WE'RE ALL EARS
Over the past year, the team here at the Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends has received significant feedback from you — the members of our alumni community — about how we can serve you better.
The input has come from alumni of all ages, from as nearby as Boston to as far away as Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Each comment, compliment and piece of constructive criticism has energized us, illuminating the passion of the Bentley community for its alma mater.
Work is under way to address your concerns and evaluate strategies for improving the depth and breadth of the offerings for alumni. Vice President for University Advancement John Mosser and our team have collaborated with Ian Cross, director of the Center for Marketing Technology, to conduct extensive market research and analysis. As part of this effort, you will soon be asked to complete an online survey. The outreach aims to help us better understand how you feel about Bentley and what we can do to better serve you. This spring, we will share a full report of findings and next steps.
Thanks in advance for your help with this important research -- and for being proud Falcons! You continue to be shining examples of the power of a Bentley education.
-Leigh Gaspar, Managing Director, the Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends
Guests Invest an Evening in Putnam
More than 100 alumni, parents and friends assembled at Boston-based Putnam Investments on June 22 for a Bentley Business Networks event. The host for the evening was Robert Alan '91, Putnam senior vice president and consultant relations manager, who provided opening remarks. Along with socializing and networking, guests heard a presentation by company president and CEO Robert L. Reynolds '86 on "The Necessary Re-Engineering of the Retirement Savings System."
Reunion Program Springs Ahead
Committee members for class years ending in 0, 1, 5 and 6 returned to campus in June to begin planning for a new warm-weather tradition: Reunion Weekend (June 3 to 5, 2011). Attendees made great progress in brainstorming activities for classmates and their families to enjoy. Whether it's a family festival or the class party, Reunion Weekend promises to offer something for everyone. Want to get in on the planning? Contact Gary Kelly, senior associate director for reunion programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rolling Out the Welcome Mat
Family Orientation offered a warm welcome to parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters of the members of the Class of 2014. The two family sessions took place in June, during the final day of New Student Orientation programs. Activities such as campus tours, team-building exercises, and information sessions introduced new Falcon families to the school and all it offers.
Rocking the Waterfront
The ever-popular Tia’s on the Waterfront drew a lively crowd of young alumni on July 22. The xxx attendees enjoyed after-work refreshments, while catching up with friends and making new contacts .
IN RHODE ISLAND
Playing the Global Market
Hasbro Inc. in Pawtucket, R.I., was the setting for a Bentley Business Networks event held on August 5. Bentley parent and Hasbro Vice President Ed Houde hosted the evening, which showcased “The Transformation of a Toy Company.” A discussion led by Duncan Billing, chief development officer for the company, focused on how Hasbro has changed its business model to drive rapid growth in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.
AROUND NEW ENGLAND
Bentley in the Backyard
This summer, parents and families of current students opened their homes and hearts to the newest members of the Bentley community: the Class of 2014. In a series of welcome events held around New England, incoming freshmen and their famlies learned more about the university from faculty, staff and students. A very special thanks to those who hosted the events.