Department of Public Safety Receives Prestigious CALEA Accreditation

SMITHFIELD, RI – Bryant University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) at a conference held in Providence last week.

CALEA is a credentialing authority with the mission to improve the delivery of public safety services by maintaining standards, recognizing professional excellence, and accrediting public safety agencies, including law enforcement agencies, training academies, communications centers, and campus public safety agencies.

The organization recently expanded from certifying sworn law enforcement agencies to non-sworn college and university public safety departments. Bryant is one of only four non-sworn departments in the country to receive the CALEA certification.

Bryant Director of Public Safety Stephen M. Bannon and Assistant Director John Rainone spearheaded the five-phase accreditation process, the most stringent in the country. The process includes self-assessment, on-site assessment, commission review and decision, and maintaining compliance and reaccreditation.

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New fund for nutrition, health education will promote healthy lifestyles for Bryant students

It’s a common concern among parents and college-bound students: Will students successfully manage the responsibilities and challenges they face when living away from home for the first time? Will the healthy habits they have acquired withstand the stressors that are sure to arise?

Richard Leto ’73 and his wife, Bonnie, first became aware of the prevalence of eating disorders when their daughters were undergraduates at universities in Florida and North Carolina. “As we researched it and learned more, we saw that many more people than you want to image are affected by this,” explains Richard.

The Letos felt this was a health issue that needed to be elevated in importance and considered what campus programs could be developed to address it. Believing that a positive, preventative approach to health and nutrition can make a real difference for vulnerable students, they made a $200,000 gift to Bryant University to establish the Richard and Bonnie Leto Nutrition and Health Education Endowed Fund.

An additional gift of $25,000 ensures that the initiative will begin immediately. A part-time health and nutrition educator will begin overseeing a range of holistic educational and awareness programs beginning in the fall 2017 semester. The goal is to create and sustain an environment at Bryant that promotes healthy lifestyles in which students maintain a wise and balanced relationship with food.

The Letos’ gifts were made in support of Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future.They worked thoughtfully with Bryant leaders, including John R. Saddlemire, Ed.D., Bryant’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, to develop a meaningful initiative that would complement the student-centered objectives of the campaign.

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Author/journalist Harriet Rubin offers perspective at crossroads of art, society, business, leadership

Author, editor and journalist Harriet Rubin spent a week this spring partnering with faculty to bring her unique experience to their classes and discuss art, society, business and leadership with students. Bringing a lifetime of experience mixing business and the creative arts to campus, she inspired students to achieve big goals and helped them identify the tools they need to do so.

“There is a maturity here that I’ve noticed in the students, and an unambiguous desire for success,” says Rubin, senior writer and columnist for Fast Company and the author of the international bestseller The Princessa: Machiavelli for Women. “They seem to be thinking about how they can make their lives most useful to the world at large. There’s something about the Bryant culture that encourages the expression of that.

“I think the Bryant students are standouts — in their focus, in their sense of what they can do, and in the sort of work they can do,” she said.

Rubin was at Bryant as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, a program offered through the Council of Independent Colleges.

The drive to be the best

Throughout the week, Rubin visited courses ranging from a history class on trends in modern thought to a management class on power and influence. In a Marketing for Competitive Advantage class, she discussed the concept of “competitive edge” and explored how companies like Apple and Google strive to reverse-engineer why their strategies worked and discover the “secret recipe for success.”

“Harriet Rubin’s visit definitely made an impression on the students,” says Associate Professor of Marketing and Global Supply Chain Management Michael J. Gravier, Ph.D. “She helped them understand how so many companies strive to be the best, and why only a few succeed.”

Inspiring others

Rubin also aided The Workshop in Creative and Critical Practices students with developing their artist statements. Using her expertise in editing and writing, she helped them explore their goals and identity as artists.

“Harriet guided the students to think through how to talk about how and why they create,” says English and Cultural Studies Professor Terri Hasseler. “She asked students powerful questions about their lives and the motivations behind their work as artists, musicians, performers. The class learned so much just watching her work through the examples. It was a really fantastic opportunity.”

It was amazing how she was so invested in my work after just meeting us,” says Nicholas Wilkinson ’19, one of Hasseler’s students. “She’s passionate about her work and wanting people to be invested and confident in their work. Her guidance helped give me a clearer vision and direction for who I am as an artist and what that means for my future.”

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Bryant expands Management program with Leadership and Innovation, Team and Project Management

The world – and the world of business – is changing at an ever-faster pace; technological innovations, globalization, increased diversity, and political upheavals require forward-thinking and agile leaders, managers, and thought leaders.

“To be competitive in such a global environment, we have to be on the cutting edge of doing things innovatively,” said Professor of Management Lori Coakley, Ph.D.

The programs complement Bryant’s distinctive concentrations in Human Resource Management and Global Supply Chain Management

Two new management concentrations – Leadership and Innovation, and Team and Project Management — underscore the University’s commitment to preparing students for the changing workplace. The programs, beginning in September, complement Bryant’s distinctive concentrations in Human Resource Management and Global Supply Chain Management.

Bryant’s Management program is highly ranked – No. 5 in the United States by College Factual/USA Today 2017.  The revisions to the program illustrate Bryant’s agility in responding to global dynamism and commitment to continuous improvement.

Leadership and Innovation

“Our new Leadership and Innovation concentration will prepare students to become successful leaders under conditions of ambiguity and uncertainty,” said Management Department Chair and Associate Professor of Management Diya Das, Ph.D. The robust curriculum, she said, includes classes in design thinking and strategic management of technological innovation as well as a distinctive leadership capstone course.

Coakley, a certified design thinking facilitator, believes that the new concentrations highlight what Bryant does so well: anticipating what skill sets will be in demand in the future, and developing academic programs to meet that need.  “We’re unique in getting students to think differently starting from their freshman year with IDEA. We are giving students tools to be uncomfortable and look at the world differently.”

Project and Team Management

Project management’s interdisciplinary nature makes the Project and Team Management concentration valuable for all students, whether they are studying business or liberal arts, noted Associate Professor of Management Angela Wicks, Ph.D. “When Bryant faculty share their business consulting expertise and experiences into the classrooms – as we all do – it’s invaluable for the students’ learning,” she said.

Students enrolled in the Project and Team Management concentration will complete a full-scale consulting project and report for a company with a business dilemma. They also will prepare to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management exam, given through Bryant’s Executive Development Center. That allows them to graduate not only with a highly relevant degree, but with a prestigious professional certification, as well.

Das noted that research and lengthy discussions with Bryant’s award-winning Amica Center for Career Education staff established that “in the world of work today, everything is run as projects … and everyone is all set up in teams.” Construction companies, health care systems, and every company in Silicon Valley all use project management, she said.  “Project and team management is a set of skills that is emerging as one with the highest demand.”