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Events Draw Alumni, Parents and Friends

All the Right Links

Alumni, parents and friends of Bentley University gathered near and far in recent months. Groups chewed over the latest news from campus, braved blisters to raise funds for cancer research, and indulged their seemingly insatiable appetite for golf.

Around Campus

First-Class Welcome
Parents of returning students hosted 16 events for new students and their families this summer, on the Bentley campus and at various sites across six states. The gatherings – which drew more than 600 participants – introduced newcomers to Bentley veterans and offered a window on what lies ahead this year and beyond.

Families from 26 countries attended a welcome reception on August 31, hosted by President Gloria Cordes Larson. More than 150 parents, students and members of the Bentley community were on hand for the occasion.  Vice President and Dean Mike Page greeted guests and introduced the president, who discussed global initiatives at the university.

M.O.M. Spells Success  
The M.O.M. (More Opportunities for Mothers) workshop series returned this fall with sessions on September 23, October 7 and 21, and November 4. Sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Institute at Bentley, the series helps participants relaunch professional careers after a family break. More than 90 women, including many alumnae, have attended the events, which boast an impressive success rate for bridging back into career life. The next series begins in March 2010.

Celebrating Legacy
The 1917 Legacy Society Luncheon, held on October 2, recognized donors who have made a planned gift to Bentley. The group learned about the school’s financial health, in a quick update by Paul Clemente, vice president for business and finance, and treasurer. These donors ensure a lasting legacy to benefit the university for generations to come. For information on gift planning and ways to combine charitable giving with your other financial goals, please contact Amy Chick at or 781.891.2556.

Page-ing BEC Members 
Members of the Bentley Executive Club came together on October 8 for their annual fall event at Bentley. In addition to dinner, the 85 attendees enjoyed a keynote address by Mike Page. The vice president for academic affairs and dean of business presented “Bentley University: An Academic Evolution in Line with the Demands of Modern Business.”

Boston and the 'Burbs

Alumni on the Links
On July 26, a group of 20 cross country and track alumni gathered at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, Mass., for a golf outing with head cross country and track coach Ed Lyons. The event was coordinated by Chris Volante ’95.

Nearly 100 Bentley alumni football players, families, friends and coaches participated in the 10th annual Bentley Football Golf Classic on Sunday, August 2, at the River Bend Country Club in West Bridgewater, Mass.

An impressive 95 alumni and guests teed off at the third annual Bentley Cup Tournament, held on August 10 at the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass. Special thanks go to alumni sponsors John Shreenan ’81 (Lusteg/Shreenan Wealth Management Group – Merrill Lynch) and Steve Griffin ’78 (Isaacson Steel), and to Hewlett Packard, for their generous support of the tournament.

Walking for a Cure
More than 130 alumni, faculty, staff and students representing Team Bentley raised approximately $4,000  for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The sixth annual Breast Cancer Walk took place in Boston on October 4.

New York

Success in the City
More than 20 Bentley students traveled to Manhattan on August 26 to learn about employment and internship opportunities in New York City. Alumni hosts for the event included Glen Casey ’86, Caroline Kitidis ’97 and Laura Farge ’02 of Goldman Sachs; Taylor Valentine ’00 of Horizon Media; Tiffany R. Warren ’97 of Omnicom Group; Michael DeMarchena ’02 of Bloomberg Financial Markets; and Steven Kennedy ’07 of Cubitt, Jacobs and Prosek.

Open Season
The courts were in full session as 33 alumni and friends watched men’s and women’s quarterfinal matches at the U.S. Open on Sept. 9. Held in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., the matches featured standouts such as world No.1 Roger Federer and young American sensation Melanie Oudin.  A gathering on the grounds drew area alumni and fellow Bentley tennis enthusiasts.