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Summer 2011

A Vow to Give Back: Mark '85 and Vicki (Vassalotti) '86 Semanie

Bentley University is not just where Mark ’85 and Vicki (Vassalotti) ’86 Semanie discovered their love of business. It’s where they discovered their love for each other.Twenty-four years of marriage and two children later, the couple — who also went to high school together in Enfield, Conn. — stay connected to their college alma mater for reasons of head and heart.“Bentley is the foundation that got us started,” explains Mark, who serves as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Carrollton Bank in Columbia, Md.

Communicating Success: Alyson Kelly Kaye '93, MBA '96

After all the time that Alyson Kelly Kaye ’93, MBA ’96 spent on campus working toward two degrees, the last place you might expect to find her is a Bentley classroom. But the seasoned marketing professional is indeed back in Waltham – this time as an adjunct professor.“Teaching allows me to give something back,” says Kaye, whose résumé includes stints with Digitas, iPhrase, the Boston Group, SBLI, and Arnold Worldwide. “Succeeding in the real world requires more than good grades and a piece of paper.

Bentley Pride Goes the Distance

Warm Welcomes
President Gloria Cordes Larson headed to the Sunshine State in March for annual gatherings of alumni, parents and friends. Accompanied by University Advancement colleagues John Mosser, Jack Pini ’75 and Leigh Gaspar, Larson made stops in Miami, Naples, Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The travelers met many loyal members of the extended Bentley community and shared news of successful initiatives taking place on campus.

Starting a New Chapter

Last month, the Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends had the distinct pleasure of welcoming the newest members of our alumni community: the Bentley Class of 2011. The moment they crossed the stage and accepted their diploma, these former undergraduate and graduate students closed one chapter of their Bentley experience and began an exciting new journey.The relationship between a university and its alumni is a special one. Unlike the student experience, it lasts a lifetime. The involvement and contributions of alumni are highly valued at Bentley.

Senior Athletes Lauded

Two shooting standouts and a gridiron great capped their Bentley career by taking home some prestigious hardware. Basketball players Kim Brennan (Locust Valley, N.Y.) and Brian Tracey (Bow Mar, Colo.) were named Outstanding Senior Athletes, and football’s Jared Kawadler (Sharon, Mass.) was honored with the Edward J. Powers Scholar Athlete Award.Brennan was a major factor in powering the Lady Falcons to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight this season after an eight-year absence.

Ayo Haynes '90, MBA '92: A Life Well Improvised

One could argue that Ayo Haynes ’90, MBA ’92 is the embodiment of Bentley's liberal-arts-meets-business philosophy..Growing up in East Harlem, N.Y., the natural beauty and gifted athlete dreamed of becoming an actress one day. Her mother imagined a path that started with a college degree.“We made a deal," remembers Haynes. "I would get a degree, then take five years to see if my acting career took off."

Marcelo Sa '01: Olympic Expectations

As the clock ticks down to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, one of that country’s own is keeping fellow planners focused and inspired. Marcelo Sa ’01 is assistant to the CEO of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee.“Being part of a project that will mold the city I live in for generations to come is a unique opportunity,” says Sa, who lives in Rio de Janeiro with his wife, Clara, and daughter, Helena.

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