A loan can help change a life. It did for businesswoman Linda Joy. The native of Lakeville, Mass., owns Aspire Media, a motivational publishing and conference company for women that she founded in 2005 (www.aspiremag.net).Like many entrepreneurs, Joy needed capital to grow her business. But qualifying for a typical bank loan presented a problem for the former welfare recipient. That’s where Bentley comes in.In spring 2009, Joy received the first-ever loan issued by the Bentley Microcredit Initiative (BMI).
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A group of Bentley professors aims to compose a bestseller list of future business leaders by prompting students not only to read challenging literary works, but to experience an “aha” moment.
Coralee Whitcomb ’83 MSCIS has spent six years as the heart of academic honesty at Bentley. At Faculty Senate meetings, she is the unabashed cheerleader for integrity. In the classroom, she is the energetic mentor who roasts marshmallows and skewers cheating. And to incoming freshmen, she is the first word on avoiding plagiarism.As the university’s first academic integrity coordinator, Whitcomb has promoted the importance of honesty to faculty and students alike.
Assets of more than $1 billion make investment management for the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund (JPFPF) a high-stakes endeavor. Bentley students got an unprecedented inside look at the client–money manager relationship during a December presentation on campus.The first-of-its-kind event took place in the university’s financial Trading Room. There, portfolio managers at Eaton Vance and the Boston Company made presentations to 20 undergraduate and graduate students and to JPFPF trustee and Bentley parent Peter Sleiman.
Recent graduates need a stepped-up game plan to tackle a tough job market. “The jobs are out there, but students need to go above and beyond to get them,” observes Susan Brennan, director of undergraduate career services. “You can’t expect to stay home, submit résumés online, and get a job.”
Networking events and job fairs are prime opportunities for meeting employers and alumni, Brennan adds. “And when students are at these events, they need to be comfortable with their elevator pitch and clear about who they are.”