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Mar 3rd, 7 p.m.
MA Regional Alumni Network
Boston Bruins

Mar 5th, 6:30 p.m.
CT Regional Alumni Network, Bryant 2U
Cobb's Mill Inn

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Mar 7th, 7 p.m.
MA Regional Alumni Network
Worcester Sharks
Join Bryant Alumni and watch the Worcester Sharks take on the Albany River Rats. Alumni will gather before the game at McFadden's.

Mar 10th, 6:30 p.m.
NY Regional Alumni Network, Bryant 2U
MI Post, New York, NY

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Mar 12th, 6 p.m.
CA Regional Alumni Network, Bryant 2U
Delancey Street Restaurant
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Mar 14th, 9:30 a.m.
FL Regional Alumni Network
St. Patrick's Day Parade, Naples, FL
Join Bryant alumni and march in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade In Naples!

Mar 15th, 11 a.m.
FL Regional Alumni Network
Red Sox Training Camp,
Ft. Myers, FL
We have a limited number of tickets for the Red Sox Spring Training Camp as Boston takes on the Baltimore Orioles. Join other Bryant alumni for a barbeque prior to the game.

Mar 30th, 6:30 p.m.
FL Regional Alumni Network
Ritz Carlton Golf Club and Spa, Jupiter, Florida
Join Bryant University alumni for a networking reception with President Ronald Machtley.

Apr 2nd, 5:30 p.m.
Student/Alumni Career Night 2009
Bryant University Campus
Informally share career information, advice, and strategies with Bryant undergraduates and network with alumni.

June 6th, 4 p.m.
McCoy Stadium
Pawtucket Red Sox Game and Barbecue

There will be a FREE Youth Clinic, for children 14 years and younger, from 2 - 3:15 p.m.

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Your Alumni Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 2
March 2009

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Alumni Profile
Running a museum is more than child’s play: David Penn ‘88

“In my position, I have the creative freedom to introduce new programs, projects, and goals on a regular basis,” says David. “I also feel fortunate to be able to give back to the community that has so enriched my life.”

David knows firsthand that children learn best when they have the chance to get their hands dirty, as he and his wife, Robin, have three children of their own. His personal knowledge of children, combined with his degrees from Bryant and Harvard and a recently completed Ph.D., have resulted in a highly successful children’s museum.

“My organization’s mission is to stimulate children’s desire to learn through creativity, play, and exploration. Our programs have received numerous awards and media recognition,” he says.

David was twice named “Nonprofit CEO of the Year” by respected business trade organizations, chosen from more than 4,000 regional candidates. He also achieved a first-ever feat in the children’s museum field by leading his institution in simultaneously winning two international awards.
David believes that Bryant’s rigorous academic program prepared him well for his career. He concentrated in management and communication and mixed in a healthy dose of psychology classes. He chose Bryant because of its close-knit community, quality programs, and reputation for preparing first-rate business leaders.

“I started at Bryant as a shy teenager but left a determined, confident man,” says David. He credits Bill Phillips, psychology professor and counseling services director, with helping him become more assertive, and Margaret Pierce in career services for helping him to see humor in difficult situations.

The list of Bryant employees – both staff and faculty – who made a lasting impression is extensive. “Gloria Yahn in public affairs was like a mother to me when I needed one most,” says David. “Professor of Management John Zeiger taught me the importance of the manager-employee relationship, which is something that I believe contributes to my success in building employee loyalty today.”

Though a great many more Bryant staff left an impression, David says Communication Professor Mary Lyons was particularly inspiring. “I never got the opportunity to tell her how much of an impact she had on me and to thank her for helping me develop my writing skills,” he says. “Her dedication to her profession and her students is unsurpassed.”

David made the most of his time at Bryant by getting involved in the Student Senate, writing and reporting for The Archway, advising students as a resident assistant, and gaining a world view by studying abroad. Although he graduated 20 years ago, he is still guided by what he learned on campus.

“The people and programs at Bryant taught me to ‘walk the talk’ and that ‘to whom much is given, much is expected,’ ” says David. “It’s my turn to try to instill that in others and help in whatever way I can.”

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