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Brown University Fitness Center

Brown University Swim CenterRecently, I visited Brown University and was given the opportunity to tour the new Nelson Fitness Center which will house the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center and the David J. Zucconi Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center, all of which is now just completing construction in anticipation of opening this March 2012.  Included in the new sports complex, magnificently designed by the world-famous architect Robert A.M. Stern, is a 35,000 square foot health facility for all Brown University students. And, a former parking lot has been transformed into the new Ittleson Quadrangle where students and athletes can now congregate and enjoy the beautiful sports complexes.
I was thrilled to be able to tour the entire facility and to actually walk into the pool before it is completed and filled with water……a view that I will not be able to see again once the building is completed.
As a former spring board diver on the swim team, it is so gratifying to be a part of this new complex.  And, as a former rugby player, it is so heartening to know that our former founder of Brown Rugby, Dave Zucconi, will have the varsity strength training and conditioning complex name in his memory.  This complex will indeed be a great addition to Brown University.

Brown University Fitness Center

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February 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Brown University Sigma Chi Reunion

Sigma Chi Brown University Reunion I recently attended a 30th reunion (for some and an almost 30th reunion for others) with my fraternity brothers of Sigma Chi from Brown University  celebrating the classes of 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1983.  The reunion was held at the University Club here in New York City and included a cocktail reception and dinner and lots of wonderful memories!

There is absolutely no substitute for seeing people in person and getting together.   Emails, texts, phone calls, and even skype are no match for experiencing the laughter, sharing of memories and the sincere reflective thoughts that one experiences in person. It was so terrific to see and catch up with everyone; it has definitely been too long.The Sigma Chi SMEGS

Also so touching was a ceremony that occurred at the end of dinner which was led by Mark Akin where prayers and wonderful stories were shared among all of us about those friends who had passed away since we all last met together.  Six white roses were placed on a table representing the six brothers are no longer with us.

Sigma Chi Brown University 1981This ceremony was such a deeply thoughtful and touching addition to our evening and was reflective of the deep bond and respect and caring that all of us have and had for each other. I am so proud to have friends like those that I made at Brown University and Sigma Chi….indeed this is a priceless gift.






Brown University Sigma Chi Class of 1981

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November 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

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14th Annual Entrepreneurship Forum – Brown University

On April 30th, I was invited to participate in the 14th Annual Entrepreneurship Forum at Brown University and asked to deliver the keynote lecture.  I was thrilled to participate in such a wonderful program and even more honored and humbled when I learned that other past keynote lecturers included Ted Turner,  John Scully, Timothy Forbes, among others.

The program was well attended and included presentations to a group of judges by 8 Brown University student finalists of a Startup Competition to develop and business plan for new start up companies. The winner was awarded a check in the amount of $10,000 and all of the finalists made spectacular presentations.

It was also a pleasure to see Dean Barrett Hazeltine and Professor Josef Mittlemann at the Forum, the latter of whom I have been participating as a guest lecturer for his courses for the past 10 years.

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May 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Celebration of 50 Years of Brown Rugby

Kent M. Sig at the dedication of the plaque in memory of Dave Zucconi

I recently attended Brown University’s (my alma mater) commemoration of the 50th anniversary of rugby at Brown, where I played for three years.   Attendees included players from the Brown rugby team over the past half century, and we were 216 in all.
The 50th anniversary weekend included a plaque unveiling to commemorate the 2004 Rugby Field Dedication in memory of Dave Zucconi – Class of ‘55, and the honoring  of some lead donors of the Brown Rugby field project, which included myself and several others.  Dave was a good friend of mine and that of Brown Rugby, as he was the founder of rugby at Brown.  It was so nice to see that Dave’s many contributions to Brown have now been formally acknowledged.
At the Gala dinner that followed the day’s rugby games, greetings from Brown’s Athletic Director, Michael Goldberger, were followed by speakers from the past and current coaches who bestowed honors to the past games, the players and those who are now deceased.

Dave Waldron, Kent Swig and Robert Kent reunited at their alma mater.

Dave Waldron, Kent Swig and Robert Kent

Kent Swig and Robert Kent at Havens Brothers Diner

A room at the Gala was set up with various memorabilia from the past 50 years including touring jerseys, season schedules, videos, and photos. To see all 50 years of rugby history displayed in one room was so wonderful and very touching.  A very special thank you goes out to Coach Jay Fluck for putting this together!!
After the Gala, about 60 rugby players made their way to a bar to continue our celebration. We all toasted one another with a few pints of Guinness, in honor of Coach Jay Fluck and  the evenings master of ceremonies, George Hook, former Brown Rugby coach and currently the most listened to talk show host in Ireland on Irish International Rugby matches.

Finally, about 20 of us made the “pilgrimage” to Haven Brothers, a mobile diner that serves food to the “needy” late night revelers from Brown University and other Providence residents and visitors.It was great to be back in my old stomping grounds with my close rugby friends, and so wonderful to see and catch up with those that I have not seen in so may years!

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Kent Swig enjoying a Guinness after a Brown Rugby game

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October 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Brown University Rugby Match

Kent swig with Brown Rugby coach

Kent M. Swig with Jay Fluck, Brown University Rugby Coach

I had the wonderful pleasure of returning to my alma mater Brown University to participate in the annual undergraduate vs. alumni Commencement Rugby match on May 29th.   The experience of going back to Brown was a big thrill for me.  I think everyone has some fond memories of college and for me playing rugby at Brown will always remain a great memory that I will cherish.  Rugby has a reputation as being an extremely physically demanding game – and it is, but what most people don’t know is that Rugby teaches you mental toughness.   Later in my real estate career I realized that the lessons I learned while playing for the Brown Rugby team were also applicable in the business world.

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July 1, 2010 at 11:10 am

Brown University Sports Centers

I just attended the ground breaking for Brown University’s new Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, Neslon
Fitness Cener and the Itttelson Quadrangle as well as the David J. Zucconi Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center.
These three new buildings and the new quadrangle, designed by architect Robert A. M. Stern, will make a magnificent addition to the Brown campus and specifically to the 39 acre sports complex.
The new Aquatic’s Center is especially meaningful to me as I participated on  the varsity swim team as a spring board diver on both the low board and high board during all four years at Brown.  So, to see the ground breaking for this new center, which will be the fastest swimming pool in the Ivy League, and perhaps the entire Eastern Seaboard, is just thrilling for me.
Also, the Corporation at Brown had voted to name the new Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center after the late David J. Zucconi who was a former Athletic Director at Brown and a strong supporter of the Brown Rugby Team.
As a member of the Brown Rugby Team for three years, I knew Dave well and to finally see such a meaningful recognition of his service to Brown is very heart-warming and touching indeed. Dave was a great man and a true lover of Brown!

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June 10, 2010 at 10:25 am