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#Bentley100 Stories

Centennial Celebration

SHARE YOUR BENTLEY STORY

How do you capture 100 years of Bentley history? It’s a story best told by those who lived it.

Take a moment to read some of the stories submitted by Bentley community members from around the globe. And be sure to add your Bentley story (i.e., a personal reflection, memory, experience, etc.) to the collection. Don’t forget to attach an image or link to a video, as well.


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Rebecca (DeSouza) Napier
Alumnus/a, Mission Viejo, California

For a while now, I've been thinking about my "Bentley Story" and what I'd say about it. I don't think it's particularly unique or exciting, but then I realized maybe that's the whole point.

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Emirhan Sahinoz
Student, Istanbul, Turkey

I was interested in entrepreneurship from an early age. After my third year at Bentley, I co-founded my first company "Lezzet Co.Doner" - a fast, casual Turkish restaurant chain dedicated to using sustainable ingredients.

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Doug Boettner
Alumnus/a, Albany, New York

I was a member of the initial freshman class to arrive at the campus in Waltham in August of 1968. There were only seven dormitory buildings and I was housed in the Maple dorm on the first floor.

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Kristin Cronin
Alumnus/a, Boston, Massachusetts

Though I have countless wonderful memories from my time at Bentley, perhaps my favorite memory is being part of the 2001 women's field hockey team that brought the school its first ever NCAA Division II National Championship.

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Marilyn Jordan
Parent, Pasadena,CA
Drop off day came and I saw the beautiful brick architecture and landscaping. I immediately burst into tears. I could not even look at the student handing me the campus map. Read more
Marilyn Jordan
Parent, Pasadena,California

Drop off day came and I saw the beautiful brick architecture and landscaping. I immediately burst into tears. I could not even look at the student handing me the campus map.

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I grew up one of seven children with my mother supporting us. We lived in Gloucester, Mass. and we never thought of going to college. I was determined to get there and Bentley was my dream school.
-Carroll McMillan '64
Sanford, Maine
Paul Coccovillo
Alumnus/a, Sacramento, California

I come from Revere, Massachusetts, about 20 miles away from Bentley, but it might as well have been a world apart growing up.

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Carroll McMillan
Alumnus/a, Sanford, Maine

I grew up one of seven children with my mother supporting us. We lived in Gloucester, Mass. and we never thought of going to college. I was determined to get there and Bentley was my dream school.

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Ricardo Perez
Alumnus/a, Cole Bay, St. Maarten

I started as a freshman from Puerto Rico on financial aid in 1984 and graduated with a major in Accounting in 1988. I was recruited by KPMG Puerto Rico in November 1987 and given a contract to start upon graduation.

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P. Spencer George
Alumnus/a, Mashpee, Massachusetts

In the "Golden" last days of the Boston concrete campus life, I watched the Pru Tower develop from a hole in the ground to the topping off ceremony, 1961 to 1965. In addition we had some heady legal advice.

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Donald Nickerson
Alumnus/a, Burlington, Vermont

My Bentley Story: I have always considered myself a very lucky person to have become a Bentley Alumnus. My high school record was not an illustrious one.

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Jake Oates
Alumnus/a, Leesburg, Virginia

Now that I’m a “few” years out of Bentley and a CFO of a home builder, it’s funny to think what a massive decision I was making when selecting a school as a 17 year old.

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Claire Swanson Anderson
Staff, Bedford, Massachusetts

My grandfather, Adelbert J. “Al" Tuleja, graduated from the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in 1924. The oldest of five, he was orphaned at the age of 14; both of his parents died within six months of each other.

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I came to America with nothing more than the clothes on my back, and I’ve arrived to a point in life where anything is possible. A Bentley education laid the foundation for life success and no one can take that away from me.
-Evan Horn '05
Boston, Massachusetts
Paul & Colleen Tardif
Alumnus/a, Windham, New Hampshire

I discovered Bentley from a recommendation from my favorite Uncle who graduated in 1967. I have lots of great memories of my time at Bentley, from the many parties we hosted in our suite at 510 Brook Hall to the bus rides to the Hong Kong.

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Ira Goldstein
Alumnus/a, Plainview, New York

I knew when I went to Bentley College in Boston and then in Waltham, that I would eventually end up on Wall Street. While I did, it wasn't in the position I imagined. I started assisting the cashier in handling and balancing the books.

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Carlos Gari de Aldama
Alumnus/a, Barcelona, Spain

I remember that the first time I met Marcelo Claure was in a bus from Waltham to downtown Boston in 1990 and we became close friends from that moment until today.

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Taylor Skelton
Alumnus/a, Sudbury, Massachusetts

Being the son of a Bentley alumnus and growing up attending Bentley sporting events, I was always fascinated by the excitement that such events brought to the small college campus.

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Evan Horn
Alumnus/a, Boston. Massachusetts

“Education is a gift that cannot be taken away.”—I don’t know who said this, but the adage rings very true for me. Born in a Thai Refugee camp, the result of war from the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, I am among the lucky ones.

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John Nugent
Alumnus/a, Marlborough, Massachusetts

I too attended Bentley when it was located on Boylston St. and recall our core (accounting) classes lasting 90 minutes each and taught by professors for whom many of the buildings on the Waltham campus are named after.

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Ken Viciana
Alumnus/a, Marietta, Georgia

I spent 4 amazing years at Bentley! The education I received was top notch, and Bentley truly prepared me for the real world.

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The education I received at Bentley was not only pivotal to my career but has made me who I am today.
-Marcelo Claure '93
Kansas City, Kansas
Todd Kaplinger
Alumnus/a, Raleigh, North Carolina

I attended Bentley College and received my Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance in 1995. I can confidently state that I would not have the career I have today if it was not for Bentley.

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