YWCA recognizes Bryant, Amica for supporting middle-school girls in computer sciences

At the 12 th Annual YWCA Rhode Island Women of Achievement Awards, Bryant University and Amica Mutual Insurance Company were honored for their joint program, the Fantastic Girltastic Code Company’s App Challenge. The Fantastic Girltastic Code Company is a YWCA program that encourages middle school girls to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Bryant Women’s Summit Executive Director Kati Machtley partnered with Amica’s Internet and Mobile Experience Marketing Officer Jill Rasmussen to build a multidisciplinary team of women from both organizations to develop the App Challenge program, which took place at Bryant on April 2.

Twenty-seven girls from the YWCA, ranging in age from 9 to 12, participated in the challenge. They worked in teams to identify a challenge in their community and propose a creative technology solution to address it. Mentors helped the teams develop their ideas and create storyboards to present to a panel of judges.

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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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