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Pay It Forward Thinking

Sitting down recently with Bob Weafer ’68, MSF ’81 and Emily Williams ’14 was like spending time with old friends — even though the pair had met only once before, at Bentley’s annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon. Here, the two share their perspectives as donor and recipient of a scholarship established by Weafer’s parents, Robert and Mary. It is awarded to a Bentley student based on criteria that include financial need and academic performance.

Haute in the City

One perk of Grace Atwood’s job at online fashion jewelry boutique BaubleBar is the dress code. Or rather lack thereof.

“At my first job we had to wear suits three days a week — and I  wasn’t making any money, so my suits weren’t very nice,” she says with a laugh. “I threw out every single suit that I owned when I started here.”

Designing a Destiny: Fernando Rodriguez ’88

The Pinterest boards of Fernando Rodriguez ’88 are a splendid illustration of his design aesthetic: luxurious handpainted wallpapers, classic Edith Head sketches, cerulean Caribbean landscapes, and the sophisticated hair stylings of Justin Timberlake.

“Some people read at night before going to bed, but I look at beautiful images and get inspired,” says Rodriguez, laughing. “It’s a great way to release creativity.”

Sprint Comes Calling

Marcelo Claure ’93 took the reins as president and CEO of Sprint in August 2014. He has served on the company’s Board of Directors since January 2014. Prior to this, Claure was CEO of Brightstar, which he founded in 1997 and grew from a small Miami-based distributor into a global business with more than $10 billion in gross revenue for the year ended 2013.

The Story Behind the Building

Since opening in 1979, the building now known as Miller Hall has been home to thousands of Bentley students. Beyond bricks and mortar, the dormitory holds an important place in school history because of its namesake: Nathan R. Miller ’54. The alumnus, who died last year at age 93, was one of the most successful graduates from Bentley’s early years and a gentleman who embodied the values that have long distinguished the institution.

Brothers in Arms

Pete and Andrew Frates ’10 have a common foe. A gifted athlete who played baseball in college and semi-pro thereafter, Pete was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in 2012, at age 27.

Commonly known as Lou Gherig’s disease, the progressive neurological disorder has no cure or effective treatment. “But our family wasn’t about to accept the status quo,” says Andrew, pictured above on right. “Pete told us to strap up our boots and get to work.”

My (Giving) Back Story

Christine (Sorge) Freyermuth ’94 ● Partner — PricewaterhouseCoopers ● Needham, Massachusetts

As the lead recruiter for PwC at Bentley, you’re on campus frequently to interview students. What motivates you in the search for new talent?

Being the firm relationship partner for PwC at Bentley University is truly an honor. I want to leave a legacy of hiring a diverse group of top talent from campus, and help make sure both PwC and Bentley alumni are positioned for future growth and success.


Multitasking 2.0

Running two companies in tandem isn’t easy, but Adam Brazg ’10 has developed a knack for balancing his time. It helps that one of the ventures is an online collaboration tool that Brazg and his business partner created to manage their own workflow.

Authentic Advocate: Bryan Parsons '97

Bryan Parsons '97 is working to redefine equality in corporate America. As associate director of risk management at Ernst & Young and an activist for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) equality, he understands the benefits of an inclusive workplace for companies and individuals.

Parsons’ advocacy has personal roots. He kept his own sexuality under wraps for the first three years of professional life.


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