Open for innovation: Bryant celebrates new Academic Innovation Center


The atmosphere on campus was electric as the Bryant University community joined President Ronald K. Machtley to celebrate the grand opening of Bryant’s Academic Innovation Center. The project broke ground just 16 months ago and opened for the first day of classes on September 6 — on time and under budget.

The new building is the culmination of an innovative development and design process five years in the making. It is a light-filled architectural masterpiece that was conceived and created by a team from multiple academic and professional disciplines who came together to reimagine and redefine higher education.

“We want to not only teach innovatively in this building, but also to imbue our students with the essential traits to become innovative leaders for the future,” said President Ronald K. Machtley.

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Historic Bryant Builds initiative culminates with two cornerstone projects

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – 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. The construction is made possible by unprecedented levels of philanthropic support for Bryant’s capital campaign, Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future, which has already raised more than $62 million towards the campaign’s $75 million goal.

Answering the call for innovative leaders prepared with skills essential for the 21 st century, Bryant will unveil its trailblazing Academic Innovation Center on September 23, 2016, at 1 p.m. The grand opening will feature demonstrations of innovative teaching styles and tours of the facility.

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A summer of science thanks to undergraduate research fellowships

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Ekta Chugh ’19, a biology and accounting major who hopes to become a cardiothoracic surgeon, recently discussed some of the findings of her research project made possible through the R.I. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. (Photo courtesy of RI EPSCoR)

Six Bryant students spent their summer immersed in projects ranging from studying nanoparticles that can cause brain tumors to exploring microbial communities in estuaries as part of the Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. This experience conducting methodical and intensified research breeds a deeper involvement in the science, and allows students to delve into expansive research projects.

“This is truly graduate-level research” that not many undergraduates get to experience, says Associate Professor of Science and Technology Christopher Reid, Ph.D.

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Students from Bryant Zhuhai arrive for two-week study abroad program

Bryant University celebrated another milestone as a leader in international education on Aug. 3 by welcoming the first group of students from Bryant Zhuhai in China to the Smithfield campus. Eighty-seven students – more than half of Bryant Zhuhai’s inaugural class – will spend a week in the United States as part of the Sophomore International Experience program.

“Seeing you here at Bryant, just one year after you began this transformational experience, just makes me so proud,” President Ronald K. Machtley told the students. “It is such a great honor to welcome you to the Bryant campus.”

Bryant University’s first-entering class of 160 Chinese students began their studies Bryant Zhuhai last September. In collaboration with Beijing Institute of Technology Zhuhai (BITZH), the new four-year undergraduate program prepares students with the global perspective that is essential for success in today’s international business world. The academic program in Zhuhai, which is taught in English, is designed to mirror the vigor of Bryant’s nationally recognized curriculum and the quality of faculty. The graduating students will receive a Bryant University degree.

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