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Falcon Weekend Schedule

On Your Own Time

Falcon Family 5K
Join us for a virtual 5K! 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 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.

Friday, September 25

12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 
CEO 101: Becoming the CEO of Your Life through Career Education
Enjoy a fun and interactive talk on one of the most important topics covered in CDI courses. You'll also hear how parents and families can help their students with this important aspect of career development to become the CEO of their lives during their time at Bentley and beyond. 

Featuring: Alyssa Hammond, Director of Undergraduate Career Education and Outcomes

12:00 p.m.
Zen Zoom Mindfulness Meditation
Take time to participate in a guided meditation. Find your inner quiet through your breath, de-stress and relax your bodies, and appreciate all we have to be grateful for in trying times.

Led by meditation instructor Yo Deshpande, MSHFID ’21

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Supporting the Academic Experience
Do you have questions about the Bentley curriculum? Have you had a conversation with your student about academic advising and/or academic support? We invite you to learn how the Advising team within Academic Services provides holistic, developmental academic advising and support for all students.

Featuring: Meghan Charbonneau, Senior Academic Advisor, Office of Academic Services
Valerie Como ’97, Senior Academic Advisor, Office of Academic Services

3:00 to 4:00 p.m. 
Help Your Student’s “Handshake”
Bentley University has recently partnered with Handshake, a dynamic digital platform, where students will schedule appointments with career coaches, register for upcoming events, and access job or internship postings from top employers, including Fortune 500, startups, nonprofits and more. You'll see a demo of the platform and learn how you can help your student navigate the tool toward success. 

Featuring: Anna-Karina Trilleras, Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Recruiting

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
The Countdown is On: 2020 Presidential Election 
How will President Trump’s management of the pandemic in the U.S. influence his bid for reelection? Has Democratic nominee Joe Biden done enough to convince the nation that he would be a viable alternative? Amid a global pandemic, economic turmoil and a civil rights movement, both campaigns must address how they will handle the nation’s most pressing issues. As we approach the 2020 presidential election, take part in a dynamic discussion of this historic race.

Featuring: Political Science Professor Jeff Gulati
CNN Political Reporter Dan Merica ’10

5:00 p.m. 
Jewish Kabbalat Shabbat 
Join our student-led Hillel and Rabbi Jeff Foust to celebrate this special Shabbat Shuvah, the Sabbath between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, when we take stock of how we’re doing and finish our preparations to realign ourselves for a good new year. Share a short Kabbalat Shabbat and Kiddush, and then spend time talking and sharing with one another. All are welcome to attend. 

7:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
FOLD: Cheers! Beer Tasting
Falcons of the Last Decade (FOLD) invites you to take a break for a virtual Night Shift Brewing beer tasting experience led by one of the brewery’s official beer educators. If you wish to participate in the tasting, you’ll need to purchase the four beers (Nite Lite, Whirlpool, Santilli and Rickey Weisse) from a partnering store (in Mass., N.H., N.Y. and parts of Maine) or directly from their Everett taproom. Feel free to attend even if you’re unable to purchase these beers in your corner of the world. 

Featuring: Stephen Hearn ’10, controller at Night Shift

8:30 to 10:30 p.m. 
Harry’s Pub Trivia
All are invited to participate in pub trivia from the comfort of your own home with this virtual format. Through Zoom, we will bring the host and the questions, and you bring your A-game and a stacked roster of your dream team — whether that’s former roommates, family members, group project teams, or other Falcons you’ve met along the way. We recommend team sizes of no more than 6 participants. Team members can participate via their own devices/screens as breakout groups will be utilized for deliberating during trivia rounds.

Saturday, September 26

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
Update from Campus
Leadership from around Bentley’s campus will share information and insights into how Bentley has pivoted during COVID-19. Learn how the new procedures are shaping campus activities and how students are responding. 

Featuring: Paul Condrin ’83, P ’19, P ’22, Chair of the Board of Trustees and Acting President
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students J. Andrew Shepardson

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Study Abroad: What Families Need to Know
50% of the Class of 2020 participated in a study abroad program, and Bentley graduates consistently rate study abroad as one of the most transformative experiences of their college careers. This session will provide an overview of Bentley study abroad opportunities, and how the global pandemic has challenged, redefined and reinforced the critical importance of global education and intercultural skill development.

Featuring: Natalie Schlegel, MBA ’08, Director of International Education
Valeria Aponte ’21
Fabiana Clemente Pilade ’21


11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis and How Policymakers are Responding
In the six short months since the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, the economic world has been turned upside down and flipped over once again. Now, as cities and states reopen across the country, economists are watching in earnest to see if their predictions for the pace of recovery will come to fruition. Current and former members of the Bentley University Fed Challenge Team will join faculty members in a panel discussion of the evolving impact of the crisis and where we might go from here. 

Featuring: Economics Professors Dave Gulley and Laura Jackson Young
Nick Fahmie ’21

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  
Authentic Italian at Home
Maribel Agullo ’85, founder of Taste of Italy, joins the Falcon family from her home in Bologna, Italy, where she transitioned her 15+ year career in corporations to running a successful business around her passion for cooking. In this session, Maribel will demonstrate how to create a delicious and historically accurate bolognese meat sauce (or ragu), share the richness of the dish and offer how it is best served. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, setting you up for success when you try for yourself later! The recipe and a recording of the session will be available after the weekend. Buon appetito!

Featuring: Maribel Agullo ’85, founder of Taste of Italy

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Flex Your Gaming Skills: Smash Ultimate Tournament
Grab your headsets and controllers! It’s time to compete for prizes and bragging rights as you test your gaming skills. Co-hosted by the Bentley Student Gaming Organization, all are welcome to participate in this Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch) tournament. The tournament champion and five random door prize winners will be formally announced at the afternoon gaming panel. 

If you’re an on-campus student without access to Nintendo Switch online, please reach out to to learn how you can participate safely on campus. 

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
A Conversation with Vaughn Williams
Meet Bentley’s new athletics director, who brings more than 25 years of experience in sports administration, most recently at Boston College. Learn about his plan for Bentley’s suite of athletic programs and how he will prepare student-athletes for success. 

Featuring: Vaughn Williams, Athletics Director
Samantha (Sam) D’Aquila ’21, Field Hockey Player
Uzoemezie (Mezie) Edozie ’22, Soccer Player

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
State of the Arts: A Conversation on the Entertainment Industry
It’s hard to find an industry that hasn’t been impacted by current events — the global pandemic, especially — but the entertainment industry is resilient and adaptive. Attend this expert panel to learn more about the latest trends and innovations in film and television. 

Charles Holland, P ’22, Executive Producer and Head Writer of the CW’s Black Lightning and former Vice President of Business Affairs at 20th Century Fox
Jennifer Gillan, Professor, English and Media Studies 
Elizabeth LeDoux, Senior Lecturer, English and Media Studies
Steve Weisman, Senior Lecturer, Law and Taxation

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Inside the Game
Playing video games may seem trivial; however, the industry is growing rapidly in both viewership and participation. Join this alumni panel to learn about the latest trends in the video game industry, esports, the work that these alumni are doing and more.

Featuring: Gary Conti ’06, Director of Education Relations and Industry Outreach, Rockstar Games
Melisa Kocarslan ’16, Producer, Riot Games
Kevin Zhu ’17, Gaming Expert, Microsoft
Angelo Bochanis ’21
Jeremy Glick ’22

4:00 p.m. 
Catholic Mass with Father Ted Brown
Celebrate belonging to a community of faith and meet the chaplain and the student leadership of the Bentley Catholic Association.

Contact Us

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