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950 Bentley College Students Form Largest Group to Volunteer for City Year Serve-A-Thon

November 12, 1998

WALTHAM, MASS.- In order to introduce first-year Bentley College students to community service, members of the Class of 2002 took part in four service projects in and around Boston as part of City Year's 10th anniversary Serve-a-thon on Saturday, October 24. The freshmen were joined by 100 sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

The 950-person Bentley contingent formed the largest single group ever to participate in Serve-a-thon, accounting for almost one-tenth of the entire service force. Students worked on neighborhood beautification projects along the Charles River in Boston, in the Dudley Street and Academy Homes areas of Roxbury in Boston, and along the Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley and Dover. Bentley's involvement was a collaborative effort between the Office of the Dean for First-Year Programs and the Bentley Service-Learning Center.

"Never before has Bentley shown such commitment to service," said Assistant Professor of Government Rob Koulish, director of the Bentley Service-Learning Center. "In committing its first-year curriculum to Serve-a-thon, Bentley continues to serve as a model in how to educate students in the importance of committed civic engagement. I hope this experience will serve to trigger a healthy and robust dialogue on campus about how community service and service-learning add value to discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary learning at Bentley."

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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