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Summer 2011

Dan Keshian '79, MSF '88: Breakthrough Performer

Dan Keshian ’79, MSF ’88 is a serial startup starter. The Bentley trustee and Massachusetts native has made a career of turning the inspirations of local scientists and engineers into successful, industry-changing enterprises. His specialty: building companies around technology breakthroughs.His own professional path started with a breakthrough of sorts. The son of a teacher and a policeman, Keshian arrived at Bentley after one year at a local technical college – prompted by a question from his economics teacher.“He said, ‘What are you doing here?

Students Teach (and learn) Career Building

Imagine you’re a young professional running to a big meeting. Arriving late, you are closed out of a seat at the table with all the company’s major players. But there’s a second table nearby, occupied by – what’s this? – a handful of toddlers. And there at the proverbial kids’ table you take a seat, relinquishing any grown-up chance for professional advancement.This visual metaphor for a stalled career comes from a video produced by five Media and Culture majors at Bentley.

Tuning in to Diversity

When Bentley undergraduates watch TV shows with a keen eye for how a camera angle may signal characters’ status, it’s a safe bet they are card-carrying members of Sitcom Nation.The course, taught by Associate Professor of English and Media Studies Jennifer Gillan, plumbs the realms of film and television to show how depictions of the American family have changed since the 1950s. Particular focus goes to ideals regarding gender, race and class, as presented in TV shows (situation comedies and otherwise) and in movies.

Mix Master

Some cultural critics slam the mixing of art and economics, insisting that commerce cheapens creativity. For Ben Aslinger, that intersection is where things start to get interesting.“Everything is economic in the long run,” says the assistant professor in Bentley’s English and Media Studies Department. “Our system of commodity exchange and payment actually creates the conditions for creativity.”Aslinger’s latest run at art and commerce explores the changing value of music in the age of media convergence.

Precision Player: Jenna Longo '13

A skater since age 4, Jenna Longo ’13 is member of the Lexington, Mass.-based Haydenettes. In March, the Accountancy major and her teammates glided to victory at the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, clinching a record 19th national title in synchronized skating. Then it was onto Finland for the World Championships, where the team earned a bronze medal.

Striking Back at Relationship Violence

Seasoned faculty members like Mary Marcel are rarely a loss for words in their own classroom. But when a female student confided about being in an abusive relationship with a longtime boyfriend, the senior lecturer was caught off guard.“Beyond providing emotional support, I wasn’t sure what I should do,” recalls Marcel, who teaches in the Information Design and Corporate Communication Department.A solution emerged through the anti-bullying initiative begun on campus last fall.

Revolutionizing the MBA

The crown jewel of graduate business degrees is getting a dramatic reset at Bentley. A new MBA program represents a radically different approach to management education, which has lately come under fire for not developing the skills most in demand by organizations and society. Bentley is among the first in the nation to answer the critique.Launching in August 2012, the program moves away from presenting business through stand-alone disciplines such as marketing, finance and accounting.

Speaking the Language of Peace

How do you teach English in a war zone? Bentley’s Robert E. McNulty seems to have found a way. Ready: Engage technology to link American students eager to teach with Afghan students eager to learn. Set: Add ingenuity, adaptability and persistence on both sides. Go: Let the curriculum evolve naturally from vocabulary to friendship.The one-on-one tutoring program that McNulty devised offers language lessons via Skype, the Internet-based live-video service.

Business Dean Settles In

Roy “Chip” Wiggins has never been one to sit still. A penchant for collaboration has propelled the Bentley professor of finance across borders both geographic and intellectual. His latest move follows suit, as he crosses into Academic Affairs as dean of business and the McCallum Graduate School.

Star Educator

It was a dark sky above Illinois that literally opened up a universe for Bentley faculty member George Fishman.

“I was fascinated, and not just in terms of memorizing the names of celestial objects. I really wanted to study astronomy and understand our place in the universe,” he recalls of that night 26 years ago.


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