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    v. 14, no. 6, December 10, 1954

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    Letter Written by Roger S. Pillsbury to the Bryant College Service Club Dated July 30, 1942

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    [Transcription begins] U. S. NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA Bldg. 704-236 July 30, 1942 Chairman of Bryant Service Club Bryant College Providence, Rhode Island Dear Chairman, I wish at this time to express my gratitude and appreciation for the thoughtfulness of the students at Bryant who are responsible for sending me smokes. It is the most wonderful feeling to know that someone back home is thinking of you once in awhile. Again I want to thank you for this token. Sincerely, Cadet Roger S. Pillsbury [Transcription ends

    Letter Written by Patricia O\u27Brien Aiken to Lieutenant Albert Shelton Aiken postmarked September 23, 1942

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    Honestly Darling – You can’t imagine how glad I was to hear that you had a broken rib. I mean just the fact that you still had a rib to be broken was so wonderful. Gordon came home with a rumor that you’d been killed. So Mrs. Blood called to find out the worst from Edith. She came over to find out when I’d last heard, and told me that (Gordon said maybe) you’d been badly hurt. I was a sick cookie for a while (Sunday) but Monday when I got to work I looked so horrible that Mr. Curran got the story & immediately called A.G.O. who stated that you’d never been a casualty or in an accident. That helped matters a lot, Watson spent a day at A.G.O. too, & found out the same thing. It wasn’t until then that Edith told me he said you’d been killed not hurt..

    v. 2, no. 4, December 1946

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    A Statistical Analysis of Defined Benefit, Defined Contribution, and Hybrid Plans

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    The purpose of this study is to compare three major types of employer sponsored retirement plans, Defined Benefit (DB), Defined Contribution (DC), and hybrid, and their impact on the employee. Employee careers are simulated to understand the employee’s advantages and disadvantages of each type of plan, especially in the state of an economic depression. The study uses actuarial assumptions and the simulation varies a number of quantities to better understand the impact of employee savings. The variables which are simulated at different levels are: service start age, retirement age, current compensation, salary increase rate, rate of return on market investments, mortality rates, and interest rate. The simulation shows that traditional defined benefit plans typically give employees a higher benefit than both defined contribution and hybrid plans. Additionally, defined benefit plans are not subject to the market risk of many of the other retirement plan types. Finally, typical employees change plans at least once during their career and this has a significant negative effect on their retirement benefits

    An Empirical Comparison of Objective Functions for the Mixed-Model U-Shaped Assembly Line

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    Several objective functions have been proposed in the literature to smooth (equalize) work load variations in mixed-model serial assembly lines. In this paper we modified and tested three mixed-model serial line objective functions for the mixed-model, U-shaped assembly line. These objective functions are the absolute deviation from cycle time (ADC), the maximum deviation from cycle time (MDC) and the sum of the cycle time violations (SCV). We compared these objective functions using the well-known smoothness index. We employed a four step smoothing process from the literature and swapped tasks between workstations to minimize our objective functions. Our task swapping procedure was guided by the great deluge algorithm heuristic. We tested three problem sizes of 19, 61 and 111 tasks, and a variety of cycle times and model sequences for a total of 68 problems. We analyzed our results using the non-parametric Friedman?s test in conjunction with the multiple-comparison for use with Friedman test. Our results indicated that across all problems the ADC and the MDC performed significantly better than the MDC. But, when we controlled for high and low cycle times, the MDC was significantly better than both ADC and SCV at low cycle times, while the ADC and SCV were significantly better than the MDC at high cycle times. From the results of this experiment we can conclude that the smoothness index is influenced by both the objective function and the cycle time in the mixed-model, U-shaped assembly line balancing problem. (Assembly Line Balancing, Mixed-Model Production, U-Lines, Layout

    v. 15, no. 7, January 13, 1956

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    Bryant, Stratton & Mason\u27s Commercial College : Howard Building

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    Corner of Westminster Street and Dorrance, Providence R.I. Drawing. Circa 1863-1868.https://digitalcommons.bryant.edu/hist_photos/1048/thumbnail.jp

    Letter Written by Herbert A. Bonn to the Bryant College Service Club Dated April 14, 1944

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    [Transcription begins] Pfc Herbert Allen Bonn, ASN 31245485 Detachment Medical Department AAF Regional Station Hospital #1 Coral Gables 34, Florida Friday April 14, 1944 THE BRYANT SERVICE CLUB Bryant College Hope Street Providence, R. I. Dear Future Alumni, I sure was very, very pleased last night when I received a very delicious box of candy from you-all (Southern dialect!). Of course, it goes without saying that I took it to the office today and shared it with everyone, telling them that it was tangible proof that I hadn’t been forgotten by those back home. Bryant College is gaining quite a reputation amongst the folks down here. As a matter of very slight interest, you may note that I have advanced just one small peg in the army scale of things. Henry L. Babcock, Bryant ’38, was down here for a spell and shipped to some camp in California. Westerly is his home town. Please, as an addition [sic] favor to me, keep a sharp eye on my brother Norman who is now a student at your college. Thank you again, H. Allen Bonn [Transcription ends

    Commencement 1930 - Rhode Island Governor Norman S. Case, United States Vice President Charles Curtis, Wilson V. Gilman (Class of 1930) and Bryant President Harry L. Jacobs

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    Photo of Charels Curtis congratulating Wilson V. Gilman witnessed by Rhode Island Governor Norman S. Case and Bryant President Henry L. Jacobs. From Left to Right: Rhode Island Governor Norman S. Case United States Vice President Charles Curtis Wilson V. Gilman (Class of 1930) Bryant President Harry L. Jacobs Commencement was held at the R.K.O Albee Theatre on Westminster Street in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.https://digitalcommons.bryant.edu/hist_photos/1125/thumbnail.jp
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