Posts Tagged with “student life”

Bryant revises freshman courses

July 31st, 2012

The University's new First-Year Gateway represents "a sea change in the way Bryant approaches the freshman-year experience," the Providence Journal reports in its coverage of the new core curriculum that will begin with the Class of 2016.

"Students come to us thinking there are right and wrong answers," Robert Shea, director of faculty development, told the Journal. The task of the First-Year Gateway "is to help them understand that there are multiple perspectives, that real-life problems are not always well defined. We want them to be more conscious about their thinking, to move beyond the textbook."

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University launches multi-year curricular innovation with First-Year Gateway; grant from Davis Educational Foundation will support initiative

July 25th, 2012

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - With the arrival of the Class of 2016 this September, Bryant University will launch the First-Year Gateway, a program so distinctive that the Davis Educational Foundation has given Bryant a three-year grant to support it.

"The First-Year Gateway is the initial component of a multi-year plan that is transforming Bryant's approach to teaching and learning," said Vice President for Academic Affairs José-Marie Griffiths. "The aim is to produce graduates equipped not only with the professional skills to succeed in a global economy but also with the critical-thinking skills needed to succeed as citizens of the world.

"In making its award to the Gateway, the Davis Educational Foundation has endorsed the path Bryant is taking toward its goal of becoming an agent of change in higher education," she said.


With a cure for her spinal muscular atrophy in sight, Bryant senior focuses on fundraisers

July 18th, 2012

The Valley Breeze reports on the journey Bryant senior Alyssa Silva has taken to raise funds — to date, $70,000 — that go toward finding a cure for spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder that has caused her spinal nerve cells to degenerate, leaving her wheelchair bound.

When she was 10, Alyssa began designing and selling greeting cards to raise research money. Since enrolling at Bryant, her fund-raising focus has gone into a benefit golf tournament and dinner.

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To ensure a college graduate, parents need to instill self-reliance in their child

May 31st, 2012

In a conversation with education columnist Julia Steiny, Dean David Lux discusses how self-reliance is one of the most important qualities parents - as well as colleges and universities - can teach their children and students.

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A crash course in recycling for departing students

May 21st, 2012

At the end of spring semester, the Providence Journal reports, many colleges and universities, including Bryant, make it easy for students to recycle or donate clothing, furniture and other unwanted but serviceable items that otherwise would fill residence hall dumpsters.


Tucked under the surface of a course in management principles is a passion for service learning

May 17th, 2012

This video was prepared for the nonprofit Gotta Have Sole by members of Team Heart and Sole as part of their service-learning project for "Management Principles and Practice" (Management 200).

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Watch a homeless child's face light up when given a pair of brand-new shoes, or an elderly person's eyes sparkle while learning how to use a computer for the first time.

Those are just two of the outcomes of more than 50 service-learning projects undertaken by Bryant students enrolled in "Management Principles and Practice"(Management 200), a course in which students break into teams to work with area nonprofits.


Student advocates for more support for foster children as they enter adulthood

May 11th, 2012

In this opinion piece published by the Providence Journal, Ariana Alicea '12 calls for states to increase their support for foster children who "age out" of the system at age 18.

Alicea, a sociology and service learning major from Connecticut, writes: "I'm not speaking from behind the desk of a philanthropy or political position. ... I have been a foster child since I was 6. I was fortunate enough to be born and neglected in Connecticut, a state that offers an extension of child-welfare benefits after age 18 to young adults who qualify."


Bryant places 5th overall in national collegiate clothing drive

May 9th, 2012

Bryant students' participation in the 2012 oneSHIRT Challenge, a national contest sponsored by SustainU to collect clothing and textiles for recycling, earned Bryant fifth place overall and third place in per-student poundage. Florida State U won with a collection of more than 3 tons overall. Bryant students gathered 1,781 pounds total, averaging 0.496 pounds per student. One hundred ten colleges and universities participated.


Three Bryant students will bike across country to benefit Graves’ disease research

May 7th, 2012

After they graduate May 19, three Bryant students — Dave Britton, Elias McQuade and Keating Tufts — will embark on a 4,200-mile cross-country bicycle trip from Wellfleet, Mass., to San Francisco to raise money for the Graves' Disease and Thyroid Foundation.

Campus dining, calendar apps win Bryant University App-a-Thon Competition

April 19th, 2012


A member of the team presenting Bryant Eats, one of the two winners in the App-a-Thon

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - This summer, Bryant University's Information Services team will bring to life two mobile apps that will answer the eternal undergrad questions: "What's to eat?" and "What's going on?"