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BankBoston and Bentley College Sponsor "The Civic Side of Business," a forum on community partnerships serving local needs, on April 9

March 23, 1998


WALTHAM, MASS.-- BankBoston and the Bentley College Service-Learning Center invite business, nonprofit and education leaders to "The Civic Side of Business," a forum on creative partnerships to serve local needs, on Thursday, April 9, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Adamian Graduate Center at Bentley College, 175 Forest St., in Waltham. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested by March 27, either via the Internet at: or by calling the Bentley Service-Learning Center at 781-891-2920.

The forum will provide a vehicle for conversation and motivation for Boston- and Waltham-area businesses, non-profits, community groups, college students and faculty to come together through working partnerships. Panel discussions will focus on the benefits and barriers to business-community involvement and the importance of such projects in the education of future business leaders. "Businesses that encourage their employees to volunteer in local schools, social service, immigrant aid and other programs get an unexpected return on their investment," said Jim Ostrow, director of the Bentley Service-Learning Center. "Civic involvement turns strangers into neighbors, building community pride and mutual support. In other words, it's good for people and good for business."

Participants and speakers include Ira A. Jackson, executive vice president, BankBoston; Joseph G. Morone, president, Bentley College; Marianne Lancaster, president, Lancaster Packaging; Robert Lewis, executive director, City Year; Elizabeth Reilinger, president and CEO, Crittenton Hastings House; Thomas J. Rice, CEO, Interaction Associates; and William L. Buker, MetroWest regional president, BankBoston.

"BankBoston has a long and proud history of volunteerism and community spirit," said William L. Buker, MetroWest regional president, BankBoston. "We know that providing human and capital resources to non-profits, whose mission is to improve the quality of life of our citizens both economically and educationally, is very important. We are also proud of our association with Bentley and its commitment to the betterment of our communities."

At Bentley, a new BankBoston Service-Learning Resource Room is opening this spring in recognition of BankBoston's $50,000 grant to the Bentley Service-Learning Center. "Information and assistance are available to anyone interested in developing projects that serve the needs of people in Greater Boston," said Jim Ostrow. "BankBoston and Bentley College share a belief that businesses have a responsibility to provide more than goods and services to their communities. Our new Resource Center is intended as a clearinghouse open to students, faculty and staff from any institution as well as those from area businesses and nonprofit organizations."

Since 1990, an important part of Bentley's education for future business professionals has been hands-on work off-campus. Hundreds of Bentley students annually contribute their business skills to dozens of community causes. They develop web sites for human service agencies, help prepare nonprofit organizations for audits, work with immigrants applying for citizenship, mentor young people, tutor senior citizens, conduct market research for community groups and, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, mediate complaints between businesses and consumers.

BankBoston is a committed contributor to the quality of life in all of the communities it serves. Working in partnership with local non-profit institutions, public schools, and government agencies, the corporation offers philanthropic support, technical assistance, and volunteer involvement through its Eagle Corps employee volunteer program and its charitable foundation.

BankBoston (NYSE:BKB), with assets of $69.3 billion as of December 31, 1997, was founded in 1784 and is the 16th-largest bank holding company in the United States. BankBoston offers a full range of banking services to consumers, small businesses and corporate customers in southern New England; delivers sophisticated financial solutions to mid-size and large corporations nationally as well as corporations and governments internationally; and provides full-service banking in leading Latin American markets. The Corporation's common and preferred stocks are listed on the New York and Boston stock exchanges.

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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