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Bentley Service-Learning Center Honored For Work with Homeless Shelters

October 30, 2006

Bentley's Service-Learning Center (BSLC) has received the Bristol Lodge Recognition award by the Middlesex Human Service Agency (MHSA) for its extensive work with Waltham homeless shelters. The award is given to organizations that are committed to providing services to less fortunate members of the community.

Through the Service-Learning Program Bentley students work with families at Sandra's Lodge Family Center and Mary's House Family Shelter, offering computer tutoring, educational groups and English lessons.

"We wanted to recognize Bentley's Service Learning Center because of its high level of commitment for so many years," says Laurie Lindstrom, executive director of MHSA. "The work Bentley students do helps women at the shelters find housing and jobs."

The Bristol Lodge Recognition Award is part of the Robert and Thomas McNamara Community Service Award Ceremony, which honors individuals for community work and is named in honor of two brothers who did much volunteer work in Waltham. The mission of the Middlesex Human Service Agency is to improve the quality of life of a wide variety of clients through community-based social service and substance abuse programs.

Bentley's service-learning program has been recognized as one of the best programs of its kind in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Also, Bentley is featured in the Princeton Review/Random House publication Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement, selected because of its record of excellent service-learning programs and blending academics with community work, and singled out as "one of the nation's best colleges fostering social responsibility and public service."

The Bentley Service-Learning Center promotes academic learning and development through service. BSLC believes that students' community involvement outside of the classroom contributes significantly to what they learn within it. This student community involvement assists community partners in serving the human needs and interests of their constituencies in Waltham and the greater Boston community.

For more information about BSLC go to http://www.bentley.edu/service-learning/

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 www.bentley.edu

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