Bentley is much more than a school to alumni. It is a living, breathing community with heart and purpose, pride and ambition, personality and big dreams. Every day, in their workplaces, homes and communities, alumni demonstrate what it means to hold a Bentley degree … and why that is a powerful asset in today’s world.
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Even though the term “job placement” has come in and out of vogue in higher education over the decades, it has always been part of the philosophy at Bentley. The commitment to help graduates find rewarding and meaningful work goes back to our founder himself.
Putting a career on hold for graduate study can make for some anxious moments. Frances Karandy, MBA ’04, MSHFID ’05 took the plunge in 2002, while living and working in Boston after receiving a BA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Harry Bentley loved all sports, everything from baseball to horseback riding. He was even known to do gymnastics on the Boston Common during his lunch breaks.
There are reports of a football game that occurred against MIT when what was then the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance was only a couple of years old. And there’s a picture of a basketball team from the early 1930s. But for most of the first half-century in Bentley’s history, the only organized sport at the school was candlepin bowling on Wednesday afternoons
Study and work were the predominant student activities for most of Bentley’s first 40 years. The Boston campus lacked spaces to gather other than smoking lounges.
1982, Fenway Park: Jim Rice, Wade Boggs and Dwight Evans lead the Red Sox, as former Triple Crown winner Carl Yastrzemski begins his penultimate season with the team. Mark Balaban ’84, P ’20, then a Bentley sophomore, takes the “T” from Waltham to Yawkey Way more than 30 times from April to September. His seat in the sunshine costs $7.50.
The story of Bentley’s campus begins in a single room that housed a whist club. We all know of the school’s decades on Boylston street in Boston before moving to Waltham. But the story has an even more improbable start in this obscure card room in the Chambers Huntington building located on Huntington Avenue.
Growing up, Katherine (O’Keefe) O’Leary ’64 was athletic, but couldn’t play sports in her all-girl school. She spent a lot of time playing with kids in a local park — and the guys never minded that she was a girl.
In February 1917, 30 young men eager to study accounting gathered in a rented room on Boston’s Huntington avenue. They came to learn from a man who had left his teaching job at Boston University ... and was the best teacher of the subject they’d ever had.