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Spring 2010

Having Her Say

Professor puts a spotlight on executive pay

Democracies thrive on the belief that voice of the people matters. But Kristina Minnick wasn’t always convinced. In fact, when the assistant professor of finance started researching corporate “say on pay” proposals — which aim to give shareholders a voice in determining executives’ compensation — she believed quite the opposite.

“In all honesty,” she says, “I thought the proposals were just shareholders making noise.”

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.

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. Junior outfielder James Roche and his Bentley teammates are getting ready for the 2010 season.

Milestones: Weddings and Births


Alicia Botticelli ’03, ’06 MST to Paul Ramsdell on June 20, 2009.Alicia Cabrera ’02 to Ted Larkin ’01 on September 12, 2009.

Monica Erwin ’02 to Adam Fracht on November 7, 2009

Mary K. Chomas ’89 to Kerry P. Thomason on September 19, 2009.

Ann-Marie Kaye ’00 to Justin Ward on October 10, 2009.

Kristine Lania ’01, ’03 MBA to Christopher Trites on August 28, 2009.

Events for Alumni, Parents and Friends


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. So began a grueling five years of doctor visits, misdiagnoses, and a life on hold.


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