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Engage President’s Term Extended Trustees Bullish about Bryant’s Future under Machtley Leadership through 2022



n a March letter to the entire Bryant community, Chair of the Board of Trustees William J. Conaty ’67 announced the extension of service for University President Ronald K. Machtley, through June 30, 2022. Machtley has led Bryant with principled character and innovative initiatives for more than 22 years, one of the nation’s longest-running collegiate presidencies. “Ron’s track record of success has been truly inspirational in the eyes of Bryant’s Board of Trustees,” he said. continues on page 5

The continuity of Ron’s extraordinary leadership will position us for continued success as Bryant embarks on a series of bold, new strategic initiatives. WILLIAM J. CONATY ’67

2018 Alumni Achievement Award Winners Announced


ryant University and the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement will honor the recipients of the 2018 Alumni Achievement Awards at a dinner on Alumni Engagement Day, Friday, April 13. Through their career success and engagement with Bryant after graduating, these alumni enhance the reputation of the University. A Distinguished Faculty Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has raised the level of discourse and engagement with students, will also be bestowed.


Daniel J. Rice, IV ’03

Distinguished Alumna Award Undergraduate

Young Alumnus Leadership Award

Glen P. Martin ’81, ’87 MBA Carol (Oliner) ’59 and Arthur ’60 Sukel*

Distinguished Alumnus Award Undergraduate

Nelson J. Gulski Awards

Daniel Kortick ’97 MBA

Distinguished Faculty Award

Distinguished Alumnus Award Graduate School

* honored at a ceremony in January

James C. Segovis, Ph.D.

“We are honored to recognize these accomplished and dedicated alumni, who exemplify what it means to be inspired to excel,” says Vice President for University Advancement

David C. Wegrzyn ’86. “And, as those lucky enough to have learned about organizational behavior and leadership in the workplace from him will attest, Professor James C. Segovis, Ph.D., is a most worthy recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award.”

rom our founding 155 years ago, an abiding all in spirit has energized the entire Bryant community. Alumni say their all-in attitude, developed at Bryant, is what they apply to all they are accomplishing today. The faculty, passionate about teaching excellence, is all in, continuing to inspire you long after graduation. That same spirit drives Bryant students to the front of the competition as leaders, innovators, and global citizens. It’s that spirit The Bryant Fund is celebrating


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nvesting in Accounting 6 ITeaching-Learning Initiatives Excellence in 9 Recognizing International Business

by sponsoring its inaugural Bryant Giving Day. Bryant Giving Day starts April 25th and runs for 1,863 minutes - in recognition of the year of Bryant’s founding. Channeling that all in spirit, we are looking for 1,863 donors to support the Bryant experience that inspire us all to excel. “Bryant’s Giving Day will mark a moment of thanksgiving for all members of the community each year to reflect on all our Bryant experience has made possible, individually and collectively,” says David C. Wegrzyn ’86, vice president for university advancement. “I know I received a transformative, world-class education and met my best friends whom I still talk to 30 years after graduation. That’s special and doesn’t happen at many institutions.” continues on page 6


With Machtley’s Continued Leadership, Goal Increased to $100 Million


n March 2, capital campaign co-chair Bill Conaty ’67, who together with fellow co-chair Mike Fisher ’67, ’15H has presided over the successful progress of Expanding

the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future, announced that with the continued leadership of Bryant President Ron Machtley the $75 million campaign goal was being increased to $100 million. Already, more than $86 million has been raised in record-

breaking philanthropy that is propelling the University to new heights and ever-greater academic excellence. continues on page 8

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2018 Alumni Achievement Award Winners Announced


Bryant’s alumni engagement is yours at the click of a mouse on the Internet – whether you want to participate in our virtual book club or listen in to one of our monthly webinars, we

are committed to bringing professionally-focused content to you wherever you live and work. Since launching our

expertise through his studies, he also built a strong

D. Ellen Wilson ’79 has been the Executive Vice President

companies while working in industry lending groups.

portfolio of experience with media and information

of Human Capital at UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health care company, since June 2013 and was named to the Office of the Chief Executive in November 2014. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resources for more than 300,000 employees. This includes developing strategies for compensation and benefits, talent management, leadership and employee development, rewards and recognition, and organization

In 2000, Kortick joined the Wicks Group, a New York City-based private equity firm, where he is a Managing Partner. Since its founding in 1989, the firm has invested more than $1 billion of capital in lower to middle-market companies operating in select segments of the U.S. and Canadian information, education and media industries. “I’m proud of the fact that people see me as part of the solution and not part of the problem,” says Kortick.

administrative officer at Optum, guiding the company’s

ago, more than 1,000

mission-critical business alignment and cultural

alumni have logged in to

programs. Prior to joining Optum, she worked at Fidelity

learn more about topics

Investments for 17 years, holding various senior Human

ranging from negotiating

Resources positions across the firm, concluding her tenure

your next salary to

there as head of Human Resources. Wilson’s community

long-term care strategies entrepreneurial plunge.

Distinguished Alumna D. ELLEN WILSON ’79

development. Previously, Wilson served as chief

webinar series two years

to steps for taking the

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engagement has included serving on the boards of Morgan

Rita Williams-Bogar ’76

All of our webinars are archived. You can find them by visiting and looking under

Memorial Goodwill Industries Inc. in Boston, the Walker

D. Ellen Wilson ’79

J. Dennis Heipt ’66

Daniel Kortick ’97 MBA

Daniel J. Rice, IV ’03

Glen Martin ’81, ’87 MBA

James C. Segovis, Ph.D.

Art Center and the YWCA in Minneapolis, and as a member of the corporate advisory board of The Commonwealth Institute in Boston.

We recently reviewed topics for the coming

Distinguished Alumnus J. DENNIS HEIPT ’66

academic year, and I will kick off our fall series in

J. Dennis Heipt ’66 helped build the company that built

September with Ethical Issues Facing Leaders Today.

the Internet – literally. He retired as Corporate Executive

Make sure we have your email address so you hear

Vice President at Science Applications International

about every topic and can sign up for those that

Corporation (SAIC) after 24 years. The company was a

interest you. There is no charge. And, we are

pioneer in providing science and technology solutions –

always looking for alumni who have a specialty

including software, systems engineering, and systems

or topic they would like to present.

integration – to the U.S. government defense and

Young Alumnus Leadership DANIEL J. RICE, IV ’03

intelligence agencies and companies worldwide that were

After Daniel Rice IV ’03 finished his last exam, he headed

focused on developing what ultimately would become

to Houston, where the young financial analyst internalized

the World Wide Web. Combining his Bryant education

the risk-taking environment of the region’s energy

with business acumen and a law degree earned through

industry. In 2008, Rice and his brothers, Toby and Derek

four years of night classes, Heipt led SAIC’s legal, human

– who have backgrounds in petroleum engineering and

resources, purchasing, security, internal audit, and

geology – started Rice Energy, where he served as Chief

government contract administration functions. During

Executive Officer. Leasing land in Pennsylvania, they

his tenure, the company grew from 800 employees to

began drilling natural gas wells. Using Dan’s financial

over 45,000 and was recognized as the largest employee-

skills, the company continually expanded with private

These are just a few of the ways that we deliver

owned company in the United States.

equity, going public in 2014. Cited as the Top Workplace in

the Careers tab.

Our newest virtual offering is The Bryant Book Club. Our next book is just getting started Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler. I’ve been participating and enjoy comparing notes with fellow Bryant alumni. To join the book club, please visit

value-added programs to our alumni. We know

the Greater Pittsburgh Region, Rice Energy saved hundreds

attend a regional alumni event, so please join us

Distinguished Alumnus – Graduate School DANIEL KORTICK ’97 MBA

virtually. I’ll be there!

Daniel Kortick ’97 MBA pursued his graduate degree in

the seventh largest producer of natural gas in the United

– Rita Williams-Bogar ’76, member of the

finance one evening class a week while working full-time

States and was acquired by EQT Corp, to create the largest

Bryant University Board of Trustees and vice president

at Fleet Bank and later, Bank of Boston. It took six years

natural gas production company in the United States.

of the Bryant Alumni Association

and, as he added a new level of understanding and

everyone cannot make it to Bryant’s campus or

of families from the brink of bankruptcy through land leases and royalties. By the end of 2017, the company was

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NOTE: If you are not hearing about these programs, we do not have your up-to-date email address. Let us know how to reach you by emailing us at Thanks.

Join us Friday, April 13, to honor Bryant’s Alumni Achievement Award recipients, and to participate in Alumni Engagement Day panels on financial services industry pathways, investing, and women in finance. Register now at


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January 10 | New York, NY

January 9 | Boston, MA

January | Boston, New York, and Hartford

January 23 | Hartford, CT

A passionate group of alumni and current students gathered in three major cities to discuss career paths and life after Bryant. Our students enjoyed speaking with alumni and learning what it takes to succeed in the “real world.” Special thanks to Liberty Mutual, PwC, and Travelers for hosting.

Engage ISSN 1099-1913 is published four times a year in January, April, July, and October for the alumni of Bryant University. Publication offices are located in the Office of Alumni Engagement, Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, Rhode Island 02917-1284. Periodicals Postage Paid at Providence, Rhode Island. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Engage, Bryant University Alumni Office, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, Rhode Island 02917-1284.




mark to alumni and other distinguished

Alumni Engagement Day

In the Financial Services Forum, an

professionals in the banking, finance,

event designed to highlight an area of

and financial services fields.


format, speakers discuss their areas of

lumni Engagement Day, one of Bryant’s signature events, allows

some of Bryant’s most accomplished

of Investing, is in its fifth edition and is popular with investment advisors. Cheryl Nash, President of Fiserv

alumni, faculty, and students to

Investment Services, is the keynote

connect through interactive panels

speaker for the Women in Finance

and meaningful discussions.

session. Nash drives the strategy and

financial services in an interactive expertise and encourage questions from students. Moderator

Tyler Smith ’13,

Sales Executive with S&P Global Market Intelligence, will lead a discussion about pathways to success in the financial services industry with panelists


Bayer ’15, Multinational Underwriter at The Hartford, Elizabeth Field ’16,

Senior Associate with State Street Bank & Trust Co.

Andrew Fitzgerald ’11,

Manager at First Point Power, LLC, and

Torrence Jennette ’10, Derivatives

ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT DAY •Financial Services Industry Pathways •Investing in the Age of Trump •Financial Services Forum •Women in Finance •Alumni and Student Networking •Alumni Achievement Awards Dinner

Valuation for GMO. The Investing in the Age of Trump panel discussion will be moderated by

Roger Williams ’78, CFA, CAIA,

execution industry-leading wealth

The 13th Annual Financial Services

management technology solutions at

Forum, held in conjunction with Alumni

Fiserv, a leading global provider of

Engagement Day, features a keynote

financial services technology solutions.

speech by John Nofsinger, Ph.D., one of

For her accomplishments and

the world’s leading experts in behavioral

leadership in wealth management and

finance and socially responsible finance.

technology at Fiserv, as well as her

Nofsinger is the William H. Seward

community commitments to serve as a

Endowed Chair in International Finance

positive role model and ambassador for

and Professor of Finance at the

the wealth management industry and

University of Alaska Anchorage. He has

create opportunities for tomorrow’s

often been quoted or appeared in the

leaders, Nash was recognized with a

financial media. His book, The Psychology

Gold Stevie®Award.


Unlocking the Power of the Bryant Network


Panelists include

Mark Bennett ’89, CFA Managing Director of Commonfund, Franco Castagliuolo ’97, Portfolio Manager for Fidelity Investments, and Taylor Henshall ’00, ’03 MBA, Investment Director with

’00, National Sales Director, Banking,

Strategic Investment Group.

Wealth Management Client Associate

President Ronald K. Machtley will address the Financial Services Forum

Manager at Cambridge Associates LLC, and

Staci Rezendes ’16, Private

with J.P. Morgan. Alumni Engagement Day concludes

distinctive Archway Investment Fund

of the Alumni Achievement Award

program will present their hands-on


learning experiences managing the fund that has surpassed the $1 million

For more information or to register, go to

platform allows you to determine how

More than 350 conversations between members have happened since its inception. Currently, 59 percent of members are at companies that have internship and job opportunities available, 200 members are offering job shadowing, and 920 are welcoming informational interviews. TYLER BRUM ’13, MANAGER OF ONLINE ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT

and when you can answer questions from students and alumni about your company, industry, or career path after Bryant. This online mentoring tool also allows you to set limits on how many contacts you want each month. The ‘Search Bulldogs’ feature allows you to easily filter alumni and students by location, industry, what they offer, and more. All it takes to make a connection

shadowing opportunities, and mentoring. inconvenient and awkward.

Jessica (LaRoche) Pouliot ’07, Director and Project

for Microsoft,

with a ceremony and dinner in honor

and other alumni with job advice, job But, cold calling connections can be

Capital Markets, FinTech & Insurance

Luncheon. Current students in Bryant’s

ryant alumni generously devote time and energy to help students

Vanessa MacMillan ’19. Jaime Lannon Diglio

Senior Vice President at Segal Marco Advisors. The panel includes


The Women in Finance panel will be moderated by

internships within a network you trust. Whether you are currently enrolled

Your AlumniFire profile, which takes less than five minutes to set up,

AlumniFire, a grassroots networking

at Bryant, a recent graduate, or well

personalizes the experience you are

community launched by Bryant alumni in

into your career, there are unlimited

willing to share. AlumniFire can easily

August of 2016, allows you to offer help

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updating your employment information

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each time you log on. The customizable

is to message a member and fill out the conveniently promoted questions about what you are looking.

Join our AlumniFire community today at Questions? Contact Tyler Brum ’13 at

January 14 | Naples, FL Eric Handa ’97 hosted Bryant alumni and parents at the Vanderbilt Country Club in Naples, FL, with President Ronald K. Machtley as the guest speaker.

Pictured (L to R): Ed Magro; National Alumni Council members Sean Kenny ’98 and Ed Capasso ’77; Paul Fioravanti ’97 and President Machtley.

January 16 | Sarasota, FL Professor Jack Trifts spoke at a reception at Michael’s Wine Bar in Sarasota, FL, on his teaching style of “flipping the classroom.” Trifts presents his lectures online in advance of class time, a technique that yields more student-faculty engagement.



Explore the world with Bryant


ita Williams-Bogar ’76 is passionate about Alumni Travel.

The Alumni Travel program offers trips each year to exciting

“I like to say Bryant’s goal of expanding

destinations in the company of

the world of opportunity is not just

alumni and friends, experienced

for current students,” says Williams-

guides, and at least one Bryant

Bogar, President & CEO of Personal

staff or faculty member. Every trip

Development Solutions, LLC, and PDS

features top-quality accommodations

Institute, LLC., who also serves as a

and reasonable prices.


Thriving in the Global Arena Sophomore International Experience continues to make a strong early impact on students’ global perspective and careers

I Meghan Johnson ’10

n 2007, Communication major chose to


participate in one of the inaugural

The Sophomore International

Sophomore International Experience

Experience (SIE), which just completed

(SIE) programs and immersed herself

an enormously successful first decade,

in learning about Italy. Three visas and

makes a strong early impact on

two passport books later, the Enfield,

students’ global perspectives and their

CT native, is the global business

careers. Since its inception, more than

development director for Publicis Media

2,500 sophomores have taken part in

in London, where she lives with her

this intensive, three-credit course,

husband. Johnson traveled extensively

according to Bryant’s Director of Global

with family growing up, but the SIE

Education Cindi Lewis.

experience, she says, provided her

“There is absolutely no replacement

with a true global perspective.“This

for exposing students to intercultural

perspective helps me do what I do

dynamics and global connections,”

today in global business development,”

continues on page 7

says Johnson.

Alumni travelers, including Rita Williams-Bogar ’76 (first row, far right), proudly display the Bryant banner on their trip to South Africa in 2017. member of the Bryant University Board of Trustees. “Thanks to the Alumni Travel program, alumni and other

Register now for the tour of the Emerald Isle’s Countryside: October 14-23, 2018

members of the Bryant community can expand their world as well.” “I have been to the six continents on my Bucket List, and Antarctica didn’t make the list. And, I have met wonderful people.” Another traveler,

Shannon Millerick

’02, said “traveling with Bryant alumni is a treat. The trip to Central Europe offered not only great sights and food, but the opportunity to get to know some great people.”

Save the date for our trip to Iceland with Go Ahead in March 2019. Visit or contact Senior Associate Director of Alumni Engagement Kathleen Brown at 401.232.6041 or for more information or to register.


Volatile Stock Market Provides Real-World Learning


n the wake of the Dow’s nearly 1,600-point plunge on February 5, the

And they fielded tough questions from the Coordinator for the Financial

biggest point decline during a trading

Markets Center and the Archway

day in history, Archway Investment

Investment Fund

Fund students managing the equity fund

Executive-in-Residence Kevin Maloney,

explained investment decisions to remain less volatile than the market.

Asli Ascioglu, Ph.D.,

Ph.D., P’16, and the evening’s guest speaker, Michael Leonard, CFA ’13.



All the opportunities the Archway Investment Fund program provides… set Archway Investment Fund students apart.

Bryant alumni and parents were invited to a private reception in NYC at Toro, owned by Chef Ken Oringer ’87. A James Beard Award-winner and Iron Chef Winner, Oringer has built an empire of restaurants inspired by his travels around the world. Guests enjoyed a private networking reception and heard about Ken’s success as a restaurateur. Pictured (L to R): David Suaviso Jr. ’96, Aliana Soto ’04, Ximena Barrera P’18, and Khin Sabae ’04.


Jharem Crevecoeur ’18, who calls Leonard a role model, says it’s inspiring to see the success achieved by someone who participated in the same program. After showing two Bryant graduates

AUSTIN JULIAN PEREZ ’18 Now an equity research associate at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Leonard recalls how helpful he found alumni sharing their experience and insight.



who work in fixed income what students are doing, Professor Maloney says, they indicated an interest in hiring graduates.


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February 3 | Smithfield, RI Bryant Basketball Reunions 2018

Alumni from three decades came to see the Bulldogs play with longtime coach, Leon Drury. Pictured (L to R): President Machtley, Rodney Gill ’87, David Sorafine ’76, Jack Newbauer ’92, Joe Schmeltz ’76, Bob Moll ’75, Tom Dupont ’76, and Coach Drury.


Bryant President’s Term Extended Through 2022 Looking ahead – with President Machtley at the helm – Bryant is committed to achieving four strategic objectives: ever-greater academic excellence; educating the whole person for success in a technology-driven workplace; inspiring the collective spirit and commitment of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends; and building a diverse and inclusive community of U.S. and international students. These strategic objectives will be reached through specific initiatives designed to prepare well-rounded global citizens for productive lives and careers in this era of increasing globalization and rapid change. Among the initiatives will be:

to push the campaign over $100 million.” “The Board of Trustees is bullish about Bryant’s future under President Machtley’s continued leadership,” he said, and

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an uncertain financial outlook in 1996, Bryant is now a highly ranked university with global presence and strong financials. Key milestones include:

now has more than 100 clubs and organizations to meet the needs of our residential campus, where 86 percent of undergraduates live.

• Elevating academic excellence in graduate programs in the College of Business

• Building-out the School of Health Science with both certificate and management-oriented graduate programs

• Integrating into the curriculum the study and application of data science, analytics, and other technology-related subjects to meet the demands of the future workplace

• Expanding Bryant’s reach beyond China to other countries and cultures, especially in Latin and South America

• Enhancing one of Bryant’s most important assets – our safe and beautiful residential campus - to attract and retain the best students in an increasingly competitive market. Bryant plans to invest more than $30 million in the next three years to modernize the residential housing and dining experience for students.

recognized with appreciation the creative contributions, collegiality, and hard work of the entire Bryant community. In the announcement, the Board recognized Mrs. Kati C. Machtley as an indispensable part of our community. Mrs. Machtley created and has directed for 22 years the highly successful Bryant Women’s Summit®.

Bryant is fortunate that the Machtleys’ love of our University – its people and mission – have imbued our community with a unique character of integrity, compassion, and drive for success. WILLIAM J. CONATY ’67 Board Chair Conaty, who with Mike Fisher ’67 also chairs Bryant’s capital campaign, said that, “To attain these goals, Bryant must continue to grow its financial resources. To date, the Bryant University capital campaign has exceeded its goal of $75 million. Today, I am pleased to announce that President Machtley has agreed to lead the effort

“Bryant is fortunate that the Machtleys’ love of our University - its people and mission – have imbued our community with a unique character of integrity, compassion, and drive for success,” Conaty remarked. The Board’s optimistic outlook follows the trajectory of Bryant’s history. From a business college with

• Solid Financial Condition: S&P and Moody’s have issued highly positive reports on Bryant’s financial condition every year since 1997. Since 1997, Bryant has never recorded a deficit and has reinvested from its annual surplus more than $120 million in buildings and infrastructure.

• Academic Excellence: In 2004, Bryant College was renamed Bryant University to recognize the innovative and integrative programming developed within the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. The University has earned ever-higher national rankings for its programs, increased enrollments of students with ever-stronger academic credentials, and enjoyed greater international recognition.

• Athletic and Student-Life Programs: In 2008, Bryant moved up to the highly competitive NCAA Division I level with impressive performances of female and male student-athletes, led by outstanding coaches who ensure that they are successful both on the field and in the classroom. Bryant

• International Presence: In 2014, Bryant Zhuhai opened in China, making Bryant only the fourth U.S. university authorized to grant four-year baccalaureate degrees in China.

• Award-Winning Campus Environment: Bryant’s academic and residential facilities have grown by more than a half-million square feet, including the award-winning 50,000-square-foot Academic Innovation Center completed in 2017. In closing his announcement, Conaty noted that, “Bryant’s history is rich and today our community is strong and growing stronger. Our positive trajectory of enhanced academic excellence, growing financial resources, innovative and relevant programming, and visionary leadership gives me great hope for the continued success of our school. We thank Ron and Kati for all that they have done in the past and look forward to our future together with extraordinary optimism.”

February 8 | Chicago, IL A snowstorm didn’t drive these Chicago area alumni away from a fun evening of tapas at Café Iberico! Pictured (L to R): Ryan Gannon ’17, Matt Moore ’09, Newell and Robin Warde P ’17, Ivan Toro ’96, and Yilda Sanchez ’82 MBA.

February 3 | Hartford, CT

Former women’s basketball players returned to watch Coach Burke and the Bryant Bulldogs. Their successful season clinched them a spot in the NEC Playoffs. Pictured (L to R): Raquel Cordeiro ’13, ’17 MBA, Breanna Rucker ’16, Katie Whittington ’13, Coach Mary Burke, Merri Soper ’13, ’14 MBA, and Morgan Olander ’17.

Bryant alumni and parents enjoyed an evening of high-paced action and great company as they cheered on the Providence Bruins at the Hartford XL Center. Pictured (L to R): Dan Rose, John Burns ’86, Allison (Dunshee) Rose ’86, Jeff ’91 and Kim ’92 Fryer P’19, Lloyd and Maria Brazee P’18, Greg Stafstrom ’86, and Wendy (Bullock) Burns ’86.



All In for Bryant RAISE THE RATE OF ALUMNI GIVING Bryant’s trajectory of excellence has had a positive impact on the University’s rankings, increasing the value of your degree. One of the factors that U.S. News & World Report measures is the rate of alumni giving. “Traditionally, our participation rate is low compared to some of our peer institutions,” says Robin Torbron Warde P’17, director of alumni and parent engagement, “and this affects our ranking. The more alumni who give – in any amount – creates a positive shift upward.” Understanding how important the U.S. News & World Report ranking is to the college selection process, two alumni have joined the effort to increase alumni participation by issuing a Bryant Giving Day Challenge to fellow alumni of all class years. To boost the alumni participation rate of those who have yet to make a gift this year as well as among those who have made a gift but would like to be counted among the alumni supporting this inaugural giving day

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Joseph ’80 and Kathi (Jurewicz) ’81 Puishys are issuing


a $100,000 challenge to inspire the Bryant community to reach the bold goal of 1,863 donors in 1,863 minutes. Joseph and Kathi Puishys credit Bryant for helping them achieve success not only professionally, but personally as well. “At Bryant, I not only received a balanced education for business management, but the campus life

of Bryant is that it’s where he met his wife of 38 years. These longtime supporters of the University invite you to join them in going all in for Bryant. “It takes very little to have a big impact,” they say.

All in for Bryant? Visit to learn more about Bryant Giving Day.


At Bryant, you discovered your passion and dedicated yourself to achieving success in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in student-run initiatives, developing the knowledge, skills, To reach the Bryant Giving Day goal of and qualities 1,863 donors in 1,863 minutes, Joseph ’80 of character that and Kathi (Jurewicz) ’81 Puishys are issuing have allowed you to make valuable a $100,000 challenge. contributions in your field contributed to my education for life and in your community. management,” says Joseph, chief When you think about your executive officer of Apogee Enterprises, Bryant experience, there is probably Inc., a world leader in technologies something special that continues to related to the use of glass for enclosing resonate with you – an inspiring commercial buildings and framing professor who saw something in you custom art. His fondest recollection that opened up worlds you never

imagined, a dynamic student organization where your talents flourished, or a dedicated team that pushed you to accomplish more than you thought possible. Bryant Giving Day invites you to target your gift to whichever area most resonates with you. Join us for Bryant Giving Day and support the Bryant experience that engages our faculty, inspires our students, excites our alumni, and makes our parents beam. Are you all in?

$1.05 Million Sokol Foundation Gifts Will Create New Teaching-Learning Initiatives in Bryant’s Accounting Programs C

orey Levine ’80 has found a unique way to “pay it forward” to Bryant University as a gesture of deep appreciation for the accounting program that prepared him for his career. As president of the Sokol Foundation, Levine has pledged $1.05 million from the foundation over the next seven years to create both an endowed and current use fund for the College of Business and its Accounting Department, which is ranked number four among U.S. colleges and universities by College Factual/USA Today.

He really made tax accounting interesting and sparked my desire to focus in that area.”


The Corey E. Levine ’80 Accounting Innovation Endowed Fund will provide perpetual funding to enhance the Accounting Department’s pedagogy, curricula, and programs. An expanded focus on emerging technology and innovative programs will position Bryant accounting

Corey Levine ’80 and Accounting Professor Michael Lynch, J.D., are dedicated to providing the next generation of accounting professionals with the knowledge and tools for careers of great distinction. Levine is the President of Marcus & Levine CPAs, a full-service accounting firm specializing in estate and tax planning in Delray Beach, FL. “I know what Bryant has done for me,” acknowledges Levine. “I would not be where I am today without Bryant and my accounting degree. I credit Professor Mike Lynch with inspiring the direction of my career.


students for leadership in the rapidly changing profession. The companion

Accounting Innovation Fund is structured to provide an immediate infusion of $50,000 annually for these purposes while the endowed fund matures. The Sokol Foundation’s gift reflects Levine’s support for a strategic proposal developed by

Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D., Dean

of the College of Business, and Saeed Roohani, Ph.D., Professor of Accounting and Chair of the Accounting Department. The funds were established in support of

Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future.

“The Sokol Foundation’s philanthropic leadership will enhance employment outcomes for our accounting students by providing them with the knowledge, tools, and skills for careers of great distinction,”

There is so much more to know in accounting today with technology and analytics. I think it’s important to give the educators at Bryant every possible tool to keep ahead of the curve.

The accounting initiatives COREY LEVINE ’80, PRESIDENT OF MARCUS & LEVINE CPAS complement the teaching-learning objectives of the campaign. adds Annavarjula. “We are deeply With more than three decades grateful for Corey Levine’s support of experience in accounting, Levine and hope his generosity will inspire knows professionals must be prepared others to realize the significant impact to identify opportunities and leverage their gifts can have on our students’ challenges. “There is so much more success.” to know in accounting today with During a recent campus visit, technology and analytics,” explains Levine enjoyed the opportunity to Levine. “I think it’s important to give attend one of Lynch’s classes. “It the educators at Bryant every possible was like I was there 40 years ago,” tool to keep ahead of the curve.” recalls Levine. “The fact that he’s still there teaching today’s students ENHANCING FACULTY EXPERTISE is a testament to him and to Bryant’s IN CLOUD COMPUTING AND commitment to retain top quality CYBERSECURITY professors who give current students Roohani notes the Sokol Foundation a great education and the chance funds are enhancing the faculty’s to succeed.” ability to prepare students with the technology skills they need to excel in To learn more about establishing new specialty areas – such as cloud endowed funds that support academic computing and cybersecurity – that are excellence at Bryant, please contact dynamically shaping the accounting Executive Director of Development profession in the digital age. “We are Edward Magro, J.D., at 401.232.6528. introducing new teaching initiatives and investing in advanced faculty training seminars for the analytical and presentation tools our students need to master,” notes Roohani.

Legendary Bryant Quarterback’s Gift Celebrates 20 Years of Bulldog Football T

he Bryant Bulldog’s 2018 football season will be dedicated to celebrating the 20th anniversary of the storied program. And to honor the occasion, legendary quarterback

Charles Granatell ’08 has made a three-year, $60,000 pledge to advance the record-setting program. Granatell was inducted into the Bryant Hall of Fame in 2013 where he is the only quarterback to achieve this honor to date. His athletic skills and leadership ability inspired his teammates to excel and propelled the University’s football program to Division I status. Granatell holds multiple school records, leading the Bulldogs to 27 victories and two NCAA playoff appearances in his four years as a starter.

For his gift in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Bulldog Football, legendary quarterback Charles Granatell ’08 was honored by Athletic Director Bill Smith and the Bulldog community on the field during the Family & Friends Weekend game against St. Francis University.

I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without Bryant. Everyone I interacted with – faculty, administrators, coaches, teammates – everyone had such a positive impact on my life. CHARLES GRANATELL ’08

Today Granatell is the Director of Market Development at Grant Industries in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. He travels throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America, sourcing materials for the specialty

products the family-owned company manufacturers for the personal care and cosmetics industries. But his bond with “the beautiful campus and amazing people in Smithfield, Rhode Island,” has never been stronger.

“Bryant changed my life in so many positive ways,” explains Granatell. “I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without Bryant. Everyone I interacted with – faculty, administrators, coaches, teammates – everyone had such a positive impact on my life.” Granatell’s gift was made in support of Expanding the World

of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future. It complements

the dramatic expansion of athletic playing and training facilities on

campus by providing critical funds to strengthen and grow the football program. Referencing a campus visit he made last fall, Granatell notes, “All of the new facilities are incredible. It’s the best of both worlds – academics and athletics. It was eye-opening and I’m really proud to see where we are today.” Granatell is hopeful his gift will inspire others to support Bulldog athletics. “Bryant put me in a great position to be successful today. It doesn’t matter what the amount is, but if everyone can give their part, we can make sure Bryant keeps growing both in its athletics programs and as a University.”

If you’d like to honor the 20th Anniversary of Bulldog Football or wish to directly support the more than 500 student-athletes who compete on Bryant’s 22 intercollegiate athletic teams, please consider making a Black & Gold contribution. For more information, please contact Meagan Connolly Murphy, Director of Athletic Development at 401.232.6171 or

Thriving in the Global Arena says Professor of Economics Ramesh Mohan, Ph.D., who has led an SIE

companies operate internationally,”

trip each year since the program

she notes. “Employers want to

began in 2007.

make sure that their employees

Marketing major


Jorgensen ’09, who came to Bryant


September 21-22, 2018 Make plans now to attend Reunion @Homecoming The full schedule of fun includes our annual Alumni Welcome Reception, pep rally, bonfire, fireworks, tailgating, Bulldog athletic competitions, and post-game reunion celebrations for all classes ending in 3 or 8. Reunion committees are forming now! So, if you graduated in a class year ending in either 3 or 8, reach out to the staff at and let us know you’d like to help plan your class events.

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from Spruce Head, ME, agrees.

“In today’s world, many

will assimilate well in this global environment.” To prepare students to confidently

Signing up for SIE China in 2007, she

adapt in an interconnected world,

felt comfortable knowing she would

Bryant inculcates a global mindset

be traveling with outstanding Bryant

and global experiences throughout

faculty who were familiar with the

its curriculum. Nearly half of

language and the country.

the University’s students today

“The entire trip made me realize

are inspired to study, complete

that the world is a lot smaller than

internships, serve others, or

it seems,” says Jorgensen, whose

research abroad during their

father is from Denmark and who had

undergraduate years.

previously visited parts of Europe. Having the SIE program on her

Current students and alumni often cite the SIE as profoundly

résumé was attractive to employers,

transformative, providing

she notes. The idea that she might

them with cultural competency,

one day work abroad attracted her to

impressive experiential credentials,

join the EMC Corporation from 2009

and the impetus to study

to 2011.

abroad again.

She now lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with her husband, Amr Zawawi ’07, HR manager for the Zahid Group, and their two children. In Jeddah, she has worked as a freelance business writer since 2011.


YO U R G I F T C O U N TS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN AN UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS Since the launch of this comprehensive campaign, only the second undertaken during Bryant’s 155-year history, more than 20,368 alumni, trustees, friends, faculty, students, and staff have contributed. The

Your gift – in any amount – will help Bryant meet its historic goal of raising $100 million to achieve evergreater academic success and make a Bryant education possible for those talented students who will benefit most from the exceptional experience Bryant offers. DAVID C. WEGRZYN ’86 combined impact of their gifts – small and large – has transformed every facet of our school. Bryant is moving forward in its goal to develop financial resources to attract the best students. Since the start of the campaign, more than 97 new scholarship funds have been created through the generosity of donors who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Bryant students. Since the capital campaign began, 1,431 students have benefited from $12.1 million in contributed scholarships that are transformational investments in our future leaders. Financial aid funds remain a crucial campaign goal in the last stretch of our efforts to make a Bryant education possible for those

talented students who will benefit most from the exceptional experience Bryant offers. Campaign gifts have infused Bryant’s top-ranked academic and student life programs as well, providing vital program funding for top-notch tools and technology, and educators to enrich learning. New Bloomberg terminals, state-of-the art simulation equipment David C. Wegrzyn ’86 for students in the School of Health Vice President for Sciences, student life University Advancement staff and programs that advance health and wellness, and expanded faculty resources are but just a few of the many examples of campaign gifts making an immediate impact for students. If you have not recently been back to campus, it may be difficult to imagine how the new facilities built during the campaign are inspiring our students to excel both in the classroom and on the playing fields. In fact, the award-winning facilities made possible by campaign investments have set a new tone and completely transformed the learning environment. Students now have the best-in-class facilities needed to reach their full potential in developing as innovators, leaders, and Division I champions.

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$100 million $95 m $90 m

$86 million

$80 m

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$5 m

If you haven’t yet made a donation to become an active participant in this historic campaign, please consider making a gift now to show your support for Bryant’s vision and progress. Gifts of any amount matter and will help us get to our goal. Please contact a gift officer at 877.353.5667 or visit to give online today.


Bequest Intention Conveys Gratitude, Confidence, and Pride I

t’s a common dilemma for people in the prime of life – when to create an estate plan? Though it’s wise to provide instructions for the distribution of accumulated assets, it can be unsettling to face the idea of mortality. And while many people put it off, experts advise otherwise.

During that planning process, the couple decided to include bequests for several charitable organizations. With an abundance of gratitude for the role Bryant has played in his life, Lyden named the University a beneficiary of a ten percent share of the assets in their estate plan.

The continuation of Bryant’s mission is important for all alumni… This kind of gift helps ensure Bryant will be a vibrant organization for generations to come. I think we can all take pride in that.

With the bequest intention, Lyden and Tormey became members of Bryant’s 1863 Society. Named to recognize the year of Bryant’s founding, the designation honors individuals who have provided for Bryant through an estate plan or life income gift. Currently, more than 140 members have told us about future commitments to the University. Lyden doesn’t hesitate to encourage other alumni to consider a bequest to the University. “The continuation

of Bryant’s mission is important for all alumni. I have many classmates whose children have attended Bryant and I am heartened by that generational aspect,” he notes. “I feel our bequest gift is an extension of that. This kind of gift helps ensure Bryant will be a vibrant organization for generations to come. I think we can all take pride in that.”


Through your estate plan, you can make a meaningful gift and create a lasting legacy. Gregory Lyden ’82, a founder and executive vice president at Abacus Capital, followed his own advice about how to maximize financial resources with thoughtful planning. He explains that he and his wife, Catherine Tormey, “felt it was important to do some estate planning because if something were to befall us, we want to leave behind a clear definition of how our estate is to be handled.”


“Bryant prepared me extremely well for my career,” explains Lyden. He particularly appreciates the liberal arts courses that honed his ability to write clearly and articulate positions effectively. “I’ll always be grateful for that. I also was encouraged to be very entrepreneurial and think outside the box. That guided my career and ultimately helped me form a very successful company.”

A planned gift allows you to contribute now or later, in cash, stock, real estate, insurance, and more. Along with the lasting impact your generosity will have on campus, you will also become a member of the 1863 Society, earning recognition as a leader in supporting Bryant’s bold future and inspiring excellence. For more information, please visit or contact Executive Director of Development Edward Magro, J.D., at 401.232.6528 or

Memorial Scholarship Fund Established as Lasting Legacy for President Emeritus William T. O’Hara ’90H T

o honor distinguished educator and inspirational leader Bryant President Emeritus William “Bill”

O’Hara ’90H, who passed away in January, Bryant has established the Dr. William T. O’Hara Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Dr. O’Hara served as Bryant’s fifth president and Professor of Management from 1976 to 1989. When he stepped aside as Bryant’s president, the Board of Trustees named him the College’s President Emeritus, Henry Loeb Jacobs Professor, and founding Executive

Bill O’Hara was an amazing man, a highly ethical, brilliant, creative, kind educator. The students I worked with were fortunate to know him, and to have his leadership and support. Although they may not be aware, so many students have Bill to thank for their Bryant education and success in the professional world. ROBERTA “BERTA” HYSELL Director of Bryant’s first Intercultural Center

Director of The Institute for Family Enterprise at Bryant. Upon his passing, Roberta “Berta” Hysell, who served with great distinction as Director of Bryant’s first Intercultural Center during Dr. O’Hara’s tenure, noted, “Bill O’Hara was an amazing man, a highly ethical, brilliant, creative, kind educator. The students I worked with were fortunate to know him, and to have his leadership and support. Although they may not be aware, so many students have Bill to thank for their Bryant education and success in the professional world.” Bill O’Hara and his wife, Bobbi, will long be remembered for their exceptional dedication and service to the Bryant community. The Dr. William T. O’Hara Memorial Scholarship fund will serve as a lasting legacy of Bryant’s first President Emeritus and will be awarded to a student majoring in business with demonstrated academic talent and financial need. Since the scholarship fund was first established upon his passing, dozens of former Bryant students and colleagues touched by his life have stepped forward to make gifts in his honor.

If you remember Dr. O’Hara and would like to contribute in any amount to the Dr. William T. O’Hara Memorial Scholarship fund in recognition of his impact and legacy, please visit

Bryant Finance Professor Endows Commencement Award for Excellence in International Business


lizabeth Yobaccio, Ph.D., began

her teaching career at Bryant College with “the ink barely dry on my doctoral degree.” Twenty-seven years later, as she prepares to retire, Yobaccio has found a unique way to express her thanks for the unparalleled opportunities she has been given to teach, lead, and travel – becoming

recalls, as she promoted the value of a global focus on business disciplines. “I finally was given the green light with a blank slate to create an International Business program,” says Yobaccio, who still marvels at the responsibility entrusted to her.

YOBACCIO’S LEGACY CONTINUES THROUGH COMMENCEMENT AWARD The International Business program has grown dramatically in scope and reputation while retaining many of the original elements, and it holds a notable place in Yobaccio’s heart and career. “I’m so grateful to have had the affiliation with the program and the acclaim it has received,” she explains. With this is mind, Yobaccio and her husband, Ronald, have made a commitment to the Yobaccio Family

Award for Leadership in International Elizabeth Yobaccio, Ph.D. a distinguished faculty member highly regarded for her commitment to interdisciplinary teaching, innovation, and creativity. The Finance professor played a founding role in the creation of Bryant’s acclaimed International Business program in 2004. One of the first classes Yobaccio taught was International Finance. “I made a regular pest of myself with administrators,” she

Business. The award was established in support of Expanding the World

of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future.

The cash award will be made annually to a graduating senior in International Business who demonstrates leadership and service through on- and off-campus initiatives related to the discipline. Yobaccio’s faculty colleagues have made gifts in her honor that will support the award until the endowment fund

matures. “These gifts are a gesture of our esteem and gratitude for what Betty has done for so many of us, faculty and students. We want her legacy to be enriched and eternal,” explains Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Business. “Betty was a pioneer of the interdisciplinary culture at Bryant University,” adds Annavarjula.

freshly minted student from the graduate program at Boston University. The first year, Bryant put me on the strategic planning committee for the Academic Affairs division. Where else would that happen? I’ve always felt a part of the new direction of the University.”

I have so much gratitude for the opportunities I’ve had at Bryant…. I’ve always felt a part of the new direction of the University. ELIZABETH YOBACCIO, PH.D., PROFESSOR OF FINANCE, who played a founding role in the creation of Bryant’s acclaimed International Business program.

“She has been involved in some of the most innovative programs in the College of Business – including creating the multinational business simulation, and being an enthusiastic supporter of Financial Services and Entrepreneurship. The International Business Program was strategically created with the minor in a second language and the study abroad requirement. It is one of our interdisciplinary success stories.” “I have so much gratitude for the opportunities I’ve had at Bryant,” says Yobaccio. “I first came here as a

If you are inspired by the opportunities made possible by your Bryant experience and would like to make a gift that recognizes an impactful program, please contact a gift officer at 877.353.5667 or visit to make a gift online today.



O L I V I A DAV I S ’ 17:

F R A N K H AU C K ’81, P ’0 8 :

An unwavering focus on the customer experience fuels success F

Managing an Olympic supply chain


ith both the Super Bowl and

Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes, free trade

the Winter Olympics, February

agreements, and safety regulations

was one of the biggest months on

for a total of six countries using data

rank Hauck ’81, P’08 counts

and mentored over the years. It’s

the 2018 sports calendar. Attending

from the company as well as external

himself fortunate for joining EMC

one thing to execute on goals, but it’s

one of those events would likely be

research. Her group’s recommendations

in 1990 – when the computing industry

another to invest in people and bring

an experience of a lifetime.

was “ready for disruption.” In a series

them along.”

Davis ’17 was there for both.

of top executive roles, he led multiple

him develop the ability to learn from

including storage platforms, customer

and recognize setbacks as part of

quality, business integration, and sales.

that process. “I’ve found myself in

“It’s been a great run,” observes

challenging situations where things

Hauck, who today is President for

don’t go as you want. You have to

Global Markets at Dell Technologies,

understand it as part of the journey.

which acquired EMC in 2016. “When

You make the best of it and figure

I was hired, EMC revenues were

out how to make adjustments.

University’s Senior Practicum Global

“The fact that International Business students have to study abroad, and that you get to work with companies that have international connections was really important to me here at Bryant.” –Olivia Davis ’17

Bryant gave me the technical skills

the company was sold, we were doing

and taught me how to adapt to new

over $25 billion in revenue. It was

organizations and opportunities and to

an exciting time.”

function outside of my comfort zone.”

were designed to save Hasbro more than $12 million. They won first place in the

Hauck credits Bryant for helping

operations at EMC for 25 years,

$150 million,” says Hauck. “When


Supply Management Competition. The Super Bowl and the Winter

“The ability to make an impact through a new product or customer experience has never been better.” –Frank Hauck ’81, P’08

helped me so much in my career,” Davis

Logistics Coordinator for the Olympics

says. “Hasbro is one of the largest toy

and International Sporting Events at

companies in the world and I was able

NBC Sports Group, which had the rights

to tie in international business with

to televise both events. She is responsible

global supply chain management, all

for ensuring that production technical

while working with Bryant alumni.

equipment arrives at the events on time.

When I talk to my friends from other

“Working the Olympics and Super Bowl is so much different than you’d expect. There is just so much going on

His unwavering focus on the

In Hauck’s opinion, it’s an exciting

customer experience has fueled

time for young graduates to be entering

Hauck’s success. “Everything we do

the workforce because disruption is

is on behalf of our customers,” says

creating opportunity. “Literally every

Hauck. “Our customer base and needs

industry is being disrupted,” he notes.

are continually changing, so we need

“The opportunities are changing every

to adapt and make an outstanding

year and the ability to make an impact

customer experience even better. That’s

through a new product or customer

what separates you from everyone else.”

experience has never been better. So

Hauck derives personal satisfaction from the achievements of his team members. “I’ve been part of organizations that have put some really good numbers on the board, but what I’m most proud of is the legacy of leaders I’ve coached

it’s right time, right place.”

“That hands-on experience has

Olympics were part of Davis’ job as

schools, I realize they didn’t have anything like we did at Bryant.” As an International Business student

that you don’t even realize,” Davis says.

mentor, Davis worked with younger

“They were incredible.”

students to help them make the most

Davis had always had an interest

of the rigorous program. “I really

in working abroad and Bryant’s

wanted to help freshmen succeed in

International Business program’s

this incredible program,” she says.

emphasis on studying and interning in

“I didn’t want them to miss out on the

an international setting impressed her.

amazing opportunities I experienced.”

“The fact that International

Studying for a semester in Shanghai,

Business students have to study abroad,

Davis says, “was one of the best

and that you get to work with companies

experiences of my life and I recommend

that have international connections was

it to anyone,” she says. “If you have the

really important to me here at Bryant,”

opportunity to go to China in your life,

says Davis, who majored in International

you have to do it.”

Business with a concentration in Global Supply Chain Management. Her

“China is like a second home to me,” she says. “I can’t wait to go back.”

Mandarin Chinese minor was helpful when she studied at East China Normal University and when her work takes her to China. For her Supply Chain Management practicum, Davis and her team worked as consultants with Hasbro, analyzing container data reports, Harmonized


View more pictures at

February 22 | Hong Kong, China Hong Kong alumni were the guests of Eric Handa ’97 for a networking event. Pictured here with Eric at left are Alex Yeung ’12, Julia Jiang ’12, Vivian Li ’13, Adam Francis ’03, Gautam Verma ’98, Newell Warde P’17, Peter Fishel ’72, Larry Sloven ’71, and front Alan and Deedee Ngai P’19. Missing from the shot were Minyen Chen ’07 and Sean Hung ’13.


February 25 | New Delhi, India Bryant is committed to expanding its alumni network throughout Southeast Asia. Special thanks to Chander Agarwal ’01 for hosting alumni, parents and prospective students in New Delhi, India.

C H A N D E R AGA R WA L ’ 01 :

A change maker in India’s logistics industry


s Managing Director of TCIEXPRESS, India’s leading

express delivery company,


Agarwal ’01 is charged with increasing shareholder wealth, retaining a skilled

2018 Alumni Achievement Award Winners Announced continued from page 2 Gulski Service Award GLEN MARTIN ’81, ’87 MBA

Distinguished Faculty Award JAMES C. SEGOVIS, PH.D.

Glen Martin ’81, ’87 MBA was busy

On campus, Associate Professor of

raising a family, building a 30-year career

Management James Courtney Segovis,

four years attending Bryant, where

excelling in marketing, sales strategy,

Ph.D., is known for his engaging, exacting

professors were extremely helpful and

and investment management positions

teaching. A founding member of the

went out of their way to guide me and

at Bank of America and its predecessor

faculty leadership team for Bryant’s

impart knowledge.”

organizations, and serving his community

distinctive IDEA (Innovation and Design

when a former president of Bryant’s

Experience for All) immersion boot camp,

And, the Management major notes,

workforce, and providing excellent

Bryant’s business education “is one of the

National Alumni Council (NAC) persuaded

Segovis introduces first-year students

customer service in all the countries

best in the United States.”

him to become more involved with his

to the critical dynamics of innovation and

alma mater. In the decade since, Martin,

design thinking, his scholarly passion.

was like a family. Caring people at the gym,

now a private client advisor and financial

A trusted advisor, who takes the time

promising business leaders of Asia at The

library, dining, public safety and other

planner at F.L. Putnam Investment

to make students feel special, Segovis

Economic Times Asian Business Leaders

support services were extremely helpful.”

Management Company, has served as

has been known to Skype with students

vice president of the NAC’s Nominating

on study abroad to counsel them on

and Regional Area Networks Committees

their student research. In his 26 years

and last year completed a two-year term

of teaching at Bryant, he also has led

as Council president. A member of the

the Honors Program and served as a

Alumni Career Services Network, he is

founding faculty fellow for the Hassenfeld

active in its mentoring program and has

Institute for Public Leadership. Alumni

been a judge for Bryant’s IDEA program.

frequently recall the approachable Segovis

His campus visits have included classroom

as a valued sounding board who exerts

presentations for both undergraduate

a subtle, but powerful influence that

Finance and MBA courses.

pushes them to achieve more than they

where the company operates. Honored in 2016 as one of the most

Conclave, Agarwal enjoys interacting with customers and employees, and traveling throughout India and around the world.

Agarwal also recalls “the Bryant culture



As a TCI summer intern, he worked

At 1958, Chander’s grandfather, Shri

his way through all levels in various

Prabhu Dayal Agarwal, established a one

departments including operations, logistics

man, one truck, and one office business.

and marketing, gaining exposure to the

Today Transport Corporation of India

company’s key functions. Hands-on

(TCI) is one of India’s leading express

experience with Transfreight USA, a

transportation and logistics providers

third-party logistics provider specializing

with a global presence. The company

in lean logistics for Toyota Motor Corp.

serves clients across all industries

USA, enhanced Agarwal’s understanding

including automobile, pharmaceuticals,

of supply chain management.

retail, electrical and energy, engineering,

imagined possible.

Carole (Oliner) ’59 and Arthur “Art” ’60 Sukel were honored as Nelson J. Gulski Service Award recipients in recognition of decades of quiet but strong support of their alma mater at a special ceremony held in Florida in January. Art credits Bryant for his success, which included a nearly 25-year career with CBS, where he rose to CFO and Senior Vice President. The couple has made Bryant one of their philanthropic priorities, establishing an endowed scholarship at the University and naming Bryant in their estate plans.

His knowledge of the international working environment, global logistics

“The market for logistics is definitely growing at an exponential pace and will continue for the next few years.” –Chander Agarwal ’01 expertise, experience, and forward-looking attitude enabled him to bring about


the focus on new businesses for TCI. Currently he is spearheading Group TCI’s and e-commerce. TCIEXPRESS was

international expansion across Asia,

established as TCI XPS in 1996 as one

Latin America & Africa.

of TCI’s foremost divisions. What makes Agarwal a successful

“The industry is going through an exciting phase,” Agarwal says. “The rise

managing director? “Compassion and

of e-commerce and online platforms

strong morals, which I have inherited

are boosting demand and generating

from my father, who has always been my

a constant urgency for mass delivery of

inspiration. I have seen him as an honest,

products. The market for logistics is

principled and visionary leader who has

definitely growing at an exponential pace

won love and earned respect over the years.

and will continue for the next few years.”

He inspired me to evolve as a leader.” Born in Kolkata, India and raised in

Be sure to contact the Office of Alumni Engagement if you plan to visit.

As an alumnus, he has hosted receptions at his home for alumni, new

New Delhi and Singapore, Agarwal was

students, and parents. Agarwal says:

drawn to Bryant’s promise of personal

“Bryant gave me some of the best years

attention from accomplished faculty.

of my life as an undergraduate and it

“I never felt so privileged as I did all

is my turn to give back.”

Steven Valenti ’73 of Dalton, MA, and Roger Bowlby ’51 of Pittsfield, MA, visited campus recently. Steve brought Roger for his first visit to Smithfield. Professor Mary Lyons, one of Steve’s former professors, stopped by to join them for a photo under the archway.

Whether living near or far, alumni are encouraged to come to campus and tell us about their Bryant experiences. Email with your expected visit date.

March 4 | Mumbai, India Among the alumni welcoming new students from India were: Farooq Oomerbhoy ’04, Pratik Shah ’03, Pia Shivdasani ’10, and Rohan Shah ’06.

March 2 | Smithfield, RI Bryant alumni returned to campus to serve on a panel for current students and share career lessons and advice. Panelist (L to R): Islindy Merius ’13, Aaron Kendal Wilson ’10, Elizett Pires ’09, Quentin “Q” Phipps ’05, Aliana Soto ’04, and Christopher Hadden ’03.

March 6 | Stamford, CT Trustee Professor of Management Mike Roberto presented highlights from his upcoming book to an energized room of Bryant alumni and friends.





Smithfield, RI

Smithfield, RI

April 13 Alumni Engagement Day featuring Financial Services Forum and Achievement Awards

April 21, 5:30-8 PM Celebrating 15 years of Bryant Women’s Lacrosse

Smithfield, RI

Smithfield, RI April 14, 11 AM Dr. William T. O’Hara ’90H Memorial Service

April 25-26 Bryant’s Day of Giving

Smithfield, RI

Farmington, CT

May 22, 6-8 PM Parents Program with Provost Sulmasy at Grant Thornton

May 2, 6-8 PM Kick off with Coach James Perry Stout NYC

Martha’s Vineyard, MA August 18, 5-7 PM Alumni and Parent Reception Edgartown Tennis & Yacht Club

Portsmouth, RI June 2 Opening Day at Newport Polo

Smithfield, RI May 17 Graduate School Commencement

New alumni events are added weekly.



May 9, 6-8 PM Parents Program with Dean Martin

April 15, 11 AM-Noon Bulldog Connection Panel

July 19 Alumni & Parent Reception/Wine Tasting at Tavolo

New York, NY

New York, NY

Brookline, MA

Smithfield, RI

Providence, RI

May 19 Undergraduate Commencement

May 1, 6-8 PM Parents Program with Dean Annavarjula


New York, NY June 14 Wall Street Council Reception

Check for the updated calendar and to register.

Smithfield, RI September 21-22 Reunion @Homecoming 2018

Check for athletic contests in your area.

PA R T N E R S H I P S Notices from 10/3/17 to 1/2/18

August 12, 2017 | Sandown, NH Jessica Maxwell ’11 and Mike Levanchy ’11

August 19, 2017 | Norwalk, CT Andrea Tyler ’11 and Travis Harrington ’12

June 10, 2017 | Nashua, NH Kristen McGrane ’11 and James Kaklamanos

September 24, 2017 | Narragansett, RI Mollie Anderson ’16 and Dana Parziale ’14

September 2, 2017 | Washington Township, NJ Julie Vajda ’14 and Andrew Roach ’13

We receive more photos than we can print in each issue of Engage. To view all wedding photos received since the last issue as well as the names of alumni in attendance, please visit Submit your “Partnerships” and “Additions” to the Office of Alumni Engagement by emailing or enter a class note through our online directory at Send wedding photos that feature a group of Bryant alumni to Resolution of photos should be “print-quality” (generally 300 pixels/inch).

October 21, 2017 | Washington, DC Joseph Hansen ’06 and Ashleigh Boswell


c o n tac t u s

s t ay i n t o u c h

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On page 11, of the January Engage, the obituary of Howard Walter Armbrust ’50, ’81H misspelled the first name of Mr. Armbrust’s father, Gottlob.

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Bryant Engage - April 2018  

This is the April 2018 edition of the Bryant University Engage newsletter.

Bryant Engage - April 2018  

This is the April 2018 edition of the Bryant University Engage newsletter.