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A Vow to Give Back: Mark '85 and Vicki (Vassalotti) '86 Semanie
This article originally appeared in the Bentley Magazine.
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. “It’s also where we fell in love, so it has that extra emotional attachment.”
The ties were reaffirmed at the Semanies’ 25th class reunion in June. By chairing the Reunion Giving Committees for their respective classes, the two former Accountancy majors were instrumental in raising donor participation rates and urging classmates reconnect with the university.
“Giving back has always been important to us,” says Vicki, CFO at Johns Hopkins Home Care Group. “By volunteering on the Reunion Giving Committees, we tried to do our part to encourage our classmates to support Bentley.”
The pair’s own support comes from a desire to set current students on a path to success. With a daughter at Seton Hall University and a son ready to enter the University of Georgia in the fall, Vicki and Mark think a lot about higher education these days.
“We want to open doors for young people,” says Mark. “We give to Bentley to make sure that today’s kids have the wonderful experiences we had.”
Returning to campus for Reunion Weekend, they were impressed to see how Bentley has grown since they attended.
“It was so exciting to see, firsthand, that our support is being put to good use,” says Vicki. “We were just amazed – and we’re already looking forward to our 30th reunion!”
Celebrating your reunion in 2012? Learn how to join your Reunion Giving Committee by contacting Erica DeRosa at email@example.com.
The Yawkey Foundations have recognized Bentley University’s longstanding commitment to service-learning and awarded the university $500,000 to educate students to effectively lead nonprofit organizations and expand student efforts to help community groups.