REDay 2016 showcases scholarship and creativity
The Bryant community celebrated the value of collaborative learning during the University’s fifth Research and Engagement Day (REDay) on April 13. In lieu of classes, faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students shared, discussed, and learned from each other's academic and creative work by participating in roundtable discussions, presentations, and collaborative art galleries.
"We are a learning environment that focuses on applied scholarships."
“REDay is a celebration of the diversity of scholarship,” said Provost Glenn Sulmasy, J.D., LL.M. “We are a learning environment that focuses on applied scholarship, that values creativity in all of its forms, that encourages collaboration between faculty, staff, and students, and that has been on the leading edge of innovation since its founding in 1863.
This year's theme was “Scholarship in Action through Collaborative Innovation,” and featured more than 100 presentations involving more than 500 students as well as nearly 100 faculty and staff. Throughout the day, the campus buzzed with the many examples of the innovative research, creativity, and engagement that make Bryant a dynamic leader in the academic arena. In addition to research presentations, poster sessions, and showcases of creative expression, this year’s REDay introduced the Bryant Teaching Slam, in which faculty members shared innovative and effective teaching strategies, assessment ideas, class activities or demonstrations.
Keynote speaker Hedrick Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, explored the impact politics and economics have on America. “If you’re 18, then you’re in the political system,” Smith told students. “It’s not about the older generation anymore, it’s about you" and the "tremendous impact" this generation will have on the country.
Smith also met with smaller groups of students, and came away impressed with the mission of REDay. “It’s great for the students to get away from the rigors of the academic week and their specialty stovepipes and start to think across disciplinary lines,” Smith said. “What makes this experience special is that students get a chance to interact with others who have different ideas and expertise.”
“REDay made me feel like a part of the Bryant community,” said Elijah Gonillo ’19, who was part of a team in an Honors Macroeconomics class that investigated whether information technology might be a cause of the decline in rate of productivity in the workplace.
"The event really opened my eyes to the intelligence of the Bryant community."
“When presenting our project, I talked to many economics professors who weighed in on the subject and learned a lot from their perspectives and views,” Gonillo said. “The event really opened my eyes to the intelligence of the Bryant community. I hope I get to present again next year.”
The winners of the annual app-a-thon, held on REDay, were Nick O'Hara '17 and Matt Barnett'19 for SalmoSeats, which would deliver real-time information about seat availability and wait times in Salmanson Dining Hall and would accept reservations for special events held there. Sophia Hoekstra '19 received the "Out of the Box Idea" award for JobNob, a Tinder-like application for finding internships or jobs with Bryant alumni.