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Bentley College Seniors Host First-Ever Bentley Business Bowl-Bahamas

April 29, 2007

On Tuesday, May 15, Bentley College graduating seniors will partner with the Junior Achievement Bahamas program to host the first-ever Bentley Business Bowl-Bahamas during their annual commencement week trip. Hosted at the Atlantis Resort, the program will feature a 'case' competition between Bahamian junior and senior high school student teams; Bentley seniors will serve as leaders for each team of students who participate in the Junior Achievement Bahamas program. More than 60 Junior Achievement students have been selected to participate on one of the 12 teams.


"Over the years, the Bahamian people have made us feel so welcome in their country, this is one way for Bentley students to show their appreciation," says Bentley Dean of Student Affairs Andrew Shepardson. "Being socially responsible is a hallmark of the Bentley education and it is only appropriate that during the last week of their Bentley experience, our students will continue to learn through service to others."


Teams will have 45 minutes to design a new product or service aimed at high school and college students. Presentations will emphasize target consumers, the cost to produce or deliver the product, a brief analysis of potential competitors, and a sample product advertisement or commercial. The panel of judges will consist of Bentley students, staff and Junior Achievement-Bahamas staff. Two winning teams will receive awards based on creativity, excellence and relevance.


The program is an adaptation of what is typically a full-day competition offered to Bentley students during their academic year and coordinated by Bentley faculty and staff members. Graduating seniors visit the Bahamas each year for a commencement week celebration. This year, Bentley students will take time out to work with college-minded high school Junior Achievement students in an educational and fun competition.


The Junior Achievement (JA) Bahamas was chartered in 1979 by Franklyn Wilson, a successful Bahamian businessman, along with a team of local business firms. JA Bahamas is a member of JA Worldwide and has graduated over 24,000 young Bahamians from eight islands in the archipelago throughout the past 28 years. The board of directors, chaired by Felix Stubbs, General Manager of IBM Bahamas Ltd., and the Ministry of Education, Youth Sports and Culture, jointly administer the programme. JA Bahamas is the number one economics education programme for youth in the country. One of the main objectives of the current leadership is to expose current participants to opportunities available at colleges in the U.S.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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