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Spring 2010

From the Alumni Association President

Over the last several decades, Bentley has seen significant transformation, thanks in no small part to the continued involvement of alumni. Our personal and professional achievements, our financial support, and our volunteerism have helped take the school from its humble but proud roots on Boylston Street to its place as a premier, internationally recognized business university.Many of you have told me how proud you are of the Bentley story. I’ve seen a genuine sense of community among alumni, one that both builds and depends on friendships and business relationships.

Swinging with Experience: James Roche '11

The sounds emanating from the Dana Center gymnasium on a mid-January afternoon aren’t typical for this time of year. It’s not the sound of a basketball bouncing off the hardwood or swishing through the net. And it’s not the sound of a track athlete’s feet pounding against the track.No, those sounds coming from the gym are different: the “thwack” of ball meeting bat, the “pop” of a ball being caught in a glove.

Events for Alumni, Parents and Friends

ON CAMPUS

Back to Basics
A primer on home buying was a hot ticket for an eighth consecutive year. Nearly 100 alumni and guests – as well as some current seniors – gathered in Wilder Pavilion for the December 1 workshop, led by Michael Dubuque ’00 of First Team Realty. Attendees learned about plentiful opportunities in today’s real estate market, through topics such as low interest rates, affordable home prices, and the federal tax credit for first-time buyers.

Remembering George Kane '25

Vision and Stewardship

George E. Kane ’25, a noted business leader and philanthropist who enjoyed a long and successful career in banking and investment advising, died on November 10, 2009. He was 104 years old and had been involved with Bentley University for most of his life.

Making Her Way Back: Tracy Taback '02

Tracy Taback was on top of the world in 2003. The summa cum laude graduate had a great apartment in Waltham, a rewarding job at a Westborough marketing firm, and plenty of friends.Then, one October morning, misfortune struck. Taback parked her car at the office and found she could not move.“I looked from my knees to the steering wheel, from the steering wheel to my knees,” recalls the alumna, who placed a panicked phone call to her mother, two hours away in Connecticut.

Healing by Helping: Heather Plotkin '00

Having a child diagnosed with epilepsy can devastate a family. For Heather Plotkin ’00, her son’s experience with the disease was an inspiration to help others. She and her husband, Erik, created the nonprofit Tyler Foundation — named for their son — to support other families coping with the condition.When Tyler was born in July 2004, the Plotkins had little inkling what lay ahead: Their newborn appeared to be in perfect health. But within weeks, their baby began experiencing seizures, which quickly progressed in severity, frequency and duration.

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