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Your Alumni Newsletter
Volume 4, Issue 10
December 2010

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Alumni Helping Future Alumni



Former Bryant undergrad Annie (Hodgkiss) Arnold ’01 is helping to turn her underprivileged fifth graders on to college – specifically Bryant – as part of a bid to join the national “No Excuses University” network.

Annie will never forget her time at Bryant – rugby, drama, cheerleading and her mentor, Bryant professor of English and Cultural Studies Stan Kozikowski.  After graduating from Bond University in Australia, she followed her love of service and teaching to Lewiston, Maine, where she works with a group of underprivileged fifth graders at Longley Elementary. 

“Longley serves students who are poor – 99% receive free or reduced lunches,” reports Annie.  The population faces additional challenges as 60% are Somali immigrants, many having lived in refugee camps prior to coming to this country.

Annie and the other teachers at Longley are working towards becoming the first school in New England to be accepted into the national “No Excuses University” network founded by Damon Lopez who also co-founded “TurnAround Schools.”  Annie wrote the office of Alumni Relations a passionate email “These students need a goal… something to work towards…a means to escape the pattern of poverty they live and breathe.”   She wants to turn them on to Bryant and give them a glimpse of the world of higher education and the places it can take them.

Bryant’s Office of Alumni Relations has provided Annie’s classroom with Bryant pennants, printed brochures and Bryant gear like t-shirts and hats.  Anyone interested in learning more about “No Excuses University” can find it at turnaroundschools.org.  Or, if you’d like to reach out to Annie and her students, contact her at hodgkiss79@yahoo.com



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