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The Bentley Buzz

Connecting faculty and staff, one story at a time

Welcome to the latest issue of the Bentley Buzz, where we share news and stories about the faculty and staff who make Bentley special. It is compiled by Kevin Wong, associate director of internal communications. To share your news or an idea for a story, please email

April 1, 2022

Next Week: Celebrating the Inauguration of President Chrite

The two-day inauguration of President Chrite as the ninth president in Bentley history is less than a week away! On April 5 and 6, the Bentley community will come together to celebrate this special time for our community. Be sure to take part in the celebration by attending the events below! 

President Chrite headshotTuesday, April 5

Armchair Conversation with President Chrite and Marcelo Claure ’93
2:00 to 3:15 p.m.
Koumantzelis Auditorium, Lindsay Hall

President Chrite will discuss with the entrepreneur and investor the current state of the business world, the trajectory business leaders expect for the decade ahead, the emerging technologies and innovations that will soon define how businesses operate, and why the future of business is good business. Won't be on campus this day? Watch the livestream below! 

Watch the Livestream

Wednesday, April 6

Installation Ceremony
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
The Bentley Arena

Join Chair of the Board of Trustees J. Paul Condrin ’83, P ’19 ’22 and members of the Bentley community as we formally inaugurate Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite as the university's ninth president. Following the ceremony, all guests are invited to attend a community reception. Won't be on campus this day? Watch the livestream below! 

Watch the Livestream

Keynote Speakers

Michael L. Lomax, PhD
Chief Executive Officer and President, UNCF (United Negro College Fund)

Debora Spar, PhD
Jaime and Josefina Chua Tiampo Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean, Business and Global Society, Harvard Business School | Trustee, Bentley University

B. Joseph White, PhD
President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois

The Bentley Arena during an event

Help Make Inauguration a Success!

Major events like inauguration are a special occasion in the life of a university, but they don't happen without the the help of our entire community. Interested in helping make the two-day event a success? Volunteer for a time block using the submission form below! 

From handing out programs to welcoming guests, there's no shortage of ways that you can make a big impact.

Sign Up to Volunteer

Falcons Forward Raises Record-Setting Donations
Bentley's biggest-ever giving day raises $483,000

Falcons Forward LogoOn March 24, 1,819 donors participated in Falcons Forward to set records for Bentley's biggest-ever day of giving, unlocking $150,000 from trustee Brian Zino ’74 and Bill ’88, MST ’90 and Christine (Marudzinski) ’90 Speciale. In total, $483,000 was raised by the Bentley community, with donations going to a number of funds including the Bentley Fund and student scholarships to name a few. 313 faculty and staff participated in Falcons Forward, surpassing President Chrite's goal of reaching 250 faculty and staff donors.

Congratulations to University Advancement for leading this impressive initiative and for helping achieve this noteworthy milestone in Bentley's history! 

See the Donation Results

Keeping Campus Safe — with an eye on sustainability

University police cruisers on the quadUniversity Police is dedicated to keeping campus safe for all members of the Bentley community. From fostering community engagement by connecting with students, faculty and staff throughout the semester to managing traffic details during Falcon home games and major events, University Police officers and staff are familiar faces across campus.

In keeping with their commitment to support all initiatives within the Bentley community, the department is doing its part to help reduce Bentley’s carbon footprint and promote sustainability. This summer, the department will add its first hybrid police cruiser to the fleet and over the course of the next few years, will convert all cruisers on campus to hybrid.

“Transitioning to a fleet of hybrid electric vehicles will help us to save more than 1,000 gallons of fuel per vehicle each year,” said Chief Frank Bourgeois. “It’s especially important that we make the switch to hybrid, because the manner of our vehicle usage has us idling about 60% of the time as officers fill out police reports or keep an eye on vehicle/pedestrian traffic. With the new hybrid electric vehicles, all of our idling time will now be fully electric.”

Chief Frank Bourgeois
             Chief Frank Bourgeois

In addition to the positive impact on the environment, the shift to hybrid cruisers has a significant financial benefit, with an estimated $3,000 in avoided fuel purchases per vehicle each year.

But bringing hybrid cruisers to campus isn’t the only way that University Police is supporting sustainability at Bentley. Recently, Lieutenant David Wade led an initiative to digitalize the department’s scheduling procedures and daily vehicle inspection process, resulting in 15,000 sheets of paper saved each year.

“Lieutenant Wade’s work to onboard a new digital software for our department not only streamlined our efficiency, but also made sure we are doing our part to help the university meet our sustainability goals,” shared Chief Bourgeois. “I’m thankful for his leadership on this project, and I am glad that we can help support the Office of Sustainability and the great work they do. Sustainability can’t be the responsibility of just one office on campus, it takes all of our efforts.”

Welcome, New Falcons!

Yvette Acevedo ManagerBusiness Systems Analysis
Robert Brackett Dispatcher, University Police
Jennifer FinniganSenior Assistant Director, Transfer Admission
Razan HaddadProgram Manager, Center for Women and Business
Michael HathawayAdvancement Coordinator, Office of Alumni and Family Engagement
Kevin HickeyNight Mechanic, Facilities
Jamada KalandaBuilding Services Worker, Facilities
Aimee LeturmyUniversity Registrar
Sara MihajlovitsTalent Acquisition Specialist, Human Resources
Linda MuldowneyProcurement Specialist, Procurement and Campus Services
Kalianni Neal-DesatnikAssistant Director, Undergraduate Admission
Christine SweeneySenior Associate Director, Strategic Content
Rebecca Turner Student Account Representative, Student Financial Services

Bentley Falcon
Is the grass always greener?
Career coaching sessions with Mike Fitzgerald

Mike Fitzgerald HeadshotDid you know that Bentley partners with career coach Mike Fitzgerald to offer one-on-one career coaching sessions to faculty and staff? Mike has more than 20 years of experience working with senior-level business leaders in many industries. In his one-hour sessions, Mike discusses with Bentley employees their career goals in a confidential environment.

Throughout the pandemic, employees across the country have decided to look for new jobs or consider a career change. Some have found success while others regret making the change. At Bentley, some returned to their roles after exploring new opportunities, while others had unfortunately had their previous positions filled. When it comes to a job or career change, is the grass always greener? Mike shared with the Buzz some helpful insights based on what he’s seen.


Two sides of a field, one with dull grass and the other with bright grassBy Mike Fitzgerald

As a career coach, I encourage people to be aware of their options, even if they don’t feel a need to explore them at that time. There are times when it is right to make a move — whether to another department, a different role or another organization. The key thing is to take the time to discern before you decide. While making a move at the right time can sometimes be a great idea, some people learn that moving was a preventable mistake -- and one they regret. 

When thinking of staying put or seeking a new opportunity, here are a couple things to consider:

  • Give serious thought to why you are looking. If you are reacting (or over-reacting) to a bad day or one upsetting experience, wait a few days and talk to someone you trust before deciding. Some things that seem like big deals at first can seem like small matters after a bit of time or a good, honest conversation.
  • If you are making assumptions about your current situation such as “There is no way for me to grow here” or “I never feel appreciated,” you may be misreading the situation. A conversation with a boss, colleague or member of the HR team might help you understand if you have good reason to think that way or there is another perspective worth considering. 

When it comes to the workplace, sometimes the grass is greener on the other side, and sometimes it is not. Before any decision, it's important to think things through, gather some facts, and make sure you are driven by positive motivation and not fear or desperation.

Want to talk more about your career growth? If you’d like to connect, my appointments are open below.

Schedule an Appointment

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In the Know @ the Library

New Library System Coming in June
The Library is bringing the community a new search experience this June! The Library’s current catalog will be replaced by a new cloud-based system that will allow users to search across the Library’s catalog, subscription databases and other digital collections through one intuitive interface.

Announcing the Big Library Read and Book Discussion
Join the Library and readers from around the globe in the Big Library Read! From April 4 18, the Bentley community will have free access to Music Is History by Questlove. Librarians Hope Houston and Kimberly Morin will facilitate a book discussion at the Library on Wednesday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m. Register for the event here!

Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: "Boston in 100 words" Exhibit
The RSM Art Gallery is proud to present the illustrated posters of the winning stories from the 2020 and 2021 "Boston in 100 words" flash fiction writing contests. Visit the gallery before May 3 to view the posters and the read stories!

On Display: New and Notable Nonfiction
The Library’s latest book display places the spotlight on some of the notable and interesting nonfiction recently received at the Library that may have escaped your notice.

Sigma Chi Fraternity Shaves their Heads (and Officer Rixford's), Raising $78,000 for Cancer Research

Bentley's Sigma Chi fraternity hosted a fundraiser where members vowed to shave their heads to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. With an ambitious goal of $60,000, each member represented a target fundraising goal; more money raised meant more heads shaved. At the top of the donations counter was Officer Travis Rixford, representing the $60,000 mark. With more than $77,000 collected in donations, the group more than hit its goal, and Officer Rixford upheld his side of the agreement and had his head shaved.

Congratulations to Sigma Chi for representing Bentley so well!

See the Photos

Officer Rixford getting his head shaved

Upcoming Events

Organizations Serving the Greater Good
A BSLCE Speaker Series


The Bentley Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center invites you to attend its speaker series, "Organizations Serving the Greater Good." The dynamic speaker series has been organized by the student leaders in the center's nonprofit committee and features speakers from a variety of organizations working for the greater good and building civic programs for deepened social change. If you haven't attended a talk this week, be sure to check out a session next week!

Learn More and access the Zoom Details

Take a Sustainability Campus Tour!

Join the Office of Sustainability and HR's Learning and Development team on Monday, April 4 from 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. as they take new employees on a sustainability-focused campus tour as part of new hire orientation. Whether you're a new employee or have been a member of the Bentley community for years, there's still much to learn about sustainability and our campus! To ask about or request accessibility accommodations, email Learning and Development

Register Today

Bentley arena with a roof of solar panels
Mona Krook Headshot and Book

Violence Against Women in Politics: A talk by Prof. Mona Lena Krook, Rutgers University

The Valente Center for Arts and Sciences invites you to join a talk by Professor Mona Lena Krook of Rutgers University titled “Violence Against Women in Politics” on Monday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m. Mona Lena Krook is professor of Political Science and chair of the Women & Politics Ph.D. Program at Rutgers University. Her book, "Violence Against Women in Politics," won the 2022 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, given to “those who have taken on issues of world importance and presented viewpoints that could lead to a more just and peaceful world.” The event will take place in Lindsay Hall, Room 30, and virtual attendance will also be provided.  

Learn More and Register

Learning and Teaching Council Student/Faculty Trivia Night

Join the Bentley Learning and Teaching Council for a fun night of trivia with faculty members and students on Thursday, April 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Harry's Pub. You can register individually and be paired up with a team or register as a team of four. Test your knowledge and compete to win a number of great prizes! 

Learn More and Register

Trivia night flyer
Bentley Equity experience logo

Big Questions for Bentley: The Bentley Equity Experience

The Bentley Equity Experience invites you to attend a Big Questions for Bentley session, where the group will share findings from the Bentley Equity Experience campus climate study. How do Bentley staff, faculty and students experience the campus? Which aspects of Bentley's culture are driving some experiences, for better or for worse? During these sessions, the Bentley Equity Experience leaders will begin to make sense of the ways individuals experience the climate and institutional values through reflection and dialogue. Sessions will take place on April 13 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Back Bay C; April 21 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. virtually; and April 26 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in LaCava 305. 

Register for a Session

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