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Bentley Pride Goes the Distance

Warm Welcomes
President Gloria Cordes Larson headed to the Sunshine State in March for annual gatherings of alumni, parents and friends. Accompanied by University Advancement colleagues John Mosser, Jack Pini ’75 and Leigh Gaspar, Larson made stops in Miami, Naples, Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The travelers met many loyal members of the extended Bentley community and shared news of successful initiatives taking place on campus.

Lauding the Gift of Learning
On April 2, more than 125 scholarship recipients and their benefactors gathered on campus for the annual Scholarship Day Celebration Luncheon. Guests heard inspiring words on philanthropy from keynote speaker Pamela Cumming, vice president of corporate marketing for Hologic Inc. She and husband Jack have created two endowed scholarship funds at Bentley that support women’s leadership.

Shohana Jannat ’12, one of 10 students to receive the Cumming Family Scholarship for Women Leaders in 2010-2011, thanked the family and other benefactors for their support of students.

“The experiences I have had during my time at Bentley have, without a doubt, significantly shaped who I am today and who I aspire to be in the future,” she observed. “None of these experiences would have occurred without your generosity and support. The level of faith and dedication you have placed toward opening doors for me and my peers is immeasurable.”

Bowling for Dollars
Several hundred Bentley students competed for bragging rights — and cash prizes — at the 14th annual Bentley Business Bowl in February. Five-member student teams demonstrated their business know-how and problem-solving skills in a case competition format. Alumni, parents and friends from the professional and corporate world served as judges and networked with students after the event.

Have Scholarship, Will Travel
The path to education abroad just got a bit smoother, thanks to an agreement between Bentley and Sovereign Bank. Through its philanthropic foundation, Santander Universities Global Division, the bank is offering scholarships to students who participate in international academic and service-oriented programs. President Gloria Cordes Larson said the scholarships would allow more Bentley students to study overseas, diversify their destinations, and encourage students’ deeper engagement with the host country. The partnership between Bentley and Sovereign will run for three years, beginning in fall 2011.

Grad to Know You
MBA and MS degree candidates rubbed shoulders with business leaders and corporate recruiters at the third annual Straight Talk networking event, sponsored in February by Graduate Career Services. Representatives from 25 firms across a range of industry sectors, including Akamai, EMC Corp. and Partners Community Healthcare, were on hand to share insights into company culture and publicize job and internship opportunities.

Hub of Finance
Eighteen undergraduates with an interest in finance profited during a March visit to Boston’s Financial District. The inaugural Bentley in Beantown event enabled students to invest time with alumni professionals at Park Street Capital, Fidelity and Wellington Management. Special thanks go to the following grads for sharing business acumen and advice: Mike Baumann ’03, Leigh Crosby ’06, Henry Delicata ’73, Heather Foley-Ebels ’96, Jon Marchetti ’09, Susan (Doki) O’Connell ’90, John O’Toole ’88, Joe Penta ’86, Rich Thompson ’91 and Joe Wickwire MBA’93.