(Pictured from left to right: Joseph F. Puishys '80, Eric R. Handa '97, Mirghavamaddin Bozorgmir (aka Amir Lear) '83 MBA, Wendy Samter, Ph.D., and Diane (Zordan) Wardyga '77 and Alan Wardyga '77, '84 MBA)
Bryant University is honored to count the following individuals among its alumni and faculty, and we are pleased to congratulate them as the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award winners.
Joseph F. Puishys ’80 (Huntington Beach, CA and Minneapolis, MN), CEO of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., is this year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient. Puishys, who spent 32 years at Fortune 100 company Honeywell International, left to run the Minneapolis-based company that designs and manufactures value-added glass products and services because it allowed him to lead a corporation’s strategies. He and his wife Kathy (Jurewicz) ’81 are members of the Bryant Leadership Council of Donors.
Mirghavamaddin Bozorgmir (aka Amir Lear) ’83 MBA (Greenwich, CT), CEO of Mutual of America Capital Management, receives the Distinguished Alumnus Award – Graduate School of Business. Bozorgmir has lent his knowledge in the field of Financial Services to Bryant’s College of Business and is a regular contributor to the Bryant Leadership Council of Donors.
Eric R. Handa ’97 (Hong Kong and United Kingdom), co-founder and chief executive officer of AP Telecom, is the Young Alumnus Leader Award recipient. Despite having lived abroad since graduating, Handa remains involved with Bryant, lending his expertise to administrators, faculty, and students in a variety of ways. He has supported the Bryant Leadership Council, the Black & Gold Club, and is currently a University Society donor.
Diane (Zordan) Wardyga ’77 and Alan Wardyga ’77, ’84 MBA (North Smithfield, RI) are this year’s Nelson J. Gulski Service Award recipients. The Wardygas have been honored for their many good deeds on behalf of the University and volunteer service to Bryant since graduating. “We appreciate and want to encourage the type of creative thinking a Bryant education develops.” The Wardygas are members of the Bryant Leadership Council and the 1863 Society.
Wendy Samter, Ph.D., professor and chair of the communication department, is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. Professor Samter, a 10-year member of Bryant’s faculty, is recognized for her devotion to the teaching profession and her personal concern for and commitment to students. She was cited as “a faculty member who works hard for the benefit of students and the advancement of the Bryant brand.”