Conversing with a Congresswoman
Rep. Niki Tsongas of the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts headlined an event sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Institute at Bentley. Speaking on October 20, Tsongas covered a wide range of topics, including the presidential transition, her role in Congress, and the ways that legislation moves through the House and Senate.
Alumni and guests learned about Generation Y – individuals born after 1980 – in a campus presentation on November 18 by faculty member Ian Cross. The senior lecturer in marketing and director of the Center for Marketing Technology discussed Gen Y attitudes and behaviors, as well as the issues that companies face in attracting, hiring, managing and motivating these young professionals.
Members of the Bentley Executive Club gained insight on the wine industry, and sampled wine and food pairings, on January 21 in the Dana Center booster suite. The evening featured wine experts Todd O’Connell ’86, vice president and general manager of Carolina Wine Company, and Len Prescutti, certified wine educator, Society of Wine Educators.
Nearly 50 hockey alumni hit the ice on November 8 at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Watertown, then headed into Boston to socialize before a non-conference matchup between the Falcons and the Northeastern Huskies. This annual event continues to expand the ranks of Bentley hockey program boosters.
An inaugural Bentley gathering at Gordon’s Fine Wine and Culinary Center in Waltham was a huge hit. More than 35 alumni took part in the November 19 event, which featured wine education, tasting and food pairing.
More than 60 alumni gathered at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover, Mass., on December 3 for a “speed networking” event presented by the Alumni Services Committee and sponsors Steve Stanganelli ’91 MSF, Mike Coll ’02 and Mark Beckley ’80, ’94 MBA. Seated across from each other, participants had 90 seconds to discuss personal career goals or company services. Two more speed networking sessions are scheduled for spring.
Members of the President’s Club and the Family Association Executive Committee enjoyed a dinner reception hosted by Debbie Lewis and Bob Grinberg, parents of George ’11. The December 12 gathering, held at the couple’s home in Chestnut Hill, Mass., featured an update on strategic initiatives by President Gloria Cordes Larson.
McCallum Goes to Town
The Downtown Harvard Club was the setting for a gathering of McCallum Graduate School of Business alumni on January 15. Membership to the club is open to all Bentley graduates.
Opportunities to network and socialize drew alumni and guests to Fitzwilliams Irish Pub in Burlington, Mass. The January 15 event was hosted by Mike Dubuque ’00, principal and broker at First Team Realty and co-founder and president of Impact Promotions.
Hearty members of the President’s Club from the Bay Area gathered at Oakland Coliseum on December 14, braving cold and rain to see the New England Patriots defeat the Oakland Raiders, 49-26. A reception for Bentley alumni and guests preceded the gridiron contest.
Hot Tomato’s in downtown Hartford was the site for a reception attended by more than 70 alumni on October 23. Executive Director for Development and Alumni Relations Jack Pini provided an updated on the recent change to university status, as well as ongoing programs in Waltham and abroad.
Now in its fifth year, the annual event for alumni, family and friends at the Country Club of Waterbury took place on November 20. Steve Fournier ’76, parent of Jonathan ’03 and Lance ’07, once again hosted the gathering; attendees had an opportunity to meet the new dean of business and the McCallum Graduate School, Mike Page.
More than 30 alumni from the Springfield area were on hand for an evening of networking, cocktails, and socializing at the new Onyx Fusion Bar & Restaurant on November 13.
Nearly 100 alumni gathered in New York City on November 13 for a panel discussion at Goldman Sachs. Experts shared views on how the historic presidential election of 2008 will affect the global economic and financial community. Speakers were Dan Nolan, managing director of Johnson Illington Advisors and parent of Phillip ’08; Christine Abbott of UBS Investment Bank; and Caroline Kitidis ’97, a vice president at Goldman Sachs.
An ice skating party at Bryant Park put alumni and guests into the winter spirit on December 1. The NYC Regional Committee hosted the event in midtown Manhattan, which attracted about two dozen grads from classes spanning the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Attendees were treated to a live performance by Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies.
Nearly 300 alumni headed to the slopes on January 23 to 25 for the ninth annual ski trip to Killington. The weekend getaway provided a chance for friends to catch up and enjoy some of the region’s best skiing.