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Welcome, Class of 2018

Bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates are well into their studies and the rhythm of Bentley life. Here’s a quick introduction.

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

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. 

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.

New Housing Option has Global Outlook

Living Large

Orchard North has branched out. The apartment-style building is home to the new Global Living Center, whose 60 student residents are diverse in their geography, language, culture and gender.

“We live in an increasingly smaller world, and our students need to be able to communicate in that world,” explains Director of Residence Life John Piga. “We’re fostering that learning by creating a microcosm of the planet in a residence hall.”

Reliever Turns Starting Ace: Jarrod Marchesi '09

History weighed heavy on Jarrod Marchesi ’09 as he took the mound at Bleecker Stadium in Albany, N.Y., this past April. The righthander had a chance to become the first Bentley pitcher to win eight games in a season – but doing so would require ending a string of misfortune at the College of Saint Rose diamond.

Though primarily a relief pitcher at the time, Marchesi made two starts in his freshman and sophomore seasons – each against Saint Rose. The Peabody, Mass., resident doesn’t sugarcoat the result. “Both times I got shelled.” 

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