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Get Tough, Dig Lavender

Volleyball head coach Sandy Hoffman has mastered the art of tough love. Since beginning her Bentley career in 1982, she has led the team with a balance of rigor and compassion.

Hoffman’s two-prong approach has brought honors that include nine Northeast-10 Conference regular season championships, 11 NCAA Division II tournament berths, and a spot in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Moreover, Hoffman and her players form a vibrant extended family.

Her coaching philosophy is embodied in two words: Get tough.

Going the Distance

Students in a Bentley course offered last spring faced the typical array of required readings, class discussions, papers and exams. Oh, and they had to run a 5K.

“Run” as in plan and orchestrate an event to raise money for a cause. The inaugural “5 for the Fight” race, held on campus last April, collected nearly $900 for the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life at Bentley.

Welcome, Class of 2018

New Undergraduate Students

Enrollment

980 Freshmen

132 Transfer students

Gender

58%   Men

42%   Women

Geography

36      U.S. states

42      Countries including China, India, Colombia and Jordan

Ethnic diversity

24.5% ALANA (African American, Latino, Asian, Native American) students from the U.S.

Academic success

1240  Average SAT

Formidable Fellows

When faculty, students and corporate partners come together, great things can happen on campus — and off. A case in point is a $250,000 grant to the Honors Program from United Technologies Corporation. Through a UTC-supported honors fellowship, research is underway to help local communities save the environment and developing countries create economic stability.

The funding takes Honors Program capstone projects to a new level, according to inaugural UTC Fellows Olivia Locke ’14 and Gerard Fischetti ’14 (above).

Supercomputing Success

A team of undergraduates from Bentley and Northeastern universities took first place in a faceoff with seriously tech-savvy contenders at the Supercomputing Conference, held in Colorado last November. The win clinched a coveted seat at the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference.   

Making an Impact

Sasha and Will Bush with Falcon teammates (from left) Danny Guadagnoli ’14, Blaine Hopwood ’14, Chris Cadigan ’14, Jeff Hill ’15 and Lorenzo Warren ’14. 

On visits to the Bentley campus, Will Bush looks every bit the part of a healthy young boy. A tight coil of energy, the wiry 10-year-old typically skips first gear when he gets his motor running.

Studio Solutions

This fall, the Bentley Essential Studio Team (BEST) worked with Breakthrough Greater Boston, which offers tuition-free academic programming for school- and college-age students. Assignments included updating the organization’s website and creating a style guide. 

From logos to brochures to websites, good graphic design is essential in telling an organization’s story. Essential and expensive, sometimes prohibitively so for nonprofit organizations with modest budgets.

Inspired Interns

Nicole Pignatello ’08 knew she’d found the right internship when she came face to face with the devil on her second day of work. The position – with luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton – placed Pignatello in the same room as Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the inspiration for the novel (and film) The Devil Wears Prada.

Lifestyles of the Young and Healthy

Anton Pavlov ’09 is on a mission. The resident assistant for wellness housing wants Bentley students to know that alcohol- and drug-free living are more than an antidote to noisy dorm life. The choices are a positive, fulfilling lifestyle in their own right.

Now in its second year, wellness housing replaces “substance-free” housing, which was discontinued in 2005. Although similar in some ways, the two programs have important distinctions.

Basketball Standout Makes Her Point

Kim Brennan has high hopes for the 2009-2010 Bentley women’s basketball team.

“I expect our team to finish first in the league and make it to the NCAA Tournament,” says the junior point guard.

And with her record of success, who can doubt the prediction?

The 5-foot, 8-inch native of Locust Valley, N.Y., made an early impact at Bentley. Brennan collected Northeast-10 Freshman of the Year honors after the 2007-2008 season, when she averaged 10 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds, while helping Bentley reach the NCAA Tournament.

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