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Bentley Magazine

Summer 2020


From the Editor

Welcome to the summer, online-only issue of Bentley Magazine. As the campus reopens for fall, our stories will catch you up with teaching and learning during the pandemic. We focus, too, on racial justice. Learn about work underway to review systems and policies that create obstacles for people of color at Bentley. Class notes, wedding photos and In Memoriam listings are also part of the mix. Check out our video introduction and enjoy the issue!  



Student with mask

Campus Opens for Fall

Safety, flexibility and innovation are top of mind as Bentley prepares to open for the fall trimester. “We’re very excited to have many students, faculty and staff back on campus,” says J. Andrew Shepardson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “But things will look different."


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On the Case: Using the Pandemic as a Teaching Tool

While the coronavirus was barred from physical classrooms, it did enter some virtual ones — to great effect. How did faculty use COVID-19 to connect theoretical concepts and real-world practice?

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Help Over Hardship

Trustees, faculty, staff and alumni have created a fund to help students facing unexpected financial strains. More than 200 Falcons have benefited so far. 

Read the full story.

Take an Underwater Field Trip

Microplastics and the havoc they wreak are a focus of Betsy Stoner’s Environmental Science and Sustainability and Oceanography courses. The pandemic didn’t prevent the assistant professor from bringing her students to Florida’s Atlantic Coast this spring.  

Find out how. 


Collective Energy

Collective Energy

As the 100-plus-member Racial Justice Task Force begins its work, we catch up with co-chairs Donna Maria Blancero and Katie Lampley ’96. 


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Unequivocally, ‘Black Lives Matter on this Campus’

More than 430 Falcons heard heartfelt testimonials, speeches and original music from students, faculty and staff during a livestreamed Vigil for Black Lives.

Read their stories.

Bentley Groups Raise Their Voices in Solidarity

“Your work matters. Your life matters. Your trauma as a part of the Black community matters.” Student Programs and Engagement is among the many Bentley groups and individuals to speak out on social media in support and solidarity with the Black community. 

Read their statements.

Katie Lampley ’96 Named Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Lampley will be Bentley’s first official chief diversity and inclusion officer and a member of the President’s Cabinet. Trustees also voted to create a new board committee focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, chaired by Tanya Hairston-Whitner ’95.

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Cabinet Announces Initiatives for Racial Justice at Bentley

The Cabinet's 18 initiatives will guide the university's next steps on racial justice and are designed to overturn policies, practices and structures that enable systemic racism at Bentley.

Read the initiatives.

Webinar Teaches the Basics of Anti-Racism

How can people become advocates for racial justice? Colleagues in Student Affairs provided guidance and tips for members of the Bentley community. 

Learn more.

If ever there was a moment to confront our own culpability in propping up a system that allows others to be treated as less than, this is it. Now is our time to be brave, to take action ... to make this community — our community — a place where Black Lives Matter.
Katie Lampley ’96
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Falcon Files

Bentley has always adapted and innovated around world events. Opportunities for women were rising as coeducation began during WWII.  

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Five Things

Questions to ask yourself when the world’s upside down, from Bentley’s “thinking about thinking” experts, Wiley Davi and Duncan Spelman.

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A Message to the Class

This was not the senior year that the Class of 2020 dreamed of — or deserved. To welcome our newest alumni, we’re hosting a virtual Commencement on August 22. The ceremony will include a reading of each graduate’s name and remarks by faculty, staff members and fellow classmates. When circumstances permit, there will be an opportunity for the Class of 2020 to celebrate their achievements together. Until then, enjoy this slideshow of memorable moments and see more on social media.  

Join in and share your congratulations on Twitter and Instagram!


Tiffany Warren

Trustee News

Tiffany R. Warren ’97 is a leader in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion, particularly as a champion of diverse professionals in the creative industries. Here, the new Bentley trustee and oldest of 10 children talks about learning, leading and some of her most impactful moments.


Meet Tiffany

Inside Job: Peak Experience

Inside Job: Peak Experience

Mark Milewski, MBA ’00 just reached his goal of summiting peaks on all seven continents — acing one of Mother Nature’s biggest tests and joining an exclusive club of about 160 climbers. Here are some highpoints from his travels.  


Meet Mark


Rambutan drink

Take Two: Bearing Fruit

Her company’s mission to support refugee families brings life full circle for Ra (Un) Tardiff ’05. How did she and husband Chris ’05 create a socially responsible brand from day one? They discuss the venture with management professor Jill Brown.


Meet Chris and Ra

Family Matters, Pavone family

Family Matters: Making Opportunity

Being a Falcon is all in the family for Todd and Dena Pavone, both Class of 1992; their son, TJ ’23; and their English lab, Bentley.


Meet the Pavones


A Seamless Transition

Tags and stitching, be gone. Diana (DeMain) Takach ’03 founded the Me Do. clothing brand to help her son overcome struggles with sensory processing delays.


Meet Diana

Prime Real Estate

Kyle Yeung ’08 runs a company that helps people put down roots in his native Hong Kong.

Meet Kyle

Muscle Cars and Miniature Models

Almost nothing brings Brian Shultz ’80, MBA ’87 more joy than giving visitors a tour of his vintage toy collection.

Meet Brian


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