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Marking a Milestone
More than 75 alumni and friends attended the 2009 Blue and Gold Society Celebration held on campus in June. The society, which honors alumni who graduated from Bentley 50 or more years ago, welcomed 19 new members during a special ceremony. Other highlights of the event were a luncheon with current student leaders, educational seminars with faculty, a tour of a historic house in Lexington, and dinner in Boston’s South End followed by a night at the Boston Pops.
Service and Generosity
Darald R. Libby, prominent businessman, highly decorated World War II veteran, and leading benefactor of Bentley University, died on June 23, 2009, at the age of 92.
The Bentley community is saddened to have lost the alumni, trustees, students, staff and others noted here.
Alison A. Curtin ’95 to Brett Howlett on October 4, 2008.
Suzanne M. Curtin ’92 to Kevin Hall on November 18, 2007.
Erin K. Lach ’03 to Andrew T. Lynch ’03 on September 20, 2008.
Mark D. Mancini ’07 to Carolyn Ryan on August 9, 2008.
Emily K. Olmstead ’04 to Joshua Serrin on August 22, 2008.
Charles W. Stuart ’98 to Rachel Elizabeth Hughes on September 20, 2008.
Alumna is Front and Center in Washington, D.C.
In January 1997, as a Bentley freshman, Kate Cyrul ’00 took a bus from campus to Washington, D.C., to stand in the crowd for President Bill Clinton’s second inauguration. She was on hand again for Barack Obama’s swearing-in, admittedly with better seats.
Cyrul arrived at the history-making occasion by way of Ohio. Last fall, the nine-year veteran of Washington politics took a leave from her job with Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin to manage an Obama field office in Cleveland.
In May 2009, Kwadwo “Kojo” Asare made history as the first recipient of a doctoral degree from Bentley University. In addition to the PhD in Accountancy, he holds an MS in Computer Information Systems (earned in 1994, also from Bentley), an MBA from Cornell University, and a BS in Accounting from St. Francis College. The native of Ghana, West Africa, is also a CPA with years of business experience. This fall he took up duties as an assistant professor of accountancy at Bryant University.
It takes nerve to open a high-end restaurant on the cusp of a financial meltdown. Even in the best of times, the dining scene is littered with might-have-beens. Wioletta Zywina ’02, ’03 MSIAM and her partner, Shingara “Peppino” Singh, have mixed nerve with marketing smarts and fabulous food to prosper in Boston’s South End. They opened Da Vinci in November 2007.
Zywina’s story is a classic American archetype. She came to the United States from her native Poland at age 18, barely speaking English. After a stint at the University of Southern Maine, she transferred to Bentley.
Subscribing, perhaps, to the Mary Poppins school of medicine, Jonathan Gilinski ’02 has created a more palatable pill. His Florida-based company, Capsuline, produces gelatin capsules in a variety of flavors and colors.
Upon earning his BS in Marketing, the alumnus trained an entrepreneurial eye on an industry where his family has considerable history. He spotted an opportunity to create a business around a common problem.
While on a business trip in 2006, Juan Yepez ’95 got some news no entrepreneur wants to hear: A local river was rising, threatening to spill over into the city that serves as home base for his young company.
It was the worst flooding the Merrimack Valley had seen since March 1936. Yepez’s independent distribution company, Mainstream Global, lost a large portion
of inventory and sustained damage to its newly purchased office and warehouse building in Lawrence, Mass.