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In a treasure trove of data on entrepreneurs, two Bentley management professors unearthed perplexing truths about how people start businesses. Even now, having penned numerous articles and book chapters on the topic, they wonder at the paths that entrepreneurs take. Logic and neat patterns need not apply.Tatiana Manolova (left) and Linda Edelman conducted their analyses on data from the landmark Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED). Sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S.
Attention parents, grandparents and other Bentley relatives: This one’s for you. A renewed commitment to connecting parents and families of current students with the campus community is unfolding on several fronts at the university.The initiative is led jointly by the offices of Alumni, Parents and Friends and Student Activities.“Parents and other family members are a vital part of the Bentley network,” says Nicole (Fernandez) Gamer ’02, associate director of the Parents Fund and family programs.
The service sector used to be the stepchild of the business world, with a reputation for relatively low-paying positions in industries such as retail, banking and hospitality. No more. Service is drawing the attention of high-powered executives and academics alike.That’s welcome news to Mark Davis (above).
Chile struggles with legacy of dictatorship
Graphic novel: lit or lite? Had you posed that question to Diane Tetreault five years ago, the instructor in English would have been firmly in the “lite” camp.“My daughters were always avid readers,” says the professor, admitting that she had never tried the genre herself. “When I saw one of them reading a graphic novel, my attitude was, ‘Can’t you read a real book?’”Fortunately for Bentley students, one daughter threw down a challenge that Tetreault accepted.
In Good Company
Some may look at what Mary Cail ’47 does as good deeds, but she sees it as good fun. The Bentley alumna, a 2009 recipient of the Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts award, spends her days helping others in various ways, including offering rides to fellow senior citizens in her 1993 Chrysler.
“I enjoy it, because we have a lot of laughs,” says Cail. “It goes to show, you can have fun [volunteering].”
All the Right Links
Alumni, parents and friends of Bentley University gathered near and far in recent months. Groups chewed over the latest news from campus, braved blisters to raise funds for cancer research, and indulged their seemingly insatiable appetite for golf.
Lauding support at every level
A gift of $50,000 from Grant Thornton LLP will extend partnerships between Bentley University and nongovernmental organizations in Ghana such as the Mmofra Trom Center. The leading audit, tax and advisory firm, which has offices in 100 countries, is also collaborating with the campus chapter of Beta Alpha Psi to help train financial officers of student organizations.