Rebecca Rene, Alicia Dufresne, Mitchell Blair, and Miranda Adams are seniors in the Bradley Three Year Honors Program at Southern New Hampshire University. Around twenty students are accepted to this program annually. As seniors, these students are required to enroll in a yearlong course and given a group assignment to consult with local companies in the community. Dr. Christine Blais, Assistant Professor of the Organizational Leadership School of Business, made contacts with various companies throughout the community. This is how Amanda Grappone Osmer was introduced to the soon-to-be SNHU Alumni.
Amanda and Chris Blais discussed the divide between Grappone retirees and the employed Grappone community. They were assigned to figure out ways to bridge this gap. The students brainstormed many ideas; one of the ideas was a family tree painting and unveiling celebration. Claire Racine, Director of Human Resources at Grappone, really liked this idea for the hallway. Additional ideas brought forth by these students did not fall by the wayside, as they created plans for Grappone to implement in the future.
The family tree is painted on the walls of the Human Resources hallway at Grappone. The painting consists of beautiful white birch trees and includes the names of our retirees. The students coordinated with Grappone team members, including Tara Hamel, who was the artist of the Grappone Team Members for Life painting.
Grappone invited a group of retirees to the unveiling ceremony on May 1, 2017. During the celebration Amanda presented how the project developed and the students shared their plans for post commencement. Larry Haynes, President of Grappone, calculated over 400 years of service amongst the retirees! Larry also awarded them with their Team Member for Life discount cards as a token of our appreciation.