Kim Brennan has high hopes for the 2009-2010 Bentley women’s basketball team.“I expect our team to finish first in the league and make it to the NCAA Tournament,” says the junior point guard.And with her record of success, who can doubt the prediction?The 5-foot, 8-inch native of Locust Valley, N.Y., made an early impact at Bentley. Brennan collected Northeast-10 Freshman of the Year honors after the 2007-2008 season, when she averaged 10 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds, while helping Bentley reach the NCAA Tournament.Her sophomore season was even better.
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I am pleased to report that Bentley University remains in excellent financial condition. We ended the year with a modest operating surplus and a strong cash position, despite the financial turmoil endured over the last year.Fiscal 2009 felt like the eye of the storm. The financial crisis brought complications that included contractual relationships with Lehman Brothers, insurance with AIG, cash-access problems, interest-rate spikes, and a substantial endowment decline.
The Bentley community is saddened to have lost the alumni, trustees, students, staff and others noted here.
Mandy Ashline ’00 to Gary J. Melville ’97 on September 27, 2008.Nicole C. Burgess ’06 to Mark R. Petersen ’05 on May 8, 2009.
Faculty and other members of the campus community continue to provide insightful analysis and thoughtful commentary for print, broadcast and online media.Reuters.
A Spirited Celebration
More than 1,500 Bentley alumni, parents and friends joined current students for Alumni Weekend 2009. Light showers could not dampen the enthusiasm of those who returned to campus for Homecoming football and other opportunities to relax and reminisce. A special highlight: reunion parties for alumni with class years ending in “4” or “9.” These gatherings on campus and at three Boston locations drew more than 850 grads and guests.
Love of the Game
Seth Cohen ’07 has always been a team player, with rugby his sport of choice.
Cohen joined the club-level team at Bentley in 2003, as a freshman. The Connecticut native helped the Falcons go undefeated during his junior and senior years, winning consecutive Division III national championships under coaches Josh Smith and Jeff Parks. He also contributed off the field, serving as club recruiting chair, match secretary and vice president.
Sheena Tracy ’04 is making a mark in a field that she never planned to enter.
Joining the family insurance business was not on the radar when Tracy returned to Connecticut after graduation. Instead, the former Finance major became an analyst.
“I left after a year; the job wasn’t right,” she explains. While seeking another position, she lent a hand at Gerard B. Tracy Associates, the insurance brokerage founded by her grandfather and managed by her father.
The literary career of Daniel Keohane ’85 almost stopped before it started. At a reception during his senior year, the CIS major approached distinguished playwright Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) for advice on how to get started in letters.
“Don’t work in computers,” Albee told the startled Keohane. “Get a job in a warehouse. Save your brain for writing.”
Growing up, Scott Lowell hated it when people cheated, whether the arena was sports or board games. Today, he fights scofflaws professionally as a doping control officer (DCO) for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
USADA agents make unannounced visits to test for banned substances among amateur and professional athletes competing in Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American sports. In 2008, Lowell and 69 other DCOs nationwide conducted more than 8,500 sample collections for drug testing; banned substances were found in only 24 cases.