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Spring 2010

Microlending Aids Entrepreneurs

Small sums, big impact

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.

Academic Integrity Coordinator bids Goodbye

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. She leaves Bentley this semester after more than two decades on campus.

A Trading Room First

Students get rare look at investment management

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 Gen Y Job Hunt

Career Services fields a winning team

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.”

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