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Aug 6th, 6:30 p.m.
Northern NJ Senior Send Off
Sheraton Parsippany Hotel
Kick off the 2009-2010 school year with members of the Bryant community. Join alumni, current students and staff in welcoming the class of 2013. RSVP Office of Admission, (401) 232-6109.

Aug 6th, 7 p.m.
MD Regional Alumni Network
Chestnut Ridge Country Club, Lutherville, MD
Connect with fellow alumni, meet a few current students and incoming freshmen and enjoy a lovely evening amidst the pristine beauty of the Greenspring Valley at the Chestnut Ridge Country Club.

Aug 7th, 5:30 p.m.
NY Regional Alumni Network
Hiland Park Country Club
Join Bryant alumni for a networking reception in the Lake George Area. Come early to play a round of golf at the club.

Aug 13th, 6:30 p.m.
Central MA Senior Send Off
Doubletree Hotel Milford
Kick off the 2009-2010 school year with members of the Bryant community. Join alumni, current students and staff in welcoming the class of 2013. RSVP Office of Admission, (401) 232-6724.

Aug 20th, 6 p.m.
NY Regional Alumni Network
Galway Hooker Pub
Come welcome our newest Alumni to the region! Galway Hooker Pub promises to be a great spot for Bryant Alumni to informally gather every 3rd Thursday.

Aug 23th, 4 p.m.
Puerto Rico Senior Send Off
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Kick off the 2009-2010 school year with members of the Bryant community. Join alumni, current students and staff in welcoming the class of 2013. RSVP to Robin Warde, (401) 232-6253.

Sept 22nd, 6:30 p.m.
MA Regional Alumni Network
Downtown Harvard Club
Join Jack Trifts, Dean of the College of Business, Professor Mike Roberto, and Bryant alumni to network and build management skills.

Oct 2nd - 4th
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2009 Reunion @ Homecoming

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Your Alumni Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 7
July/August 2009

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Alumni Profile

Rob ’90 and Paula Fox: The “Inn” Crowd
Alumnus achieves dream of owning his own business by converting 1870s farmhouse along Nubanusit River in New Hampshire into a bed and breakfast.

Long Island native Rob Fox ’90 came to Bryant in 1986 with a definite plan in mind: he was going to get a business degree and experience new things. “I made campus visits to at least eight universities, but the moment I drove onto Bryant’s campus, I knew it was where I wanted to go,” he says. “Bryant was a college and campus that was growing and progressing. I applied for early decision and never looked back. “

As a student, Rob was a member of the intercollegiate racquetball team and the Scuba Club, a writer for The Archway, and a DJ on WJMF radio station, each of which, he says, taught him something valuable.

“I learned about teamwork and sharpened my competitive and organizational skills through the sports clubs, and I overcame my shyness and became more expressive through writing for The Archway and being a DJ,” says Rob.

It wasn’t only his extracurricular activities that helped his confidence level. Professor Burt Fishman and his advanced public speaking class also had a hand in increasing his confidence. “Professor Fishman made his class entertaining, yet very challenging,” says Rob. “Public speaking is one the most important life skills you can learn. Being able to express myself effectively has helped me in my life and various careers.”

After graduating in 1990, Rob set about to achieve his goal of experiencing different countries and cultures before settling into an accounting career. He spent a year in Japan teaching English in public middle school through the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) program. Rob then returned home to the family’s commercial door hardware business. Soon after that, he met his future wife, Paula, and it was on a Valentine’s Day trip that the pair discovered the charm and advantages of staying at a bed and breakfast.

Over the next 10 years, the couple continued their respective careers – Rob, in the family business, and Paula, as a chemist turned professor. They vacationed at places they read about in a book they picked up on their first bed-and-breakfast stay. Throughout this time, their desire to one day become innkeepers took root because of their positive experiences as guests. In 2005, they decided to make the leap from dream to reality.

“We wanted something that was just right for us,” Rob says. “It had to be the right community and the right property. Our search took us to many popular New England destinations, but when we came to Peterborough, New Hampshire, we found our home.”

The Little River Bed and Breakfast was completely remodeled from a single-family home to a charming inn by Rob and Paula and currently has four guest rooms. Rob still makes use of his business degree and his international experiences as an innkeeper because he must wear many hats in this business, he says.

“Today, innkeepers are competing against the local chain hotels and resorts, and understanding today’s technology is imperative,” he says. “Bryant offered a diverse business education; from accounting, to business law, to marketing, to statistics. All have been extremely valuable to me.”

You can find out more about Rob and Paula’s bed and breakfast, read their blog, or reserve a room by visiting their Web site at

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