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Spring/Summer 2012

Around Town and Around the World

Gallivanting Around Gotham
Bentley’s Success in the City program sent a new group of students to Manhattan in January to explore the business world beyond campus walls. Alumni hosts put out the welcome mat at several top companies, including Armani Exchange, Barclays, Digitas and RBC. To wrap up the day, students mixed and mingled with local alumni during a networking event at Heartland Brewery.

Annual Alpine Adventure

Milestones: Weddings and Births Spring/Summer 2012


Jen Austin ’08, MBA ’09 to Brandon Dunton ’09 on October 1, 2011.

Andrea Boutelle ’05 to James Doyle ’05 on September 24, 2011.

Angela Ciacera ’03 to Brian Gusso on June 18, 2011.

Alia Cunha-Manly ’03 to Scott Breitengross on September 10, 2011.

Amanda Grant ’07, MBA ’08 to Brian Dudley on June 10, 2011.

Kevin Heimlich ’05, MSA ’06, to Gia Francucci on September 10, 2011.

Fitness Meets Family: Julie Marina Ross '00

Seven years out of Bentley, Julie Marina Ross ’00 (far left) had a successful career at PricewaterhouseCoopers – and an entrepreneurial spirit she was keen to exercise. 

“I was constantly thinking of business ideas,” says Ross, whose gym workouts with a personal trainer, Lauren Hendry (right), would often turn into brainstorming sessions.  One idea: opening a fitness facility of her own.

Double Vision: Bill Kracunas MBA '11

Bill Kracunas MBA ’11 spends a large part of his today looking at tomorrow. The IT and business advisory consultant helps companies see past their daily operations to focus on plans for growth and strategy that are often not visible to the naked eye.

“Consultants are problem solvers,” observes Kracunas, who holds two executive posts at McGladrey & Pullen. “You have to imagine a future where technology enables companies to operate and collaborate in new ways, to more effectively deliver products and services.”

Women's Basketball Among the Elite

What a season. The 2011-2012 Bentley women’s basketball team tallied 31 wins and came within one victory of the Division II National Championship game, falling in the semifinals to Ashland (Ohio) University. It was a second consecutive appearance in the Division II Elite Eight for the squad and coach Barbara Stevens – and the program’s best finish since 2002-2003.

Hot Property: Ken Shuman '97

You might not know Ken Shuman’s name. But if you’ve been searching for the perfect 3 br/2.5 ba w/fpl , you probably know his work. The 1997 alumnus – and third generation Falcon – is head of communication for real estate search site Trulia. 

“Working in PR is like being a hunter-gatherer,” observes the former Business Communication major and 15-year veteran of the field. “If you don’t go out and find your dinner, you won’t eat. I get a rush every time we land a big interview or speaking gig for one of our executives.”

Epoch Adventure: Oliver Levick '08

Oliver Levick ’08 could be called a thrill seeker. An adventurer. A swashbuckler, even. This past winter, the former Economics-Finance major rowed 2,637 nautical miles to compete in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Levick’s four-person Team Epoch paddled for 56 days, from Spain’s Canary Islands southwest to Barbados, through 30-foot swells, gale force winds, and extreme temperatures.

Six Tips to the Top

“When it comes to career development, if you’re standing still, you may actually be sliding backward.”  So says Barbara Hyle, director of alumni career services at Bentley. In today’s challenging job market, the advice rings especially true. On a daily basis, Hyle (left) puts her 20-plus years of career coaching experience to work in helping alumni secure jobs, choose new professional paths, and advance their career. Here, she shares some tips for moving ahead in your career.  


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