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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kudos to Alex and Anni

A local company, a very environmentally aware company, and a potential sponsor, for donating money to Bryant College to support their international business training.

Here's the story: "Local company donates $1M to Bryant U.
Donation to benefit International Business Program

By Shaun Towne
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) - A local company has donated $1 million to Bryant University.

The gift from Cranston-based Alex and Ani, Inc. is to benefit the University's International Business (IB) Program.

According to a news release, Bryant will receive $100,000 a year over 10 years.

A working relationship between the company and the university began in 2010 when Alex and Ani were looking to expand into Spain, and sought guidance from Bryant faculty and students.

"Corporate partnerships like this one with Alex and Ani give our students opportunities to practice what they learn in the classroom as they prepare to lead in a global context," said Jose-Marie Griffiths, vice president for academic affairs in a statement. "In addition, the company is an especially relevant corporate role model. Its domestic success is turning into an international success in front of our students' eyes, and its commitment to corporate philanthropy offers Bryant students and example to follow..."

Let's hope Bryant's continuing training of kids focuses some attention on company's striking the right balance between ecological respect and economic growth.

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