country. Read more >>>

EDUCAUSE: Six Steps to Innovation

July 3, 2017 – While all leaders recognize the need for innovation in product, process, and services, the word innovation has many meanings. It is perhaps the most ubiquitous word in both business and higher education lexicons today, yet there is seldom a common meaning of the term. Everyone wants an "innovative business model," but what exactly does that mean? Read more >>>

AACSB BizEd Magazine: Cultivating Campus Cultures of Teaching.  Ways to encourage faculty to innovate in the classroom.

July/August 2017 – How can a business school encourage faculty to refresh and rethink their teaching practices? Put systems in place that make it easier for faculty to adopt pedagogical innovation. At Bryant University, a management-focused institution in Smithfield, Rhode Island, administrators and faculty have implemented initiatives to create a culture of teaching innovation. Read more >>>

Times Higher Ed (UK). Trust academics to design classrooms of future, says president

June 14, 2017 – How do you create a university building that will encourage outstanding innovative teaching? That question has vexed architects, educationalists and higher education leaders throughout the world for years despite billions of pounds being poured into flashy campus facilities. However, one U.S. University believes that it has found a relatively simple answer: ask academics to design their own classrooms. Read more>>>

Inc. Magazine: 22 Books to Help You Get Ahead in Business and Life

June 3, 2017 – President Ronald K. Machtley was one of 22 top CEOs (the only university president) to give book recommendations. “Isaacson explains that innovation is a lengthy process; it takes a long time to go from an innovative idea to full discovery and the successful culmination of a concept.” Read more>>>

Providence Journal: GE Chairman to Bryant Grads, “Go do things. Don’t tweet so darn much.”

May 20, 2017 – With a tip of the hat to other college graduation speakers this season — from rocker Stevie Van Zandt to Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, Jeffrey R. Immelt looked out over the Bryant University Class of 2017 and said: “A lot of you wish you could have had a rock star, somebody more exciting than a business stiff.” But “I’m the only person up here today that could actually give you a job,” the chairman and chief executive of GE said to laughter, cheers and applause from the 870-plus graduating seniors and their families gathered on Bryant’s campus, in a state where GE Digital is just starting to gain a toehold. Read more>>>

Providence Journal:  Wozniak Formula for Success? Direction, Engineering, Marketing + Video

April 6, 2017 –   One of the founders of Apple, Steve Wozniak, spoke Thursday afternoon at Bryant University, describing the early days of the computer giant and passing lessons along to a largely student audience. Wozniak told a large gathering of students and guests that his path to designing the first Apple computer started with mathematics, in third grade.  Read more>>> A New Architecture for the University Campus of the Future

March 22, 2017 – As schools innovate and transform what teaching and learning look like on their campuses, the design of academic buildings is likely to change in dramatic ways as well...Bryant University, a private university located in Smithfield, Rhode Island with academic programs that integrate business and the arts and sciences with a global perspective, offers a glimpse of what the future of campus design could look like. Read more>>>

Providence Journal: Nobel Laureate, Oscar-winning actor urge global women’s empowerment

March 18, 2017 –  Leymah Gbowee and Geena Davis speak forcefully at Bryant Women’s Summit.  A Nobel Peace Prize laureate and an Academy Award-winning actor and advocate made powerful arguments for gender equality and elimination of pervasive barriers facing girls and women around the world during Bryant University’s 20th annual  Women’s Summit, which drew a sold-out crowd of more than 1,000 Friday. Read more>>>

Providence Business News: Women seeking mentors, support and inspiration flock each year to Bryant's campus for summit

March 17, 2017 – Almost 20 years ago, when Anne Szostak led what was then Fleet Bank Rhode Island, she had the demanding career of an executive and a family that included two children. Over time, she came to view the pursuit of a work-life balance as an illusion. Read more>>>

College Planning & Management Magazine: Future Focused, Bryant’s Academic Innovation Center

March 1, 2017 – As the Grand Prize winner of last year’s CP&M Education Design Showcase, Bryant University’s Academic Innovation Center in Smithfield, RI, is ground-breaking, forward-facing and evocative. Its more than 48,000 square feet holds a variety of teaching spaces calculated to accommodate multimodal presentations and learning. Read more>>>

University Business: Bryant IDEA Marks Five Years Teaching Design Thinking Methods 

January 20, 2017 – Bryant’s Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA) is new way of teaching and learning that has catalyzed a movement at Bryant. Now in its 5 th  year, IDEA has evolved to far more than a design thinking course for students. It’s part of a larger institutional initiative to reimagine higher education through design thinking and innovation.  Read more>>>

The Hill: Exploring the post-election market rally 

December 13, 2016 – The incoming administration’s unique ability to make major policy shifts without so much as a blink is turning out to be both a source of uncertainty and reassurance at the same time...Call it quantum politics if you like, but we seem to have gone through the looking glass and discovered that we like it there. Read more>>>

International Business Times: Fed moves affect homeowners, young people

December 13, 2016 – Professor Peter Nigro: That upward trend is already well underway.  Interest rates on various forms of debt have sprung up "dramatically" since Donald Trump's Nov. 8 election upset, as higher demand for U.S. government bonds has pushed up their yield, said Peter Nigro, a Bryant University School of Business professor and former senior financial economist at the Office of the Comptroller of Currency.  Read more>>>

Providence Journal: Alpert Foundation grant to further Bryant’s health sciences programs

December 9, 2016 –  The Warren Alpert Foundation has given Bryant University a $2.5-million “challenge grant” to support its School of Health Sciences, which was established two years ago and continues to grow, according to the university. Read more>>>

College Planning & Management Education Design Showcase Grand Prize: Bryant’s Academic Innovation Center

December 1, 2017 – Bryant University has a 153-year tradition of innovation – anticipating and adapting to changes in the world to prepare students for success. Bryant’s Academic Innovation Center (AIC) is the pinnacle achievement in a 20-year period of unprecedented growth, innovation, and transformation at Bryant University. Read more>>>

Academic Leader Magazine: Framing the Future of Higher Education: A Four-Part Syllabus for Innovation. 

November, 2017 – The corporate world understands that success requires innovation. For their students’ sake—as well as their own—colleges and universities must break free of academia’s standard operating procedures and embrace innovation. If we don’t innovate, our students will suffer in the competitive global job market. And, on a global scale, organizations and economies will suffer from a workforce that is unprepared for the challenges of our times. Read more>>>

University Business: Bryant Builds initiative culminates with two cornerstone projects

September 28, 2016 – Two premier projects of the historic Bryant Builds initiative, which has already generated record philanthropic support and resulted in the completion of more than 250,000 square feet of new facilities, will be celebrated and dedicated on September 23-24, Bryant’s homecoming weekend. Under the leadership of Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley, in his 21st year at the University, Bryant Builds is the largest and most transformative facilities initiative since Bryant’s move from Providence to Smithfield 45 years ago.  Read more (registration required)>>> How to Invest in Q4 2016: The Best Ideas from 5 Stock Market Pros 

September 29, 2016 –  Professor David Louton: It has become increasingly clear that monetary intervention alone will not be sufficient to put us back on a healthy path, during this extended era of recovery from the financial crisis, featuring modest growth that never really matures into a robust economic expansion.  Read more >

Providence Journal: Bryant ready to show off its Academic Innovation Center

September 18, 2016 –  The days of using the lecture-hall-style classroom may be fading...This traditional format is shifting at least at Bryant University, now that it has launched its new Academic Innovation Center, or AIC. The spacious, light-filled and mostly-glass building has all the trappings worthy of a high-tech Silicon Valley office — mobile workstations, multiple remote monitors, glass rooms and whiteboards galore. Read more>>>