Bentley University has been fortunate to have some outstanding athletes over the years – students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the fields of play. The latest examples: Alyssa Sliney '10 (Brewster, Mass.), Lorenzo Cava '10 (Quito, Ecuador) and Jared Kawadler '11 (Sharon, Mass.).
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Mariah Cassidy ’07 to Calvin Rinck on August 28, 2010.
Gregory DeSista ’09 MSIT/MBA to Kerry Shea on June 13, 2010.
Melissa DiFiore ’97 to Adam Salter ’00 on July 17, 2010.
Jessica Durfee ’08 to Jeffrey Bender ’09 on June 5, 2010.
Dana Forde ’04 to Sean Underwood on June 5, 2010.
Kristin Forte ’08 to Marshall Allaben ’08, ’09 MST on May 21, 2010.
The Bentley community is saddened to have lost the alumni, trustees, students, staff and others noted here.
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Many students start the academic year looking for new ways to get involved. For some, this presents a challenge. Where do my interests lie? What am I passionate about?
For Edith Kwok ’11 of North Andover, Mass., joining the Women’s Center at Bentley was an easy decision. She met members of the center’s executive board at a fall activities fair in her freshman year.
“They were extremely friendly and welcoming,” she says. “I decided to attend a meeting, and I haven’t looked back.”
With women comprising 47 percent of the American work force, it is tempting to think that gender parity crosses every metric. Reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest otherwise.
Data compiled in 2008 show that women make 80 cents for every dollar that men earn. And they work longer — an average of three years, says the National Center for Education Statistics — to land the promotions that lead to higher pay.
Two Celtics-Knicks tickets. A babysitting gig in Weston. Room for three on a car ride to New York City. A call for pick-up basketball players at the Dana Center.
These were among recent postings on FullDorm, the web-based brainchild of Jeff Weiss '09, MSA ’10.
“Some schools just have a ride-share program. Some have campus forums. Some have classified listings,” says the alumnus, who researched the marketplace. “FullDorm has all of these features and more.”
Navigating social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter can be a bumpy ride, but Kira Tobar ’08 is proof that they can also land you a great job.
Tobar’s climb to a first-class career began in 2009, while she was working at Target Corp., in Minneapolis, Minn. She enjoyed the challenges of her business analyst position, but was homesick for her native Yonkers, N.Y. She launched a job search despite the economic turbulence, with one company topping her list: JetBlue Airways.
For Andrés Trujillo ’90, going to work is about more than getting it done: It’s about giving back. The 20-year corporate consulting and banking veteran is executive manager of the South America-based startup TuCarrera, which enables Colombians to earn cash toward a college education through everyday purchases.
The desire to make a difference in his native country prompted Trujillo to move back there from the U.S. with his family in 2005.
When Kate Kelley ’06 took the court for her second season with the Bentley women’s basketball team, she was determined to bounce back from a disappointing freshman year.
“I had played less than a minute,” Kelley remembers. “Coach Stevens said, ‘Make me play you. If you’re good enough, you’ll play.’”
She stepped up to the challenge, and finished her career as co-captain of a Falcons team that was ranked nationally.
Determination and basketball are again in play for Kelley’s latest endeavor: helping youth in Rwanda to heal after a decade of genocide.