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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.

Kavanaugh Comes Home

Back in 2003, Bill Kavanagh was a co-captain of the first-ever Bentley football team to earn a berth in the Division II national playoffs. This season, the Class of 2004 Falcon returns to roost as the squad’s head coach – the first alumnus ever to occupy the post.

“Bentley is special to me,” he says. “I always followed the team and the school because they did great things for me and my friends. This is a really good chance to give back to a place that gave a lot to me.”

Master Strokes: Tom Catalini '90

For Museum of Fine Arts Boston CIO Tom Catalini ’90, art appreciation doesn’t necessarily begin in the exhibition halls and galleries of the storied institution where he works. It often starts even closer at hand for someone with a penchant for all things tech: on his iPad.

The museum has an online catalogue, Paintings of the Americas, which the former Computer Information Systems major often consults before visiting the pieces in person.

Digital Dexterity

How does a global company build brand loyalty? Which new product has the greatest chance of success? Where should advertising dollars be allocated, in times when potential customers may no longer be watching TV?

While once a CEO’s hunch might have driven business decision-making, today’s companies seek answers from digital analytics — and from experts in the field like Terri Kochersperger ’83.

The Prospector

Bring on your innovative concepts, early-stage business models, and creative entrepreneurs! Venture capital investor Paul Flanagan ’86 thrives on unleashing the value in a good idea and helping to build a great company around it. And his track record speaks for itself.

As a managing director of Boston-based Sigma Prime Ventures, Flanagan currently serves as a board director of six emerging companies that his firm has invested in. His other focus is seeking out the Next Big Thing(s).


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