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Bryant University in the News
Jul 24, 2018

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

July 31, 2018

Providence Business News

Bryant University College of Business Appoints Daniel Ames, Ph.D., as Associate Dean

Bryant University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn M. Sulmasy, J.D., LL.M., and College of Business Dean Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D., have announced the appointment of Daniel Ames, Ph.D., as Associate Dean of the College of Business. Ames will begin his position on July 31, 2018, joining an academic leadership team that has garnered national recognition for developing innovative graduate and undergraduate programs in the College of Business. Read more>>>


July 23, 2018

Providence Business News

Bryant’s physician assistant program receives full accreditation

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at Bryant University has been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Inc., or ARC-PA, the university announced Monday, noting it was the first physician assistant program in the state to receive the distinction. Read more>>>


July 16, 2018

Supply Chain Management Review

The Half-Life of Supply Chain Knowledge

By Michael Gravier, Ph.D. It hasn’t been true for decades that Westerners are the only ones living a middle-class lifestyle. It has been a long time coming but the world is finally updating its perspective on trade and international relations for the first time since the Cold War ended. Read more>>>


July 5, 2018

When Cognition Interferes with Innovation: Overcoming Cognitive Obstacles to Design Thinking

Research-Technology Management Journal,

By Allison G. Butler, Ph.D., and Michael A. Roberto, D.B.A.

Design thinking can fail when cognitive obstacles interfere; appropriate cognitive countermeasures can help disarm the traps. Many organizations have become enamored with design thinking. As breakthrough innovation becomes the default mode for corporate growth, design thinking offers a structured methodology for generating innovation—a clear process that begins with ethnographic research to develop empathy and define user needs, then moves to ideation to explore possible solutions for improving the user experience, then refines concepts through an iterative process of prototyping and testing. Proponents such as IDEO founder David Kelley suggest that design thinking means innovation need not be the sole domain of the creative genius (Kelley and Kelley 2013). Read more>>>


June 28, 2018

How ESG Investing Increases Risk-Adjusted Returns

featuring Asli Ascioglu, Ph.D

Many investors view ESG as just another means of socially responsible investing, but ESG investing can – and many experts say should – serve another role in your portfolio: that of risk reduction. "ESG reports highlight all these risks, [plus] controversies such as lawsuits, in detail and provide rankings among peers in the same industry," says Asli Ascioglu, a professor of finance at Bryant University. "Academic studies have shown that companies with better ESG scores have lower share price volatility and fare better in times of crisis." In short: "Companies with good ESG practices are just managed better," Ascioglu says. And adding them to your portfolio can increase your risk-adjusted returns. Read more>>>


May 19, 2018

Bryant: U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao to grads: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

Providence Journal

Without once mentioning the president’s name, President Trump’s Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao ventured from Washington, D.C., to blue-state Rhode Island on Saturday to tell Bryant University graduates they are graduating “at a very good time” in the nation’s history.Her first applause line: “Three million net new jobs have been created in the last year alone. And in April 2018, the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, the lowest in more than 17 years.” Read more>>>


May 1, 2018

U.S. News & World Report

6 Money Mistakes College Students Make

featuring Finance Professor Professor Peter Nigro

“Between paying college tuition and covering the cost of room and board, managing money as a college student can be a challenge. Between paying college tuition and covering the cost of room and board, managing money as a college student can be a challenge.” Read more>>>


April 30, 2018

Providence Journal

9 People to be inducted in R.I. Heritage Hall of Fame

Nine people have been selected by the board of directors of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame for membership, according to a news release…Ronald K. Machtley. Attorney, naval officer, three-term congressman and then longtime president of Bryant University. Inducted by Albert R. Beauparlant. Read more>>>


May 9, 2018

Two Aquidneck Islanders inducted into R.I. Heritage Hall of Fame

Newport Daily News

Portsmouth resident and Bryant University President Ronald Machtley and screenwriter and playwright Ken Dooley of Newport were among nine people inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame on May 5. The 2018 inductees were honored for their significant contributions to the heritage of the state during the organization’s 54th annual induction ceremony. Read more>>>


April 28, 2018

Attracting Companies with Consultancies

BizEd May/June 2018

Organizations love student consultancy projects for good reasons—they allow companies both to develop the next generation of leaders and to have their biggest business problems solved by student teams. Likewise, business schools turn to student consultancies to deliver experiential learning to students—and, of course, to attract corporations to campus.

Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, has taken the power of the student consultancy to heart. By integrating consultancy projects at different stages of the curricula, the school has significantly increased corporate involvement on campus. Read more>>>


April 27, 2018

Supply Chain Management Review

Bryant University’s Global Supply Chain Management Program Worth Noting

One fundamental innovation is the inter-disciplinary nature of our faculty. We considered housing the program in a single department, it makes the administration easier. But real-life supply chain managers don’t live in that world. Our faculty must keep their expertise (and connections) in logistics, operations, marketing, finance, and information systems—and we demand that our students consult with different faculty to get different perspectives when they complete major projects. This teaches them that there’s no “right” answer, and instead they must consider trade-offs rooted in analytics and justified in performance outcomes. Read more>>>


April 3, 2018

U.S. News & World Report

The Ultimate Guide to Bonds

Featuring Professor Kevin Maloney

Why buy bonds? There are generally three reasons investors buy bonds, says Kevin Maloney, visiting professor of finance at Bryant University. Some investors use bonds to create a steady stream of income. Since a bond's coupon payments are guaranteed, investors know when and how much they'll receive. This also makes bonds useful for funding specific future liabilities such as retirement or college. A bond’s principal repayment can be timed to coincide with major expenses or purchases. Read more>>>


February 2018

University Business

The power of an integrated business and liberal arts curriculum in higher ed

By Ronald K. Machtley

What’s more important in higher education: preparing for a profession or attaining a well-rounded liberal arts education? The answer is that in today’s world both are critical. Read more>>>


March 29, 2018

U.S. News & World Report

7 Lessons to Teach Your Kids for Financial Literacy Month

Every purchase has an opportunity cost. Children also need to know money is finite, even for wealthy families. That means money used to purchase one item won't be available to purchase other items. "Make them aware of trade-offs as soon as possible," says Peter Nigro, professor and chair of the finance department at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Read more>>>


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. 
  • 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>>>


March 23, 2018

Providence Business News 

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

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>>>


March 16, 2018

Providence Business News

Young named Bryant’s data science executive in residence

“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>>>


March 16, 2018

Rhode Island Monthly

12 Empowering Quotes from the 2018 Women's Summit

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: Read more>>> 


March 16, 2018 

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

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>>>


March 8, 2018

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

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>>>


March 3, 2018 

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

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>>>

February 28

AB6 News, WLNE

Danny Amendola Visits Bryant University, Talks All Things Patriots

Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola speaking at Bryant University Tuesday night. Among the tops the Pats star talked about were the reported turmoil in the organization, the offseason & Bill Belichick as a coach & as a "style expert." Read more>>>


February 27, 2018

Providence Business News

Steve Forbes to speak at Bryant entrepreneurship conference

– 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.” 


February 8, 2018 

U.S. News & World Report

Look for MBA Courses on Artificial Intelligence

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>>>


January 26, 2018 

Providence Business News

Bryant IDEA program allows students to work 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>>>


January 18, 2018

U.S. News & World Report

Find MBA Programs That Teach Prediction Skills

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>>>


January 4, 2018

U.S. News & World Report

Will We Say Goodbye to Cash in 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>>>


November 2, 2017

Chronicle of Higher Education 

Daily Briefing Newsletter: Can Design Thinking Redesign Higher Education 

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.


October 24, 2017

Valley Breeze

College leaders: We must do a better job preparing workforce

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. Read more>>>


September 28 to October 6, 2017

Dunhuang Exhibition Attracts Media Attention

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


September 22, 2017

Providence Business News

Bryant’s Innovation Center is transforming teaching, learning

Bryant University’s visually striking Academic Innovation Center, which opened September 2016, is designed to shun passive learning and lengthy lecturing. Instead, the AIC embraces design thinking – a way to solve problems from a more empathetic, idea-generation-type protocol – active and experiential learning, and dynamic teaching methods. Read more>>>


September 8, 2017

Supply Chain Management Review

Is Your Technology Stuck in the Last Industrial Revolution?

Michael Gravier, Ph.D.

The upshot will be the dissolution of the current leaders of the global economy with their long supply chains that are too costly and unresponsive compared to the new generation of companies that will be smaller, organized for rapid reconfiguration, and far lighter on capital requirements. Read more>>>


August 30, 2017

USA Today/College Factual

Bryant Rises in USA Today/College Factual Rankings 

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.


July 3, 2017


Six Steps to Innovation

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 >>>


July/August 2017

AACSB BizEd Magazine

Cultivating Campus Cultures of Teaching.  Ways to encourage faculty to innovate in the classroom.

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 >>>


June 14, 2017 

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

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>>>


June 3, 2017

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

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>>>


May 20, 2017

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

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>>>


April 6, 2017 

Providence Journal

Wozniak Formula for Success? Direction, Engineering, Marketing + Video

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>>>


March 18, 2017

Providence Journal

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

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>>>


March 17, 2017 

Providence Business News

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

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>>>


March 1, 2017

College Planning & Management Magazine

Future Focused, Bryant’s Academic Innovation Center

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>>>


January 20, 2017

University Business

Bryant IDEA Marks Five Years Teaching Design Thinking Methods 

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>>>


December 13, 2016

The Hill

Exploring the post-election market rally 

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>>>


December 13, 2016

International Business Times

Fed moves affect homeowners, young people

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>>>


December 9, 2016

Providence Journal

Alpert Foundation grant to further Bryant’s health sciences programs

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>>>


December 1, 2017 

College Planning & Management 

Education Design Showcase Grand Prize: Bryant’s Academic Innovation Center

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>>>


November, 2017

Academic Leader Magazine: 

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

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. >>>


August 24, 2017

Education DIVE

Promoting a culture of innovation on campus means rethinking total approach

Machtley says it starts with building observation skills, which his campus does for students as freshman with a one-credit hour immersive class that teaches them to challenge real-world problems. Encouraging and creating space for feedback and for students and staff to ideate is also key to getting all stakeholders in on the process. Read more>>>


September 28, 2016 

University Business

Bryant Builds initiative culminates with two cornerstone projects

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.

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 >


September 18, 2016

Providence Journal

Bryant ready to show off its Academic Innovation Center

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>>>

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