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#Bentley100 Stories

Centennial Celebration


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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Olivia Regan
Student, Nashua, New Hampshire

One of my greatest experiences at Bentley University has been my participation in the Center for Women and Business’s (CWB) Student Leadership Program.

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Barrie & Mike Hanlon
Alumnus/a, York, Maine
Class of 95 and 96, Bentley was the place where our careers and family started. Bentley prepared us well and provided so much knowledge, fun and cherished memories. Read more
Howard Barnes
Alumnus/a, Wellesley, Massachusetts

I was at a Bentley University reunion one year when I saw a black Bentley automobile pull into a parking lot near me. I thought it ironic to see a Bentley at Bentley and I decided to introduce myself to the person driving this automobile.

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Holly Worst
Alumnus/a, Chicago
Bentley gave me the opportunity to study abroad in Manchester, England. As a girl from a small town in Texas, it opened my world to the joys of traveling! Read more
Devin Balkaran
Alumnus/a, New York, New York

I graduated from Bentley last May and I'm still amazed at how prepared I was to come into the work world and immediately start making an impact.

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Alec Mikels
Alumnus/a, Delray Beach, Florida
After graduating with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management, I continued to pursue my interest in the Hospitality industry. Quickly moving my way up to management, I decided to take my experience to Florida and escape the brutal New England cold. Read more
Manuel Carneiro
Alumnus/a, Abilene, Texas

I was a scholarship student for the Bentley Service-Learning Program. I worked there and helped lead the organization my 4 years of Undergraduate and my Graduate years.

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Loretta McClary
Alumnus/a, Waltham, Massachusetts

I attended Bentley and received my MST in 1990 and my Advanced Certificate in Taxation in 1998. My proudest Bentley moment was when my daughter, Gina McClary, Class of 2012, graduated.

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James Samuel
Alumnus/a, Springfield, Massachusetts

July 1994 is when my Bentley story begins!! Life as I know it started when I stepped foot on campus. New friends, new beginnings and new exciting things to be learned.

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Marianne Melbinger
Student, Marlborough, Massachusetts

I was being recruited for the Women's Basketball team by Coach Paula Mullen. She asked me to come for a campus visit and a chance to play with some of the current players at that time.

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Robert Cowie
Alumnus/a, Waltham, Massachusetts

I have many fond memories of Bentley. I graduated in 1950, and at that time Harry Bentley was still at the school and 90 % of the students were World War II veterans.

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Ryan Schleicher
Alumnus/a, Raynham, Massachusetts

When I started touring prospective colleges my junior year in high school, Bentley quickly rose to the top. I loved the location, campus grounds, people I met and curriculum I read about.

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Tatiana (Casale) Mullaney
Alumnus/a, Newton, Massachusetts

Bentley means so much to me in many different ways. I am a first-generation college graduate and the first in my family to attend graduate school.

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Maria DiLorenzo
Staff, Brighton, Massachusetts

I came to Bentley in February 2007 in Student Activities, and two months later the shooting at Virginia Tech took place.

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Marcelo Claure
Alumnus/a, Kansas City, Kansas

The education I received at Bentley was not only pivotal to my career but has made me who I am today. The lessons I learned, the relationships I formed and still foster and the overall human experience was simply unsurpassed.

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Philip Davis Hollis
Student, Halifax, Virginia

Obtained associates degree in 1956. My Bachelors Degree in 1965 after three years in the US Army.

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Now I proudly say I went to Bentley, and I don't have nearly enough t-shirts to prove it.
-Katelyn Goodwin MBA '15
Madison, WI
Abigail Eisner
Student, Connecticut
Even though I'm only in my 4th semester here at Bentley, I have created friendships that I know will last a life time. I am very involved on campus, and Bentley has really become a second home for me. Read more
Tim Pauling
Alumnus/a, Walnut Creek, California
My Bentley story is that of an uninspired high school student that became a partner at PwC. I grew up in upstate New York and became interested in Bentley because of its business program as well as its quaint campus setting. Read more
Stella Citrano
Alumnus/a, East Falmouth, Massachusetts
I attended the Extended Campus evening program at Randolph High School for 4 years. My 5th year was at the Bentley Campus in Waltham at night. I took the Certificate in Accounting program which was a 5 year program. Read more
Sharon Torosian
Alumnus/a, Charlestown, Massachusetts
I shared my four years with the class of 1983. I made friends who I will cherish for a lifetime. It is hard to top the story that my friend Carol shared with you. Read more
Andy Aylesworth
Faculty, Waltham, Massachusetts
In my twenty-plus (really??) years at Bentley I've accumulated some wonderful memories: the General Motors Marketing Internship classes, trips to the Bahamas, student run conferences, witnessing a national championship, and developing some very Read more
The university had so much more to offer than I could have ever expected.
-Krassi Popov '15
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Mohammad Abdolmohammadi
Faculty, Salem, Massachusetts
I joined the faculty of Bentley College in 1988 as the John E. Rhodes Professor of Accounting. I was brought in as part of a strategy to hire research-oriented faculty and support for high level research activity. Read more