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Falcon Weekend FAQs

What is Falcon Weekend?

Falcon Weekend is a combination of BOTH Family Weekend and Homecoming. We are welcoming all alumni, families and friends to celebrate Bentley virtually over the course of the weekend.

Who should register for Falcon Weekend?

Anyone who wishes to participate in or watch our virtual events as part of Falcon Weekend should register. Please register anyone who will be watching from the same screen or device so we know how many people attend each event. If your student chooses to participate, they should register themselves accordingly. 

I don't remember what activities I registered for.

You should have received a confirmation email from events@bentley.edu with your personal itinerary. You'll also receive an additional copy of this confirmation email on Friday, September 25. If you can't find it, please email us at events@bentley.edu and we will resend it to you. 

How do I find out who is attending Falcon Weekend?

Take a look at who’s coming.

Where can I find the program?

You can find the full weekend schedule here.

How do I change or add to my registration once it has been submitted?

You may add to your registration by clicking the link in your confirmation email. You may add events and/or guests to your original registration at any time before September 25. 

Is there a hashtag?

We want to see you at home since we can't see you on campus this year! Tag your pictures and posts with #FalconWeekend2020 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be featured in our social media feed on the Falcon Weekend home page. Your account must be public for your posts to be eligible. You can also email your pictures to alumni@bentley.edu.

How do I participate virtually?

The most important thing is to register. You may register for one session, all sessions or any number in between. After you register, you'll receive the Zoom information to log in to each session.

Will I be able to ask questions in the sessions?

Most of our sessions will include a live question and answer period. You will be asked to type your questions into the chat or the Q&A function on Zoom. Our speakers and hosts will do their best to get to as many audience-submitted questions as possible during each session.  

What if I'm having technical trouble with Zoom?

We encourage you to first consult the Zoom website, which has lots of good resources for troubleshooting. If you continue to have issues, please email the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement at events@bentley.edu and someone will get back to you as soon as they are able to assist.  

Why should I make a gift to Bentley?

When you give through the Bentley Fund, you invest in a lifetime of returns. You ensure that Bentley can provide immediate support for the entire student experience to prepare generations of innovators, entrepreneurs and business executives to lead with confidence. By making a gift, you demonstrate that Bentley matters to you.

 

Specific Session Questions

How will the FOLD: Cheers! Beer Tasting session work?

For this event, we are partnering with Night Shift Brewing as one of our Falcon family, Steve Hearn ’10, is employed there as controller. To participate in the tasting, you should purchase the four featured beers from any participating store (in Mass., N.H., N.Y. and parts of Maine) or directly from their Everett, Mass. taproom before the session on Friday night. The beer educator will share tasting notes with all in attendance during Friday’s session at 7:00 p.m. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the beer educator about these beers or to Steve about his experience working for a brewery. The four featured beers are: 

If you are unable to purchase servings of these beers before Friday, due to distance or otherwise, you are still welcome to join the session to learn more about Night Shift’s beers.

How does virtual trivia work?

This event will be hosted via Zoom. We recommend that you and the other participants download the Zoom desktop or mobile app ahead of time. You should plan to log in to Zoom (using the link from your confirmation email) no later than 8:15 p.m. Before the event, you should decide who will be on your team and what your team name will be, unless you want to be assigned a team randomly. 

We typically recommend team sizes of 3 to 6, depending on the size of your group. Once everyone logs into the Zoom link, all team members on separate devices should change their display names to their team name. (The host will be able to explain how to do this should you have any questions.) 

With the team names visible, your trivia host will be able to match teams together and send them to a Breakout Room after each question, allowing them to privately discuss the questions/answers with their teammates. 

Besides that, your host will go over everything you and your participants need to know to make the game fun, including the rules, format, how to submit answers, and any other questions you may have. 

If you have any questions or concerns during the event, please let the host know.

How do I participate in the Falcon Family 5K?

Please register here so we know that you’re participating. Then, you can walk, use the treadmill, run outside or any other option to complete the 5K distance at any point during the weekend. All you have to do is choose your route. You may already have a favorite place to walk or run — for those especially creative, you could swim or kayak — but here are a few options just in case:

  • Look for an established route: public parks or bike paths often have routes with pre-marked distances.
  • Run around an athletic track: 12.5 laps on a 400m track are the equivalent of a 5K.
  • Use a route mapping website: A few options are Map My Run, USATF - America's Running Routes or WalkJogRun.

Print your Falcon Family 5K race bib and wear it with pride! Post and share pictures to social media with the hashtag #FalconWeekend2020 (don't forget to make your post public so we can see it!) or email them to us at alumni@bentley.edu. The first 100 people to post their Falcon Family 5K pictures on social media starting September 25 will receive a commemorative item for future runs.

How does the Super Smash Bros. tournament work?

On Saturday morning, you will receive an email from the Bentley Student Gaming Organization asking you to join a Zoom meeting at noon EDT. This is where all details on the tournament will be shared with participants. Matches will be played between noon and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and streamed via breakout rooms. The tournament will be single elimination and are formatted so that a match shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. 

Participation is totally free! All you need is access to the game, a Nintendo Switch, and a Nintendo Switch Online Membership (you can get a 7-day free trial by signing up on Nintendo eShop on your device, but wait to do so the week of the tournament if you do not wish to purchase a plan). Or, if you’re a student on campus who does not have access to the game or Nintendo Switch Online, please email alumni@bentley.edu and we will connect you with the Bentley Student Gaming Organization, which is planning a socially distanced way to participate.

The tournament winner will be recognized during the Inside the Game panel at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. We will also be offering five door prizes announced during the panel.

Should I be prepared to cook along with Maribel Agullo ’85 during the Authentic Italian at Home session?

No, you can simply kick back from the comfort of your own location as she demonstrates all the various steps. This session will be much like a cooking program you’d watch on television. However, you will have the opportunity to ask your specific questions live during the demonstration. Additionally, she will address some myths with regard to how to cook and serve bolognese sauce. As part of our follow-up, we will be sharing the recording and a copy of the official recipe (from the town of Bologna!) so you can replicate Maribel’s success in your own kitchen.

 

Contact Us

For questions about Falcon Weekend, get in touch with the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement at alumni@bentley.edu or 781-891-2025.